4 essentials for a simple, stylish outfit

Simple stylish outfitWhen I was looking for something to wear to a day time event recently, I knew I wanted something that was easy and yet still looked like I’d made an effort.

Which got me to thinking, what makes up a simple stylish outfit? I realised for me, there are four key elements to dressing in a way which will ensure you look pulled together in a natural, stylish way.

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My four essentials for a simple stylish outfit

Elevated every day essentials

We all need a good selection of essentials in our wardrobe, but an elevated essential will make a simple outfit stand out and create an understated stylish look.

Think embellished t-shirts, embroidered shirts and denim, leather trousers and knitwear with a bit of detail. These items will be able to be worn for so many occasions from relaxed weekend looks to party wear when worn with different elements.

When I saw this embellished tshirt in Topshop, I knew I had to have it as it is so versatile. Teamed with jeans and a blazer it creates a smart casual look, but I can’t wait to wear it with a skirt and heels for a night out. This cactus embellished chambray shirt from Hero is case in point as is this gorgeous colour block cashmere jumper.

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Quality handbags and purses

They say that accessories finish an outfit and I couldn’t agree more especially when it comes to handbags and purses. I prefer a structured handbag as I think the slouchy ones can look a bit worn, and I tend to go for classic items in a good leather rather than buying cheaper, more fashion-led pieces.

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When Radley got in touch with me and asked if I would like one of their new season purses I couldn’t say ‘yes please’ quick enough – my existing purse’s zip had just broken and I kept spilling coins all over the place. Not to mention Radley’s new sleek, contemporary look which perfectly accompanies a simple stylish outfit. I love a large purse to keep my thousand loyalty cards (tell me I am not alone here – where do they all come from?!) and also love doubling a large purse up as a clutch when all that I need is some money, my phone and a lipstick! The Cheyne Walk (now in the sale) is right up my street with gold detailing and a fun lining.

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A smart blazer

Doesn’t everything look smarter with a blazer? Jeans and a t-shirt suddenly looks pulled together and not just pulled on, and they look great over dresses.

J.Crew have a gorgeous selection of blazers; my favourites are this Chambray frilled one, this classic navy blazer and this fun gingham one.

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Versatile footwear

Shoes that can take you from the office to the weekend are winners. I love these Topshop sling backs as they look great for work teamed with black pencil trousers and a crisp white shirt but as equally as great with jeans and a t-shirt.

I also have my eye on these tie-up ballerinas from Zara and these espadrilles which I think could work in both a smart and a casual outfit.

For a little bit more of a splurge, I would love these nude flats which would pretty much go with anything.

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What you’r take on simple, stylish dressing?

Do you have different essentials to achieve the holy grail of style?


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