Elevated Basics That Add Style to Outfits

Elevated Basics That Instantly Add Style to OutfitsElevated Basics That Add Style to Outfits

Huge thanks to Nordstrom Rack for sponsoring this post!

Let’s talk about elevated basics! Elevated basics are just what they sound like — pieces that are versatile like basics but have details and characteristics that elevate them beyond plain pieces. They add instant style. Today I’m sharing a few worthwhile elevated basic pieces that add style so you can feel put together and confident more easily, and I’m partnering with Nordstrom Rack to do it!

Nordstrom Rack is such a great place to shop to build your wardrobe with quality pieces, for less! They carry some of my all-time favorite brands at super affordable prices. You can also shop conveniently at Nordstrom Rack by utilizing their curbside and in-store pickup options. I’m excited to share some finds today that are definitely worth checking out!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes. 

 

white shirt + denim blue jeans + tan flats + gold jewelry

white shirt + denim blue jeans + tan flats + gold jewelry

Elevated White Top
I love a fresh white top for spring, and this one has an interesting texture, a collar, and a relaxed fit to step it up and add visual interest and style! It’s super lightweight and easy to wear, and it drapes well. Only $24.97, too! Find it HERE. I’m wearing size S.

When you pair this top with a basic piece, you’ll have a stylish outfit that was super easy to pull together.

These jeans are a fantastic, versatile wardrobe staple that will refresh all of your outfits! The kick flare style puts a modern spin on outfits and looks good on lots of different body types. This pair in particular, the Madewell Kick Out Jeans, is a fan favorite! They are super popular, feel supportive while being soft with stretch, and look really good. I LOVE this wash, and it’s available for 45% less at Nordstrom Rack, HERE! I wear size 28.

There’s also a semi-faded black pair HERE. Sizes are going fast for that one, so if you see yours, grab it!

Shop the Outfit
Top: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size 28)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (exact—in similar colorway; I wear size 9)
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

white blazer + black t shirt + denim blue jeans + white sneakers + gold jewelry

white blazer + black tee + kick flare jeans + white sneakers + gold earrings + gold necklace

white sneakers + blue jeans

Lifestyle Sneakers With Character
A good pair of lifestyle sneakers can transform an outfit! When it comes to all-white sneakers, I prefer for them to have some texture like this to give them some oomph. I already own these in another colorway, so when I saw this version for 36% off, I was like, “YES, PLEASE!” These have a slight wedge in the footbed to give you a little lift, and I love how it extends your leg line a bit. These come in 4 colorways, HERE. Scoop them up while you can! I wear size 8.5.

NOTE: The Black/White pair of these sneakers that I’ve had for a while started a bit too narrow for me and my heel slipped out of the back because of the wedge in the footbed. However, eventually they molded to my feet as leather shoes generally do. I walked all day, every day in them for two weeks on a recent family trip to Hong Kong and had zero discomfort. They have molded to my feet perfectly, but I definitely had to break them in. That said, this all-white pair felt comfy right out of the box!

The rest of my outfit is full of basics: a great pair of kick flare jeans, my favorite black tee, and a chic blazer that’s super stretchy and comfortable!

Shop the Outfit
Tee: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size M)
Blazer: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size S; similar)
Jeans: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size 28)

Shoes: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact–wearing size 8.5)
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

 

denim shirtdress + gold jewelry + tan heeled sandals

short sleeve denim shirt dress + tan sandals + gold earrings + gold necklace

Elevated Basic Dress
A shirtdress is an easy piece to throw on and look stylish in an instant! This one is SOFT, flowy, comfortable, and only $36.97! The belt helps you define your waist, and the buttons and rounded hem add details and style. Wear it with flat sandals for a casual outfit, or pair it with heels to dress it up a bit like I’m doing here. You can also level it up even more by pairing it with statement accessories, like colorful earrings or bracelets. Find the dress HERE. I\’m wearing size S.

Shop the Outfit
Dress: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size S)
Shoes: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size 9)
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

yellow puff sleeve tee shirt + cropped kick flare jeans + tan flats + gold jewelry

yellow eyelet lace sleeve top + kick flare jeans + tan flats + gold jewelry

yellow eyelet lace flutter sleeve top + kick flare medium wash jeans + gold necklace

Elevated T-Shirt 
You’ve gotta love a top that’s made of comfy t-shirt material but looks nicer. This top is one of those! It’s super comfortable, just like a t-shirt, but has eyelet flutter sleeves that look more stylish than a basic tee. Easy way to step up your casual outfits! This top comes in 9 colors and is just $19.97, HERE! I’m wearing size S.

Shop the Outfit
Top: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size S)
Jeans: c/o Nordstrom Rack (exact—wearing size 28)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (exact—in similar colorway; I wear size 9)
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack (similar)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack (similar)

These are a few elevated basics that add style. When you have basics like these that have added details, it’s easier to put together a stylish outfit. The clothes do more of the work for you! Incorporate some of these pieces to round out your wardrobe and feel stylish more easily!

More Elevated Basics That Add Style

Here are a few more elevated basics to check out!


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