Finding the right style for yourself can be difficult and intimidating, but there are a few ways that you can up your fashion game by adding a few essentials to your closet. Trends come and go so it's important to have a few staples that can keep you in style for a long time – even when everyone else has already moved on to the next trend. The key is to keep a good amount of basic, classic, and casual items in your closet that can be mixed and matched. Buying a five hundred dollar vintage gown might be glamorous but it's not very practical considering it could only be worn for a handful of occasions. If you want a closet that's fashion-forward, you need to focus on adding some simple looks.
Whether you're looking for styles for school, work, or a night out, there are plenty of simple outfits that can be mixed and matched depending on where you're going and what your plans are. It doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to be stylish! On this list, you will find some simple, practical outfits that are essential for any fashion newbie – and they won't break the bank!
20 Black Belt
You can make almost any outfit look fashionable and trendy with the help of a cute belt. While the belt in the picture is Gucci, you don't need to have a belt that pricey or even any expensive brand – it just needs to be cute!
But if you're going to invest in some nice, name brand clothing, it's better to splurge on some accessories such as belts, purses, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, and shoes. At the end of the day, you can wear them regularly and they'll provide more options for when you're mixing and matching. Also, you can't go wrong with some black sandals, jeans, a white t-shirt and a black bag.
19 Airport Chic
Just because you want to be comfy doesn't mean you can't be cute! Jessica Alba showed off her casual style by wearing black joggers, a slouchy Rolling Stones t-shirt, and a long-sleeved flannel shirt over it.
She also added some black shoes, black sunglasses, and an oversized black purse.
It can be hard to find something comfortable to wear to the airport without looking like a total slob but adding a pair of black joggers or sweatpants to your closet will help you dress down any outfit while also keeping you super comfortable. What's better than being cute and comfy?
18 Cool For The Summer
Now that the summer is here, it's hot and it's time to break out the shorts and tank tops! However, not everyone feels comfortable in short shorts but the summer heat makes it difficult to wear anything else.
One way you can stay cool and fashionable this summer is incorporating light-weight pants into your wardrobe. These Bohemian pants are a perfect substitute for shorts on those days when you feel like going for a different look on a hot day. You can add some sandals, a sun hat, and some cute bohemian jewelry for a fun, summery style.
17 Long Black Dress
Every girl should have a little black dress but every girl should also have a long black dress. Maxi dresses are great to have in your closet because they're super comfy and great for hot summer days when you have places to go and people to see.
With a slouchy maxi dress, you can easily throw it on for a cute, effortless look that really is effortless.
Another way to keep your look dressed down, you can wear some sneakers or sandals that are both cute and functional. For days when you're not feeling up to styling an outfit, a few maxi dresses in your closet will definitely come in handy!
16 Floral Shorts And Flower Crowns
Let's be honest, shorts are a must for the summer because the temperatures are rising and you need to stay cool and look cute. Even denim shorts can be a bit hot in the summer but some light-weight cotton shorts will be sure to keep you looking cool and feeling cool.
These cotton shorts come in all different patterns and colors and it's easy to mix and match with various crop tops or tank tops. To give your look a slouchy bohemian vibe, you can pair it with a thin light-weight sweater or cardigan like the one above. Just grab some sandals are you're ready to go!
15 Pretty In Pink
It can be very difficult to find a cute outfit for the office five days a week which is why it's important to have some staples that you can mix and match. A black blazer is a must for the workplace because it goes with almost anything and you can dress it up or down.
It's also a good idea to have a few different blazers of different colors – green, blue, and gray are best.
Of course, you should have some black jeans or trousers that you can pair with your black blazer but if you want to be able to mix and match, you should also have some different colored trousers. Add some sensible black heels or black loafers and you'll be good to go!
14 Flower Power
The sun is out and the flowers are blooming so shouldn't you have some pants to match? Wearing some light-weight floral pants is the perfect way to stay cool and stylish during the summer months. There's nothing wrong with keeping thing casual and basic, especially when the temperatures start to rise.
With some fun, colorful floral pants (or shorts or a skirt), you can wear a comfy blouse, a crop top, a tank top, or a swimsuit underneath for a day at the beach or the pool! Just grab some cute sunnies, a sunhat, and some sandals to complete this effortless look. Sometimes effortless is best.
13 Black And White
Pencil skirts might seem old-fashioned but they're great for any businesswoman who is on the go – and there are plenty of pencil skirts that are actually cute! This skirt is a perfect example of what you should be looking for because it's functional and has a basic pattern that can go with almost anything.
A black top matches the skirt, but you could also wear red, yellow, blue, green, purple, pink – the possibilities are endless!
You can also wear your shirt tucked or untucked for some different looks. A functional pencil skirt will also help to keep you cool during the hot days and you can always layer up with some tights and a jacket for a cooler day or night.
12 Bohemian Beauty
It's always good to have a few staples in your closet that have different designs and it can be fun to mix and match with those designs. However, if you're feeling like going for a more relaxed and bohemian look, you can always double up on patterns – even if they don't exactly match.
This fun, quirky, artsy look is easy to create because you can just throw on a patterned shirt over a patterned skirt or some pants and add a few accessories like rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets to understate the breezy bohemian look that you're going for. When it comes to your own sense of style, there are no rules!
11 Slouchy Style
Never underestimate the power of sweatpants. Sure, they can be perfect for a day when you're lounging around the house or going to the store but they can also be dressed up for a date or even for work.
These slouchy black joggers are comfy and functional.
With some black flats or sensible black heels, this outfit would be perfect for a long day at the office. Also, you could just throw on a slouchy t-shirt and sandals for a fun, comfortable outfit that could work for a day of running errands. Having a couple pairs of stylish and functional sweatpants will add tons of options to your wardrobe.
10 Show Your Stripes
This look is a perfect example of casual elegance that we all need in our wardrobes. With some brown heels, this dress is perfect for a date. With some black loafers or flats and a blazer, this dress would be perfect for the office. With some sky-high black heels, this dress would be perfect for a night out. And with some brown sandals, this dress is perfect for a casual day outdoors.
In order to dress this look up, the model is wearing a chunky gold bracelet, and a fun patterned scarf that you'd think would clash with the striped dress but it actually adds a pop of color that compliments the outfit very well.
9 Cute And Quirky
Did you know there's more than one way to wear a summer dress? The obvious way to wear this dress would be on its own with maybe some brown or black sandals and a matching tote but you can make it a little more fun and quirky by layering with a long sleeved shirt and some funky shoes.
These white oxfords are quirky and fun – perfect for something a little more daring.
The striped shirt matches both the shoes and the dress and the only thing that would make this outfit perfect is a cherry red bag or some funky yellow sunglasses. When you're wearing black and white together, you can always add a pop of color to bring the whole look together.
8 Keep It Casual
You're cute, you're fun, you're casual and you need an outfit to match your tomboy sensibilities – and even if you're a girly girl, you still might be in the mood to wear something more understated and casual. Some slouchy overalls can be a great outfit for a meet up with friends or a day of running errands.
You can even make this outfit more summery by wearing a crop top or a floral shirt underneath to give it a more breezy vibe. Another great thing about overalls is that you can wear all kinds of shoes with them: sneakers, canvas sandals, flip-flops, boots – it's up to you!
7 Athletic Leisure
Athleisure wear is a trend that isn't going away anytime soon – and why should it? It's comfy, cute, and casual!
There are just some days that wearing jeans feels like a chore and leggings are way more comfortable.
Whether you choose to wear leggings or sweatpants or bike shorts, you can always slip on some comfy sneakers and a racerback tank top or a slouchy t-shirt and you'll be ready to start the day.
You've got places to be and things to do and you don't always have time to throw together an outfit – and slipping on some leggings can make the process a whole lot easier. This model dressed up her athleisure look by wearing a cute, off-the-shoulder blouse and a delicate gold necklace. Despite what anyone says, leggings can definitely function as pants.
6 Cool It
You don't always have to wear shorts to stay cool – you can also wear overalls! Sure, heavy denim overalls might be too warm to wear during the summer but some short, light-weight denim or cotton overalls will be your best friend. Underneath the overalls, you can wear t-shirts, crop tops, or nothing at all!
You can also mix and match by pairing your overalls with some leggings or tights. Having a few pairs of differently colored overalls will offer a good deal of options during the summer months. You can always wear regular overalls during the days of the year that aren't so hot!
5 Down To Earth
You can never, ever go wrong with muted earth tones like brown, black, green, and gray because these earthy colors can go with pretty much anything. These olive green pants would look great with a shirt of almost any color – even another shade of green like the shirt she has on.
Of course, these colors will always match with black which is why these black shoes go so perfectly with this look.
Bright colors can be fun but they don't make it very easy to mix and match.
With a killer sense of style, you don't need to wear bright colors to stand out. This look is understated and sophisticated and it's very easy to recreate!
4 Jump On That Jumpsuit
Never underestimate the power of a jumper. Jumpers, jumpsuits, and rompers are great staples to have in your closet because they're easy to throw on and they can be very light and comfortable. Another great aspect is that they're very easy to dress up or down depending on what your plans are.
Some heels and a few other accessories can make a jumper go from casual to chic in no time at all. You can easily dress it down with some sneakers or sandals and if it's a particularly cold day, you can wear a jacket or sweater over it for some different styles.
3 Casual Elegance
Contrary to popular belief, sweatpants aren't just for pajamas and quick trips to the store! Casual elegance is becoming more and more popular and it's a cute and comfy trend to have some fun with.
In this photo, the model is wearing grayish sweatpants with some black and gold heels, a knit jersey gray top, and a light-weight pink jacket to give it a pop of color.
She ties the look together with her multi-colored bag that has a touch of pink in it to match the jacket.
This is a perfect outfit to wear to work or even a night on the town. Sometimes comfy is the best way to go!
2 You Can't Go Wrong With Blue Jeans
Blue jeans don't have to be boring. These ripped and torn blue jeans are super cute and can easily be dressed up or down. In this photo, some black heels are used to make the outfit a little more dressed up. With the sun hat, sunglasses, and a slouchy black tank, this is a perfect outfit for brunch with the girls or a lunch date.
With a pair of jeans like these, you can create all kinds of looks. Throw a t-shirt and some sneakers on and you have a perfect, laid-back outfit or you can wear a breezy light-colored shirt on top with some brown sandals for a beachy, bohemian vibe. The best part is that a pair of blue jeans will never go out of style!
1 Beautifully Breezy
Gal Gadot is known as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood but she still likes to keep her style casual and understated which makes it very easy to replicate. This particular outfit is perfect for the summer because it's breezy and comfy.
And you could easily wear something like this to the office with some black jeans or trousers.
She has on some basic dark skinny jeans with a light-weight white button-up shirt on top that she casually tucked into her pants. She is also wearing some casual black slip-on loafers that are great for the office. The black sunglasses and black bag help to bring this look together but you can also add a pop of color by carrying a brightly colored bag or maybe some red heels.