Ask Laurie: Dressing Up Basics?
Dear Laurie, I’ve always made it a point to stock my closet with casual basics so it’s super easy to get dressed in the morning. On the flip side, I feel utterly unprepared any time a more dressed-up occasion comes up: dinner-and-drinks with my friends, date night, etc. Is there a way to work my everyday pieces into fancier outfits?— Penny L.
Hi Penny, I feel you—I too love a good off-duty look. The good news is that it’s easy to elevate those low-key wardrobe items that don’t necessarily make a statement on their own. The secret lies in the high/low mix. See below:
A well-tailored blazer is a priceless work-wardrobe commodity. Take it even further, to say, dinner and drinks, by pairing with cashmere track pants (a luxe nod to the sportswear trend) and kitten heels.
Geraldine Wool Blazer goop, $595
Vela Drawstring Pouch goop, $280
Carpathian Kitten Heel goop, $795
Heart Necklace goop, $500
Peggy Tank goop, $480
Cashmere Jogger Pants Ann Taylor, $249
If you have a good white-poplin button-down you’d like to get more mileage out of, go for a touch of sex appeal by way of a pencil skirt and strappy heels.
Checked-Herringbone Skirt Matchesfashion, $835
Baroque Earrings Céline, $1,650
Fan 10 Clutch Barneys New York, $2,790
Button Down Blouse goop, $650
Shanty Tassel Suede Sandals Matchesfashion, $850
Is there any hope for your favorite grey hoodie? Yes, absolutely. Combining a sporty staple with something lingerie-inspired can look timeless and effortless—all you have to do is manage proportions (longer slipdress under a cropped hoodie, for example).
Banos Hoodie Aritzia, $165
Peter Boots goop, $868
Symm Beaded Ring goop, $355
Dance Bag Crossbody goop, $520
Classic Shell Dress goop, $550