The Secret To Looking Great In Any Basic Outfit

Stella Asteria wearing basic outfit and Gucci Dionysus bag & Gucci Princetown Slippers

Have you ever wondered how certain girls and celebrities look great no matter what they wear? They could be rocking just a simple tee and jeans, but yet the outfit looks so stylish! You probably think they have an expensive, never ending closet, or a good stylist, but there’s another piece to the puzzle that can make or break an outfit.

I mean sure, you could just wear a cute top with jeans and flip-flops and call it a day, but why do that, when here are so many simple style tricks that can help you do it much better? The truth is that a basic outfit can be either boring or fabulous. There is no middle way. The secret to looking great in any basic clothes, something that the world’s most stylish girls have mastered, is the art of accessorizing! Here are 7 easy style tips on how to dress up a basic outfit by accessorizing, and by paying attention to a few little details:

#1 Add a splash of color: A pop of color can bring life to a dull outfit and make it look more cool and playful. And it’s easy, just choose a colourful accessory. You could sport a pair of red pumps, or a colorful scarf or bag, and add a cool twist to a monochrome, basic look.

#2 Knot it: You can make a basic silhouette more interesting by knotting a button-down shirt or an oversized tee, to show off your waist.

#3 Use a scarf: A scarf with a bold, colorful print is perfect for accessorizing a basic outfit. You can wear it on your neck, wrist, tie it in your bag or tuck it into a tee for a soft color.

#4 Bling it up: Jewelry can be a great way to dress up a basic, casual outfit. They draw attention to where you want and add sparkle. A large earring can always add drama to any outfit, and statement necklaces are a hot trend! (so in love with this one right now). Layering bracelets and stacking your rings are also nice ways to add some jewelry.

#5 Tiny little tricks: Simple things like looping your belt a certain way or tucking your t-shirt in, or wearing your bag in an unexpected way, can have a big impact on your style.

#6 Be careful: Don’t wear too many accessories at once. Balance is the key. If you think it’s too much, it probably is. Coco Chanel once said “before leaving the house, a lady should look in the mirror and remove one accessory”.

#7 Never go sans an accessory: The more basic the outfit, the bolder your accessories can be. For my outfit, I added my signature sunglasses that are the ones I wear 90% of the time, and added this long earring that matched perfectly with them. I added a pop of color with my Gucci Dionysus bag and instead of sneakers, I showed some ankle with my new Gucci Princetown slippers. How do you like it?

What about you? What are your favorite accessories? Are you a jewelry person or you prefer color pop and statement bags?


Zara jacket (similar in faux leather on sale!)

H&M top

Mango jeans

Gucci bag

Gucci shoes

H&M earring (similar)

Ray-Ban sunglasses

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  1. 19/04/2017 / 11:18

    Love those tips and tricks, my dear!
    How you updressed your basic outfit with your wonderful Dionysus and great Gucci slippers is so great, the colors and quality really lift your look to a whole new level.
    Trick number six which refers to Coco is so important. It’s so true, sometimes we tend to go outdside with more accessories than neccesary (at least I do 😀 ).
    You look absoluty stunning as always!
    Have a lovely day! ♥♥♥

    • Stella Asteria
      19/04/2017 / 11:30

      Hi my lovely Katharina, so nice to hear from you! As for over-accessorizing, usually I do the opposite mistake, I go out with nothing or almost nothing, hence the outfit looks kind of empty. This post is more of a note to self haha! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! xoxo

  2. 19/04/2017 / 16:11

    Thank you so much for these great tips my dear Stella! Definitely going to keep these in mind and try them out! 🙂
    The yellow bag and Gucci shoes take your basic outfit to a whole new level! I really love that look and your pictures are amazing! <3
    If I want to pimp up a simple outfit I'd always go for red lipstick. <:

    Have a wonderful day!


    • Stella Asteria
      19/04/2017 / 16:42

      That’s a great tip too Verena, thank you for sharing it! A red lipstick can really be all the color-pop you need on a basic outfit! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and have a great day! xoxo

    • Stella Asteria
      19/04/2017 / 16:59

      Glad you like it Tijana 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      19/04/2017 / 19:07

      Thanks Melanie x

  3. Jo
    19/04/2017 / 18:12

    I love your V neck top, Stella. I love, also, the colour of the bag. It brings the whole look together.
    I wouldn’t say I was a jewellery person, but I do love looking at the intricate ways of how some pieces are made.
    I do have a few pieces. Silver necklaces with jade pendants; an elasticated jade braclet looking like bamboo ( my favourite), and a tiger’s eye bracket. Other things, too, if I dug deeper into my jewellery box.
    If wrist watches count in this survey, then I have three Swiss made watches. One of which I have had forever, and brings sentimental memories whenever I wear it.
    Love, Jo xxx

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:32

      I never was a jewellery person either, only lately I find some pieces that I love, even statement jewellery that I was never wearing. Your collection sounds great my dear Jo! Happy Thursday xo

  4. 19/04/2017 / 20:36

    Very simple tips. I think its amazing how these small things can totally take the look to the next level like you have done here.

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:32

      Thank you Lorena 🙂

  5. 19/04/2017 / 20:49

    Great tips! I love love your accessories… those shoes!!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:32

      Thank you! x

  6. 19/04/2017 / 21:18

    Great tips! I wear a lot of black so I’m a big fan of accessorising. It takes the edge off my look being so black 😉

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:34

      Definitely! I only wore a total black look once and I pulled it off only because of a colourful scarf 😉 I will check your blog for some total-black outfit inspiration! x

  7. 19/04/2017 / 21:55

    Hi Stella,
    I just love this minimal and classy look on you! I definitely play the “color pop” card more often than the statement jewellery one (which I should try out more often then!) 🙂 Thanks for all this inspiration! And beautiful pictures as always <3
    Have a great week,

    Claire from Dresscape

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:34

      Thank you Claire, so glad you like them 🙂 Yes the color pop card is my go-to as well hehe! Have a great week too hon! x

  8. Kate
    19/04/2017 / 22:29

    These are great tips and you’ve definitely mastered the art of making a basic outfit look amazing! I love your shoes and bag. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:35

      Thanks darling! xo

  9. 19/04/2017 / 22:54

    You really nailed it with these suggestions! I totally agree with each one, and you demonstrate the way to wear a basic outfit beautifully – love the bright yellow bag and your slides!
    xo, janea

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:35

      Thank you my dear Janea! xo

  10. 19/04/2017 / 23:31

    You are so right with these tips. I am so bad with jewelry, I ams always in a rush in the morning and forget to put it on and I don’t own that much. That is a goal for me this year to buy more jewelry and not buy black, more color!

    Allie of

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:37

      I hope you succeed your goal dear! I am the same with jewellery, I was never into them so I own a few pieces and I need some more statement ones too! Thanks for stopping by x

  11. 19/04/2017 / 23:35

    Great tips! For me I think accessories really jazz up a look! You are the perfect example of this, look at those shoes and bag! So good!

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:37

      So glad you like it Yuka! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:37

      Thanks Filipa xo

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 12:37

      Thank you Cielo xo

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 13:13

      Thank you Asha, glad you enjoyed it! Nice to e-meet you 🙂

  12. 20/04/2017 / 13:49

    I like to add a pop of colour to my outfit, i really like your bag and the jacket.

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 14:36

      Glad you like them Uzo 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 14:36

      Thanks a lot Simona, I am really glad you like it! x

  13. 20/04/2017 / 14:52

    These are really good tips and that’s a lovely outfit! I’m a big fan of adding a pop of colour to an outfit with a bag, and my latest purchase was a little mustard yellow bag that actually goes with so much! I’m sure you’ll be finding that with your yellow bag too. Yellow is such a cheerful colour to accessorise with.

    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 16:09

      So glad you like it Mica! 🙂 I agree with you, adding color pop with a bag is a great way to style up a basic outfit. And the mustard yellow is perfect for all year round, it’s not too dark or too bright like a neon color or a pastel one, which I really do on winter outfits for example. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      20/04/2017 / 16:05

      Thank you Alyssa 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:07

      Thanks a lot Silvia! x

  14. 20/04/2017 / 20:01

    I definitely agree with things like adding a splash of colour and accessories. They can really elevate any basic outfit. It’s almost like you want a basic outfit to look plain, but not too plain haha. Gotta find that balance! You’ve definitely done it with this outfit. 🙂


    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:07

      Thank you Emily, glad you like it! Yes it’s all about balance 😀 xo

  15. 20/04/2017 / 20:08

    I’m all about basic looks like this, and agree with all your advice. The bling and accessory part is really what sets your basic look apart from someone else.
    I also love that you added the yellow bag 🙂
    Such a statement!


    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:08

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it! x

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:08

      Thanks a lot 🙂

  16. 20/04/2017 / 21:00

    Yesss girlie! These are all such great tips that definitely work to making an basic outfit look gorgeous! You definitely have the trick down! My personal favorite tip is adding bling to an outfit! I love how there are so many different ways you can add jewellery, whether it be on your hands, ears, neck.. etc! Thanks so much for sharing girl 🙂

    XO Jessi,

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:09

      You are so right! Even a bag can be considered as the jewellery of the outfit some times right? 😉 Thank you for your lovely comment and have a great weekend Jessi! xo

  17. 20/04/2017 / 21:16

    As always, your outfit is absolute perfection. Those shoes and that cheerful sunny bag are amazing with a monochrome luxe outfit like you are wearing. It would be criminal to wear a busy outfit and take the focus away from those two beautiful pieces; they sing perfectly together! The photos are a joy to look at, every detail is so beautiful. Brava, ma belle xxx

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:10

      Thank you so much my darling friend! I am so glad you like it! Unfortunately the weather is too cold again in Paris to wear something like this haha! You left right on time, it’s all back to winter again! 😉 Have a great start to the weekend, hope Alexander is better now! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:11

      Sounds great 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:11

      Glad you like it Lindsey! xo

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:12

      Thank you April 🙂

  18. 21/04/2017 / 09:24

    I agree, choosing the right accessories can definitely do a lot to spice up any basic outfit.

    Jessica |

    • Stella Asteria
      21/04/2017 / 12:13

      True 🙂

  19. 23/04/2017 / 19:03

    Indeed, very good tricks. No matter which photo I was looking at, my eyes went to the bag. What a gorgeous bag!! And yes the rest is very good too, but for me the bag is the eye catcher.

    • Stella Asteria
      25/04/2017 / 12:59

      Hi Greetje! You are so right, this bag adds such a great splash of color that it really gets all the focus on it. 🙂

    • Stella Asteria
      25/04/2017 / 12:56

      Thank you my dear <3

  20. 24/04/2017 / 19:55

    I adore your slip on shoes. They’re beautiful. Accessories truly make or break an outfit. You look so chic and gorgeous, and that Gucci bag is so stunning. I love that you accented that pop of yellow. So fab!


    • Stella Asteria
      25/04/2017 / 12:55

      Thanks Miki, so glad you like it hon! xo

  21. Lorna
    25/04/2017 / 02:50

    I am literally SO jealous of your bag right now! I’ve wanted that one in Taupe for ages, but it sold out everywhere. Just my luck! The yellow is gorgeous and I love your loafers too! Huge Gucci fan over here.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • Stella Asteria
      25/04/2017 / 12:47

      Oh I hope you find it! I think the taupe is now available in their website but the yellow is definitely sold out. Hope you find it babe! x

    • Stella Asteria
      26/04/2017 / 17:38

      Thank you Tatjana!

  22. 02/05/2017 / 01:11

    What a great list of tips Stella, thanks a lot for sharing! I do always wonder how the it girls do it to always look stunning no matter what they wear *sigh* I am definitely putting into practice some of these tricks, such as adding a statement piece of jewellery or a splash of colour (my favourite!). You totally rock the look, as always!

    Hope you had a great long weekend, beautiful
    Saida | She talks Glam

    • Stella Asteria
      05/05/2017 / 08:24

      Thank you so much Saida dear! Conor pop is my go-to as well when accessorising 🙂 Wishing you a great start to the weekend! xo

  23. 03/05/2017 / 22:46

    These are such awesome tips! And I totally agree! I love the bag from your outfit, it really stands out beautifully and the print on the shoes is absolutely charming!

    • Stella Asteria
      05/05/2017 / 08:20

      Thank you beautiful, so glad you like them! x

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