Avoid Looking Boring in Basic & Neutral Clothing












On some days I enjoy dressing in neutral colours and basic pieces. Sometimes an outfit may appear boring or lackluster if the neutral or basic wardrobe is not styled right. Today I'll share some tips on how to avoid being boring when styling basic and neutrals pieces.

1. Show Off Your Shape
Try wearing something that accentuates your curves to avoid looking like a frumpy box. Showing some curves, as I did in these high-waist jeans, adds some dimension to the look and brings it from boring to bodacious ;) 

2. Style You Hair
Play up the volume in your hair or change up your hair style for some added appeal. I chose to create soft, large curls and amped up the volume to add a little va-va-voom to the overall look. 

3. Add a Modern Shoe
My sandals by Geox are the antithesis of boring with their ridged sole, chunky heel and caged design. These sandals can take any outfit from humdrum to wow instantly. Did I mention they are one of the most comfortable sandals I own - talk about a bonus.

4. Play With Your Accessories 
While my bag is still black and in keeping with the overall tone of this neutral ensemble, its fringe detail adds something fun and different to the outfit. I also added some dainty jewelry to complete the look. 

5. Put Effort into Your Makeup
Since the neutral/basic look can appear as if little effort has been made, choose to put some effort in your make-up for the day. I chose to to wear neutral colours with a light winged liner, but you could also go for the non-makeup makeup look (see tutorial here). I lined my lips to really let them stand out and applied my newest favourite lipstick by M.A.C. called Velvet Teddy

How do you avoid looking boring in your basic and neutral ensembles? 

O U T F I T  D E T A I L S: 
1. Top: Free People similar
2. Jeans: Garage Clothing
3. Bag: Co-lab similar
4. Sandals: c/o Geox
5. Necklace: c/o Standout Boutique
6. Bracelet: c/o Standout Boutique

78 comments

  1. Great tips! Love the outfit
    -mainou
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  2. The fringe bag really adds a lot to this simple look! black and white but still very interesting!

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    1. Thanks Yuka! I agree about the fringe bag, adds a lil somethin something ;P

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  3. This outfit is amazing, you look amazing! And those sandals, WOW! I love to really play up my makeup and do cool hairstyles to bring excitement to neutral outfits. Or during the winter, I add an awesome coat.

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    1. Aww thanks Becca! I think a nice coat would really add to this outfit too!

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  4. This is amazing!! You're such a fashionista!! I'm obsessed with your style!
    Xx, Raysa

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    1. Aww thanks Raysa! That's means so much to me! So glad you like it!

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  5. I love a good neutral look, especially one that is black and white! I completely agree with you that wearing pieces that accentuate your shape makes such a huge difference and can create such a gorgeous, classic look.

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    1. Thanks Kasie! I love a good neutral look too and totally believe in playing up your shape!

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  6. I think nice hair and flawless makeup is a key when wearing neutrals. Really loved how you styled this black and white.
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  7. Great tips - and I love your fun fringe bag, it illustrates your point well :)


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    1. Thanks Mica! It's my current favourite!

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  8. The struggle is real - I always fear I look boring when I wear more basic/minimalistic looks. Usually I do with the accessories tip, and try to make it more interesting :)

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    1. I bet you could never look boring! I like playing up my look with accessories too <3

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  9. love your style!!!!!!! :)

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  10. Awesome tips! You look gorgeous and very chic.

    xo
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    1. Thanks Coco! That's so sweet of you!

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  12. Simple yet stylish
    Love the monochrome tone

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  13. These are great tips! Your fun accessories totally make this look

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    1. Thanks Michelle! So happy you enjoyed the tips!

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  14. You look simply perfect and for sure not boring!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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  15. Basic pieces never fail. I love your handbag.

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  16. Love the classic and stylish look.
    Such a great outfit!

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  17. You look great in basics and all of your tips and tricks are so true :) Putting on more makeup or changing up your hair def. helps a lot!
    I remember in school if I did not want to do my hair, I just put more effort into my makeup

    xo
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    1. Means a lot that you found my tips valuable! My hair always seemed to take priority for me over make up when I was in school. We're opposite =)

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  18. So chic and stylish! love your style!

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  19. Great tips and great style!
    Love this outfit
    Julia x
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  20. I love your tips hun and this look suits you very well :) Hope you having a good week so far xxx

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    1. Thanks Love! I hope you're having a good week too!

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  21. Love this, thank you for sharing! x

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  22. Love this look!

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    1. Thanks Paola! Glad you liked the tips

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  24. You look amazing love! Love this look, head to toe!
    Much love, Pisa
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  25. OMG this is so amazing, loving all the details. Perfect.

    Filipa xxx
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  26. Lovely tips, super useful for looking different everyday on a budget too! I'm a huge fan of accessorizing, especially with unique necklaces!

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    1. Thanks Angelina! It's definitely budget-friendly for sure. I love to accessorize too!

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  27. Stunning!
    Loving the fringed bad ;)
    Emma
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  28. Amazing outfit!
    I love your pictures and the style you show us.
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  29. Love your fashion share, and thanks for your share

    Adelaide

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  30. Great tips Rina! I like mixing fabrics when my outfit is rather "boring".

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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    1. Thanks Tamara! Mixing fabrics is a great idea too!

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  31. Great tips, you look amazing!!!!

    Have a wonderful day doll,
    ❤Johanna

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  32. Great tips! Those sandals and bag are amazing!
    kiss
    Cinzia

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    1. Thanks Cinzia! The sandals are so comfy and the bag is so fun!

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  33. Very lovely! This is such an amazing post!

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  34. Could you get any cooler? Love this effortless look, so simple, yet so chic!
    xo
    Siffat
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    1. You are so sweet! Thanks for the kind words!

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  35. Black and White for the win!! You look amazing and you've given great tips :)

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    1. Thanks Joti! Glad you enjoyed the tips! I hope you can use some of them =)

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  36. Arrasou lindo look
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  37. Very comfy and stylish look!

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  38. Holaa!! Me encanta el look, es super precioso. Buen finde y besitos.

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