7 Non-Basic Ways To Wear Basics

by Janelle Yau   |  Feb 23, 2017
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One common misconception girls have about basic pieces is that basics almost always equate to plain and boring. And they couldn't be any more wrong because with the right styling and a whole lot of thinking outside the box, basics are far from boring. In fact their timeless styles and versatility are what made them classic closet staples for girls all over the globe. Don't believe us? Scroll down as we prove to you just how fun and fashionable basic pieces can be!


Whatever your personal style is, one thing's for sure T-shirts are a mainstay in any girl's closet. Up the ante of your T-shirt game by opting for an oversized version and wear it as a dress. It's cool and it's edgy, too! Throw in a cool choker into the mix and you're good to go.


College girls usually wear the button-down for presentations and defenses only. But you can switch things up with your button-down and turn it into a trendy one-shoulder top for a chic and stylish look for the day. Plus, it’s totally easy to do, too!



Neckties may not be a closet staple for girls, but it definitely should be! Not only does it toughen up even the daintiest OOTD in a snap, it makes a mean neckpiece, too!

Pencil Skirt

Just like the button-down, pencil skirts are often seen as a too serious fashion piece. But pencil skirts can be rugged and edgy, too! Opt for a distressed denim version and wear with your vintage high tops for a cool casual school uniform for the day.

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Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses are often made with soft, delicate material. Go against the usual wrap dress look and go for a fresh denim version instead!

Little Black Dress

Make your LBD look trendy and edgy at the same time with a black slip dress. Just add an oversized cardigan and tough ankle boots into the mix and you're all set.


Little White Dress

When you think of the little white dress, femininity is usually the first word that pops into your mind. Turn your LWD into an eclectic look for the day by grabbing your old-school Chucks and printed hobo bag. Don't forget your rad sunnies to seal a fashionable deal!

How would you turn your basic pieces into a non-basic OOTD?

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Janelle Yau
Fashion and Beauty Assistant
The Rebecca Bloomwood of Manila. I spend half of my time obsessing about the latest fashion craze, and the other half overthinking and over-analyzing just about anything under the sun. When I’m not busy as a bee playing with fifty shades of pink lippies, you can probably catch me swiping my plastic for yet another pair of shiny, pointed gold flats.
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