Most days, my outfit involves at least one of the following three things: sneakers, jeans, and a T-shirt. Yes, my style is easygoing, but here's a hot tip. It doesn't have to look that way. I've come to rely on a little something I'll call the +1 rule, which has managed to make simple dressing seem anything but. The premise is simple. Choose your standard ensemble, and then before you head out the door, add on or swap in one statement piece.
Replace basic shoes with metallic heels or throw on a colorful jacket to make an essentially effortless ensemble seem a bit more purposeful. While luxe add-ons are welcome, the standout pieces don't have to be designer to make your outfit feel fancy. Lower-priced trend-forward picks are an easy way to upgrade your simple look.
Inspired to give it a try? See a few examples of the +1 rule below and then shop items to help you give it all a spin.
The +1 Rule
Feeling like your outfit is a little too simple? Add one standout piece to your basic ensemble and you're good to go.
Metallic details or an embroidered jacket is a cool way to dress up a streamlined dress and sneakers.
Pair a simple button-down and flats with a bold-hued skirt.
You can never go wrong with a luxe bag.
Want to take an outfit to the next level? Throw on a bold coat.
An eye-catching pair of earrings makes any outfit feel instantly dressed up.
A sheer topper turns jeans and a tank into a statement look.
Bold shoes are the easiest way to instantly amp up your ensemble.
Make a major statement by swapping your jeans for a pair of eye-catching pants, and style them with mules and your favorite tee.
Shop +1s to Add to Your Wardrobe
All eyes on you.
These patterned mules are impossible to ignore.
A simple white tee and jeans will make the perfect backdrop for this statement bag.
Everyone needs at least one leopard-print coat.
Anything Gucci is bound to stand out.
Dress them up or down with a quick shoe swap.
You don't need to splurge for great statement shoes.
Earrings alone can dress up a whole look.
Why settle for black boots?
A colorful take on the basic basket bag.