It Doesn't Take Much to Look Chic—Just Start With These 7 Simple Items

I often use the word "simple" to help describe my personal style. While I won't shy away from bold accessories or statement shoes, my clothing choices skew on the low-key side. As a result, many of the influencers I follow for inspiration have that minimalist aesthetic. And trust me. One scroll through my saved folder on IG clearly shows that it doesn't take much to look chic. In fact, there are a few easy pieces basically everyone I'm following seems to wear to help create their forward looks.

The items in question are all simple in nature and extremely versatile. But dressing simply doesn't mean you have to skimp on style. The pieces—such as sleek shirting and relaxed tailoring—are in modern cuts to give off that elevated silhouette. Keep scrolling to get a sense of what I mean. You'll notice styling references and shopping picks if you want to add one of the pieces into your own offering. 

1. Oversize Leather Jackets

Simple Fashion Staples to Look Chic: oversize leather jacket



The fashion crowd is embracing oversize leather jackets in a major way this season as a cool way to bring dimension to a simple outfit.

2. Relaxed Shirts

Simple Fashion Staples to Look Chic: white shirt



I've highlighted this trendy basic a few times already this season, as it's a go-to of mine. There's just something so easy and elegant about a relaxed shirt.

3. Loose Denim

Simple Fashion Staples to Look Chic: straight-leg jeans



You just can't go wrong with a pair of straight-leg or wide-leg jeans for an effortless and always-chic look.

4. Slouchy Blazers

I couldn't create this list without featuring this tried-and-true forward staple. A blazer in a slouchier cut will make legit any ensemble feel current and chic.

5. Split-Hem Leggings

When it comes to comfy pieces, leggings with a little something extra (like split hems) reign supreme as a wardrobe enhancer.

6. Longline Outerwear

Simple Fashion Staples to Look Chic: long coat



Whether it's a wool maxi coat or trench, outerwear in a longline silhouette is the way to go for a polished vibe.

7. Wide-Leg Trousers

As you can see with many of the items on this list, looser-fitting pieces can often help create those more forward outfits—wide-leg trousers included. The relaxed sweater is also noteworthy here.