I'm Only Buying Simple Items RN—5 Elegant Styles That Make My Looks Chicer

Jen Andrews-Cater, the Los Angeles-based influencer and designer behind JKB Essentials, is known for her effortless approach to style. If you take one scan at her Instagram feed (peep it at @jenknowsbestblog), you'll notice the majority of her looks are comprised of easy yet chic basics. On that note, Andrews-Cater tells us she's primarily buying elegant basics and simple items right now to make her looks feel even chicer. These are versatile items with sleek and modern design details that give off that elegant spin.

"If you haven't heard the words 'quiet luxury' being thrown around on social media lately, then you must have missed the fanfare around Sophia Richie's wedding and all of her beautiful minimal pre-wedding and post-wedding looks," Andrews-Cater tells us. "Quiet luxury basically means luxury pieces minus all the loud, overt-in-your-face logos. I equate it to investing in elevated, long-lasting pieces that can live in my wardrobe forever and never be outdated."

Below you'll uncover the simple yet elegant basics and accessories Andrews-Cater recently added to her wardrobe with visual references on how she's styling the said pieces now. If you want to add one of her go-tos to your own wardrobe, there are also inspired shopping picks.  

Flats (Loafers, Ballet Flats, Mary Janes)

"High heels are way in my rearview mirror, so I love to invest in gorgeous loafers, ballet flats, and Mary-Jane flats. The stunning suede loafers from Loro Piana give elegant Italian Riviera energy, and I'm here for it." — Andrews-Cater


"Another brand I've been purchasing from a lot lately and that just exudes minimal elegance is St Agni Studio. Their fabrics feel special, and I can't get enough. I love minimal pieces with a slight twist, and they seem to really understand this concept. This vest top is high on my list." — Andrews-Cater

"Nothing quite screams elegance and quiet luxury like The Row, and I have had my eye on this handbag in particular. I love it for year-round wear, but it will be great in the fall and winter." — Andrews-Cater

"Blazers are a staple in my closet. I love the versatility of a blazer and wear them year-round. They are always a nice finishing piece to an outfit. I love investing in quality elevated blazers." — Andrews-Cater

"Minimal, elegant jewelry really takes a simple outfit to another level. This cuff is definitely a must-have." — Andrews-Cater