As someone whose go-to outfit involves jeans and a T-shirt at least 350 days of the year, I know the ease of relying on your favorite fashion basics day after day. On the flip side, there's a sense of redundancy that comes along with that, only topped by the daunting thought of instead diving into new sartorial territory.
In short, it can feel like there's no way of winning, but today, I'm here to both tell and show you how you can up your fashion game without really feeling like you're doing that much. Enter: upgraded essentials that are just like your go-to pieces but a little more exciting. With leather separates and jackets that just make every outfit better, below, you'll find 23 such pieces (with the outfit inspiration to go along with them) that can take you into the new year in style. Ready to get started? Just keep scrolling.
Swap your basic knit for a henley-style sweater, and instead of jeans, opt for comfortable and winter-ready faux-leather pants. You won't regret it.
A slip skirt or cutout sweater can sound intimidating until you realize that they serve the same purposes as their simpler counterparts—they just bring more zest to your outfit.
I love black leather as much as (if not more than) the next person, but doesn't this look make you want to give tan a try? You'll be surprised by how versatile the color truly is.
Stuck on sticking to your jeans? This top is perfect for you. Simple in theory, its detailed silhouette makes it the most flattering, non-basic basic.
Going back to black leather, who can resist this jacket-and-skirt moment?
Chances are that blazers are already a big part of your wardrobe, but I implore you to take things two steps further and give the three-piece suit a try. The best part is that it takes all the guesswork out of what to pair with what. Just add shoes.
I own a million black sweaters, but I also own this green henley. And let me tell you—I have worn it more in the last two months than any of the other knits I own.
It's December, which means that if you're not wearing velvet, you're doing something wrong. Okay, that was a little dramatic, but this outfit is really making a case for taking this top for a spin.