How to Elevate Your Basics

Feeling bored of wearing the same outfits over and over? Learn how to elevate your tried-and-true closet basics with tips from L.A.-based fashion stylist and art director Katrina! Check out the full video here or keep reading to learn how to breathe new life into your favorite outfits with a few easy tips.

Tip # 1: Add a Little Prep

woman wearing a plaid blazer, brown sweater, and black boots

Give your favorite vintage band tee a little love by updating the look with bike shorts and a blazer. Choose comfy high-waisted bike shorts and a blazer in an oversized fit for a laid-back style, then finish the look with Oxfords and a sling bag.

Add even more prep to your step by draping a sweater over your shoulders.

Tip # 2: Go Monochromatic

woman wearing black jacket and skirt

Update the look of your fave black mock neck t-shirt (a.k.a. your staple layering tee) by wearing it with a button-up corduroy mini skirt and an oversized varsity jacket, plus Chelsea boots and sunglasses.

Keep the top, skirt, and accessories in the same neutral palette for a cool monochromatic vibe.

Tip # 3: Use Color & Prints

woman wearing a white shirt and blue shacket

Create a chill look with the most universal piece in your wardrobe – classic blue jeans. Pick a light wash jean in your fave fit (Mom and ’90s jeans for a throwback vibe, or jeggings for a feel-good fit that goes with anything), then brighten it up with some subdued blues and whites made for fall.

Complete the look with white Doc Martens and an oversized plaid shacket for a casual yet comfy outfit you’ll love.

Show us how you’re updating your fave outfits by tagging @americaneagle #AEJeans for a chance to be featured on our Instagram, Twitter,, and more!

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