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Simple style tweaks that will IMMEDIATELY take your outfit from good to fabulous!

How to improve your everyday style

I’m taking some of the most common summer outfit combinations that are “fine”… but we’re going to take them to FAB! This reinforces the concept I’m talking about. the. time… Those seemingly small style changes have the BIGGEST impact. You’ll see how these simple changes can take your everyday wardrobe to the next level.
Disclaimer: I want to make it clear that there is nothing wrong with the ‘before’ looks. I own and love all of these pieces, so of course I love them. Styled on its own, the outfit is just ‘fine’ and the purpose of this post is to show you how to take the basic outfit and make it FAB!
Let’s dive in!

Also don’t forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow and we’ll be sharing all our favorites here!

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JEANS | T-SHIRT | BLAZER | SANDALS | BELT | NECKLACE | BRACELET | RING 1 | RING 2 | BAG

#1) Jeans and a T-shirt

The first outfit combination is probably the most common. Jeans and a T-shirt is a super simple outfit…so let’s take it up a notch…

Swap the jewelry – Instead of wearing something dainty like the necklace on the left, swap it for more impactful pieces that add punch. I traded it for a chunky necklace, added cocktail rings, and flipped on some cool bracelets. Swap the shoes – Instead of the gold slip-on sandals, go for a pair of sandals that are a little higher and more chic. Add a Belt – Adding a cool belt doesn’t just add a stylish element…it defines your waistline! 3rd coat – Adding a 3rd coat always adds shine and sophistication to a look. I know it can be difficult to wear a third layer in the summer, so try to find a lightweight piece like this Cinq a Sept blazer that also has 3/4 sleeves with ruffles. You can also wear your 3rd layer in those heavily air-conditioned buildings and take it off when you’re outside. Add a handbag – Always add a handbag to bring the look together! On the right, I’m carrying my white Bottega Veneta bag with thick chain that adds pop. But it doesn’t have to be a designer bag to take a look to the next level.

Extra tip: Keeping an eye on the trends or what’s “in” will help you know what kind of pieces to add to look more modern. In this post I share the top trends of this year.

SIMILAR TANK | ALTERNATIVE TOP | SIMILAR BLAZER | TROUSERS | WEDGES | BRACELET

#2) Tank top and shorts

Wearing shorts over 40 is tricky. I recently posted a post with 8 tips to help you feel most confident in your shorts, which you should read if you haven’t already. But if you’re looking for some quick tips to take your shorts and tank top look to the next level, check here…

Swap the Shoes – Instead of the braided strap sandals, go for a more elevated pair of slip-on sandals like these woven Veronica Beard wedges. They add some height and make my legs look longer. Swap the top – Instead of the tank top, put on a not-so-basic T-shirt with an interesting style detail like a puff sleeve, pleated sleeve, ruffles, etc. Add some jewelry – Play with the jewelry you’re wearing look what works with the neckline of your top. Adding jewelry will just add some pop! This is an old Elizabeth Cole necklace, but you probably already have something in your closet that can make the same statement. 3rd Layer – This is the same tip as the first look… adding a blazer, bomber jacket, cargo jacket, etc. will bring the look together and make you look more sophisticated. Adding a hat – I didn’t do it in this look, but if you wanted you could ditch the blazer and add a hat… Style and sun protection? Sure!

If you are interested, I share the BEST Denim Shorts Over 40 in this post. Plus, the do’s and don’ts of getting dressed when it’s really hot in this video!

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TOP | JEANS | WEDGES | RING | BRACELET | EARRINGS | SUNGLASSES | BELT

#3) White jeans and blouse with print

This is a common combination in the summer and here’s how to spice it up a bit…

Half Tuck – I know a lot of you don’t like the half tuck… but I promise you, it’s a game changer! In this video I tell you all about the half pleat, why it’s controversial and why I’m behind it. You can see that the half pleat helps to create shape and reduce some of that billowy volume of the shirt. Add a Belt – To add impact, polish and define the waist. Add Jewelry and Accessories – I’ve kept it simple by adding some lightweight gold hoops, rings, bracelets and sunglasses. Swap the shoes – You can see in the ‘before’ photo that my shoes conflict with the jeans. I traded for a less fussy pair of wedges and my legs seem longer. Voila!

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DRESS | BLAZER | SIMILAR WEDGES | BRACELET | CUFF | BAG | EARRINGS | SUNGLASSES | BELT

#4) Maxi dress

This outfit is not that common, but I know a lot of you wear maxi or midi dresses in the summer, so I wanted to show you a few ways you can elevate it.

Swap the Shoes – Instead of slip-on sandals, wear wedges that dress it up and add some height. Add a Belt – With such a flowy dress, adding a belt can help create more shape and waist definition. Add Jewelry and Accessories – I threw on some classic earrings, bracelets, and sunglasses. Fix Your Hair – Updoing your hair can completely change a look and give it an effortless feel. I’ve shared some of my favorite 1-minute updos in this post in case you’re interested! 3rd Layer – If you’re heading out to dinner, throw on a blazer or lightweight jacket and you’re good to go! Add a handbag – Complete the look with your favorite trendy handbag.

Which of these style changes will you try first? Please share it with us in the comments below! If you haven’t already, subscribe to our weekly newsletter here so you don’t miss our style resources or anything new.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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