5 Fun Statement Pieces That Will Jazz Up Your Basics

I think pretty much everyone owns at least a few basic clothing items, whether it’s a solid black dress, a plain gray shirt, or a simple navy pencil skirt. While basics are essential, and even look good sometimes when they’re worn by themselves, they can really be taken up a notch if you add just one statement piece. Over the last few months, I’ve added a few statement pieces to my closet, and no matter what basic outfit I’m wearing, it’s instantly jazzed up when I throw on my statement piece. It’s like magic!

Click through for five statement pieces that will jazz up even the most basic of outfits!

Also, check out Yanira’s post about upgrading your simple outfits with a few easy changes here!

  • Statement Pieces 1 of 6
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    Statement pieces don't have to be loud or crazy...they're something that's unique, a conversation starter, and a piece that instantly jazzes up a simple outfit. Click through for 5 of my favorite statement pieces currently in my closet. 

  • Statement Scarf 2 of 6
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    I own a bunch of scarves, and I love how they can instantly add texture, pattern, or color to an outfit without being overwhelming. This patterned one from She Does Justice is a great statement piece. It's bright, colorful, and pretty, and instantly jazzes up a simple black dress. 

    Dress: from Kiki La'Rue

    Scarf: She Does Justice

    Flats: Payless

  • Statement Vest 3 of 6
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    An army green utility vest has been on my wishlist for ages. I recently got this jacket from Chicwish and it had black faux leather sleeves on it. The faux leather looked a bit too fake, so I cut them off, hemmed the raw edge of the sleeve, and ta-da! Army green utility vest!

    This piece isn't bright or patterned, or anything, but the layering that it adds to an outfit is perfect and visually appealing, and definitely jazzes up a simple blue dress. 

    Dress: Kiki La'Rue

    Vest: DIY from Chicwish Jacket 

    Booties: Target 

  • Statement Turband 4 of 6
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    A fun trend that I've really loved this year is the Turband. It's a really easy and perfect way to jazz up any simple outfit. My jeans, tee and booties outfit is super simple, but the turband takes it up a notch and makes the outfit feel complete and fun. 

    Turband: She Does Justice

    Shirt: Kiki La'Rue

    Jeans: American Eagle

    Boots: Chicwish

  • Statement Tights 5 of 6
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    During the cooler months, I wear tights all the time. Although I own several black pairs, my favorites to wear are my brightly colored ones. I love that they jazz up a simple outfit like this basic pencil skirt and top. A pop of color creates simple color blocking as well, and the color coordinates perfectly with the simple colored necklace. 

    top: kiki la'rue

    skirt: banana republic

    tights: we love colors

    heels: choies 

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    I think everyone needs a statement jacket in their closet. It's like a secret weapon that can be pulled out and used whenever your outfit really needs a punch. Without the jacket, this outfit would be really simple and boring, but with the jacket it's complete and fabulous. 

    Jacket: Persunmall

    Dress: Old Navy (altered by me - tutorial here)

    flats: Lulu*s

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