Coco Chanel famously said, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off." While I don't think this dictum is applicable in every situation (sometimes more is undoubtedly more), I do think that, on the whole, simplicity is the key to creating outfits that exude assurance in one's sense of style. It's this "new minimalism" that, I believe, has allowed designer brands to boast their timeless credentials and offered high-street brands a chance to realise the power of a well-made basic.
There are certain simple pairings that I turn to on a regular basis, but let me tell you just because they're composed of basics does not mean they lack in impact. The secret is sticking to one concept: a dramatic silhouette, an unexpected pop of colour or a fabric that extends from head to toe. Once you've got your easy pairings down, you can turn to them again and again, particularly when you're short on time or lacking inspiration.
It's the juxtaposing proportions of a fitted tank top and wide-leg trousers, the graphic finish of an orange-and-white colour combo, and the dressed-down uniform appeal of double denim. Ready? Scroll down to see and shop the four simple outfit pairings that seriously pack a punch.
1. White Jeans + Colour-Pop Top
A colourful knit will make your fave white jeans really pop, especially when paired with a neutral raffia tote.
If you're looking for quick and easy, high-impact dressing you can't get better than double denim. Make like Amy Lefévre and just add a denim shirt to a pair of jeans, alongside the odd colourful accessory.