11 Casual Outfits That Only Require the Basics You Already Own

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11 Casual Outfits That Only Require the Basics You Already Own

At this point, you're probably more concerned with shopping for other people than racking up a bunch of new clothes for yourself—cheers to the holiday season! That also means there's no time like the present to fully embrace and love on the basics you already own. Since we usually think of basics as the building blocks for a more complex outfit, our hope is that this story will help inspire you to reimagine the staples sitting in your closet at this very moment, and the 11 casual outfit ideas ahead will help you see their full potential. 

With working from home still a thing, casual outfits are getting the most play right now, so you'll want to take close notes of the style tips below. Thanks to a group of very stylish people, you'll leave here loving your casual basics more than you ever have. Whether it's your sweatpants, blazers, or jeans, get ready for some of your most under-the-radar pieces to become your new favorites. 

The Basics: Leather Trenchcoat+ Distressed Jeans + Colorful Bodysuit. The Styling Tip: Add some polish to your go-to distressed jeans with the quick addition of a flowing leather trench. 

The Basics: Long-sleeved Top + Cargo Pants + Puffer Vest + Sneakers. The Styling Tip: Go for a relaxed sporty moment with loose utility pants and a sleek puffer vest. Trust me, this just might be your most comfortable look yet. 

The Basics: Oversized Turtleneck + Baggy Jeans + Black Boots. The Styling Tip: Create a polished look via an oversized turtleneck and denim moment and simple black boots. It's an effortless outfit Mary Kate and Ashley would be proud of. 

The Basics: Black Oversized Blazer  + Black Crewneck Sweater + Black Trousers. The Styling Tip: Grab your biggest menswear-inspired blazer and wear it with tailored trousers. Contrast the look with a minimalist bag and '90s sunglasses.

The Basics: White Mohair Sweater + White Trousers + Brown Belt + Loafers. The Styling Tip: Find your fuzziest sweater and pair it with creased trousers of a matching tone for a classic monochromatic outfit. This will become your new go-to office look in no time. 

The Basics: Button-Down Shirt + Loose Trousers+ Point-Toe Boots. The Styling Tip: Level up your basic button-down with loose tan pants and your favorite handbag. Keep your jewelry minimal to let the basics do the talking.

The Basics: Shearling Jacket + White Tee + Skinny Jeans . The Styling Tip: Use a simple t-shirt and skinny jeans ensemble as the backdrop for an exciting new winter jacket. 

The Basics: Sweatsuit + Shearling Hat + Sneakers. The Styling Tip: Pull out your favorite accessories to amp up a basic sweatsuit. A scarf or chunky jewelry will do, but a fluffy, warm hat is also extremely practical.

The Basics: Cloud Coat + Button-Down Shirt + Bootcut Jeans + Boots. The Styling Tip: Cloud coats make everything better and that rule certainly applies to a button-down and jeans. A heeled boot will give the look that finished touch it needs. 

The Basics: Leather Pants + Cropped Top + Cardigan + Pumps. The Styling Tip: For a look that's a little more on the formal side of casual, add a white cropped top or tank to leather trousers, and finish it off with a cozy cardigan and dainty pumps.

The Basics: Graphic Hoodie + Flare Jeans + Combat Boots + Shoulder Bag. The Styling Tip: One more cool denim look before you go because there really is nothing better than a fun graphic hoodie and jeans. 

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