Six Items to Add to Your Wardrobe to Elevate Your Casual Style

As we look at the trends for this 2023 the one style trend that is becoming a favorite is elevated casual. That has always been a go-to for me.Here are six items to add to your wardrobe to elevate your casual style.

Classic Sneakers

I know I probably sound like a broken record but Jordan 1’s are the new “it-girl” sneaker of choice. I usually go for the mid version but when I came across this pair of  low-top sneakers, I immediately added them to my shopping bag. An “elevated” version of the classic low-tops this pair has a slight platform that makes it easy to wear with longer trousers and wide leg jeans. It’s casual enough to wear to run errands and the platform makes it easier to wear with your longer length bottoms.

Black white and silver low top Nike Jordan 1 sneakers with platform on white background
Nike Jordan 1 Elevate Low – $145

Oversized Hobo Bag

Black Oversized Recycled Leather Hobo with silver hardware sitting on white steps
M.AM Originals BE. U 200 Crossbody Bag – $375

This trend started late last year after a long love affair with mini and micro bags. Designers showcased some larger than life variations of this bag but the one that I have fallen in love with is from MAM. This innovative and environmentally-friendly brand designed the perfect oversized hobo using recycled leather. It can be worn as a shoulder bag or a crossbody and the design makes it easy to carry a lot without looking bulky.

Wide Leg Denim

My skinny jeans have not been worn in over a year. It’s not that I don’t like them, but right now is not the time. It all started with straight leg jeans for me around this time last year and by the end of the year it was all trouser and wide leg. If you’ve been following the blog you already know that two of my best purchases of last year were my Citizens of Humanity Horseshoe Jeans and Good American Good Icon Jeans.

This year it appears Citizens of Humanity have done it again with their newest fit—the Ayla Baggy Cuffed jean. The relaxed fit makes it so easy to wear and the cuffed leg (which can also be rolled down for a full-length look) is perfect. Cuffed or notthey can be worn with pretty much anything from heels to boots and even low top sneakers. This is bound to be one of my most-worn denim of the year.

Next, we have cargo denim jeans. We all saw and fell in love with the viral pair of acid wash denim cargo jeans from the Attico. But since most of us might not feel comfortable spending an upwards of $1K on a single pair of pants, I was able to find a dupe that will satisfy your cool girl vibe. For this silhouette, I prefer to wear them with a structured boot or heels (which can still be casual).

Light Wash denim cuffed baggy jeans Washed black denim oversized cargo jeans
Left: Citizens of Humanity Ayla Cropped Baggy Jeans – $258 

Right: Luxe To Kill Denim Oversized Cargo Jeans – $110

Low Heel Ankle Boot

One of my favorite ways to wear the denim mentioned above is with low heel booties. My favorite is from J.Crew (sold out). The heel is under 2 inches but it’s the shape of the heel that really makes this bootie stand out. I don’t know how else to explain it other than it’s kind of a low, slim banana heel (my gen-x/elder millennials know what I’m talking about). In any case it’s probably the most comfortable dressy but not overly dressy boot you can own right now. It will go with just about anything whether it be midi-skirts, maxi skirts, trousers, dresses, denim. At this point it’s my go-to heels.

Three low heel black booties

aeyde Donna ankle boots – $425
Ann Taylor Blade Heel Suede Booties – $209.98
Staud Black Wally Ankle Boots – $316

Delicate Statement Jewelry

I know it sounds contradictory, but hear me out. When I say delicate statement jewelry what I mean is that it’s a piece that while delicate also has an element that catches the eye. Again if you’ve been following the blog for a while you already know how I feel about Baublebar. I’ve been loving their jewelry for over a decade and over the past year they have been releasing demi-fine and fine jewelry at prices you’re going to love.

My favorites right now is the new zodiac and tarot collections. The 18 karat gold vermeil necklace with reversible pendant is the everyday jewelry you’ll never want to take off. Whether you choose your sun sign or favorite tarot, the pendant is a work of art. On one side it is vermeil and the other side is vermeil set in mother of pearl for an almost estate feel without being stuffy.

Two images of tarot and zodiac pendant necklaces
18 Karat Gold Vermeil Zodiac Medallion Necklace – $128
18 Karat Gold Vermeil Tarot Medallion Necklace – $128

I know I’ll be reaching for these items over and over again throughout the year. What pieces are you loving that elevate your otherwise casual outfits. Leave a comment below and follow me here on Instagram to see how I incorporate these exact pieces.

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