style: don’t overthink it…

Isabel Marant jacket, Givenchy Pandora bagI’m finding that when it comes to style, there’s a fine line between being creative and over-thinking. Lately I’ve been leaning back toward an “un-fussy” look, which doesn’t mean I can’t incorporate a little Casual Glamour, just that it feels best when I’m selective with it.

earrings (similar) | jacket (also in Navy here) | top | ring | bag | jeans | boots

The lightweight tweed jacket has a polished, ladylike vibe, so for balance I kept the rest of the outfit a bit more casual and relaxed. It’s the jacket featured in the collage in Monday’s post, and is the kind of softly structured piece I’m always on the lookout for. Though I’ve styled it casually here, it easily could be dressed up.

Givenchy Pandora, French Kande silver ring

This French Kande ring is such a wonderful statement piece. It’s sterling silver-clad and the vintage “Bayonne” medallion features Anne, Duchesse of Britain and Queen of France. It’s comfortable to wear too!

How do you achieve balance in your outfits?

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60 Comments

  1. February 24, 2016 / 3:25 am

    So well said! I believe one of the worst mistakes we can make in styling an outfit is to try too hard.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Trina, thank you!

  2. Melissa
    February 24, 2016 / 3:31 am

    this color jacket looks great on you! It is fitted enough and the cut and style really dresses up an otherwise casual outfit.
    Love the whole ensemble.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Melissa, thanks so much!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Susan, thank you!

  3. Carol
    February 24, 2016 / 4:38 am

    Gorgeous jacket and entire outfit1 Would you mind if I asked what size did you took in this jacket, Susan? Also curious about size you took for the Anthem long-sleeve V-neck striped t-shirt from Madewell from a previous post.We’re approximately the same size and I will need to order both online, so any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 5:14 am

      Hi Carol, thanks! This jacket is size 36. The Madewell tee was XS.

      • Carol
        February 24, 2016 / 7:13 am

        Thank you so much for that info! I’ll be ordering both today. I have one other question regarding the Eileen Fisher top you’re wearing. Do you normally order the organic cotton tees or tanks in a Petite size or do you order a Regular size to compensate for potential shrinkage in the overall length of the item? Do you order up from your normal size? I normally wear a Small Petite in most Eileen Fisher tops.

        I’d like to add that you’ve really helped to “up” my style quotient with all the fantastic styling ideas you share on your blog!!!

        • une femme
          February 24, 2016 / 7:22 am

          Hi Carol, in general if a top is available in the Petite range, I’ll go with that one. I line dry both the EF cotton and linen tees/tanks, so have never had an issue with shrinkage. I take my normal size, PS. Glad to help, and thank you!

  4. Sharon
    February 24, 2016 / 4:49 am

    The jacket looks great on you. Love the loose structure and I could see getting a lot of various stylings from it as you describe. Thanks for modeling!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Sharon, thank you! After playing with jacket I’ve decided it’s definitely a keeper.

  5. sandypatti
    February 24, 2016 / 5:44 am

    Fabulous jacket – a wonderful completer and mood-setter for a simple jeans look. And wow to your statement ring! xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Patti, thanks so much!

  6. Suzan
    February 24, 2016 / 6:46 am

    Jacket is fabulous!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Suzan, thank you!

  7. February 24, 2016 / 6:49 am

    The jacket looks great on you. Would love to see it styled more monochromatically as well. I could sort of see you getting the navy one as well – perfect weight for LA, pretty much year round.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      KPL, thanks! I actually have a monochromatic outfit with this jacket in mind and will show it soon. 🙂 And yes, this is a year-round piece here.

  8. Lori
    February 24, 2016 / 7:16 am

    The whole look is fabulous! It makes me want to try on a double breasted blazer. (which all the fashion advice says to avoid)

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:19 pm

      Lori, thank you! I think the softness of the jacket and wearing it open help to mitigate the sometimes boxy effects of a double-breasted silhouette. It really all depends on the piece.

  9. February 24, 2016 / 8:03 am

    My Etoile Isabel Marant jackets survived my move to retirement. So great for work – transition well to casual life for the days when you want a bit of polish. Big thumbs up.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Lisa, thanks! Your EIM jackets and how you’ve worn them with more casual looks were definitely an influence. 😉

  10. Nancy McLeod Carter
    February 24, 2016 / 8:26 am

    Did you have a hidden camera in my dressing room this morning? 🙂 I was a nutball and couldn’t make a decision. Then, halfway to work, an accident on the highway made me have to turn around and now I’m working at home. I SOOOO could have stayed in my PJs this cold Maine-winter morning!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Nancy, I know what you mean! I think we’ve all had those kinds of mornings. 😉

  11. February 24, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Perfect said Susan! Trying too hard is so obvious. And never flattering. In my opinion :). You look terrific!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Jennifer, thank you! 🙂

  12. Leslie K
    February 24, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I’m in love with that jacket! You look great in that color; it brightens you.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Leslie, thank you! I love this creamy color, not quite as stark as white.

  13. February 24, 2016 / 10:34 am

    You look fabulous ! The jacket looks great on you 🙂 x

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:14 pm

      Beata, thanks so much!

  14. Joanna
    February 24, 2016 / 10:42 am

    A perfect smart casual look. I love the fray detail on the jacket.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:14 pm

      Joanna, thank you! I love that too.

  15. kathleenbotsford
    February 24, 2016 / 10:49 am

    I love the bag. Online the color says charcoal but it looks taupe. How does it look in person?

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      kathleen, thanks! When I look at the link of the bag it lists the color as “anthracite” but it’s definitely taupe IRL.

  16. Henny
    February 24, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Susan, this jacket looks really great on you. I really love your casual elegance and the FK ring is SO COOL!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Henny, thanks very much!

  17. Susan W H
    February 24, 2016 / 11:43 am

    You look wonderful in this fabulous jacket. Seeing on a real person makes me lust for it even more.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Susan W H, thanks so much! I always find it helpful to see how pieces look on different body types.

  18. juliet
    February 24, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    Loved this jacket so much I went looking for it today while on a business trip to NJ. Neiman Marcus didn’t have this exact jacket but lucky for me they had a similar, single breasted, cropped version. I got the 38 – I’m the same height as Susan but a bit heavier, especially in the hips, and wanted to be able to button it up. Sleeves were actually just fine. It was a splurge but I’m flying home with it tonight!

    • Denise Marie
      February 24, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      Well, for some reason my post above posted under the name “juliet”. Just noticed because I came back to mention that I tried on the Rebecca Taylor jacket too. i quite liked it, but the peplum was a bit too full for me. Also the Lindrayia R Spring Tweed Jacket but it was a bit plain.

      • une femme
        February 24, 2016 / 6:05 pm

        Hi Denise, thanks! Rebecca Taylor makes some great jackets too.

  19. February 24, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I really like this outfit! The jacket looks great! Softly structured jackets are the best! Wonderful ring, too!

    And I like your point of not overthinking outfits! When you choose pieces you know look good on you and you feel good in, outfits are likely to work and look effortless and chic.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks, Andrea!

  20. February 24, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I thought I recognized the jacket from the lay-out in your earlier post. Looks great with your jeans and tee. Very casual-glam. Still loving the short hair, too!

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Susan, thank you! I also like that it works with casual outfits and doesn’t feel too formal.

    • une femme
      February 24, 2016 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Pam! I love this ring and have been wearing it often.

  21. happinessatmidlife
    February 24, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    This is one of my favorite looks of yours. So much to love in this outfit from the great jacket to the statement ring.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Would love for you to stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

    • une femme
      February 27, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Alice, thanks so much!

  22. Sookee
    February 25, 2016 / 10:22 am

    You are my fashion hero; seriously, I check out your blog daily and your look has inspired me and I love how you share it with everyone. Since I began following your posts, I have put together three capsule wardrobes for traveling with my monsieur whether its hiking the four-corners (Arizona/Utah/Colorado/Nevada), NYC/Napa, or exploring Europe, I now have 16 pieces (some overlap I have found) for each grouping that fits what the adventure will be for us. Most recently we were in New England and hiked Acadia, but also explored the Finger Lakes, etc. and then went on a whirlwind 2+ week trip to Italy (Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Vernazza/Cinque Terre, and Venice) and because of you, I packed almost perfectly for the very first time in my adult travels. Thank you. PS – love the jacket!

    • une femme
      February 27, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Hi Sookee, thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve found the packing and wardrobe suggestions helpful. It sounds as though you’ve taken some amazing trips!

  23. February 25, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    I love the raw edges of the jacket – great for up or down styling. And that huge honkin’ ring. Lookin’ good!!

    • une femme
      February 27, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Melanie, thanks! I love those raw edges too.

  24. Kellee
    February 26, 2016 / 4:47 am

    Love that ring! It makes the look for me!

    • une femme
      February 27, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Kellee!

  25. Susan
    February 27, 2016 / 12:09 am

    You look really fabulous in the jacket. I like the way it finishes off your outfit, polished, yet smart casual.

    • une femme
      February 27, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Susan, thank you! The right jacket is a wardrobe miracle-worker. 🙂

  26. February 29, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    My process is often, quite literally, put this on the dressform, see how it looks. How about that? And what if I added this? When I think it looks acceptable, I try the entire outfit on. Most times, I end up going back to the initial layer and just going with that 🙂 so there’s a lot of mileage in not overthinking things, yes. Undoubtedly 🙂

    p/s I covet that ring and your bag, insert swoon xo

  27. Marie
    March 22, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    Hello, Susan!

    Gosh, very pleased to ‘meet’ you in your blog!

    It’s wonderfully done; exactly what I needed to give perspective and balance to the thoughts and ideas swirling in my head. Constantly mistaken for being in my early 30’s but actually just turning 49 last month has made me determinedly committed I scrutinize that my wardrobe choices is NOT what’s driving the incorrect assessment of my age. I’m encouraged to see, after checking out your blog a bit, that my fears are unfounded. The best part is, you’ve inspired me to try add’l ideas that hits the sweet spot where edge meets the conservative in enticingly delectable balance.

    Thank you for this lovely work and looking forward to seeing more of you….

    Warmest regards,
    Marie

    • Susan B
      March 22, 2016 / 6:42 pm

      Hi Marie, welcome and thank you!

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