I’ve been on a real decluttering kick around the house lately, and that desire for clean, open spaces has spilled over into how I want to dress. Here’s a simple, casual elegant outfit that ticks all of the boxes for me.
Anything too complicated or contrived feels like style kryptonite. I’m coming back around to the (loose) idea of a uniform, to keep things simple and prevent “closet creep.” Wearable, relaxed elegance is what I’m drawn to now, but that doesn’t have to mean bland or generic. A few well-chosen accessories can do a lot of heavy lifting to personalize and add interest.
Style goal: uncluttered, relaxed elegance
It’s been a bit too warm for a sweater lately, but it’s supposed to cool down quite a bit over the next few days. So I’m hoping to wear this out to lunch with a friend later this week. This relaxed cashmere cardigan has a very luxe look and is incredibly soft! 3 colors available, sizes XXX-Small to 3X. (I’m wearing X-Small.)
With a longer sweater or top like this, I like to keep the bottom half relatively slim. If I had to pare back to single style of slim leg jeans, I’d probably go with this rag & bone “dre” style which is comfortable and easy to style. (It’s described as low-rise, but on me it’s a mid-rise.)
I’m wearing the washable stretch silk tee from Quince (gifted) which also hits my “relaxed elegance” target. And it’s quite lightweight and comfortable. I really like the open rounded neckline, which makes it easy to style with a variety of jackets or top layers. It was a bit long for me, so I had it hemmed a couple of inches. It’s a great piece for transitional weather, and comes in a bunch of colors.
More washable silk tops…
I’ve become a fan of belts to make a simple or casual outfit look more finished. Here I’ve added a skinny leopard belt, which pulls together the various browns/beiges in the outfit.
I find most ballet flats a bit too straight-up Classic for my style, but this ballet-slingback hybrid has a more modern look that really grabbed me. They’re quite comfortable for daily wear, and can dress up or down. They’re available in four colors, and like most Vince shoes, run 1/2 size large.
More slingback flats…
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