There are many reasons certain styles come to be considered “classics.” For me, a classic piece is one that can be worn (in some iteration) season after season, and is versatile enough to be remixed in multiple outfit combinations. Here, I’ve started with a classic casual outfit formula: jeans, a striped top, and blazer. Then I added some favorite accessories to personalize the look.
earrings (similar) | blazer | pin | top | bracelets | jeans (similar) | bag (similar) | shoes (similar, also these)
(Sizes: blazer 8 Petite, tee Small, jeans 28)
How I personalize a classic look with accessories
If it works with your style personality, you could go straight-up Classic with a pair of ballet flats or low-heeled pumps or sleek ankle boots, a classic satchel or flap bag, and some pearl jewelry. But straight-up Classic tends to look stodgy on me. So I’ve “funked up” the look with some playful accessories and metallic platform oxfords.
(I WAS having a good hair day, but the wind “funked it up” in about 2 minutes…😆 💨)
This is me being goofy. I’ve never been comfortable in front of the camera, and still am not, even after years of doing this. I often feel stiff and robotic after a few minutes of a photo shoot, so sometimes clown around a bit to loosen up. Or bark like a dog, as I once learned from a professional photographer. 🐶
For those of you with a cool season palette, you could:
- swap out the camel blazer for black, gray, or navy
- go with bracelets in a cooler tone, like these, other jewelry in silver
- try silver metallic footwear, like these
I wanted to take a moment to respond to some of your comments/requests regarding my outfit posts, specifically about showing a greater variety of colors and styles.
We live a mostly casual life, so that’s what I dress for. I don’t have access to a “fashion closet” with a variety of styles and brands to borrow from, and only occasionally receive gifted items (usually with a very limited choice of styles).
Unless I’ve indicated otherwise with “(gifted)” or “(c/o)”, all items I’m wearing are from my personal wardrobe and that I’ve purchased at one time or another. Because I’m quite petite (5’1″), I often need to wear Petite sizes or have clothes altered, which makes purchasing, photographing, then returning items unworkable. And ultimately, I want to be an advocate of creating a cohesive wardrobe that reflects personal style. 😉
I often use collages to feature looks and ideas outside of my color palette and style. Here are a few recent examples:
I’ll continue to include collages like these in the future, and will do my best to include a variety of color options in my “roundup” posts.
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