Last week when I was out to lunch with a friend, I spied a woman wearing this cardigan and similar jeans. Her look was minimal, but notable at the same time, thanks to the sweater’s color, texture and sleeve shape. The overall effect was very pulled together and chic, yet relaxed.
Left (casual): Earrings | Bracelet | Bag | Shoes
Center: Sweater | Jeans
Right (festive): Earrings | Bag | Ring | Boots
It got me thinking about how an “elevated basic” like this sweater adds a lot of value to a casual wardrobe. You could easily dress it up for a festive casual look just by changing out the accessories. (And the jeans for trousers or even a skirt, if you prefer.)
One of my mother’s style rules when confronted with a choice between two pieces was “always go with the simpler one.” While I think there’s some validity to that, it can also lead to too-safe choices and a wardrobe full of boring basics. It makes sense to pass on trendy details (or too many details), but I’m slowly getting comfortable with not always going with the most generic choice.
(About the collage: no, those aren’t my colors. 😉Many of you have mentioned that my warm color selections don’t work for you, so went with cool this time.)
What are some of the details you look for to elevate your basics?
It seems there are a few flash sales going on today, here are some I’ve seen so far:
Anthropologie – up to 40% off gifts
Aquatalia – 30% off everything with code GIFTS30
Chico’s – 50% off purchase with code 30403
J.Crew – 40% off purchase + extra 10% off with code MONDAY
Madewell – 40% off sweaters & tops, 25% off everything else
Nordstrom – up to 50% off select styles
Talbot’s – Friends & Family 40% off your order, code FRIENDS40