The uniform for my life has been a tee with jeans. I have built most of my casual looks around this combo since I was a teenager.
These days it isn’t enough for me to leave the combination at that. The correct tee and color of jeans can be the perfect start to many appropriate looks, but accessories are necessary to give the combo some polish and personality.
We enjoyed a lunch date on Saturday followed by a long drive in the country because it was, for the most part, a beautiful sunny day. I wanted to be casual and comfortable but remain appropriately dressed to have lunch at Gourmet & Company.
The perfect tee must have a nicely finished scooped neckline that looks soft and feminine. I never wear a man’s style crew neck tee. Here, I am wearing the long sleeve Simple Comfort top from Covered Perfectly. These jeans are dark wash straight leg jeans from Fabrizio Gianni a couple of years ago. The great thing about investing in high-quality basics is that they always make you look polished and put together, and they hold up well to multiple wearings. I purchased the long black sweater on sale at Chico’s recently. The Antonio Melani tasseled hobo bag is from Dillard’s last season. The low heeled black Chelsea boots are from Frye Boots. The sunglasses are by Tory Burch.
I rarely wear the same color of shoes and bag, but it felt right on this day. When this bag showed up in the mail, I wasn’t sure about the size, but now that I have carried it for a couple of days, I love it. I will show you another casual look on Wednesday with the crossbody/shoulder strap attached to this bag. It is very convenient to keep the detachable strap inside your bag until you need both hands.