My first visit to Europe occurred while I was in my early twenties. The elegant, subtle way of dressing in classics with no flashy prints, bright colors, bling, trends, or labels appealed to me on every level. Women of all ages exuded confidence that came from accepting and embracing the imperfections, which made them unique. Their wardrobes flattered their shape, coloring, and lifestyle. Accessories included subdued jewelry, elegant scarves, structured bags, and well-made leather shoes. Most people wore no more than two colors in their clothing combinations. Texture held more importance than prints. I remain captivated by this aesthetic since it can serve any budget well.
Warm spring weather has remained elusive in our region, so I am never sure what to wear on a day trip. On Saturday, we visited Blowing Rock to enjoy an early dinner at our favorite out of town restaurant, Rowland’s in Westglow. We spent part of the afternoon visiting with friends in the village and going into a couple of shops. Plan A was the J Crew wool blazer shown above. Thankfully the sun was shining, and the weather was warm enough to wear the light cardigan I brought as plan B shown below.
A twill silk scarf is a layer to keep me warm as well as to add a pop of color and pattern to my classic combos. The silver-gray tank top is a from a shop in Highlands NC a couple of years ago. The navy cardigan is very lightweight, and I found it online at Chico’s when they had a big sale recently. The white jeans are also from Chico’s a couple of years ago. The bracelet is no longer available, but it was one of my first purchases from French Kande. The bag is from last year by Michael Kors. The VANELi Aliz Slingback Pumps are from Nordstrom. (Women stopped me three times to ask who they were by.)
We immensely enjoy the fabulous dishes artfully prepared by James, the Chef at Rowland’s. Gary Brown is the manager and the very knowledgeable sommelier who pairs the perfect wine with each delightful course.