Creating fall outfits centered around a white shirt and a pair of jeans is a frequent topic among bloggers of all ages. A button up the front shirt isn’t right for everyone. They can add bulk, and when you layer them, the collar always wants to go its way, and let’s not forget to mention those pesky buttons that gap open at all the wrong places. My solution is to wear a scoop neck, sleek, slim-fitting top, and a pair of dark wash jeans with a smooth pull-on waistband instead of a zipper.
Today I share my tips for getting the most milage out of these basic pieces. The top should have a neckline that flatters your face. The fabric should skim your body and be thin enough not to add bulk as you layer over it. The jeans should fit well, have straight legs that stop at the ankle bone and there should be no trendy fades or rips. If you go for unadorned pieces in solid colors that fit within your color palette, the sky’s the limit. The jeans shown are by Liverpool Jeans Co here. The Simple Comfort long sleeved top is by Covered Perfectly here. (Buy two tops, get a third for free!)
Add a pair of espadrilles, a navy lightweight hoodie jacket and an orange crossbody bag to run errands. The shoes are by Keds here. The crossbody bag is by Dooney & Bourke here. The casual jacket is from J.Jill here.
My very casual looks always include a watch, a ring and a small pair of simple earrings. Sunglasses and lipstick are a necessity. In these photos, I am wearing a new lip color called Poppy – Shimmering Pink Red from Beautycounter here. I layered it over a red Lancome lip pencil.
If I have a doctor’s appointment, or I’m having lunch with friends, I will add a cashmere sweater, a pair of nude loafers and carry a top handle bag. This sweater is at least three years old from J.Jill. Similar here. My gray bag is several years old by Calvin Klein. Similar here. My nude loafers are from last year. Here is a similar pair.
Again, my jewelry is minimal, but it makes a statement and finishes the look with intention. The necklace is from Stein Mart. The large face watch is old from Michael Kors. I added a simple silver bangle.
If we have a fun date night, I can add a leather trim black blazer, slightly tuck in the tunic and wear heels to create a more polished going out look. (Jeans are not always appropriate in resturants. Check for a dress code when you make your reservations.) The Helmut Lang jacket is a few years old. Similar here.
The French Kande necklace is here. The bag is here on my shopping site. The shoes are by Rockport here. As always, affiliate links provided in my posts may generate a small commission for Susan After 60 Inc.
Oversized blazers and block-heeled loafers are classics. The blazer is by Everlane from last year. Similar here. My Franco Sarto shoes are here. The bag is several years old. Similar here. The belt is also old. Similar here. The Ralph Lauren scarf is several years old. I have many scarves and many more on the way here at my shop.
I hope that showing you how I mix and match the same classic pieces worn over and over again, inspires you to shop your closet and wear your basics in fresh ways. Have a beautiful day!
Photos by Elizabeth Miller.