The base layer is often very plain and simple with a V or scoop neckline and slim-fitting straight-leg pants or jeans. The fit is never oversized, and the texture is never bulky, rough, or quilted. The color of both pieces is often the same.
The magic happens when we add a third layer, accessories, and the other details that give that simple base layer personality. Shoes, bags, and jewelry allow for endless combinations, and scarves, belts, and hosiery complete the look to add even more polish. The details are indeed the icing to every ensemble.
You’ve seen all the elements of this going out to dinner with friends look several times, but they were assembled differently. A gray cashmere cardigan, sleek-fitting tank top, and slim-fit straight-leg black pants are essentials for me.
None of the pieces in the look for today are new, but you may get ideas for new combinations using what you already have. This post may also help you identify elements that may be missing from your wardrobe. The focus should be on finding the bits and pieces that are right for you and your lifestyle. When those criteria are met, you will reach for those pieces countless times for years.
When I find something that fits my needs, I may purchase the same item in several colors. For example, I have these same heels in black, red, and embossed snakeskin. Similar pumps here.
The collage below shows the elements worn with different attitudes over the years. I’ve owned many gray cardigans and black pants. I’ve purchased the same microfiber tank tops from Chico’s (here) for at least five years. Similar pants are here – matching belt here – similar cardigan here – similar bag here.
Several pieces of jewelry in this post are still available here. (Use the code SAS10 for $10 off any one item.)
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