Great style isn’t about buying the newest trend. For me, it means creatively using what I already have.
Each time I wear this cashmere sweater from Everlane, I’m glad I bought it. The soft, thin knit is perfect to wear alone or layered with a jacket. (I’ve worn it with a long cardigan too! That post is here.) Crewneck tops are generally not my best choice, but this one is low enough to show my collarbones while still keeping me warm. I wear white jeans all year round when there is no chance of precipitation.
The plaid suiting jacket is from White House|Black Market. The white jeans are old from Chico’s. The bag is several years old.
The black and white polka dot scarf is old by Ralph Lauren. I’ve decided the best way to use the thin silk rectangle scarves is to tie them to the handle of my handbag. Always tie the scarf to the back part of the bag as you are carrying it to keep from adding visual bulk where you don’t need it in the front.
The Franco Sarto shoes are from last year. When I wear light-colored pants, I always wear nude shoes. Since I wear mostly flat shoes now, I’ve had to learn some new styling tricks.
Before I purchase anything new, I ask myself, “Will I wear this for the next ten years?” Classic, simple styles paired with dramatic accessories allows me to wear the same items on repeat in endless ways. Gimmicky clothing with too many busy details, bright colors, and bold patterns are not for me. I’m pleased with all the pieces I’ve purchased in recent years now that I know what works for my shape and my lifestyle. I hope that sharing what I’ve learned, helps you to develop your best style also.