During the stages of my life when I was living out a suitcase (staying abroad in Italy, interning at Nordstrom HQ in Seattle), I developed a pretty perfect “uniform” for myself. This simple combo always looks good, and can be completely retooled for an entirely different look with just a few small tweaks. Here is the formula:
BLAZER + T-SHIRT + JEANS + CHIC SHOES
That’s it. It doesn’t get much easier than this to achieve sleek, stylish minimalism.
This look works best with a blazer that’s more of a boyfriend fit (Zara’s are always my fave), over a crewneck tee. Black skinny jeans and a white t-shirt are a tried-and-true classic base, but when mixing and matching these four elements, the possibilities are truly limitless. Sticking to the basic formula, you can still switch up your look entirely by going monochrome, bringing in different jean washes/colors (dark, light, white, grey, olive, etc.) or blazer hues, and changing up your belt. The beautiful thing about this formula is that it’s endlessly customizable, while also being simple enough that it’s practically foolproof. It’s a classic for a reason!
Side note: I had been on a seemingly endless hunt for the perfect pair of non-ripped, flattering black jeans and honestly thought it might be impossible to find what I was looking for. I tried over a dozen high-end brands and never liked the way they fit, moved or [did not] flatter. After ordering and sending back over 15 pairs online, I finally found my holy grail: The Citzens of Humanity ‘Rocket’ Skinny. I’m normally between a 25 and 26, and the 25 in this pair was a perfect fit for me. They’re sturdy and don’t have that legging feel, but are still super comfy and really hold their shape (I’ve already worn them a half dozen times and no signs of losing shape yet). That being said, I also love Paige (normally my go-to), and Express has been a long-standing favorite of mine for affordable jeans.
One of my favorite sales is back! I love this sale because it works on both sale and full-priced items and allows me to invest in items and save. Until the 13th, get 20% off orders of $500 or less or 25% off orders of $500+ with code ‘EVENT18’
Here are some of my favorites below:
I finally splurged and got the most panama hat (I’ve bought about 7 cheap ones and this is one item where it’s better to just invest once), these cognac studded sandals (with a serious Valentino vibe) and this belt. This sale also includes my favorite pair of black skinny jeans I’m wearing in this post! If you are on the border, size down!
Shop the Post
Zara Blazer (similar here) // Zara T-shirt (best ones come from Zara Europe, here is my favorite available in the U.S.) // Citizens of Humanity Black Skinny Jeans (25% off now, my favorite!) // Zero UV Sunglasses // Louis Vuitton Belt // Chanel Boy Bag (similar pre-owned here) // Cartier ‘Santos’ Watch (similar pre-owned available here) // Booties // Everly Rings Stackable Bands – get 15% off with code ‘CHICSTREET’ // Lips: ‘Fired Up’ by Butter London c/o
As always, thank you for reading.
Capsule Closet Pieces Used:
– Colorful Blazer
– White T-shirt
– Black Skinny Jeans
– Black Belt
– Black Bag
– Black Sunglasses
– Silver Watch