Some of my favorite outfits continue to be remixes of the most basic pieces. Small tweaks in styling can help change up the look of the same old items. For example, tucking your shirt into high-waisted bottoms and adding a knotted jacket gives off a super laid-back feel, versus wearing the shirt long and un-tucked like a tunic, then layering the cropped jacket on top which creates a different vibe. Here’s a few older posts showing these pieces styled differently in other outfits: JBrand jeans, BR button-up, Sole Society block-heeled sandals (here and here).
These jeans are probably the most shapely pair in my closet, thanks to the high-waist, the holding power of the stretchy fabric, and of course the slimming black color. As mentioned in earlier posts, J Brand’s Alana style comes with a 27″ inseam for no hemming necessary on fellow shorties, and the Maria style is the same “vanity” material and cut, but longer for leggier ladies.
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to hair and always ask for long layers…mostly to make sure I can throw everything up in a ponytail with no stragglers left behind. My hairstylist finally convinced me to do some shorter pieces around the face, and I have to admit I’ve been loving it. They help frame the face both with updo’s or hair down, and are long enough to put up or tuck behind the ears. And since I still always get questions, here is a video tutorial with my secret to the topknot hair bun!
I’ve been eying Gucci’s Soho bags for a while, both in this rectangular leather strap “disco” version and also the adorable little round “chain” one. The retro camera bag silhouette and large tassels lend a vintage vibe which I love in my purses. The neutral tan color I have is sold out at several stores, but still currently available at either Gucci or Luisa Via Roma (duty/tax free). White (Neiman’s still has the color in stock) would’ve been my first choice if I didn’t already have my Celine, as there’s just something about the combination of white pebbled leather and tassels! A problem with both the disco and chain styles is the straps are longer than my liking, even with the adjustable factor on this one. In this post I have the prong about 2 inches past the shortest hole that comes punched on the strap. I also wanted to show a pic of how I’ve looped up the excess end, but other, sleeker, solutions are to use either double-sided tape or tiny clear hair elastics to secure the flapping strap end down.
PS – speaking of bags, saw my Mar Y Sol straw pom pom tote on sale at Tabots and had to share! I got this tote last year at full price and always get compliments on it while at the beach / on vacation, plus I like the story behind their handcrafted pieces. The one at Talbots is the smaller size (see on me), and their bigger Caracas tote is on sale too.