spring weather has taken us on a wild ride the past week! who wants snow in the middle of April? even in Georgia, our nighttime temps flirted with a brisk 35 degrees Fahrenheit. those are the days’ slippers, hot tea, and cashmere come into play. but what to wear when we step outside our door? take heart. that’s when a wardrobe built on classic wardrobe staples comes to our aid. what’s easier to throw together than classic black and white wardrobe staples? everyone has at least one black sweater or white denim on hand. and the outfit has chic written all over it based on the color combination alone.
casa djalali has received a little TLC the past few months. and let me tell you the results are a-ma-zing! the sod was finally laid last Friday, and what a difference it makes in the yard! this weekend, i put in a little elbow grease behind a few projects both inside and outside the house. let me assure you i am pooped! the downstairs guest room that one of my kiddos recently vacated after his year-long sojourn with yours truly looks fantastic! Ralph Lauren came to my rescue once again with a perfectly preppy plaid quilt and shams that remind me of my teenage bedroom. the walls are painted Hale navy, so shades of green, pink, and blue were the perfect additions. and i couldn’t resist donating my hot pink chair from the master bedroom to enhance the navy and pink color scheme. the room is so inviting i just might camp out there from time to time.
whenever i’m in doubt as to what to wear, i typically reach for classic wardrobe staples. these are the items in your closet that are the workhorses. no, they’re not sexy, there are no ruffles or bows, no sequins, and they never scream attention. instead, wardrobe staples are steady and true, simplistic, and will have you walking out the door looking pulled together in under five minutes. if you haven’t read my wardrobe basics series, start with this post that goes further in-depth.
this time of year, we love to slip into pastels, bright colors, cotton, and linen as our wardrobes slowly lighten up. but every now and then, mother nature decides to send an arctic blast our way. brrrrr! when the going gets tough, the tough reach for classic black and white wardrobe staples. white denim from Talbots – check. black crewneck sweater from Banana Republic – check. black moto jacket (similar here, here, and here) from Banana Republic – check. seriously, a black and white color combo will always come to your rescue no matter what time of year. it’s timeless. and the ootd would have been perfectly fine without any accessories. but y’all know how i sing the praises of accessories and how it will add pizazz to your outfit. so i pulled out a snakeprint belt (similar here) and decided to add snakeprint slingbacks (similar here) into the mix. add a gold bangle and gold choker (similar here) and this ootd is in the books.
if you haven’t yet jumped on the high waist pant trend i hope you will give it a chance. today’s white denim are high waist straight jeans (size 8) that will give you a lean and flattering silhouette. and, if you hadn’t heard straight jeans, wide-leg jeans, or cropped flared jeans are all on-trend. give ’em a whirl. i think you’ll like them.
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