timeless classics turtleneck | the sunday brief

today, i’m traveling down memory lane. at the end of the year, it’s next to impossible not to take a moment and reflect on the previous twelve months. and we’ll be sharing a fun series in the next week or two as we wrap up another year and another decade. can you believe it, ladies? in a few short weeks, 2020 will be knocking on our door. so we thought it would be fun to share the top outfits of the decade starting with 2015 all the way through 2019. it’s been a fun project flipping through old blog photos! sometimes, i slap my forehead and wonder what the heck i was thinking. but, hey, it’s fashion. it’s totally okay to make a mistake. that’s how we grow and continue to streamline our style. but i couldn’t resist sharing this photo set that was taken at the inception of the blog. if you can believe it, the photos remain a Pinterest favorite. not long ago, i shared this pic on Instagram, and it was a hit over there too. do you know why this outfit has staying power? it’s classic through and through.

similar sweater here, here and here | similar shirt here, here and here | similar denim here, here and here | similar shoes here, here, and here

timeless classics turtleneck

timeless classics turtleneck

there’s no denying that a simple ootd is sometimes the best ootd (outfit of the day). what’s better than a chunky turtleneck and blue jeans? especially this time of year. and you can amp up your style game by slipping a plaid flannel shirt underneath.

i know, i know, some of us loathe distressed jeans, and some of us love them. personally, i think they add FUN to an outfit. and we all need a playful side of our wardrobe. no matter what age. but whatever your opinion is of distressed jeans, we know that different styles of denim come and go. but we also know blue jeans are here to stay. amen! they’re a wardrobe staple. and they were born and bred here in the USA, thanks to Levi Strauss.

timeless classics turtleneck

similar sweater here, here and here | similar shirt here, here and here | similar denim here, here and here | similar shoes here, here, and here

timeless classics turtleneck

timeless classics turtleneck

so what are the key components of a classic outfit? wardrobe staples that have staying power like a chunky turtleneck similar here, here and here . for an oversized look, i’ll jump up one size. plaid shirts similar here, here and here are a perennial fall/winter favorite year after year. and cap toe flats similar here, here, and here are a classic staple thanks to the infamous Coco Chanel.

timeless classics turtleneck

timeless classics turtleneck

all right, ladies, another sunday is in the books. there are only two more left in 2019. i hope you’re all enjoying these precious last days of the decade. let’s make every minute count.

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24 Comments

  1. Sabine Stechert wrote:

    Dear Beth, I am a huge fan of yours. But today I would like to recommend, that you bring your bag to a Fendi shop, or send it in for get the trim repaired. Usually the luxurious companies offer this service for small costs. If you have the bill, it would be easier. I recommend your site to all of my friends. By reading your posts we learn English.
    Merry Christmas to all of you
    Sabine from Germany

    Posted 12.15.19
    • hi sabine,

      don’t you use translator to read the blog? that’s what i use when reading an article in a different language.
      Merry Christmas!

      Posted 12.15.19
  2. Daniel wrote:

    Cute outfit. Would be much cuter without the holes.

    Posted 12.15.19
    • potato/potatoe differences make the world go round.right?!

      Posted 12.15.19
  3. Stephani Tyler wrote:

    Hi Beth…
    I have always liked your hair…It is a classic style which I have enjoyed for years…But….Today’s hair is so soft, I kinda like it better…
    Have a great day and Christmas!!!

    Posted 12.15.19
    • this version is a little longer than i typically wear my hair. it was the first haircut, my fab stylist, in san francisco cut. just loved her!

      Posted 12.15.19
  4. Angela wrote:

    Please give us an alternative to shoes with no socks for winter. I would freeze to death with my ankles exposed!

    Posted 12.15.19
    • you could add socks to any footwear i wear. but i’ve been wearing a slew of boots lately. did you miss those posts?

      Posted 12.15.19
  5. Kim wrote:

    Hi Beth
    I’ve been following you awhile. Love your style! I did fwtfl program almost 2 yrs ago & still follow their program. Heard the podcast earlier this week & you spoke about your sweet treat that you make. Something chocolate & peanut butter. Looked on your blog & cannot find recipe. Would you mind forwarding to me? Look forward to your emails each week! Enjoy your holidays! Thanks, Kim

    Posted 12.15.19
  6. Susan wrote:

    Hi Beth..Call me a stick in the mud, no torn jeans for me! Cute outfit otherwise.
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

    Posted 12.15.19
    • ha ha! it would be a boring world indeed if we all liked the same things. but it’s a cute outfit with or without distressed jeans. just add a pair of denim you love. voila! the perfect outfit for you.

      Posted 12.15.19
  7. Sandy Dunn wrote:

    I love this look on you. It is my favorite way to go. Look forward to reading your post every day.

    Posted 12.15.19
    • always love to reach for the classics. no matter what decade! thanks for following along, sandy!

      Posted 12.15.19
  8. Cheryl T wrote:

    Coco Chanel is famous, yes, but didn’t know she was infamous. Who knew?

    Posted 12.15.19
    • coco had quite the reputation throughout her life, breaking quite a few fashion rules. but World War II put her on the infamous list.

      Posted 12.15.19
  9. Laurel wrote:

    Just wish I could find cap for flats in wide, love the look, can’t find any comparable shoes that fit!

    Posted 12.15.19
  10. Janet Reading wrote:

    I’m for leaving the distressed jeans (and those are REALLY torn and pretty baggy at the knees, to boot!) to the kids. Stylish torn jeans are an oxymoron—and don’t have a place in a sophisticated 60-something’s wardrobe. But, as you say, to each his own and fashion is self-expression! Fun reading your blog, though!

    Posted 12.15.19
    • it always cracks me up what a hot top distressed jeans are. but jeans whether they’re distressed or not belong in a sophisticated wardrobe. thank goodness there’s no age limit to style or distressed denim.

      Posted 12.15.19
  11. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    I like a shirt under a turtleneck–it’s a great way to add some color close to the face and have a pop of color at the wrist, too. This looks so comfy and modern all at once. I can see why it’s a popular post. Hope the weekend’s treating you and your gang well. I can hardly believe it’s almost the end of the year. My one year knee-versary is the 19th, and I can hardly believe it. Very grateful this year. (You must be so sick of hearing about it! haaaaaa) xo

    Posted 12.15.19
    • it’s a very important anniversary! what a difference a year can make and i’m happy you can enjoy christmas this year instead of hobbling around on crutches! merry, merry christmas to you and yours.

      Posted 12.15.19
  12. Lyn wrote:

    My next b’day is going to be the big 70, but I still love a hit of youthful style in my wardrobe. I love the distressed jeans on you – obviously, they are just one piece of a well rounded fun wardrobe. I own 2 pairs of distressed jeans -one pair became distressed from years of cleaning and yard work! I wear them with my Chuck Taylors – I have had several comments about how cool they look. I would describe my wardrobe as updated classical – already planning my spring wardrobe purchases – a classic navy or blue blazer, but also a moto jacket! Why not have fun?

    Posted 12.16.19
  13. Sharon wrote:

    Your hair, your makeup, I’m not sure what it is but you look 20+years younger and just fabulous in these photos! Love the outfit–it works! Just like a recipe, we can use it as inspiration and tweak to our liking. Merry Christmas!

    Posted 12.16.19
  14. Suzanne Contois wrote:

    Can’t believe distressed jeans have been around for that long! Anyway, I agree a little distressing adds a youthful touch; love that sweater with-great outfit!

    Posted 12.16.19

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