the holidays are over, and we’re back to our regular scheduled programming on the blog. winter is here. it’s Monday, and we’re flirting with cool weather and rain here in Athens. enough to make you want to stay in bed, right? i hear you, but let’s face this week together. head on. this month on the blog, we’re going to be talking a lot about new beginnings, refreshes, and getting back to the basics. in case you missed it, yesterday, we featured a closet refresh and organization guide. today, i want to focus on maintaining classic style in a new year.
there are certain closet basics and must-haves that will never go out of style. ever. i’ve got an outfit today that pulls some of those items together. perhaps more importantly, they’re further cohered because they’re all neutral-based: whites, grays, and blacks. neutrals serve as the foundation for any classic wardrobe that will stand the test of time and trends.
this winter, i’ve been consistently drawn to turtlenecks. last week, we presented a how to wear a turtleneck/sweater dress. (but if we’ve got a lot more inspiration on how to wear a turtleneck.) today, i’m showcasing a beautiful cashmere turtleneck sweater from Nordstrom. it comes in a variety of neutral colors, including but not limited to black, ivory cloud (=white), and camel.
i’ve chosen the gray as it serves as my base to pair with this eye-catching herringbone shawl collar wrap coat from Ann Taylor. (i’ve put together an extensive list of similars in the widgets below.) notice i’ve chosen a monochrome pairing, which serves a nice contrast with my white denim. this keeps things interesting visually, while still maintaining a completely neutral palette.
my booties and bag break up my gray base even further, providing the focal point of this outfit. if you’ve got a showcase bag or boots that you’re dying to pull out this winter, consider a neutral base as your starting point. that will give you a suitable background to really showoff your fashion centerpieces.
and to break up a January Monday, i thought i’d leave you with one of my favorites from my youth: a little KC & The Sunshine Band.
if you’re looking to refresh your wardrobe this year and want to set it on a solid foundation, start with the basics—start with the neutrals. once your foundation is set, you can start exploring and venturing into new fashion territories. as many of you know, i’m huge on adding a simple color pop to a neutral base.