it’s back to basics with black and white. the power of neutrals never fails. if you want a timeless, classic, and sophisticated outfit, reach for black and white. 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 in-depth.
casa djalali has received a little TLC the past few months. and let me tell you the results are a-ma-zing! new master bathroom, fresh landscaping in the front and back yards, and now the basement. what a difference! 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. the room is so inviting i just might camp out there from time to time.
the beauty of a black and white color combo is that it’s very traditional and classic yet modern and contemporary. while i love to add color into my wardrobe, whenever i want a classic look, i always head back to the basics with black and white. white jeans from Frame that feature a high waist with a slim straight leg are my favorite. they look fantastic with a black turtleneck from Banana Republic. a sweater and blue jeans are simple outfits that never fail. add a duster cardigan sweater with a beautiful drape. it’s the perfect third layer for a crisp fall day. to add a little pizazz, i opted for zebra print haircalf smoking slippers. Ann Taylor and Banana Republic have them in stock. accessories like shoes, scarves, and handbags are the easiest way to add color or pattern to an outfit without going over the top. the cutest handbag from Coach that’s been on style repeat all season is the finishing touch.
the smoking slippers are dark brown and white, so don’t be surprised if you order them.