the sunday brief | back to basics | outerwear

  1. Cynthia Matos Macsherry says:

    Beth, love this series. I have all these piece except for the black blazer. I do own one but as part of a suit and I don’t want to wear it out! Looking forward to the accessories next week

    • beth djalali says:

      ha ha! but if you ever felt adventurous you could break the pieces to the suit apart. just sayin’.
      so happy to hear you are enjoying the series. the basics aren’t glamorous but boy oh boy are they the hardest working items in your closet.

  2. DriftwoodLover says:

    Good tips. I’d like to find a utility jacket in a chamois color. You woe a jacket earlier this year that color and I saw it is a nice change.

  3. Sophie McDougal says:

    Great tips Beth! Love this series; classics for your wardrobe staples! And you carry them off so beautifully, too!

    • beth djalali says:

      hi sophie! thanks so much for stopping by. and i’m happy to hear you are enjoying the back to basics series. there’s nothing glamorous about wardrobe staples but they are the hardest working items in our closet!

  4. Ali Fraser says:

    Beth, I so love the way you put clothes together. You always look so stylish. You should be Ms Athens!

  5. V Valencia says:

    I love every outfit in this post. Now that I am retired, I try to find casual outfits that make me look put together and up to date. I rarely find myself dressing up anymore. Thank you!

  6. Michelle McDonald says:

    I love these Basic posts, partially because you show so many wonderful outfit ideas that I can pin for later inspiration!! You are such a beautiful woman with a fabulous sense of style.

  7. Maura says:

    Beth, your blog has encouraged me to look at my wardrobe differently. It seems a lot of the plus clothes out there just doesn’t do it for me because I’m a “classic” kind of girl. Started wearing my 15-year old Ralpth Lauren Jean’s jacket again and picked up a classic washable navy blazer to dress up or down. No LBD for me. Instead many pairs of black pants that can be dressed up or down. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Susan says:

    Beth, love this back to basics. I need to add some pieces to my wardrobe and this is really helping me choose what I need!

  9. Cindy Woods says:

    Wonderful post today. I will definitely look at your links, as I only have a jean jacket and utility jacket. Two things: I LOVE your camo t-shirt and I love how you pull off pairing black and brown. Thank you again for your great style insight.

  10. Noel M Clark says:

    I really love these “basics” posts. I have recently found an appreciation for those basics, and have been investing in them the last year. I live in Iowa, though, and our essential winter outerwear is more like: short down jacket, long down coat, fleece-lined rain jacket, dressy wool coat, everyday wool coat, snow-shoveling/sledding coat (old one that I don’t mind getting messy) knit gloves, dressy gloves, knit hats, knit ear warmers, knit scarves, knit cowls, more knitted scarves… 🙂

  11. Maria j Johns says:

    just started following you……love all your ideas….thanks so much….I am 58 still working and need to dress in business casual…so your style really speaks to me

  12. Sharon Larkin says:

    I love this post Beth, I have been meaning to purchase a black blazer and leather moto jacket. I love the suggestions for pairing these 2 basics.

  13. Karen says:

    I’ve been following you only for a month r so and I love your style. You’ve given me lots of great ideas of how to mix things I already own.

  14. Suzanne Smith says:

    I remember all these looks. They’re all pretty timeless. This winter, it’s been for the most part so mild here in NC that I haven’t had a real chance to break out most of my heavy winter things, so most of these you highlighted would do fine here over numerous seasons, too. Happy Sunday!

  15. Maru says:

    I have the denim jacket. On the hunt for a long trench coat, not in black. Preferably in burgundy and a tailored black blazer. I would love a black leather Moro jacket. I had a Ponte one, but had to get rid of it when I lost wright. Looling for all in a plus size.

  16. Cheryl Rielly says:

    I love this series. I’m working on sprucing up my wardrobe with better tops and jackets. What’s great is that you don’t have to have a lot of clothes to look pulled together.
    Thanks Beth for your insights and encouragement to get out of your comfort zone.

  17. nedra says:

    Hi Beth, I do love your back to basics and was tickled to see your denim jacket, one of my personal favorites. I traveled from NC to Ohio to visit family and the county fair. I took along my jean jacket and was wearing it when a cousin’s wife, said, “I want a jacket just like yours!” I had to look down to see what I was wearing. lol You see she is the glamerous member of the family and for years played Beauty. Yes, Beauty and the Beast, Beauty on Broadway in NYC. She was commenting on my jacket from Tractor Supply Store. I think of her each time I wear it. Hope you will as well.

  18. Lyn says:

    I am expecting an order from Nordstrom for one of the black moto jackets you featured! I have been afraid I might be a bit too old at 69 to wear one – but, what the heck!! I like to dress appropriately for my age, but my favorite look is jeans and my Chuck Taylors!

  19. Elizabeth Smith says:

    Hi Beth just wanted to say that I love the layered look with the denim jacket/sweater over shirt, I am going to try this, as I much prefer jackets to full length coats, being short. I am also discovering how to make my wardrobe ‘work’ for me, thanks to your guidelines, it really works thank you!

  20. Susana says:

    Me encanta to look!

  21. Karlene says:

    I just bought my first jean jacket, your outerwear basics post was perfect timing! I hope you know what an inspiration you are, not only for Your graceful style but your pushing through life challenge and carrying on. Thank you for all you share! Enjoy your day!

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