what makes a classic a classic? there’s been plenty of discussion on this topic since the inception of the blog. because one thing is crystal clear: this girl has loved classic style since that first blazer slipped over my shoulders as a young teenager. it’s crazy to think how one gray blazer started a love affair with timeless, tailored, and elegant clothes that endures to this day. i know many of you feel the same way about classic style as i do. it’s one reason i’ve shopped at Talbots since my twenties. i’ve come to rely on this brand to deliver classic timeless pieces i reach for year after year.
over the next five weeks, we’ll take a closer look at classic style as i’m thrilled to partner with Talbots as their Fall Classics Guest Editor. are you ready to see what made their top ten list? let’s take a peek at ten classic items we’ll be discussing over the course of our partnership:
since my love affair with classic style began all those years ago with a blazer, it’s only fitting that i kick off this classic series wearing a Perfect Ponte Blazer. blazers have been an integral part of my style uniform for years. nothing beats a blazer and blue jeans in my book. it’s a timeless look i reach for time and again because blazers add instant polish to any outfit, including denim.
blazers are an investment piece so a neutral color like black will go with many other items hanging in your closet. and give you bang for your buck. look for special details like a jazzy lining (this one is foulard), so the cuffs can be turned up for a chic contrast. functional or workable buttonholes are a sign of a well-made blazer and a must-have. the notched collar on this Ponte blazer gives this classic a fresh, modern look. but what i like the best about this particular blazer is that it’s made of ponte – one of the most comfortable and forgiving fabrics in the market. blazers can be dressed up for the office with a pencil skirt or sheath dress. or if you prefer to dress it down for the weekend with ankle jeans and a striped tee for a casual chic look. now that’s what i call versatile.
with the long Labor Day weekend at hand, it’s perfect timing to take this outfit for a spin. mr. style and i love to do a bit of exploring so we hopped in the car and headed to Helen, GA, a mountain town in northeast Georgia that’s known for its vineyards and Bavarian-style buildings. here’s a fun fact: with a population of only 430 residents Helen, GA is the third most visited city in the state. Helen is rustic and charming and lined with cobblestone streets and good eats at every corner. and the 48th annual Octoberfest is fast approaching with live German music, food, drinks, and dancing. guess who just might make another day trip in a few weeks?
but i would be remiss if i didn’t point out another timeless classic piece that makes up this chic and casual ootd. yes, this blue jean mama is more than happy to wear slim ankle jeans in baxter wash. it’s an easy silhouette that flatters every body. and Talbots carries sizes from petite, misses to women. there are even women’s petites. blue jeans are an essential wardrobe staple of mine that i especially love to pair with a blazer for an effortless modern look. today, i added a striped tee for contrast underneath the black Ponte blazer, black ankle boots with an easy low stacked heel, and quilted leather hobo bag. let’s not forget to add a few baubles to add some pizazz to this outfit. take a peek at this London charms brooch and matching charm bracelet that’s certain to be a conversation piece. but the pièce de résistance is this beautiful scarf in a classic pattern – paisley. don’t you think it adds a bit of pizazz?
stay tuned for next week’s post where we’ll discuss what makes a pencil skirt a classic. love Talbots spin with this wardrobe essential.
a big thank you to Talbots for this sponsored post. and thank you lovely readers for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you new ideas.