whenever i’m short on time, i always reach for my style uniform. if you are new to the blog, you might be scratching your head wondering what a style uniform is all about. to put it simply, a style uniform consists of wardrobe staples that you can pull together at a moment’s notice and step out the door feeling confident and looking great. today, it’s all about my updated style uniform summer 2021.
everyone needs a great pair of jeans. my favorite brands are J.Crew, Talbots, Sofia Vergara, Ralph Lauren, Wit & Wisdom, Madewell, or Frame. i do my best to share jeans from a variety of price points. if you haven’t found your perfect pair of jeans quite yet, devote an afternoon to try on every brand known to mankind. you’ll find one, i promise. here’s a hint. before heading to the dressing room, wrap the waist around your neck. if it fits nicely, then you’ve found the right size to try on. dark rinse is perfect for evening as it’s dressier than a light rinse. and a light rinse, as well as white denim, will visually add pounds. but i love wearing white denim year-round. black denim too. a lighter rinse is perfect come summer. take note that jeans this season are trending with a looser fit than years gone by. today, i’m wearing vintage straight white denim from Madewell with a raw hem. it’s modern and fresh and keeps my outfit firmly rooted in 2021.
next on my style uniform list is a go-to blazer. start with black or navy, then add any color to your heart’s content. personally, nothing beats a tweed blazer for instant elegance. it’s classic coco chanel. take heart; these days, you can find a tweed blazer at a price point that won’t break your bank. mid-priced brands typically trot out a tweed blazer every year. keep your eyes peeled ’til you find the one you love. today, i’m wearing the cutest cropped summer-weight blazer (similar here) from Talbots. for summer, i look for a white blazer. navy is a good choice too. but don’t forget to put some fun into your style uniform with a plaid linen blazer or a seersucker blazer. both just scream summer. a pinstripe blazer can go from work to the weekend with ease. and a double-breasted blazer looks fantastic with a dress, skirt, or even blue jeans.
a silk blouse or a cotton or poplin button-up in a neutral color is always part of my style uniform. it’s a hard-working wardrobe staple. start with black, navy, or ivory. a silk blouse is an investment piece, so don’t be afraid to splurge. look for quality that will give you longevity. for an updated style uniform summer 2021, i chose a white tee. but not just any white tee. this cotton tee from Ralph Lauren has an American flag stitched with madras on top. it’s adorable! plus, i love the subtle infusion of color.
shoes and handbags make or break an outfit, so choose wisely. a variety of heel heights find a home in my closet. nude or black pumps or flats are the most versatile shoes. but look for neutrals in gray, brown, navy, gold, or silver. block heels are comfortable and add support, as do wedges. for summer, a slingback is sexy and comfy. that’s a win/win! but white sneakers are a wardrobe staple that’s on repeat all summer long. they look fantastic with dresses or skirts as well as blue jeans.
it’s Wednesday, ladies, time to put a smile on someone’s face, including yours.