Black, White & Denim: Blazer, Shirt & Jeans

On my travels around Texas this weekend I opted for one of my favourite classic looks – a black blazer paired with a silk shirt (from Reiss, old season) and my Levi’s jeans.  I’ve been on a real mission lately to streamline my wardrobe and pull together those ‘classic’ pieces that I wear again and again.  What I have ended up with is two-thirds of a closet that is made up of black, white and denim, hence taking the advice of Jo Davies, the founder and owner of one of my favourite English boutiques of the same name:  ”Get the three essential building blocks of black, white and denim right and everything else will fall into place.” (Jo Davies, Black White Denim.)

Quality is paramount in building a wardrobe of classic pieces and there are a handful of brands I feel are excellent for these essentials.  Reiss (of course!) and Helmut Lang for jackets, shirts and tees.  J brand and Levi’s for denim:

Look one (image above, left) Reiss Astra Volume Sleeve Shirt; Helmut Lang Sugar Cropped Jacket and J brand Jeans.
Look two (image above, right) Reiss Ella Jacket; Helmut Lang Threadbare Cowl Back Tee and Levi’s Low Rise Demi Curve Skinny Jeans.

An effortless way of looking good, pieces like these are a great way to begin structuring your wardrobe.  I’m focussing on more of my black, white and denim classics over the next few months Blog Reader, so I’d love to hear your thoughts below on the wardrobe staples you can’t live without, too.

Wearing: Blazer, River Island. Jeans: Levi’s.  Shirt, Reiss. Sandals, ALDO.

Chain Me Up: IN PINK Necklace, ASOS Dress & Reiss Clutch

You may recall, Blog Reader, that 2012 was THE year for me to accessorize.  Here in September I am still on the case, this time with the help of IN PINK whose website I adore.  The multiple search functions on the site allow me to hone in on my style of jewelry quickly.  This silver tone chain necklace with leather strap (quite possibly inspired by the amount of metal and leather around me in Austin currently) is a nice bold design.  The length of the necklace appeals to me for wearing with my longer, simple black dresses as a bit of a statement piece.

Some of my favourite styles on the IN PINK site currently are below:

From left to right: Silvertone Rhinestone Spikes Stretch Bracelet; Black and Rhinestone Bar Wrap BraceletMixed Metal Rhinestone Bars Necklace Set ‘Skyline’ Collection and the Turquoise Rhinestone Swirl Stretch Ring.

I think I will always remain faithful to simple, minimal styles and shapes Blog Reader, yet this year my eyes have been opened to the transformative power of something like a necklace, a bag, some killer heels… (I thank you, Nicholas Kirkwood and Rodarte).  What do you turn to first to ‘add’ to an outfit, Blog Reader?

Wearing: Dress from ASOS (closest matches here).  McDougal sandals (just seen) ALDO.  Clutch, Reiss. Necklace, IN PINK.  Photos by Lydia Hudgens.

Looking to Fall: Timo Weiland, J Crew, Graceship & Aldo

Let’s talk about traveling, Blog Reader.  I’ve always wanted to be an organized, efficient traveller, with the perfect capsule wardrobe and perfectly chic luggage…  Yes, Blog Reader, I would arrive at Heathrow airport with my large round sunglasses, skinny jeans and perfect hair a la Posh Spice like that long haul flight never happened.

My status as a Spice Girl as yet unconfirmed* I do have several things that are making traveling across the Atlantic easier this trip.  I was gifted this fabulous laptop bag from Graceship last month and it’s the perfect briefcase for my Apple mac and all my travel essentials.  Graceship have a series of three laptop bags: New York (mine), Chicago and London - New York is my favourite for its sophisticated and boxy shape, shoulder strap (not seen) and multiple interior pockets. London would look at home on Kate Middleton’s arm I’m sure!  New York however feels more me. I also like that it doesn’t appear too business-y for a laptop bag.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

You may remember my trip to Charleston last month and to the wonderful Hampden Clothing where owner Stacey pulled this pleated Timo Weiland skirt out for me from her sale selection.  It’s a proving a lovely transitional piece for the slight chill in the air in London** and I love wearing it with my silk Blythe Blouse from J Crew - a wardrobe staple of mine.  J Crew just introduced a new retro jade colour for the shirt that’s a fabulous aqua colour – on my wish list.

A few words on these shoes – I bought this pair from ALDO in their summer sale just recently at a great price.  ALDO still have some good reductions on high-heeled sandals – check out the site if you’re in the market for a pair.

This week in London has been a whirlwind.  I’ve had a lot of fun though.  I’m flying back to America on Tuesday, heading to Austin via NYC.  I’ll post some of my London trip photos soon – yesterday I had a fun brunch with Anna of South Molton St Style, Dearne of Notting Hill Girl and Briony of A Girl A Style followed by an impromptu photoshoot near Golden Square.  I also met the lovely Milla of Not Just Another Milla for a catch up – she has the best afternoon tea reviews I have ever read so be sure to check these out on her site.  Until next time, London…

Wearing: Blythe Blouse, J Crew; Heels, ALDO; Skirt, Timo Weiland from Hampden Clothing; New York laptop BagGraceship; Belt, COSChain Gold Plated Bracelet, Freddie & Cinnamon.

*OK ok so I did miss the boat on that one but I can do a mean ‘zig a zig ah’ after two large glasses of wine. Watch me.

**Technically still summer, feels like autumn, oh well London I still love you.