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.

In With The New (Dress, obviously – you know me…)

With a reason to get dressed up and plenty of time to reflect, New Year’s Eve combines my passion for psychology and fashion perfectly.  I have a very short wish list of resolutions for 2012: to travel to Montana and play cowgirl this summer (I knew I should have bought that Stetson in Texas), learn to make macarons and make at least two trips back to Europe (because Europe, I miss you so…).

My outfit for New Year’s Eve is from All Saints.  All Saints recently brought out a collection of Premium dresses that are so wonderfully constructed and dramatic in style they drew me in like a moth to a flame.  This Appeley gown is styled around the parachute theme that typifies many of All Saints’ dresses.  Rope fabric has been twisted to create three-dimensional seams on the dress. These seams are placed strategically to create a uber flattering silhouette – curving around the body and flowing down into the full skirt.

There are five dresses in the All Saints premium collection – others are Heather, Sumi Cora, Allegra and the Silk Parachute dress.  Appeley remains my favourite, but I’ve love to know what you think of the collection, Blog Reader.

Photo credits: Lydia Hudgens.

I wanted to give a brief round-up of my favourite places to shop for dresses in the winter sales here – for any of you searching for bargains this January.  First of all Farfetch, an online site that brings together some fabulous boutiques from across the world, has a great sale on now with many designer dresses at discount (top tips – this sleeveless Alexander Wang dress and the Ardwick dress from Rag & Bone).  Also Black White Denim, a wonderful UK boutique (top tip – this cut out dress by Carven). Finally Opening Ceremony, whose SoHo store I often visit for style inspiration in NYC (top pick – the Rachel Comey Candela Dahia dress).

Happy New Year, Blog Reader!! (But now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty – what did you wear??)