A Classic Look
I’m no fashionista. I’ve always told the story that for most of my life I didn’t know there were more stores beyond JC Penney at the mall. I went to Catholic school so I’m sure that had a lot to do with it, after all I wore the same outfit everyday for about 11 years. At 16, I got my first job at The Gap and so began my love of clothing. My style has been work in progress ever since. I have been a sucker for trends (*ahem patent leather maryjanes/satin overalls). But something I always come back to are classic looks.
Classic, or basics - in my view these are pieces that are highly versatile and timeless. For my classic pieces I buy neutrals: black, white, navy, grey, and deep greens. I would also consider teal a neutral for me because I am drawn to it over and over again. Classic patterns I love are polka dots and stripes. Classic fabrics? Basically, if it doesn’t feel “like butta” (as my mom and I always say) then I probably don’t want it. I would call my style cozy chic. I also find that because I wear classics more often I will spend a bit more, but again, as mom always says, never buy anything full price.
Denim - this has always been a struggle to find the right pair, so if you do find the ones you love, I say go for it. I love my one pair of Madewell jeans, but they were a splurge. For me, denim is durable and always in style. I wear jeans almost everyday so I’d say in the end it’s a good deal. You can get 20% at Madewell when you turn in old pairs as well!
Tip: I recently learned on my Cladwell App a tip for taking care of denim— stick them in the freezer to remove odor and kill germs. Throw them in the dryer briefly to return structure and fit. Don’t wash them?! Who knew!
Cardigans - my go to layering option. One might say I’m a bit of an addict when it comes to soft, cozy sweaters, but if loving cable knit is wrong then I don’t want to be right. Abercrombie has been on point lately with loungey sweaters.
T-shirts - I use a simple cotton tee in such heavy rotation that they get don’t last very long. I really love Old Navy’s selection - soft and budget friendly. Target has some great options, but fit is sometimes hit or miss.
Accessories - never underestimate the power of accessorizing. I put this under classics because it is the best way to elevate basic clothing staples! Simple jewelry like Natalie Borton and King and Curated is versatile, minimalist, and adds interest. Coats and scarves also add unique dimension to any outfit! This is where I add warm colors like red and yellow, or interesting patterns like plaid or leopard. Trust your intuition on this and stick to trends you know you’ll love for days to come.
Here are a few of my classic beauty and style icons.