Jacket Required

There’s no easier or quicker way to polish an outfit than by layering on a well-tailored blazer. I already own one in classic black (seen here) but that feels a bit too formal and dark for Spring’s lighter, brighter days. So when I spotted this caramel-colored double-breasted jacket, I instantly knew it was headed to my closet and into heavy wardrobe rotation.

Structured by design, this jacket is loaded with well-tailored details: notched lapels, convertible collar, buttoned cuffs, and twin side flap pockets. What more could your wardrobe ask for? How about a wrinkle-resistant, movement-friendly modal blend. This unique fabric makes this jacket a go-all-day separate that’s also a great travel option. And while it comes in two other colors, the warm wearability of caramel is my kind of neutral.

The rest of my look is super simple but built with key pieces I think every woman should have in her wardrobe. Because all three essentials are white, I looked for subtle differences in each.

A solid tee should always be within arm’s reach, because it literally pairs with everything. I love the added textural interest of this ribbed white tee. And yes, I loved it so much I also got it in black.

I know I’m not the only one who loves white jeans — not just for summer but all year round (as seen here, here and here.) But because they are white means you have to be ruthless about getting spots and stains out and calling it quits when that fails. Nothing looks sloppier than discolored white jeans! Often, I turn my less-than-pristine white jeans into shorts. You obviously can’t resell or consign stained garments, but you can donate them (if you didn’t dump a bowl of spaghetti marinara on them!). I need to come up with a good DIY project for past-their-prime white jeans as well. And let me know if you have any great re-purposing ideas!

A few tips on white jeans: first, I always order a size up which helps to avoid that dreaded “sausage” look and feel. I also look for weightier denim, so there’s no potential for a see-through effect. And I try on LOTS of pairs until I settle on the one or two that are right for me. I also try to vary styles within that white palette. If you have skinnies, go for a wider or relaxed leg. If your cuffs are finished, go for ones that are raw-edged. Try a high waist or a cropped leg. And look for eye-catching details like the cute front patch pockets on these white jeans.

And the last key piece you should consider adding to your current Spring/Summer wardrobe is a pair of all-white sneakers. These current faves are by VEJA, the maverick brand that is standing with one foot in design and the other in social responsibility. Starting with organic cotton made by farmer associations in Brazil and Peru to wild rubber purchased directly from seringueiro communities — a relationship that enhances the economic value of the Amazon forest while also protecting it. VEJA only uses leather from southern Brazil that meets their exacting standards for traceability and chemical transparency. They are also at the forefront of vegan shoes. And while VEJA became an instant hit on Instagram and in the Blogosphere, these sneakers are stylish, superbly-constructed classics you’ll wear for years to come. Oh…and they’re super comfy, too.

Last but definitely not least, I layered 2 old necklaces with the gold heart necklace I love and wear every day. I’ve linked some great options below. You’ve seen this bag a lot (here, here and here and beyond) (Tory, bring it back!! Please!!), but I honestly love it so much — and its message — that I grab it any chance I get. Again, some covetable alternatives linked below.

This might be the most simple look I’ve shared yet. But sometimes, simple says and does it all. Have a great weekend!

Jacket: (Mango, also in green and strawberry)

Tee: (H&M, under $5!!!)

Jeans: (Current Elliot, sold out, similar here) More affordable here and here.

Sneakers: (Veja, exact style sold out but similar here) More affordable here and here.

Jewelry: (Mini Heart, Ginette NY) (Initials, similar here in 14K gold and here in faux gold — under $20!) (Layered necklace — like this and this.)

Bag: (old, Tory Burch) Currently coveting this and this (if money grew on trees!).

Photos by Kristin Moore-Gantz.

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