When it comes to building a versatile, streamlined wardrobe classic basics are essential. These multi-tasking must-haves span the realm of tops, sweaters, pants, jeans, skirts, dresses and blazers and can not only be mixed and matched for endless outfit possibilities, but can also be worn across all four seasons when chosen carefully. I have touched on these essentials briefly here and here but to highlight the versatility even more, I will be starting a new column to showcase how one piece can be worn in four separate seasons, four separate ways. To begin this series, I want to wax poetic about classic white jeans. I love these clean, crisp bottoms for their endless versatility and sophistication and think every wardrobe needs a medium weight pair that fits well and makes you feel instantly chic. While the process of finding your perfect pair can be daunting and tiring, once you do the reward is wonderful and you will have a sleek closet compadre for all seasons. Below, I have outlined a few ways that I wear mine in winter, spring, summer and fall.
During the winter I love to wear white jeans with rich cognac accessories. Less harsh than black (though black on white is eternally chic), cognac accessories help offset the white and act as the perfect base for a navy turtleneck. This look can also be worn with a classic pea coat, camel coat or even Barbour coat if the weather is mild.
When spring rolls around I love to ditch the turtleneck and pull on a casual v-neck and statement necklace. I swap the boots for espadrilles or ballet flats and carry a cognac satchel to stow away a light coat if needed. The final look is one that I wear constantly and can easily transition from the office to the weekend by changing the shoes and jewelry.
During the summer nothing beats white jeans and a classic striped t. To take full advantage of the summer styling opportunities, I love to pair this combo with wicker accessories and leather sandals for a look that's equal parts laid-back and refined.
As summer fades to fall and the days grow shorter and cooler I like to wear my skinny jeans with a chunky knit sweater and ballet flats. To elevate the look beyond the basics, I love to tie a silk scarf around my neck and carry and statement clutch in a rich hue. This look is all at once chic and casual and I wear it on repeat each fall with either ballet flats, chelsea boots or riding boots.
Until next time!