BY CARLY WOOLLARD
On days where I’m feeling uninspired, or I’m simply in a rush, it is crucial to have an outfit I can count on to make me feel like my best self. This outfit also acts as my uniform for any occasion where the dress code is inconspicuous, and I am unsure just how casual or dressed up attendees are going to be. Simple, yet reliable, this outfit consists of a fitted ribbed tank top, a good fitting pair of jeans, a blazer, and a pair of loafers or sneakers.
It is incredibly important to note the quality and the comfortability of each item- regardless of the price. In other words, I’d rather splurge on a blazer- even secondhand! - and find a reasonably priced tank top. Mixing higher quality (and higher price range) items with more affordable pieces can immediately elevate an outfit. Not to mention incorporating your favorite gold or silver jewelry to complete the look and help you feel more put together and polished.
Now for the suggestions…
Beginning with my tried and true favorite tank top (possibly of all time): Women's Slim Fit Ribbed Tank Top - A New Day™. This top comes in a great variety of colors and is extremely flattering thanks to the ribbed texture and high neckline. And the best part… it’s only $8. If the tank top isn’t really your vibe, a graphic tee is another great go-to piece to layer with
A blazer is incredibly versatile and should be a staple in just about everyone’s closet. For a more affordable option, I personally love some from H&M’s collection. Specifically: H&M Double-breasted Jacket in light beige, white, and light green-beige. On the more luxury side, I love Everlane’s selection of blazers. My top pick is: The 80’s Blazer in black, khaki/ black, and ash brown. This is a company best seller and is raved about by customers who own it. A perk of purchasing an investment piece such as this one from Everlane, is the fact that the piece is made with higher quality materials and is bound to last you many years to come. This particular brand is also more environmentally conscience and prioritizes transparency and sustainability
A cult-classic pair of jeans that you really can’t go wrong with is: Levi’s 501’s in honestly any wash (light wash, dark wash, black, white, etc.). The original fit is my personal favorite because of its straight leg style and flexibility. These jeans are overall comfortable, easy to style, and go perfectly with this outfit (and so many others!).
Matching shoes with this look should be very easy given that this outfit is relatively neutral (depending on the exact pieces you choose). I would say that you could really take this in any direction you really desire; whether this is a platform converse, a pair of slide-on loafers, or a chunky dad sneaker… you really cannot go wrong. It’s practically fool proof, so take your favorite shoe out of the closet!
One of the beautiful things about this outfit is the many combinations you can create with just a few pieces. Having items in your closet that you feel confident and comfortable in are essential to building any great look. This particular outfit is just an example of an effortless and chic outfit that’s easy to build with staple pieces! Happy styling!!