I love getting all dressed up in every color and pattern of the rainbow, especially during the most festive season of the year. But sometimes a simple and classic outfit feels really damn good. And what’s more classic than a perfectly designed white tee and vintage-inspired raw denim? Nada!
As with most refined things in life, in order to look polished and fashion-forward in a “basic outfit,” God is in the details. When you’re stripping things down (not literally, keep your clothes on for this one), you have to pay more attention to the little things—the fabric, texture, cut, and fit of your clothes. It easy to accidentally wander into sloppy territory when you’re wearing only the basics.
And you don’t have to spend big bucks to get a red carpet fit- some of my best fitting denim and tees were scooped up for single digit dollars at the thrift store. Of course, if you’re in the mood and have the means to splurge, I can’t recommend Imogene + Willie denim and Nation LTD tees highly enough. This denim pair is raw (never been washed or distressed) which means the jeans will stretch and mold to my body and my body only. If you never wash them (I plan on washing them as infrequently as possible), they will stay this deep indigo color and crisp texture for a lonnnng time.
My one stop shop for killer vintage basics (with a romantic twist) is Stressed. I scooped up this badass suede jacket from their Insta shop. And they also stock a ton of vintage denim, silky tops, and chunky knits. Another way to keep your basics looking chic is to add a few polished accessories. In this case: a killer hat, badass jacket, and a few layers of gold jewelry. Not all are necessary of course. In fact, this outfit would look super slick with a simple bandana around the neck instead of all the other additions.
How do you keep your basics from looking too basic?
Jacket: vintage via Shop Stressed | Denim: The Catherine by Imogene + Willie | Tee: Nation LTD | Boots: vintage | Hat: Otte NY | Necklaces: vintage and heirloom | Ring: LHM Jewelry | Bag: vintage via La Poubelle Vintage