Classic basics redux

Over two years ago, I posted a “classic basics” outfit, pairing my black blazer with skinny jeans and a t-shirt. Comfy + classic + a bit of quirk = totally my style.

Today, I decided to go back to basics (same blazer, skinny jeans, and beribboned cat t-shirt), switching things up with different accessories.

Librarian for Life + Style | Classic basics redux

Details:  Black blazer:  The Limited, old {similar} {knit blazer option} /  Skinny jeans:  Target, spring 2012 {similar from Target}  /  Oxford-style heels:  John Fluevog, this spring {same brand, similar but not exact style} /  Cat t-shirt:  Jason Wu for Target, spring 2012 {cute cat tee option}  /  Silver earrings:  Kohl’s, old  {exact – they’re still making them!} /  Plaid scarf:  Came with black rain coat, Macy’s, gift-carded this spring {similar}  /  Tote bag:  Christian Siriano for Payless, two winters ago {very similar tote bag on sale!}

Librarian for Life + Style | Classic basics redux

What’s that you say? I think you’re right, a close-up of these awesome Fluevogs is in order. 😉 I love that these shoes are a quirky take on a classic, as well. The first time I wore these Fluevogs, I dressed up a bit in a ’40s retro look; this time, I wanted to pair them with a more casual look.

Librarian for Life + Style | Two-tone heels

Librarian for Life + Style | Classic basics redux

If you’re a regular reader, then you’ve probably noticed that I’m tending to opt for longer, dangly earrings with my new short hairdo. I haven’t worn these double-sided danglies in awhile — one side is spiral-shaped while the back side is straight. It does feel a bit odd to put them on, as I have to literally thread them through my ear. But the effect is very cool, and you can see them close-up below.

Librarian for Life + Style | Rope braid for short hair bangs

I also went to the well for the hair, utilizing my favorite rope braid for my bangs. A colleague — one who hadn’t seen my new hairdo yet — didn’t believe me at first that I had short bangs. (I had to show her a picture to prove it!) She was really interested in how I managed to braid the short bangs. But that’s the genius of the rope braid — it’s only two strands, so less fingers to get in the way, and the rope braid structure helps hold the strands in naturally. I also braided the bangs when they were wet, because my thin hair has more grip when it’s wet. Click here for a tutorial on how to do a rope braid for bangs — plus 12 more ideas for bangs!

It was a lovely warm, sunshine-filled fall day. Therefore, I did not bother with an overcoat, but instead layered a plaid scarf over my blazer for a bit of extra warmth. Although totally unplanned, I loved that my tote bag, with its cream-and-black colorblocking, echoed the color scheme of my Fluevogs!

Librarian for Life + Style | Classic basics redux

A colleague asked about the comfort level of my heels. The heel of the shoe is well-centered below the heel of the foot, which makes these pretty comfy despite the 3-inch height, as I illustrated in this post about high heels. I also wore these on a non-teaching day, so I knew I wouldn’t be doing a ton of walking. 😉

Fluevogs are quite pricey — these are the most expensive shoes I have ever owned — but I’ve come across quite a few look-alike pairs in a variety of styles for much lower prices.

Librarian for Life + Style | Oxford Shoe Styles collage

Counter-clockwise:  Strappy two-tone heels  /  Black low-heeled Oxfords  /  Cut-out Oxford heels  /  Oxford-style wedges  /  Oxford “shootie” style  /  Oxford lace-up block heels  /  Oxford-style flats

This week has already gotten off to a crazy start, so I hope y’all are having a better week than I am!

Link ups:  Inspiration Monday  /  More Pieces of Me  /  On the Daily Express  /  Monday Mingle  /  Style to Inspire  /  Fashionably Employed  /  #HowIFall  /  Mix It Mondays  /  Confident Twosday  /  Wardrobe Wednesday


8 thoughts on “Classic basics redux

  1. Kezzie

    Jen, I’m increasingly enamoured if your new hairstyle, it really does look super and Id like to give the rope bangs a go, do you think it’d just work on the front section of my hair as I don’t have bangs. The whole outfit is lovely. X


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