I’ll Have What She’s Having: Irresistible casual denim with uptown styling (on a budget!)
It’s pretty easy to look chic in everyday, runaround jeans when your outfit tally is in the stratosphere. But how do YOU update everyday jeans without breaking the bank? I’ll show you…
Of course, there’s a certain sense of eliteness to be able to afford a TOTAL design jeans look like this: Saint Laurent midrise skinny jeans in a dark gray wash ($490), Saint Laurent denim shirt ($550), Saint Laurent leather skinny belt ($425), Saint Laurent suede ankle boots with silver buckle ($1275), and the bag that I am jonesing for, Saint Laurent Classic Duffle 6 leather bag ($2,150).
But, really, you don’t need to the beaucoup bucks… just the inspiration for a cheap chic dressed down look that both weekend and city worthy. Every piece I’m swapping out the Saint Laurent for is $200 or under.
Let’s start with a structured bag to add sophistication and some urban style. The modern duffle bag is making a stong shape statement this season but any classic style will do the trick.
Bonus TIP: A structured bag will take you from the office to dinner to the playground (look for one with a detachable shoulder strap) all without having to fuss with a daily bag change. but not skimping on style.
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Every wardrobe should include a pair of stacked, mid heel ankle boots. I like a black, leather or suede, with minimal to no hardware so it goes with everything, like these above.
Once you have your basics covered, then go for a higher heel with some buckle detail. I like these wedge ones by Derek Lam.
A fitted, snap front denim shirt in a medium wash, like this one from Pepe Jeans, will serve you will for years. Dress it up, dress it down… it’s all in the accessories.
Dark gray or soft black jeans look more chic when paired with a denim shirt and look less matchy-matchy.
How else would you style this outfit?Published on February 18, 2014