Clean Classics

Clean lines, simple styles, timeless classics. They may not be as eye catching as trendy styles when you are out shopping, but they will elevate your look for any occasion. Ginger was a major fan of classic styles, for men and women alike…when she was younger and on a limited budget, she always said, “Buy less, but buy quality – classic pieces never go out of style”.

You can’t get any more classic than a navy blazer, right? This is a lightweight wool by Smythe, a brand favored by Kate Middleton (I’m a sucker for this kind of info)…whether you splurge on a high end brand or not isn’t nearly as important as having a blazer tailored.  Take the time and spend a few extra dollars to shorten the cuffs, take in the waist, or slim down the sleeves – whatever it needs! Tailoring can take a mediocre jacket from sloppy to sensational. Even a pricey jacket looks awful if it doesn’t fit well.

Sensational need not be pricey, and need not be fussy. This tan merino wool sweater by Banana Republic (this year) is a great neutral layering piece…unlike my recent ‘miss’ purchase, this one is not skin tight, so is a much classier look. For the office setting the simple a-lined skirt by Theory looks great with a blazer, but will look equally nice with a cashmere hoodie on the weekend…because it’s a couple of inches above the knee, avoid wearing a high heeled pump…tall boots or booties keep the look tasteful.

These Stuart Weitzman boots are at least eight years old, but they have timeless style…

For a bit of pizazz I added a ‘timeless’ scarf…;-)

And now – ready to hit the road!

The Bottom Line:

  • There is nothing better than simple classics to create an impressive professional image.
  • Impeccable tailoring matters more than a high end splurge.
  • Wearing navy and white is not just for summer!
  • Accessorize classics with classic jewelry and accessories, avoid too much bling.
  • A short skirt when you are over 60 with wrinkly knees? If it makes you happy, YES.

Happy Friday ladies!

Candy Costas

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