Elevated Basics

This week has been a blissful reprise of autumn weather, warm sun and cool air, the scent of the fallen leaves. I was grateful to be able to spend each of those gorgeous days outside walking with my favorite dog clients; the only thing I really miss about my office job is the chance to get dressed in clothing I would not welcome muddy paws on.

Lately my work day attire has been about the quick change - comfortable jeans that can effortlessly transition from sneakers and a tee shirt into a look that lets me feel polished and confident for any part of my day which doesn't involve my furry friends.

As much as denim silhouettes have been pushing for change, I am not ready to give up my skinny jeans, and styles that hold their shape, wear after wear, are the only ones I want in my closet. I'm happy to share the Ann jeans from Mott & Bow, a power stretch denim, designed to flatter every curve and provide the quality of designer jeans at half the price.

I love my silk button downs - it's likely I have far more than I could reasonably need, but they are a weakness. A classic, a staple, and Mott & Bow wants you to know that you can wear silk and skip the dry cleaner. Isn't that little tag frequently what stands in the way of pieces that get worn regularly and those which get saved for special occasions? It makes so sense not to wear what I love, even if that means simply switching tops and shoes for running errands between walks, with the right basics I can.

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The Rundown 
Silk Shirt "Harper" c/o Mott &Bow
High Rise Skinny Jeans "Ann" c/o Mott &Bow
Black Velvet Blazer Urban Outfitters similar
Mules Charles David via TJMaxx
Bag "Lewis Drive Michela" Kate Spade similar
Loop Earrings Mejuri
Diamond Necklace Belonged to my Grandma
Fresh Water Pearl Necklace S.V. Decker
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Gold Herkimer Diamond Ring c/o Lumo
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx

Thanks to Mott & Bow for providing my jeans and blouse. As always, my views and opinions are my own.


  1. I'm all for elevated basics! THey're so versatile and ALWAYS looks good! What a great outfit!


  2. I love the wash of those jeans!! And yes, I have no plans to retire my skinny jeans but I am looking to add some other styles to my closet too

  3. Really in love with those flats. *heart eyes*

    District of Chic

  4. Such a great, classic look. I love the deep v on those shoes!


  5. These basics are all fabulous - I am particularly a fan of these jeans, which look amazing. Hmmmm, I may have some online shopping to do, ha ha!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  6. Sleek classic basic like this are the best! I love the blazer and jeans combo and skinny jeans are definitely my favourite style too! :)

    Hope that your week is going well :) I had a Christmas night out with friends last night, it was a lot of fun!

    Away From Blue

  7. I love how truly classy - and classic - this look really is. You definitely did an excellent job styling these pieces. So beautiful!

  8. Love the basics and these jeans look great on you! Love the fit and the wash!!


  9. I'm the worst at buying basics! These are so nice and giving me so much inspo!

  10. These are all great! I love the shoes, they are so cute and versatile!

  11. There's nothing better than a white top and jeans. Such a classic look!

  12. I've heard a lot of good things about Mott & Bow recently! Specifically their jeans .. yours look so good on you!

    The HER Chronicles [] http://theherchronicles.com

  13. You styled it perfectly with those heels dear. Gorgeous necklace you got there dear. Such a beautiful classic look!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  14. Love the hair L! Wear what you love, wear what you feel good in :)
    I've been away for a while and somehow missed that you were no longer working at an office -

  15. Simply love your outfit, especially that coat:) Happy December.
    - Marina W