Contemporary Classics: Refreshing Classic Pieces

Even the classics need an occasional refresh to be sure your look stays current.

And no, I’m not talking about vintage looks… I’m talking about the mistake we often make by assuming that a clothing item does not require updating by virtue of it being “classic.” You know what and who I’m referring to – that lady at the office whose black suit is screaming for a new silhouette or those pumps that would look exponentially more chic with a different heel.

Recently, Canadian-based jewelry company Mejuri, opened it’s first U.S. showroom in New York City and I was thrilled to be invited to their press preview (Thank me later for introducing you to the brand.  I am completely obsessed).  

To reflect the brand’s style, I wanted to wear something to the event that was classic and refined, but contemporary. I decided on a truly classic pairing – white top with black trousers and a sleek wool coat – but was careful to not appear uninspired.   For the top, I swapped a traditional white oxford for a flowy white blouse with round neck, contrasting buttoned cuffs and button back closure that I tucked into a black highwaisted tapered velvet corduroy pant. To guard against cold NYC temps, I wore a classic double breasted wool coat in forest green. The color and longer than customary length gives this timeless silhouette an interesting update. For shoes, I wore a classic chelsea boot updated with a chunkier heel and pointy toe. To add some color and texture, I carried a geometric mini snakesin bag (it’s all about geometric shaped bags right now – circle, square, triangle, etc.).  Finally, for accessories, I opted for gold – Daniel Wellington Melrose watch in gold with black face, gold geometric earrings, and Mejuri bound chain ear cuff (no need for a new piercing to get this edgy look, yay!).


Top | Zara Blouse with Buttons (SALE) || Pants | & Other Stories Tapered Corduroy Workwear Pant || Coat | & Other Stores Wool Blend Double Breasted Coat || Shoes | & Other Stories Chunky Chelsea Black Leather Boots || Bag | Mango Geometric Mini Bag || Watch | Daniel Wellington Petite Melrose Watch || Earrings | Mango, similar styles here, here and here || Ear Cuff | Mejuri Bound Chain Cuff
Location | Nolita, New York
Photography | Stephanie Poulos


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