Classic style is timeless, with clean lines, in quality fabrics that always look polished. They’re versatile workhorses in our wardrobe because we can rely on them to look crisp and effortless. But do they look stuffy? Not in the least if you combine the pieces creatively. Today I’m styling my classic white linen blazer to look modern with a simple striped tee, some super comfy jeans, a wallet crossbody, and pearls. Yes, pearls again because I’m loving their vibe.
This white linen blazer is a Talbots favorite they bring back year after year because it’s so popular. The blazer is wrist length which makes it flattering on petite and tall women alike. I love how it dresses up over a summer dress, or down over jeans. It even looks great over some crisp Bermuda shorts. It comes in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite. J. Crew makes a beautiful one here in stretch linen.
The single button closure makes this an easy blazer to wear open or closed and to be honest, I seldom close mine.
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My classic navy and white stripe tee seem so natural with this linen blazer. It almost feels nautical without the whole anchor motif. I’ve tucked mine in, but it would look equally good half tuck or untucked all the way. A navy tee would look great too and give you the column of color effect which is lengthening and helps you look taller.
See also – How to Look Taller and Slimmer
Anything seems to go this year with denim, and I’m finding these stovepipe jeans to be my most comfortable. Their leg shape is somewhere between skinny and straight which feels very modern to me. I should have bought two pairs because I’m reaching for these all the time. This outfit would also be great with some chino’s if you’re not a denim gal.
I added a braided leather belt, similar here, here (on sale), and here, that ties colorwise into my wallet crossbody and adds a bit of texture. This crossbody holds much more than I thought it would which I appreciate because I’m loving to have my hands-free these days.
Small watches may be more classic and expected on a woman, but I love the surprise of a larger watch with an up-to-date vibe. This one has clean lines and little excess detailing which keeps it looking casual and contemporary.
Pearls are featuring in my wardrobe more and more these days because they go with every color and add a touch of elegance. I’ve had this strand forever, similar here, here (50% off), and here. It’s as classic as you can get but it felt dated all by itself so I layered it with a contemporary green amethyst pendant and simple earrings.
I added modern platform wedges, a lower option here and here, and classic Ray-Ban sunglasses with mirrored lenses for a cool vibe that just won’t quit. I only wear polarized lenses these days because they cut down on squinting and help protect my aging eyes from sun damage.
Here’s how I make a classic white linen blazer look modern. On another day you could wear it with a ladylike dress, pumps, and pearl studs for a wedding shower or graduation. I’m glad I’ve held on to this blazer and pearls because their versatility makes them priceless in my wardrobe.
If you’re on Instagram, I’ll be doing a live chat this morning at 11 AM PT with Susan from une femme d’un certain âge, Deborah from Fabulous After 40, and Tania from 50 Is Not Old. We are chatting about fashion and it should be fun to hear what they’re keeping in their wardrobe and what they’re letting go of. Join us here.
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.