You’ve just got to keep things simple—by getting some rather painstakingly specific details right. But before we move forward: can you see why I am always banging on about how you shouldn’t put your cropped jeans away at the end of summer because they’re awesome with ankle boots?
And here is the exact Current Elliott pair I’ve got on in that picture, which are so good I purchased a pair in regular blue denim too. They have a nice slouchy skinny cut, just how I like, and unless you are eleventy feet tall, like the model here likely is, they will hit you a good bit lower on the ankle.
I bought this lightweight cashmere crew neck by Equipment during Shopbop’s Friends and Family event because it filled a very specific hole in my wardrobe: it’s cut like a t-shirt—nice and body-skimming—and good when your ensemble calls for something more refined than your usual bulktastic sweaters. Here’s one from Everlane that’s probably not as thin or tailored, but costs about half as much.
And to add the just-right touch of slouchiness: my Jolie Laide Roll & Tuck tee, tucked in the front, loose in the back. This really is in many ways the perfect tee—I wear mine so much it’s a little gross—and right this very instant you can get it for 20% off by entering GOACA20 at checkout. Do not delay, people: this offer expires on midnight, October 29.
I have spent a lot of time deconstructing why some women are so unstoppably chic in certain very simple ensembles while the rest of us just look like we’re wearing the same old boring thing, and when it comes to jeans and a sweater, here’s a little styling trick I’ve noticed: You will immediately look a good three times more pulled-together if you wear a belt and then fake-tuck the front of the sweater. It obviously only works with pretty light sweaters, but I promise it totally works.
The boots I’m wearing here were discovered at the bottom of a bin at a No. 6 sample sale last summer, and alas, they made nothing like them this season. You could go with something similar in a clog boot, but for me it’s all about that wedge heel, which is why I bring you this little slice of (splurgy) perfection. And here’s your significantly less expensive option.