An Ideal Pairing

Casual chic for the office and beyond


The Outfit

Two must-have classics: a blazer and a pair of poppy shoes. These staples can make any outfit sing, withstand the test of time and allow for mix-and-match with what’s already in your closet. 

Now, this may seem pretty basic – but when you incorporate pieces like gold coin necklaces, a scalloped neckline or even embroidery details, it quickly elevates a pair of jeans and a top to a reflection of your personality. 

The Thinking

I gravitate toward unstructured blazers because they make me feel more put together and comfortable. Whether it’s a Scottish plaid, hot pink or vertical pinstripes, the diversity of this lightweight coat keeps the outfit feeling new and effortlessly chic. 

Here I paired this striped, tan and white coat with a scalloped black camisole, gold coin necklaces and embroidered frayed jeans. The addition of the blazer elevates the professionalism (and my confidence) much more than a knit cardigan would.

While I’m wearing simple, neutral colors, I love shoes that are an exclamation point of the whole look. The lively orange initially drew me in, but the square buckle detail sold me. Accompanied by a timeless pointed toe and price tag under $60, this mule makes the whole ensemble look more expensive without breaking the bank. 

Let’s Shop

Scalloped neckline black camisole - Nordstrom Rack
Neutral striped blazer - (Similar): Nordstrom 
Gold coin necklaces - (Similar) Nordstrom + Uncommon James
Black and gold wrap bracelet - Tory Burch 
Orange mule kitten heels with buckle - ZARA
Frayed jeans - ZARA (Similar): Free People

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About This Blog

Our Staff Writer, Devon Miner, puts us all to sartorial shame on a daily basis. As a result: we’ve asked her to write a blog about her personal style and how she puts her fabulous self together.—Kate Meyers

Devon's Story:
Seventeen magazine served as the dominant design theme in my Highlands Ranch bedroom. My collection of torn out pages became a personal style bible for daily accessorizing. I was ten at the time. Since then I’ve been a student of fashion– no Crocs or sweatpants for me. At 15, I attended the Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. That visit captured my heart and my imagination. It also sealed the deal for a lifetime of observation and appreciation for what works and why. I’m embarrassed but also secretly proud to say I was voted “Most Fashionable” at Mountain Vista High School. The beat goes on. These days, I’m an unapologetic collector of patterned pants, graphic band tees and oversized buttoned-down blouses. Look to this blog for a weekly outfit and analysis as well as a smattering of fashion news from Colorado and beyond.

“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” –Yves Saint Laurent

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