I recently picked up re-watching episodes of one of my favourite now defunct shows, Happy Endings, on Netflix. It’s a great comedy show with hilarious references to pop culture (albeit now dated, they’re still funny) and throws in some great actors on top of it. When I watch TV shows, I tend to pick favorite characters- people that I really like that make me laugh or that I feel bad for… And on this show, I really like the character of Jane Kerkovich-Williams played by Eliza Coupe.
She’s feisty, determined, stubborn, bossy and fun… And her outfits on the show reflect the classic style that I am trying to emulate.
First, I love the character’s bold color choice on this otherwise conservative blue button-up shirt. In going through my own closet, I own mostly black, brown, white, navy and grey clothes (with, I admit, a healthy dose of pink thrown in) but I also own two bright red coats. One is just like Jane’s- a bright red raincoat that I bought while working at the returns desk at TJ Maxx as a second job in University for something ridiculous like $20- and that I wear still today and get compliments on all the time. I think wearing a bold color coat is a great way to accent your otherwise classic wardrobe.
Ah, I love this dress. I first love the cut: wrap dresses are not only classic and always in style, but they are also the absolute most flattering thing on my body type. They hug where they are supposed to and flaunt curves that I used to despise. This dress also plays up two of my favorite colors- navy and white- in a great combination.
Plain Jane… Excuse the pun, but there is something so elegant about wearing something like this outfit of a white button down shirt and khaki skirt which I adore. You could wear this to work with a cute blazer and be ready for a Spring or Summer meeting or even wear it more casually on the weekend to dress up or down based on accessories. I believe it was Carolina Herrera who said that every woman should have a white button-up shirt that fits well in her repertoire, and this is definitely a great idea and a fundamental of classic dressing
Once I’ve done about seventy thousand push ups and my arms don’t look completely terrible, this is definitely a look I want to copy- I love the look of the lace tank top with embellishments. This would look great at a holiday party with a pair of black pants and pumps or with jeans for a night out… It’s a classic staple as well and there is nothing as luxurious as silk on your skin, is there?
Love how this demonstrates that a classic cardigan and a pair of well-fitting pants can look like a million bucks. The accessories are what makes this outfit, and I can absolutely relate to cardigans as being a staple in a wardrobe when they’re well-cut and flattering. A friend of mine who wears cardigans almost exclusively (she calls it a signature) often buys expensive cardigans and then buys incredibly cheap t-shirts, tanks or long sleeve shorts to go underneath them. It’s a great move, although it’s easy to fall into a boring pattern if all you wear is cardigans, having a few standards in your regular wardrobe I don’t think can ever lead you astray.
Remember how much I liked the wrap dress, above? I love this wrap top even more. It’s in a great neutral and classic beige color which can work again with jeans or dress pants for the office. You can leave the shirt loosely tied and open provocatively on the weekend or with a great shell underneath and tied up for a work event. It’s love for me.
And finally, when I finally get to goal weight, this will be the kind of classic nautical-inspired bathing suit I will wear (if I have time to go on a beach vacation, but you know, that’s a totally different post) It’s just adorable, and although it’s hard to see from this picture, there are nautical details like sailor pant buttons down the front of the bottoms. It’s also cut really well for this actress as it’s not too revealing or flashy, but still sexy… Just classic sexy.