March 26th, 2017
It Items

Transitioning into Spring

We are heading into blazer weather. Paired with a white shirt, Breton striped top, or light-weight turtleneck, a blazer is a timeless wardrobe staple and the perfect transition piece (think Emmanuelle Alt and Charlotte Casiraghi).  As a horseback riding family, we have no shortage of navy jackets on hand. On cool mornings I top off with a cashmere wrap then stow it away when the temp rises during the day. The top-handle bag updates this classic look.

Saint Laurent shirtValentino bag, Saint Laurent blazer, Tod’s loafers, The Elder Statesman blanket scarfAcne jeans.


What's New


Everett leather tote bag


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Caged satin minaudière


Wool-crepe strapless top


Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans


Garcon suede loafers


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Logo-embellished leather loafers

  • This looks like a perfect travel ensemble. Comfortable pants and shoes, chic bag, scarf for warmth, arrive looking pulled together.

    PaulaMarch 27th, 2017  12:00 AM

  • Lovely every day wear that doesn’t date and looks timeless and good on almost any age-
    I love Tods shoes…..I’d be inclined to add purple swede ones to this outfit!

    RuthMarch 27th, 2017  6:37 AM

  • Blue marine is so elegant! El azul marino es un color ¡tan elegante! … ¡Me encanta!

    MenchuMarch 27th, 2017  8:54 AM

  • Perfection – all of it.

    KathyMarch 27th, 2017  9:33 AM

  • This post proves that timeless classics are always chic, it’s just a matter of the tweaks. The Valentino bag makes this outfit sing. Thanks, Preston!

    CarolineMarch 27th, 2017  9:42 AM

  • I love this outfit! I’ve been trying to purchase the Acne jeans for months but they are difficult to find. Net-a-porter is out of stock and it is unclear if and when they will restock this item. Could anyone suggest a similar cut jean? Cropped, mid-rise and straight leg?

    marnieMarch 27th, 2017  9:52 AM

  • Yes to all of it! Love every piece. Have you tried the Acne jeans before? Curious about fit on this style. The classic cut and dark rinse are perfect.

    Karima | A Note On StyleMarch 27th, 2017  9:54 AM

  • Love this whole look. The navy suede Tod’s are great, but I like Ruth’s idea of throwing in a little purple, a color that I use sparingly but can create a memorable impact.

    About blazers (and really jackets, in general), I buy them as investment pieces. I do, however, get rather unsure as to whether the ones I own have become too dated looking, in regards to lapel size or overall length, etc. Buying a jacket is an expensive investment that I make with the idea of wearing the article a number of years, trendiness isn’t really the objective. But, being relevant and current in my attire is still the goal. Any thoughts on the subject from anyone?

    AprilMarch 27th, 2017  10:04 AM

  • I agree with April – I have been intending to buy a navy blazer/jacket for some time. Looking for a classic but modern one (visualizing Ines de la Fressange). Maybe it’s not the jacket so much as what it is worn with? Currently, instead of a blazer, I have been wearing coats that hit above the knee – balmacaan, or a wool Herno. My daughter recently purchased a darling trench at Madewell which makes anything look very pulled together. But I still want a beautiful navy wool jacket. Other than YSL, what is recommended?

    PaulaMarch 27th, 2017  10:26 AM

  • This Stella McCartney blazer is nice, and these Acne jeans here, too

    PrestonMarch 27th, 2017  10:32 AM

  • I think the Acne from La Garconne are skinny leg rather than straight. I have the same issue as Paula does, and actually just got rid of two navy blazers I had, which did look dated, although I’m not sure why?
    I’d be curious about a post on blazers…..

    KathyMarch 27th, 2017  10:36 AM

  • I will put more blazers in the kic shop, stay tuned…

    PrestonMarch 27th, 2017  10:56 AM

  • Such a timely post! I was just helping my husband purge his closet of older suit jackets….for me the issue of trend will often refer back to anything about the piece that feels “exaggerated “. I have an older grey Armani blazer and every season I feel wonderful in it but the length is perfect for me, the shape has a nice curve/cut and the shoulders are padded only slightly. Like Paula and April I add trendier accessories to update.

    SueMMarch 27th, 2017  1:49 PM

  • I find that while blazers supposedly stay in style, the subtleties of cut and fit result in the garment becoming easily dated, especially the shoulders. My snarrower shoulders than standard sizing mean that a custom garment is best. And, I like a very natural shoulder without padding, like Chanel jackets. I have resorted to a tailor/couturier for best fit. Same look and similar price for a jacket that is perfect for me!

    RebeccaMarch 27th, 2017  2:57 PM

  • Can’t wait for your post on blazers! I certainly have more than I actually wear, and am not quite sure why I don’t feel like all of them are keepers. Some of mine are shorter, and I am more comfy these days in a longer length…

    SusanMarch 27th, 2017  3:24 PM

  • I am a big fan or J Crew blazers in navy/black. They are keenly priced good quality and offer good value on a cost per wear basis.

    I invest more in a tuxedo jacket as it is more timeless and less effected by the slight changes in blazer styles.

    Another way to shake up the blazer/loafer outfit is to add some runners – especially Golden Goose Delux Brand.

    MelanieMarch 27th, 2017  5:46 PM


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