Happy 2020!!! We’ve stepped into a whole new decade 🙂 What this brings us is a fresh start, and possibly a very different approach to everything from our lifestyle to our fashion. Simplicity has always been elegant, but now it carries an acute awareness that less (less complications, less stuff…less everything!) is definitely more. For this year, Pantone has declared ‘Classic Blue’ to be the color of 2020–“…a deep blue shade that’s at once comforting and relatable…” according to Time. Well, what better hue to start off this year’s #FashionTips? As fashion embraces its utilitarian roots and goes back to basics, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips that put a little fun into functional 🙂

To celebrate the classics, I started off with the simplest and most basic of fashion pieces–a classic blue, long-sleeved Pret-a-party men’s shirt  and a pair of classic button-fly Levi’s jeans. These are items found in almost everyone’s closet and I tried wearing them in a few different ways…

The simplest way was to wear it buttoned up & tucked into a pair of jeans. I added a gold safety pin as a brooch (along with red Marc Jacobs ballet flats and a vintage Lanvin purse).

Another way to wear the shirt was as a bustier top, with the neckline opened and buttoned up above the bust (the collar was at the back and made an interesting back detail) and the sleeves criss-crossed in front to make a sash and meeting at the back (I buttoned one sleeve to the other sleeve’s buttonhole to hold it in place). I reinforced the top button with the safety pin brooch to make sure it didn’t pop open (and wore red Marc Jacobs ballet flats and carried a vintage Lanvin purse).

Still another unexpected way to wear the shirt was to wear it backwards (with the buttons closing up the back) so it looked like a mock turtleneck in front. I tied the shirt ends at the back of my waist to add a back ribbon tie while creating a blouson effect in front, and wore the gold safety pin on a chain as a pendant (along with vintage red stilettos and a vintage Lanvin purse)

With a little imagination, less clothes can do waaaaaay more. At the same time, classic blue (and basic pieces) can be both practical and chic! Do you think these were good ways to play up the classics? Comment below–I’d love to know what you think 🙂

*Photos by Ito Ocampo

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