Whenever I’m a loss to put together an everyday outfit that makes me happy, I go back to my tried and true wardrobe basics in my favorite color combinations, and this one never fails me.
I’m taking about black and camel, and there is usually a pair of black or blue jeans in the mix.
My camel sweaters are some of my most worn winter wardrobe staples, and this crewneck version is a great price right now. If you like the look but prefer a cooler color tone, the beige hummus heather and brown taupe are also nice options.
Camel isn’t the best color for me to wear near my face, so adding the black jacket (which is one of my better colors) helps keep me from looking washed out.
Plus, I just find the camel/black color combo pleasing to the eye. Even when the outfit components are casual, they look more sophisticated when pairing these neutral colors.
I absolutely love the styling on this jacket, and it’s so comfortable to wear. It isn’t lined, but it slips on and off easily over the sweater, and there’s plenty of room for movement, thanks to the boxy shape.
Treasure & Bond makes a similar style for less, if that’s of interest to you. That one is lined, and it has an elastic waist, which gives it more of a bomber jacket silhouette.
To keep this look casual, I wore my favorite slim straight ankle jeans in a medium/light indigo wash, and I added a black belt with silver hardware to define the waist and add another element of interest.
If you’re looking for belts, this B-Low the Belt brand makes really nice, supple leather belts with modern details. They’re a bit splurgy, but if you appreciate finer leather goods, I feel like they provide a good value for the price point.
I love how these LØCI Origin logo-patch sneakers bring the colors from the outfit together. Of course that’s not necessary, but it’s fun if you have something like that.
Andrew Marc coat (S) // Nordstrom crewneck sweater – 32% off (S) // MOTHER Hustler (29) (also at Anthro) // Sam Edelman boots – 30% off at Bloomies; 35% off at Zappos (8) // similar scarf // similar bag // BaubleBar necklace // similar earrings
These booties are shockingly comfortable for a pointy toe/stiletto heel combo, which is also what makes them super chic. The 2 1/2″ heel keeps them walkable and also looking current, as lower heels are trending at the moment.
I like the black suede, but they also come in black leather, if you prefer a more weather-resistant material, and there’s a brown suede option too.
And I’ve been wearing this coat a ton lately because it’s so easy to dress up or down. It has a nice slim fit with welt pockets and button tab cuffs.
I always prefer a single-breasted design, as it seems less bulky and generally more flattering on my frame, and I like that this one only has two buttons, which leaves the neckline fairly open.
I rarely wear a necklace with a crewneck, but in this case, I added this chunky gold chain, and I really like it. I’m also wearing these trendy gold sculptural hoops, which have sold out, but Anthro has a similar pair. In fact, I just ordered those in silver.
I’m wearing the same camel sweater underneath, and I also added a camel scarf to increase the style quotient and add more of this rich color to the outfit. Mine is from J.Crew, and it’s been discontinued, but Madewell has one that looks similar.
Finally, these jeans are the MOTHER Hustler in Healing Jars wash. I really like how the ankle-length flares show off the pointy toe booties. When I was in Chicago this weekend, I noticed a few stylish women rocking this look, and I was glad I brought mine along.
How about you? Any tried and true color combos you find yourself reaching for again and again?
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photos: Alison Cornell