Works Every Time

February 8, 2013

Wilfred coat c/o Aritzia, flats c/o Tieks by Gavrieli, dress c/o Boutique Onze,
bag c/o Mary Nichols, H&M belt, earrings c/o Brooklyn Designs
Basic, classic, timeless. Just a few words to describe the pieces I keep going to time and time again this winter: a beautifully cut coat by Wilfred from Aritzia, a ladylike but sturdy bag from Mary Nichols, stripes aplenty whether they show up on a sweater, shirt, gloves or here on this dress from Boutique Onze and last but not least, touches of leopard, seen here in my unbelievably comfy and cute flats from Tieks by Gavrieli (seriously a little obsessed with this Italian leather footwear line, an addiction that’s only gotten worse since receiving a new pair of stunning ballet flats late last week!).
I don’t mind looking “basic” sometimes, or often, really. It’s not possible or desirable to be putting your imagination and inspiration to the task when styling every day (unless you’re Daphne Guinness). If, like me, you like to take your weekends to stroll around town looking put together without having to put any thought into dressing at all, then having a roster of tried-and-true classics is essential. What I like about go-to classics is that they’re so personal: while flats or wellies (when it’s raining) are my classic, no-brainer picks for footwear, other people might default to riding boots or even cowboy boots. By the same token, though stripes are always intrinsically classic to me, other people might need a completely solid white T. It all depends on the person and knowing what will make you feel most like yourself while looking pulled together in a flash. 
So with that, happy weekend! Hope you have a couple stylish but easy days filled with relaxation, good food, catch-up’s with friends, or whatever else you like to do best :). Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Weekend Reel: this week’s video will highlight a little thing I like to call layering (read: my other sartorial go-to during the winter months!).

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  • Reply Stefani February 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Your looks are always so chic! Love the coat!

  • Reply Mounette February 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Lovely look. Love the bag. good week end too!

  • Reply pretty little things February 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    this is such a classic look — you look fab! xo

  • Reply Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} February 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I don't think this outfit is basic at all! It certainly has basic elements to it, but because the fit of the coat and dress is right for your body and because you love this outfit it elevates it in a way. Takes it from basic to classic!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Wren KW February 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I love the classic look. So perfect for every day. And those Tieks! I love them so much and I'm glad to see them again!

  • Reply Erin February 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I think this "basic/classic" look is gorgeous on you! A striped dress is a perfect piece to have in your closet, and I love how this simple tailored coat looks with it! Beautiful styling.


  • Reply Naomi February 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    You have classic beauty, that's why classic looks work so well for you!

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  • Reply JennaStevie February 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    This is a perfectly classic look, love the striped dress and this coat, both such great pieces. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Kimberly February 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Such a good point you have here – my husband just said this to me the other day when we were getting ready to go out: "Not every outfit has to be a mind-blowing combination." So true. Sometimes simple & classic is best, which your striped dress/burgundy coat certainly is! 🙂

  • Reply February 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I love this classic look and I agree that sometimes it's best to just stick to the basics! I've been looking for a striped dress like yours because it seems so easy to wear about a million different ways!

  • Reply Gabriele February 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    That coat is just beautiful.. love it!


  • Reply Lisa February 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Nothing wrong with the classics! I have more than a few no-brainer days where I depend on them to look put together with minimal effort. In fact, I have a striped J. Crew dress that I've worn with a cognac leather belt in the past; great minds think alike about foolproof combos.

  • Reply Casey McCoy February 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that the Mary Nichols link leads to the wrong site! It should be:

    Oh and the basics are always the best! Love that dress.


  • Reply Kacie February 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Cute striped dress! Thanks for reminding me to dig mine out 🙂

  • Reply Sweet Harmonie February 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Lovely look, very chic and beautiful!! kisses..

  • Reply Marie-Eve February 9, 2013 at 12:07 am

    You look very chic ! Love the whole look !
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  • Reply Petite Adventures February 9, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I love you coat, the colour is amazing, and it looks so great paired with the striped dress! So cute!

    Kate xo

  • Reply Ramona February 9, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Timless and wardrobe staples the best choice when no idea or inspiration to think what to wear.Alexandra you look absolutely gorgeous.Happy weekend!

    xoxo Ra

  • Reply vintagelillies February 9, 2013 at 3:11 am

    I love this outfit! Very chic and beautiful, and that coat is stunning!

  • Reply Heather February 9, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I love how simple and chic this look is. Plus the straight lines of the look is perfect.


  • Reply livlovelaugh February 9, 2013 at 6:52 am

    i love this simple and yet elegant look!


  • Reply Well... February 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

    You are the epitome of a classic girl! That's why I always love seeing your outfit posts – they're inspiring and clean 🙂

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  • Reply CoastWithMe February 9, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Love your striped dress girl! So cute:)!

  • Reply Carmen February 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Cute outfit and these shoes are pretty interesting 🙂

  • Reply Heidi February 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    You have the most amazing coats! Love this classic look. -Heidi

  • Reply Simona Manole February 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Such a timeless look. Love it! If you're stuck for Valentine's Day check out my recent post on some cute and unique DIY ideas.


  • Reply Vanessa McDermott February 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Love the colour and cut of that coat. Want want want!


  • Reply Ylenia February 9, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Such a beautiful look! The coat is perfect!

  • Reply t February 10, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Lovely look! Those flats seem so comfy!

  • Reply Jeannine Scarff February 10, 2013 at 6:45 am

    You looks likes so great. Your coat is so cute. Your color combination outfit is very emerging.
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  • Reply thanias February 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Stunning <3


  • Reply Nia Langley February 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    That coat works great!

  • Reply lifestyle April 12, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Good look, I like your coat, like the color. Coats For Women

  • Reply Jam Hsu June 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love you coat, the colour is amazing, and it looks so great paired with the striped dress! So cute!

  • Reply Jam Hsu June 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I love you coat, the colour is amazing, and it looks so great paired with the striped dress! So cute!

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