Back to Basics: Blanket Scarf + Black Vest

Last week, I snuck out of town to Sea Island, Georgia for The Southern C Summit. I’ve talked recently about my lack of inspiration and this was just what I needed to get refreshed and excited about creating new content. This conference wasn’t strictly for bloggers but all kinds of creatives – photographers, event planners, interior designers, boutique owners, jewelry designers and more – which gave it a less competitive vibe which, when coupled with the amazing setting was a welcome relief.

I’m thinking of doing a wrap-up of the conference for those who may consider attending so be on the lookout for that later this week. But today I’m back with the Back to Basics series I started last week and will be sharing throughout the week. Think outfits to get you through these last, long winter weekends before spring. Ones you can recreate easily with pieces you already have hiding in your closet.

Today it’s really, really simple. Flattering, breezy blouse, simple black vest (if you don’t own one – buy one now while they’re on sale, I promise you’ll get wear out of it year after year), a blanket scarf and booties. Basically, the easiest outfit ever. You can also swap out boots for sneakers or ditch the blouse for a cozy, fitted crew neck sweater. Or do both and you’ll have a whole new look.

J.Crew Excursion Vest | Lush Perfect Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic 
J.Crew Lookout Highrise Jeans | Madewell Blanket Scarf
Ann Taylor Black Booties (old, almost identical here

If I had to single out one piece here, it would have to be the vest. This one is from J.Crew and is on sale almost all the time. I just checked and, of course, it’s 30% off now and still available in black and navy. I have both and they are serious closet workhorses – I break them out at least once a week. They work well layered over a simple sweater and cropped pants for work, go great as an added athleisure layer and are perfect with almost any casual weekend look.

Oh and this blouse is another winner. It comes in 10 colors and is under $30. It’s kind of an elevated alternative to the basic t-shirt. I have it in black and white which both get tons of wear. I bought them when I was pregnant and still wear the bejeezus out of them. Love it so much that I’m thinking of getting it the blush or olive green for spring layering.  I’d recommend ordering a size down since it fits a little oversized.


Photos by Danielle Martin – Chapter 25 Photography

 

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