Here’s a casual outfit formula that’s easy to pull together, and very popular with my Mum-on-the-go clients as we head into warmer weather. It combines modern classics — a neutral striped tee and denim jacket — with a fashionable support act. It’s amazing how much more current this outfit formula looks when trendy pieces are added into the mix. 

Here are the components:  

Black Bottoms: Choose trendy leather/pleather leggings or track pants for a bit of hard edge. Ankle pants, slouchy tapered cropped pants, and pedal pushers are other options, as are short shorts, harem pants or knitted Ponte pants.  

Tops: Choose a striped tee in neutrals like black and white, navy and white, or grey and white. If tees aren’t your thing, choose a lightweight cotton pullover in a neutral stripe. Choose a silhouette and neckline that works best for you. Leave the top untucked unless you’re wearing track pants, in which case you might want to partially tuck the front for a little structure. 

Toppers: It’s denim jacket or vest all the way, in either a tailored fit, or a fashion forward oversized fit. Personally, I prefer faded denim because it’s a prettier shade of blue, and it creates a higher contrast against black bottoms. But choose any wash that tickles your fancy. 

Footwear: Wearing trendy casual footwear is key to making this formula pop and look fresh. So think slip-on sneakers, cut-out booties, Birkenstocks, pointy toe flats, loafers, flat oxfords, cage sandals or d’Orsay flats. Of course, classics like Converse sneakers and gladiators will work too. 

Accessories: A large tote is an easy match, in either black or a light neutral. Satchels, fashionable backpacks or large clutches are great. Finish off the outfit with jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired. 

Most of you will probably be able to put this outfit together by shopping your closet. Here’s the formula in street style action.

Ensemble: A Trendy Casual Classic