I was helping my client Karen prepare a capsule for an upcoming trip to Europe, and this outfit was my favourite. We combined a pair of white flared cropped jeans (that we cut to a shorter length at the start of the season), with a roomy black lightweight pullover, a grey maxi cardigan, black peep-toe booties, checked scarf and black bag. Here are very similar items in a collection. In fact, the cardigan and the shoes are the exact pieces. 

The rendition on the left is what we put together for client Karen, while the rendition on the right is a version with blue jeans instead of white. Choose a neutral palette of black, white and grey. Note that silver or grey animal print can be your grey, and any shade of white will work. 

Here are the components of the ensemble: 

Trendy Jeans: Choose a style of trendy jeans in white or blue like straight or flared crops, cropped jeans with staggered hems, or a streamlined pair of culottes. 

Top: Choose a tee, knit top, shirt, blouse or pullover in black or white that works with the jeans and wear it untucked. 

Maxi Cardigan: Layer a straight and angular, or cocoon-shaped long cardigan in black or a shade of grey over the outfit. You’re after a longer length cardigan for a more dramatic effect. 

Footwear: Choose peep-toe booties or regular ankle booties with high or low shafts in black, grey, snakeskin or silver. 

Accessories: Finish off the look with a black, white or silver bag. Feel free too add a scarf in the palette of the outfit. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

Ensemble: Transitional Black, White & Grey

You can substitute the jeans here for a pair in grey or black and work the rest of the outfit into the palette. Grey jeans, white top and black cardigan could work. Or black jeans, white top and grey cardi. Take your pick.