Los Angeles-based Fashion Blogger Jessica Windle (31) writes about style, health and beauty over at Jeans and a Teacup. Our blogger’s style is casual, modern classic and very relatable. She prefers neutral colours and low-contrast minimal outfits. Jessica uses interesting footwear and accessories to create visual interest, while her trademark dark locks and red lip add stylish contrast.
“My style has taken a more neutral, minimalist turn recently. When I first started my blog I tried out a little bit of everything but now I finally feel my style starting to settle down. I’ve realized that I reach for simple basics more often than colorful prints. I like that everything in my closet can be easily mixed and matched. It makes getting dressed so much easier!”
Jessica built this casual and polished Summer look around a pair or relased hem cropped skinny jeans and a boxy silk shirt. The drapey shirt is cropped to show the entire length of the jeans, which creates a long leg line. The short diagonal sleeves are modern and flattering. Feminine pointy toe lace-up flats fill the ankle gap and create structure. An eye-catching fluffy animal patterned clutch, her interesting wood watch, and the two-toned jeans add textural interest. Oversized gold mirrored sunnies and dainty layered necklace finish off the look.
Our blogger often combines several neutrals in one look, and prefers to keep things low-contrast, which works well with her minimal style persona. Here she is sporting elegant white pleated culottes with a drapey cotton gilet and knit V-neck sweater. Combining the wide, midi-length culottes with a cropped top and pointy toe pumps creates flattering proportions on 5’9″ Jessica. A lightweight topper like this on trend drapey gilet adds extra polish. The colour bookends the pearlescent blush pumps beautifully. Jessica’s dark brown locks and subtle raspberry lippie create visual interest. An oversized black hobo, and Jessica’s simple black pendant and wood watch are the accessories of choice.
When asked what she is most looking forward to for Fall/Winter 2016, Jessica replied:
“I’m loving the choker necklace trend. I actually made a DIY leather choker and it’s the perfect minimalist accessory to wear with pretty much anything! I love it with off the shoulder tops especially. And since summer basically lasts all year round in California I can keep wearing it like that! For cooler weather, choker necklaces would look great with a chunky knit sweater.”
Sporting interesting shoes with great design detailing is another way to spice up minimal looks. And Jessica has quite a few of those in her closet. The snakeskin patterned sides and heels on these ivory peep-toe sandals take this casual denim outfit to a whole new level. They work perfectly with Jessica’s crisp white skinnies and untucked soft chambray shirt with lived-in look. Another statement wood watch, this time in burgundy to match our blogger’s lipstick and toenails, and her black hobo bag from the previous outfit are the well-chosen finishing touches.
Modern Classic with Parisian flair. Jessica is wearing black slim-fit trousers with a grosgrain belt. Semi-tucking a fun striped tee showcases the belt, and lengthens the leg line when sporting cropped trousers. Throwing over a tailored cheeky denim jacket and popping the collar adds easy-going spunk. Refined black and white pointy toe loafers create graphic integrity and echo the stripes up top. Leave it to Jessica to get all the details right. Her long loose locks and fringe are reminiscent of Charlotte Gainsbourg. A small black satchel, black sunnies and Jessica’s go-to watch are all that’s needed in the accessories department.
The staggered hem jeans — the hem is shorter in the front, and longer in the back — in a light wash are the star of the show. They give the outfit its on trend vibe, and are a great way to showcase your footwear. Jessica has paired them with a white oversized collarless shirt. The linen fabric and boxy fit with diagonal sleeves is a breezy option for warm days. The shorter length also elongates the leg line. Her two-toned sandals in white and tan look super comfortable. Combined with her ponytail they add a sporty touch. The bamboo handbag — which has been a big hit in the blogosphere — is a reproduction of a classic Japanese picnic bag.
Hard Edge meets ’70s Boho. Jessica doesn’t wear pattern all that often, but sure makes an impact when she does. She’s semi-tucked a floral chiffon Boho blouse with smocked stand-up collar into black coated skinny jeans. The pointy toe black leather mules with thin wood heel add further edge, while the moody, baroque floral pattern is feminine fierce. Wearing her hair in a high ponytail showcases the entire collar of the blouse. Jessica finishes things off with her trademark red lip, and a clever spot of pattern mixing by adding in a beautiful blush envelope clutch with black speckles.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of Jessica’s minimal style. Let us know in the comments, an then check out the rest of her outfits over at Jeans and a Teacup. Or browse her pinboards to discover more visual inspiration.