This ensemble was inspired by outfits I saw in the windows of J.Crew and Madewell a while back. They combined trousers or jeans with a top and denim jacket, and then they threw over a statement wrap to top things off.
The look is an acquired taste since it can be a little fussy. That said, I enjoyed the creative layer of soft over hard, because it’s different from the more common hard-over-soft layering technique. Also, it’s practical at this time of year when Spring is far from warm, especially in the mornings and evenings. The added layer of the wrap can be as practical as it is dramatic, and functions like a Spring coat
Here are the components of the outfit. I’ve chosen light and dark neutrals, but feel free to choose any colour palette. The outfit on the right is a nod to Spring with the white jeans and neon bag.
Bottoms: Choose a pair of jeans or trousers in a silhouette that tickles your fancy. I’ve chosen cropped straights because they’re current, and easy to combine with footwear.
Top: Choose a top to wear untucked over the bottoms, and make sure it layers comfortably under the denim jacket.
Denim Jacket: Add a denim jacket in any shade of denim and leave it open. Those with stretch are the most comfortable to wear. I’ve chosen blue denim, but white and black denim jackets work as well.
Wrap: Layer a large solid or patterned wrap over the outfit. The wrap is like a poncho with a front opening. The shorter sleeves and front opening of the wrap allow the rest of the outfit to peek through, which adds depth, interest and subtle structure to the outfit.
Footwear: Choose footwear that works with the bottoms. Booties, sneakers, pumps or oxfords should do the trick.
Accessories: Finish off the outfit with a satchel because that’s best suited to the wrap. Crossbody bags and clutches can work too. Shoulder bags and totes don’t work well with the wrap. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.