Navy & Camel: Classics Never Die

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When it comes to fall dressing, I favor two distinct styles: Patti Smith (leather jackets, combat boots) and Jackie Kennedy (cashmere crewnecks and silk scarves).

I know — you can’t get much more divergent than that.

Today’s look is a preview of the Jackie version of fall.

Trench Coat: Burberry | Navy Button-Up: Reformation | Jeans: Madewell | Handbag: Prada | Navy Heels: Manolo Bahnik
Trench Coat: Burberry | Navy Button-Up: Reformation | Jeans: Madewell | Handbag: Prada | Navy Heels: Manolo Bahnik | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: Dior

I love this type of outfit because it’s chic, yet easy — almost mindless, really. Burberry’s trench coats were originally made for the military, and it’s say to see why. This kind of shape and material has the familiarity of a uniform. It is unending, non-changing and timeless.

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Jackie Kennedy is my inspiration.

The rest of the outfit was cobbled together with affordable secondhand or mass-market pieces. The blouse is a navy poet-sleeve blouse that looks just as wonderful with a black pencil skirt as it does with jeans. (Gotta love those double-duty items that can be worn for both work and the weekend.)

Handbag: Prada (Consignment)
Handbag: Prada (Consignment)

I recent found this Prada bag at a secondhand shop. While I don’t have the budget for a brand-new Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, this sack-style silhouette seems to mimic the very best aspects of the bucket bag style (roominess and an elegant, casual ease).

Because the handbag has already been completely beat up by the previous owner, it has an attractive patina of heavy use. (Seems like the sort of thing Jackie Kennedy would approve.)

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What’s your fall uniform? I’d love to borrow some of your best ideas!

(PS, here’s some additional inspiration: Winona Ryder’s fall style.)