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Outfit Remix: The Minimalist Classic Button-Up

MINIMALIST OUTFIT REMIX SERIES: III

The Classic Button-Up

There is nothing simpler and more classic than a white button up shirt, some dark rinse jeans and a tote. Just swap out the accessories, add layers and you’ve got a whole new vibe just based off this one outfit.

It’s also ridiculously comfortable and minimalist. Put it on and go!

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Here’s where you can find all of my all of my Outfit Remixes.

White-Button Up Shirt

Equipment White Silk Slim Signature Shirt on Sale for $61.50* or you can go for the Ariat Kirby Shirt for $50 if your size is sold out.

Dark Rinse Jeans

My all-time favourite, highly recommended Farrah High-Rise in Brook Wash for $168. There is no better pair if jeans that flatters the most women than this one.

Brown leather tote

Madewell Transport Tote for $168 but if you want a truly gorgeous handmade leather tote with copper rivets, I own and love my Paterson & Salisbury Large Tote for $450.

Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

I own and love these Persol Square Tortoiseshell Sunglasses for $350. If you can afford it, always buy polarized sunglasses to save your eyes. Why? This is why.

Watch

I always get a kick out of wearing my Kate Spade Metro Vachetta Watch for $195.


Flats

Bloch Elastic Ballet Flats for $129, which are on my list to buy once my flats go because I own a really run down, thrifted pair and they are REALLY good. I love the elastic back because it keeps them on my feet and are super comfortable.

*If you’re wondering how I clean my silk shirts, I buy these Dryel at-home dry cleaning kits and they work great.

OUTFIT REMIX I:

The Edgy Professor

Tweed Car Coat

Rag & Bone Ronin Tweed coat on sale here for $386 but if your size is sold out, it can be found here for $595.

I also really love this Veronica Beard version for $895 with zips up the sides.

White-Button Up Shirt

Equipment White Silk Slim Signature Shirt on Sale for $61.50* or you can go for the Ariat Kirby Shirt for $50 if your size is sold out.

Dark Rinse Jeans

My all-time favourite, highly recommended Farrah High-Rise in Brook Wash for $168. There is no better pair if jeans that flatters the most women than this one.

Brown leather tote

Madewell Transport Tote for $168 but if you want a truly gorgeous handmade leather tote with copper rivets, I own and love my Paterson & Salisbury Large Tote for $450.

Cashmere Scarf

A cosy cashmere pashmina will soften the whole look (and keep you toasty warm), my favourite pictured up there is of course the inimitable White & Warren Travel Scarf, $298 but you can score it on sale for $223.50 here if you aren’t picky about the colour.

Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Cockpit glasses (not polarized), but cheaper at $165 for a classic pair of sunglasses.

I like the cockpits (I own this green and gunmetal pair, myself), because the truly classic aviator shapes like this one tend to touch my cheekbones & cause pimples.

Watch

Fossil men’s Logan watch for $80 (on sale) because it is a decent price (especially on sale), it fits even the tiniest of wrists (like mine, I brought this model down to the tightest fit possible on the men’s versions), and feels solid on your wrist.

I love wearing it when I want to ground my outfit.

Ring

This Windrose ring by Elizabeth & James for $95 (an Olsen twin brand, named after their siblings), is a classic piece that is interesting yet minimalist.

It even comes in a bracelet if that’s more your thing for $195.

Moto Boots

Obviously my favourite pair on the planet are these Rag & Bone Moto boots for $595. They are well worth it, and very comfortable with the perfect slouch and amount of hardware.

They’re distinctive too, I’ve never seen any other brand of moto boots with the same hardware, they always put buckles on everything.

I did a full review of the Rag & Bone Moto Boots here.

OUTFIT REMIX II::

The Bold Bohemian

Poncho

This gorgeous Etincelle fringed poncho by Maje for $234.18 does double duty for being beautiful & a way to stay warm. Ponchos can look a little messy if you don’t get a hold of them and can fly off your shoulders, but a belt will fix that flyaway problem.

White-Button Up Shirt

Equipment White Silk Slim Signature Shirt on Sale for $61.50* or you can go for the Ariat Kirby Shirt for $50 if your size is sold out.

Dark Rinse Jeans

My all-time favourite, highly recommended Farrah High-Rise in Brook Wash for $168. There is no better pair if jeans that flatters the most women than this one.

Brown leather tote

Madewell Transport Tote for $168 but if you want a truly gorgeous handmade leather tote with copper rivets, I own and love my Paterson & Salisbury Large Tote for $450.

Sunglasses

These are a fun pair in white by Maui Jim for $229 which adds a nice light touch to the entire outfit, very St. Bart’s!

Pendant Necklace

I love my Catherine Weitzman pressed flower necklace for $140; it is a real statement piece whenever I wear it and I get a ton of compliments. I almost want to collect her entire set but I have to restrain myself.

Belt

A honeycombed textured mesh belt by Linea Pelle for $178 finishes the entire look off if you belt the poncho around your body, and then untuck the back of the poncho so it is hanging & free-flying, but the front is secured, giving you a defined waist and making it look less sloppy.

Flats

A pointed flat always adds a slightly elevated, tailored feel to any outfit. I particularly like the look of these Karl Lagerfeld (of Chanel and Dior)’s Destine Flats for $50 – $99.

WANT MORE?

Tell me in the comments, especially if you have suggestions or ideas of what you’d like to see.

All my Outfit Remixes can be found here.

I also have a whole series of posts on Parisian Fashion starting with Bon Chic, Bon Genre, Part I for you to peruse.

 

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I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K (savings rate = 85%). I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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6 Comments

  1. Sense

    P.S. I love all of these remix posts!! It is totally my style–the kind of stuff I’d wear every day if I could wave a wand to get dressed.

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  2. Sense

    I’m probably barking up the wrong tree here, but do you have any suggestions for wrinkle-resistant button-up shirt brands? Do they actually stay wrinkle free?

    I travel a lot and love the way they look on me, but can’t seem to pack them or wear normal button-ups more than once or twice without wrinkles galore (even steaming in the bathroom, dryer, etc.). The wrinkles ruin the whole polished look I usually like. [Note: I don’t think I’ll ever willingly iron something unless I were going to a really formal event (and even then I don’t own an iron), and am a student so don’t have the $$ for dry cleaning/pressing stuff all the time…]

    If I found a brand that was truly wrinkle-resistant, I could fork out a good $80-$100 on one or two shirts and just wear those a lot, but I’m afraid to invest that much of my money to try. Any tips for me, Sherry (or anyone)?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      So… truly wrinkle resistant doesn’t exist in cotton or linen. If you want to buy it in polyester, and the thick jersey knit kind, you could find something.

      Also, truly wrinkle resistant means they put a certain kind of chemical in there (used to keep cadavers, or dead people) to keep it wrinkle free, and it is a known carcinogen.

      With that in mind, do you really want me to still find a wrinkle-resistant shirt? 🙂 I wear these shirts but I iron them with the full knowledge of what it means.

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      1. Sense

        No worries–I’ll take a look elsewhere, just hoping you had for a magical solution I hadn’t heard of yet, since I think you mentioned you didn’t like ironing, either(?).

        (Yeah, I’ve just recently read about the chemical they use. I’m pretty sure I breathed that in in 7th and 10th grade biology all year when dissecting stuff (!!). That is certainly no bueno, but I am exposed to far worse at work (unfortunately), and wash my clothes before wearing them–which they recommend to do with those shirts…plus I’d wear them infrequently (just when traveling for work) so the dosage would be pretty minimal. I’ll keep looking for decent “wrinkle-resistant” vs the formaldehyde-soaked “non-iron” shirts for times when I am not traveling. 🙂

        Thanks for the reply!

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        1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

          Well, I can tell you that the best no-wrinkle shirts are from those places that sell work wear for men on construction sites.

          Here, we call them “Marks Work Wearhouse” or “L’Equipeur”… their no-iron shirts are great… 🙂

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