Grey sweatshirts – a best friend
This is the kind of versatile OOTD that looks like it’s been created in seconds. The simplicity of a minimalist wardrobe means this is pretty much true, because I wear this combination often. What is aesthetically appealing about an outfit like this is that it’s minimal but with plenty of visual interest. So while this look may appear effort-free, it took me a long time to appreciate what goes into executing this kind of modern, yet classic, casual outfit. My capsule wardrobe, and the belief that I could be genuinely stylish without “fancy” clothes, definitely started to come together when I began putting the effort into my casual outfits more than smart/smart-casual. Now I tend to shun the #menswear blazer: a perfect sweatshirt is my best mate.
You’ll find me in an outfit like this almost any chance I can get. Finding the perfect jeans, the perfect sweatshirt, the perfect shoes is a harder task than it sounds. Here I’ve got items from French, Swedish and Italian brands, all of which pride themselves in quality but without shouty logos. The texture/depth of the grey marl and indigo dyes; the supple white leather of the sneakers; the embroidered ‘Yes Paris’ print.
This outfit is so versatile because it’s a template for countless others. Bomber, denim or leather jackets would all look on-point. Throw on whatever jacket required and this can be worn most of the year, especially if the footwear needs to be swapped for whatever reason; remove the sweatshirt and it’s a stereotypical white-tee and blue-jeans ensemble.
From my capsule wardrobe:
Plain white tee by ASOS.
Indigo organic cotton skinny jeans, ‘Tube Tom’ fit by Nudie Jeans (now discontinued)
White sneakers – Common Projects ‘Original Achilles Low’