My Looks

The New Classics

There are lots of things that I would call my style.



“More than slightly disheveled.”

One thing I wouldn’t necessarily call it is “classic”. I mean, I think people who can pull off perfectly pressed slacks and button-downs look amazing…but it’s just not really my thing, mostly because if I were to put on an outfit like that I’d be guaranteed to ruin all the pulled-together-ness with…I don’t know, doorknocker earrings or fringe boots. Messy hair. Too much eyeliner. Something to make the whole effect a little off-kilter, a little less polished, a little more me.

In other words: I love classic pieces…but I especially love them worn in non-classic ways.

Tailored trousers worn with an elephant-print tank and a wide-brimmed hat.

A silk blazer layered over a boho maxi-dress.

And a pair of menswear-inspired shoes mixed with leather, denim, and one very distressed t-shirt.

These heels, from Johnston & Murphy, give a nod to classic menswear style…but with a twist (velvet laces, crocodile toe-caps, and a mid-height heel). While they’d look lovely with a pencil skirt and blouse at the office, I think they look even better mixed into a weekend outfit.

Like this one.

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Now that’s my kind of classic.

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FYI: AOL StyleList is hosting a giveaway of a $200 Johnston & Murphy gift card that you can use to add some classic chic to your own fall shoe collection. Click here to find out how to enter.

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On me: Rhyme blazer (similar); “New York City” tee from T.J.Maxx; LOFT animal-print belt; Goodwinn purse c/o J.Crew; Urban Outfitters Panama hat; DIY-ed denim cutoffs; Chanel sunglasses; Hanes Silk Reflections Back Seam tights; Lani Lace-Up shoes c/o Johnston & Murphy.

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