Mama lovessss a good pair of flares. If you caught my Canadian Tuxedo post, you'll remember that these are the same jeans I wore for a cool, 70s denim-on-denim look. Having versatile pieces in my closet is one of my favorite ways to save money. Before I even buy an item, I think about the pieces I already have and how many outfits I can create with it. If a piece doesn't go with the rest of my closet and I can see it becoming a too-little used purchase, it's not worth picking up. Which is exactly why I love simple items with levels of interest. A dark wash jean is already more formal than a faded, ripped-up pair. But add the contrast seaming, bell-bottoms and high-waist, and you have a pair of pants that make a statement on their own and can be styled for many different events.
I dressed up these with a simple black top and this gorgeous brass minaudière. It's a piece of jewelry in and of itself and gives the look the dash of glamour it needed for a nighttime dinner with friends.
This week, try repurposing one of your own pieces that usually has a specific fashion home in your life. Maybe one of your office blazers actually looks really chic worn with a sundress for brunch, or your usual going-out satin pants can be dialed down with a flowy top for work. The more creative you can get with what you already own, the less pieces you need without ever skimping on style.
Photographed by James Chu.