modern classics

On this blog, I've talked some about the importance of classics in one's wardrobe. Whether it's a tailored white button-up, a fitted trench coat, a jean jacket, or a little black dress, some pieces truly stand the test of time. What I love most about the classics is that they serve as a good base for mixing in trendier pieces to create a completely unique and unexpected look. This outfit started with three separate classics: a tweed Chanel-inspired suit jacket,  a black A-line skirt, and black pumps. If I had gone the completely classic route, I probably would have paired these items with a plain black top, pearls, and a sleek black clutch. And honestly, the look would have been totally chic and glamorous. But it would have also been kind of, well, boring.

So, I decided to go with something a little more daring. A faux leather crop top is certainly an unconventional choice, but I love how it contrasts with the conservative suit jacket and the full, high-waisted skirt. I kept accessories to a minimum because I wanted to keep this look as light and modern as possible.

The "Blair" backpack from Violet Ray  adds a certain edginess to this otherwise prim and proper ensemble. Plus, a pop of color is always fun to play with when you're working with a black and white look. What I love most about this backpack is its versatility -- you can easily wear it with a cocktail dress or yoga pants. Take it to the office or take it to the gym. Throw it across your shoulder or carry it like a tote. Also, this piece is the ideal size for traveling! The two front zipper pockets provide enough storage so you can carry all of your essentials in style. Did I mention the straps are adjustable? Yes, please!

Jacket: Charlotte Russe (similar)

Top: Express (similar)

Skirt: Express (similar)

Backpack: Violet Ray (c/o)

Shoes: Shoe Cult by Nasty Gal (similar)