Style Idea: Grey T and Jeans

by Tiffanie

Lately I’ve been inspired by what I call “American Modern Classic” style. What I mean by that is classic American style but worn in a modern way.

When I think of what is classically American, I think of the way Reese Witherspoon dresses — she always looks simple but polished. Jeans, simple tops and flats are the staples of her wardrobe. She makes them more interesting by changing her accessories — sunglasses, bags, hats and scarves.

And so American Modern Classic is taking the Reese Witherspoon aesthetic and taking it up a notch. Trading those flats in for heels, exchanging a scarf for an embellished necklace or switching a casual bag for something with a little more pizazz. What this does is it maintains Reese’s casual cool but adds a level of sophistication. We’re talking Reese going out to dinner in Hollywood with girlfriends, not buying groceries for the kids in Brentwood (too bad we never see her dressed up that way!).

A grey jersey T shirt with skinny jeans create the perfect foundation for this look — what’s more American than a T shirt and jeans, anyway? Upgrade to jersey instead of regular cotton for a soft, draped look and go for fitted skinnies in a dark shade to keep it put together and versatile.

Add a nude Fendi tote, gold-framed aviators and pointy-toe, bowed flats and you’re set for a day of shopping at Century City in L.A. or Union Square in S.F.

Trade those accessories in for a 3.1 Phillip Lim draped blazer, a gem-bib necklace, a Proenza Schouler clutch and some Dolce Vita fringed sandals and you can hit the town hopping from your favorite sushi restaurant to drinks with a date.

Finally, throw on a cozy neutral cardigan, some sparkly Jimmy Choo flats, your trusty leather tote and a pair of wayfarers on your way to class or casual Fridays at the office for a more laid-back interpretation.

Voila! Instant American chic. Who says the French and Italians should have all the fun?