1x3: White Denim

White Denim. That summer standby. 

And, by "standby", I mean these just sit in my closet and I never have the guts to wear them. With #1yearNoShopping I'm forcing myself to pull these out and make them work for the long haul. Make no mistake, this was not easy breezy. This was a solid hour in front of the mirror making a 3 seasons old pair work 3 different ways. 

But I'm so glad I did. Let's get to it:


This was the easiest. I quite literally swapped the white denim in to a suit. 

Keep it polished with closed toe pumps (no sandals) and your standard black blouse.

With a longer jacket, I'm applying the same rule as leggings at work: Cover your butt.

This is my favorite summer work bag! Big enough for everything, has a water bottle pocket, and the fabric wipes clean. By Stella & Dot

Denim: J Brand, similar here and here // Jacket: Elizabeth and James, similar here // Blouse: Banana Republic, similar here // Heels: Banana Republic // Bag: Stella & Dot


Navy and white is so classic for summer, but I hesitate to look too nautical. Keep your cottons away; airy silk keeps this looking more city.

Black sandals/bag instead of neutral hues achieve the same sidewalk-not-boardwalk vibe. 

Denim: J Brand, similarhereand here // Top: Narciso Rodriguez, similar herehere and here // Sandals: Lucky Brand, similar here and here // Bag: Cole Haan (on sale!)


A loose gauge knit and a stacked neutral heel lends a more beachy look to otherwise polished flares.

I tried tirelessly to make a cool tee work here, but in the end the fold-over detail on the back of this top won.  

Denim: J Brand, similar here and here // Top: Sparrow, similar here and here // Sandals: Lucky Brand, similar here and here // Sunglasses: Smith Optics