Back to Basics: Timeless White Tops (Part III)

how to wear overalls, baseball hat trend, high-low mix; Alao featured: Topshop Knitted Textured Crop Jumper, topshop MOTO Bleach Long Leg Dungarees,Gerald Darel orange tote, espadrilles, nike sneakers, gold chain/link necklace, baseball hat

Photos: Alessandra Ambrosio & Robyn Rihanna Fenty; Courtesy of

In this part of our “Back to Basics” series, I want to share with you some unexpected ways to style other two timeless white pieces: plain white jumper and sweatshirt. As you can see from above, these looks have a gamine & tomboy vibe that has been spotted on the runway this season. Back in 1992, this type of style inspired by the cool kids on the street made Mac Jacobs lose his job at Perry Ellis. Now it becomes an inspiration for major designers and a trend that attracts the fashion cognoscenti.

Alessandra Ambrosio and Rihanna’s looks above also incorporated two microtrends this season: overalls and baseball cap. Alessandra Ambrosio opted for a cropped version with her white knit which is also in right now. The nice fit, rolled up hems and light wash color polished up her dundarees. A trendy sunglasses and bright oversized tote give her look an urban touch.

A pure white slouchy sweatshirt can be challenging. Rihanna’s look (above right) is my favorite so far. An outfit with boyish shirt, sneakers and baseball cap are sportif, however, with a fitted mini skirt, tied-around-the-waist chambray shirt, gold accessories, preppy glasses and a sober tote, she kept the overall look polished and stylish.

how to wear overalls; featured Topshop Knitted Textured Crop Jumper, topshop MOTO Bleach Long Leg Dungarees,Gerald Darel orange tote; Alternatives:  Gap Leather Tote,  DSW Aerosoles Solitaire Flat,  Asos Round Sunglasses With Metal Bridge Detail,

Jumper: Topshop
Dungarees: Topshop
Bag: Gap (great style here; Ambrosio carried here)
Shoes: Aerosoles (designer version on sale here)
Sunglasses: Asos (20% with code TAKE20 sitewide; more retro styles here)

how to style baseball hat and sneakers; Alternatives:Topshop Slouchy white Sweatshirt,  Madewell Perfect Chambray Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Ferrous Wash,  Mango navy Stitching tube skirt,  Nike - Flex 2012 Run sneakers,  MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Medium Travel' Tote,  Marc by Marc Jacobs Toggle gold chain/link Necklace,  Michael Kors Sport gold Watch,  New Era Cap 'New York Yankees - Tonal Classic' Fitted Baseball Cap,  Elizabeth and James Reade Glasses,

Chambray shirt: Madewell
Sweatshirt: Topshop (great style here)
Skirt: Mango
Shoes: Nike
Bag:MICHAEL Michael Kors
Watch: Michael Kors
Necklace: Marc by Marc Jacobs ($48 here)
Glasses: Elizabeth and James (great options here)

BTW, It’s the last day of Linea Pelle’s friends & family sale. If you are looking for handbags, go and check it out, they are offering 30% off sitewide with code LPFF30. Below are my picks. This Grayson bar bag reminds me of the Proenza Schouler PS11 shoulder version, but with such a friendly price tag. Good luck!

The art of Knit shorts Golden Lane Small Duo Satchel

Linea Pelle Grayson Bar Bag


Back to Basics: Timeless White Shirt (Part II)

wardrobe staple: versatile white t-shirt; also featured: leather look jeans,clear shoes, asymmetric peplum skirt, pointy toe pumpPhotos: Lily Aldridge & Leelee Sobieski; Courtesy of

Continue our “Back to Basics” series, today let’s talk about the versatile plain white t-shirt. Like a perfect blank canvas, it allows us to be even more creative and encourage us to think out of the box. Its easy-going “personality” really makes it compliments almost anything we pair with.

For a casual yet effortlessly chic look, you can team it with simple black jeans and statement shoes. I especially love this look of Lily Aldridge (above left): the juxtaposition between her edgy coated jeans and sexy, futuristic PVC pumps is so attractive, let alone the classic color theme: the never-failed black & white with a pop of red.

I always admire artistically minded women who can rock the most basic pieces for glamorous events (remember this look of Poppy Delevigne?). In a sea of flashy, sumptuous dresses, Leelee Sobieski’s ensemble (above right) is fresh, unexpected with a nostalgic glamour. Take a hint from her, look for high quality pieces with outstanding design to elevate your white tee!

wardrobe staple: versatile white t-shirt; also featured: leather look jeans,clear shoes, Alternatives: T by Alexander Wang Classic T Shirt with Pocket,  Citizens of Humanity Rocket Leatherette Jeans,  Gianvito RossiPlexy Laser Suede Pump in Red,  Joie Sunday Vintage Croco Tote, Ray-Ban Vintage Oversized Round Jackie Ohh Sunglasses,  Adia Kibur 3 Layer Chain Necklace,

Top: T by Alexander Wang (also here, great buy here)
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (great style here & here)
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi (similar here & here)
Bag: Joie (great buy here)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Necklace: Adia Kibur

wardrobe staple: white t-shirt; Featured: asymmetric peplum skirt,pointy toe pump; Alternatives: HELMUT Helmut Lang Kinetic Jersey Scoop Neck Tee,  Bless'ed are the Meek Native Skirt,  Jimmy Choo 'Abel' Patent Leather Pump,  Jennifer Fisher Gold War Ring,  Estée Lauder lipstick,

Top: Helmut Lang ($15 here)
Skirt: Bless’ed are the Meek (similar here)
Shoes: Jimmy Choo (great alternative here!)
Ring: Jennifer Fisher (wishful thinking here)
Lip: Estée Lauder ‘Scarlet Siren’