Some days you want a simple classic outfit

Some days you want a simple classic outfit

Some days you want a simple classic outfit in neutral tones. According to my Instagram feed pairing a simple white shirt with beige trousers is all the rage. Lightweight beige trousers offer a good alternative to jeans when you still want to create a casual look. Add a breezy white shirt, mine is from Hush. They only have small sizes left but it does come up very big. Add simple accessories to complete the look.

I have always favoured this simple classic pairing as you can see from a previous post in May 2019 where I am wearing my beige trousers with a similar white shirt.

Oversize white shirt and beige trousers

In the two photos above I have gathered my oversized shirt and tied it in a knot at the front. This alters the proportions of the outfit and gives a slight emphasis to the waist. It is worth experimenting with this look; as you never know it just might suit your figure proportions. I am in favour of trying new ways of wearing our classics. It prevents us from becoming bored with our current staples and helps us to get more wear out of our current wardrobes.

A casual summer outfit with oversized white shirt

In this photo I am wearing my oversized white shirt in the traditional way. It would look just as good slung over a swimsuit if you are going to the beach or teamed a pair of shorts. I have kept my accessories simple with my brown snake print sandals.

Items to help you create a classic simple outfit like the one I am wearing. If light neutrals colours do not work for you you could always substitute a brightly coloured oversize shirt and wear it your way.

Do you find that some days you just want to wear a simple classic outfit?

Photographs were taken by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram


  1. Susan Harper
    19th July 2021 / 20:51

    I have seen several bloggers use white with off white pants and it really does look clean and classic. I would have never thought to do that. Using a blouse instead of a sweater is a great idea when going from heat to air conditioning and back again.

    • 20th July 2021 / 10:06

      Hello Susan

      Thank you for your comment. You can also wear the shirt over a tee if it is a bit cooler.

  2. 19th July 2021 / 21:58

    This is an “everywoman”, for the ages outfit. I love it. While the accessorizing options are endless, I love the rich color of your sandals, the chunky necklace, belt and hat. Shirt looks good both ways. You also have the option to roll up the sleeves! Great reminder post on how chic and breezy whites and beige-tones are. This outfit suits all sizes, figure types and coloring and can be done at any price point. Thank you!

    • 20th July 2021 / 10:04

      Thank you for your comment Kathleen. Yes I often roll up the sleeves on my white shirt.

  3. Francie
    19th July 2021 / 22:43

    I love this look, it reminds me of the costuming in the film Out of Africa. And yes I love to wear simple classic outfits. Very pretty! Josephine, I now have to wear orthotic inserts in my shoes because of a foot injury and anticipate this will always be the case. Thus I can’t really wear any sandals or cute flats, only running shoes. This is forcing wardrobe changes! I now can’t wear slim ankle pants or cropped pants and need to wear palazzo pants or at least very long pants. I have put my cropped pants and slim ankle pants aside. I can wear long midi skirts though! It’s an adjustment!

    • 20th July 2021 / 10:01

      Hi Francie
      I understand how you feel. I had to wear orthotic inserts in the 1990s before trainers/sneakers were fashionable. I bought a pair of very expensive Todds lace-ups which looked smart and lasted for years.

  4. margieusa
    20th July 2021 / 02:24

    Perfect! Love the outfit both ways but especially the “traditional way.” Very classy.

    20th July 2021 / 18:51

    Classically beautiful!!

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