I can’t seem to figure out this spring weather in Toronto. Is it hot? Is it cold? I’ve been scouring my closet for appropriate pieces to wear and decided that today (or at least, the day I wore this) was a good day for plain ol’ basics.

These pants in particular are a workhorse in my wardrobe. In fact, so much so, I purchased another in fear that I might ruin the first pair for wearing them so often.

Grey sweater + skinny black pantsGray sweater + skinny black pantsClub Monaco Rachel Pant / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Dogeared Necklace (similar here or love this) / H&M Rings / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Medium Clutch (similar) / J. Crew Merino Wool V-neck sweater / Michael Kors Runway Watch

For those that are interested, these pants are on sale with an extra 30% off the Club Monaco website with code MEMORIALDAY.

What are the workhorses in your closet?

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Spring has been pretty slow to come around this year so I’m still layering up pretty heavily, particularly in the evenings. The elusive spring has been frustrating but at the same time, a part of me is pretty happy  that I still have time to experiment with cool weather pieces.

This leather-sleeve trench coat is the thickest trench that I own (so much lining!) and also my most loved. I bought my regular XS, but it generally does not allow for heavy layering underneath like I did here. I finally made it work with a bit (or a lot) of gentle tugging and twisting.

DRESSED ACCODINGLY // Spring Layers DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // Spring Layers DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // Spring LayersClub Monaco trench with leather sleeves / Rag & Bone | Jean The Dre Boyfriend Jeans / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / J.Crew Endless Shirt / J.Crew Sweater / Forever21 Rings / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps

This extra long J.Crew Endless Shirt is an instant favorite in my closet right now. The cuff is extra long which I thought was too unusual for me to keep as I wanted something as classic as possible, but it has definitely grown on me since it allows for a different look when folded over.

I debated long and hard about whether to go with 0P or 2P with the Endless Shirt. It seemed to me that I was getting a lot more lenth in the sleeves on the 2P, but overall the  0P fit much better everywhere else and I got maybe 3mm of extra width in the shoulder which is not enough to make a difference in how high I could lift my arms. I also ordered the LOFT Tunic Softened Shirt for comparison but I am a bit worried about the wrinkle factor as well as the sheerness of the fabric since it is 100% cotton, . We’ll see what happens!

Simple Suiting

Wearing a suit day after day can be quite tiresome so I’m always looking for new ways to wear one that’s a bit more creative but still professional-looking. Having said that, however, a great fitting suit doesn’t require a lot to look stylish. Here, I’m just wearing a suit with a simple pull-over sweater and a collar-less jacket for a more modern, updated twist on the classic suit (slightly blurry photo):

Theory Lanai Blazer / Theory Max C Trousers (in a different fabric here) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Club Monaco Sweater (similar in pink)/ Michael Kors Runway Watch (on sale here!)/ Forever21 Rings

This Theory Lanai blazer has become one of my go-to blazers in a work setting when I want to look put together, but don’t need to be super-conservative. It also works beautifully if you need to use it more casually, I just roll up the sleeves! I am wearing the jacket in my typical Theory jacket size in the classic wool blend which Theory no longer makes, but you may be able to find it in different fabrics including a  cotton-blend version. As a forewarning however, the cotton-blend can shrink at the dry cleaners, as I know from personal experience. My much loved white Lanai blazer shrunk after I had it professionally cleaned and I didn’t realize it until about four months later when it was too late to say anything about it. slams head on desk

At Off 5th, you can currently find this blazer at Off Fifth off in several colors! And an extra 40% for their F&F with code: FRIENDS. Such a great deal.

See the Lanai blazer here, as well as a few less expensive alternatives:

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