A Perfect Outfit In 5 Easy Pieces

There's no denying we love a great suit, but sometimes a classic 2-piece can feel a little stiff. That's why we're constantly in hot pursuit of new ways to mix up our blazer-trouser combo. And that's exactly what we saw when we spotted this smart-looking local. We realize no one is breaking any sartorial ground here, but that's kind of what makes it work so well. The no-brainer black trousers, the grown-up private school blazer, the ladylike hobo--somehow, this preppy-chic look manages to be both relaxed and pulled-together at the same time. And as the days get warmer, this timeless outfit is a snap to adapt, just switch the button-down for a camisole and your combat heels for something a little strappier, and you've got a smart start to summer.
Here's what you need--and where to get it--to copy the look yourself.
Essential #1: The hobo bag—Really the all-year-round essential, but particularly perfect for spring with room enough for a paperback and an extra pair of sandals. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Nikki, $550, available at rebeccaminkoff.com.
Essential #2: Black trousers—Without question, a light pair of baggy black trousers will take you through the whole season. Factory by Erik Hart Onyx Relaxed Cuffed Trousers, $124, available at Oak, 28 Bond Street, (between Lafayette Street and Bowery); 212-677-1293.
Essential #3: School-boy blazer—Over a dress or a little tank, the school-boy blazer can easily double as your everyday spring/summer jacket. Ralph Lauren Classic Crested Wool Blazer $598, available at Ralph Lauren, 867 Madison Avenue, (at East 72nd Street); 212-606-2100.
Also pictured:; Proenza Schouler Alpine Oxford, Black, $414.73 (original price $1,025), available at Barneys New York; 660 Madison Avenue, (at East 61st Street); 212-833-2700; Fabulous Fanny's 1950's Halo Glasses, $55, available at ; Fabulous Fanny's, 335 East 9th Street (between 1st and 2nd avenues); 212-533-0637.
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