(ABOVE) Whether it’s in the 50s or 80s Fahrenheit, I often reach for chinos and a button-up shirt as a bottom layer.
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March 13, 2018 / Video Post Notes
NEVER-FAIL CHINO PANTS & A BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT
As I write this, it’s 62 degrees Fahrenheit outside, with a high of 68 expected sometime later today. That means I’m pulling on a nice, thick cotton cable-knit cardigan before I go out the door.
The day I wore the outfit pictured here, it was 85. This just goes to show that the winter weather in Naples can vary quite a lot. Anytime between now until April, we could have temperatures as high as the 80s or as low as the 50s, and sometimes within the same week.
I find separates come in handy (and layers added with sweaters and jackets), because I can mix and match just a few pieces to get me through either hot or chilly days. Those of you who’ve been following my blog know well that among my favorite casual bottom-layer pieces all year long are white jeans, chino pants or khaki pants and a button-up shirt. You’ve seen me wear those a lot! 🙂 . This Ralph Lauren shirt is a 100-percent cotton stretchy knit, so it’s especially easy to move in. I love it alone or peeking out from beneath a thick cardigan or pullover.
My shoes also are new. They’re by Trotters and are available in a variety of colors. Another plus is they come in narrow, medium, and wide widths. I love that, since I have such a hard time finding narrow shoes.
Got to get to the grocery store now.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog!
~ Janis Lyn Johnson
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TOP: Ralph Lauren; I’m wearing XS (also similar Ralph Lauren here) / PANT: Ann Taylor, old (Similar Ann Taylor, Talbots).
BAG: Prada Vitelli Daino Tote, cammeo, comes with 2 shoulder straps, not currently available (similar Saks Fifth Avenue; same color Prada Camera Bag Nordstrom or shoulder bag Saks Fifth Avenue; alternative Longchamp, Henri Bendel) / BELT: Similar / SHOES: Trotters; narrow, medium, wide widths (more colors available) / LEATHER BRACELET: Bronzo Italia Leather Initial Bracelet.
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I like the way you put your outfit together and the color combinations. I’ve got a question about the shoes as I saw that they offer a two tone which I really like. How comfortable are they? Is the bag sling staying on? I’d appreciate your input.
Thanks for sharing !
Hi, Paola! Thank you! About the shoes: Yes, the back sling definitely stays put. In fact, it’s quite snug and will be happy when it stretches out a bit! They do have a version of this shoe with a buckle, but not in this color, so that’s why I chose this one. I always prefer a buckle, though, because I can adjust it to exactly how I want it to fit. About the comfort, I’d say these are a bit more narrow in the toe bed of the shoe than others I’ve bought in narrow (from this brand and other brands). The day I wore this outfit I wore these shoes with no hose for half a day and quite a bit of walking and they were fine, but I always prefer to wear shoes with hose, because they’re so much more comfortable. Since these are slingbacks I’ll wear half-foot hose, which just covers the toes (I make them by cutting off the heel of an old pair of knee-high stockings). Thank you for visiting my blog and asking your question! ~ Janis
Thank you Janis!
Hey Janis, I love the shoes. I have a narrow foot too and it is so hard to find shoes I like that come in narrow sizes. I also need some arch support.I will check out the Trotter shoes. What is the difference between chino and khaki? I always thought they were the same. Always, I wanted to tell you I noticed you didn’t have any eye make-up on. And you don’t even need it with your pretty teeth and smile. Lucky you!
Hi, Lynne! From what I understand, both are cotton or cotton-blend pants, but a khaki pant is more casual and a chino pant is a bit more refined looking. That’s what the original meaning was, according to what I have found on line in the past, but I see the names used interchangeably all over the place. Thank you for the very kind comment about my (very tired-looking!) eyes in this post and also for visiting my blog! ~ Janis
Love your classic look! It’s so simple and easy yet elegant. Where did you get your belt?
Thank you, Ava-Marie. This belt is an old one that was my mother’s back in the 90s, and she gave to me, so it’s actually a little small for me when worn with lower rise pants like these chinos. It’s best with waist-high skirts/pants. For that reason I just bought a new one. It’s a tiny bit darker in color but it’s great, because it’s adjustable. I bought it in several colors. http://amzn.to/2FYP4j6 ~ Janis
Love your down to earth style and thinking! How do I get put on your email list? If you have to personally do it for me, please sign me up.
Hi, Carol! Thank you so much and I appreciate you wanting to subscribe. That’s wonderful! Here is the link to my subscription page. Just follow the prompts and you will be subscribed. http://eepurl.com/bByQcf ~ Janis
(Typo on grocery store sentence.)
Evelina, thank you for the heads up! That’s what happens when I don’t pay attention to my typing or the auto correction! ~ Janis
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In any event, thanks for your work, and look forward to the next post.
Best regards — Gerri
Thank you for letting me know about the shea butter, Gerri! ~ Janis
Thank you for always making a simply outfit look super classic & stylish.
I really liked the slim fit as a makes one look slender & matches the pants perfectly.
Your day make up taught me something today, not to over do on a casual outing.
Less is always more & and you looked stunning as usual.
Loved the stylish comfortable looking shoes. perfect colour also your gorgeous bag as well.
Your hair looking very healthy & shiny ?
Thank you for all awesome videos .greatly appreciated always.
Bernadine, I so appreciate your thoughtful comment. Thank you for taking the time to watch my videos and come to my blog to look around and comment. Hugs ~ Janis