Working with the Basics

j.crew schoolboy blazer with chambray shirt

Are you sick of seeing this camel blazer yet? I had an extensive packing list for our trip to Paris, I promise. I planned on dressing in super chic, super Parisian outfits for our days and nights of wandering around the city. But then, I got sick two days before we left. I was at the doctor’s office just a few hours before I needed to meet the girls to leave for our flight, which left me about an hour to pack (while having a fever of 100.6). Needless to say, the only things that sounded remotely appealing to wear were casual, comfortable basics. (I wore my favorite jogger pants on the plane. God bless these acceptable-in-public sweat pants!)

My packing list…

Jackets / 3rd Pieces: Camel Blazer, Gray Cardigan

Tops: Black/White Striped Sweater, Blue/White Striped Tee, Chambray Shirt, Gray Tee, Black Tee

Pants: Blue Jeans, Black Jeans

Shoes: Black Booties, Greige Booties, Black Sneakers

Let’s just say that everything I brought definitely got a few good wears. By Day 3 in Paris when I was feeling a bit better, I was so bummed that I didn’t have anything remotely interesting to wear. Sure, I had a suitcase full of basics that were very easy to mix-and-match, but I was definitely bored with what I brought. Thank goodness Hallie let me raid her suitcase!

Anyway, back to our day at Jardin du Luxembourg! The fall foliage was absolutely incredible. It’s no secret that I’m a fall enthusiast and I just couldn’t get enough of the crunchy leaves on the ground and the amazing autumn colors on all of the trees. We had a scenic little picnic for lunch that day. And by picnic, I just mean croissants, a baguette, and a whole lot of cheese. Oh, and we had some fruit, too! It wasn’t all dairy & carbs. (And I’m shockingly not even talking about wine..)

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j.crew chambray shirt

capwell + co earrings

Get the Look…

J.Crew Blazer (similar at J.Crew Factory!)  |  J.Crew Chambray Shirt  |  rag & bone Jeans  |  Express Booties  |  Chanel Sunglasses (similar here for $15!)  |  Gucci Bag (also available here! .. similar budget-friendly style here!)  |  Michael Kors Watch  |  Capwell + Co Bracelet & Earrings

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  1. 10.20.14
    Meagan said:

    Fabulous outfit! Seems like you girls had a fun trip!

  2. 10.20.14

    Great fall outfit and such a beautiful background. Perfect!

    Red Reticule

  3. 10.20.14

    Hey! Can’t go wrong with classics! But I totally understand the feeling of boredom when you’re rushed to pack. I’m sure if Hallie hadn’t be able to share, you would have found no shortage of pretty things in the Parisian shops! Hope you had a great trip!

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

  4. 10.20.14

    You guys picked a perfect spot to shoot these outfit photos! The treeline is so gorgeous 🙂 And I’m not tired of the camel blazer yet 😉

  5. 10.20.14
    Summer said:

    That blazer looks AMAZING on you. Also, dying for these gorg autumn pictures!!


  6. 10.20.14
    Natali said:

    Perfect blazer and bag! You look great in this simple, casual outfit!

  7. 10.20.14

    I love the camel blazer, and I’ll never get tired of seeing it. I love the chambray shirt underneath it. Fabulous photos!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

  8. 10.20.14
    Dana said:

    Such a fab outfit! Perfect for any occasion!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  9. 10.20.14
    Andrea said:

    Props to you on looking so put together while you were feeling under the weather! My comfy packing list would have consisted of leggings and hoodies! Love that blazer…it’s such a classic and goes with everything!


  10. 10.20.14
    irene said:

    i really like basics! i love wearing the same pieces on repeat and love that you do it as well! it is so normal!love your stylish outfit!


  11. 10.20.14

    Loving this look on you!

    Liz @
    A sweater giveaway on the blog from Mickey & Jenny (2 winners will be announced!)

  12. 10.20.14
    Tia said:

    Love those shoes! Great shade of gray!
    xo Tia |

  13. 10.20.14
    Annick said:

    I could never get sick of a tan blazer! In fact, tan has totally been my favorite color this fall! Gorgeous look!

    Bold Subtlety 

  14. 10.20.14
    Asa said:

    Hi Jessica! I love the entire look. You look classic and timeless. I would wear head to toe.

  15. 10.20.14
    Melissa said:

    Love this look for fall!

  16. 10.20.14
    Ella said:

    Ahhh you look awesome despite all the bread+cheese! I’m not sick of the blazer… you rock it, girl 🙂

  17. 10.20.14
    Maddy said:

    this is classic + chic and I love the mix of the neutrals. You look damn good girl for being sick!

    xo, Maddy

  18. 10.20.14
    Rose said:

    Oh heyyyy Gucci!!!

  19. 10.21.14

    Love this simple and classic look! The blazer is so perfect for fall!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  20. 10.21.14
    Courtney said:

    Love your outfit! Classics always make the best looks 🙂

  21. 10.21.14
    Emily said:

    I think this is the perfect outfit for running around Paris! Honestly, the less fuss, the better! You look great.


  22. 10.21.14

    When you’re working with minimal suitcase space and international travel, sometimes basics are really just the best — all the more reason to buy a fun scarf or amazing vintage necklace while you’re there!

  23. 10.21.14
    Kayla said:

    Ha! I wore this blazer yesterday too! In green! So cute Jessica! : )


  24. 10.21.14
    Allie said:

    Such a cute outfit! This would be a great outfit to wear around campus or dinner with friends! Hope you had fun around Paris (we are all jealous).


  25. 10.21.14
    Alexandra said:

    You make basics look so good! Glad you still went despite feeling so bad the first few days – I’m sure it was worth it!

    Warm Regards,

  26. 10.21.14

    What a beautiful look! I seriously want this exact outfit! 😀

  27. 10.21.14

    Great style post, Jessica. I love this simple yet classic look!

  28. 10.21.14
    Le Pattys said:

    Hi Jessica
    Love your blog and your style always inspires me
    so today I did a post about you on my blog
    I hope you enjoy!

    • 10.22.14
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Aw thank you sooooo much! That was such a sweet post. I am so flattered! You made my day. 🙂


  29. 10.22.14

    Love the fall style!

    For perfect sunglasses to go with this outfit or any other fall outfit, visit

  30. 10.22.14

    Wow pure perfection! I love this look and you rock it!
    xoxo- Julia

  31. 10.23.14
    Stacey said:

    You look perfect for the autumn weather in Paris, I love your Gucci bag!!

    Five Minute Style 

  32. 11.2.14
    Alecz said:

    Love this look! It is so simple, but so classy. Plus, I’m a huge sucker for camel coloured blazers, and this one is great.

  33. 1.20.15
    Lindsay said:

    omg I neeeeeeed those sunnies!!!