Polished Casual in North Carolina

Full-time blogger Suzanne Smith (55) lives in North Carolina and documents her style on her blog, Crazy Blonde Life. She is a jeans gal with on-trend polished casual style who likes to wear softer colours in Spring/Summer, while adding darker ones in the colder months. Suzanne sports high heels regularly, has an enviable booties collection, and believes in the staying power of versatile classics.

“I don’t care as much about trends as I did five years ago. I like to incorporate them into my wardrobe, but I try to invest in more classic pieces and add in a few trends that I love. I wear jeans more than anything else so I think I would describe my style as jeans and tees with a twist! In the summer, I do love an easy dress that I can just throw on and I never met a pair of booties that I didn’t like.”

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Suzanne wore this casual outfit for a day of walking around in downtown Nashville. She’s paired full-length olive skinny jeans with a relaxed-fit linen blouse. The breezy boho blouse with its tassels and bishop sleeves creates visual interest. Combining the top with skinny jeans tempers the volume of the sleeves. Caramel-coloured slides with a low heel look wonderful with the olive, and echo the colours of the classic satchel. Lots of arm candy and a simple, dainty necklace that works well with the V-neckline of the blouse complete the look.

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Pair sunny yellow with mid-wash denim and different shades of grey and you’ve got yourself a fabulous colour combo you don’t see all that often. 5’4″ Suzanne semi-tucked a ruffled top into high-waisted kick crop flares. Tucking the top lengthens the leg line, and the charcoal maxi cardigan creates extra vertical integrity. The streamlined fit and texture-rich material make it a great statement piece. Our blogger’s block-heeled booties in an eye-catching gunmetal grey and her silver crossbody bag bring subtle sheen to the outfit. The unique necklace with oversized agate pendant and long earrings amp up the visual interest and polish.

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White, blue and grey is another colour combination that feels particularly fresh. Our bloggers is wearing grey cropped skinny jeans with an untucked blouse. The rough-around-the-edges vibe of the distressed jeans is in clever contrast with the ladylike top embellished with large dots. Fun juxtaposition! The jeans are the perfect length to showcase Suzanne’s crisp pointy-toe stiletto booties. Her double-breasted wool coat adds Modern Classic polish, while the sky blue colour makes it a great choice to wear on cold Spring days. The blue also looks wonderful with Suzanne’s blonde locks. An oversized cocktail ring and interesting shoulder bag with architectural lines are the fab finishing touches.

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Suzanne wasn’t exaggerating about her love for booties. Her closet is filled with interesting and unique pairs like these greyish taupe babies with chunky lucite heels. They echo the colour of her sweater brilliantly! And that sweater is a statement piece if I ever saw one! The oversized style, chunky knit, big collar and different stitches make it a cosy piece that will stand out everywhere. Sporting it with slim-fit jeans lets the sweater do all the talking, while the white denim adds crispness to the look. The sleek shape of our blogger’s on-trend metal ring bag adds structure. Cocktail rings, earrings, pink lippie and oversized sunnies finish off the look.

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Using interesting footwear and accessories is an easy way to make a simple tee and jeans outfit look fun and special. Start off with jeans like this pair with undone hems and bleached cuffs, and you automatically get extra visual interest. Suzanne is semi-tucking a grey long-sleeved tee with lovely drape. Scrunching the sleeves showcases the piles of bracelets on both arms. She then adds extra bling with a multi-strand necklace in silver and white. Her silver metallic slides with gold hardware detail and fold-over fringe add chic pizzazz and lots of polish. Suzanne’s go-to pink lipstick and matching nail polish complete this polished casual look.

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A Modern Classic outfit infallibly looks current when you add in an on-trend piece like Suzanne’s black jeans with flounced ruffle cuffs. Tucking the blue and white striped shirt with bell sleeves and adding a belt creates structure. So does the tailored fit of the jeans above the ruffled cuffs. Our blogger’s fab geometrical-shaped bag and lucite-heeled booties both make a second appearance. The polka dot scarf tied to the bag is a fun way to do a spot of pattern mixing. Add silver bangles, a short necklace, pink lipstick and Suzanne is ready to go.

What do you think of Suzanne’s polished, on-trend casual style? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out the rest of her wonderful outfits on her blog.

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