Casual Basic




Welcome to the outfit I reach for time and time again when I need to look relatively put together, but don’t have time to think about it. Working from home, there are some days when I honestly do not even leave the house, and often find myself in a basic t shirt and yoga pants (or comfy knit pants like these). If I suddenly need to run an errand, I’ll throw on a pair of jeans and my tried-and-true ‘schoolboy’ blazer. Insta-put together! I’ll switch up the look with different flats or jeans (the go to for the summer is of course white), then grab whatever simple jewelry pieces I’m feeling that day — usually just a necklace and one bracelet. Last week, I opted for a neutral low bootie; in my head, it helped me feel a little more downtown as I ran around our temporary neighborhood.

Also, let’s talk about this little bag



It’s from Sézane, and I love it for when I’m going to be walking and ending up with shopping bags from various stores, because it’s SO lightweight. You can throw it over your shoulder and barely notice it’s there — but surprisingly, given it’s small size, it can fit quite a bit (I’ve shoved flip flops, a scarf, a sunglass case, plus all my normal purse items in there). Since I bought it earlier this spring, Sézane has come out with a mini version too. Although honestly, I’m kind of tempted to get the full size camel one — they’re just such versatile, unique bags!

In this Post:

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer | Gap t shirt (similar here) | Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies, gifted

Sézane Hope purse | Anthropologie necklace (old) | J.Crew bracelet (similar here)

Photographs taken by Lydia Hudgens

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  1. 6.18.13
    Emily said:

    You look adorable! I love the pop of green that you added into this outfit.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  2. 6.18.13
    Lauren said:

    This look is perfection! You look amazing and SO chic! LOVE the bag! I have one from Sezane (but got it when it was still Les Composantes) and adore it! Love love love this!!

  3. 6.18.13
    Kimberly said:

    You can’t go wrong with classic pieces like this…love that you mixed it up with the ankle boots!

  4. 6.18.13

    You look great! Love the pop of green. I feel like I am the only person on the planet who doesn’t own a pair of white jeans. I need to get on that!

  5. 6.18.13

    Such timeless pieces! That handbag is amazing and loving the color of your necklace.

  6. 6.18.13
    Johanna said:

    That shirt looks wicked comfy! I wish they had Gap over here.. le sigh.

  7. 6.18.13
    kelsey said:

    so very pretty! love the jeans
    kw ladies in navy
    Enter our giveaway!

  8. 6.18.13

    That kind of looks like me on any given day these days! Except I love that you’re wearing booties. I’ve been dying to buy a pair but I was worried I was too short for them because I had only ever seen them on really tall girls. Now I know it works on us too, yay :)

  9. 6.18.13

    have the blazer – truly a classic staple! the pop of green looks great against the basics.

    XO, Stefanie
    Life on the Squares

  10. 6.18.13

    There’s nothing like classics to instantly feel chic — I’ve actually been trying to make an effort to invest in solid classics this summer so I’ll have them to mix and match all season!

  11. 6.18.13
    Nnenna said:

    I love that you’re starting to do more outfit posts! Such a great, classic look and I really need to get myself a pair of white jeans!

  12. 6.18.13
    Meg said:

    Adorable outfit!

    Love that green necklace!

  13. 6.18.13
    Lauren said:

    Well you have successfully photographed my fall/spring uniform- love it! Hope you’re enjoying NYC! :)

  14. 6.18.13
    Alyssa said:

    You look so pretty! That pop of green is perfect, and so is the bag–I love it!

  15. 6.18.13

    I love the pop of color in the form of the necklace. Such a great combination!

  16. 6.18.13

    love, love love! so happy that you are working with Lydia… love her.

  17. 6.18.13

    You look fabulous girl, and I especially love that bag!

  18. 6.18.13
    Elizabeth said:

    My J.Crew navy blazer never seems to be hanging in my closet for too long. It’s such a staple!

    Elizabeth of The Corner Apartment

  19. 6.18.13
    ame said:

    I love *everything* about this outfit. You look amaz-ing!

  20. 6.18.13

    Love the green necklace, looks great against the navy.

  21. 6.18.13
    Kayla said:

    I LOVE those little boots with the white pants! SO cute!


  22. 6.18.13
    michelle said:

    i really need to break down and buy that blazer. and white jeans.

  23. 6.18.13

    umm i just found your blog and you are adorable. newest fan.

  24. 6.18.13
    Tabet said:

    great pictures and a sweet outfit.
    I love your bracelet.

  25. 6.18.13

    this epitomizes beautiful and classic style

  26. 6.18.13

    Love this look Victoria!! That necklace is to die for cute :)

  27. 6.18.13
    Danica said:

    such a cute and classic outfit. love it!

  28. 6.18.13
    alyson said:

    So cute! Totally agree that I often reach for a similar Gap version, though not enough with my casual looks like this. Adore it, especially with the booties.


  29. 6.18.13
    Alexa said:

    So cute Victoria! Love all of those colors together!

  30. 6.18.13
    Naina said:

    You’re too cute. Love this outfit-very Parisian chic!

  31. 6.18.13
    Erica said:

    I love your outfit post today! I follow you on Pinterest and would love to repin this outfit to one of my boards, but I didn’t see it. If you don’t already pin your posts, can you explore doing so in the future?

    • 6.19.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Hi Erica, I do pin some of my posts, and pinned this one yesterday. It’s possible you’re not following the board I pinned it to — you can go to and hit ‘follow all’ — that should do it! You can also hover over the image and click on the ‘pin it’ button, to pin directly from the blog. Thanks!

  32. 6.18.13
    Meredith said:

    I have to ask… Where are your fab sunglasses from?!

    • 6.19.13
      vmacandcheese said:

      Hi Meredith! They’re Prada, and I got them at Sunglass Hut:

      • 6.19.13
        Meredith said:

        Thank you! They’re the perfect shape for your face : )

  33. 6.19.13
    Meghan said:

    You look so gorgeous , loving that blazer . You should post more outfit posts you so photogenic.

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

  34. 6.19.13
    taylor said:

    how cute are you?! this outfit is like the perfect combo of everyday essentials – white jeans, navy blazer, grey tee, statement necklace…. such a fashionista :)

  35. 6.19.13

    Love that blazer!!

  36. 6.19.13
    daisy said:

    love the outfit! and your hair looks so nice :) x

    & Pretty Things

  37. 6.20.13
    Megan said:

    I wish I looked this put together all the time….beautiful!

    xox Megan

  38. 6.22.13

    aaadorable. per usual. i need those booties in my life.