the luxury of simplicity

Bar the striped shirt, the white tee is one of my favourite go-to items. I tend to opt for more casual looks when donning a white tee but I like the idea of dressing it up with some luxe looking accessories, like this collar necklace and bracelet. I came across the phrase "the luxury of simplicity" in the book Eternal Chanel by Jean Leymarie and it's something that's really stuck with me. In the context of the book it looks at the rise of the garçonne, or tomboy, in fashion post-World War I. Poiret accused Chanel of bringing "le misérabilisme de luxe" (luxurious poverty) to fashion whereas the author suggests Balzac's phrase "le luxe de la simplicité" (the luxury of simplicity) as being a more fitting description. I guess it's all subjective, but the next time I'm feeling underdressed I'd much rather think of it in terms of refined sensibility than the former.

Necklace and bracelet: c/o oasap.com

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  1. love the simplicity of this look


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  2. Those gold accesories really do change your outfit, makes it more interesting and lik you said "luxury of simplicity"! ~ox

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    1. I do like that they make a statement, even when everything is fairly basic.

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  3. Gorgeous!
    Sometimes less is simply more ;)


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    1. Definitely! (Or I'll keep telling myself that anyway! haha)

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  4. This is really elegant! I've come across a few of those collar-necklaces but never a matching bracelet.. :(

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    1. Thanks! The bracelet isn't really matching, but close enough :)

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  5. I definitely agree, this looks luxe because of the simplicity, if you'd jazzed it up further it would've ruined the look! x

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    1. True. I also find it hard to match gold to colour. Neutrals it is!

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  6. Wow I really like your deep analysis and artistically incorporating that page of the book into your photo as well. I think it's time I got a pair of gold cuffs and necklace now haha

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    1. Thanks. The book is a really interesting read!

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  7. I think there's nothing like a bit of elegant simplicity. At least that's what I tell myself when I default to white/stripes/denim/ballet slippers. I own so many other options so I try not to be lazy but don't feel bad when I go for 'elegant simplicity' AKA 'jeans/tee/pumps'.

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