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January, 16, 2015

Back to Basics…

black-tailored-blazer black-blazer-leather-sleeves dressed-up-casual-look light-wash-denim-boyfriend-jeans black-tailored-blazer-leather-sleeves black-blazer-leather-sleeves-nordstrom black-blazer-with-leather-sleeves-loftBlazer: LOFT ℅ | Tee: LOFT ℅ | Bottoms: LOFT ℅ | Pumps: Christian Louboutin (similar style) | Glasses: Ray-Ban (similar style) | Lip Gloss: Turkish Delight by NARS

Happy Friday everyone!!! First I want to thank you all for your encouraging and kind words about yesterday’s announcement of my jewelry line, Pink Peonies Collection. You all are so sweet and I can’t wait to share more details with you in the weeks to come!

This year I’m resolving to add more basics into my wardrobe. I love wearing prints and bold color but recently I’ve noticed that my wardrobe is lacking in classic staples. Now each time shop I try to pick at least one item that is a no brainer choice and can go with anything! I love this entire ensemble from LOFT because each piece is classic with an edgy twist (love the leather sleeves on the blazer and the jewels on the skinnies) and can be paired with countless pieces I already own. What are your favorite basics in your wardrobe and what are your style resolutions for the new year?

xo, Rach

Brought to you by LOFT.

  1. Jeannie says:

    Basics were essentially my saving grace in building my travel suitcase! I would say my anorak is my sailor and my New Years resolution regarding fashion is to dress unapoletically


  2. glamdevils says:

    The perfect casual chic! Love the jeans and heels!

    xx Mira

  3. Lily says:

    Absolutely love this look – you can never go wrong with good quality, stylish basics! And the Louboutin heels dress it up a little to stop it looking boring. Feel like I need to go and invest in some basics now! X

  4. Cheyenne says:

    This looks great, love the embellishments on the jeans.

    xx Cheyenne

  5. Sophia says:

    Love it! Straight cuts and colors flatter you so much more than prints. Loving the hair, too!

  6. Summer Ann says:

    Very cute. I normally wouldn’t think to shop at Loft but the outfit is really nice.

    Summer Ann

  7. Ana @Champagnegirlsabouttown says:

    Your glasses, your hair, your shoes! Swoon swoon swoon!

  8. I love this classic look! SO gorgeous! Hope you have a great weekend!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  9. Caro says:

    I love this outfit. Very stylish and cool. I also want to invest more in certain basics that I know I can wear with a lot of different things. One thing I definitely want to get myself is a pair of leather trousers, as you can style them up or down and combine with so many other things. However I find it hard find some that really fit me perfect, so the searching continues for me :-)

  10. I love this!! so beyond beautiful!!!


  11. Leanne says:

    Absolutely stunning! I love that blazer and I really need to get myself those Ray Bans. They’re classics.

    Love from South Africa

  12. I love those jeans!! So unique and fun. You are look so fabulous
    xo Jaime

  13. Basics are a must in every stylish woman’s closet. I’m a huge fan of them!!
    My New Year’s resolution regarding fashion is to buy a Fendi or Valentino bag!! ;-)

  14. Natali says:

    Such a stylish mommy to be! Love this outfit, so simple and so elegant!

  15. Sarah says:

    Love those jeans! I love the blazer + denim look… so classic and chic.

    x Sarah

  16. Nikki says:

    I need to work on this as well! Thanks for sharing a brand such as the Loft.

  17. Gorgeous ensemble, especially with those Louboutins!!


  18. Rach says:

    That is my goal this year too! Pretty much find those staple, basic pieces. That way I’m not constantly buying the next new thing and overloading my closet. This ensemble is perfect!

  19. Back to basics but with a sparkly touch, love!! :)

  20. Federica says:

    I love the blazer, the leather sleeves combination is so in right now in Italy too.
    PS. New outfit on my blog

  21. Dine says:

    I just snagged a pair of those jeans from Loft. The details on the pocket gives them versatility. How else do you wear them?


  22. I LOVE that chic blazer with the leather sleeves! So versatile and flattering!

  23. Ann-Louise says:

    I like those jeans, the decorations under the pockets are nice!

  24. Great styling of the boyfriend jeans – I have been struggling to find a pair that aren’t saggy on my butt but that aren’t skin tight either. You definitely nailed that here!

    Happy Friday!! :)
    Latest Post: Leopard Print, Louis Vuitton, And A Business Suit

  25. Shae says:

    I feel like shopping for basics is a never ending to-do. It seems every time I buy one, I realize another I still need. It’s definitely something that must be done though. At the top of my basics look right now is a new pair of casual nikes, and I’m always in search of perfect white tees. Love this look!

    S. Roderick

  26. Grace says:

    That jacket is SO awesome. Love the cut! And your hair straight is gorgeous!

  27. Jessica says:

    I love how you styled the boyfriend jeans. I always need to find ways to make them look more girly. :)

    Happy Friday!

  28. Kirsten says:

    Those jeans fit you so lovely. I am always on the hunt for perfect boyfriend jeans and classic tees!

    XO, k |

  29. Soraya says:

    Loving your hair! It looks so good! Great everyday outfit, thanks for sharing — Soraya

  30. I love everything from Loft! That black blazer is definitely a staple. I can’t get enough of blazers an one that is tailored well is a must-have!

  31. Pamela Gonzalez says:

    I love your hair like this :) And those are some really nice basic pieces you’ve got, loved the outfit Rach!


  32. Vitri says:

    Great outfit! The jeans is so cute, love the jewels on it!
    You look GORGEOUS, Rach!

    xo, Vitri

  33. Andrea says:

    Love the simple look.Happy weekend!

  34. love your back to basics look! your jeans are so cool

  35. Swooning over that jacket. Love the sleeves. My fashion resolution this year is to be more strategic when purchases pieces that can last multiple seasons and be paired with multiple options. xx

    Audrey |

  36. Liz says:

    perfect simple look

    international giveaway on my blog!

  37. hannah says:

    so I just bought the jacket AND the jeans. love!

  38. I love a lot of what I’ve been seeing at LOFT lately! Love the embellished jeans!

    Liz @

  39. I love that blazer! Such a great piece to transform a basic outfit!

  40. Katy says:

    Gorgeous Rach!! I LOVE that blazer! Congrats again on your jewelry collection :)

    xo, Katy

  41. Claudia says:

    Beautiful! Love your hair-lip combination-sleek!

  42. Krista says:

    I’m a sucker for basic pieces. Love how you’ve styled this. Classic with an edgy twist.


  43. Amber says:

    Obviously you look amazing!…you always do!
    All the Cute

  44. Andrea Snow says:
    I love The Loft Rachel!! Plus I can afford it! I will go buy those sunglasses soon!! I am pregnant too! 13 weeks now! Check out my blog for pregnancy updates and maternity fashion soon! I am lds too!
    Xoxo Snow

  45. Jeanne says:

    Stunning jeans! Very cool outfit!
    Have an amazing weekend!

  46. Isabelle says:

    How true to size do these jeans run? I love the loose look you’re rocking… I’m normally a 26… Which size do you recommend?

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      I’m usually somewhere between a 24 and 25 in most jeans. I bought a 25 because I wanted a more relaxed, boyfriend fit. With that said, I’m almost 6 months prego so if I wasn’t pregnant I probably would have bought the 24. Hope this helped!

      Sometimes I’ll buy two sizes I’m debating between and return the size that doesn’t fit, maybe try that!


  47. Love this simple, toned down ensemble, Rach! I have resolved to actually bring more color into my wardrobe – I’m the queen of black, black, black and navy so I am excited to bring some Spring/Summer hues into my closet! :) Xo, Alison

  48. Kim says:


    I’m so inspired by your blog, outfits and lifestyle! Xo


  49. Paige says:

    I drool over those heels every time you wear them!


  50. Vici says:

    So simple, but yet chic!
    Victoria | GlamFizz

  51. Janie says:

    Great look for a casual outing! Those shoes and the leather sleeves are great ways to add interest to a basic outfit. Good job!

  52. Jillian says:

    I’ve recently found the same thing in my wardrobe-that I’m lacking basics. When I’m shopping, I love finding pieces that are statements and unique! You’re right that those staples are a must for fill-ins.

    p.s. your pregnancy hair is fab!

    xo, J

  53. I have the same resolution! I used to really love bold colors & prints but I feel like I’ve been slowly outgrowing them. I’m really into neutrals now so I’ve been working on adding some good quality staples. Not to say I wont incorporate some fun color here & there!

    xx Fortune

  54. Liz says:

    I am in love with the jewel detailing on your boyfriend jeans! The perfect feminine touch!


  55. Dorina says:

    Love this outfit! So simple, but so chic! <3
    I'm with you! This year I will add more basics into my wardrobe! :)

  56. Ada C. says:

    Interesting basics are the best! Love the blazer and the detailing on the jeans!

  57. Kathleen says:

    LOVE this blazer!

  58. Baanou says:

    Can’t go wrong with basics… Love!


  59. Love the look! I like how you style this! Xo

  60. sasa says:

    Looking so chic in basics<3

    Shall We Sasa

  61. nat says:

    i’m trying to add more basics in my wardrobe as well
    great look

  62. Jamie says:

    Those embellished boyfriend jeans are so fun! I love how you paired them with the leather-sleeved blazer! My must-have basic is a perfectly fitting white V-neck tee since you can dress it up or down.


  63. Lauren Shrader says:


  64. Rose says:

    I love basics and giving them a twist with accessories. I am loving this outfit!! I have been looking for a jacket with leather sleeves! Thank you so much for styling this fabulous look! I immediately bought the jacket and tee!! I’ve never tried the Loft jeans before but I am loving the boyfriend fit with the jewels! I saw your advice to order two sizes to try to get the right fit. Great idea! Going to buy the jeans now! Thank you so much for doing an amazing post at such an incredible price point!!!

  65. Prudence Yeo says:

    The leather sleeves of the blazer really adds an edgy vibe to the classy blazer, so cool! Simple but chic outfit, love it!


  66. Adele says:

    That’s a great ethos for shopping. I adore your hair straight Rach, you should wear it like that more often!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  67. k says:

    can i just have some of your glam genes please? and your glam jeans.

    xo, k

  68. Ashley Rae says:

    LOVE the LOFT pieces!! They truly do have classic pieces with an edgy touch! That’s why I keep going back for more :)

    xx, Ashley Rae

  69. Gabriela Barcenas says:

    Oh, I love the slouchy look of the jeans as well as the tailored look you lend them with the chic blazer and pointed pumps. This casual look looks amazing for office wear as well as a lovely stroll through the city. I’ve been trying to get ideas on how to dress up my dowdy old jeans and all of the inspiration i’ve gotten from you as well as from and have me excited to step out in my fresh new outfits!

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!