Love Aesthetics

January 29, 2013

Layering Basics

jacket: vintage
trousers: vintage
sweatshirt: thrifted, worn inside out
docs: ebay (found a couple of pairs in navy and pink)
bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Slowly building a basic wardrobe with almost no colors is paying off; the times of standing in front of a mirror for hours coordinating different pieces together are over. Now I can almost pull out stuff with my eyes closed and it will match because of the black/grey/white pallet. Yesterday I layered an oversized jacket, over a cozy sweatshirt, over a fitted turtleneck, all white – worked out perfectly without looking cluttered.

66 responses to “Layering Basics”

  1. Utterly fantastic combo- so in love with the 3.1 Phillip Lim bag!

  2. You have such a unique style ! love it !

    XX Luba :: my post today is about hand crafted jewelry from Spain

  3. Anonymous says:

    Amazing! Love the jacket, wish I had the 3.1 phillip lim.

  4. Marie My says:

    I love the fact that the sweatshirt is turned inside out, great choice! 🙂

    Love, Marie

  5. This is a beautiful outfit I love your aesthetics! The bag in this post is really beautiful–but I’m wondering does it become a pain to carry around when it is full due to its size?


  6. you give the best when’re u gonna write a compendium/book?? hehe.. i admire u for being so careful in handling yer white leathergoods. stains are nightmares

  7. AmyXx says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen one outfit from you that I haven’t thought WOW I wish I owned that look! Loving the monochrome style ! Xx

  8. J. says:

    sounds like the perfect wardrobe for someone who isn’t a morning person. easy but still working well. great outfit 🙂

  9. Katieli says:

    Love how simple this is!!

  10. Camilla says:

    Oh Ivania, you are just perfect.

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

  11. Leira Zetroc says:

    Man, I really need to start investing in basics as well!

    “the times of standing in front of a mirror for hours coordinating different pieces together are over”

    That’s definitely me, ugh! I should never underestimate the power and versatility of a simple piece. Unfortunately, I always seem to gravitate towards “statement” clothes, which just add unnecessary bulk to my wardrobe!

  12. Melissa V says:

    i love the simplicity of all your outfits x

  13. Bri Wang says:

    Amazing look. I’m still trying to find a good minimalistic white coat.



  14. You right! Basics are amazing for combination and volumes experimentation but I have to say that in this outfit the necklace really give a good twist to it!!


    Julia from

  15. Lisette says:

    Great look! I love the idea of being able to pair outfits with my eyes closed. Great inspiration!

  16. Isabelle says:

    I always loved so much this jacket! An other thing I love here is the word ‘vintage’ written everywhere 🙂

  17. Lydia Rose says:

    I love how all your outfits are bold yet seem to keep lightness….clever dressing!
    herlux fashion

  18. You look perfect. Love your shoes !

  19. Joel says:

    You look wonderful ^___^ as always! <3

  20. Milex says:

    Pure love, darling

  21. You are literally the monochrome queen 🙂


  22. Nathan Moy says:

    Always looking glorious in your minimalism Ivania, love that white bold coat on you, keep it clean more maximum provoking effect hehee. You should check out my denim on denim on neon kidult look, which sort of looks like Peter Pan gave me a makeover… tell me what you think of it even if it only provokes you a bit 😉

    xx The Provoker

  23. Sharon says:

    Gave jas!


  24. Amazing outfit!
    Thanks for the link to pink 1461s x

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  25. wllwproject says:

    Love the simplicity of your style, and the white.

  26. Kristín says:

    That takes all the fun out of wearing clothes! They should inspire you and invoke creativity…not be easy. That’s at least my opinion.

  27. Chantelle says:

    Such a great idea! I loaded up on basics (I have a huge collection of black pants and white t-shirts & blouses) is what saves me most days. I can wear my basic color palette, and then throw in one color to be exciting, and it will work out perfectly 90% of the time. I cannot emphasize how important it is to have a solid collection of neutral pieces to take the stress out of dressing.

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  29. Gah, adore the bag! You look perfect, as always!

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  30. Olga says:

    Why is the sweatshirt inside out? 🙂 Is it because you were doing it with your eyes closed. ;)))) Seriously though, does it look or feel better this way?


  31. Isabelle says:

    Hey my friend and I have been saying for so long how we need to invest in more basics!!
    Your Docs are awesome too by the way 🙂

  32. McKenzie says:

    Sometimes basics become more than that together, I like it!

  33. Hi Olga, no it is because I like to see the fluffy texture from the inside

  34. Mika says:

    Yes, this really is one of the major perks of having a wardrobe devoid of color! Minimizes the guesswork in dressing and makes mornings less of a hassle 🙂

  35. Mira says:

    The bag is super gorgeous 🙂



  36. Ifigenia says:

    Oh I like the bag! And I also like the fact that you don’t wear colors anymore. You look so beautiful this way!

  37. Julian says:

    Perfect, perfect, perfect. Everything.

    And only you can pull off a sweater that’s inside-out.

  38. Can never go wrong with b/w/g ay? You always seem to look really well put together though, and never the samey outfit twice if you get what I mean, shows what you can do without crazy colours trends etcc..

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  40. Kim says:

    Heel mooi en helemaal jou of course!

  41. Marie says:

    Ow so simple and fresh look
    But Ivania , how do you find the time to do all these post?

  42. Zwart en wit, de beste combinatie die er is!

    X Marjolein – Never Too

  43. Gabriela says:

    Great look! I have a question: how do ou take care of your white clothes? do ou have a special washing routine? dry clean always? I cannot manage to keep m white stuff white…

  44. i love your style. Anyway, I would try some colours. Im sure minimalism does not mean black+white+gray.

  45. ann kim says:

    So clean, I love it.

  46. Francesca says:

    My go to outfits are all black because you can layer anything and everything and still pull it off.

    Hope you’ve been well my dear- along with little Lois 🙂


  47. deadlyinlove says:

    But, oh, that Lim bag is breaking my heart :S

  48. t says:

    the docs look perfect in this look!

  49. Debbie says:

    Ik benijd je bijna om je zwart/wit kastinhoud. Ik heb zelf érg veel zwart, maar zwicht af en toe toch voor iets kleurrijks.. wat ik vervolgens 1x draag. Je ziet er super uit!


  50. Iconoclaste says:

    ………….I dream of this bag…………..

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