You can’t beat jeans and a jacket.

I don’t know why I don’t just stick to this simple formula:

jeans + jacket = comfort + confidence

Regardless of the type of jeans – and I have all styles from bell bottoms to skinnies, nothing beats the simplicity of just adding a t-shirt and jacket to provide a relaxed yet pulled together look.  I should remember this every day when I get dressed.  I have a passion for loud, colorful trousers, as you all know, but jeans are my true love and I should never forget that.

Wearing these 501s is so nostalgic for me – they elicit all kinds of emotions when I put them on.  Even though these are newish they take me back to the late 80’s when I would borrow a friend’s pair that were perfectly worn and ripped (I think they were Sara’s that she had ‘borrowed’ off her boyfriend?).  Tightened around the waist with a big leather belt, that needed extra holes back then, I would wear them nearly every weekend in the summer of ’88.  I thought I looked the dogs b*ll*cks in them.  I even remember the green bat wing t-shirt I used to like to wear with them, and I still wear YSL Paris perfume that was my favorite back then.  I can see us all now – Bury Grammar Sixth Form – in our weekend common room at The Hare & Hounds.

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Jeans – Levi 501s // Shoes – Tory Burch Eddie flats in musk // T-shirt – Gap (now on sale) // Jacket – River Island

What clothes are nostalgic for you?


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14 thoughts on “You can’t beat jeans and a jacket.

  1. Sue

    In total agreement about the jeans but I actually have to break out of the rut of wearing jeans. I’ve done some chinos this week but was back in the jeans before I knew it. They’re just easy. Lovely outfit, lovely scenery :o)

  2. Trendsurvivor

    Love your look. The Tory Burch ballerina flats are so comfortable and cute. I use to wear my father’s shirts in the 80’s but not jeans. My favorite brands were Lacoste, Alaia, Celine, Fiorucci and Edwin jeans. Thank you for your lovely comment and all the cool places in Spitalfields. Would you like to follow each other through bloglovin?

    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Hi Nina – thanks for stopping by – yes I love the idea of a man’s shirt – I used to buy mens pyjamas too lol! I am already following you:) xx

  3. School Gate Style

    Oh that is just wonderful on you – so gorgeous and oh so flattering! And your hair is looking fantastic too – sitting really well. SO tempted by the RI jacket…it looks pants on the website but amaze-balls on you! x

  4. Chandra (

    Hi, Joanna! This is a comfy look; I love how you styled the loose cardi with the white tee and jeans. Are those shoes comfy? I’ve been on a hunt for comfy flats and the pair you’re wearing look great! Give me some more details if you can!


    1. Poppy's Style Post author

      Hey Chandra! I can’t say enough great things about the Eddie flat – they are super comfy. They have a cushiony footbed and are so soft – they really are like wearing ballet shoes. They come in a variety of colors too (I have several!) – I much prefer them to the Tory Burch Revas these days as I like the fact they don’t have a massive logo on them. Nordstrom sell them too if Tory Burch don’t have many on their website. xx

  5. Martha Merrill Wills

    I agree on this being the perfect formula. It’s so easy for running after kids… put together, but casual. I think I’ll wear my very baggy boyfriends tomorrow with my grey knit jacket tomorrow. Both have been out of rotation for a while.

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