New Year, New Classic

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Happy New Year, Kansas City!

Story by Ashley White of Le Stylo Rouge   |   Photos by Sabrina Osborn

I’m starting off 2024 with some new classic closet staples that I’m excited to share with you, so let’s get started.

We’ve all got a blazer or two in our repertoire, but let me offer the oversized blazer up for your consideration. While tailored versions will always be in style, there’s something very cool about going up a size or two to create an off-duty vibe. I chose this wool number (complete with classic elbow patches!) because the heft definitely guards against the winter chill.

If you’re worried about losing your shape in an oversized blazer, just opt for less volume on the bottom. Think a pair of straight-leg jeans, a slim trouser, or even a pair of leggings. (If you go the leggings route, untuck the blouse.)

The next new classic I want to introduce you to is the denim maxi skirt. I know, I know – this isn’t exactly a new trend, making its debut first in the 70’s and then resurfacing again in the 90’s. But the denim maxi is back bigtime in fall and winter wardrobes, and it’ll still be something to reach for come spring. Look for raw hems like mine and anything with a fun front slit. (Bonus: the slit keeps the skirt from limiting your range of motion, so you can walk normally. Always a plus!)

Feel free to dress your denim maxi skirt up or down, but I really love the way the casual denim plays with a crisp white button-down and a pair of brown leather boots. Nice juxtaposition and a lot of style points earned on the execution.

Speaking of boots, a pair of tall croc boots in a very-of-the-moment brown is my final new classic. You’re looking for a boot with a pointed toe that hits just below the knee and has a croc pattern. You can opt for a super sleek shaft or something with a little slouch like I’m wearing here; both work with everything from jeans to dresses. I love the way these boots peek out from the slit of the skirt!

Hope you enjoyed this tour of some new wardrobe classics to consider in 2024 – and cheers to a new year, KC!

You can find Ashley at or on Instagram at @ashrockchalk

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