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


  1. Justalazymorning May 17, 2012

    love the gold necklace!!

  2. Her Persona May 17, 2012

    love the simplicity of this look

  3. Simple Sophie May 17, 2012

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

  4. Gorgeous!
    Sometimes less is simply more 😉

  5. Misha May 17, 2012

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

  6. Rachel, Cold Knees May 17, 2012

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

  7. m i s s . t e a May 18, 2012

    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

  8. hannah May 23, 2012

    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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