Style and Styling

Copycat Style April 2020

White (Cropped) Jeans + Neutral Top + Flats

Happy day, reader dear!

We’ve made it to the middle of another month, so it’s time for an installment of Copycat Style! We are all navigating with different markers of time now. It’s not the regular work week, or sunups and sundowns, or sleeps. Everyone has to find their own time markers. The church’s liturgical year has been my time touchstone for more than 30 years, and even that 2000+ year tradition has taken a beating this year. This time reminds me of Tom Hanks marking time on his island in Cast Away. Or of Robinson Crusoe… We’ve been set adrift in a sea of time.

I must stop waxing philosophical. Let’s get back to practicalities. April means we are (hopefully) just a few steps closer to life as we knew it. April’s Copycat was a challenge. Spring is a child playing hide-and-seek. Here some days. Nowhere to be found on others. Which is what happened with this month’s copycat.

Here’s the inspo for April’s Copycat:

The key to making a copycat work for you is about separating the elements, and combining them again for a look that’s all yours!

What elements bind all three?  Wide Cropped White Jeans, Flats, Waist

What elements do I prefer from each? The coffee! (I’d love to go out and sit down for a coffee at one of our local coffee shops. Sigh…) I love the small little geometric bags, and the pointy toed flats. I like the column of color in the middle pic, and under the moto jacket in the third.

What do I not want? I don’t want a stark color contrast between top and bottom; nor do I need the snug tee. I love these achromatic looks with a neutral thrown in here or there (shoes and bags), but they don’t really suit me. They are pretty but cheerless. I’ll take cheer, thanks.

What do I own to work with?

I have the jeans. (If you want to see the rest of my Spring Capsule Wardrobe, click HERE.) I can (It will be HARD!) forgo my typical jewelry riot for a more pared down look. I have a white short sleeved blouse, but it’s too cold today for it. I’m not that blogger who will stand around freezing for “my art.” Don’t get me wrong, I love you, but I’m about real life and working with it. Not pretending it’s not there! I could have worn my brown flats like these for a more neutral look, but that’s NOT me.

I tucked my sweater in the front to get the waist detail I wanted, and kept the jewelry unobtrusive. I committed to wearing this cross necklace for all of Lent, so it’s a non-negotiable. The small disk pendant necklace was a gift from hubby, it’s one of my favorite sentimental pieces, and mirrored the look of the simple necklace on the woman in the middle look.

What I really love are the little bags they are carrying. Very different vibes, but both architectural. I don’t own a cute little handled bag with geometry (And I’m not going anywhere, anyway! #stayathome), but to get an idea, I tried by pink saddlebag with the strap doubled, and my blue clutch. Looks like adding an architectural little bag to my French 5 for Spring/Summer 2020 was a good idea!

Rating? Happy! I’d like to try this on a warmer day with my short sleeved white blouse. Hopefully that day isn’t too far off! How about you? Which of the inspo looks do you like best? Could you copycat it from your wardrobe? Would you? (This is sounding like Green Eggs and Ham!) Which bag do you prefer with the look? Comment with a link to your Pinterest Copycat Style board! I’d love to see what’s inspiring you…

Stay safe, sound, sane, and stylish!


  • Andrea

    Another great interpretation, I struggle with all neutral outfits too (and I’m one of those people who has to belt or cover belt loops on waistbands). I think I prefer the pink handbag as it is a bit more to scale and links to the shoe colour.

    • closetplayadmin

      Oh, the belt loop thing! It doesn’t bother me, but I have clients it makes crazy. (Although less so with jeans, I’ve found!) I often recommend removing belt loops on trousers for a cleaner look, and less bumps when wearing tops out. I liked the pink bag better, too. I really wanted the handle effect. Thank you for visiting, Andrea!

  • Leslie Susan Clingan

    Wrote out a comment and then I think it disappeared. I really like the cropped wide leg style on you but need to try it on before being sold on it for myself. However, I have to say, I was surprised at how much I like the wide leg jeans I have! Hopefully, the stores will open before long and I can shop in real life!!

    • closetplayadmin

      Thank you for visiting, Leslie! I hate when I lose a comment! I wasn’t sold on the idea of crops myself, but the jeans had shrunk to not long enough for long, so cropped was my only choice. Even if it’s not the most flattering, I like a cool breeze on my ankles… I’m hoping that staying home is saving me money!

    • closetplayadmin

      Thanks for visiting, Lise! It’s all about taking “the look” and giving it your personality. I just couldn’t do all those neutrals… Not me. Lovely. But. Not. Me.

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