J.Crew has mastered the art of pairing things that at first glance don't seem to "go." A velvet blazer is super-feminine, a denim-shirt is masculine, but together they make perfect harmony. I had my doubts, but when I tried this combo I immediately thought "J.Crew, you creative buggers you. Of course a denim shirt and velvet blazer go together!"
Why this works: Mixing masculine and feminine styles, while it may seem counter-intuitive at first, is one of the quickest way to look chic. Give it a try this week! Not quite up for the challenge? Try wearing a denim shirt in place of a collared shirt for work. Add a sparkly necklace and watch those compliments start rolling in. :-)
Photo left: J.Crew
Velvet blazer: H&M
Denim shirt: Gap, $14
Necklace: JcPenney, $20
Skirt: Banana Republic, $40
Pumps: Calvin Klein/Filene's Basement, $70