The idea of a wardrobe filled with "basics", or "classics", sometimes receives a bad rap. For some it connotes boring and bland, without any true style - but I disagree. "Basics" and "classics" are the building blocks of any versatile wardrobe, and can create some really sophisticated looks when worn together.
The simple, classic styles that I chose for this look are a denim-style canvas jacket, light blue oxford shirt, nautical stripe tie, jeans, and white bucks. And when pulled together, the look is pretty timeless.
The secret to creating an interesting outfit out of simple styles is to make sure there's something that elevates the look - be it print and pattern, texture, or color - or a combination of these. The tie really makes this look - it's a strong stripe in a textured silk knit. Other accessories also add some distinct elements - a striped watchband worn as a bracelet and argyle socks both bring red accents.
White bucks are a mainstay in my warm weather wardrobe. I really like pairing them with dark jeans. It's a stark contrast that calls attention to the shoes, and I upped the ante with blue laces. Changing matching shoelaces to colored ones adds personality to any look. Just make sure the laces don't compete with your socks!
Khaki canvas jacket, dark wash jeans by Gap. Light blue oxford, argyle socks, watchband (worn as bracelet) by J. Crew. Striped tie by Club Monaco. White bucks by Cole Haan (blue laces borrowed from a pair of Paul Smith blue suede shoes). Eyeglass frames by Tom Ford.