Katie Holmes Wore the Easiest Summer Outfit You Already Have in Your Closet

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Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes. Photo: The Image Direct

It's always a good time to get back to basics, especially now that basics are back, baby. Runways and influencer pages have been awash with deceptively simple wardrobe essentials, promoting these building blocks as the stars of the outfits themselves, not merely the supporting cast of an unconvincing "statement piece." It's the sanest thing Fashion has done in years.

Katie Holmes — who is first and foremost a sensible dresser — is gliding through this moment with crystal clarity. On an outing in New York City this week, the actress harnessed the power of a suite of impeccable, classic-as-it-gets basics. The resulting look was so sharp and simple, and honestly, you could probably recreate it with what's already in your closet right now.

On top, she wore a pink, striped Oxford button-down from Acne Studios, a high-end, tailored version of the one that's likely hanging on your boyfriend's rack among his other work shirts (if your boyfriend is a stylish Italian businessman, that is). With a laissez-faire flourish geared towards comfort, Holmes styled her top with a pair of baggy, black, low-rise denim cutoffs; the garment itself a summer staple that always was and always will be, and the silhouette anathema to the perils of the trend cycle. We don't have an ID on their exact brand, but maybe it's better that way — the essence of this look is less about labels, and more about the freedom of throwing together a lot of good separates and making it work.

Her celebration of simplicity extended to the accessories she wore, too. Her handbag was an exquisitely pared-down flap bag from the French brand A.P.C., which excels in just this type of thing. An adjustable black crossbody is always a good bet, especially when lightly adorned in gold-tone fixtures and made to last a lifetime. And her shoes, a pair of Yuni Buffa ballet flats, were so elegant and everlasting that they'd be relevant in any timeline. The independent, handmade-in-Tuscany brand is just a baby by Italian design standards, but it succinctly embodies the less-is-more philosophy on display in Holmes' look.

The current wave of fashion is a prime-time opportunity to step back and take stock of the energy we put into getting dressed. Why hem and haw about how to combine outlandish one-off pieces when we can work within the brilliant capsule wardrobe society has offered us? Wouldn't it be simpler to try a little less, and live a little more? Find Holmes' exact outfit in your own closet at home, or have a look at some frankly perfect basics we found to recreate this look, below.

Get the look:

Acne Studios Appliquéd Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Shop now: $320; net-a-porter.com

Frankie Shop Lui Organic Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Shop now: $155; net-a-porter.com

Agolde Parker Distressed High Waist Cutoff Denim Shorts
Shop now: $128; nordstrom.com

Levi's 501® Original Cutoff Denim Shorts
Shop now: $70; nordstrom.com

A.P.C. Small Grace Shoulder Bag
Shop now: $588; farfetch.com

DeMellier Mini Lausanne Leather Crossbody Bag
Shop now: $395; nordstrom.com

Yuni Buffa Pia Ballerina
Shop now: $395; yunibuffa.com

Mansur Gavriel Square Toe Ballerina
Shop now: $395; mansurgavriel.com

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