Casual Comfort

I like simple style. All suited and booted really isn’t me, and I’m a firm believer in understated luxury. For me luxe is about quality of materials, the feel of fabric, draping, fit, and, of course, how it makes you feel. It’s more of a textural thing for me.

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I first found this sweater when I was living in Hollywood. It’s super soft, and basically feels like a hug when you put it on. I love the way it fits, slightly slouchy with a loose yet body skimming silhouette.

I scored mine at Urban Outfitters, but as we’re easing into the fall and winter seasons, there are plenty of options out there. To get a similar look get a simple crew neck cut, and try to keep it as simple as possible. Normally I’m not a fan of white because it gets dirty so easily — shout out to the mustard stain on my cuff — but here the subtle black, white, and grey fibers make for an understated bit of texture.

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This sweater was a $4 find at Urban Outfitters. I couldn’t bring myself to make a purchase when it was full price and I was living in LA — a $40 sweater in SoCal summer heat just doesn’t seem like a sensible purchase. But when I flew back to Boston and went for a look in the Bargain Basement, it seemed like destiny had followed me home.

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I’ve paired mine with my favorite pair of Levis 510s and a pair of highlighter yellow Nike Dunks. And that black schmutz on the side? That’s tar. I was stuck on a hot rooftop in the East Village listening to an actress talk at me about her headshots for 45 minutes while my friend chatted up a love interest. The things you do for friends, huh?

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.