If we dressed according to the Elizabeth and James  Resort 2015 lookbook, we'd look chic even on our off-duty days. That's because the laid-back, minimalist vibe lends itself easily to work or play, elevating our shorts and t-shirt look, while making pieces like a sleeveless blazer and classic trousers infinitely cooler and sleeker and not at all buttoned-up. Maybe it has something to do with the lineup of bucket bags and backpacks that accompany each outfit or the fact that all the models are wearing slides, not heels.
In any case, it's a perfect mix of volume and proportion and just a few stripes, checks, and polka dots to liven up black and white separates. It's kind of like getting a style hack for the look your effortlessly cool friend seems to nail every time you see her. Scroll on to see how it's done.