Overhauling my wardrobe

overhaul my wardrobe
overhaul my wardrobe
overhaul my wardrobe
overhaul my wardrobe
overhaul my wardrobe

As much as I hate to admit it, recently I let my wardrobe go overboard; with clothing I love, clothing I can’t bear to part with, clothing that gives me a taste of a trend I want to try, and at the other end of the spectrum, clothing which I no longer feel great in, that fits in with my ‘style’, or fits me well. So, I spent a huge chunk of the weekend overhauling my wardrobe and giving my closet a good ol’ declutter, and the rest of it scouring my favourited pins to get a real handle on just what my closet has been missing.

So I wanted to share the kinds of ‘looks’ that I’m ideally hoping to be reaching for on a daily basis, which is equal parts old and new, as well as some of the key pieces that I’ll be looking to invest in, over the coming months. If you haven’t had a chance yet, you can hop on over to my YouTube channel to have a watch of the full declutter process, as I go through my entire closet, and talk through some of the silhouettes and styles that are departing my wardrobe for now…

THE LOOK

While I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s every girls dream to dress like a Parisian, as far as closet #goals go, it’s certainly one of mine. There are absolutely no surprises that the colour palette I found myself gravitating towards was that simple, clean palette of neutrals, though I’m warming up to rusty orange and reds, blush anything, and rich forest greens.

1. Fluid silhouettes; Almost ten times out of ten, you’ll find me wearing something loose-fitting – I’ve just never been much of one to reach for a body con dress. What I’ve been really drawn to in particular as of late are more slinky silhouettes, loose throughout the body, but in a floaty flattering kind of way.

2. Oversized knitwear; A key theme in a huge majority of the looks that I save on Pinterest is an oversized knit. Since we are on the cusp of winter, I’ve been on the lookout more so than ever to find the perfect oversized knit sweater, whether that be a simple merino, a funnel neck, or a cosy cable knit.

3. Lots of denim; The last time I wanted to wear this much denim, I was in my teens. Seems I’ve come full circle, but rather than flares or super skinny legged jeans, I’m after something with more of a straight leg, or a ‘mom’ style jean. I’m also loving the idea of wearing denim jackets with everything, and opting for a denim mini all day every day come summer time.

4. Relaxed tailoring; I feel pretty fortunate to work in an environment with a relaxed approach to office attire. Choosing to wear denim Monday through Thursday is a real consideration. So when it comes to tailoring, I’m after something a little more casual; a little more relaxed. In particular, I’m finding myself drawn to culottes more and more these days, worn with a sweater or a little silk cami, but I also like the simple combination of a pair of dress trousers with an oversized sweater and a low block heel (like this one).

KEY PIECES TO INVEST IN

I feel like I’ve made a lot of statements in the last year about dabbling in trends, trying to broaden my preferred colour palette, and just generally having a bit more fun with my wardrobe. If I’m completely honest with myself, I feel most at ease – and most like myself – in those key wardrobe pieces even if they do sometimes get a little bit boring; sometimes it really is all about how you pair them. Some of the key pieces that I identified while overhauling my wardrobe that I’m planning to invest in include…

1. A leather jacket; if you’re a long time follower (or just so happen to follow me on Instagram), then you’ll probably know that I made the decision to part with my Acne Studios leather jacket last year – mostly due to the fact that it started to feel a little too oversized, and partly down to the fact that I was craving a more fitted silhouette. Okay maybe that’s the same reason, but ultimately what it created was a huge gap in my wardrobe, which I’ve been really starting to notice now than we’re in the thick of autumn. Ideally, I would love to drop some serious cash on one of Balenciaga’s dreamy leather biker jackets, but realistically, I’ll probably be looking for something which is a bit more budget-friendly. I spotted this leather jacket from Ena Pelly while browsing online and it looks like a pretty good candidate!

2. Oversized cable knit sweaters; for winter, there’s nothing I love more than a good cable knit, yet somehow, it’s managed to be one of the few areas of my wardrobe that I’ve completely neglected. I’m after something that is cosy, slightly boxy, and preferably an oat, teddy or charcoal hue. I’ve been keeping my eye out on The Real Real in particular, on the off chance that something dreamy from Celine just ‘pops’ up.

3. Ballet flats; I have one word for you: Porselli. I’ve owned two pairs of Porselli ballet flats over the years and I only have good things to say about them. I loved them both so much that I ended up completely wearing them into the ground (suffice to say I didn’t care for them as well as I should’ve), and I’ve been putting getting a replacement pair on the back burner ever since. These are pretty high on the list right now, though I can’t decide whether I should invest in the black patent, or the navy leather…

4. A pair of skinny leather pants; a couple of years back I invested in a pair of black leather trousers from J Brand, though given how buttery soft the leather was, these didn’t quite hold their shape as much as I’d expected them to. I’ve been after a replacement pair ever since and have been looking at a couple of different contenders, as I’d really like to add some leather trousers to my closet to see me through winter.

5. Collarless shirts; one of my favourite transitional pieces in my wardrobe is hands down the collarless shirt dress I bought from Everlane last year (which you can see me wearing here). It’s become a little bit of a style staple for me, that I’ve been thinking that I’d like to look at incorporating this into my winter wardrobe – in shirt form. I’d like something a little more relaxed in silhouette, whether that be a silk or a lightweight linen, and have been keeping my eyes peeled – ideally I would love to find something in an ivory, oatmeal, navy, slate grey or black – so if you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!

REPLACEMENT PIECES

One of the things I identified while culling my wardrobe were a few pieces that I absolutely l-o-v-e-d, but that just didn’t fit me *quite* right, or that had really done their dash and needed to be replaced. There were also a couple of budget buys that I found myself completely smitten with, that I’m hoping to invest in, in the coming months. So, I’m on the lookout for…

1. A white denim skirt; while it might be far from spring and summer at the moment, a white denim skirt is one of my go to for lazy weekends (and casual Fridays at the office). I recently tried on this one from J Crew while I was in Dallas, which I think really fits the bill. It has a slight a-line silhouette (universally flattering!), and I love the mid-length.

2. Black and navy dress/work trousers; my 7/8 length black trousers from Forever New have truly had it, and as much as I love the style and the ease of washing that pair, I’d really like to invest in a good quality woolen pair for winter, as realistically it’s too hot in the spring and summer in Sydney to even consider trousers as an outfit option (hello culottes!!). Ideally, I would love to find a pair from Acne, but am also looking to some more budget friendly options which are well made, but that won’t break the bank.

3. Black suede or leather heeled mules; Late last year I bought a pair of black microsuede slip on mules via ASOS, and I was hooked ever since. The pair I purchased are extremely good quality given the price, but honestly I’m after something that doesn’t have quite such a large strap across the foot. Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Mansur Gavriel both have some gorgeous options, so watch this space, as I have a feeling I’ll be ending up with a pair in the next few months.

4. Black cotton off the shoulder top; again, this was a style that I chose to ‘test out’ to see if it was really a style that I’d want to incorporate into my wardrobe. Turns out, I really love a bit of off the shoulder action. So, now I’m on the hunt for a black cotton version that will be perfect for transitioning through spring; I’ve spied a couple that I like, and have been particularly drawn to this one from Storets, which I think would look amazing with one of the many high waisted skirts I have in my closet!

5. A button down shirt in a pale cool-toned blue; the hunt for the perfect blue button down continues… I bought this one from Everlane earlier this year, and while I love the style and the fit, it’s not quite the right shade of blue that I’m after. I used to have a lovely one from Hope a couple years back but the asymmetrical hemline always threw me off, so I’m hoping to find a more classically cut style this time around.

So that is how I’ll be overhauling my wardrobe – have you ever felt like switching things up a bit? x

images sourced via Pinterest

Two of my favourite pairs of shoes

charlotte olympia kitty flats acne studios jensen boots

Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (also here) & Acne Studios jensen boots (affordable option here)

Today I wanted to touch on two of my favourite pairs of shoes; the Charlotte Olympia kitty flat and the jensen boot from Acne Studios. I’m a firm believer in investing in your wardrobe (for the most part, more on this in another post!) – especially when it comes to shoes. There aren’t many shoes out there which I’ve quite literally worn into the ground, but these two take the cake.

I bought my first pair of kitty flats from Charlotte Olympia five years ago now; I’d been waiting for them to come back in stock (Alexa Chung has a way of making things sell out…) and pounced the minute I got the email. Given we were travelling to London later that year, I opted to have them delivered to the store, just to avoid paying the taxes and duties – these were a lot pricier back then, sitting around the $800 mark. I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited to pick up a pair of shoes, and judging by the amount that I wore them, that excitement was warranted. After four and a bit years, I came to the conclusion that they’d done their dash, and started plotting to buy a replacement. Luke beat me to the punch, gifting me the pair you see above for Christmas. While these haven’t gotten as much wear time as the original pair, I’m still not even close to being ‘over’ this shoe.

The jensen boots on the other hand, weren’t exactly love at first sight. In all honesty, I couldn’t really quite figure out what all the hype was about. But, after spotting the grain leather pair on Instagram, I figured that these would make a great addition to my wardrobe, which at the time, was wholly focused on the capsule wardrobe. I managed to snag mine for almost half the price on eBay, and these have turned out to be one of the best purchases that I’ve made in the last couple of years. They’ve been long wearing, the grain leather doesn’t really show a scuff (which I’m prone to getting), and every time I take them to the cobbler for a spruce up or a new heel/sole, they come out looking basically brand new. When it comes to these boots though, if spending upwards of $500 on a pair of shoes doesn’t quite sit right for you (it is a bit of a blow to the bank account!), then I would highly highly recommend checking out these Marc Fisher dupes; at a fraction of the price, you can get the look, and based on my experience, I’ve found the quality to be exceptional.

What are your favourite pairs of shoes? x

Five accessories you need in your wardrobe

accessory you need in your wardrobe watch
accessory you need in your wardrobe earrings
accessory you need in your wardrobe
accessory you need in your wardrobe leather pouch
accessory you need in your wardrobe statement heels

Today I wanted to talk about five accessories that you need in your wardrobe; these aren’t your stock standard pair of leather ankle boots, or a classic tote bag for the office, but the pieces which I think can help to make – or break – an outfit. I’ve been putting a lot of focus on my accessories as of late, as I felt a bit like I was in a style rut (please tell me I’m not the only one!), so let’s jump into the five accessories which I’ve been relying on recently to elevate my outfits…

ONE >> THE WATCH
I wasn’t much of a watch wearer until recently – I used to be one of those girls who relied on her iPhone for telling the time. That all changed about six months ago, and the watch has since become an accessory that I can’t imagine leaving the house without. I love how timeless (excuse the pun…) it is, and my favourite has undoubtedly been this addition from Linjer. I wrote a whole review which you can have a read of here, but essentially I’m most fond of the minimal design, lack of visible branding, and the dainty, feminine strap.

TWO >> A MINIMAL OR BOLD EARRING
Perhaps one of my favourite ways to accessorise is with a pair of earrings. It’s not particularly ground breaking, but given that most of the focus when talking to another person is on your face, it’s much more eye-catching than any of the other accessories I wanted to mention. I haven’t been wearing anything else but the earrings I co-designed with Mejuri lately (do you blame me?!), but I love a good double pearl earring, or pretty much anything asymmetrical. These are pretty spectacular too.

THREE >> A BANDANA
A little bit of a gem, I love the versatility of a bandana. My preferred way of wearing one is tied around the neck with the tails sitting loosely over the collarbone, though I also love this attached to my bag for a bit of extra interest. My favourites come from J Crew (they have an incredible selection), Madewell, or for something a little bit fancy, this one is gorgeous.

FOUR >> A LEATHER POUCH
I have a leather pouch from Kate of Arcadia which I’ve had for a good eight years now, and I still love it as much now, as I did when I first received it. It’s my go-to for going out, and I like the fact that it can do triple duty – as a catch all in my purse, as a makeup bag when travelling, or as a clutch for an evening out. If you want something more personalised, The Daily Edited is a great place to start, otherwise I look to Comme des Garcons for their classic zipped pouches.

FIVE >> A STATEMENT PAIR OF HEELS
By far one of the biggest ways I like to make an impact with my outfits is with a statement pair of heels. My favourites are a pair of gold sequin heels from Givenchy (similar here), and my Valentino Rockstuds in the kitten heel. As I typically tend to reach for more minimal silhouettes, I like to pull these out when I know we have a special occasion coming up as they really help to ‘jazz’ up an outfit and elevate it a notch.

The gold pleated skirt

how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt

Kate Sylvester skivvy (similar here and I also love this option), Zara pleated skirt (old but similar here), Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, ASOS sunglasses, Marc Bale watch

I’ve seen enough runway photos from MBFWA to know that I’m onto a winner with this liquid gold pleated skirt I managed to jab on sale from Zara (I also love this option). While it’s still been relatively mild, I’ve been taking every opportunity I can get to go bare-legged, and this was no exception.

It’s been a while since I last wore a pleated skirt; in part, I think it has to do with a little wardrobe re-jig that is on the cards, as I look to redefine my personal style, and match up what I want to be wearing, with what I’m actually wearing. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a bit of a wardrobe declutter, as my closet seems to truly have gotten out of hand… so much for a one-in, one-out policy!

But back to the outfit; I’m still reaching for this old roll neck sweater from Kate Sylvester (similar more affordable option here), which is bound to be one of my most worn items every autumn and winter season. Effortlessly chic, it works as a layering piece or as a top in its own right (like I’m wearing it today).

Finally, my Charlotte Olympia kitty flats are back! I first purchased these a good five years ago when traveling to London, and wore them to the point of no return – they were so scuffed up and mucked up, that I was in desperate need of a replacement. Luke very generously got me the pair I’m wearing as a Christmas present, and I’ve been waiting for the weather to cool down (but not rain!), so that I can start wearing them again. As quirky as they are, these are one of my biggest wardrobe essentials – maybe I’m just biased but I think they go with everything! x

My Go-To Labels for Wardrobe Essentials & Everyday Wear

my go to labels grana
my go to labels mott and bow
my go to labels everlane
my go to labels grana j brand
my go to labels helmut lang
my go to labels chloe

As much as I love trying something new – whether that be a new designer, a new silhouette, or a fresh injection of colour – I always find myself going back to stable of labels which I feel just really epitomise my everyday aesthetic. They’re those designers that for me, are tried and tested, and are ones that I know that I can rely on to delivery every. single. time. So, I thought I’d share some of the labels that I reach for when I’m in need of some new wardrobe essentials, or just something for everyday, which I know I can always count on to do the trick.

BASICS
Without even skipping a beat, Everlane is well at the top of this list for just about everything, followed pretty closely by Grana (I’m a big fan of their v-neck silk cami), and for something a little closer to home, Aussie label Bassike – their organic cotton is a dream. If you’re US-based, I really don’t think that you can beat J. Crew purely for the wide variety of colours available for just about every style imaginable (their Factory outlet is also pretty great if you’re on a budget), and I also really like Madewell for their oversized cotton shirts and slouchy sweaters.

KNITWEAR
Personally, I like to invest a little more in my knitwear – rather than opt for something on the high street for a quick fix. Some of my all time favourite knitwear has come from Hope Stockholm (which you can also get here) and Acne Studios. I’ve been pulling out my Hope Grand sweater for the last three years now and I find it’s still a crowdpleaser, and Acne just tends to do some of the cuddliest, snuggliest sweaters around, which I think are completely worth the splurge. Where I can, I do like to spend a little more for a bit of cashmere, as I find this feels the nicest against my skin. I have a oversized cashmere cardigan from a now defunct label, To Sir With Love, which I a-d-o-r-e, and I swear by Everlane’s cashmere crew necks for a simple throw on sweater.

DENIM
I’m still in the midst of building up my denim collection, and figuring out which brands do, and don’t work for me, but over the years I’ve sussed out a few that I always tend to go back to. J Brand is one that I discovered in my early twenties, and even now, their mid-rise skinny Maria jean in white is one of the most worn pairs currently sitting in my drawer. All the jeans I’ve tried from the label have a fair bit of stretch which makes them super comfortable! Another brand that I discovered recently is Mott & Bow; I have a pair of the mid rise skinny jeans in charcoal and they’re probably my favourite pair to tuck into black leather boots for autumn and winter. I’m also just a little partial to Frame Denim. I have the le skinny de jeans in an indigo wash and haven’t been able to find another dark blue pair that I like even half as much.

WORKWEAR AND SUITING
One thing I don’t skimp on when it comes to my wardrobe is workwear; it’s something that I know I’m going to be reaching for five days out of seven, and I want to make sure that I look pulled together and professional (even if I do work in a more casual office environment). For blazers, I look to contemporary designers like Helmut Lang (my HL blazer is on its sixth year and still going strong), Theory, and Isabel Marant, all of which you can usually find discounted on The Outnet if you happen to pop on the site at the right time (otherwise there are heaps of second hand options via The Real Real). For silk shells or blouses I usually tend to look to J. Crew is an absolute godsend.

COCKTAIL DRESSES AND PARTY WEAR
I might be on the “wrong” side of my twenties – for partying, that is – but I still find myself needing the odd cocktail or party dress for those special occasions that make me feel confident, elegant, and like a dressed up version of myself. Taking a peek through my closet, it’s pretty clear that I don’t stray far from home when it comes to cocktail dresses. It’s a pretty big call but Dion Lee (also here) is hands down my favourite for his beautifully designed and fashion forward dresses, and I have also had a long love affair with Lover and their stunning little lace-y numbers. A couple of the other designers that I tend to go for are Bec and Bridge (I recently got this dress and I love it), Camilla and Marc, and Zimmermann (for the odd splurge).

A STATEMENT PAIR OF HEELS
Most days, you’re likely to find me in a pair of flats (anything by Charlotte Olympia is sure to be a favourite), but there’s no denying the impact that a pair of statement heels has on an outfit. Perhaps a little overdone, but I do still love my Valentino Rockstuds (I opted for the kitten heel) for a truly show-stopping shoe, though these days I look a lot to Aquazzurra for their fun and flamboyant designs, and Dolce and Gabbana for their heavily embellished – yet elegant – designs.

THE EVERYDAY BAG
As much as I love a mini bag, it isn’t always the most practical for me when it comes to my everyday. For the office, I’ll typically have a few notebooks, a jumper or a scarf, and when possible I try to also bring in my lunch (one of the best budget savers ever!), so I need to ‘tote’ around something that can carry everything plus the kitchen sink. My current favourite has been a mahogany leather tote bag from Linjer, though I’ve been feeling really inspired lately by local label The Daily Edited, as I love the touch of personalisation that you can add to your bag (be it a work tote, a small shoulder bag, or a phone case!).

Which designers do you tend to rely on for your core wardrobe essentials? x