Lately, I’ve found myself gravitating to that simple palette of black and white, ever since my wardrobe clear out earlier this month. Instead of trying to throw in some print or colour, just for the sake of it, I’ve been opting for subtle – yet dramatic – touches to otherwise relaxed and easy silhouettes. Most days have been admittedly too hot for this little number, but I just love the interesting asymmetrical sleeve detail, and while it’s not quite Ellery, it’s currently been sating my appetite for all things with a little bit of ruffle.
A balanced wardrobe is always founded on the basics, those essential workhorses which never really go out of style. So, whenever I’m looking at making a new wardrobe addition, there’s a few questions that typically come to mind; is this a classic piece? will this work with the rest of my wardrobe? can it do double duty for work and for play? and will I get my cost-per-wear from this purchase?
One of my most recent additions – which definitely fit the aforementioned criteria – is this crisp white shirt dress from Everlane. I’ve fallen head over heels for its simple cut, oversized silhouette, and the mandarin style collar, and it’s the kind of piece that I can easily see myself dressing up or down. My list of must-have wardrobe essentials has definitely grown over the last couple of years, with the shirt dress being the latest to make the cut. So.. why should you bother investing in one for your wardrobe?
it’s a layering piece
Worn on its own, or over a pair of leather leggings as a tunic, layered under a thigh length sweater, or finished off with a thick wool coat, it is the perfect transitional layering piece. I also love that you can wear it as a shirt, tucked into a pair of skirt or pair of trousers, or alternatively, as a cute skirt when worn with a chunky knit sweater belted at the waist. We’re right in the midst of one of Sydney’s famous heat waves, but as soon as it starts to cool down I’ll be wearing mine with a simple low heeled black pump and an oversized cardigan.
it can do double duty
I try to keep my wardrobe as tightly edited as possible, so anything that works for the office, and for the weekend is a winner in my books. A classic shirt dress definitely has double duty vibes, pairing nicely for the office with some simple court shoes and a blazer, or dressed down for the weekend with a pair of sneakers. I also think it makes the perfect outfit for a night out, worn with a strappy pair of heels (like I’ve got on, above – I personally love these).
Depending on how modern the cut is, a shirt dress is the kind of thing that will see you continuing to reach for it over the years. It’s been so true of all my wardrobe staples (my Helmut Lang blazer being a prime example) and longevity is something I typically look for when investing a little extra on a new wardrobe addition.
I’ve rounded up a few of my current favourites that are available online – I’m currently eyeing up the cotton twill shirt dress from Everlane in black, which would be perfect in winter worn with some tights and a black skivvy layered underneath!
While I don’t really do resolutions, every year, I resolve to try and add more colour into my wardrobe, even though I unabashedly gravitate to all things neutral. As much as I love stepping out of my comfort zone, this year, I’d rather stay true to myself, and watch my style grow with – rather than against – me. I’ve spoken about this often, but in my early twenties my wardrobe was a kaleidoscope of colour, prints and patterns, yet as bold and playful as my closet was, I almost always felt like I had nothing to wear. And honestly, as much fun as it’s been injecting a bit of frivolity to my wardrobe these past few months – a nod to my early twenties, I suppose – I feel right at home wearing my neutrals, my ride-or-die wardrobe essentials that have been the backbone of my closet these past few years. So I thought it was apt to begin the year as I intend to continue, primarily in black and white starting with this low cut black number from Atmos & Here with my favourite white denim shorts. New year, old me.
We’re smack bang in the middle of a heat wave, and while I’m melting at the thought of having anything more than eyeliner and a bit of mascara on my face right now, I wanted to share some of my favourite beauty products that I’ve been reaching for most days as of late.
I tend to find myself getting a lot of redness around my nose – eczema that I just can’t seem to beat – so for those days when it’s really flared up, I’ll apply a bit of concealer to help mask the redness. I absolutely love the Urban Decay concealer but most days I’ll reach for one from Rimmel, either the Perfect Match or the Wake me Up concealer, applied with a tapered brush from Real Techniques. To set that down I’ll use the it Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Loose Powder, which is just one of the most incredibly mattifying setting powders I’ve ever come across.
When it comes to brows, there’s really only one product that’s been doing it for me lately, when I want a bold brow; the Precisely My Brow Pencil from Benefit. I went to a Benefit breakfast a few months back and felt inspired to pick this up after having a little play around with their products, and honestly, I haven’t looked back since. I used to be all over the Anastasia Brow Wiz but personally I think that this is – dare I say it… – much better, and it’s taken out the top spot as my currently holy grail brown product.
Eyes are definitely my favourite part of my makeup routine, and I seldom will leave the house without eyeliner on. I’ve been reaching for two eyeshadow palettes a lot lately – the Gwen Stefani X Urban Decay palette (limited edition, unfortunately!), and the MAC palette I put together when I was in New York. For eyeliner, I’ve been using my Tom Ford Eye Definer pen, which while it isn’t my favourite, I’ve come around to it a lot more than when I first picked it up. Given I tend to get quite oily eyelids, a good mascara that doesn’t smudge (and that isn’t waterproof) is a must for me. Lately, this has been the L’Oreal false lash wings mascara which truly makes your lashes look like no other.
Peachy cheeks are a must for me in the summer time, it just seems to go hand in hand with a good tan, and my go to is from NARS, their blush in the shade Gina. This is matte, has incredible colour pay off, and blends really beautifully on the skin. When I want something a little more glowy, I’ll reach for my Milani blush in the shade Luminous. And to highlight, I’ve been loving the Photoready Highlighting Stick from Revlon – this is such a pretty pink-toned pearlescent highlight, and it is so easy to apply. I’ll always pick a cream highlight over a powder one any day, and this is no exception.
I don’t always wear lipstick, and when I do, I usually like to go bold with a bright red. But, a formula that I have been absolutely loving since my wedding are the Lip Pops from Clinique. I have the shade Beige Pop which is the perfect cool-toned MLBB shade, and one that is really easy to apply (and forget about, and then re-apply). While I can safely say that I don’t really need any more lipsticks, I’d love to add a few more Lip Pops to my vanity come the new year…
I think you all probably know by now how I feel about easy dressing, and this little silk slip of a dress is just that. But rather than opting for my standard – classic black, of course! – this rich royal navy shade is all kinds of special, and definitely the kind of dress I could see myself wearing to ring in the new year.
We’re planning to head down to Malua Bay to spend the new year with family, eating prawns by the bucketload, and drinking probably a little too much champagne – a classic Aussie New Years by all counts.
So I think I’ll be slipping this dress into my suitcase (see what I did there?), along with a few pairs of shorts and simple tees, as it adds a little bit of luxe to what will be a fairly laid back evening. I’m always one for multiples, which would explain why I’ve been eying this same number up in black – because why wouldn’t you, right? And the ruby red is pretty cute too. What are you ladies wearing for New Year’s Eve? x