Resisting the urge to just reach for a pair of denim skinnies and an oversized tee, my default fallback is always something pink, and preferably, a skirt with pleats. My sartorial choices have been pretty simple as of late (real talk: no one wears layers during a Sydney summer), and this outfit ticks all the right boxes. If there’s one mantra that I could say epitomises my summer style, it’s without a doubt, Keep It Simple, Stupid. There’s nothing like heatwave after heatwave to make sure of that!
I never thought I’d be the kind of girl to get excited about autumn – living in Wellington, the thought of a real summer was always a bit of a novelty – but after my third Australian summer (which is no joke), I’m excited at the prospect of wearing sleeves without melting, and pulling out all my favourite winter knits. So given that the last few weeks of summer are currently upon us, I’ve started to take a look at building on my existing autumn/winter wardrobe, starting with these skinny jeans from Mott and Bow, and this whimsical polka dot top from Sussan.
There’s a few new things winging their way to me as I type, so I thought I’d share what my current autumn wardrobe wishlist looks like…
A (faux) fur gilet or canvas vest – you’d think after all those years of growing up in New Zealand, that I’d have layering well and truly under my belt, but a gilet or vest is something that has been missing from my wardrobe for years, and I think it’s a piece that I can definitely have a lot of fun styling with my existing wardrobe, once the weather starts to cool down. I’ve been eying up the quilted down vest from J Crew (in navy, of course!) as it looks like a great option.
A pair of OTK boots – I am SO late to the game, but I’ve finally decided it’s time to take a look at investing in a pair of Stuart Weitzman highland boots. I’m not sure how much I’d wear these with dresses, but they look great worn over some skinny jeans or thick knit leggings.
Some blush pink knitwear – my obsession with all things blush-toned hasn’t waned, and I’m planning to pick up a couple of pink jumpers to round out my autumn wardrobe for those days when I don’t feel like reaching for a *mostly* black outfit. I recently bit the bullet on the chunky knit sweater from Everlane in pale pink, and would love to find something in a dusty rose hue as well.
Boyfriend jeans – I discovered the boyfriend jean late last year and given I don’t own a lot of denim, I figure now is a good a time as any to look at finding another option to choose from on those lazy weekends. I’ve ordered a pair of the farleigh mom jeans from ASOS which look like they might fit the bill (if a little slimmer in the leg than the pair I have), and I’m on the lookout for a washed black version too.
A metallic pleated skirt – I have a gorgeous blush pink high shine skirt from RUBY which I adore, and cannot wait to pull out for autumn as it’s a little too long to wear at the moment. The juxtaposition between a simple knit sweater and a metallic pleated midi skirt is right up my alley, and I’ve had my eye on this champagne version for the last three months, which I think would make a great alternative as well as doing double/triple duty for work, play, and evenings out.
Celebrating becoming a year older in one of my favourite labels – Lover. I managed to stumble across this beauty on eBay just a couple weeks ago, after being on the hunt for it for seven (!!) years, and there was no way that I could pass it up. Besides, is there any other way to celebrate a special occasion than in Lover? While this beauty might be no longer available, I’ve had a ‘shop’ around for some of my favourite lace dresses which you’ll find below; can you guess which ones I have my eye on? x
A perennial favourite of mine over the last few summer months has undoubtedly been a slinky slip dress – it’s easy dressing in its simplest form, and has been a saviour on those 30+ degree days. This one from ASOS has been my current go-to for its casual vibes; the v-cut neckline is universally flattering and I love the subtle detail of the side slits (plus they’re ideal for all the hot weather we’ve been having lately!). Given that I’ve basically been living in denim shorts and singlets every weekend, this swishy number has been the perfect throw on piece when we’re heading out for a weekend brunch, and I want to make it look like I tried… a little. I’m always on the lookout for wardrobe staples that can be worn almost year round, and as we start to get closer to Autumn, I’ll definitely be pairing this worn over a white tee – so very 90s of me – or a black skivvy, as I transition my wardrobe for those cooler months. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite slip dresses from around the web which you can shop below, with everything from velvet minis to slinky silk midis (Grana has a great luxe option!) – have you had your eye on the slip dress? x
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.