Taking a little bit of my own advice, my current favourite way to mix up my wardrobe of late has been by introducing a new silhouette; the flared sleeve top. It’s a trend that has been monopolising my Instagram feed, and I’ve been patiently waiting for the weather to cool down, so I could – figuratively speaking – jump on the wagon and put my own spin on it.
I found this cute polka dot mesh number from New Look via ASOS, and I just love the subtlety of the fluted sleeves, offset against a classic leather mini skirt. While I haven’t quite been brave enough to wear it with just a little bralette underneath (I think I might be on the wrong side of 20 for that…), it pairs really well thrown over a bodysuit, while still retaining its edge. It probably goes without saying, but the neutral colour palette still reigns supreme – some habits never die.
I have a sneaking suspicion that these voluminous sleeves are about to become a new addiction, with the recent addition of the ‘lost’ knit from Lonely (I blame their gorgeous store fit out…) to my wardrobe. Now, that wouldn’t be the worst thing… would it?
2017 so far, has been the year of the jean for me; a mere three months in and it’s single-handedly become one of those wardrobe staples that I can’t help but get excited about – this coming from the girl who little over six months ago, had just a pair or two to choose from on those cold and lazy winter weekends. As I’ve started to ‘relax’ my wardrobe, I’ve found myself reaching for my (growing) stack of denim for more than just a casual brunch at Bread & Circus; it’s extended to the office for casual Friday’s, and has become my go-to if we’re planning to head out for dinner.
Part of what has really had me gravitating towards denim is just how versatile it is – by just swapping one pair out for another, whether it be a change in the style or the wash of the denim.
For day, I keep things really simple with a cotton tee (I love this Stussy one I recently picked up from Glue Store) and some mid-wash denim with a frayed hem, with minimal make up to match. It’s started to become a real uniform for me, which I’ll pair with some heels if I’m trying to dress up my look a little. This is a look that definitely takes me back to my high school days, and I’ve been loving just how easy it is, especially as we start to shift into autumn.
For night, depending on the season I love to throw on either a pair of white skinny jeans, or a pair in an indigo denim wash with a high rise waist, and pair it with a strappy little cami, like this one from Hansen & Gretel, which I love for the pleating throughout the body, and the tie straps on the shoulder. I’ll amp up my make up game with either a smokey eye, or a bold red lip – my accessory of choice – and a pair of strappy sandals or an embellished court shoe.
Back when I lived in Wellington, every winter was a struggle – I never had anything to wear, and about 90% of my wardrobe was geared towards warmer weather. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve finally nailed down the keys to perfecting my autumn and winter wardrobes, with these three simple steps.
START WITH THE STAPLES
Any good wardrobe is founded on the classics – be it a crisp white shirt, a well fitting blazer, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans. I’ve finally finished rounding out my autumn wardrobe with some lightweight knits (this mock neck sweater from Everlane is my most recent addition), that will be forming the basis of a lot of my outfits, now that the weather has started to cool down.
EMBRACE NEW SILHOUETTES
The last couple seasons have been all about volume; exaggerated bell sleeves and wide leg kick flares quickly come to mind. This season, I’ll be embracing a more simple – but equally new to me – silhouette: the mom jean with a slim fitting tee tucked in, and some pointed toe block heels to make the look a little more polished. I always find shopping for denim to be a serious struggle, but I’ve completely fallen for the farleigh mom jean from ASOS and haven’t looked back since.
INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you like to keep your outfits looking pretty simple like I do, then it can often be the finishing touches that really make or break the overall look. I like to spend a little bit extra on my accessories, whether that’s a lambswool scarf from Acne Studios (for the record mine is three years old and still going strong), a sturdy pair of leather boots, or getting a little luxe with my handbag – it’s those little details which can make a huge difference.
In just a few hours Luke and I will be hopping on a plane to jet home to Wellington for a friend’s wedding, so I couldn’t think of a better time to talk about one of my favourite wedding accessories; the bold lip (and a great smile, of course!).
My special occasion wear consists primarily of three little black dresses – a capsule of sorts – that I reach for a few times a year for anything that warrants getting a little fancy. For me, an LBD is a blank canvas; a killer jacket, a fanciful pair of shoes, or a statement necklace can instantly elevate an otherwise simple black dress to the next level.
The bold lip is like the LBD of the makeup world; one is never enough, and it works for just about every occasion, without fail.
What I love most is how a bold lip can really transform a look. It can stop a playful silhouette (like the above cutie from Edit the Brand) from looking too saccharine, and it dresses up a white shirt and distressed denim combo.
Hands down one of my favourite recent additions to my wardrobe has to be this a-line leather skirt. It’s been one of the few pieces I’ve been reaching for consistently during those pockets of cool weather (along with these jeans) and one that I know is going to be a workhorse over autumn and winter – something I try to look for when adding anything to my wardrobe (though I still slip up occasionally!). It works just as well paired with a simple white blouse for something monochromatic and easy – my Madewell cotton shirt has long been a fave – as it does with a primary hued sweater, and I’m all for versatility when it comes to those wardrobe staples that I know I’ll be reaching for time and time again.