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

Styling bell sleeves

how to style bell flared sleeves
how to style bell flared sleeves
how to style bell flared sleeves
how to style bell flared sleeves

Lonely ‘lost’ knit top in soot (similar more affordable option here), H&M patent skirt (similar here), Everlane day heels, The Daily Edited clutch, Astrid & Miyu rings

There’s a couple trends this season which I feel like I can really get on board with: anything with a ruffle, and oversized bell sleeves. After trying out a more affordable option, I decided to invested in this merino knitted sweater with exaggerated bell sleeves from NZ label Lonely, while visiting home in March.

This is knitwear that makes a statement, and I love how a simple update to the sleeve elevates what I would otherwise consider a basic wardrobe staple.

Given the huge focus I try to put on truly investing in my closet, trying to incorporate a trend-driven piece can always be a little bit of a gamble, particularly when trying to stay true to your own personal style. It’s really only just been starting to get cold enough in Sydney to whip this out, and as more of a trend-focused piece, I have had my doubts about how much wear this one would get. But given that I wore this three days out of seven in the last week, I have a feeling this is a trend that’s going to stick.

I’ve been wearing this top with anything and everything – from culottes and a skinny leg jean to a-line and pencil skirts – but I especially love this combo that I wore the other week to head out for dinner. A faux patent/vinyl skirt, my favourite pair of everyday pumps, and a deep burgundy toned clutch to tote around all my necessities.

While it’s safe to say that I’m pretty sorted when it comes to bell sleeves with this beauty of a top, I’ve popped a few cute alternatives to carry you from summer right through to winter. Have you gotten onboard the bell sleeve trend? x

An outfit from my weekend in Canberra

minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit

Grana cashmere sweater (10% off with the code JAMIExGRANA), Lover a-line skirt (old but this is cute & I like this option), Vaneli two-tone pumps, 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli

It feels like it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, but I wanted to share this outfit that I wore a couple weekends ago while we were visiting my family in Canberra. We can probably all agree that it was perhaps not the most practical of outfits to wear while wandering down dirt tracks and rocky roads on our way to each wine tasting, but I get the feeling that I couldn’t wait to throw on one of the latest additions to my wardrobe; a new pair of Chanel-inspired shoes (at a fraction of the cost), which have been coming with my literally everywhere.

I’ve been reaching for this grey cashmere sweater from Grana for those cooler days when it starts to feel a bit like Autumn here in Sydney, which turned out to be a welcome surprise in the small suitcase I packed for our long weekend in Canberra. While I gravitate towards the darker pieces in my wardrobe as soon as the temperature starts to drop, I love the combination of this mid-grey and creamy white wool skirt – a colour duo I’ll probably try to replicate a little more as we head towards winter. Admittedly, I probably could have done with a couple of extra layers, but sometimes when you’re packing light, you have to make do with what you’ve (hastily) stashed away in your suitcase…

How to wear pink culottes

off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal
off the shoulder pink culottes outfit minimal

Brandy Melville off-the-shoulder top (similar here or I also love this one), ASOS culottes (I also LOVE these), Wilson Trollope X Pedro’s Bluff soiree pochette, Astrid & Miyu gemini, aries & caught in the middle rings, Sophia Webster heels (in black or this pair is really cute)

One of the newest – and most colourful – additions to my wardrobe have been these muted petal pink culottes in a soft washed linen. After becoming absolutely smitten with the same style in the black, I figured it was time to mix things up a notch with an injection of what has become one of my favourite hues over the past year – pink. Ticking off two boxes in my efforts to mix up my wardrobe (a new silhouette and a burst of colour), I thought I’d share how I’m planning to wear these as we head towards autumn.

C O L O U R
As these culottes are a statement on their own, I’ll be keeping the colours in the rest of my outfit pretty minimal, in complementing blush, white, cream or soft grey tones. While I’m not *quite* there yet, I feel like these would also look gorgeous with an oversized poppy red knit sweater lazily tucked in at the front.

S I L H O U E T T E
I adore how these culottes cinch in, which is reinforced with a belted tie at the waist. The a-line shape of the culottes mean that I can mix things up with a fitted roll neck sweater (I love this one) or ribbed off the shoulder top, as well as with an oversized cashmere crew neck loosely tucked in for those colder days.

T E X T U R E S
Unlike my black pair, these are a really lightweight linen – perfect for the warmer months. Given the weather has started to cool down (but obviously not too much), I’ll be making a nod to the change in season with rich textures like cashmere, washed silks, waffle knits and sweaters in a mohair/boucle mix which I think will give my outfits a bit of contrast.

If you’re thinking of picking up a pair of pink culottes, you really can’t beat the ones from ASOS that I’m wearing above (they also come in petite), but if you’re after a different style, you’ll find a few options in the carousel below! x

The Everlane Day Heel

everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit
everyone day heel review minimal outfit

Grana silk cami, ASOS mom jeans, Everlane day heels*, Wilson Trollope x Pedro’s Bluff Soiree Pochette, Mejuri choker

It’s been a while since I have been this excited about a new pair of shoes. Having been on the lookout for a classic pair of every day mid-heels which could do double duty for work and for play, Everlane’s Day Heel fit the bill perfectly. Solid chunky heel? Check. Soft, smooth leather? Check. Minimal design? Check.

I’ve only had them for the past week, but I’ve really been putting them to the test; a full day in the office, running casual errands on the weekend, Friday night drinks with friends – when I like something, I really go for it.

I decided to keep things pretty safe – the black pair seemed like a good bet given we are heading into winter, and I thought that they would be the best choice if I wanted to layer up and wear them with some tights, but the tomato red is s-t-u-n-n-i-n-g, as is the milky beige suede option. I know that these are now on backorder (according to Stylecaster there’s a 15,000 person wait list), I thought I’d share my two cents, now that I’ve had a chance to properly break them in.

QUALITY & COMFORT
Over the years, I’ve amassed my fair share of Everlane shoes; their modern yet minimal take on the classics always draws me in, and I’ve never been disappointed with the structural quality or wear and tear for any of the pairs I own. But the one thing I wasn’t quite prepared for was just how beautifully made the day heel actually is. The leather is like butter, incredibly soft with a lot of give – it’s not often I can wear a pair of shoes right out of the box and end the day without a single blister. I’ve found that the elasticated back doesn’t really dig in (after 9 hours of solid wear, these were still comfortable), and the 2 inch heel height is perfect for dashing about in; not too high and not too low. I also loved the added cushioning across the sole – an unexpected touch that makes these even more of a dream to wear.

SIZING
I’ve typically found that most of Everlane’s shoes run on the narrow side, so I’ll often size up a half size to accommodate my wide feet. With this launch, they’ve completely nailed it – they fit true to size and the buttery soft leather just molds to the shape of your foot. For reference, I’m an EU40 and opted for the US9 – I thought that they might be a touch too small when I tried them on but the leather gives pretty quickly and after a week of constant wear, I can safely say I made the right choice. If you’re worried about the elasticated back digging in, then you could possibly go up a size but I had a full thumb width of space at the top of the toe box.

If you haven’t guessed, this is a total win for me – one of my favourite wardrobe additions for the year so far. I’ve been so pleased with the black pair that I’ve already placed an order for a second; while the classic black is the perfect accompaniment for day-to-day, the rose blush leather looks like the perfect nude hue, and when you’re on to a good thing, why stop at just one?

PS. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, my curated edit is now live on the Everlane site, which you can take a peek at HERE! x