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

Overhaul your wardrobe and get out of a style rut without spending any money

overhaul wardrobe without spending money and get out of style rut

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a bit of a style rut recently. I put a lot of emphasis on building up the foundations of a wardrobe, but I think we all know that it’s the special pieces in our closet that help to keep things interesting. While there’s nothing quite like something shiny and new to liven up a seemingly dull wardrobe, there are a few things that you can do to overhaul your closet and get out of that style rut, without spending any money.

IDENTIFY SILHOUETTES & COLOUR PALETTES YOU LIKE
I feel like with basically every wardrobe conundrum possible, Pinterest is the p-e-r-f-e-c-t starting point to gather inspiration and truly kick off any style journey. Whenever I’m feeling like I’m starting to tire of my existing wardrobe, I look to Pinterest to identify the types of silhouettes that I want to be reaching for, which more often than not are focused on quite minimal colour palettes like my own.

It could be finding a fresh new silhouette that you hadn’t thought of or haven’t felt brave enough to try, or an innovative take on layering that’ll up your winter style game; it’s the action of getting that new perspective that can ultimately give you the tools to look at your closet in a whole new way, which leads to my next point…

SHOP YOUR WARDROBE
Using your newfound inspiration or mood board, take a peek into your wardrobe and play around with styling. Pair together pieces which you’d usually keep apart or try some colour combinations (if you dare – assuming you have colour in your closet!) that go beyond what you’d typically reach for everyday.

WEAR YOUR FAVOURITES
There’s no pleasure in forcing yourself to wear things that you don’t love; obviously the dream is to have only things that give you joy, but sometimes practicality takes precedence. Take the time to make getting dressed fun again, by putting all your favourite pieces to the front of your closet. Every day grab a different favourite and improvise to make it work, whether it’s an unlikely hero for the office, or dressing down something you’d usually reserve for corporate wear only.

PUSH YOURSELF OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
That tangerine off the shoulder top that you’ve had hidden in the back of your wardrobe for months, or those classic oxfords that you just haven’t been quite sure how to style; push beyond your comfort zone and take a tip from your Pinterest fodder when it comes to styling. You might just find a new pairing that you absolutely love.

SWITCH UP YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE
My everyday beauty routine is typically the same; a taupe-y shimmery shadow swept across my eyelid, my signature cat eye flick, and a little bit of coloured gel brushed through my brows. My haircare routine is even more relaxed; I’ll spend less than five minutes twirling a GHD through my hair for some light waves, before I’m done for the day.

To get out of that style rut, it can pay to mix up your beauty routine a little, whether that be with a new hairstyle like a chic slicked back bun, or a bold lipstick – my favourite is hands down ‘wild ginger’ by Tom Ford. Aside from changing the overall mood or vibe of an outfit, it can also alter the way that you perceive your look when you take a glance in the mirror. These small changes can also give the impression that you put in a little more effort than you actually did, and I’m all for that effortless kind of beauty.

How to add colour to a minimalist wardrobe

how to add colour to your wardrobe through accessories
how to add colour to your wardrobe in one look
how to add colour to your wardrobe with a statement piece
how to add colour to your wardrobe with a subtle print

When it comes to my wardrobe colour palette, I’m a minimalist at heart; give me anything white, grey, or black and I’m all in. But sometimes a girl likes to mix things up a little, and as of late I’ve been making a real effort to add a bit of colour to my wardrobe, so I wanted to share the tips and tricks that I’ve been using to help me branch out of my usual comfort zone.

TIP ONE: THROUGH YOUR ACCESSORIES
This is basically ‘Adding colour to your wardrobe 101’; it’s the easiest, and least invasive way to perk up your wardrobe and add in a little bit of life. For me, my favourite is to add a pop of colour with a handbag (even if it’s just in a nude hue) – it’s one of the focal points of your entire look and a bright computed bag can really change the entire mood of your outfit in an instant. If that’s a little too full on, then a colourful small leather good like a wallet or coin purse is also a great option.

I also love to mix things up with a fun flat or a statement shoe (I think these are purr-fect), though if you want something that is a little more subtle, a taupe boot is such a simple way to add another hue into your autumn or winter wardrobe and in my case, I find it encourages me to stick to a softer colour palette rather than reach for my usual faves of all black.

A few other accessories options include some funky sunglasses (these are cute!), a bandana that you can tie at the neck or attach to your bag (this one from Madewell is a fave), or alternatively you could top off your outfit with a felted wool fedora (I adore this one) or a straw hat.

TIP TWO: TRY A BOLD LIP
Fact: I didn’t really start wearing make up until three years ago. But once I did, one of the ways I found I could brighten up my look but also change up my appearance was with a bold coloured lip. It’s a statement that truly makes an impact, and I love that all it takes is a simple swipe of your favourite lippie to do the trick. My favourites are Wild Ginger from Tom Ford and Coachella Coral from Charlotte Tilbury.

TIP THREE: PAINT YOUR NAILS
A red nail polish is about as classic as they come, and just like a brightly coloured bag, can really change up the whole mood of your outfit. I like to stick to colours mostly within the red/magenta colour family as overall I find that they’re the most flattering for my skin tone, however if you’re so inclined, a cool minty green is a cute option for those warmer months.

TIP FOUR: START WITH A SUBTLE PRINT
I know what you’re thinking, what print out there is actually subtle… right? For me, my focus is on prints that don’t take me too far out of my comfort zone – be it a white wide stripe shirt with contrasting thin red stripes, or a navy and white polka dot. Start small, and choose prints that have a base colour that fits in naturally with the colour palette of your existing wardrobe, as they will be easier to mix and match and seem a little less intimidating to wear.

TIP FIVE: START WITH A NEUTRAL
If prints aren’t your thing then start off by picking a neutral and running with it, be it a simple camel or beige trench, a khaki knit, or some mid-blue wash denim and a chambray shirt. They’re called neutrals for a reason – they go with pretty much e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, as well as pairing pretty well together (for the most part!). The neutrals in my wardrobe span across all kinds of camel hues, to blush pinks, washed out blues and a little injection of beige-toned khakis.

TIP SIX: PICK AN ACCENT COLOUR
This goes a little bit hand in hand with my previous tip, but sometimes just having one accent colour in varying shades is also another great way to inject a little bit of colour into your wardrobe. I personally have been really drawn to blush pink hues, which also work well with camels, taupes, rusty browns and burgundy hues. The best part is that you can also do a little mix and match; for example if you have a pink top and a pink pair of trousers, you can pair them together to get a huge hit of colour, or separately if you are after something a little dialled back.

TIP SEVEN: GO ALL OUT WITH A STATEMENT PIECE
If you don’t do things in halves, then this is definitely for you. I’m always drawn to the trophy jackets that were an iconic Isabel Marant hero piece every single season (like this one here), but a think a really vibrant skirt in an interesting silhouette is also a great option – this is one that’s all down to personal taste!

Finally, I think that Pinterest can be a really helpful tool when trying to pinpoint (get it?!) the types of colours that you’re drawn to. Lately, I’ve been drawn to those earthy emerald greens, blush pinks, and tangerine-hued reds, just judging by what I’ve been pinning lately (you can check out my Pinterest here).

Another point to note is that make sure the colours you’re choosing are in the same family, if you like warm-based tones, stick with that, and vice versa if you prefer something that’s a little cooler; not only will the colours be easier to mix and match, but what you might find is that warm hues, of example, better suit your complexion.

Autumn ’17 Wardrobe

autumn minimal wardrobe
autumn minimal wardrobe

The weather has finally started to cool down a little, and I’ve been making full use of every excuse I can find to pull out some of my denim, and cosy winter knits. My current everyday staples have fallen into that easy – minimalist – colour palette of white, grey, and black; something which has made dressing so easy (if not somewhat formulaic).

Cashmere, silk, cotton and wool are my textiles of choice, and I’m currently loving the option to throw a blazer or a trench coat on over my outfit – nothing like back-to-back heatwaves to have you craving what you can’t actually wear.

Below is a little peek into some of the pieces I’ve been reaching for recently; my core autumn wardrobe, if you will!

Some Summer Wardrobe Favourites

summer wardrobe minimal style favourites
summer wardrobe minimal style favourites

We’re facing yet another one of Sydney’s heat waves (hands up if you can’t wait for autumn!), and while all I really want to wear is a scoop neck cotton tank and my comfiest high waisted denim shorts, I’m not quite sure how well that would go down in the office…

So, I thought I’d share with you a few of my current favourite summer time outfits, which I’ve been reaching for a lot lately. There’s all the usual suspects – think black and white hues, any everything in between – as well as a couple pops of much needed colour. Some of the things I’ve been loving include anything off the shoulder (because if you can’t in summer, when can you?), feminine frills and ruffles, my button up denim skirt from Grana which I’ve been reaching for on a weekly basis and easy breezy shirt dresses.

One of the things that I have to admit that I’ve been struggling a lot with this summer, is finding my signature summer style – it’s hard wanting to wear anything even remotely chic when the temperatures are pushing 40 degrees, especially when you know you have 45 minutes of walking ahead of you, as soon as you leave the door. I never thought I’d say this, but autumn couldn’t come soon enough…

Shop my favourite looks below: