The mismatched suit

kate sylvester band of outsiders fashion blog outfit mademoiselle
kate sylvester band of outsiders fashion blog outfit mademoiselle
kate sylvester band of outsiders fashion blog outfit mademoiselle
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kate sylvester band of outsiders fashion blog outfit mademoiselle
kate sylvester band of outsiders zara jacket fashion blog outfit mademoiselle

Kate Sylvester draped top (similar), girl. by Band of Outsiders skirt (similar), Zara jacket (similar), Karen Walker x Beau Coops loafers (similar), Proenza Schouler PS11 bag, KW necklaces and bow ring, SGC ring, Karen Walker ‘trixie’ sunglasses

I love those mornings when you wake up to find a package sitting on your doorstep, or stuffed into your mailbox. In particular, the ones where you tear open the package to uncover the contents which you have spent the past week tracking, and the weather is just so that you can throw it on straight away. In a nutshell, that was me yesterday morning. I guess a Zara package will do that to you.

I’m always wary about purchasing from Zara, especially when I know that the contents can’t be returned (for me in NZ at least!). Instead, I’m more than happy to spend my time on their site as more of a chronic window shopper than anything else. Essentially what this means is that not only am I chronic window shopper, but I’m also incredibly hesitant to purchase anything, this ivory embossed jacket included.

Worn with a white skirt – quite possibly the most obvious pairing, for me at least – it forms somewhat of a relaxed take on a ‘suit’, the stony-toned patent loafers and untucked blouse adding to this vibe. To dress it up a little, I imagine a simple pair of heels – preferably white – would be welcomed, although more likely than not, that’s a justification for a potential purchase in disguise.


  1. Code Overdressed May 15, 2013 / 10:05 am

    These two pieces make a great summery suit, that top is so pretty, very elegant and the fabric looks super soft, perfect styling!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  2. Theresa May 15, 2013 / 10:17 am

    Awesome that the Zara jacket worked out for you. It’s definitely a really cool piece and I love it combined to make a suit! The loafers are a great touch! 🙂


  3. Stephanie / FAIIINT May 15, 2013 / 11:13 am

    There are soo many online stores I do that with too! Especially American ones, knowing postage would be ridiculous if I needed to return anything. I’m forever adding things into my basket, but never taking the plunge to actually purchase them. The jacket was such a great buy though, I bet you’re pleased you took the plunge now it’s here! Love the draping on that top too.

  4. Sue May 15, 2013 / 11:34 am

    Well I have to say – it’s lovely isn’t it? And I’m so pleased it worked out for you. Look forward to gleaning lots of ideas on how to wear mine from you!

  5. soph (owl vs. dove) May 15, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    Do you use a parcel forwarding service to get your Zara stuff? I wish it was easier for me to purchase Zara – they need to hurry up and open a store in Brisbane! haha. Anyway, loving this outfit of yours as per usual!

  6. Maria May 15, 2013 / 11:55 pm

    I really like this outfit, that top is especially gorgeous!

    Maria xxx

  7. Ozden May 16, 2013 / 4:27 am

    Great outfit.This outfit really looks great on you.
    In love with the jacket xx

  8. Karen May 16, 2013 / 6:34 am

    Love your top! Such a cute flowy shirt 🙂

    Xx Karen

  9. Satu May 16, 2013 / 6:47 am

    That top is just gorgeous! I’ve been looking for similar flowy ones lately 🙂 Love this look.

    Indie by heart

  10. Agatha S. May 16, 2013 / 8:14 am

    LOVE the jacket! You said in my blog that you shy away from colors and I can see why! Black&White is such an amazing combo that is difficult to keep a distance. But I liked to look very much! Again, the jacket is awesome! Great choice!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope to see you more times there 🙂


  11. Anmari May 16, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    Wow, I didn’t realize its a mismatch. Just when I saw the title.
    Looks very chic & simple, love it!
    Thanks for dropping by my blog dear, how would you like to follow each other on Bloglovin?

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