Outfit on Repeat

minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans
minimal outfit wearing celine trotteur bag
minimal outfit wearing sweater and jeans

Country Road sweater, Lonely bra (also available here or here in a grey green), ASOS farleigh jeans, Celine trotteur bag (also here), Everlane day heels (affordable alternative here)

This is one of those outfits that I’ve had on repeat; a lightweight oversized sweater tucked into a pair of straight leg jeans, dressed up with a pair of heels (my go to are this pair from Everlane). I’ve been reaching for this outfit so often, it’s started to become a little bit of a uniform for me – so much so, that it’s exactly what I’m wearing, right. now.

If decluttering my wardrobe has reminded me of anything, it’s how much I love a good uniform. I’m not stranger when it comes to outfit repeating, and there’s nothing better than finding a look that you can’t help reaching for over and over again.

I’ve given my closet a little bit of a revamp, and if you’d like to see some of the new additions that I’ve made (which include the Country Road sweater I’m wearing above), then I’d recommend checking out my latest video, which you can preview here. Essentially, I’ve been making steps to get my wardrobe at that happy medium between feminine and masculine, to channel that effortless Parisian chic style (as isn’t that the kind of wardrobe we all dream about?).

While there’s no denying that I do love a new addition every now and then – and as of late it feels like it’s been a little more ‘now’ over ‘then’… – the most rewarding purchases are the ones that you want to live in day in and day out, even if that means wearing the same outfit, or same look, five, six, seven days out of seven. And to me, this is just one of those outfits that I reach for at every opportunity – it’s easy, comfortable, and the criss-cross detail from my bralette add a sexy and feminine touch to an otherwise tomboyish outfit (though I suppose the heels help too!).

Do you have any outfits on repeat? x

Blush obsession

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

J Crew sweater (similar option here), Karen Walker skirt (old but this is very similar), Wilson Trollope globe coat* (also adore the cream, and the black is a great staple), ASOS scarf (if you love millennial pink then this will be up your alley), Paul Andrew heels (flats available here), Mademoiselle X Mejuri earrings, 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag (also here), Astrid & Miyu ring

It’s a good month into winter now, but give me a little bit of sunshine (and temperatures over 17 degrees celsius), and you can bet that I’ll be finding a way to bare my legs, even if it means bundling up big on top. In a bid to get out of my preoccupation with all things black, I’ve been making the most of everything blush-toned in my closet, and this beautiful cocoon coat from Wilson Trollope in the haze pink has been no exception – plus did I mention it was designed by my old high school friend, Annabelle Wilson? (and this beauty was made in New Zealand – got to love supporting local industry!).

I went for a more tonal outfit over the weekend; a combination of beige, blush and burgundy – a pairing that seems to work so effortlessly, though this coat is also right at home with the usual suspects, whether that’s a charcoal grey hued knit sweater or a black and white breton striped dress. The thing I love most? The exaggerated drop shoulders that skims the silhouette, and the subtle standing collar. It’s those little details which really make a difference, and elevate this wardrobe classic.

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

Aside from the coat (and a sneaky new shoe purchase…), this outfit is made up of old favourites; items in my closet which have really withstood the test of time – and if you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know by now that I’m constantly scouting out for wardrobe workhorses that will stand the test of time. More often than not, this means the classics, with a little bit of a modern twist.

What are your winter wardrobe favourites?

How to wear ruffles like a maximalist

how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist
how to wear ruffles like a maximalist

ASOS ruffle top (also in black), MSGM skirt^, Everlane trench coat, 3.1 Phillip Lim heels, Charlotte Olympia feline purse, Astrid & Miyu Gemini & Aries rings, Mejuri diamond necklace

As much as I’ve been trying to find the perfect balance between feminine and masculine silhouettes, there’s one ultra feminine trend that I can’t seem to get enough of; the ruffle. So rather than fight it, I figured it was best to take a page from Alessandro Michele’s book, and wear ruffles like a maximalist.

BE BOLD

Don’t be afraid to wear colour – particularly if you live in a warmer climate (or aren’t in the midst of winter, like me here in Sydney!). I don’t often step out of my comfort zone, but when I do, lately my pick of the crop has been anything orange or red. If it’s a little too much for you, this top also comes in black – perfect for the minimalist’s wardrobe!

DOUBLE RUFFLE

If you’re wearing a ruffled top like I am, try stepping it up a notch and pair it with a ruffle skirt, or a pair of ruffle hem trousers (like this affordable pair!) to really amplify the trend. I’m making the most of this feminine silhouette with this gorgeous architecturally ruffled skirt from MSGM.

HAVE FUN WITH YOUR ACCESSORIES

I typically like to keep things within a certain colour palette – and while I have, to some extent, I’ve made an effort to throw in some playful accessories. The little clutch bag from Charlotte Olympia complete with a feline grin is a favourite of mine, and I feel like this outfit wouldn’t go astray with a pair of wild thing sandals from Aquazurra.

THE BIGGER THE RUFFLE, THE BETTER

If there’s one thing I’ve been seeing a lot of on the runway, it’s a ruffle that makes a statement all on its own. When it comes to ruffles, think more is more – it’s one of the things I love most about the skirt I’m wearing above!

While I’m clearly more of a minimalist at heart – when it comes to style – dialing up the volume on your personal style, and amplifying your look a notch can be a much welcomed distraction from your day-to-day uniform. Have you tried giving your “regular programming” a break for something a little out of the box, as of late? x

Trend alert: Grommet details

trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit

Zara black vest with grommet detail (similar here and also love this one), Kate Sylvester skivvy (similar here and also here), J Crew trousers, Tibi shoes, Linjer watch, ASOS sunglasses, 3.1 by Phillip Lim pashli satchel (also here)

One thing I’ve been seeing a lot of lately are grommet details; those oversized eyelets you see at the top of the vest that I’m wearing here, from Zara. Call it a bit of a micro-trend if you will, but I’ve been completely into it, and the subtle layer of detail that it adds to an otherwise basic sleeveless longline blazer (mine is a lucky find from Zara). Mostly, I’ve seen it on swimwear (Mara Hoffman’s swimsuits are just gorgeous!), and on the hip of skirts like this one, adding an edgy element to simple silhouettes.

I decided to go for an all black look, which seems to mostly be my color palette of choice now that the weather has cool down. I threw the vest over a simple merino wool skivvy – mine is a few seasons old but this one from Uniqlo is an excellent alternative – some fitted trousers, and a strappy sandal.

By the way, if you’re thinking of picking up a pair of J Crew’s martie pants, I’d consider sizing down as with most things that I’ve bought from there, I’ve found that they run on the larger side. For reference I’m wearing mine in a size 00, and I’m typically a 24 or 25 in jeans depending on the brand (talk about vanity sizing, right?!).

I’ve picked out some of the pieces that I’ve seen floating around the internet with the grommet trend that I have been loving lately, which you can shop via the carousel below. Will you be adding any grommet details to your wardrobe? x

PS. I have a couple of sale alerts for you. If you haven’t seen, ASOS currently have 20% off EVERYTHING using the code ‘SWEET’, and you can get 40% off selected items from The Iconic using the code ‘PICKME’. You can thank me later….!

The little striped dress

black and white breton striped dress
black and white breton striped dress
black and white breton striped dress

Kachel stripe mini dress (similar here & and I love this red striped option), Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, Valentino tango pumps, ASOS sunglasses, Mademoiselle X Mejuri earrings

I don’t think that I’ve ever felt more like sixties British icon Twiggy, than I have in this little black and white striped dress. Long sleeves, a mock collar, and the straight fit through the body scream ‘mod’ in the best kind of way.

As part of my recent wardrobe overhaul, I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to pare things back a little bit, and really go back to basics. As much as I love a bit of fun and frills, I feel most like ‘me’ when I’m wearing something simple like this.

When it comes to the accessories, my PS11 satchel from Proenza Schouler is still going strong after six years – it’s the one bag that I continue to reach for time and time again, as it just goes with absolutely everything, not to mention that it’s the perfect size for day-to-day use. For reference, mine is the larger of the two sizes. Then there are the tango pumps from Valentino; I managed to score these brand new, for less than half price during a lucky browse on The Real Real, and even though they seemed like a bit of a splurge during a time when I was supposed to be saving for our wedding, they’ve turned out to be a major workhorse in my wardrobe.

While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that a striped dress is an absolute must to have tucked away in your closet, for a girl who loves a stripe as much as I do, it’s a pretty strong contender to be considered a wardrobe classic in my eyes. Plus all that aside, there’s nothing like a good mariniere, or breton stripe, to make a girl feel like a Parisian – and who doesn’t want that?!