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?!

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

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

Taking your denim from day to night

taking denim from day to night glue store
taking denim from day to night glue store
taking denim from day to night glue store
taking denim from day to night glue store

day; Stussy logo tee, ASOS mom jeans, Paul Hewitt watch
night; Hansen & Gretel pleated cami, Grana high waisted skinny jeans, MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger

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.