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.
Back when I lived in Wellington, every winter was a struggle – I never had anything to wear, and about 90% of my wardrobe was geared towards warmer weather. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve finally nailed down the keys to perfecting my autumn and winter wardrobes, with these three simple steps.
START WITH THE STAPLES
Any good wardrobe is founded on the classics – be it a crisp white shirt, a well fitting blazer, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans. I’ve finally finished rounding out my autumn wardrobe with some lightweight knits (this mock neck sweater from Everlane is my most recent addition), that will be forming the basis of a lot of my outfits, now that the weather has started to cool down.
EMBRACE NEW SILHOUETTES
The last couple seasons have been all about volume; exaggerated bell sleeves and wide leg kick flares quickly come to mind. This season, I’ll be embracing a more simple – but equally new to me – silhouette: the mom jean with a slim fitting tee tucked in, and some pointed toe block heels to make the look a little more polished. I always find shopping for denim to be a serious struggle, but I’ve completely fallen for the farleigh mom jean from ASOS and haven’t looked back since.
INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you like to keep your outfits looking pretty simple like I do, then it can often be the finishing touches that really make or break the overall look. I like to spend a little bit extra on my accessories, whether that’s a lambswool scarf from Acne Studios (for the record mine is three years old and still going strong), a sturdy pair of leather boots, or getting a little luxe with my handbag – it’s those little details which can make a huge difference.
While I think you all know what I’m planning to be wearing come Christmas day, this year I figure that it’s worth bucking tradition in favour of a chic and sleek jumpsuit to celebrate the festive season. This one from ASOS certainly packs a punch – from the structural bow at the waist, to the slightly bell flared trousers – and I love the fact that a simple fitted black skivvy worn underneath is all it needs to make it winter appropriate.
It’s not the most likely of choices, particularly for me, as I’m all over anything with a simple silhouette (and usually in black, white or grey!). But, I’ve had a little bit of fun picking out some of my favourite jumpsuits which I think are perfect for the festive season – I’ve love to know which one is your favourite! x
This summer, if it’s white, cream, nude or blush, I’ve been all over it, and I think years of wearing black opaque tights and my cosiest winter coats in the ‘height’ of summer have pretty much seen to that… never mind the fact that I’m likely to spill something on myself within 15 minutes of getting dressed (creamy oats with raspberries first thing tend to get a little messy…).
For the weekend, it’s usually a nice airy tank, like the one I’m wearing above from Maven West, paired with some sort of white denim – shorts, skirts or jeans, I don’t discriminate – and my current bag of the day. It’s that easy kind of dressing, a uniform of sorts, that I have a feeling will be seeing me through these warmer months. Plus it helps that if I’m heading out for dinner with Luke, or some drinks with my girlfriends, all I need to do is add a strappy black heel and a bold red lip, and I’m practically ready to go.
Given that we’re smack bang in the middle of the Spring Racing season, it’s probably pretty safe to say that I’m a little bit late to the game. But, if I’m being completely honest, the closest I’ve been to the track in recent years is in front of a big screen at the local pub, hoping that the trifecta I just bet a tenner on is going to come through (it pretty much never does…).
Unless you managed to avoid opening Instagram – or Snapchat – all day yesterday, then no doubt you would have seen all the ladies slammed up in black or white for Derby Day. There’s still another three races on the Spring social calendar; Melbourne Cup on 1 November (think bold and bright – I colour blocked in pink and cherry a couple years back), Oaks Day on 3 November (which is all about floaty feminine silhouettes and pastels) and finally, Stakes Day on 5 November (which has the most relaxed vibe of the four races).
For me, the races are all about wearing something that makes me feel good (check), that’s fun to twirl in (check), topped off with a sweet fascinator fit for the day (double check). I’ll typically always opt for a fancy clutch – the races are an excuse to get dolled up, and it helps from distracting too much from your overall look.
I’ll be keeping things fun and flirty this year with a floral embroidered mini dress from Zimmermann that’s just perfect for twirling around in, a pearl and crystal embellished fascinator, and some cocktail-hour approved sequinned heels.
I’ve pulled together some of my favourite spring racing looks which you can shop below! x