Winter uniform #1

minimal winter uniform outfit

Country Road sweater (I also like this one), Topshop jeans (these are a great alternative), Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (affordable alternative), Byredo Mojave Ghost (or here), Chanel Rouge Allure in Coromandel

This is a little round up of some of my current winter staples, and one of my favourite (and simplest!) winter uniforms. An oversized sweater, a pair of ‘mom’-style jeans with a frayed hem, flats with a little bit of pizazz, and a nice red lip.

It’s fair to say that this isn’t anything groundbreaking, all it takes it finding the right sweater that you want to spend all winter wearing, the right pair of jeans that give you that peachy behind, and the right pair of shoes which make you feel ever so light on your feet. If there’s ever a way to keep looking chic, it’s to know what outfits work best for you – which is where my winter uniform comes into play. Think stripes, tapered trousers which nip in at the ankle, cotton shirts, and an a-line leather skirt so good I just had to get a back up.

If I go back through my archives, this is the kind of simple winter uniform that I’ve gravitated towards for the longest time, even if the specifics change in an ever so subtle way. The fit of the jeans, the type of top I’m reaching for, the shoes I’m favouring – it’s always to recreate this one simple look which is always, always elevated with a punchy red lip.

I have a few other looks which have undeniably been go-to outfits for me this winter, though they’re a lot more boxy, and a lot less focused on what would traditionally work for my body shape than I’m used to. I’ve been building some new style principles which have formed the foundation of these looks (based on my style overhaul from a couple of months back), but there are always those creature comforts that I can’t help but keep coming back to!

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

Going with Minimal

minimal black and white outfit
minimal black and white outfit
minimal black and white outfit
minimal black and white outfit
minimal black and white outfit
minimal black and white outfit
minimal black and white outfit

Country Road men’s knit sweater (similar), Lover midi skirt (similar), Dress Up trench coat (also love this option), Isabel Marant poppy heels, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

As much as I love throwing on something pink these days – which is completely the new neutral, by the way – sometimes a girl’s just gotta go back to basics, and for me, it’s always a minimal palette of black and white, worn in the most unfussy way possible. Two years on and I haven’t stopped gravitating towards these men’s merino knit sweaters I picked up from Country Road, a constant reminder that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side. There’s something about the thrill of the hunt, when you’re rifling through the men’s section for a cosy oversized knit sweater, that makes the find so much more rewarding, which is why that’s exactly where you’ll find me next winter.

The escape

outfit asos peplum hem top alexander wang skirt
outfit asos peplum hem top alexander wang skirt
outfit asos peplum hem top alexander wang skirt
outfit asos peplum hem top alexander wang skirt
outfit asos peplum hem top alexander wang skirt
outfit asos peplum hem top alexander wang skirt
outfit asos peplum hem top alexander wang skirt

ASOS peplum hem top, T by Alexander Wang skirt, Country Road cardigan (similar here), Valentino tango pumps, Fallabella bag, Christian Paul watch

I love this time of year. The flowers are beginning to blossom (the magnolia tree in our front yard is currently in full bloom), and the weather is starting to warm up enough to bare a little bit of skin. Always, always paired with an oversized cardigan and occasionally my Acne Studios scarf, that I’ll often reach for before heading out the door.

While today might have been one of the drearier days we’ve had in the last couple weeks, it’s that promise of being able to reach for my Spring favourites – and some new wardrobe additions – that always has me looking forward to September. Bring on the sun!

5PFW Challenge A/W ’16 Update & Recap

With another 5PFW Challenge under my belt, I thought I’d share a quick recap and update on what entered my closet, and whether I’m still just as smitten with it as the day I bought it.

I ended up adding six new ‘key’ pieces to my wardrobe this time around, and a good 15 new basic pieces, at least thereabouts; proof that you can easily find yourself adding to your wardrobe with the excuse that it’s just another basic piece, rather than a replacement or a particular piece you actually need. Given that we’d had a holiday planned a good six months before I even decided to take this challenge on, I decided to cut myself a little slack, you know, on the off chance I spotted something I wanted to bring home with me on holiday.

Unlike last year, I chose not to plan out my purchases; it didn’t work out too well for me the first time around, and I wanted to have some flexibility and not feel obligated to purchase something, just because it was on my list. Given how much my shopping habits have changed over the years, this was just the right approach for me; it gave me choice, freedom, and the ability to have a little more fun with my new purchases, rather than feel bound to add luxe takes on otherwise basic pieces to my closet.

Lover drifter mini skirt – Lover is a label that I will forever go back to, time and time again; it’s been one of my favourite labels from the age of 15, and that definitely hasn’t faded over the years. When I spotted the drifter mini skirt, an a-line canvas skirt with rope and rivet detailing at the waistband, I just couldn’t say no. As much as I have loved and worn this skirt over the last few months, I recently decided to part with it – as nit-picky as this is going to sound, it wasn’t quite the right shade of navy, and second guessing has me wishing I’d opted for the slightly less practical choice of white.

RUBY vasilisa off the shoulder dress (no longer available but LOVE this one) – Hands down my favourite buy this year, and honestly it was about time that my wardrobe got a little off the shoulder action. Given that this dress launched as part of RUBY’s A/W collection, I haven’t had as much opportunity to wear it as I would like, but I love the slightly neon hue, the option to wear it belted – or not – and the fact that I can just throw it in the washing machine.

Country Road grey mohair longline cardigan – I’ve had my eye on the Acne Studios Raya Cardigan for some time now, and when I spotted this in my local Country Road, it seemed like the perfect affordable alternative. This has gotten more than its fair share of ‘air’ time, as it works just as well with a mini dress as it does with an easy sweater and jeans.

ASOS criss cross back midi dress in pinstripe (this style is also cute!) – This was a pre-holiday purchase, one that I grabbed almost on a whim, as it looked like the perfect travelling companion for 30+ deg C temperatures that we were expecting in Italy and the USA. It turned out to be one of the most worn items I packed with me, and it’s something that I suspect I’ll get a lot of wear out of here in Sydney once the weather starts to heat up. For now though, I’m planning on wearing it layered over a merino knit skivvy to see me through the brisk mornings we’ve been having lately.

Sophia Webster ‘loren’ sandals – Along with the off the shoulder dress from RUBY, these are quite possibly one of my favourite purchases of the year. I bought these as a (fancy) replacement for my Opening Ceremony black heeled sandals which I absolutely thrashed through most of Spring, Summer and then some, the last couple of years. These are a little more delicate, with thin leather straps, a beaded heel, and two baubles at the toe, but they’ve been comfortable from the get-go and pair perfectly with basically everything in my wardrobe. I’ve already managed to scuff them after trying to navigate Florence’s cobblestoned streets with a little fancy footwork, but I figure that it’s nothing a cobbler can’t fix.

COS navy asymmetrical hem t-shirt dress – My final purchase, and the one that tipped me over the goal of sticking to just five key piece, but definitely a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I nabbed this in Florence, during a spur of the moment stop in COS, and while I haven’t had an opportunity to wear this yet, I have a feeling that it’s going to become a solid workhorse in my wardrobe.

One thing I definitely found myself gravitating towards was dresses; which honestly, came as a little bit of a surprise to me given my fondness for separates. I’m definitely starting to find myself wanting to experiment again and find that playful spirit that my wardrobe so desperately seems to be lacking.

Perhaps it’s without surprise that I’ve decided I probably won’t embark on another round of the 5PFW Challenge – as much as it’s helped to shape my perceptions and decision making where new wardrobe additions are involved, sometimes, a girl’s just gotta have fun! x