There’s a couple trends this season which I feel like I can really get on board with: anything with a ruffle, and oversized bell sleeves. After trying out a more affordable option, I decided to invested in this merino knitted sweater with exaggerated bell sleeves from NZ label Lonely, while visiting home in March.
This is knitwear that makes a statement, and I love how a simple update to the sleeve elevates what I would otherwise consider a basic wardrobe staple.
Given the huge focus I try to put on truly investing in my closet, trying to incorporate a trend-driven piece can always be a little bit of a gamble, particularly when trying to stay true to your own personal style. It’s really only just been starting to get cold enough in Sydney to whip this out, and as more of a trend-focused piece, I have had my doubts about how much wear this one would get. But given that I wore this three days out of seven in the last week, I have a feeling this is a trend that’s going to stick.
I’ve been wearing this top with anything and everything – from culottes and a skinny leg jean to a-line and pencil skirts – but I especially love this combo that I wore the other week to head out for dinner. A faux patent/vinyl skirt, my favourite pair of everyday pumps, and a deep burgundy toned clutch to tote around all my necessities.
While it’s safe to say that I’m pretty sorted when it comes to bell sleeves with this beauty of a top, I’ve popped a few cute alternatives to carry you from summer right through to winter. Have you gotten onboard the bell sleeve trend? x
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.
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
It’s no secret that I’ve got a lot of love for Everlane; I’ve practically written a love letter to the brand within my blog archives, and my wardrobe staples are comprised almost solely of Everlane basics. The outfit above, is a pretty good example; and there’s a reason why I can so easily step out the door head to toe in the brand. And this is why I’m pretty excited to share my Everlane edit with you; a carefully curated selection of some of my favourite Everlane pieces (as well as a couple things that are currently on my wishlist…). I’ve gone into a little more detail on some of my favourites down below, but if you’re after a more extensive review across the brand, I talk a lot about their basic tees, knitwear and shoes here.
I’ve currently got my eye on their latest launch – the day heel – which I may or may not have placed an order for already.. (along with a couple of the air tees for Luke), and honestly the toughest decision was deciding whether to go for the suede or blush leather. Oh, and did I mention that there’s international shipping this week?
the slim silk shirt
I initially stumbled across Everlane after hearing the hype about their simple silk shirts. Like Equipment, but a slimmer fit and a much more palatable price point. The hype wasn’t wrong; the washed silk is a little more lightweight than the Equipment version, but aside from that – and the missing pockets – it’s an excellent dupe and one that I’ve actually come to favour over the years. I tend to throw mine in the washing machine on a cold delicate cycle, and they come out looking perfect every. single. time.
the silk shell
One of my more recent additions to my wardrobe, I picked up the silk shell top in the black and white stripe as it looked like a perfect everyday top for the office. I wasn’t disappointed; this is a really thick and sturdy silk (a very different feel to the button up blouses), which I think makes this a great transitional piece as the heavier weight of the fabric certainly lends itself well to those cooler days. This is definitely a must if you’re working in a more corporate office!
the cashmere crew
Everlane’s cashmere had me hooked from day one; of everything that I own from the brand (and that’s a lot), it’s the one piece that I tend to recommend that most people start with. For the price point, it’s one of the more luxurious cashmere knits that I’ve come across, and I’ve found that after three years, my charcoal sweater is even softer than the day I received it. These are a loose fit so I think it’s best to go with your regular size, and these pair well with most things; be it a leather skirt, a pair of skinny jeans or a wide leg culotte.
the drape trench coat
This is Everlane’s fresh new take on their classic trench coat, and it’s become my go to for those cooler autumn days when I want to dress like a Parisian. Unlike the original, this version is fully lined – a massive upgrade – and I’ve gotten so many compliments on the cut. The belt is also a little different; it’s missing the attachment to the back of the coat (a shame as I thought this was genius) and instead of a belt buckle it simply ties at the waist, which I think gives the jacket much more of an effortless and minimal vibe. What I love most about this trench – aside from how it makes me feel like I’ve managed to bottle a little of that French girl je nais se quoi – is that it’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing. The cotton drill is waterproof, so this typically tends to be the jacket I reach for if I think that I might end up getting caught in the rain.
the wide leg crop pant
These might not have made their way into my wardrobe (… yet), but I’ve heard enough good things to know that these should be on your wishlist, whether you think you need them, or not. I’m currently waiting for these to restock in my size in the bone colour, which I’m planning to pair with one of Everlane’s luxe knit sweaters and the day heel. I’ve been trying to incorporate a couple of different silhouettes into my wardrobe and these fit the bill perfectly; fitted at the waist with a wide leg and cropped just above the ankle.
the modern oxford
Of all the shoes I’ve accumulated from Everlane, their modern oxford has to be one of my favourites – a feminine take on a more masculine style, I love the slightly pointed almond toe, and the sandy-hued contrasting heel against the blush leather. The quality on these is superb and they’re definitely on par with their modern loafer. If you decide to invest in these, I highly highly recommend going up a half size, particularly if you have a wide foot. I am usually an EU40/US9 and opted to get these in the US9.5 and have had no regrets. Like with most Everlane shoes, the leather is on the stiffer side which does warm up and soften after a few wears, so if you’re planning on wearing these for a marathon day of walking straight from the get go, you probably want to arm your handbag with a couple of plasters just in case.
the shine pouch
Like a magpie, I’m drawn to just about anything and everything shiny, and I remember just pouncing on this leather pouch the day that it launched because I didn’t want to miss out. The style is very reminiscent of the Comme des Garcons pouches, with the contrast zipper with tab pull, and raw leather interior. I’ve been reaching for mine mostly for special occasions, and while the leather on this version can be pretty delicate (mine has a few marks on it), I feel like this is one of those pieces that only gets better with age.
A balanced wardrobe is always founded on the basics, those essential workhorses which never really go out of style. So, whenever I’m looking at making a new wardrobe addition, there’s a few questions that typically come to mind; is this a classic piece? will this work with the rest of my wardrobe? can it do double duty for work and for play? and will I get my cost-per-wear from this purchase?
One of my most recent additions – which definitely fit the aforementioned criteria – is this crisp white shirt dress from Everlane. I’ve fallen head over heels for its simple cut, oversized silhouette, and the mandarin style collar, and it’s the kind of piece that I can easily see myself dressing up or down. My list of must-have wardrobe essentials has definitely grown over the last couple of years, with the shirt dress being the latest to make the cut. So.. why should you bother investing in one for your wardrobe?
it’s a layering piece
Worn on its own, or over a pair of leather leggings as a tunic, layered under a thigh length sweater, or finished off with a thick wool coat, it is the perfect transitional layering piece. I also love that you can wear it as a shirt, tucked into a pair of skirt or pair of trousers, or alternatively, as a cute skirt when worn with a chunky knit sweater belted at the waist. We’re right in the midst of one of Sydney’s famous heat waves, but as soon as it starts to cool down I’ll be wearing mine with a simple low heeled black pump and an oversized cardigan.
it can do double duty
I try to keep my wardrobe as tightly edited as possible, so anything that works for the office, and for the weekend is a winner in my books. A classic shirt dress definitely has double duty vibes, pairing nicely for the office with some simple court shoes and a blazer, or dressed down for the weekend with a pair of sneakers. I also think it makes the perfect outfit for a night out, worn with a strappy pair of heels (like I’ve got on, above – I personally love these).
Depending on how modern the cut is, a shirt dress is the kind of thing that will see you continuing to reach for it over the years. It’s been so true of all my wardrobe staples (my Helmut Lang blazer being a prime example) and longevity is something I typically look for when investing a little extra on a new wardrobe addition.
I’ve rounded up a few of my current favourites that are available online – I’m currently eyeing up the cotton twill shirt dress from Everlane in black, which would be perfect in winter worn with some tights and a black skivvy layered underneath!
Now I’m always up for a bit of healthy competition… so when Everlane turned the last month of international shipping into a competition, I was all in. I mean, the prize offered the winning country – the one with the most votes – the chance to get international shipping, for good. So, it’s with a lot of excitement that I can share the news that Australia has come out on top, and will be the third permanent shipping destination offered by Everlane *cue happy dance*.
I think you all know how smitten I’ve become with the brand over the last few years; I’ve posted my fair share of reviews and there’s few days in the week that I don’t reach for one of my beloved silk cami’s (or cashmere sweaters when it’s cold!). There’s been a lot of new styles added to the site since its humble beginnings, so for those of you still new to the site – or just not sure where to start – I thought I’d share some of my ultimate favourite picks from Everlane below.
THE HEELED CHELSEA BOOT
If I had to pick a current favourite shoe, then this would be it. Cut low across the ankle, with a solid chunky heel, and a rounded almond shaped toe, these are everything I could ever want from a chelsea boot. The leather is pretty sturdy and as with my usual experience with shoes from Everlane, they fit on the narrower side so if you have wide feet like me, wear them around the house with thick socks for a few days to help relax the leather – your feet will thank me for it!
THE CASHMERE CREW SWEATER
I don’t think that there’s been a single post about Everlane in which I haven’t mentioned their luxuriously soft cashmere sweater. Mine’s still going strong more than two years later, and it’s the kind of piece that I think has just gotten better with age.
THE TWILL ZIPPER TOTE
I’ve mentioned this one a few times before but this is my go-to bag for those mornings where I’m heading to work, and I want to take more than just the essentials with me. The cotton twill is hardy, and the leather straps show no sign of wear, even though I’ve had the bag more than six months now.
THE LONG ZIP WALLET
One of the newer additions to my wardrobe, the bright poppy red hue has been a ray of sunshine and such a departure from my usual minimal-esque colour palette. I love that this has heaps of card slots (11 at last count), plus it comfortably fits a passport, making it the perfect travelling companion.
THE SILK CAMISOLE
This is one of those wardrobe essentials that I just couldn’t live without. I picked this up in all three colours and I find myself wearing this style at least once a week – it works perfectly for the office (thankfully bare shoulders are allowed!) and also doubles up well as a more luxe lazy weekend piece.
THE HEAVYWEIGHT TEE IN STRIPE
It’s heating up here in Sydney which means I’m not reaching for the snuggly cardigans or oversized sweaters quite so often, but when I do, it’s often this striped beauty. It’s 100% cotton, but has a nice hefty weight to it, and being striped, goes with just about everything.
THE SLIDE SANDAL
My love for these slides runs deep… even if admittedly they’re aren’t quite so kind to ultra-wide feet like mine, but I’ll forgive them for that! The ‘sand’ shade has been a nice alternative to black and works really well with anything that has a hint of blush pink or red in it.