Styling up a cotton maxi dress

outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer
outfit wearing grana pima maxi dress isabel marant blazer

Grana pima cotton maxi dress* (10% off using the code JAMIExGRANA), Isabel Marant blazer (collarless here and I also love this one), Tibi heels (similar here and affordable here), Celine small trotteur bag (medium size here)

I’m the kind of girl who always tries to look beyond the obvious way to wear something; I say this time and time again, but I want my wardrobe to do double duty, and I like everything hanging in my closet to really earn its keep. So when this cotton maxi dress from Grana came my way, I started to think about how I could style it beyond a casual summer maxi dress just worn on its own (because let’s face it, this is a great summer vacay piece).

So I decided to layer the maxi dress underneath a thick structured blazer – mine is from Isabel Marant and honestly, it’s such a dream to wear! – with some strappy heeled sandals, to give it more of a dressed up vibe. I feel like this would be a great outfit to wear for dinner or evening out (we’re headed to Toko this Friday night so I’m thinking this could be a good option), which is why I chose to keep the colour scheme monochromatic, though would you expect any less from me? I also love the sexy side split – it’s a little something that you wouldn’t really expect, and it makes for some great leg-baring moments! For reference, I’m wearing the dress here in an XS; it’s snug around the hips but there’s a bit of give around the waist which I typically expect with dresses like this.

Also, if you hadn’t spotted it already on my Instagram, I thought I’d give you all a bit of a sneak peek of my latest wardrobe addition; a rather spendy purchase from Celine. I’m planning to share a little bit more about this cutie later this week both on my blog and on my YouTube channel so make sure you keep an eye out! x

Blazer, straight leg jeans, and a simple white tee

scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans

Grana boxy t-shirt, Topshop straight leg jeans, Helmut Lang blazer (I also love this option), Everlane day heels (more affordable here), ASOS sunglasses, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

If you take a quick look at my Pinterest boards, one thing is achingly clear; I’m heavy into everything norm core with a healthy dose of Parisian styling. Since giving my closet a much needed declutter, and taking the time to sit down and really define what it is that I want my wardrobe to look like, I’ve found my outfit options have started to lean more masculine, and more relaxed, in that nonchalant, just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-threw-this-on kind of way.

Tailoring is back – long live the classic black blazer – and now that the weather has finally cooled down a notch, I’ve been incorporating a bit of suiting to help dress up a pair of distressed denim, or add a casual elegance to an oversized sweater (these trousers from Uniqlo have become a fast favourite!).

Perhaps the biggest change for me, in terms of aesthetic and styling, has been the addition of these straight leg jeans from Topshop, with a raw edged hem. Rather than a full slim fit through the body, these have a looser silhouette through the leg, with plenty of breathing room around the ankle, and while I’m still getting used to figuring out how to pair them with the rest of my wardrobe in a flattering way, I love how they look with a mid-heel and a simple while tee tucked in. It’s the kind of styling that I would have shied away from this time last year, but a little Parisian style tunnel vision never hurt anyone.

I’ve been building up my wardrobe with some core basics that I think are going to see me through the winter season, and then some, and I can’t wait to share with you all a full post on my new wardrobe heroes, that may be rooted in my core style, yet still feel like a bit of a step outside the box of my usual every day outfits. If you’re keen to get a little bit of a sneak peek of what I’m wearing lately, I’d highly suggest checking out my Instagram, as I’ll be sure to be sharing some of my current winter looks during my upcoming trip to New Zealand! x

An outfit from my weekend in Canberra

minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit
minimal white and grey outfit

Grana cashmere sweater (10% off with the code JAMIExGRANA), Lover a-line skirt (old but this is cute & I like this option), Vaneli two-tone pumps, 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli

It feels like it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, but I wanted to share this outfit that I wore a couple weekends ago while we were visiting my family in Canberra. We can probably all agree that it was perhaps not the most practical of outfits to wear while wandering down dirt tracks and rocky roads on our way to each wine tasting, but I get the feeling that I couldn’t wait to throw on one of the latest additions to my wardrobe; a new pair of Chanel-inspired shoes (at a fraction of the cost), which have been coming with my literally everywhere.

I’ve been reaching for this grey cashmere sweater from Grana for those cooler days when it starts to feel a bit like Autumn here in Sydney, which turned out to be a welcome surprise in the small suitcase I packed for our long weekend in Canberra. While I gravitate towards the darker pieces in my wardrobe as soon as the temperature starts to drop, I love the combination of this mid-grey and creamy white wool skirt – a colour duo I’ll probably try to replicate a little more as we head towards winter. Admittedly, I probably could have done with a couple of extra layers, but sometimes when you’re packing light, you have to make do with what you’ve (hastily) stashed away in your suitcase…

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

Autumn/Winter Workwear Essentials

grana workwear essentials autumn minimal
grana workwear essentials autumn minimal
grana workwear essentials autumn minimal
grana workwear essentials autumn minimal
grana workwear essentials autumn minimal
grana workwear essentials autumn minimal

Grana cashmere turtleneck, Grana wool tapered trousers, Helmut Lang Blazer (similar), Isabel Marant heels (or here and I also love these), Linjer Soft Tote bag, Linjer Classic Watch (I also like this option)

As I’ve started to mix up my wardrobe and shift to some new silhouettes (think a lot more trousers), my every day workwear essentials have started to look a little something like this; a thick cashmere knit, a pair of tapered wool trousers, my go-to black blazer, some classic black pumps, and an oversized leather tote. While I might be branching out into a little bit of colour – if pink counts! – I’m still firmly settled that black and grey hues tend to be the most timeless, and it’s often those pieces that turn out to be wardrobe workhorses that stick around in my closet until they are beyond tired.

If there’s one thing that I’ve been reaching for a lot lately, it’s this grey cashmere turtleneck from Grana, which has turned out to be the perfect transitional piece that works well paired simply with some skinny jeans, a slick pair of trousers, or an a-line skirt, or layered underneath a blazer or a jacket for when it cools down just a little bit more.

After finding myself in a style rut, I’ve been trying to mix up my silhouettes a little bit this year. Trousers, with a t-shirt, blouse or thick knit tucked in have quickly become a go-to, and I’ve been loving this subtle take on the athleisure trend that these wool trouser have – never would’ve expected a drawstring waistband!

Even after six years, my Helmut Lang blazer has been going strong, and it’s an excellent case for why investing a little bit more in your wardrobe is truly worth it. It may not be in pristine condition (there is the odd pull from my cats!), I’ve been sure to get my cost-per-wear out of this classic beauty, and it’s a piece that I will still be reaching for in the years to come.

Perhaps the one thing that I wear consistently on a daily basis, has to be a classic pair of black pumps. My favourites are from Maxmara; pointed toe with a silver block heel, but I like to pull out this pair from Isabel Marant for those days when I want a little bit of extra height.

And while I might not have bought myself a new bag all too long ago, the soft tote from Linjer has been all I’ve been reaching for during the work week. It’s structured – but not too structured, fully lined, and it looks smart; all the makings of a classic work bag, and the rich mahogany hue is a little unexpected, and pairs well with my typical colour palette of grey and black.

PS. You can get 10% off plus free shipping worldwide from Grana using the code JAMIExGRANA – if that’s not a reason to go shopping, then I don’t know what is!