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

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!

The relaxed winter capsule wardrobe

minimal capsule wardrobe scandinavian style
minimal capsule wardrobe scandinavian style

Since I’ve been on a bit of an unofficial shopping ban for the better part of this year, my attitude to capsule wardrobes, and minimalism (to an extent – but that’s another story for another day) has really shifted. I’ve embraced the idea of living with less, and how effortless getting ready each morning becomes with a carefully edited selection of pieces.

I felt much less inclined to stick to the foundations of Project 333 for winter, instead taking a much more different approach to my capsule this season. My focus turned more to the core pieces that I was planning to wear this winter, my preferred colour palette (which will come as little surprise…) and the proportions my outfits would be based on. There are some stripes, a few merino knit sweaters, loose flowing midi skirts, cropped woollen trousers and a cocooned raw wool coat. The palette is just what you’d expect from me; black, white, and every shade of grey in between, with a little bit of camel thrown in for good measure.

So I thought I’d put together a quick and fun video sharing with you all the foundations of my winter wardrobe – for those of you wondering how a languid flowing almost-mini-dress has made the cut, think a very thick pair of opaque stockings and some Uniqlo heat tech for good measure.

I will be fleshing it out a little as needed, but I’m quickly learning just how much a creature of habit I can truly be.

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La Garconne

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la garconne gamine work outfit helmut lang forever new celine
la garconne gamine work outfit helmut lang forever new celine
la garconne gamine work outfit helmut lang forever new celine

Hawes & Curtis white shirt (c/o), Forever New ¾ evie trousers, Helmut Lang blazer, Celine greige heels, Celine trio (in lavender)

I’ve always been a bit partial to borrowing from the boys; both literally and figuratively that is. A soft slim cut suit, a jumper or a white shirt pulled from your boyfriends wardrobe, and a slick pair of masculine shoes. Or better yet, some sky-high, power heels – always a favourite in my books. It’s a simple contradiction of sorts, and a combination that I’ve been reaching for on those early morning starts. I sincerely can’t think of an easier way to look ‘put together’ than a trouser suit – especially when you’re dashing out the door in a scrambled effort to catch your morning bus, forgetting your lunch on the counter in the process; and this morning wasn’t the first time!

Given that I’m based in a corporate office (read: I try to bend the dress code to include a little Josh Goot & Dion Lee…), this about sums up what I’ve been wearing on a semi-regular basis, for those curious. Well, when I’m not wearing pencil skirts and silk blouses that is; or fancy free polka dots on a Friday! Finding the perfect pair of trousers, with just the right amount of sartorial insouciance does take time; trust me. I think I bought about 8 different pairs from Glassons, Karen Walker, and Cue, before finally settling on these trousers from Forever New. A skinny fit with a lot of stretch, machine washable, and travel-friendly. It’s as good a place as any to start, if you ask me.

As for the shirt? The simpler the better. I’ve been reaching for this white shirt as of late, which is just the right length for tucking, loose throughout the body and a slim fit through the sleeve – pretty much all I’m after in a shirt. It makes for a more affordable alternative to my other love, from Dries van Noten, which hasn’t seen as much daylight as I’d hoped; mostly through my lackluster efforts to keep it in absolutely pristine condition.

And lastly, the blazer. Mine’s nearing on four years old now, but seems to get better with age. Only thing I need now is a backup – always buy staples in pairs, right?

Damsun floral

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equipment fr sleeveless blouse ellery floral skirt celine cabas tote gusset
equipment fr sleeveless blouse ellery floral skirt celine cabas tote gusset

Equipment silk blouse, Helmut Lang blazer, Ellery floral skirt (similar), Isabel Marant poppy heels, Celine cabas tote with gusset (more affordable option), Le Specs sunglasses

I’ve been trying really hard to stay away from the sample sales. And I mean really hard. It’s a little disarming to live in a city where a sample sale seems to be on every week (or every other week), touting discounts of up to 70% off (and sometimes more) and one-off pieces which never made the full collection. Sounds tempting, right? And when it’s Ellery.. well, there really was no question about whether or not I’d be going.

A little tip for the unitiated – sample sales can be a treasure trove of hidden gems; dresses you never knew you needed, or a slick trouser suit which would just be perfect for that event you have this weekend. As tempting as it is, don’t get too carried away. I generally like to go with a piece that I’m after in mind, just to help me stay on track.

My one thing? A piece in this pretty damsun plum toned floral, which was really reason enough.

For those of you keen on a nabbing a bargain this weekend, you’re a little spoilt for choice, as Manning Cartell and Josh Goot are both holding warehouse sales. It’s probably a good thing for my bank account (and complete lack of restraint) that I’m busy all weekend…

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