Trend alert: Grommet details

trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit

Zara black vest with grommet detail (similar here and also love this one), Kate Sylvester skivvy (similar here and also here), J Crew trousers, Tibi shoes, Linjer watch, ASOS sunglasses, 3.1 by Phillip Lim pashli satchel (also here)

One thing I’ve been seeing a lot of lately are grommet details; those oversized eyelets you see at the top of the vest that I’m wearing here, from Zara. Call it a bit of a micro-trend if you will, but I’ve been completely into it, and the subtle layer of detail that it adds to an otherwise basic sleeveless longline blazer (mine is a lucky find from Zara). Mostly, I’ve seen it on swimwear (Mara Hoffman’s swimsuits are just gorgeous!), and on the hip of skirts like this one, adding an edgy element to simple silhouettes.

I decided to go for an all black look, which seems to mostly be my color palette of choice now that the weather has cool down. I threw the vest over a simple merino wool skivvy – mine is a few seasons old but this one from Uniqlo is an excellent alternative – some fitted trousers, and a strappy sandal.

By the way, if you’re thinking of picking up a pair of J Crew’s martie pants, I’d consider sizing down as with most things that I’ve bought from there, I’ve found that they run on the larger side. For reference I’m wearing mine in a size 00, and I’m typically a 24 or 25 in jeans depending on the brand (talk about vanity sizing, right?!).

I’ve picked out some of the pieces that I’ve seen floating around the internet with the grommet trend that I have been loving lately, which you can shop via the carousel below. Will you be adding any grommet details to your wardrobe? x

PS. I have a couple of sale alerts for you. If you haven’t seen, ASOS currently have 20% off EVERYTHING using the code ‘SWEET’, and you can get 40% off selected items from The Iconic using the code ‘PICKME’. You can thank me later….!

The gold pleated skirt

how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt
how to style the gold pleated skirt

Kate Sylvester skivvy (similar here and I also love this option), Zara pleated skirt (old but similar here), Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, ASOS sunglasses, Marc Bale watch

I’ve seen enough runway photos from MBFWA to know that I’m onto a winner with this liquid gold pleated skirt I managed to jab on sale from Zara (I also love this option). While it’s still been relatively mild, I’ve been taking every opportunity I can get to go bare-legged, and this was no exception.

It’s been a while since I last wore a pleated skirt; in part, I think it has to do with a little wardrobe re-jig that is on the cards, as I look to redefine my personal style, and match up what I want to be wearing, with what I’m actually wearing. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to a bit of a wardrobe declutter, as my closet seems to truly have gotten out of hand… so much for a one-in, one-out policy!

But back to the outfit; I’m still reaching for this old roll neck sweater from Kate Sylvester (similar more affordable option here), which is bound to be one of my most worn items every autumn and winter season. Effortlessly chic, it works as a layering piece or as a top in its own right (like I’m wearing it today).

Finally, my Charlotte Olympia kitty flats are back! I first purchased these a good five years ago when traveling to London, and wore them to the point of no return – they were so scuffed up and mucked up, that I was in desperate need of a replacement. Luke very generously got me the pair I’m wearing as a Christmas present, and I’ve been waiting for the weather to cool down (but not rain!), so that I can start wearing them again. As quirky as they are, these are one of my biggest wardrobe essentials – maybe I’m just biased but I think they go with everything! x

How to transition your summer dresses to fall & winter

how to transition summer dresses for fall
how to transition summer dresses for fall

Karen Walker dress, Kate Sylvester skivvy (this is a great alternative!)

While I’ve parted with my fair share of summer dresses since first starting the wardrobe cull, those I do have, I love enough to want to be reaching for them all. year. round. But backless dresses, cut outs and bare legs are far from the first thing that comes to mind when planning my winter wardrobe.

We’re lucky to have relatively mild winters here in Sydney, but for those dresses that I’m not quite ready to retire during the colder months, I’ve taken to layering, to make them go the extra mile.

A thick sweater loosely thrown over the top of a dress (cinched in with a belt) or a sleek skivvy worn underneath basically e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, plus a pair of opaque black tights for good measure. It’s a fail safe that’s seen me through the last two winters, and works just as well with a dress that is cut close to the body as it does with one that’s a loose fit.

Given I’m one for a wardrobe that sits on the more discreet side of the fence than one that’s loud and proud, I make a rule of tucking away anything that isn’t navy, dark grey or black for warmer days – a white floral dress will always look better with sun kissed skin and bare legs than it will with a skivvy and tights.

My go to has been a black semi fitted skivvy from Kate Sylvester that I nabbed in the sale a couple years back, but Everlane and Uniqlo have some great options for those of you on the lookout; because trust me when I say, a little layering goes a long way.

Packing for a short getaway to Wellington, New Zealand

packing suitcase travel short getaway overseas

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be jetting across the Tasman for a short trip home, with nothing but spending time with my family, catching up with old friends, and exploring Wellington with a fresh set of eyes in mind. Given that I’ll only be away for 9 days, and the last thing I really want to be doing is rummaging through my suitcase for that pair of jeans I was so certain I’d packed, I’m planning on packing on the lighter side of things.

Spring time in Wellington is generally still pretty crisp, so I’ll be packing away a few jackets, cosy knit sweaters and denim to keep the cold at bay. Oh, and my Acne canada scarf – which doubles as an extra blanket while on the plane.

As usual, I’ve opted to pack fairly casually, choosing denim, loose fitting knits, and a sturdy pair of boots, the perfect accompaniment for navigating Wellington’s hilly streets. So with that in mind, and in an attempt to be practical, I’m leaving the heels at home, packing easily interchangeable separates, and limiting the stripes quota to just the one piece (because I always pack too many). In my suitcase you’ll find….

Outerwear
Acne mape black leather jacket

Knits
Country Road longline grey cardigan
Country Road black merino sweater (mens)
Karla Spetic black/white fuzzy sweater
Ashley Fogel grey cashmere jumper

Tops

T by Alexander Wang long sleeve stripe top
Kate Sylvester black merino turtleneck
Madewell ivory sweater
Everlane blush silk blouse
Uniqlo cream/black spot blouse
Acne white t-shirt

Glassons black muscle tank

Bottoms
Frame Denim indigo skinny jeans
J Brand white skinny jeans
Forever New black evie 7/8 trousers
ASOS camel pleated midi skirt
Acne black romantic skirt
Dion Lee grey thatch skirt

Shoes
Senso black suede paloma boots
Valentino blush rockstuds
Charlotte Olympia mauve virgo flats
Charlotte Olympia black velvet kitty flats

And with just enough space left in my suitcase for the odd treat, I’m hoping to pick up a little something special from one of my favourite Kiwi designers while I’m home, because when in Rome…

Shop my suitcase:

Full circle


Kate Sylvester Top, Supre jeans, Karen Walker blazer, Charlotte Olympia kitty flats, Proenza Schouler PS11 bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs katie bracelet

I remember once, when I was in my early teens, exclaiming that I would never wear skinny jeans. I finally succumbed after two years, and ever since they have been my jean of choice. I’m not sure I ever made the same comments about white jeans, although considering how long it actually took me to buy them, it’s probably highly likely. What’s more, is that they have quickly become a staple item in my wardrobe.

In fashion, it seems it pays to never say never, as you can’t predict that your taste will remain the same six months, a year or five years from now. Almost ironically, I’ve found myself reverting back to what I was wearing when I was 17 or 18, which says a lot about both the cyclical nature of fashion, and the styles that I clearly feel most comfortable in.

Some things, have of course changed. I’ve tried to be more considered in my approach, attempting to base new purchases on the things I already have to maintain a cohesive collection of clothing. I’m more likely to splurge on something which is incredibly basic, like a black blazer, a breton top or a silk blouse when I previously would rather have spent that money building up my wardrobe elsewhere. And probably most pertinent to note, my obsession for wearing heels every day has finally waned.

Having come full circle, it’s comforting to have a handle on where my comfort levels are, and have a better sense of what does and doesn’t work for me. I have to wonder, if the women who ascribe to only wearing classic pieces have this problem, but I suspect not. Wouldn’t that be nice?!