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 perfect your autumn wardrobe

minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee
minimal outfit jeans and tee

Brandy Melville linen tee (similar here), ASOS mom jeans, ASOS sunglasses, Zara pumps (similar here), Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel, Paul Hewitt watch

Back when I lived in Wellington, every winter was a struggle – I never had anything to wear, and about 90% of my wardrobe was geared towards warmer weather. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve finally nailed down the keys to perfecting my autumn and winter wardrobes, with these three simple steps.

START WITH THE STAPLES
Any good wardrobe is founded on the classics – be it a crisp white shirt, a well fitting blazer, or your favorite pair of skinny jeans. I’ve finally finished rounding out my autumn wardrobe with some lightweight knits (this mock neck sweater from Everlane is my most recent addition), that will be forming the basis of a lot of my outfits, now that the weather has started to cool down.

EMBRACE NEW SILHOUETTES
The last couple seasons have been all about volume; exaggerated bell sleeves and wide leg kick flares quickly come to mind. This season, I’ll be embracing a more simple – but equally new to me – silhouette: the mom jean with a slim fitting tee tucked in, and some pointed toe block heels to make the look a little more polished. I always find shopping for denim to be a serious struggle, but I’ve completely fallen for the farleigh mom jean from ASOS and haven’t looked back since.

INVEST IN YOUR ACCESSORIES
If you like to keep your outfits looking pretty simple like I do, then it can often be the finishing touches that really make or break the overall look. I like to spend a little bit extra on my accessories, whether that’s a lambswool scarf from Acne Studios (for the record mine is three years old and still going strong), a sturdy pair of leather boots, or getting a little luxe with my handbag – it’s those little details which can make a huge difference.

The usual




Alexander Wang singlet, girl. by Band of Outsiders skirt, Zara crochet knit jacket, Alexander Wang kori oxfords

These photo’s were taken while I was in Canberra. Pretty sure that for the most part, I tried to maximise time standing in front of the fireplace, or wrapped up in my sister’s snuggie on the oft-times I was able to sneak it off her to ward off the cold. Quite possibly the most worn piece over the last (almost) thirty days has been this girl. by Band of Outsiders skirt, one of those impulse-yet-still-on-my-wishlist-and-now-you-are-on-sale purchases. This is kind of just one of those combinations that is so easy to throw on that you don’t even need to think about it, and has me wishing I had bought a second one for the sole purpose of dying it black.

Scarlet


Karen Walker dress (similar), Zara crochet knit jacket, Witchery ballet flats, Marc by Marc Jacobs bracelet, Alexander Wang emile tote

After spending a weekend wearing a monochromatic colour palette of black and white, it seemed fitting to go for an unexpected burst of brightness. While I am all for keeping a a rather neutral colour scheme in my wardrobe, sometimes you need to branch out a little, and step out of your comfort zone. This scarlet coloured dress does exactly that, holding what I believe to be the boldest spot in my wardrobe, alongside my pants of the same colour.

My long weekend in Canberra was both a lot of fun, yet extremely tiring. It was great getting to see my family who live in Australia, and be there for my little sister’s 21st birthday party. I don’t get to see her too often so much of the weekend was spent at the shops, drinking delicious wines in tandem with sour apple shots, gorging on too many chocolates and custard filled profiteroles, and watching Justin Bieber ‘Never say never’ (yes, yes I did). I’m hoping that next time it won’t be so long between trips!