The Style Risk I’ve taken with my Wardrobe this year

wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit
wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit
wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit
wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit

Prior to our move to Sydney, I overhauled my wardrobe, nailed down my personal style, and set what I felt was a pretty clear direction for my closet to take. Capsule wardrobes helped with that, as they curbed my impulse to spend on garments which fit outside my style profile, and focus only on the items which count. But, new year, new me, and at the start of 2018, I felt a little like turning some of those pillars of my personal style upside down, and taking a style risk or two. The style risk that’s been having the most impact on my wardrobe, has been the introduction of a bit of colour (finally!).

Wearing Enza Costa white long sleeve top (similar option), Topshop tan belted skirt (also here and I like this one), Workshop utility jacket (old but similar here and this one is also cute), Vaneli two-tone pumps (flats version), Building Block olive bag, Reliquia spiral earrings (I love these! and this is a more affordable option), Linjer watch (this is also a classic), Mejuri cross ring

You’ve probably started to notice that colour has been creeping into my regular looks that I’ve been sharing on the blog (see examples here, here and here) – and this shift to embrace a broader colour palette seems to show no signs of slowing down. As much as I love my classic wardrobe staples – many of which are major workhorses in my day-to-day style – there’s been something refreshing about adding a pop of colour to my outfits. I’m pretty excited to see where this style risk takes my wardrobe; instead of being jam-packed with iterations of style staples I already own, my wardrobe wish lists are bursting with colour.

wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit
wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit
wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit

OUR PERSONAL STYLE IS ALWAYS EVOLVING

As we grow, our tastes and preferences evolve over time, and this isn’t limited to the kind of music we tend to lean towards, the movies we find ourselves flicking to first, or the way we choose to spend our free time. I’ve found from experience that this is manifested most in our personal style – the way that we outwardly choose to express ourselves. Aside from the smatterings of pink and red hanging in my wardrobe, I’ve found myself gravitating towards earthy tones, like the outfit above. What I love is how effortless it is to combine a few ‘colourful’ pieces, yet still feel like the outfit is grounded in your personal style.

IT ALL STARTS WITH ONE PIECE

My wardrobe has been jam-packed with the essentials for years, and while I firmly believe that it’s those classic essential pieces that will truly stand the test of time style-wise, having one or two fun colourful pieces can be a simple way to inject a bit of life or a major dose of personality to your outfits. I’ve found that I’ve been most inclined to take the style risk of adding in a bit of colour to my wardrobe after feeling inspired by an outfit I’ve seen – whether it’s someone on the street, or someone whose style I admire on Instagram. An oversized ivory sweater paired with a green midi skirt, or a simple black slip dress worn with a camel blazer: you don’t need to buy a whole new wardrobe to have a little bit of fun with colour.

wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit
wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit
wardrobe style risk colour minimal outfit

MAKE YOUR ACCESSORIES COUNT

I’ve been enjoying seeing the way that an accessory can really make a simple or minimal outfit pop. Instead of being sidelined as just a complementary piece for your look, a colourful bag or a punchy pair of shoes can become the focal point of your outfit, without pushing you too far out of your comfort zone. Take this minimal outfit for example; the petrol blue bag added a bit of life into an otherwise basic look. For the outfit above, I’ve gone for a more tonal outfit, complementing the khaki hue of my jacket with a rich olive green bag from Building Block.

YOU SHOULDN’T FEEL RESTRICTED BY YOUR PERSONAL STYLE

I’m pretty adamant that fashion is all about having fun. As much as I love my closet (mostly) full of neutrals, from time to time things can start to feel a little stale, and the injection of a fun new piece – whether it’s colourful or not – is usually enough to breathe new life into the items that I already own. The start of a new year always has that ‘clean slate’ feeling, so it’s a good opportunity to take a style risk, even if it doesn’t stick.

Have you taken a style risk this year? x

PS. In case you’ve missed the news, Everlane is offering international shipping from now until April 30. If you’re planning on making an order, I’d highly recommend getting a jump start as items tend to sell out pretty quickly. If you need some help decided what to buy, check out this blog post which shares my thoughts on every single item I’ve owned from the brand.

White tee + Polka Dot Skirt

minimal outfit tee polka dot skirt
minimal outfit tee polka dot skirt

I feel like it wasn’t too long ago that I was sharing a very similar outfit; a polka dotted skirt paired very simply with a white silk cami. Clearly, I have a type.

Whistles ‘de rien’ t-shirt, Topshop asymmetrical hem skirt (alternative spot skirt here and in yellow/white stripe here), Everlane editor slingback flats, Chanel boy bag (affordable option here), Linjer watch, Mejuri editor hoops, Pandora bracelet

I’m still dreaming of cooler weather, and with rain forecast this week coming, I’m hoping it’s going to be any opportunity to pull out some autumn layers. As much as I love a stripped back outfit like this during the warmer months, I’m ready to start playing around with some cold weather textures, and try out a couple of different silhouettes.

minimal outfit tee polka dot skirt
minimal outfit tee polka dot skirt
minimal outfit tee polka dot skirt

STYLING NOTES

01 | the slogan tee
It was really during my last trip to NYC that I fully jumped on board the slogan tee train (if there is such a thing), and I’ve sorta been accumulating them ever since. This one from Whistles is the newest addition to my wardrobe; a purchase encouraged by the fact that I’d heard only good things about Whistles tees, and I figured, why not?. I will concede that from first impressions, they’re very soft to the touch and comfortable to wear – the jury is still out on how it’ll fare over time, which is always the ultimate test for my wardrobe staples. For a weekend look, I’m quite partial to how a simple tee can pare back a more dressy skirt. I decided to tuck it in for a day running some errands, and I think it would also look cute with this same outfit, worn knitted at the waist.

02 | asymmetrical hemline
My mum was never a fan on asymmetrical hanky hemlines, but I’ve always been drawn to them – they’re so much more dramatic than a more tailored silhouette, and the style moves beautifully as you walk. The one I’m wearing above is from Topshop (in yellow stripe here), and combined with the polka dot print, it’s a pretty playful take on a midi skirt. This has been one of my go-to wardrobe staples; it pairs well with practically everything, and the interesting hemline looks effortless dressed up or worn casually like I’ve done here.

03 | slingback flats
I’ve talked a lot about my style resolutions for 2018, one of which was to focus on wearing more flats. The pair I’ve probably reached for the most the last couple of weeks have been the editor slingbacks from Everlane; the style is classic and elegant, and they just seem to elevate even the most simplest of outfits.

Insta Stories Templates – Fashion & Beauty

insta stories template parisian wardrobe 
insta stories template minimal wardrobe 
insta stories template spring wardrobe

Today’s post is a little bit different to the usual; I’ve been feeling pretty inspired, and decided to create some really fun fashion and beauty insta stories templates, which you can save and share with your friends on Instagram. The above three insta stories templates are fashioned after my experience with capsule wardrobes, stripped back and refined to different elements of personal style. These were so much fun to create (I felt a little like Cher from Clueless), and I’ve really only scratched the surface with these outfit combination snapshots. These insta stories templates take a little bit of time to build out, but over the next week or so I’m hoping to also share the autumn wardrobe, the ‘fancy’ wardrobe, the vacation wardrobe, the workwear wardrobe, the ‘basics’ wardrobe and the preppy wardrobe. I’ve dropped links to all the items that I’ve featured in these templates below, alternatively you can shop them via my Like To Know It profile here.

Shop my Parisian Wardrobe:

Shop my Minimal Wardrobe:

Shop my Spring Wardrobe:

These next six insta stories templates are ones that I designed to get to know you guys a little bit better – and also to get a little bit of insight into some of your favourite products (so that I might be able to check them out myself…). If you do decide to share any of these templates on Instagram, I’d love it if you tagged me @mademoisellejaime so that I can check out your profile!

I’ve been on a little bit of a roll with creating these templates, so if you have a request for something specific, please let me know in the comments section below. Which template is your favourite? x

insta stories template fashion favourites 
insta stories template beauty favourites 
insta stories template get to know me
insta stories template would you rather style edition 
insta stories template style essentials 
insta stories template beauty essentials 

Outfit wearing pink trousers and a ruffle sleeve top

outfit wearing pink trousers
outfit wearing pink trousers
outfit wearing pink trousers
outfit wearing pink trousers

I’m usually a bit of a slow burner when it comes to adding any kind of trend piece into my wardrobe – while I love the thought of a wardrobe filled with really interesting garments, I’m also practical. I work a typical 9 to 5, and I’ve only got so much closet space, so I expect the clothes that I do own to do double time and where possible, fit in to both my work and ‘play’ style. So I guess I was a little surprised to find that I’d already gotten a head start on the pink trousers trend, with this punchy pair that I picked up from Topshop last year (they have a similar pair which you can find here). While I may not reach for these on a daily basis, they add a fun and playful element to my outfits, while still being a classic enough style to be appropriate for the office too.

Vero Moda ruffle sleeve top (also love this option, and this is cute), Topshop pink trousers (similar here), Everlane editor heels (similar), Celine trotteur bag (affordable option here), Mejuri editor hoops

I wore a pretty similar iteration of this outfit today, swapping out the pink trousers for a checked pair, and the heels for a fancy flat, as it’s such a simple but interesting combination for a more casual office environment (I’d probably stick to heels and add a blazer for a corporate office). I love to inject that little bit of personality into each of my outfits, and this one is a bit of a double whammy. I’ve got the ruffle sleeves – which is starting to become a real signature style for me – and then the vibrant pop of colour with the pink trousers. Even though there’s a lot going on visually, the pairing really just seems to work.

outfit wearing pink trousers
outfit wearing pink trousers
outfit wearing pink trousers
outfit wearing pink trousers

STYLING NOTES

01 | the ruffle sleeve: Because my outfits are typically pretty simple, I do enjoy throwing in the odd statement piece, as part of my look. As much as the trousers are a staple unto themselves, I feel like the peg leg silhouette is balanced out by the flirty ruffles of my ivory-coloured blouse from Vero Moda. I’ve been reaching for this top quite a bit recently as it’s a lovely lightweight piece which has lended itself well to our unseasonably warm autumn weather, and I think the ruffled sleeves are very eye-catching.

02 | ankle grazing trousers: At 5’8″, I guess I would be considered to be above average in the height stakes, but as I tend to carry a little more of my height in my torso, I’m always on the lookout for trousers that will give me #legsfordays. Ankle grazers are one of my tricks to make my legs visually appear longer. So, whenever I’m thinking of adding a new pair of trousers to my wardrobe, I’ll usually get them tailored so that the hem sits a couple of inches above my ankle. I’ve had this particular pair of trousers from Topshop for over a year now, and aside from how much I love this silhouette on me, I also really love the colour, which is a little more vibrant that I’d typically go for.

03 | camel + blush pink colour palette: I’m not sure if it’s the Jasmine Dowling effect, but I’ve started to develop a little bit of an obsession with the colour combination of blush pink and camel. It’s slightly earthy but still playful and fun, and somehow, it feels like a natural deviation for me. I kept it pretty subtle for this outfit, opting to inject that rich caramel hue through my shoes only, as opposed to the teddy-bear brown sweater I was planning to throw on with these trousers.

Everlane Cheeky Straight Leg Jean Review

everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit

My denim drawer has practically exploded over the last few months, as I’ve really made good on my resolution to try out more denim and experiment a little more with silhouettes in 2018. The latest addition of which is the Everlane Cheeky Straight Leg Jean, and you can bet that I absolutely jumped at the opportunity when the team at Everlane kindly reached out and asked if I’d like to give these a road test.

Wearing Brandy Melville stripe tee (old but this is a great alternative, and I love this one too), Everlane cheeky straight leg jean in bone, Charlotte Olympia shoes (similar more affordable style), Angti&Yang cycle bag (10% off with code ‘Jamie10’), Linjer watch, Pandora bracelet

The one thing that my wardrobe has been missing has been a good straight leg jean which is actually flattering, so I was pretty curious to see how these would stack up, given I’ve been looking for something quite specific. So, let’s get into the details….

QUICK FACTS

Price: $68USD
Available in four colours: Bone, Sky Blue, Faded Indigo Wash and Black
Made in: Bien Hoa, Vietnam
Fabric: 98% cotton and 2% elastane; premium 11oz Japanese denim
Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low

SIZE & FIT

SIZE: I’ve got a few pairs of jeans from Everlane now, so I feel like I have the sizing pretty much nailed down. For the cheeky straight leg jean, I stuck to my usual size of ’25’, and I’m glad I did. These have a slightly more generous fit than their skinny jean style; I’ve got a bit of room around the waistband which makes these pretty comfortable to wear (they don’t dig in at all), and I think I’d probably be pushing it if I were to try and size down to a ’24’. I opted for the ‘ankle’ length style, which comes up a couple of inches above my ankle – I find this is the most flattering length for my body shape, but if you wanted something a little longer (or you have a bit of height on me – I’m 5’8” for reference!), then they also come in a ‘regular’ leg length.

FIT: Everlane describes these as their ‘cheeky’ jean, and you know what, they’d be right. The placement of the pockets over the bum are slightly higher than on a standard pair of jeans, which has a lifting effect that is incredibly flattering – take my word for it. The jeans nip in at the waist, with a straight cut through the hip, and a naturally tapered line down to the ankle. Given the subtle tapered nature of the silhouette, these aren’t your traditional take on the straight leg jean – I’ve only got to take a look at the Levi’s Wedgie Jeans that I bought a couple months ago to see the difference. Aside from being fitted at the waist, these are slightly loose around the leg, though not so much that it feels like you’re wearing your boyfriend’s jeans.

everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit

QUALITY

FABRIC COMPOSITION: I find that Everlane denim  is incredibly consistent. The fabric of the Everlane Cheeky Straight Leg Jean feels just the same as the denim of my modern boyfriend jean, which I appreciate as I like being able to anticipate how my jeans are going to fit and feel. As per previous styles, the fabric is made up of 98% cotton and 2% elastane, which gives it a little bit of stretch.

DETAILS: The denim has a nice weight to it – great for transitional seasons like spring and autumn, and would also work well if you lived in a moderate climate with mild winter or summer weather. Initially, I’ve found that Everlane Denim starts off with a stiff quality to fabric which softens up and gives a little after a few hours of wear. I’m yet to try the indigo denim, but in my experience the mid-blue and bone washes are much more forgiving than the black denim, which seems to have a bit less elasticity to it.

In contrast to the kick crop jean, I like that the hem is ‘finished’, rather than being frayed (though that would be a nice option…). I find that it makes the jean feel a little bit more polished, something that I was looking for in this particular silhouette.

One thing I have noticed with the ‘bone’ wash, is that the fabric has a tendency to pick up pet hairs; the same goes for Everlane’s jet black denim, so it’s worth keeping in mind if you have a few pets at home, like we do – with a ragdoll, I have a hard time finding clothing that his fur doesn’t cling to. I also noticed when pulling this outfit together that the fabric isn’t completely opaque; you probably won’t be able to see from these pics, but the pairing of my black tee tucked into these jeans does show through – just – at the waistband. It’s not a deal breaker for me, but it is worth being mindful of.

STYLING TIPS

01 | Basic is best: One of my favourite wardrobe essentials of late has been the humble tee – it’s a styling item that you really can’t go wrong with, as it literally pairs well with everything. I wanted this outfit to be pretty minimal, so this black and white striped tee was the perfect accompaniment. It has a loose fit through the body, which creates a little bit of shape at the waist, where the jeans nip in.

02 | Dressed up with a heel: Basically my favourite styling tip when wanting to elevate a pair of jeans is a pointed toe heel. I wanted to create a little bit of contrast with this outfit, so I’ve worn a black suede pair from Charlotte Olympia, which have a gold low block heel. These are incredibly ladylike, and I think they work well with the more boyish silhouette of the straight leg jean.

03 | A statement bag: My final styling tip is a statement bag. Because I did keep all the other elements of my outfit so pared back, I felt like it was the perfect blank canvas to pair with this petrol blue bag from Angti&Yang (10% off with code ‘Jamie10’). This structural bucket bag makes a statement all on its own – from the rich colour, to the unique handle which works best when slung over your arm. Paired with a white and black outfit, the colour of this little cutie really pops!

everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit
everlane cheeky straight leg jean review and minimal outfit

FINAL VERDICT

So this is the fourth pair of jeans that I’ve owned from Everlane, and if I had to pick a favourite, it’d definitely be these every single time. I’ve been on the lookout for a really well cut straight leg jean; it’s something I’ve found a little difficult as most pairs I’ve tried have either run a little too long in the leg or just haven’t quite flattered me in all the right places, and alterations haven’t necessarily been an option.

I don’t really have too many complaints about these jeans; the placement of the pockets at the back is incredibly flattering, I’m really happy with the length, and they just feel like an easy pair of jeans to throw on. However, the ‘bone’ wash isn’t completely opaque which means they don’t team as well with darker tops as I’d like, and I did notice that the fabric loosened quite a bit in the legs and across the knee area with wear.

I’m still waiting for Everlane to come out with a medium-wash denim (something a little deeper and more neutral-toned than their classic blue wash), but I’m already thinking about snapping these up in the indigo wash as I think they’d make a good addition to my autumn wardrobe (not that I need anymore jeans right now…).

I’d love to know if you’re considering adding the Everlane Cheeky Straight Leg Jean to your wardrobe, and if you are, how you’d style them. Let me know in the comments section below! x