Wearing boyfriend jeans with a frill tee

everlane modern boyfriend jeans
everlane modern boyfriend jeans
everlane modern boyfriend jeans
everlane modern boyfriend jeans
everlane modern boyfriend jeans
everlane modern boyfriend jeans

Karen Walker frill top (old but similar here), Everlane modern boyfriend jeans (also here), Valentino tango pumps (also here), Chanel boy bag (affordable version here), RUBY earrings (I also love these)

We’re about mid-way through spring now, and I’m still getting a chance to flex those denim-wearing muscles, thanks to some pretty mild weather this weekend. So, I took the opportunity throw on the modern boyfriend jeans from Everlane, which I’ve been dying to road test since sharing my thoughts on their skinny jean earlier this week.

I’m not sure if it comes down to the wash you opt for, but the denim of the boyfriend jeans is soft and has a good amount of stretch to it, and also fits very differently too. Again, I opted for the size 25, though there’s some give at the waist, so if you are after a closer fit, definite go down a size. For me, I love my boyfriend jeans to be slightly loose throughout the leg, and have a decent enough length that I can roll them up (twice) at the ankle. For me, this is the most flattering fit – and the ankle cuff is a must have – as it helps to create some much needed shape and expose the narrowest part of the leg. Let’s just say, these are a huge winner for me, and it’s likely that this won’t be the last time you see me wearing them.

Perhaps the one thing I do find tricky about boyfriend denim, is styling, so I figured I would keep things pretty simple with a minimal colour palette, and some of my favourite accessories. For a casual lunch and a few drinks at the pub, I opted for this frill tee from Karen Walker, which I’ve had in my wardrobe for a good few years now. This is a staple piece in my wardrobe, as I love the dressed up take on the humble basic t-shirt. For shoes, I went for my Valentino tango pumps; I haven’t worn these much since the day heels from Everlane entered my life, but these have little details to them that I absolutely adore, from the slightly rounded almond toe, to the little panel that extends up the back of the leg. Finally, after investing in a Chanel boy bag a few months back, I’ve been making a real effort to start getting the cost-per-wear down, so it’s been my go-to bag for the weekend as it’s a little too small to fit all my office essentials. I love a good monochromatic look, and this fits the bill, while stepping *slightly* out of my usual creature comforts of an all black outfit.

The Evergreen Wardrobe

evergreen wardrobe
evergreen wardrobe
evergreen wardrobe

I’ve been refining my wardrobe for long enough now, that I’ve identified a pretty strong pattern of which pieces form the true foundations of my style. It’s not a top ten list of classic pieces everyone should own and it’s not a beginners guide to Parisian style (though the Parisian’s do have a certain je nais se quoi when it comes to style); it’s the pieces that I keep on repeat, and find myself coming back to year after year, season after season – essentially, what I would call my evergreen wardrobe.

Over the past seven years, I’ve found myself in a constant pattern of cutting back my wardrobe to the bare bones, only to find that eventually, it’s bounced back to the full fat version. And, I guess, what I’ve come to realise is that I really love fashion, and I love being involved in fashion – whether that’s trying out new trends, looking for a new piece that exceeds the quality and the fit of my wardrobe staples, or just generally buying an item that excites me.

If you’ve been a longtime follower of mine, this probably comes as no surprise. I’m pretty fickle when it comes to what sticks around in my wardrobe, and I’m not shy about opening up on my most recent wardrobe declutter, or a new purchase (or three) that I’ve picked up recently. Which is where my evergreen wardrobe comes into play…

So, what is an evergreen wardrobe?

An evergreen wardrobe is a collection of wardrobe workhorses that you keep reaching for, season upon season. For some, it might include wardrobe basics like a classic blazer or the humble white shirt, and for others, it may includes a pair of leopard print sandals and a peplum hem cami. It’s the items that are undeniably timeless in your own sense of the term; as I’ve said many times before (particularly when it comes to defining your personal style), this is going to look different for everyone.

What does my evergreen wardrobe look like?

I tend to think about my wardrobe in three categories; workwear, weekend wear, and evening wear. I work in a more casual and creative environment these days, so there does tend to be a little (or sometimes a lot) of crossover between what I consider my work or weekend staples, but for the purpose of identifying my core ‘evergreen’ wardrobe as it was, I thought it would be easier to break them out into separate categories.

WORKWEAR

A pair of classic ankle length trousers in black; I tend to go on about having a classic pair of black trousers for the office, but there’s a reason why. Whether I’m having a good day or a bad day, I know that I can throw a pair of trousers on, pair it with any top in my wardrobe and a simple pair of black pumps, and I’ll look good (and likely feel good in my outfit too!). There aren’t too many items in my wardrobe that make me feel that way, which is why a pair of trousers will always come out on top. My preferred go to are these from Uniqlo; not only are they affordable, they’re low maintenance, and they offer tailoring free of charge.

A ruffle sleeve blouse in a polka dot print; I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ve never met a polka dot I didn’t like. And, I pretty much tend to feel the same about ruffles. I have a beautiful white blouse with a black polka dot and feminine ruffled sleeves, which seems to always elevate an outfit. It adds a layer of femininity and effortless elegance to my work outfits – which more often than not can be quite pared back – and the polka dot print helps to break up my typically monochromatic looks. My go to is from Sussan (sold out unfortunately) but I really love this one as an alternative, and this is also a pretty gorgeous choice too.

A silk shell top; And preferably a printed silk shell top that can add some pizzazz to my outfit. My usual go-to is this one from Everlane, and it’s served me well since adding it to my wardrobe earlier this year (and withstood many cold wash cycles in the washing machine!). This is one of the few evergreen items that I find works all. year. round. In winter, I’ll pair it with a blazer or a cardigan, and in the summer, just worn simply as it is.

The Everlane day heel; If you’ve seen any of my outfit lookbooks or what I wear in a week videos, chances are, the day heel from Everlane has made a pretty strong appearance. I love the rounded toe, the incredibly supple leather, and the sturdy block heel – you can walk miles in these without getting a single blister. For reference, I’m an EU40 and I’m typically a US9.5 in Everlane shoes and these fit true to size.

WEEKEND WEAR

Slim fitting denim with a frayed hem; Who knew that I would be so drawn to denim with a frayed hem? After buying a pair of farleigh mom jeans from ASOS on a whim, I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s coming into summer here in Sydney now, so I don’t have quite as much reason to whip these out at the moment, but they were practically all I wanted to reach for every weekend during the cooler months (and I suspect it’ll stay that way next year…).

A white denim skirt; Chances are, you’ll be pretty familiar with my current favourite denim skirt from J Crew – it’s a white denim, with a frayed hem (again, see, I told you!) with a slim fitting silhouette. It’s a fresh take on the typical blue denim mini you see coming out during the warmer months, and being such a neutral and classic style, pairs well with absolutely everything, and has become one of those I-can’t-live-without-it pieces in my wardrobe.

A breton stripe top; This is one of those Parisian die-hard classics that I’ve had in my wardrobe for years. Like a good pair of worn in denim, a breton stripe goes with basically everything. I have two on rotation: one is a few years old now from T by Alexander Wang with a very loose fit throughout, and the other one is from Orcival, with a 3/4 length sleeve and a more tailored fit.

A denim jacket; Again, another good classic staple to have that goes with basically everything. My go to is this oversized boyfriend fitting mid-wash blue denim jacket from Topshop, which I’ve been finding very hard to avoid wearing as it’s such an easy piece to throw on.

An one shoulder top; I never really jumped on the off the shoulder trend, which still seems to be going strong, but I do have a certain soft spot for tops that sit on one shoulder. I bought an affordable black chiffon top from ASOS some time ago that has some ruffles and frills that allow it to blend really effortlessly for both day or evening looks. More recently, I found a more warm weather friendly option from Faithfull (also available in a striped version), which I got in anticipation of our upcoming summer vacations.

A good pair of black boots; Another style staple in my evergreen wardrobe are a nice pair of black boots. I’ve been wearing the Acne Jensen boots for a good couple of years now, and more recently, added the Everlane boss boot into the mix. Personally, I prefer the pair from Everlane as I think the exposed silver zipper adds an element of edginess to the boot, and they have a slightly higher heel.

EVENING WEAR

A little black dress; This might come across as a little cliche, but I have a handful of little black dresses that I know I can reach for all year round, if I’m heading out for a nice dinner, or have a special event like a wedding or a birthday to attend. My current favourite is from Bec & Bridge; it’s a slinky little number that’s fitted close to the body, with a rather sexy side slit, and buckle detail.

A pair of strappy sandals; Again, this is a little cliche, but I always feel like a pair of strappy sandals are my safest bet when heading for an evening out. Not only do they look refined and elegant, but the ankle strap means you avoid falling out of your shoe (which has happened to me before…). Always one for options, I have two pairs that I typically reach for: a black braided suede pair from Tibi, and a tobacco suede and white mesh option from Dear Frances.

Some final thoughts

For me, an evergreen wardrobe are those pieces that you continue to look forward to wearing, even when you’ve reached for it five days out of seven. It’s a way of looking at my wardrobe objectively, particularly when it comes to thinking about giving it a refresh as new seasons come and go, and knowing which styles I feel best in (and only seem to get better the more mileage they get). I suspect that I spent more time than most analysing the contents of my wardrobe; thinking about what is and isn’t working, and areas where I’d like to improve. It’s a simple fact that the perfect wardrobe does not exist. Our tastes and preferences change as we age, as we enter new stages in our lives, and as the circumstances around us shift. My wardrobe today looks considerably different to the way it looked 3 years ago, a result of changing the industry I work in, changing my priorities, and changing my lifestyle. It’s not reinventing the wheel by any stretch, but I like the way that this idea of an evergreen wardrobe has inspired me to approach my everyday style, my outfits, and I would imagine, my new wardrobe additions.

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#DamnGoodDenim | An Everlane Denim Review

Everlane Denim Review
Everlane Denim Review
Everlane Denim Review
Everlane Denim Review
Everlane Denim Review
Everlane Denim Review
Everlane Denim Review
Everlane Denim Review

J Crew polka dot tank (this one’s cute too!), Everlane mid rise ankle skinny jeans (also here), Everlane day heels, Chanel boy bag (affordable dupe), Daniel Wellington watch, Mademoiselle X Mejuri earrings

Everlane’s #DamnGoodDenim has been a long time in the making – six years in fact – as founder Michael Preysman was set on doing it right, and ensuring that the manufacturing processes lived up to their ethical standards; now that’s something I can get behind.

While denim forms the backbone of so many wardrobes (there is a reason it’s a wardrobe staple), the manufacturing process is incredibly water intensive, and it’s an industry whose processes can have some harmful effects on the environment. Taking on the challenge to source a factory that can produce denim in a clean and efficient way, Everlane’s denim is produced in a Vietnamese factory that recycles 98% of its water, and air dries its denim.

SIZING

After reading a few of the reviews on the site, I actually bought myself a pair of the mid rise ankle skinny jean in a size 26, before very kindly receiving the size 25 from Everlane the very next day, which was incredibly helpful as it allowed me to gauge which of the two sizes was a better fit. For reference, I generally wear a size 25 denim, and as my widest point is my hips and I have quite a narrow waist, I tend to favour denim which has at least a little bit of stretch to it. Everlane’s denim line by contrast has a rigidity to it that I haven’t encountered in years – it’s solid, sturdy denim that isn’t going anywhere. Of the two, I preferred the fit of the size 25, which you can see my wearing above. The size 26 slipped on pretty easily with breathing room in the legs, though I found on me they were loose at the waist, whereas the fit of the size 25 was a little more snug (something I think is a must for a slim fitting jean) and fit me perfectly at the waist. It’s worth noting that while the denim will relax slightly with wear, these aren’t jeans with any stretch so if in doubt, you’re probably best to size up. The other thing I think worth noting is that I do find that the fabric bunches up a little around my knees which does remove the aesthetics of having a streamlined silhouette.

Given my height (5’8″ or 172cm) my legs aren’t even what I would call deceptively short. I have a longer torso so often find myself opting for a shorter leg length when I comes to trousers or denim. Keeping this in mind, I decided to go for the ankle length in the mid-rise skinny style, which I actually prefer rolled up once to show a little bit of skin just above the ankle. This is a great length for me, however I know there’s a lot of petite girls out there who might find the leg length a little on the long side, so if you aren’t up for either cuffing or hemming your jeans, then these probably aren’t for you. The other thing I’ve found is that The ankle opening on the size 25 is a little narrow (particularly for my size EU40 feet) – not a deal breaker by any means but it can make getting them off at the end of a long day a little bit of a challenge.

QUALITY

As with most things I’ve purchased from Everlane, the quality is there. The denim might not be to everyone’s liking (I do love my denim to come with a nice side of elastane…), but it’s thick, sturdy, and doesn’t pull at the seams. When pulling the jeans on, I don’t feel like the belt loops are about to pull off (trust me when I say this has happened to me many times before), and they have enough give in the fabric to sit down comfortably without feeling like the waistband is digging in to you. I can be a little fussy when it comes to blue wash denim especially when trying to judge the colour online, so I went for ‘stay black’, which comes off as a true black hue – something which is worth noting can be incredibly hard to pull off.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As excited as I was (and still am!) about this launch, my overall thoughts are that while I do like these jeans, I don’t love them, which I think can be make or break if you’re considering buying some new denim. The things I do love? Everlane’s commitment to producing denim in a clean and ethical manner, something I wish we’d see more of, and the focus on just a few key styles, of which I do think that there’s something for everyone. Speaking to the quality of the denim, these are jeans that feel like they’re going to last y-e-a-r-s, and while I can’t see them loosening up like my favourite pair of ASOS mom jeans after a couple of wears, I do anticipate that the fabric will soften over time and wear. I guess what I’m saying is that I’d liken it a little bit to raw denim.

I may have had my fair share of black skinnies in my time, but since moving to Sydney it’s been one of the areas in my wardrobe where there’s been a bit of a gap. Safe to say, that I’ll be reaching for these a bit, especially once Autumn comes back around in 2018, as they’re such an effortless piece that pairs well not only with a jazzy polka dot top like above, but with crisp white shirts, silk cami’s, or a simple breton and classic trench combo. And, if you’re still on the fence, but in dire need of some autumn/winter wardrobe essentials, then make sure you check out Everlane’s $100 cashmere – almost four years on and it’s still the number one item that I recommend to anyone thinking of investing a little in their closet.

Now of course, I do actually have a second pair of Everlane denim to share with you in the coming weeks; the modern boyfriend jean in bone. Unlike the jet black skinny, these have a little more give to them, and are more relaxed in fit (as you’d expect from a boyfriend jean), so keep your eyes out in the coming weeks for my thoughts on these… xx

Lust list: Aquazzura Amazon Sandals

aquazurra amazon sandals
aquazurra amazon sandals

Currently on my ‘lust list’? A pair of Aquazzura Amazon sandals. I tend to focus on the basics when it comes to pulling together an outfit, so I’ll often rely on a pair of shoes to step things up a notch – and these do exactly that. I’ve had my eye on these strappy (and incredibly sexy) beauties for a couple of years now, but given I tend to spent about 99% of my days wearing a mid block heel, they’ve never quite seemed to fit my lifestyle in an overly huge way. And then of course there’s that eye-watering price tag… So, while I save my pennies, I’ll be keeping my eye on The Real Real for a pre-loved pair that won’t necessarily break the bank.

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Everlane Boss Boot Review

everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review
everlane boss boot review

T by Alexander Wang stripe top, ASOS mom jeans, Isabel Marant blazer (also here), Everlane boss boot in black pebbled leather, Daniel Wellington watch (or also here)

From the get go, I knew the launch for the Everlane boss boot was one that I wasn’t going to miss – even if boot season in Australia is almost over for the next six months. I’m always on the hunt for high quality wardrobe classics that pack a punch but don’t necessarily break the bank, and on first impressions, these boots hit the nail on the head with their simple yet strong design, right down to the pointed toe, classic silver zipper pull and block heel in a lush pebbled leather. Safe to say, I was pretty quick to pull the trigger… I mean, to quote Everlane directly, ‘it’s a boot that means business’, and boy does it mean business.

Since getting my hands on these boots, I’ve been putting them to the test, and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the quality, comfort, and fit, in addition to a comparison between the Everlane boss boot and the Acne Studios jensen boot, for those curious on how they fare in terms of quality and design to their more expensive counterpart.

QUALITY

When it comes to quality footwear, Everlane always seem to come to the party. I tend to play favourites a lot when it comes to my shoes, and Everlane generally tends to come out on top (I’m a sucker for their day heels), and this latest launch looks to be no exception. Crafted from 100% Italian leather, the Everlane boss boot is made in a Florentine factory that has a long history of manufacturing high quality leather shoes. And boy, are these lovely. The leather has a nice pebbled grain to it, and while malleable, has a decent structure to it, which I can only imagine will soften and age beautifully over time. The zipper has a stiffness to it which narrows in at the ankle, and the 2 inch block heel adds a decent amount of height, while still remaining comfortable to run around in all day. There’s also a little pull tab at the back of the shoe to help with pulling the boots onto your foot. The sole is thick enough that it should last at least a full autumn/winter season or two before needing to be resoled, and perhaps the only major element of wear that I can foresee is a bit of creasing across the toe, and around the opening at the ankle.

COMFORT & FIT

There’s no hiding the fact that it’s summer in Sydney, so it’s not exactly boot weather, but I’ve taken to wearing these at every opportunity to break them in. As mentioned earlier, the leather does have a sturdiness to it, however it’s not as stiff as the leather on Everlane’s modern loafer or chelsea boot; two pairs of shoes which require a little bit of patience to break in (thought it’s totally worth it when you do!). If I had to put the ‘suppleness’ of the leather on a scale, I’d put it somewhere right in between the day heel and the chelsea boot; it has a little bit of a Goldilocks element… the suppleness of the leather is just right.

When it comes to sizing, these are true to size; I’m almost always an EU40 in designer or European-crafted shoes, which translates to a US9.5 in Everlane footwear (and the size I opted for). Fresh out the box these fit snug across the foot, with room at the toe. It’s worth noting that I do have quite a wide foot and I don’t experience any pinching when wearing the boss boot.

EVERLANE’S BOSS BOOT VS. ACNE STUDIOS’ JENSEN BOOT

I’ve had a lot of questions in the past asking me to compare Everlane’s heeled chelsea boot with the jensen boot from Acne Studios, but honestly, I’ve always felt like there were more differences than similarities. But the Everlane Boss Boot? A serious contender and a much more affordable option, if the silhouette and style of the Acne jensens are up your alley.

I’ve said this a few times now in many of my videos, but after owning the Acne jensen boots for a couple of years, I’m not quite convinced that you need to spend $550+ on a pair of classic black boot. When it comes to my wardrobe, I tackle new purchases in pursuit of quality, and as I’ve occasionally come to find, sometimes it isn’t always worth throwing money at a designer piece, particularly when you can get the same or similar look for much less (like these).

So back to the Boss Boots; how do they stack up against the jensens? I’ve had my Acne jensen boots for two years now and in that time, I’ve had them resoled twice as the heel has worn down and the sole at the toe split as a result of repeated wear. There are scuff marks on the inner side of the shoe where I’ve knocked my feet together a little to aggressively, and the boot has lost a considerable amount of structure. The elastic on each side has retained its integrity – they can be a bit of a stretch to pull on. Safe to say, they feel and look worn, yet they’re probably one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes that I own.

While I’d want to be able to wear these for at least a full winter season before making a final conclusion, I have a few initial impressions that I want to share – and I will try to update this as time goes on. The leather on the Everlane boss boot has a little more structure to it, which makes me conclude that these are more likely to hold their shape over time (though they might never feel like wearing a pair of slippers on the daily, like the jensens do!). The heel is slightly more substantial, which should be taken into consideration if that’s a deal breaker for you (I find it to be pretty comfortable though). The one key difference between the two pairs of boots is the silver zipper closure on the Everlane boss boot; this is something that I absolutely adore – it adds an edgy feel and I’m sucker for silver hardware – and I think it’s again a detail that will help the boot to retain the integrity of its shape over time, even after the leather has moulded to the shape of your foot.

FINAL THOUGHTS?

The Everlane boss boot is a strong new addition to the brand’s growing footwear range, and one that is certainly worth taking a second look at if you’re in need of a pair of winter boots. While I do think that some lines of shoes from Everlane tend to run on the narrower side, these boots not only seem to cater for girls with wider feet, but the mildly structured leather is a welcome reprieve. Excellent quality, brilliant design, and a pretty reasonable price point – there’s not much more a girl could ask for!