Investing in the basics

Isabel Marant top & skirt, Alexander Wang kori oxords, Proenza Schouler PS11 bag, Juliet & Company necklace

After once again doing a rather substantial wardrobe cull, I’ve come to really appreciate the basics, which form the foundation of my wardrobe as I find myself increasingly drawn to the beauty of simplicity. I’m no stranger to investing in key pieces, although sometimes in the past have found myself investing in the wrong pieces. This year, I’ve focused more on the basics, spending that little bit more on a simple t-shirt that is just right, or a pair of flat ankle boots that I can run around in with ease, or the skirt which can be made appropriate for any occasion.

Or, I’ve found myself looking for a basic with a twist – like this matching top and skirt from Isabel Marant. Three-quarter length sleeves and padded shoulders add an air of difference to what would otherwise be a plain woolen top. The crossover and side drape detail of the skirt adds an interesting element as well as a bit of volume, making it unique in comparison to the rest of my skirts.

Finished off my weekend with a hot spiced apple tea from Baobab and a surprise birthday dinner for one of my besties – sometimes the best presents are the ones that you least expect. Hope you’re all having a great start to your week!


  1. Lady ร  la mode November 19, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    Beautiful and simple outfit! I think it’s important to invest in things you will be able to wear repeatedly, are seasonless and make you happy! Everything in this look I can definitely see you wearing over and over – which is good!


  2. steph November 20, 2012 / 12:37 am

    love the skirt and top and i can imagine they are very versatile pieces on their own too. loving all the small details, down to the little notch in your shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rachelle November 19, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    I usually look at pictures then read the post, and I was thinking how your style reminds of Isabel Marant. And sure enough when i read the post you are wearing her, you could be her muse, you even look a little like her.
    PS: I love the pic where you’re smiling the most.

  4. miss sophie November 19, 2012 / 8:41 pm

    you look gorgeous, and i love how you do an all-black look while keeping the textures interesting. this post also reminds me that i need to get myself some sheerish black tights! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sue November 19, 2012 / 9:00 pm

    I agree with Rachelle – you look lovely when you laugh. And I agree with Miss Sophie – in that this dark outfit has been lifted by details in the textures and the cut. I like it a lot.

  6. Theresa November 19, 2012 / 10:06 pm

    You have an absolutely beautiful smile sweetie and you look so chic in this all dark-tone look! I’ve always loved those Wang oxfords and really like how they’re classic but with a twist due to that cool heel. I totally feel you on the investing in basics things because they’re always the pieces that you’ll have for like forever! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Fifth n Sixth November 19, 2012 / 10:55 pm

    I love the top & skirt, I actually thought it was a dress..I like the effortless way you styled it with the cool shoes, you look great!

  8. Indi C November 19, 2012 / 11:09 pm

    That outfit is gorgeous, actually looks like a dress rather than skirt and top.

    How do you find the fashion in NZ? I have been to NZ many times and all my Kiwi friends dress VERY casual. When I worked in Auckland for a few months on secondment, I couldn’t find anything I liked in the shops.

  9. nyuu November 20, 2012 / 4:20 pm

    I think having key pieces are the fun part of dressing up ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m trying to focus on the basic and simple things, tooโ€ฆ.but bad habits die hard ๐Ÿ™

    I like your whole outfit. It’s simple, but alluring at the same time. I like the key pieces here, too. If only I can look as elegant as you ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. lolitek November 20, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    it’s so simple but looks so good!

  11. Ashleigh November 20, 2012 / 6:10 am

    Oh I thought this was a dress – even better that it’s a two piece you’ve made to look like one! I’m head over heels in love with this outfit, love it all combined with the tights and the boots. It’s definitely worth investing in higher priced basics – I’ve learnt that recently too ๐Ÿ™‚ xo

    poison in a beautiful bottle

  12. Izzy November 20, 2012 / 6:19 am

    beautiful simple and elegant outfit. love your use of greys and blacks! <3

  13. rachel November 20, 2012 / 8:50 am

    wow that skirt and top were made for each other! love the subtle shoulders, so chic x

  14. Sissy November 20, 2012 / 8:55 am

    You look absolutely stunning *_*
    I love, how you can turn a simple outfit in something special ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Maria November 20, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Such a beautiful smile and no wonder with such a lovely outfit!

    Maria xxx

  16. respect the shoes November 20, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    I think I already told you that I love those boots – but I love those boots!

  17. Syed November 20, 2012 / 6:53 pm

    Totally thought that was a dress for a second, looks darn cool ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. jiye November 20, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    First time here and love it! You have like every Alexander Wang and Proenza bag I’ve ever wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the styling too!

    xoxo, jiye

  19. Bree November 21, 2012 / 4:37 am

    such a lovely outfit! Adore the simple colours with the statement necklace, lovely!

  20. Michelle November 21, 2012 / 6:08 pm

    Very pretty outfit, love that necklace.

    Happy (early) Thanksgiving!!

    xo Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

  21. Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies November 21, 2012 / 8:53 pm

    I adore this outfit on you. I thought of you when I found these IM skirts at a store. I wish I could pull it off the way you did here but oh well….live and learn.

  22. stefania November 22, 2012 / 9:04 am

    love the shoes soooo much!

  23. Kelly November 22, 2012 / 8:45 pm

    Love your blog and all that outfit!
    Would you like to follow eachother on Bloglovin’ & GFC? Check out my blog and let me know, I’ll follow straight back!
    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  24. stylish with a budget November 25, 2012 / 4:01 am

    the dress looks amazing on you….the necklace is such a great way to accessorize the dress…

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