The relaxed winter capsule wardrobe

minimal capsule wardrobe scandinavian style
minimal capsule wardrobe scandinavian style

Since I’ve been on a bit of an unofficial shopping ban for the better part of this year, my attitude to capsule wardrobes, and minimalism (to an extent – but that’s another story for another day) has really shifted. I’ve embraced the idea of living with less, and how effortless getting ready each morning becomes with a carefully edited selection of pieces.

I felt much less inclined to stick to the foundations of Project 333 for winter, instead taking a much more different approach to my capsule this season. My focus turned more to the core pieces that I was planning to wear this winter, my preferred colour palette (which will come as little surprise…) and the proportions my outfits would be based on. There are some stripes, a few merino knit sweaters, loose flowing midi skirts, cropped woollen trousers and a cocooned raw wool coat. The palette is just what you’d expect from me; black, white, and every shade of grey in between, with a little bit of camel thrown in for good measure.

So I thought I’d put together a quick and fun video sharing with you all the foundations of my winter wardrobe – for those of you wondering how a languid flowing almost-mini-dress has made the cut, think a very thick pair of opaque stockings and some Uniqlo heat tech for good measure.

I will be fleshing it out a little as needed, but I’m quickly learning just how much a creature of habit I can truly be.

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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….

Acne mape black leather jacket

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


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

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

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…

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Pulling out florals

Ashley Fogel jumper, Acne skirt, Witchery silver ballet flats, Mimco starlight necklace, Marc by Marc Jacobs katie bracelet, Karen Walker sunglasses

I’ve currently been loving the look of a pale grey jersey paired with soft prints of any description, florals in particular. It’s almost like an ode to Spring, with nods to the omnipresent pastel trend that seems to appear in stores this time of year, and a softer palette that is a reflection of the warmer days that come along with the season. I get that this is about as new as sliced bread, but it never ceases to fascinate me how a certain style will coincide with a particular season, year after year. The predictability of it all is comforting in the most unusual of ways.

Black on black

Ashley Fogel top, Kate Sylvester skirt, Karen Walker blazer (similar), Topshop loafers

Black on Black. A reader asked me on Formspring if I would mind doing an outfit post wearing my new purchase from Kate Sylvester, which as luck would have it, I had planned on wearing today. I had initially tried this on about a month back, but was slightly in between sizes so decided to come back another time. Good thing I waited, as I managed to snap it up 50% off.

While wearing all black can sometimes come off as seeming a bit morbid, it’s come to be known as the Wellington uniform. Having grown up in this city, reaching for black in the morning to pull together an outfit is a sub-conscious act more than anything. Okay, well, I’m off to finish packing my suitcase, one more sleep!!


Counting down

Ashley Fogel blouse, T by Alexander Wang cardigan, Topshop skinny jeans, Vintage boots (similar), Witchery leopard belt (similar), Marc by Marc Jacobs bag

The countdown until Europe is now well and truly on. At this time in two weeks I’ll be jetting across the sky making my way to London, so it’s only natural that the excitement is starting to set in. With that in mind, and my Dad visiting from Australia this week, much of the weekend was spent out with friends for a couple of dinners and kareoke.

I wore this on Saturday, and shortly after taking these photos, a heavy downpour started, giving you an idea of the type of weather we’ve been having lately. Seemed a bit odd with the rain battering the windows last night to be trying on my planned travel wardrobe, pale legs in tow. It might be just a little too organised, but I find it’s better to plan and allow for last minute additions, rather than throw everything in a suitcase while scrambling to get ready the night before, or the day of travelling.