The cotton/linen shirt

minimal outfit wearing cotton linen shirt
minimal outfit wearing cotton linen shirt
minimal outfit wearing cotton linen shirt
minimal outfit wearing cotton linen shirt

Karen Walker linen shirt (similar, and I also love this style), J Brand skinny jeans (also here), Paul Andrew heels (flats here), Celine trotteur bag (more affordable option)

I thought I’d share a quick outfit to wrap up the weekend, featuring one of the newest additions to my wardrobe, a cotton/linen shirt I picked up second hand from eBay. Luke and I are currently on countdown for our long overdue honeymoon (we’ll be making our way there this time next week), and it’s safe to say that this rather oversized shirt will be getting a top spot in my suitcase – it’s lightweight, breathable, and will be the perfect coverup for days spent lazing in the sun.

How to Transition your Winter Wardrobe for Spring

transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle
transition winter wardrobe for spring mademoiselle

Frame Denim cable knit sweater (I adore this option and this is also a great alternative), J Crew denim skirt (also love this), MVN faux leather jacket (this one is cute too), Everlane chelsea boots, Celine trotteur bag (also here)

It might be spring but I’m not ready to pack away my boots and chunky knit sweater just yet, even if the thermostat topped out at 37 degrees celsius today (yep, that’s officially summer temps!). Where I can I try and make my wardrobe go the extra mile, whether it’s a work wardrobe staple that I also reach for in the weekend, or a summer dress that I can layer for winter, and the months between winter and summer tend to be no exception.

1. OPT FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET
Transitional pieces like a solid jacket – whether it’s a classic trench or a (faux) leather jacket like I’m wearing above – are a great staple to have to reach for. For the most part, the weather isn’t quite balmy enough to go without a jacket (at least not first thing in the morning!), so having a layering piece that is a little on the lighter side is always a great place to start. If the weather is a little warmer, like we’ve been experiencing in Sydney, an oversized blazer is also a great option.

2. MIX CABLE KNITS WITH MIDI HEMLINES
Rather than stash my winter knits out of reach, I’ll usually start pairing them with loose floaty midi skirts though they work just as well with a mini if that’s your preference. I find that this makes for a really chic and understated transitional look, that’s incredibly effortless to pull together.

3. TRY A CULOTTE INSTEAD OF A WOOL TROUSER
Don’t underestimate the power of the culotte – this has become a major wardrobe staple for me this past year. This is a great alternative to a pair of trousers as they have a lot of flow and movement, and I find they’re paired best when worn just as you would a midi skirt (for me that means usually with some block heels and a little cami).

4. PAIR WINTER BOOTS WITH SPRING DRESSES
Finally, don’t tuck away your boots just yet… knee high suede boots look really lovely when paired with a floaty spring dress, and the combination of a nice taupe or chestnut heeled bootie looks lovely with a lighter or mid-wash denim.

How do you transition your wardrobe from winter to spring? x

Slogan tee and an Oversized Denim Jacket

slogan tee denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit

Double Trouble t-shirt (similar), Topshop ruffle skirt (very similar option here and I also really like this one), Topshop denim jacket (this is also lovely!), Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (affordable option here), Celine trotteur bag (similar affordable here)

There’s two things that I can’t seem to get enough of lately; a basic slogan tee and this oversized denim jacket from Topshop. This past year, there’s been a gradual shift in my weekend wardrobe, from pleated skirts and slinky cami’s to mom-style denim and oversized knit sweaters, and hey, I’m not complaining. After giving my wardrobe an enormous overhaul back in May, one thing I’ve realised is that my lifestyle is a lot more relaxed than it has been previously, and more than anything, I’d love it if my closet reflected that of a nonchalant French girl (who always wears a bold red lip).

Surprisingly, it’s also seen my closet move into a more youthful direction; I’m less focused on wearing crisp tailoring, and more in tune with wearing flippy little mini skirts and my kitty flats with everything, especially as we transition into spring.

My fixation on the slogan tee has been reinvigorated in recent months – the one above from Double Trouble was a lovely gift from a meeting with Hop and Cotton (a skincare brand I’ll be talking about in an upcoming post…), and I just adore the subtlety of the petal pink embroidery on an all-white tee. It has a little bit of that 90s throwback, and being a kid of that era, it brings back all the best kinds of nostalgia (along with singing Spice Girls in my bedroom, and eating chocolate cake for breakfast).

The one thing you won’t see me switching up too much? The core colour palette of my wardrobe. While there might be the odd smattering of pink and blue, in addition to some more muted earthy tones such as khaki, there’s nothing I love more than my standard staple diet of black, white and grey.

Are there any style favourites that you haven’t been able to get enough of lately? x

Spring Wardrobe Essential: The Denim Jacket

spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit
spring wardrobe essential denim jacket mademoiselle minimal outfit

Everlane oversized poplin dress (I love this ladylike option too!), Topshp denim jacket, Charlotte Olympia kitty flats (affordable option here), Celine trotteur bag (similar more affordable style), Linjer watch

It’s not quite Spring yet, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about the key pieces I’ll be putting into regular rotation as soon as the weather warms up. Given we’ve been seeing the temperatures creep up into the 20s, I figured now was as good a time as any to start thinking about those spring wardrobe essentials.

I’ve been sticking to my no shopping diet (for the most part – I do have a rather spendy purchase to share with you all but more on that in an upcoming post… So instead of looking to inject some new spring-worthy items to refresh my closet, my plans are to remix what I already own, a thought which brings me a welcome comfort in knowing that I’ll get to pull out some of my favourite warmer wear workhorses.

My first spring wardrobe essential? A trusty denim jacket. The one I’m wearing above is a boyfriend style from Topshop which is the perfect mid-wash blue, with just the right amount of slouchiness, and I have a lighter wash cropped option from Atmos&Here which pairs well with fitted dresses and just about anything high waisted. Personally I love having those two options to choose from, depending on the kind of look I’m going for, though if blue washed denim isn’t your preference, I think a black denim jacket (like this one or also this one) makes for a great alternative.

One of my favourite ways to wear a denim jacket is simply with a white shirt dress – the one I’m wearing is from Everlane. It’s incredibly boxy, and has 3/4 length sleeves which look cute rolled up too. For the shoes, I opted for my trusty kitty flats from Charlotte Olympia (these are an excellent affordable dupe!!). I often fall back on these for relaxed weekend outfits as I know I can rely on them to not only look cute, but be super comfortable too. My bag is the trotteur bag from Celine; this is a relatively new addition to my wardrobe (I did an unboxing for it here), and it’s been perfect for weekends – I often tend to reach for this over all other options. Finally, my watch is the ‘classic’ from Linjer (I did a review on it here), which I adore for it’s inherent simplicity and lack of obvious branding, plus it’s a much daintier option than the other watches I own.

Is a denim jacket one of your spring wardrobe essentials, and how do you like to wear it? x

Breton Stripe Top & Military Jacket

mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket
mademoiselle outfit wearing breton stripe top army jacket

T by Alexander Wang stripe top, Willow leather skirt (old but this is a great faux option or I also really like this one), Workshop military jacket (I also love this jacket and this is a great affordable option), Everlane day heels (affordable here), Celine trotteur bag

Meet one of the latest additions to my wardrobe, the military inspired jacket. I snagged this at the end of last month during a lucky browse on the Workshop website; I’d stopped by their store while in Auckland, and after trying the jacket on I’d spent the next three weeks thinking about whether I’d made the right decision not to snap it up ‘in the moment’, and after spying that it was on sale, it felt too good an opportunity to pass up. Truthfully, it’s still a *little* too cold to be wearing this daily, although I’m looking forward to reaching for this a lot more often once spring rolls around.

I decided to pair the military jacket with three of my wardrobe staples: the mariniere, the leather skirt, and the day heels from Everlane (coincidentally, exactly what I was wearing when I tried the jacket on!). It’s a simple colour palette, which is elevated by the addition of the army green jacket, plus I love the juxtaposition of the more feminine silhouette with a more masculine jacket.

As it warms up, I’m planning to throw this on over my white shirt dress (also from Everlane), and with more casual outfits like a singlet and shorts, dressed up with a pair of heeled sandals. Again, it’s that idea of pairing a traditionally more masculine silhouette with outfits that have a largely feminine undertone – to me that’s the key to incorporating a military jacket into your wardrobe.