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.

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.

My best second hand purchases

Hope Grand Sweater

I think I can categorically say that for many years I spent just as much time browsing eBay as I spent checking my emails (read: a lot). Defining my style and exploring new designers which weren’t readily available in New Zealand, eBay was the #1 destination where I would stumble across a bargain second hand buy, or investment purchase for (much) less. These days, I’m more like to browse The Real Real – mostly down to the fact that they have a return policy – but one thing still remains true; I love a good second hand purchase. It’s that thrill of the hunt, and the best finds always turn up when you least expect them, and honestly, it can often be much more rewarding that buying something brand new. I’ve had my fair share of gems, as well as complete duds over the years, so I thought I’d share and reflect on some of my best second hand purchases to date.

HOPE GRAND SWEATER

Of all the knitwear I have stashed in my drawers, the grand sweater from Hope makes the biggest statement. It’s not hard to see why; the apricot hue, luxe waffle knit, and general oversized nature are what drew me to it in the first place. Mine was a lucky find on eBay, a good fraction of the RRP, and a good investment considering this is a staple style from HOPE – if you’re after one of your own, you can find it here or here, alternatively this option from Everlane is a little kinder on the wallet. I typically tend to enjoy wearing this with milky tones: cream denim, white pleated skirts, or layered over a midi dress. Sizing wise, it’s a large fit. I nabbed it in a EU36 which is the equivalent of an AU8, but you could easily size down if you didn’t want it to be quite so baggy. The only downside is laundering this sweater; you have to do it by hand, then lay it flat to avoid it from becoming misshapen. Hasn’t stopped me from reaching for this sweater whenever it gets chilly though!

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KAREN WALKER FRILL TOP

There are a few items in my closet that I spent years trying to track down – no exaggeration – and this simple frill top was one of them. Hailing from my favourite Karen Walker collection to date, ‘The Believers’, I’ve always been drawn to the combination of the sheer floral patterned silk, keyhole detail and frill hem. This is a good ten years old now, and while it looks a little weathered and worse for wear, I can’t help but love it all the same. A wardrobe addition that was truly years in the making, it’s one that I know I’ll continue to cherish for years to come. If you’d like to see this piece in action (as I can’t seem to find a snap of it on…), I featured it in my Summer 2016/2017 Wardrobe Lookbook which you can watch here.

Willow Leather Skirt

WILLOW LEATHER SKIRT

I knew I wanted a leather skirt from Willow just weeks into starting a job at David Jones. During my lunch breaks, I’d take the lift down to level 2, and make a mental note of all the ‘investment pieces’ I’d love to add to my wardrobe (Celine cashmere… anyone?). But somehow, I managed to leave that job without the leather skirt of my dreams, and shortly after, Willow become defunct, dashing any chances of buying one of their iconic a-line leather skirts brand new. But, luck has been on my side and I’ve found not one, but two of the old Willow leather skirts on eBay, a simple silhouette which has become something of a uniform for me, particularly during these cold winter months.

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Valentino Tango Pump

THE VALENTINO TANGO PUMP

I bought these almost two years ago now from The Real Real, after stumbling across a pair in my size, like new with rubber soles applied. These cost a pretty penny when buying brand new (the beige patent is lovely though…), so as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance to score these at more than half off. They’ve turned out to be a real wardrobe staple, a shoe that I know I can rely on to make any outfit look chic. And even though they’re on the narrow side, I don’t find them to bring too much discomfort to my wide feet – at least no more than other shoes! In terms of quality, they really are exceptional and have held up well, despite being worn many times on my daily trek to and from the office.

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Lover Wiccan Lace Midi Dress

LOVER THE LABEL WICCAN MIDI DRESS

The final second hand purchase I wanted to mention is one which I hunted on eBay for seven years. Seven. I first became obsessed with Australian label Lover at 17; aside from Karen Walker it was one of the few brands whose collections I would pore over, season after season, and still all these years on, their ‘Black Magick’ collection seems to have made a lasting impression on me. I finally managed to track down this dress via eBay in my size, at the start of this year, and have been saving it for those special occasions. The same French lace as my wedding dress, it’s as delicate as it looks, and miles more beautiful in person. I suppose good things really do come to those who wait… x

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Blush obsession

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

J Crew sweater (similar option here), Karen Walker skirt (old but this is very similar), Wilson Trollope globe coat* (also adore the cream, and the black is a great staple), ASOS scarf (if you love millennial pink then this will be up your alley), Paul Andrew heels (flats available here), Mademoiselle X Mejuri earrings, 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag (also here), Astrid & Miyu ring

It’s a good month into winter now, but give me a little bit of sunshine (and temperatures over 17 degrees celsius), and you can bet that I’ll be finding a way to bare my legs, even if it means bundling up big on top. In a bid to get out of my preoccupation with all things black, I’ve been making the most of everything blush-toned in my closet, and this beautiful cocoon coat from Wilson Trollope in the haze pink has been no exception – plus did I mention it was designed by my old high school friend, Annabelle Wilson? (and this beauty was made in New Zealand – got to love supporting local industry!).

I went for a more tonal outfit over the weekend; a combination of beige, blush and burgundy – a pairing that seems to work so effortlessly, though this coat is also right at home with the usual suspects, whether that’s a charcoal grey hued knit sweater or a black and white breton striped dress. The thing I love most? The exaggerated drop shoulders that skims the silhouette, and the subtle standing collar. It’s those little details which really make a difference, and elevate this wardrobe classic.

wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit
wilson trollope globe coat pink outfit

Aside from the coat (and a sneaky new shoe purchase…), this outfit is made up of old favourites; items in my closet which have really withstood the test of time – and if you’ve been a long time reader of my blog then you’ll know by now that I’m constantly scouting out for wardrobe workhorses that will stand the test of time. More often than not, this means the classics, with a little bit of a modern twist.

What are your winter wardrobe favourites?

How to transition your summer dresses to fall & winter

how to transition summer dresses for fall
how to transition summer dresses for fall

Karen Walker dress, Kate Sylvester skivvy (this is a great alternative!)

While I’ve parted with my fair share of summer dresses since first starting the wardrobe cull, those I do have, I love enough to want to be reaching for them all. year. round. But backless dresses, cut outs and bare legs are far from the first thing that comes to mind when planning my winter wardrobe.

We’re lucky to have relatively mild winters here in Sydney, but for those dresses that I’m not quite ready to retire during the colder months, I’ve taken to layering, to make them go the extra mile.

A thick sweater loosely thrown over the top of a dress (cinched in with a belt) or a sleek skivvy worn underneath basically e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, plus a pair of opaque black tights for good measure. It’s a fail safe that’s seen me through the last two winters, and works just as well with a dress that is cut close to the body as it does with one that’s a loose fit.

Given I’m one for a wardrobe that sits on the more discreet side of the fence than one that’s loud and proud, I make a rule of tucking away anything that isn’t navy, dark grey or black for warmer days – a white floral dress will always look better with sun kissed skin and bare legs than it will with a skivvy and tights.

My go to has been a black semi fitted skivvy from Kate Sylvester that I nabbed in the sale a couple years back, but Everlane and Uniqlo have some great options for those of you on the lookout; because trust me when I say, a little layering goes a long way.