Breton Stripe Top + a Blazer

minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle
minimal outfit breton stripe top and blazer mademoiselle

Orcival stripe top, Pimkie blazer (love this alternative), RUBY skirt (love this indigo skirt or else this is a cute affordable option), Everlane day heels, Phillip Lim pashli bag (also here), Daniel Wellington watch

This outfit from the other week combines a few of my favourite things; stripes, a-line skirts, the day heels from Everlane (seriously do I wear anything else?!), a mini bag and a blazer. In some ways, it’s a little bit of a throwback to the kinds of outfits I was wearing a few years ago, when blazers were my ultimate jam, paired with basically everything and a killer heel to match. These days, the heels might be a little lower, and the rest of the outfit a touch more classic than I used to wear, but the bones of the style ‘recipe’ are still there.

The key piece that I’ve found myself reaching for a lot more frequently as of late has been a classic blazer. After shifting from a corporate industry to a more creative environment with a much more relaxed dress code, I’ve had less of a reason to wear a blazer to the office, and given I spend most weekends pottering about at home, even less to wear them during my days off. But, I’ve been feeling a little bit inspired to start throwing them on with little mini dresses and denim shorts, as I love the juxtaposition between the tailored suiting and effortlessly casual vibes. I’ve been on the lookout for a couple of more oversized or double breasted blazers which I think will be good to have in the mix, for a balmy summer soiree or even as a jacket option for 2018, once we start heading back into autumn. Can you tell I plan ahead?

What I love most about this outfit is the fact that it can do double duty. I’ve probably said this about a million times now, but I work in a pretty relaxed environment, which means a simple combo like this with a pair of heels is the perfect number to whip out during the working week. That said, it’s also the kind of thing that can work for an ‘off-duty’ or weekend look, perhaps with a pair of ballet flats switched in for running around in.

Winter Uniform #2

mademoiselle minimal winter uniform

Assembly Label sweater (it also comes in black), Blank NYC skinny jeans (also available here), Senso flats (they also come in black), 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag (also here), Linjer watch, Astrid & Miyu zodiac rings, Go-To Skincare Super Handy hand cream

I shared a quick round up of some of my winter favourites a few weeks back; equally as simple but at the other end of the colour wheel, is this peachy and milky-toned outfit. Again, I’m all about anything easy, and during the weekend, a sweater with a great pair of jeans is generally the first thing that I’ll reach for.

I’ve absolutely fallen in love with these skinny jeans from Blank NYC; the denim is thick and has incredibly stretch, making them an absolute dream to wear, plus the lace up fastening is so unlike anything else that I already own.

What really makes this whole outfit is the dusky apricot ‘form’ knit sweater from Assembly Label. At least 99% of the outfits I tend to share are monochromatic or have a little bit of denim, and I feel like this helps to break up the – perceived – monotony somewhat, plus it looks cute tucked into a pair of high waisted jeans.

And then there are the shoes… I bought them on a total whim in a bid to have a muted yet dressed up pair of flats that would work for both weekends, and for the office, and these completely fit the bill. The elastic at the heel does take a little bit of breaking in but I love the way that these look with denim and with calf grazing midi skirts. They also come in classic black; it probably goes without saying that these are incredibly tempting, and I think they would be perfect paired with a cocktail dress for an understated elegance a la Grace Kelly.

Weekend wardrobe staples

mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit
mademoiselle weekend wardrobe staples wearing minimal outfit

Brandy Melville t-shirt (old but I love this option), To Sir with Love cashmere cardigan (old but alternative here or affordable here), ASOS mom jeans (alternative here), Paul Andrew heels (flats version here), 3.1 by Phillip Lim mini pashli bag

If you’d asked me what my weekend wardrobe staples were ten years ago, I probably would have said a silk blouse, bell skirt, blazer and a pair of platform heels. Not quite the most practical for quiet weekends at home… These days, I’ve definitely calmed down a bit from the polish I tried to exude in my very early twenties; besides, I think I’d have a tough time tottering around the house in platforms while we have a pretty exuberant pup on our hands.

My weekend wardrobe is still a far cry from sweaters and cashmere leggings (even if that does sound pretty cosy…), though it’s close enough. Soft t-shirts that feel like a dream to wear, high-waisted cropped jeans with frayed hems, oversized cloud-like cashmere jumpers, and a jazzy pair of shoes.

This look is from the weekend just past – an easy go-to that I’ve been reaching for when I don’t know what to wear. The tee is an oldie but a goodie from Brandy Melville. While I’m still skeptical about their ‘one size fits all’ approach, I do have a huge love for their t-shirts. They’re ultra soft, wish pretty well (though the side seams do sometimes twist a little), and they are incredibly affordable.

The jeans are my current favourite pair from ASOS; I adore these so much that I picked up the clean edged pair too, though I find myself gravitating to the undone nature that the frayed hems have. They also come in a black wash too which would also be a great wardrobe staple.

The cardigan is from the now defunct label ‘To Sir With Love’. The brand used to be available at Karen Walker, and they produced some of the softest, marshmallow soft cashmere you could imagine. I actually bought this off one of my girlfriends, and it’s turned out to be one of my favourite new additions I’ve made to my wardrobe this year – it is perfectly balanced by the more streamlined silhouette of the tee tucked into jeans, and combining it with a pair of heels helps to dress it up a notch.

Finally let’s talk about those heels. These were a part of my recent wardrobe overhaul, and while I admittedly wouldn’t spent all weekend dashing around in them, they have been a welcome addition to my wardrobe and a pair of shoes I foresee myself getting a lot of wear from as the weather warms up. FYI they fit true to size – I opted for the EU40 and they are snug on the heel, and very comfortable across the toe.

Do you have any weekend wardrobe staples you can’t be without? x

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?

Trend alert: Grommet details

trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit
trend grommet minimal outfit

Zara black vest with grommet detail (similar here and also love this one), Kate Sylvester skivvy (similar here and also here), J Crew trousers, Tibi shoes, Linjer watch, ASOS sunglasses, 3.1 by Phillip Lim pashli satchel (also here)

One thing I’ve been seeing a lot of lately are grommet details; those oversized eyelets you see at the top of the vest that I’m wearing here, from Zara. Call it a bit of a micro-trend if you will, but I’ve been completely into it, and the subtle layer of detail that it adds to an otherwise basic sleeveless longline blazer (mine is a lucky find from Zara). Mostly, I’ve seen it on swimwear (Mara Hoffman’s swimsuits are just gorgeous!), and on the hip of skirts like this one, adding an edgy element to simple silhouettes.

I decided to go for an all black look, which seems to mostly be my color palette of choice now that the weather has cool down. I threw the vest over a simple merino wool skivvy – mine is a few seasons old but this one from Uniqlo is an excellent alternative – some fitted trousers, and a strappy sandal.

By the way, if you’re thinking of picking up a pair of J Crew’s martie pants, I’d consider sizing down as with most things that I’ve bought from there, I’ve found that they run on the larger side. For reference I’m wearing mine in a size 00, and I’m typically a 24 or 25 in jeans depending on the brand (talk about vanity sizing, right?!).

I’ve picked out some of the pieces that I’ve seen floating around the internet with the grommet trend that I have been loving lately, which you can shop via the carousel below. Will you be adding any grommet details to your wardrobe? x

PS. I have a couple of sale alerts for you. If you haven’t seen, ASOS currently have 20% off EVERYTHING using the code ‘SWEET’, and you can get 40% off selected items from The Iconic using the code ‘PICKME’. You can thank me later….!