Why I’ve added a check blazer into my autumn wardrobe

minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer

When it comes to adding anything new to my wardrobe, there’s two key things that I look for; something that will mix and match easily with my existing wardrobe, and ideally something I can see myself wearing at least 12 months from now. While it doesn’t always work out that way for me, it’s the classics that invariably find a permanent spot in my wardrobe. One of the latest additions to my closet has been this check blazer from Storm; double breasted, a soft lapel, lightweight and cut to halfway down the thigh, it’s pretty quickly cemented its spot as a key player in my autumn wardrobe.

Wearing Proenza Schouler top, Storm check blazer (love this one too, and this is another great alternative), ASOS denim skirt (a white one would look gorgeous as well), Everlane loafer mules (similar), Isabel Marant belt (this is an affordable option), Celery black leather circle bag (this one is also cute), Reliquia earrings

I don’t tend to jump onto trends too quickly – or too often – but one item that I’ve seen popping up everywhere the last six months is the check blazer. It’s the kind of simple style item that you didn’t realise your wardrobe needed, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.

minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer

Going back through my outfit archives, it doesn’t take long to quickly spot that a good quality blazer has long been a wardrobe hero of mine, and one which I’ve found has been a great accompaniment to the more relaxed outfits that I’ve been reaching for lately. What I really like about this one from Storm is that it doesn’t have too much structure. It still fits well in all the right places, but has a really beautiful, yet relaxed drape to it. It’s a bit of a sophisticate in the way that it easily lends itself to both more corporate looks, as well as more casual ones like the way I’m wearing it above.

I’ve added a few blazers to my wardrobe recently, but couldn’t go past a check one as the classic pattern elevates a simple t-shirt and denim combo, but it’s also versatile enough to take you from work to the weekend. It’s the kind of wardrobe staple that you can wear with everything and for autumn, I’ll be pairing my check blazer with slip dresses, silk blouses and a pair of skinny jeans, cami tops and tailored trousers, and over chunky knit sweaters.

minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer
minimal outfit check blazer

Styling Notes

Minimal colour palette: Okay, it’s not often that I inject a lot of colour into my outfits (but I am trying…!), but I do really love how the more minimal colour palette works with this relaxed outfit. I extended this to the accessories, to keep the focus on the individual pieces of the look instead, like my check blazer.

Print on print: The abstract graphic print on my tee really helps to play up the check print of the blazer, and rather than distract from it, I find it enhances the overall outfit (plus makes it the look much more interesting!). I’ve scrunched up the sleeves on the blazer a bit so that the sleeves of my top peek out at the wrists, which adds a little element of surprise and creates a nice contrast.

Circle bag: Circle bags seem to be a huge trend at the moment – for both autumn and spring – and I couldn’t go past this gorgeous black leather option from Celery the Label, which adds a playful touch to the look. The bag has a lot of structure to it, and you can actually remove the shoulder strap and wear it as a wristlet, something I think I’ll be doing when wearing it for an evening out.

Shop the look below:

Blazer, straight leg jeans, and a simple white tee

scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans
scandi minimal style outfit straight leg jeans

Grana boxy t-shirt, Topshop straight leg jeans, Helmut Lang blazer (I also love this option), Everlane day heels (more affordable here), ASOS sunglasses, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

If you take a quick look at my Pinterest boards, one thing is achingly clear; I’m heavy into everything norm core with a healthy dose of Parisian styling. Since giving my closet a much needed declutter, and taking the time to sit down and really define what it is that I want my wardrobe to look like, I’ve found my outfit options have started to lean more masculine, and more relaxed, in that nonchalant, just-rolled-out-of-bed-and-threw-this-on kind of way.

Tailoring is back – long live the classic black blazer – and now that the weather has finally cooled down a notch, I’ve been incorporating a bit of suiting to help dress up a pair of distressed denim, or add a casual elegance to an oversized sweater (these trousers from Uniqlo have become a fast favourite!).

Perhaps the biggest change for me, in terms of aesthetic and styling, has been the addition of these straight leg jeans from Topshop, with a raw edged hem. Rather than a full slim fit through the body, these have a looser silhouette through the leg, with plenty of breathing room around the ankle, and while I’m still getting used to figuring out how to pair them with the rest of my wardrobe in a flattering way, I love how they look with a mid-heel and a simple while tee tucked in. It’s the kind of styling that I would have shied away from this time last year, but a little Parisian style tunnel vision never hurt anyone.

I’ve been building up my wardrobe with some core basics that I think are going to see me through the winter season, and then some, and I can’t wait to share with you all a full post on my new wardrobe heroes, that may be rooted in my core style, yet still feel like a bit of a step outside the box of my usual every day outfits. If you’re keen to get a little bit of a sneak peek of what I’m wearing lately, I’d highly suggest checking out my Instagram, as I’ll be sure to be sharing some of my current winter looks during my upcoming trip to New Zealand! x

A new look




New Look mesh top (sold out but similar here), Brandy Melville bodysuit (similar), Willow leather skirt (similar here & I also like this option), Isabel Marant heels (similar), Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

Taking a little bit of my own advice, my current favourite way to mix up my wardrobe of late has been by introducing a new silhouette; the flared sleeve top. It’s a trend that has been monopolising my Instagram feed, and I’ve been patiently waiting for the weather to cool down, so I could – figuratively speaking – jump on the wagon and put my own spin on it.

I found this cute polka dot mesh number from New Look via ASOS, and I just love the subtlety of the fluted sleeves, offset against a classic leather mini skirt. While I haven’t quite been brave enough to wear it with just a little bralette underneath (I think I might be on the wrong side of 20 for that…), it pairs really well thrown over a bodysuit, while still retaining its edge. It probably goes without saying, but the neutral colour palette still reigns supreme – some habits never die.

I have a sneaking suspicion that these voluminous sleeves are about to become a new addiction, with the recent addition of the ‘lost’ knit from Lonely (I blame their gorgeous store fit out…) to my wardrobe. Now, that wouldn’t be the worst thing… would it?

Willow

black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style
black white monochrome outfit minimal style

Madewell shirt (also here), Willow leather skirt (similar here and I also like this option), Chloe sandals (old but these are cute, as are these!), Paul Hewitt watch, Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

Hands down one of my favourite recent additions to my wardrobe has to be this a-line leather skirt. It’s been one of the few pieces I’ve been reaching for consistently during those pockets of cool weather (along with these jeans) and one that I know is going to be a workhorse over autumn and winter – something I try to look for when adding anything to my wardrobe (though I still slip up occasionally!). It works just as well paired with a simple white blouse for something monochromatic and easy – my Madewell cotton shirt has long been a fave – as it does with a primary hued sweater, and I’m all for versatility when it comes to those wardrobe staples that I know I’ll be reaching for time and time again.

Getting ready for autumn

polka dot top minimal style outfit
polka dot top minimal style outfit
polka dot top minimal style outfit
polka dot top minimal style outfit
polka dot top minimal style outfit
polka dot top minimal style outfit

Sussan polka dot top (similar here, also here and I LOVE this one), Mott & Bow skinny jeans* (similar option here and here), Isabel Marant poppy heels (old but similar style available here), Proenza Schouler PS11 satchel

I never thought I’d be the kind of girl to get excited about autumn – living in Wellington, the thought of a real summer was always a bit of a novelty – but after my third Australian summer (which is no joke), I’m excited at the prospect of wearing sleeves without melting, and pulling out all my favourite winter knits. So given that the last few weeks of summer are currently upon us, I’ve started to take a look at building on my existing autumn/winter wardrobe, starting with these skinny jeans from Mott and Bow, and this whimsical polka dot top from Sussan.

There’s a few new things winging their way to me as I type, so I thought I’d share what my current autumn wardrobe wishlist looks like…

A (faux) fur gilet or canvas vest – you’d think after all those years of growing up in New Zealand, that I’d have layering well and truly under my belt, but a gilet or vest is something that has been missing from my wardrobe for years, and I think it’s a piece that I can definitely have a lot of fun styling with my existing wardrobe, once the weather starts to cool down. I’ve been eying up the quilted down vest from J Crew (in navy, of course!) as it looks like a great option.

A pair of OTK boots – I am SO late to the game, but I’ve finally decided it’s time to take a look at investing in a pair of Stuart Weitzman highland boots. I’m not sure how much I’d wear these with dresses, but they look great worn over some skinny jeans or thick knit leggings.

Some blush pink knitwear – my obsession with all things blush-toned hasn’t waned, and I’m planning to pick up a couple of pink jumpers to round out my autumn wardrobe for those days when I don’t feel like reaching for a *mostly* black outfit. I recently bit the bullet on the chunky knit sweater from Everlane in pale pink, and would love to find something in a dusty rose hue as well.

Boyfriend jeans – I discovered the boyfriend jean late last year and given I don’t own a lot of denim, I figure now is a good a time as any to look at finding another option to choose from on those lazy weekends. I’ve ordered a pair of the farleigh mom jeans from ASOS which look like they might fit the bill (if a little slimmer in the leg than the pair I have), and I’m on the lookout for a washed black version too.

A metallic pleated skirt – I have a gorgeous blush pink high shine skirt from RUBY which I adore, and cannot wait to pull out for autumn as it’s a little too long to wear at the moment. The juxtaposition between a simple knit sweater and a metallic pleated midi skirt is right up my alley, and I’ve had my eye on this champagne version for the last three months, which I think would make a great alternative as well as doing double/triple duty for work, play, and evenings out.

What’s on your new season wishlist?