Spring Wardrobe Essential: The Midi Skirt

spring wardrobe essential midi skirt minimal mademoiselle
spring wardrobe essential midi skirt minimal mademoiselle
spring wardrobe essential midi skirt minimal mademoiselle
spring wardrobe essential midi skirt minimal mademoiselle

Hollister top (old but similar here), Lover midi skirt (old but I love this one or similar here), Atmos & Here denim jacket (old but this is the same in a mid blue wash), Senso flats, 3.1 by Phillip Lim bag

Following on from my post last week, I wanted to talk about another spring wardrobe essential; the midi skirt. Warmer weather has been coming in waves, which has had me trying to get on top of my spring wardrobe staples a lot sooner than I’d anticipated.

This white cotton broderie midi skirt from Lover has been a wardrobe workhorse the last few years, as the cut and colour lend themselves well to the spring season, and this year is no different. If you go back through my archives you’ll see my favourite way to wear this skirt is either with a cashmere knit sweater, or a slinky silk cami – two silhouettes I absolutely love, though to mix things up a bit I’ll probably be pairing this with more fitted ribbed tees and off the shoulder crop tops, in addition to simple white tees with embroidery on the bust. I’m not really planning to add to my closet in a big way, so I’ll mostly be making do with what I have.

While I’ll usually throw on a cute mid-heeled sandal, a trusty pair of dressy flats is usually the much more practical option, and this pair from Senso has been a welcome addition to my closet for the upcoming season. As much as I love a black bag, the combination of this outfit called for much softer, muted tones, making my mini pashli bag the perfect pairing (it’s the perfect size for a weekend day bag!). I

Aside from being a great staple at home, I also feel like a midi skirt is perfect for packing in your suitcase for any holiday – I took this one with me to Italy and the US last year and it worked really well for both casual and more dressed up looks, plus it was nice to have something that I could rely on (that wasn’t denim!) when the weather cooled down a little.

I’m planning to share a few more of my spring wardrobe essentials in upcoming outfit posts, but in the meantime it would be great to know what some of yours are! x

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.


RUBY x gattabravo fedora acne mape leather jacket romantic taffeta skirt
RUBY x gattabravo burgundy felt fedora acne mape leather jacket
RUBY x gattabravo burgundy felt fedora acne mape leather jacket

T by Alexander Wang stripe top, Acne romantic taffeta skirt, Acne leather jacket, Senso paloma boots, RUBY x Gattabravo felt fedora (similar option)

I’ve never been much of a hat person, although admittedly, I put most of this down to living in a windy city where any attempt to wear a hat is thwarted almost the second you walk out the door. But, you can’t say I won’t try something more than once. I picked up this burgundy felt fedora from RUBY’s recently released collaboration with UK-based illustrator Gattabravo (take a look at the full capsule collection here), and while Summer is so close you can almost taste it in Sydney, I get the feeling that this hat and I will become fast friends next winter.

Now all I need to find is a Summer alternative; I’m thinking a straw fedora with grosgrain trim or a straw boater hat. Given how harsh the sun can be in Australia – and the increased opportunities for exposure – I’m trying my best to be ‘sun smart’. If you have any (local) recommendations, please let me know in the comments below!

PS. Shopbop’s Friends & Family sale is on – which given that almost the entire site is 25% off (with code FAMILY25), I might hedge my bets for a straw fedora there!

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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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