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I can’t believe we’ve passed the halfway mark for the year, and what a year it has been! In some ways, it feels like 2021 has yet to begin. The global pandemic is still ripping through our communities and there has been heartbreak of people losing loved ones as well as the devastating economic impacts that have closed businesses. And for a lot of us here in Australia, it continues to be an adjustment spending time at home and contemplating what life will look like when we go back to ‘normal’.
We’re navigating yet another lockdown here in Sydney and Melbourne, which is hard to believe considering we were well on the road back to normal in the weeks leading up to a snap lockdown. It just goes to show how quickly things can turn.
Like a lot of you, I’m currently working from home and before this lockdown, I was enjoying the flexibility of working hybrid weeks when the office re-opened earlier this year. As a result, my corporate wardrobe hasn’t been used as much as it was previously, and my personal style has noticeably shifted to balance both professional and comfort.
There has been a lot of outfit repetition (as there always is) and while I’ve still been adding pieces to my wardrobe here and there, I’ve had several wardrobe culls this year and I’ve been shopping my wardrobe more and more.
I’ve become heavily reliant on pieces that make me feel put together, particularly when it is so easy to get into a funk and feel frumpy at home. So seeing as though we’ve just passed the halfway mark of 2021, I thought I’d share my style favourites for the year so far, from my favourite tops, bottoms, outerwear and accessories.
Country Road Mock Neck Babywool Knit
Country Road knit (sz XS), Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Gucci belt (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review and discount code here), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
This knit top has been on high rotation in both my office and WFH ensembles. It provides the warmth I need when I’m sitting at my desk for the day but also has a sophisticated neckline to boot.
Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck
Everlane knit* (sz S), Everlane jeans* (review here), Dior heels, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
Behold one of my all time favourite items in my wardrobe (I’ve got it in five colours and counting…) – I love layering this style knit over a tee and it looks great styled for the office and off-duty.
The Fold London Belleville Top
The Fold London top* (sz UK 8), The Fold London trousers* (sz UK 8), Gianvito Rossi pumps (similar version linked), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
This is one of my most flattering workwear pieces – the drape detail across the waist is lovely, the neckline is nice and high and the fabric looks and feels premium. It’s one of those tops where I can get away without wearing a blazer.
Arket light beige tee (sz S), Nobody Denim jeans, Gucci belt (review here), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Chanel bag (preloved here), Ray Ban sunglasses
I’ve waxed lyrical about these tees because they are, hands down, my favourite t-shirt ever – I’ve got about 6 of them in 4 different colours. I love the crew neck cut and the fabric feels noticeably silky (despite it being a cotton tee).
Everlane Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt
Everlane silk shirt* styled with Scanlan Theodore skirt (sold out, similar here, here and here), Dior slingbacks (pre-loved here), Celine bag (preloved here) and Ray Ban sunglasses
When it comes to wardrobe staples, it doesn’t get more classic than a silk shirt. I’ve had so much wear out of this blue and white stripe silk shirt including while WFH. It’s such an easy piece to wear and adds instant polish.
Everlane trousers* (sz 2, Short), Toteme jacket (via Vestiaire Co), Everlane knit* (sz XS), Celine bag (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here – use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ FOR $50 USD off your first pair), Gucci belt (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
Aside from the fact that I didn’t need to get these hemmed, these crop pants have been one of the best discoveries this year. The sandstone colour (pictured) is so easy to match (I’ve also got the black pair!) but the fabric feels really weighty and premium. They’ve been perfect for work as well, particularly in transitioning back to the office.
The Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Totême Houndstooth Annecy Coat (sz XS) – also available at Matches & Farfetch, Country Road knit (sz XS), Celine bag (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here – use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ FOR $50 USD off your first pair), Gucci belt (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
These trousers keep selling out (and for good reason!) I’ve linked them here in the hopes that they’ll be restocked again soon but they truly are the best relaxed fit trousers that I’ve got!
Everlane pants* (review here – sz S), Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Arket tee (sz S), Celine bag (review here), Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Loafers (Matches | Selfridges | 24S | Farfetch), Ray Ban sunglasses
Tailored fleece pants – nuff said!
Sarah Lloyd blazer* (size AU 8 – use ‘WVW20’ for 20% off), Arket tee (sz S), Sarah Lloyd trousers* (size AU 10 – use ‘WVW20’ for 20% off), Dior slingbacks (preloved here), Celine bag (review here)
It doesn’t get more classic than a black blazer. This one is the best one I’ve owned – it’s lightweight, wrinkle resistant and works for both business formal looks (as seen here with the matching suit trousers) or with jeans.
Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane jeans* (sz 26, Ankle), Gucci belt (review here), Senreve bag (review and discount code here), Everlane flats*, Ray Ban sunglasses
I’ve relied on this blazer on chillier days, as it has a lovely tweedy texture to it. It’s a great cut and a great hue.
Toteme Annecy Houndstooth Coat
Totême Houndstooth Annecy Coat (sz XS) – also available at Matches & Farfetch, Everlane cashmere knit* (sz XS), Everlane jeans*, Gucci belt (review here), R.M. Williams Boots, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses
I’m so glad I finally checked this coat off my wishlist. The houndstooth has been surprisingly easy to style and I always get compliments when I wear it. The fabric is a luxurious blend of wool and cashmere meaning the coat drapes beautifully and is a perfect weight for layering.
The Curated coat* (sz XS – review here), Everlane knit* (sz XS), Acne Studios scarf, Nobody Denim jeans* (sold out, similar here), Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85* (review here – use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know this has been no stranger to the feed! It’s my go-to camel coat and it magically goes with everything. I love The Curated’s ethos and how they offer sustainable luxury pieces at fair price points.
Everlane trench* (size XS – review here), Everlane shirt* (sz US 2 – review here), Everlane trousers* (sz 2, Short), Celine bag (similar version linked, review here, similar here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here – use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Ray Ban sunglasses
I’ve reached for this on warmer winter days when a lightweight coat will do. It’s a go-with-anything shade and such an easy one to style. The silhouette is relaxed with an oversized collar. I really like how it plays with the proportions of the classic trench.
Marks & Spencer trench coat* (size AU 6), Everlane knit* (sz XS) , Everlane jeans* (sz 26, ankle), Marks & Spencer leather mules*, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
This has got to be one of the best high street finds out there – an incredibly well-made and stylish trench that is equal parts practical and fashionable. It’s made of water-resistant fabric so there’s no need to be too precious with it when it’s raining – it’s actually fit for purpose.
M&S trousers* (sz 8), M&S linen shirt* (sz 8), R.M. Williams boots – AU link / International link, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
An iconic Aussie fashion icon – R.M. Williams boots have earned cult status in he footwear arena and are widely considered the national boot of Australia. It’s not hard to see why – these are amazing and SO hardwearing. My husband and I each have a pair and I can see us wearing these for many years to come.
Perfect Pump 85 in Taupe Suede, Perfect Pump 85 in Black Suede, Perfect Pump 85 in Navy Suede
I don’t think I really need to say much more about these. I’ve got them in three colours (see my dedicated post here) because they really are that good. Having only discovered them this year, they’ve quickly become my favourite heels to wear to the office. I’ve also got a special discount code that you can take advantage of where you can take $50USD off your first pair – use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’
Celine bag (review here), Everlane dress* (sz XS), Jane Debster boots*, Ray Ban sunglasses
This should come as no surprise considering how often I wear this bag. It’s got style and versatility in spades. I use it for work and when out and about with the kids.
Everlane bag*, Everlane trench* (size XS – review here), Everlane shirt* (sz 2), Everlane trousers* (sz 2, short), Gucci belt (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here – use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Ray Ban sunglasses
An amazing dupe for my Celine Sangle Bag, this bag is made entirely of leather with an adjustable shoulder strap. It fits a laptop and keeps everything neat and tidy thanks to the shape and the internal pockets. A really good work bag if you’re in the hunt for one.
Loewe belt (unveiling here), Toteme coat (sz XS), Everlane knit* (sz S), Everlane jeans* (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here – use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses
I figured it was time to add another belt to my collection having worn my Gucci belt exclusively for the past 4 years. I’m really happy with this belt – I again chose the 3cm width as I find it’s very wearable.