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Not gonna lie guys, I’ve been shopping quite a bit in recent weeks. I’ve been using free returns policies as a safety net to proceed to checkout with all the things in my cart as I daydream of a life post-lockdown and without the kids in tow 24/7. With the rising case numbers in Sydney, we’ve made the decision to keep younger boys home from day care and the days feel so much longer now. The news is intense at the moment so adding a few bits and pieces here and there to wear post-lockdown provides me with a bit of escapism.
Net-A-Porter and The Iconic have been daily destinations for me. I’m pretty much scrolling through the new arrivals section each night after the boys go to bed (while eating chocolate). A few things have been hit and miss, but I’ve had my fair share of hits that I thought I’d share with you.
#1 – Anna Quan Drew Dress
Anna Quan Dress (UK 8), Sarah Flint block heels* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Celine bag (review here)
For a dress that cracks both the relaxed and elevated dress codes, this knit dress by Anna Quan is just lovely. It’s comfortable, flattering and a great desk-to-dinner candidate for when that lifestyle returns. It’s hard to go past a black dress but there are a few things that set this one apart from the rest – there’s flattering split on the left side of the dress and a sophisticated boat neckline. I took a size 8 and there’s still a bit of stretch in the dress thanks to the ribbed cotton fabric used (…and it’s a great maternity option if you’re expecting too).
#2 – Sandro Polie Dress
Sandro dress (sz 36), Sarah Flint block heels* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Celine bag (review here)
I love a classic ladylike knit dress and it’s hard to beat French-label Sandro. They release timeless styles every season that are perfect for the office but they’re not structured like a typical work dress which means you can easily style them in more relaxed ensembles on the weekend. Their price points put them squarely in the contemporary brand category but their pieces are made to last and there is a real effortless quality to the Sandro-girl aesthetic.
#3 – Sandro Joana Dress
Sandro dress (UK 36), also here (AU link), Sarah Flint flats* (review & discount code here), Everlane bag*
And to continue with the Sandro love, I also nabbed this tweed dress which offers texture in spades thanks to its tweed bodice but delicate pleated hem. The style is playful and conservative at the same time with a high round neck, short sleeves and a belted waist. I’ve just styled this over on Instagram in my Spring/Summer outfits reel and I can’t wait to wear this when we’re finally free to go out and about again.
I hope you’re all staying positive. Thanks for stopping by.
P.S. The summer dress edit (to lift your spirits!) and a week of WFH outfits (spoiler alert: there’s a lot of loungewear…)