This blog post & shop widgets use affiliate links.
Items that were received as PR product are marked with an asterisk *
Click here to read the disclaimer about affiliate links and PR product.
I’ve been getting into the habit of putting my online purchases to the test to see whether they wield the necessary styling power to earn a place in my wardrobe. Testing conditions are ruthless but necessary to keep me honest considering the spontaneous shopping circumstances I sometimes find myself (ie. 11:30pm in bed on a Wednesday night). But more importantly, I’ve built a decent wardrobe from sharing all the things I do here and I’m conscious not to let that get out of hand.
November has now become a huge month when it comes to shopping. And with the lead up to all the sales, by the time they kick off, the floodgates have opened and I become very trigger happy (both for my own purchases and when it comes to my Christmas shopping!). So in the days that follow as the parcels trickle in, I breathe a sigh of relief that I have a window to return anything that might have been frivolous or not quite right and I end up sending quite a few things back.
When it comes to clothing, the threshold I apply to assess whether something stays or goes is whether I can style the item in at least 5 different ways. If I can’t do this easily, it’s a no from me. It’s taken me some time to develop this discipline but having a conscious approach has really kept me on the straight and narrow as I contend with whether I really need something/whether it will be worn enough/clothing budget etc.
I normally keep these deliberations to myself, but I figured I’d share my thinking with you about this Anine Bing Bar Silk Skirt that recently arrived from 24S. I bought the black version earlier this year (read my dedicated post here) and have worn it constantly!
Test Outfit #1: Smart Casual
Anine Bing skirt (sz XS – also here and here), Arket tee (sz S – new season colour linked), Jane Debster loafers*
Thoughts: it nails the smart casual brief which means I can wear this to work. Also, it pairs nicely with brown and white. Looking good so far.
Test Outfit #2: Comfy Casual
Anine Bing skirt (sz XS – also here and here), Arket tee (sz S), Nike sneakers (style linked, similar here)
Thoughts: Huzzah! It works with sneakers!
Test Outfit #3: Dressy
Anine Bing skirt (sz XS – also here and here), Arket merino top (sz S – new season version linked), Sarah Flint heels* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off)
Thoughts: Yes to this dressy look. The sheen of the silk looks great with the metallic heels. And my basic merino top looks dressy styled like this.
Test Outfit #4: Autumn Event
Anine Bing skirt (sz XS – also here and here), The Fold vest (sz UK 8), Vivaia shoes (watch my review here)
Thoughts: Not sure about the proportions with the vest but I like the combination of navy with the steel blue of the skirt.
Test Outfit #5: S/S Event
Anine Bing skirt (sz XS – also here and here), Tank top (sold out, similar here (I wear a size XS) and here), Leopard print mules*
Thoughts: I wasn’t sure this combination would work but seeing it all together like this – I’d happily wear this to a summer ‘do.
Well, the skirt has passed my test with flying colours so it’s staying put! Sizing wise, I originally ordered a size S in the skirt but it was a tad big when I tried it on so I promptly sent it back and bought the size XS instead. It fits me perfectly and I love the length. I’m such a fan of the steel blue colour – it’s a muted grey-blue shade that pairs nicely with the neutrals in my wardrobe.
I hope you found my thought process useful and as always, thanks for stopping by!
P.S. My ultimate 10 piece summer capsule wardrobe + I try on seasonal Gucci loafer styles!