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With the weather properly warming up, I thought I’d do a round-up of the pieces that have been getting the most use in my wardrobe over the past couple of months. The transitional weather has, as always, been on brand – warm one day, chilly the next. My personal style has tweaked slightly as I find myself moving towards the relaxed side of things – both in overall vibe and in silhouettes – though I try to inject some polish into my outfits to feel put together.
This time last year, I had only just moved away from skinny jeans and trousers and with 2023 almost coming to a close, I haven’t reached for them once. I’ve also added a lot more bags to my collection recently that are less ‘work-esque’ as I’m only heading into the office a couple of days per week at most so the need for an expansive ‘big bag’ collection has become less of a priority.
Here’s what I’ve been wearing most lately…
#1 – Vests
L: Witchery vest (sz AU 8), The Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Bellroy bag*, Arms of Eve earrings*; R: Country Road vest* (sz AU 6), Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Everlane sandals (similar here), Bellroy bag*, Arms of Eve earrings*, Ray Ban sunglasses
I went from Vest Zero, to adding 3 vests in my wardrobe in the span of a few weeks. The first is a traditional style from Witchery, which I bought in a (safe) beige colour (it was a toss up between the beige or navy). I had tried on my fair share of ‘traditional’ style vests, but this one was a standout. It’s lined and structured and has an overall premium feel and look to it. I tried on this DISSH vest a few weeks back, but it paled in comparison when it came to quality. The cut was decent, but because it wasn’t lined, it didn’t sit nicely on my torso and had a tendency to gape as it was too lightweight. The next is this tan vest from Country Road, which is probably more of a top with a ‘vest personality’ if I’m being honest. This is made of a linen mix, also lined (for that necessary structure), and has a modern neckline. Finally, this longline vest from DISSH (pictured below in the next section) has been a great addition too. It looks and feels premium and I like how you can play around with the neckline thanks to the buttons.
#2 – Sandals
L: Remain Birger Christensen Dress* (sz 36), Everlane sandals (similar here), Gucci bag (review here – AU link, US link, UK link also here), Arms of Eve earrings*, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: DISSH vest (sz AU 8), Gucci bag (review here – AU link, US link, UK link also here), Lilysilk skirt* (sz 27), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here), Arms of Eve earrings*, Ray Ban sunglasses
Nothing says summer footwear more than a sandal and the standout pair that I’ve added to my wardrobe recently is this braided style from Bared Footwear (also featured here in a dedicated blog post). The fact that they’re both comfortable and stylish makes me question all of my previous life choices. But also, why has it taken us this long to create shoes that are both comfortable and stylish?! They’ve been in my wardrobe for a month now and I’ve been reaching for them constantly – even to the office (a real sign of modern times!).
Another go-to pair of mine is this old style from Everlane, very similar to the original Teva sandals. I have it on good authority that the Teva sandals are way comfier than my Everlane sandals, so once these give out, I will be hopping on the Teva train – stat!
#3 – Smaller crossbody bags
L: Polene bag* (reviewed here), Bared Sparrow sandals, Sezane blazer (sz FR 36, UK 8, US 4), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Anine Bing skirt (sz S), Ray Ban sunglasses, Arms of Eve earrings*; R: Bellroy bag* (featured here), Lilysilk knit* (sz S), Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane sandals (similar here), Arms of Eve earrings*, Ray Ban sunglasses
I’ve entered my ‘small bag’ era after building up a healthy collection of work bags during my full-time traditional office days. The frequency of carting around a huge bag has dramatically decreased now that I’m heading into the office a couple of days at most (and wearing a backpack most of the time) so I’ve been having some fun adding some smaller, crossbody bags to my collection. Practical and comfortable, they have an ability to spruce up the simplest of outfits!
I have a dedicated video on my YouTube channel (linked below) sharing my crossbody bags. There have been a few additions since I uploaded that video so it’s due for an update soon!
#4 – Straight leg pants & denim
L: Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Bared Sparrow sandals, Everlane blazer* (sz US 0), Sezane striped tank (sz XS), Celine bag (watch my review here), Arms of Eve bangle*; R: Nobody Denim jeans, Sezane jacket (sz XS), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Bellroy tote bag* (featured here), Sarah Flint slingbacks* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-CCVIRGINIA1’ for 15% off)
Here’s where the shifting silhouette has made a huge impact on my wardrobe – the rise of the wider cut trouser! I’ve dabbled over the past couple of years, but this year? I’ve gone ALL IN BABY. I love how you can look uber stylish styling a pair of relaxed (but tailored) trousers with a simple tee. This pair has been on high rotation since I bought them last month.
The silhouette has also carried over to my denim too – where I’m relying on the non-skinny jean variety like this style. Meanwhile, I’ve just added this style to my wardrobe too – and they’re 30% off – huzzah!
As always, thanks for stopping by!