My Top 5 S/S Must-Haves

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Inspired by some of my recent purchases and personal wardrobe must-haves, in today’s post I’m rounding up some of my top buys of the season. There are over 20 items that I’ve personally handpicked if you scroll through each of the carousels. I’ve grouped my selections into five categories that represent the pieces I’ve enjoyed styling during this transitional weather, from the surprise jacket that makes me feel tres parisienne (in good ol’ Straya) to a trusty pair of white jeans that have replaced a tired (and faithful) four year old pair. 

#1 – Statement blazer

L: Sezane jacket (sz FR 36, US 4), Arket t-shirt (sz S), The Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Ally Shoes block heels* (use ‘VIRGINIA40’ for $40USD off), Bellroy bag* (featured here and reviewed here)Ray Ban sunglasses R: Polene bag* (reviewed here), Bared Sparrow sandalsSezane blazer (sz FR 36, UK 8, US 4), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Anine Bing skirt (sz S), Ray Ban sunglassesArms of Eve earrings*;

Having waxed lyrical about the versatility of neutrals for the past few years, 2023 has been a turning point for me (personal style wise) and I’ve embraced colour in a way that has even surprised me! It has even prompted me to remove the ‘neutrals’ heading from my IG bio (it used to read “Workwear & Neutrals” for any OG-ers out there!). One of my favourite ways to inject a pop of colour into my outfits is through a blazer. A blazer in its most basic form is a wondrous wardrobe staple with an ability to make you look (and feel) put together by just throwing one over your outfit. I have my fair share of neutral blazers in my collection (navy, black, white, beige – name the neutral – it’s probably sitting pretty in my wardrobe), so when you combine the structure of a blazer, with the playfulness of a statement colour or print (like this one or this one), the result is magic. Now that I’ve got a solid base of neutrals in my wardrobe, playing around with colour here and there has really lifted my spirits. I’ve linked some of my absolute favourites for you below. 


#2 – Suede jacket

L: Sezane jacket (sz XS), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Nobody Denim jeans, Gucci loafers (watch my styling video here), Gucci belt (review here), Gucci bag (review here – AU linkUS linkUK link also here), Polene earrings*; R: Sezane jacket (sz XS), Sezane breton striped top (sz XS), Gucci bag (review here – AU linkUS linkUK link also here), Nobody Denim jeans (sz 26)

This is the ‘surprise’ jacket I was making reference to in my introductory remarks, because I never would have considered a suede jacket to be a wardrobe must-have until I bought this tan jacket on a whim a couple of months ago. While I’ve included this in my S/S round-up thanks to the recent topsy-turvy weather, this is also perfect for the A/W months too, if you enjoy a milder cooler season. I’m so pleased it’s in my life as it is so different to the other jackets I have in my wardrobe, but it still aligns with my personal style. Tan is technically a neutral tone, but in this suede fabric, it makes a real statement and injects a lot of texture into my outfits. Because of this, I typically throw the jacket over the simplest of base outfits – a plain tee + jeans – you know the drill. I own this style jacket in the classic indigo denim so it’s a style that I’ve already tried and tested.

#3 – White denim

L: David Lawrence knit* (sz XS – also here), David Lawrence skirt* (sz AU 8 – also here), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here); R: lululemon tank (sz US 6), Levi’s jeans (sz 26/29), Dior pumps

This category always divides people – I know a lot of you don’t like taking the risk with white denim for obvious reasons and yes, I appreciate it’s more high maintenance than your classic blue denim jeans, but the trade off is worth it. And to be fair, I’m not laundering my white denim after every single wear – and they don’t stain as easily as you think! I had this trusty pair from Everlane for over 4 years, but have decided to broaden my horizons and recently added this pair from Levi’s to my rotation. Both pairs are ideal if you’re petite and pear shaped like me – I love a flattering high-waisted straight cut jean. My new Levi’s pair so happen to the highest rise on any Levi’s style – it sounds extreme, I know, but it’s really no different to other high-rise jeans I’ve got in my wardrobe (like my ride or die blue denim jeans from Nobody Denim). 


#4 – Summer knits

L: Remain Birger Christensen top (sz DE 36), Jonathan Simkhai skirt (sz S – similar version linked as my one has sold out), Ganni bag (my banana design has sold out but this one is still available!) R: Remain Birger Christensen Dress* (sz 36), Everlane sandals (similar here), Gucci bag (review here – AU linkUS linkUK link also here), Arms of Eve earrings*, Ray Ban sunglasses

Let’s be real, I’m wearing knitwear year-round. In the A/W months, I’m obviously reaching for the cosier variety (made of cashmere and merino wool), but in the S/S months, I lean on the more breathable cottony type knits. On days where I want to feel a little more dressed up (because a default-Virginia top is typically a crew neck tee from Arket), I’ll pop on a knit. They’re usually fitted, to add a bit of sophistication to my outfit, and make me feel very put together with little effort.


#5 – Dressy sandals

L: David Lawrence knit* (sz XS – also here), Nobody Denim jeans, Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here;, R: Atmos & Here dress (sz 8 – 40% off and also available in blue floral & khaki), Bared Footwear sandals (sz 36 – featured in this dedicated blog post here), Gucci bag (review here – AU linkUS linkUK link also here), Status Anxiety sunglasses*, Arms of Eve earrings*

Finally, a shoe staple that’s probably a predictable recommendation from me, but considering how often I rely on them, a dressy sandal will never be a bad choice. They’re comfortable, stylish and the ultimate style chameleon when it comes to outfit options. I’ve worn these flat Bared sandals to work and in more relaxed outfits on the weekend and I’m blown away by how comfortable they are! When the occasion calls for it, I’ll dress up my outfits with these minimal sandals from Atmos & Here. I’ve now got them in three colours – black, white and tan.


As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. My top 5 work bag recommendations of 2023 and 20 of the best summer dresses under $100.


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