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The Frankie Shop 2019 Collection – My Top Picks

Woman fashion blogger wearing the frankie shop khaki jumpsuit with sunglasses and black strappy heels
Pernille Teisbaek in The Frankie Shop jumpsuit

The Frankie Shop has been on my radar for a while. Luxe and minimal tailoring – it’s no surprise the label was spotted on fashion editors and influencers alike during fashion month earlier this year.  

I was particularly keen to try their wide fit trousers, and after hearing Brittany Bathgate (who is only slightly taller than me) say positive things about the fit – I’ve had my eye on them ever since!

The label started out in NYC with boutiques in both New York and the Marais district in Paris.  While their website offers international shipping, I always hesitated to make a purchase because of the high shipping and return costs – a risk I didn’t want to take having never tried on any of their pieces.

Cue Net-A-Porter saving the day – a limited range of The Frankie Shop available to shop and with free shipping (and returns) over $300 – hooray! I’ve finally managed to nab their highly rated Bea trousers and I share my thoughts further below. 

Here are my top picks from their 2019 collection available on Net-A-Porter that I consider would seamlessly integrate into your existing work wardrobe:

1. The Jumpsuit

I love their take on the boiler suit – it exaggerates the original utilitarian details with its oversized pockets and wider hem. The khaki and beige versions were a mainstay on street stylers all over during fashion month. I like the subtlety of this charcoal version – the darker hue waters down the exaggerated features making it suitable for the office.

Aaaaand… it’s on sale! (You can thank me later.)

2. The Textured Jacket

This won me over with its subtle peplum hem and belted waist – two features of which you know I am already a fan. The PVC fabric is a fun play on texture and the muted hue makes it a smart choice for a less conservative office environment. Perfect to throw over an outfit during trans-seasonal weather (or Sydney’s current fickle weather).

Aaaaaaaand it’s on sale too! (You’re welcome.)

3. The Tailored Trouser

And last, but certainly not least, is the reason why The Frankie Shop came on to my radar in the first place. Their tailored trousers have had overwhelmingly positive reviews and I am so glad to have finally nabbed a pair.

I chose to fill a gap in my wardrobe with these beige straight leg pants – a colour/style combo I’ve yet to own. I love how it pairs with my mock-neck navy knit below. For reference, I’m wearing a size S (I am usually an AU/UK 8). Having had a look at the size reference chart, I sat between an XS and an S so I chose to go with an S and I’m happy with the size. I will need to hem the pants by a few centimetres (…but that’s nothing new for me being 5’2″ – 158cm).

woman wearing the frankie shop wide leg beige trousers, navy top and black bag

My initial impressions? All positive at this stage. The fabric feels great and is a low-maintenance wrinkle-resistant garbadine. The colour pairs wells with the navy, white and grey hues in my wardrobe. I love the chic high waist and fit in the leg.

I’m totally hooked and excited for these to be a mainstay in my wardrobe.

As always, thanks again for stopping by!

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The Rise of the Belted Jacket

woman wearing belted jacket for work with celine belt bag
woman wearing belted jacket for work with celine belt bag

If there is one trend that has come up through the ranks of my Instagram feed this year, it’s the belted jacket. If you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon, now’s the time to do so – the belted jacket is not going away any time soon.  

Its versatility comes in spades – it can be worn with both fitted and oversized blazers and jackets – mixed and matched with existing belts and sashes in your wardrobe.  Designers are releasing jackets that come with matching belts and the high street is laden with different takes on the style.  

woman wearing belted jacket for work with celine belt bag

At a short glance of my Instagram feed, you’ll know I’m no stranger to the belted jacket!

Guilty as charged!

I’ve teamed my Scanlan Theodore crepe knit jacket with a thin tan brown belt that came with another Scanlan jacket in my collection.  I love the contrasting but complementary colours (and how I can chip away at the CPW of this jacket by adding another styling method to its tally!).

woman wearing belted jacket for work with celine belt bag

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Jacket (Scanlan Theodore) – here

Belt (Scanlan Theodore) sold out | similar here and here

Skirt (Karen Millen) sold out | similar here and here

Mules (Tony Bianco) here | similar here, here and here

Bag (Celine) – here, here and here – comprehensive bag review here

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Tweed and Denim for Casual Friday

woman in casual friday office outfit wearing zara tweed blazer, skinny jeans and black mules

It’s Friday! Hooray! And after a busy week of meetings and conferences, I’m looking forward to having some time at my desk to get some advice work finished and out the door.

The only ‘meeting’ on my agenda today is a team lunch… which is how all Friday lunches should be spent in my opinion! I’m aiming to get things done so I can leave the office on time, pick up the kids from day care and start the weekend!

I’m wearing this colourful check-print Zara blazer. It’s double breasted and composed of a lightweight but breathable tweed-like fabric. I’ve played down the structured square shoulders by cinching it in at the waist with my trusty Scanlan Theodore belt.

As you’re well aware, my wardrobe is full of neutrals. I typically don’t gravitate towards bright hues on the colour spectrum but these cheery tones work seamlessly with the denim blues in my wardrobe and accurately reflect the relaxed Friday mood.

woman in casual friday office outfit wearing zara tweed blazer, skinny jeans and black mules
woman in casual friday office outfit wearing zara tweed blazer, skinny jeans and black mules

Wishing you all a great Friday and a fabulous weekend. We’re braving the shops over the weekend in the hopes of getting a lot of our Christmas shopping done. Fingers crossed it’s not too manic and the kids are co-operative!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Jacket (Zara) – here

Jeans (Nobody Denim) – sold out | similar here

Mules (Tony Bianco) – here | similar here, here and here

Bag (Celine) – here, here and here | my comprehensive bag review here

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White Linen Suiting for Summer

woman in oroton rtw white linen relaxed summer suit with black bag and black mules

Linen for the warmer months is hardly a novel concept.  It’s breathable and relaxed for those warmer days, and I especially love the simplicity and crispness of white linen. 

My preference is always for natural fabrics. For the warmer months, I rely on my linen and cotton pieces to see me through. I set aside silk and wool for when the temperature drops.

woman in oroton rtw white linen relaxed summer suit with black bag and black mules

The dress code in my office during the summer months is usually a bit more relaxed, particularly in January, when a lot of people are on extended leave while the courts are closed. 

I’ve paired these separates from Oroton to create a relaxed suit. It perfectly fits the laidback vibe of the office but it is still appropriate to wear when meeting with clients. I can see this ensemble effortlessly taking me from desk to drinks to dinner (…on those nights my mum can babysit!).

The only thing a ‘butterfingers’ like me needs to be more mindful of is not to be careless on those coffee runs. White is always unforgiving.

woman in oroton rtw white linen relaxed summer suit with black bag and black mules

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Jacket (Oroton) – here

Skirt (Oroton) – here

Mules (Tony Bianco) – here | similar here, here and here

Bag (Celine) – here, here and here | my comprehensive bag review here

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5 Things I Love About Being a Workwear Blogger

We often don’t spend enough time appreciating the things we love and cultivating our passions – usually because of the obligations of our hectic lives. No newsflash there, but I think it’s so important that when we get a little bit of breathing space, we seize upon it to do the things that enrich us.

After being back to work for a few months and getting through those inevitable bumps on re-entry, I’ve been feeling much more settled. My youngest (Mr 9mths!) has settled into day care and I’m really enjoying my secondment.  The pace of my days is really picking up and I find myself coming home with funny stories to share with my husband and boys around the dinner table, rather than just with the worries of what tomorrow might bring.

Now that I’m finding myself with some free air, I find myself snatching as much time as possible to further my whatveewore passion project. Usually, it means time at night after the kids have gone to bed – often when I should be sleeping (oops!) – but I feel so grateful for my whatveewore world, and the community of support, that I feel uplifted by making it a priority.

That’s why today I’m sharing with you the 5 reasons why I love being a workwear blogger.

The community

The workwear blogger community on Instagram is a wonderful and supportive network. I was a bit apprehensive about putting myself out there initially but I am so pleased that it has been a such a positive experience for me so far. I have loved getting to know so many workwear bloggers from all around the world maintaining impressive day jobs while continuing to inspire all of us after hours with their style posts. 

The engagement

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know quite a few of you through comments and DMs and have loved meeting fellow working mums in the corporate world as well as lawyers from all over the world.  

I am so grateful to those of you who take the time to like my posts and comment on anything I have published – it encourages my passion to continue to share.

The accountability

I started out on Instagram at the beginning of 2018 after my style confidence took a bit of a hit after having my first baby. My body changed and I couldn’t fit into half my corporate wardrobe and I desperately wanted to reignite my passion for classic style.

My Instagram and blog have served as a bit of a catalogue of my looks over the past couple of years and I love having a collection of posts that record the small tweaks I have made to my style.

The creativity

I have always been creative in one way or another and I love how my blog provides me with that opportunity.  My work can be quite prescriptive and often times it can be dry and concern industries and products that I ordinarily would have no interest in.  

Being able to apply my own ideas with almost no restrictions is an aspect of this whatveewore world that I love. Of course, dressing for the office has its own conventions and by nature, I am quite conservative.  But being able to share with you my thoughts and my unique spin on things with so much freedom is truly satisfying.

Discovering up-and-coming talent

I never anticipated being presented with the opportunities that have been afforded to me since I first posted on Instagram. To work with some amazing local emerging designers has been a great privilege.

To read a bit more about how whatveewore began, I delve a little deeper into the ‘how’ and ‘why’ here.

As always, thanks again for stopping by!

Shop my outfit

Jacket (Scanlan Theodore – here)

Skirt (Scanlan Theodore – here)

Mules (Tony Bianco – here | similar here, here and here)

Bag (Celine – here, here and here | my comprehensive bag review here)

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The 5 Essentials When Shopping for Pencil Skirts

I’ve always been a fussy shopper and these days, I’m more mindful before adding anything new to my wardrobe. In being fussy, I’m a serial returner and will always take things home with me to try on with other pieces in my wardrobe before making a call on whether to keep it or not. It takes a bit more effort but it’s part of my decision making process.

Having worked in a corporate environment for over 10 years, I’ve worn many pencil skirts (including this grey one which is on constant rotation) – the pencil skirt is a major workhorse in my wardrobe. In the process of building my skirt collection, I’ve bought and returned many pencil skirts, only keeping a handful that have satisfied my pencil skirt criteria!

The checklist

With time, I’ve finessed my checklist and I’ve narrowed it down to these 5 elements that I look for when shopping for pencil skirts.

Here they are:

  • The hemline: should fall below the knee – I’m partial to a midi length skirt
  • The waistline: high-waisted – I like how it elongates my petite frame
  • The fit: snug, but never too tight
  • The fabric: preferably a wool mix (so it’s breathable and can be worn all year round) and also with a bit of stretch to make it easy to sit and walk in
  • The finer details: a vent (to make for easier movement), colour/pattern – I’ll usually assess these depending on trends at the time

I’ve been after a camel coloured pencil skirt for the longest time and I’m very pleased with this one I’m wearing from Marks and Spencer. It has the perfect amount of stretch, a centre back vent which makes it easy to walk in and wear all day in the office, and the colour is a perfect warm toned brown which matches effortlessly with my corporate staples.

As always, thanks for visiting!

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Skirt (Marks & Spencer) – here (gifted)

Silk shirt (Lilysilk) – here (use the code VEE12 for 12% off) (gifted)

Mules (Tony Bianco, here | similar here, here and here)

Bag (Celine, here, here and here)

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