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Top 10 Style Favourites of 2020

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It’s hard to believe that we’re almost at the end of 2020, and what a year it has been for everybody.  We’ve watched a global pandemic rip through our communities and there has been heartbreak of people losing loved ones as well as the devastating economic impacts that have closed businesses.  It’s been an adjustment spending time at home, particularly for those who have experienced or are currently experiencing life in lockdown, and contemplating what life will look like when we go back to ‘normal’.  

Over the past nine months, like many of you, I’ve been working from home.  Apart from occasionally throwing on a blazer for an important video conference, my corporate wardrobe has been largely cast aside for less structured pieces.  It took some time for me to strike a happy medium between polished and comfortable but I managed to strike the right balance after a couple of weeks!  

There has been a lot of outfit repetition (no surprises there!), and while I’ve still been adding a few pieces here and there to my wardrobe, I’ve had several wardrobe culls and I’ve been shopping my wardrobe more than ever.  

I don’t like playing favourites (at least that’s what I tell my kids) but there were some stand-out pieces that I heavily relied upon more than others.  The pieces that feature on my favourites list are ones that I’ve found easy to style, comfortable to wear and make me feel put together.  

And while I did post my workwear favourites from last year, considering I haven’t spent that much time in the office, this year’s favourites list won’t be workwear centric and encompasses the pieces that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed wearing year round.  

#1 – Arket T-shirt

Arket tee, Nobody Denim jeans, Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses

If you’ve been hunting for the perfect white tee, I’ve found it. This crew-neck tee from Arket is made from 100% organic cotton which looks and feels much noticeably smoother than any other cotton tee I’ve ever tried. The ribbed piping around the neckline is also a great detail. It comes in a host of other colours, and at $20 USD / $27 AUD a pop, it’s hard to go wrong. For reference, I took a size S.

#2 – Reiss Lara Dress

Reiss dress, Tony Bianco mules (similar here), Celine bag (review here)

I doubt this will come as a surprise to anyone who has been here before! The Reiss Lara Dress in Stone has sat at the top of my favourites list since I pulled the trigger on it earlier this year. Despite the hefty price tag (particularly because it isn’t made of natural fibres), I’m such a fan of the dress and think the flattering silhouette and lush neutral tone makes it worth every penny. For reference, I took a size S and have previously shared a comprehensive review of the dress.

#3 – Acne Studios Canada Scarf

celine bag collection featuring celine trio bag and the curated modern coat

Acne Studios Scarf styled with The Curated coat*, Nobody Denim jeans, Celine Trio (review here), Wittner boots, Ray Ban sunglasses

If you read my post featuring my best and worst luxury purchases of 2020, you’ll know that I had this scarf on my wishlist for the longest time and I bit the bullet earlier this year. The scarf feels incredible luxe and is wonderfully oversized making it versatile enough to be worn as both a wrap and a scarf. It was a trusty companion during the cooler months as I’d drape it over me most days while sitting at my desk working, and while I think it’s exorbitantly priced, you really just need one!! For reference, I have the Oversized Canada Scarf in Grey.

#4 – Everlane Curvy Cheeky Straight Jean

L: Everlane jeans*, Jac & Jack tee (sold out), Marks & Spencer Trench Coat*, Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Everlane jeans*, Everlane knit*, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses

These jeans ticked off a few firsts for me – my first pair of white jeans and my first pair of jeans from Everlane. While I was apprehensive about the concept of white jeans at first, given how clumsy I am by nature, I totally embraced these from the moment I got them! They’ve freshened up many a winter ensemble and the Japanese denim that it’s made from is fantastic quality. I opted to go for the curvy version of these popular jeans as my bottom half is proportionately larger than my top half. I’ve shared how I’ve enjoyed styling them in this post as part of my styling series as well as my thoughts on the jeans here. For reference, I went with a size 26 and I’m typically an AU 8 / UK 8.

#5 – Everlane 40 Hour Flats

L: Everlane flats*, Reiss coat, Everlane knit, Gucci belt (review here), Everlane jeans*, Celine bag; Ray Ban sunglasses R: Everlane flats*, Uniqlo trench, Everlane knit, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

My first foray into knitted flats and what a win these were! These flats have been a WFH staple – they’re incredibly comfortable, breathable and aesthetically a winner. I’ve worn these on many mornings to drop the kids off at school and on lunch time walks with my husband. I’ve written a comprehensive review of these flats (as well as the original leather version) and they’re currently reduced and I cannot recommend these enough.

#6 – Celine Seau Sangle Bag

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Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Uniqlo trench (sold out, similar here), Everlane jeans*, Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses

I’m sure this will come as no surprise to you, particularly if you read my post featuring my best and worst designer purchases of 2020. The perfect relaxed minimal handbag and fits all my day’s essentials and is comfy to wear. The fact that I nabbed it preloved makes it a much sweeter purchase! You can read my comprehensive review of the bag where I talk sizing, wear & tear and pricing.

#7 – Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck

Everlane knit*, Everlane jeans*, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses

I’ve got a thing for Everlane cashmere (as you’ll know from this post where I share all my Everlane cashmere pieces). This particular style sits at the top of my list. The mock neckline is a perfect balance between comfortable and chic and the style just works with both my work and off-duty ensembles. I have both the sage and camel versions and have my eye on the other colours it comes in too! I’ve shared a comprehensive review of the knit here if you wanted to have a read.

#8 – Nobody Denim Siren Jeans

nobody denim siren jeans in blog post sharing style favourites of 2020

Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane knit*, Everlane boots* Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses

My MVP when it comes to skinny jeans – I’ve been wearing Nobody Denim jeans for years, and the Siren style is one that I’ve embraced after giving birth to my first several years ago. My body completely changed after childbirth which meant my existing denim collection at the time no longer fit me. These jeans signalled the start of a new chapter for me and I’ve got three pairs (and counting!).

#9 – Marks & Spencer Trench Coat

Marks & Spencer trench*, Jac & Jack tee, Gucci belt (review here), Nobody Denim jeans*, Everlane boots*, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses

One of the best high street gets has been this trench coat from M&S. Not only is it totally stylin’, but it’s a proper trench coat with water resistant fabric, storm flaps and double button fastening. It’s premium quality at a high street price. It has served as a trusty outerwear piece on rainy and windy days. I’m totally in love and have my eye on the beige one too.

#10 – The Curated Coat

the curated coat featured in blog post about style favourites of 2020

The Curated coat*, Everlane knit*, Nobody Denim jeans, Gucci belt (review here), Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Atmos & Here sandals (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

And last, but not least, is my coat from The Curated. I have the Modern style coat which is due to be back soon as it’s currently undergoing a design revamp. Aside from the minimal style, the colour (light khaki melange) is a lovely off-white hue and the cashmere-wool blend is incredibly luxe. I’ve recently added the Tailored Coat to my collection and I’m convinced that every one of you needs a coat from The Curated in your wardrobes!

Honourable mentions

frankie shop bea pants in image accompanying blog post featuring style favourites of 2020

I couldn’t round off my favourites without mentioning my Frankie Shop Bea Trousers in Latte and my Barrel Pants from Everlane. Both of these relaxed styles have been WFH workhorses for me – they’ve made me feel put together when I’ve struggled to find the motivation to get dressed for a work day. I’m wearing a size S in the Bea Trousers and a US 2 in the Barrel Pants.


So there you have it – my style favourites of 2020! On a personal note, I just wanted to thank all of you for supporting my blog and paying a visit to my little corner of the internet. Your comments, emails and use of my affiliate links allows me to continue to do what I do. I hope my reviews and posts have served some inspiration for your own personal style.

I’m going to take a short break to rest and recuperate with my family but I’ll see you all in the new year. Happy holidays! xx

P.S. My best and worst luxury purchases of 2020 and my top 10 Everlane favourites of 2020.

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One Item, Four Ways: Frankie Shop Bea Camel Trousers

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Earlier this year, I decided that I was upping my pants game. No longer am I spending money on pants that look great but aren’t comfortable enough to sit in for more than 10 minutes. Also, good riddance to pants that crease easily and are made of high maintenance fabrics demanding expensive trips to the dry cleaner. From now on, it’s comfortable trousers that fit and feel like a dream. Too much to ask? I thought so too, but even I outdid myself.

Every woman should have a pair of pants that make her feel amazing, and for me, I’ve got nothing but praise for my favourite pair – The Frankie Shop Bea Trousers. If you’re in the same boat as me with your pants game, I invite you to come along with me for the ride, while I list all the things I love about these pants!

blog post featuring asian petite woman wearing frankie shop bea trousers and review

Frankie Shop trousers (also here) (sz S) styled with Gianvito Rossi heels (also here), Scanlan Theodore top (similar here and here), Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

The Frankie Shop Bea pants are your classic, dictionary definition of business-casual work pants – but the best possible version of that. Tailored but relaxed, a versatile straight leg style that look great both cropped and full-length (depending on your height and preference) and low maintenance. They’re machine-washable and they’re made from a wrinkle resistant fabric so you can be sitting at your desk for hours and not worry about making an entrance into your next meeting as ‘Crease Lightning’ (yessss, I made that up!).

They’re the pants you’ll want to have in multiple colours… which is exactly what I’ve done by adding the chocolate version to my wardrobe. The Bea pants are up for anything – pair them with a blazer and heels and you’re boardroom ready, and wear them with flats and a tee when off-duty and you look effortlessly chic. Here are four of the many ways that I’ve enjoyed styling them:

#1 – S/S Business Casual

Frankie Shop trousers (also here) (sz S) styled with Gianvito Rossi heels (also here), Scanlan Theodore top (similar here and here), Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#2 – A/W Business Casual

blog post featuring asian petite woman wearing frankie shop bea trousers with review on sizing and everlane cashmere sweater

Frankie Shop trousers (also here) (sz S) styled with Everlane cashmere knit* (size XS), Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here), Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses

#3 – Monochromatic

blog post featuring asian petite woman wearing frankie shop bea trousers and review and curated tailored coat

Frankie Shop trousers (also here) (sz S) styled with Everlane cashmere knit* (size XS), The Curated coat*, Gianvito Rossi heels (also here), Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#4 – Off-duty chic

Frankie Shop trousers (also here) (sz S) styled with M&S trench*, Arket t-shirt (sz S), Everlane flats* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here)

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P.S. You can check out how I’ve styled other wardrobe staples as part of my ‘One Item, Four Ways’ styling series.

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Why I Decided to Part Ways with my Prada Saffiano Double Tote

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This year has been… well, a lot. We’re (thankfully) nearing the end of 2020 which means a fresh start is just beyond the horizon. With 2020 playing out the way it has, and with all the increased time at home, rather than waiting until Spring for reminders about a good ol’ Spring Clean, I’ve found I’ve been assessing my wardrobe on an almost weekly basis by tidying things up, clearing things out, and reflecting on the things that I need to make me happy.

Scanlan Theodore jacket (sz XS – currently unavailable – similar here), Scanlan Theodore skirt (similar here), Vince Camuto heels (sold out, similar high vamp style here), Prada bag

I talk a lot about luxury bags here on my blog – mainly about wearing them and buying them. (And I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to luxury goods, I’m far more comfortable being a customer than a seller!) With their hefty price tags, buying a luxury handbag is always a big deal. But, as I’ve experienced over the years, and more recently in the past few weeks, letting go of a designer bag is a pretty major decision as well.

Personally, I like to consider myself as someone who thinks their purchases through and conducts the necessary due diligence before biting the bullet. It is my hard-earned money after all, and I want to my purchases to go the distance. But I’m a realist in that I know my tastes will evolve, as the years have shown, and it’s only natural to part ways with items as part of the process. While it’s relatively easy for me to clear out clothing from my wardrobe, it’s a different story when it comes to letting go of a luxury bag. Having recently sold my Prada Saffiano Double Bag, I thought I’d let you in on my thought process before making the decision to keep or sell a bag.

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Scanlan Theodore jacket (sz XS – currently unavailable – similar here), Scanlan Theodore skirt (similar here), Vince Camuto heels (sold out, similar high vamp style here), Prada bag

I added the Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag in blue to my collection over six years ago and in the first few years with the bag, it was my everyday work bag. The compartments in the bag made it very easy to use and if you’ve had any experience with Prada’s saffiano leather, you’ll know that it’s amazingly hardwearing and durable.

Over the years as my bag collection grew, I hadn’t been reaching for the bag as much as I had hoped. My personal style has also evolved and in recent years, I’ve enjoyed wearing a palette of neutral tones. I found that when I did reach for the bag, the blue of the bag didn’t perfectly match with my ensemble and I always ended up switching it out for one of my black bags.

I’ve always considered the Double Bag to be a classic, (it is part of Prada’s permanent line after all), which added to my initial reluctance to let it go knowing that I could very well be reaching for the bag in years to come. That said, I wasn’t wedded to the idea of keeping a bag for that very purpose.  While I have a healthy bag collection, I’m not a handbag collector in the sense that I display them.  The bags are stored in a closed cupboard when not in use (and mainly to protect them from my toddler’s sticky fingers!).

Scanlan Theodore jacket (sz XS – currently unavailable – similar here), Scanlan Theodore skirt (similar here), Vince Camuto heels (sold out, similar high vamp style here), Prada bag

Deciding whether to keep vs sell

So, here are the answers to the questions I posed to myself when it came to deciding whether to keep or sell my Prada bag:

  • Do I have other bags in my collection that are of a similar aesthetic and perform a similar function? (Yes. I have several medium capacity shoulder bags and totes.)
  • Have I reached for the bag in the last 12 months? (No.)
  • Do I love the bag enough to keep it even though I won’t use it often? (Unfortunately, not anymore.)
  • Do I have enough room to keep the bag even though it won’t be used often? (No.)

And just like that, I took the necessary steps to sell the bag and promptly dropped the bag into Trading In Style, a luxury consignment store based in Sydney.  A lot of you have asked me why I don’t sell bags directly on my blog or on Instagram, and for me, I would prefer to forego a chunk of the resell cost to not have to haggle or answer questions.  I’ve found that to be quite time consuming and not the best use of my energy these days. The ladies at Trading In Style have a broad customer base and cycle through secondhand luxury goods on a daily basis so it was a bit of a no-brainer for me.

I’d love to hear what you take into consideration before making the decision to sell one of your designer bags. This is the second handbag that I’ve sold in a period of three months (I let go of my Celine Luggage Tote a few months ago and shared my thought process here) and I’ve reached a point of “purse peace” where I’m content with all the bags my collection – it’s a really nice feeling.

P.S. The designer bags I’ve sold (and why!) and the signature pieces you need to up your workwear game.

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The New Everlane Oversized Wool Blazer

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you’ve had a great start to the week so far. I don’t know about you but it is always so manic in the lead up to the office closure period – everyone wants everything done by Christmas so I’m tethered to my desk until the week is out! I wanted to share my thoughts on one of Everlane’s hero staples – the Oversized Wool Blazer.  The Everlane Oversized Wool Blazer has been around for several years now, and comes in a variety of classic shades.  It’s a popular piece, and it always sells out fast, which I put down to the fact that it’s a fabulous wardrobe all-rounder. 

Everlane Oversized Wool Blazer* (sz 0), Everlane silk shirt* (sz 2), Dr Denim jeans* (also here) (size S), Gucci men’s belt (review here), Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

I have the Oversized Wool Blazer in Beige Twill, a light neutral shade that is a new release hue for the current season. Unlike the blazers released from their past seasons, the newer version comprises completely recycled fabric – 62% recycled wool, 38% recycled nylon – which is testament to Everlane’s continued progress on the sustainability front.

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Sizing & fit

The blazer is designed for a boxy fit and is cut to be worn loose.  It’s a mid-weight, non-stretch wool fabric with internal shoulder pads for structure.   As its name suggests, it’s an oversized cut, so apart from the boxy shoulders, the blazer is a longline style. I opted for a size US 0 and it fits me well – a relaxed and slightly oversized fit.  If I went with my usual size (US 2), I feel like the shoulders would have been a tad too boxy for my liking.  If you’re petite like me, I would recommend sizing down if you prefer to achieve a subtle oversized look.

Verdict

I’ve yet to own a blazer in a light camel shade, so this is a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I’m always apprehensive to try pieces in lighter neutrals as I’m not certain they’ll match my skin tone or hair colour, but thankfully, this camel hue is very flattering and the shade seamlessly works with the other pieces in my wardrobe.

As for the quality of the piece, despite the blazer being made of a recycled fabric, the hand-feel of the wool feels soft to the touch, with a noticeable woven texture that is tweed-like, giving off a real “borrowed from the boys” vibe. And because of this weave, there’s no doubting the blazer will be hard-wearing.

As far as wool jackets ago, it’s a mid-weight jacket that is incredibly warm. It’s a fantastic outerwear option for the shoulder seasons and can be worn year-round if blazers are part of your workwear or personal style.  The jacket looks great thrown over pretty much anything – a tee or silk blouse during the warmer months or a chunky knit during the colder season.   

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P.S. Like this review? Check out others I’ve written here.

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Best and Worst Luxury Purchases of 2020

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This end of year period is always a great time to reflect.  I always take a moment to look back on the goals that I set for myself, both personal and career, and whether I’ve achieved them.  But I also take a moment to reflect on my own personal style looking back on the pieces that I’ve loved wearing throughout the year, shopping habits I’ve formed as well as the big ticket items that I splurged on.  

In a first for this blog, I’m going to be sharing with you my best and worst luxury purchases for 2020.  I’ve dedicated a fair few blog posts to luxury items this year so it only felt fitting to do a wrap up like this.  This year, I made five big ticket item purchases. And I’m proud to report that two of them were secondhand and the other three were discounted.  When it comes to designer items, I take a considered approach before pulling the trigger and typically purchase these items after they’ve been on my wishlist for some time.  Given the hefty price tags, I take a bit of time performing my due diligence and waiting it out in the hopes of a sale!

Before I get into it, you should take my usage of the terms “best” and “worst” with a grain of salt (as they’ve formed their own meaning in the blogosphere), but I do feel that I should clarify that my “worst” purchase isn’t necessarily a bad one, just one that I’ve been the most disappointed with.  Thankfully, I’ve only got one item to share in my ‘worst’ category.  (Though I still feel like it’s one too many!)

So let’s get into it!

The Best

#1 – Dior J’Adior Slingbacks

best and worst luxury of 2020

L: Dior slingbacks (preloved here) styled with Everlane jeans*, M&S trench*, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Gucci belt (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Dior slingbacks (preloved here) styled with Everlane jeans*, Everlane knit*, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses

Kicking off my list of the best luxury purchases of 2020 is my first secondhand designer purchase of the year which was of the Dior J’Adior slingbacks that I snapped up on Vestiaire Collective.  I paid several visits to the Sydney Dior Boutique in early 2020 to test out the different slingback styles and quickly fell for the kitten heel style.  

Whilst I loved them, I couldn’t justify the price buying them new so I scoured the depths of the internet in search of a pre-loved pair. I was lucky enough to find an almost new pair in my size after six months of diligent searching!  The heels are so lovely to wear and elevate the most relaxed of outfits.  I’m very pleased I managed to nab this pair! 

#2 – Celine Seau Sangle Bag

Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Sarah Lloyd blazer*, Nobody Denim jeans, Dior slingbacks (preloved here), Ray Ban sunglasses

I feel like this bag needs no introduction given how often it features on my blog and my Instagram feed, so it should come as no surprise that it features as one of the best (if not, the best!) luxury purchases I made in 2020.  Having been on my wish list for some time (and making this known on my Insta Stories!), I was delighted to received a DM from a lovely follower alerting me to a pre-loved Sangle available at a local consignment store which I snapped up immediately! This purchase not only confirmed that my love for black Celine bags runs deep, but that secondhand is a real joy to shop.

#3 – Acne Studios Scarf

Acne Studios scarf styled with The Curated coat*, Everlane jeans*, Dior slingbacks (preloved here), Gucci belt (review here), Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

As far as designer purchases go, I’d say a scarf is a fantastic entry-level piece to buy.  You get all the excitement of shopping a designer brand without the hefty price tags of bags or RTW pieces.  Apart from being a luxe item, designer scarves are always incredibly well-made and versatile.  And I plan on enjoying this Acne Studios scarf for a very long time.  It’s deliciously oversized so doubles as a wrap when I’m sitting at my desk and the grey hue goes with everything. Considering how often I’ve relied on this scarf to keep me warm when out and about and wrapped around me while working at my desk, it’s a no-brainer as one of the best luxury purchases I made in 2020.

#4 – Celine sunglasses

Celine sunglasses, The Curated coat* (sz XS), Acne Studios scarf, The Frankie Shop trousers (sz S), Atmos & Here sandals, Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here)

As far as sunglasses go, only one pair really feature on my feed – my Ray Ban Clubmasters. I’ve always wanted a pair of Celine frames, but with my Asian nose (ie. no nose bridge), I never thought I could pull them off. By chance, I tried on a pair of Celine’s Catherine frames and I loved the classic shape. I waited it out for a sale and managed to nab these for 20% off during the recent frenzied sales last month!

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The worst

Gianvito Rossi Pumps

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Gianvito Rossi heels (also here), Scanlan Theodore top (similar here and here), Frankie Shop trousers (sz S) Celine bag (review here; preloved here and here), Ray Ban sunglasses

It pains me to categories these as my ‘worst’ designer purchase because technically, there’s nothing wrong with the shoes – but let me elaborate further. I’ve had a pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps on my wishlist for years, in particular, a brown suede pair with the 85mm stiletto heel. So you can imagine my excitement when the exact pair I’ve been lusting after was discounted during last month’s Singles Day edit on Net-A-Porter.

Unfortunately, the shoes don’t fit me perfectly which is my mistake because, ironically, I followed the size guide on Net-A-Porter which advised going up half a size – so I bought a size 37.5. When I first tried them out of the box, they fit well, but after wearing them for the first time, and given the nature of suede leather, I was disappointed to realise (as they fit loosely on my feet) that I should have gone with my usual size 37. I still love the heels and plan on getting as much use of them as possible, and I’ve bought a pair of these shoe fillers called Sizers that are currently in transit (and seem to be the perfect solution?! Of course, I’ll report back!).

And that’s a wrap on the best and worst luxury purchases of the year… and a neat summary of all the luxury purchases I made in 2020.

Thanks for stopping by and for continuing to support what I do here. I am grateful to each and everyone of you who read my blog and follow me over on Instagram.

P.S. My tips for buying pre-loved designer bags and the designer bags I’ve sold and why.

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Top 10 Everlane Favourites for 2020

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It’s little secret that one of my most worn – and most loved – brands in my wardrobe is Everlane.   And like many of you, I’ve spent three-quarters of the year working from home, so naturally their pieces have featured heavily in my outfits this year as I’ve embraced relaxed ensembles for my 9-to-5.  It’s one of the few brands that I’ve relied upon for quality and fit, and I’ve found the pieces have seamlessly worked with my wardrobe staples because of the overall minimal aesthetic of the brand.

So I thought I’d round up my Everlane favourites of 2020 and share why these ten pieces have stood out from the rest.  

#1 – Cashmere Square Turtleneck

If I had to recommend one thing from Everlane, it would, without a doubt, be one of their cashmere knits.  Along with their shoes, it’s what got me hooked on the brand.  Their cashmere comes in a wide range of styles and colours that are both relaxed for work but do double duty on the weekends too.  I’ve featured their cashmere (and all the styles I have) in this comprehensive post, but if I had to pick just the one sweater, the cashmere square turtleneck would be at the top of my list. It strikes the perfect balance between relaxed and polished with a mock-neck that is very sophisticated.  

everlane cashmere square turtleneck styled in outfit for blog post about everlane favourites of 2020

Everlane knit* (sz S) styled with Everlane jeans* (review here), Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Dior heels, Ray Ban sunglasses

#2 – White Jeans (from their curvy range)

Next up on my list of Everlane favourites of 2020, is this pair of white jeans from their curvy range. Before this pair, I wasn’t brave enough to even consider white jeans! I’m pretty clumsy, I love my tomato-based pasta sauces and I have young boys with perpetually sticky hands! That said, their straight leg white jeans have been incredibly popular and when they released them in a new curvy cut earlier this year, pear-shaped me had to try them out for myself.  I’m so glad I did – they haven’t disappointed and have been one of my most worn pairs for the year.  As you would have gleaned from my Instagram feed, I’ve embraced white denim year round and I’ve loved how they’ve freshened up my Autumn/Winter ensembles even on the dreariest of days.   

L: Everlane jeans* (sz 26) styled with Reiss knit, Gucci belt (review here), Everlane flats*, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Everlane jeans* (sz 26) styled with Marks & Spencer top*, Gucci belt (review here), H&M coat (sold out, similar here), Celine bag (review here), Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here)

#3 – Military Parka

There might be a lot of parkas and practical jackets out there, but this one stands out from the rest because it’s made of 100% recycled fabric (derived from 55 recycled plastic bottles!) and the insulated filling is also 100% recycled too.

It’s a practical piece with its fleece-lined pockets, internal sleeve cuffs and snorkel hood, but form is also a priority as it comes in a great array of colours (navy is my favourite… obviously!), you can also cinch your jacket in at the waist to accentuate your silhouette and it looks overall really smart and sophisticated. I can’t wait to wear this jacket once the weather cools down again.

Everlane parka* (sz XXS), Everlane jeans*, Everlane boots*, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#4 – 40 Hour Flats

You know you’re onto a good thing when you have the same pair of shoes in two different materials right?!  I’ve got these flats in both versions – the leather and the ReKnit fabric. Given the amount of wear I managed to get out of the shoes this year, I’ve written comprehensive reviews on each (see my leather version review and my ReKnit version review) and I’m buoyed to hear from many of you who have bought these on my recommendation, that you feel the same way too!

L: Everlane 40 Hour flats* styled with The Curated coat* (review here), Reiss knit, Gucci belt (review here), Everlane jeans*, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Everlane 40 Hour ReKnit flats* styled with Reiss dress, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#5 – Western Boots

These western-style boots are a delight – premium quality leather, comfortable to walk in, and the light tan shade is delightfully warm. They feature a tapered square toe, an angled heel, an elastic back with a back tab to pull them on and off easily.  They are an incredible dupe for Isabel Marant’s Dicker Boots (which are thrice the price!) and if anything, I consider the leather used on Everlane’s version to be more premium quality. You can read my comprehensive review of the boots here.

Everlane Western boots* styled with Jac & Jack tee (sold out, other colours here), Marks & Spencer Trench Coat*, Gucci belt (review here), Nobody Denim jeans* (international link here), Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglassesLinjer Earrings*

#6 – Relaxed Silk Shirt

This silk shirt has been one of my favourite wardrobe staples for the year, seamlessly straddling both my work and weekend wardrobe. The silk is lightweight and luxurious and the silhouette is a versatile relaxed cut which looks great worn tucked or untucked. You can read my comprehensive review of the shirt here, which I have in the blue and white stripe version.   While it’s more of a relaxed cut, it has all the features you’d expect of a classic silk shirt – ie. traditional point collar, front button placket. For a great value silk shirt, it’s hard to go past this one. It has been a workhorse in my wardrobe and right up there at the top of my Everlane favourites of 2020.

everlane clean silk relaxed shirt review paired with scanlan theodore checked skirt

Everlane shirt* (sz XS), Scanlan Theodore skirt (sold out), Celine bag (review here), Dior heels, Ray Ban sunglasses

#7 – Boss Boots in ReKnit

Considering how much I love my ReKnit flats, I knew boots made out of the magical fabric would be a guaranteed winner. And I wasn’t wrong! These are a pointed style boot, with matching leather trim and a walkable block mid-heel. I’ll take height wherever I can get it, but these are a stand out to me because they are, hands down, the comfiest heeled boots I own.

I have these in both black and khaki and I feel justified in having both colours in the same style as I find the black version is great for more dressier looks while the khaki version is a softer and more relaxed tone. You can read my comprehensive review of the boots here.

Everlane boots* (review here) styled with Everlane knit* (sz XS), Nobody Denim jeans, Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#8 – Italian ReWool Coat

As a lover of muted tones, this coat makes a bit of a statement! The toffee tone is a tad sharper than what you would normally see on me but I’ve enjoyed branching out and adding a bit of fun to my winter ensembles. Not only is this a well made and beautifully designed, it’s made from recycled wool. I’ve shared a review and the ways I’ve enjoyed styling this coat in this dedicated blog post here.

Everlane coat* (sz 0) styled with Acne Studios scarf, Nobody Denim jeans, Wittner boots, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#9 – Cashmere Turtleneck Dress

When it comes to closet chameleons, it’s hard to go past a knit dress in a neutral tone. While the styles can be simple, its versatility comes in spades. This particular dress has been a favourite of mine as it’s great for work (worn belted and under a blazer) but it’s also a comfy option on the weekends when I’m chasing after the kids. The cashmere wool is so lovely and adds a bit of luxe to what is an everyday staple. While it’s a simple design, it’s a piece that always feels like a treat to wear and earns its place on my list of Everlane favourites of 2020.

everlane favourites of 2020 featuring cashmere turtleneck dress

Everlane knit dress* (sz XS) styled with Gucci belt (review here), Celine bag (review here, affordable dupe here), Everlane boots* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#10 – Barrel Pant

With my petite frame, it’s almost impossible to wear pants off-the-rack without having them hemmed. Magically, this pair is the exception. The pants are designed to be cropped on taller folk, but on my frame, they look like a stylish pair of full-length trousers. The wide-leg style makes these a laid back piece, and there’s a bit of stretch making these a comfortable option. I’ve got these pants in both the bone (pictured below) and black.

everlane barrel pant in blog post about everlane favourites of 2020

Everlane trousers* (sz 2), Celine bag (review here), Dior slingbacks (preloved here), Everlane knit*, Ray Ban sunglasses

And that’s a wrap on my Everlane favourites of 2020!

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P.S. My comprehensive gift guides for 2020 and five ways to navigate a shifting dress code.

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