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Style Diaries: March 2021

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Autumn has officially started in my neck of the woods and I am loving the in-between weather that we’ve been experiencing. It is by far my favourite season and I’ve enjoyed getting back into the swing of dressing for the cooler months ahead.

Having worked hybrid weeks now for over a couple of months, I’m back into the rhythm of getting dressed for work in a corporate environment. It’s been nice to post outfits that I’ve been wearing to the office after almost a year of bunkering down at home.

I’ve been feeling a lot of hope for the rest of the year as things seem to be improving. We’re all on the path back to a normal existence, family members are slowly getting vaccinated and we have travel plans to head interstate in a couple of months to be reunited with family once again.

Here’s to hoping and here’s to time spent with loved ones (in person!) to feed the soul.

New in my wardrobe

Style favourites

Style posts

The Art of Power Dressing

Three powerful outfit combinations to boost your confidence

Sarah Flint ‘Perfect Pumps’ Review (+ a Discount Code)

Hands down the most comfortable heels I’ve ever tried! I go into depth about all the considered features that have been incorporated into the shoe that were designed for working women in mind

Workwear Staples from The Fold London

My thoughts on some hero workwear staples from contemporary workwear label

Jackets for the Transitional Seasons

Whether you’re heading into Spring or Autumn, these lightweight jackets are perfect for these in-between seasons

Senreve Mini Maestra Bag Review

If there’s one bag that’s made waves on social media, it’s this one! I share my comprehensive thoughts having used the bag solidly for the past couple of months.

Everlane Dream Pant Review

Tailored trousers that feel like track pants! (I may or may not have worn them to the office… and got away with it!)

Gucci Belt Try-On and Comparison

Answering your FAQs on width, sizing and a side-by-side comparison of the different widths available

How to Dress for the First Day of a New Job

I share with you my three tips to nail your first day outfit and make a great first impression

Everlane Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit Review

The ultimate ‘one and done’ piece allowing you to look polished and put together with little to no effort – great for those mornings when you can’t figure out what to wear or you just can’t be bothered

In between monthly diaries you can check out my featured looks here on Instagram and you can shop my wardrobe here.

As always, thanks for your support.

P.S. Check out the style diaries for January 2021 and February 2021.

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Senreve Mini Maestra Bag Review + A Discount Code!

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If there’s one bag that has made serious waves on social media, it would be the Maestra Bag by Senreve, a female-founded start-up brand that specialises in direct-to-consumer luxury bags.  Founders Coral Chung and Wendy Wen had built successful careers in consulting and investment banking before creating Senreve which stemmed from their realisation that luxury brands weren’t keeping the needs of professional women in mind when designing their handbags.  The rest, as they say, is history.   

Senreve bag*, Everlane silk shirt* (sz 0), Dr Denim jeans* (sz S), Everlane loafers* (review here), Gucci belt (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

Seemingly everywhere (but not yet as recognisable as a Chanel or Hermes), the Maestra Bag first launched in 2016 and it now comes in three sizes, at least five different leather finishes and around 40 different colourways.  The overall aesthetic of the bag is quite minimal (and mirrored across all three sized of the bag) featuring a subtle logo on one side of the bag, though the design features are rather distinct – there is a flap and buckle closure, with the thick buckle strap over the centre of the bag. The design of the Maestra Bag reminds me a lot of my Celine Belt Bag, which a lot of you have noted in your DMs to me when I posted about initially receiving the Maestra a couple of months ago.  I compare both bags in my review further below.    

Since the bag was launched, it has been embraced by celebrities like Olivia Palermo and Brie Larson and its social media presence has exploded over the years, thanks to its strong use of social media marketing.  I’ve been pretty keen to try this bag out for myself.  The reviews of the bag have been mixed, though there is much praise for the quality and versatility of the bag.  I was fortunate enough to receive the Mini Maestra Bag in Pebbled Forest and having road-tested the bag for the past few months, I thought I’d share my thoughts.  

So let’s get to it. 

woman wearing outfits for work featuring the fold london and everlane in blog post about senreve mini maestra bag

L: Senreve Mini Maestra Bag* styled with Everlane trench* (sz XS), The Fold London top* (sz 8), The Fold London trousers* (sz 8), Nicholas Kirkwood loafers, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Senreve bag* styled with Uniqlo trench (similar here), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane jeans*, Gucci belt (review here), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses

Sizing & prices   

The bag comes in three sizes outlined below:

Mini Maestra

29cm x 19cm x 14 cm | 11.5” x 7.5” x 5.5”
Handle with 4cm (1.75”) drop
Flap closure and magnetic snap button
7 interior compartments (including padded sleeve that fits an iPad Mini while the central compartment fits up to a 10.5” tablet)
4 protective metal studs at base

From $695 USD / ~ $910 AUD

Midi Maestra

34cm x 22cm x 15cm | 13.25” x 8.75” x 5.75”
Handle with 6cm (2.25”) drop
Flap closure with collar stud belt fastening
8 interior compartments (including padded sleeve that fits up to a 10.9” tablet while the central compartment fits up to an 11” laptop)
4 protective metal studs at base

From $795 USD / ~ $1,041 AUD

Maestra Bag

41cm x 26cm x 17cm | 16” x 10.25” x 6.75”
Handle with 9cm (3.5”) drop
Flap closure with collar stud belt fastening
8 interior compartments (including padded sleeve that can fit up to a 13” laptop while the central compartment fits up to a 15” laptop)
5 protective metal studs at base

From $895 USD / ~ $1,172 AUD

Prices and conversions current as at 30 March 2021.

You can take advantage of my code – WHATVEEWORE – for $50 USD off any purchase over $300 USD.  

I’m a huge fan of the mini size of my Maestra bag, it’s a fantastic size for me.  And while I love that the original Maestra could comfortably fit a 13” laptop, it just seemed too big and wide for my liking.  As Goldilocks said herself, there’s a Maestra bag that’s “just right” for everyone!

senreve mini maestra bag review and casual outfits

L: Senreve Mini Maestra Bag* styled with Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane jeans*, Gucci belt (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Senreve bag* styled with H&M knit (similar here), Everlane jeans*, Nicholas Kirkwood loafers, Ray Ban sunglasses

Different leathers

It’s worth noting that Senreve currently carry five full-grain leathers that are both scratch and water resistant as follows:

Pebbled: a supple grained finish and the version of leather that I have. It reminds me a lot of Prada’s Saffiano leather in its feel and durability. The pebbled leather finish forms part of Senreve’s classic line.
Mimosa: a long-grain bark-like finish that has been texture-stamped following treatment. It is the most robust (and stiffest) of all the leathers on offer and also forms part of Senreve’s classic line.
Smooth: an even textured finish that is the soft to the touch.
Dolce: the softest, plushest and lightest of all the leathers offered (probably most similar to the calfskin used on leather bags by brands like Celine)
Dragon: a mock-croc leather that comes in a suite of amazing colours. This is my favourite version of leather offered by Senreve as it is done so well.

collage of woman wearing outfits to work featured in blog post about senreve mini maestra bag review

L: Senreve Mini Maestra Bag* styled with Marks & Spencer dress* (sz 10), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Senreve bag* styled with Everlane knit* (sz XS), Scanlan Theodore skirt (sold out), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here)

Wear & tear

For a compact sized bag, the Mini Maestra packs a punch when it comes to capacity.  It fits my daily essentials, including my Kindle, both of my kids’ water bottles & snacks with room to spare.  The closure reminds me a lot of my Celine Belt Bag, with the large flap.  The Mini Maestra is probably most comparable to the Micro size version of the Celine bag (I have the Mini size – which is the largest size on offer).

One of the biggest selling points of the bag is that it can be worn in four different ways: satchel, top handle, cross body and backpack.  And while I initially didn’t think I would wear the bag as a backpack, now that I’ve used it for a few months, I have had occasion to wear the bag in all the ways it can be worn, though I mostly wear the bag as a top handle. I can really appreciate the design value and innovation of the backpack straps and while I don’t wear it this way often, I like that it is an option, particularly when I’m wrangling the kids and I need my hands. That said, I should point out that when I do wear the bag as a satchel (that is, with the long strap on my shoulder), the bag does tilt away from my body when it is full. The bag is already quite thick in width so I’m not a fan of the tilting and don’t find it particularly comfortable. As such, I end up using the bag mostly as a top handle.

The bag is robust. Incredibly so. And while I’m not going to go to the lengths of scratching my bag just to prove a point, I do feel like the bag is one that could withstand negligent treatment – the leather is that good. On the flip side, with such a hardwearing fabric, the bag can be quite structured and stiff to begin with and it reminds me of the Givenchy Antigona with its rigid shape. Though I do feel like the recent introduction of Senreve’s soft Dolce leather provides an answer to those who aren’t so keen on the overall stiffness from the original leathers the bags came in.

collage of woman wearing smart casual outfits and senreve mini maestra bag in blog post revieiwng the bag

L: Senreve Mini Maestra Bag* styled with Everlane blazer* (sz 0 – review here), Everlane jeans*, Arket tee (sz S), Gucci belt (review here), Sarah Flint pumps* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Senreve Mini Maestra Bag* styled with Everlane knit* (sz XS), Everlane jeans*, Nicholas Kirkwood loafers, Ray Ban sunglasses

Is it worth it?

The million dollar question.  

Now I wanted to address this head on, because it’s a well known fact that Senreve have given a lot of product to influencers in order to spread the word.  Its strong social media presence however has led to skepticism by some potential buyers who think that by giving out free product, influencers feel obliged to share an endorsement of the bag.  

I realise the aesthetic is not everyone’s cup of tea – the straps are thick and the bag is quite distinct now with its strong presence on social media.  Personally, the bag provides me with variety in my existing bag collection of mostly black handbags.  I really love how functional it is too. Aesthetically, I find it very similar to my Celine Belt Bag, so it should come as no surprise that I’m a fan of the design.

That said, Senreve bags don’t come cheap.  It is a luxury bag after all.  But, if you have the means to buy one, I would recommend it.  It’s one of those workhorses in your wardrobe that will always be put to good use. Rather than spending money on the cheaper versions of things only for them to break and need replacing, this is a smart investment piece that will save you all the trouble in the long run.  The bag has been designed to last and designed to be used often.

It I were to give one criticism of the bag, it would be the colour of the micro-suede lining. It’s a dark grey hue which works fine for the forest green tone of my bag, but the grey micro-suede is used across all the bags in the Maestra line. I would much prefer if the lining was tailored to match the actual colour of the bag – particularly for bags that are a lighter shade.

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I hope my review of the Senreve Mini Maestra Bag was useful to any of you who have had your eye on the bag. I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Do you like the bag? Do you like its overall aesthetic? Have you got one yourself?

If you have any questions, feel free to pop them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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The Art of Power Dressing: 3 Powerful Outfit Combinations to Boost Your Confidence

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”  And while clothing isn’t everything (it won’t make up for a lack of knowledge or ability), the right outfit can complement your skills. I know I can do a good job, but the right outfit makes me feel like I can do a great job!

The Fold London top* (sz 8), The Fold London trousers* (sz 8), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

The art of power dressing is one where your style suggests authority and power.  It’s most prevalent in corporate environments and anywhere where power needs to be projected (such as politics and the media etc). In the simplest of terms, it typically involves a structured piece or two.  

In an ever more casual world, there is something to be said about dressing up, even when it’s not necessary. And there is something really gratifying about walking into a room of casually dressed people in a powerful outfit.  It’s fresh, unexpected and in an increasing world of activewear and denim – it’s a bit disruptive!  I’m totally convinced that dressing up is the new dressing down.  

In this post, I share with you three outfit combinations that I rely on to inject a bit of confidence to my work day.

power dressing outfit inspiration featuring sarah lloyd outfits

Sarah Lloyd jacket* (sz 8), Sarah Lloyd pants* (sz 10) [use WVW20 for 20% off full price items from Sarah Lloyd], Everlane loafers* (review here), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#1 – A Pant Suit

While I love the magic of a blazer, it has taken me some time to come around to the idea of a pant suit.  I know they’ve been around for ages, but at the time I graduated from university in 2009, women’s suiting was a bit lacklustre.  The brands that offered suits were selling those boxy and uncomfortable wool pant suits that you sort of felt obligated to buy as a graduate not knowing any better.  

Thankfully, the landscape of pant suiting has improved in recent years.  Not only are they now stylish, but whenever I wear one, I feel a huge boost of confidence.  My current favourites in my wardrobe are by contemporary designers The Fold London and Sarah Lloyd.  Each of the ensembles featured below are in practical wrinkle-resistant fabrics which save a lot of time and effort in the long run and pack very well for work travel (when it’s safe to do so again).  

(You can save 20% off full price pieces from Sarah Lloyd with my exclusive discount code WVW20 and 15% off full price pieces from The Fold London with my exclusive discount VIRGINIA15)

trouser and pant suits in blog post about power dressing outfits

L: The Fold London top* (sz 8), The Fold London trousers* (sz 8), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Sarah Lloyd jacket* (sz 8), Sarah Lloyd trousers* (sz 10), Arket tee (sz S, Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#2 – A Power Dress

We all need one (or five) power dresses in our arsenal – they’re workwear MVPs and when worn, make us feel ready for anything.  I love a belted waist for a flattering silhouette and opt for form-fitting (but not tight) cuts, as I love the sophistication of a tailored look. 

The perfect power dress should be professional, comfortable and flatter your body.  My go-to favourites are below, which should come as no surprise to those of you who have been reading my blog for a while. They get a fair bit of wear!

power dresses in blog post about power dressing outfits and inspiration featuring karen millen dress and reiss dress

L: Karen Millen dress (sz 8), Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Reiss dress (sz S), Everlane flats*, Gucci belt (review here), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#3 – Business Power Casual

Contrary to popular belief, power dressing doesn’t necessarily mean formal corporate dress.  It’s about using smart tailoring to boost your presence and make you feel self-assured.  On casual dress days, a blazer is the perfect piece to embrace power dressing without going overboard.  Add a tee, jeans and flats for a smart-casual vibe or heels for a dressier occasion.  It’s those small tweaks that can be really transformational.

power dressing outfits and inspiration featuring blazer and jeans for casual friday

L: Sarah Lloyd jacket* (sz 8), Sarah Lloyd pants* (sz 10) [use WVW20 for 20% off full price items from Sarah Lloyd], Everlane loafers* (review here), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Everlane jacket* – sz 0 (review here), Nobody Denim jeans, Acne Studios scarf, Nicholas Kirkwood flats, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Dressing for the first day of a new job and lighter neutrals for the office.

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Everlane Dream Pant Review

asian woman wearing everlane cashmere turtleneck styled with everlane dream pant, j'adior slingback pumps and celine sangle bag

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With extended periods of time spent at home, there’s no denying that we’ve never quite appreciated loungewear as much as we have in recent times.  Our trusty companion for laying on the sofa binge-watching shows or curling up in bed with a good book & a cup of tea or working from home (or living at work…).

Everlane pants* (sz S), Everlane cashmere knit* (sz XS), Dior heels, Celine bag (pre-loved here, review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

And while I never would have thought of sweatpants as stylish, they’ve enjoyed a bit of a revamp thanks to current times.  And you can always rely on Everlane to deliver when it comes to everyday basics – they’ve risen to the challenge of creating loungewear that is both comfortable and polished.  

collage of woman wearing everlane dream pant with everlane turtleneck knit
everlane dream pant review

Everlane pants* (sz S), Everlane cashmere knit* (sz XS), Dior heels, Celine bag (pre-loved here, review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

I’m sporting Everlane’s Dream Pant in Dark Forest and the name speaks for itself – they really are a dream come true and these can be best described as tailored trousers that feel like sweat pants.  They’re made from a wrinkle-resistant fabric (a blend of cotton, modal and elastane) that feel soft to the touch. There’s an elasticated waist for comfort but the pintuck detailing down the leg and tapering give these pants a real polish. Aside from the Dark Forest version I’m sporting here, they come in a suite of smart hues (including black and charcoal) which make these a perfect candidate for relaxed workwear. 

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In fact, they look so polished that I’ve even worn them to work styled with a pair of heels (and my colleagues were none the wiser about the fact that I was wearing sweat pants to the office!).  

I’ve got these in a size S and they fit me well.  I’m usually a size AU/UK 8-10 in bottoms (US 2) and the size S is very comfortable.  And if you like the look of these, there’s also a matching coat made in the same fabric – aptly called the Dream Coat.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Lighter neutrals to navigate a return to the office and more of my reviews here.

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Sarah Flint Perfect Pump Review + A Discount Code!

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Like most of you, I have a love-hate relationship with heels (I love them, but they seem to hate me).  In high heels (as in the 10cm+ variety), my feet are throbbing after only a few short hours.  That still didn’t stop me wearing them in my 20s when I used to justify the pain (and my very sore blistered feet) by how pretty they looked! 

Perfect Pump 85* styled with The Curated coat* (sz XS), Everlane knit* – review here (sz XS), Nobody Denim jeans* (sold out, similar here), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses

To combat this (first world) problem, I’ve taken to wearing mid-heels, no higher than 8.5cm that are somewhat tolerable for spending a long day at work, but mostly, I’ve trained myself to bear the pain. 

Last month, I was lucky enough to receive a pair of Sarah Flint’s “Perfect Pumps” in Taupe with the 85mm heel which purport to provide all-day comfort without sacrificing style. Despite the bold claims of the pumps, I wasn’t expecting miracles. 

Suffice to say, my skepticism was turned on its head after a few seconds in these heels.  These are, hands-down, the most comfortable pumps I have ever tried on.  The suede leather immediately moulds to your feet with no feelings of needing to be ‘broken in’ as is the case with most new shoes. And the padding – oh my goodness the padding – it makes for a soft and cushiony sole – completely unheard of in shoes usually designed to torture your feet. 

And how did they fare after a day in the office, I hear you ask? They were incredible! I didn’t even switch out to my flats during my lunch break and my feet held up great by the end of the day.  

Perfect Pump 85* styled with The Curated coat* (sz XS), Everlane knit* (sz XS), Acne Studios scarf, Nobody Denim jeans* (sold out, similar here), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses

The magic of the “Perfect Pump”

So what’s behind the magic?! There are a few features of these shoes that are worth noting that set it apart from others. 

  • Anatomical arch support
  • Extra padding in the footbed (an extra 6mm to be precise)
  • Rubber sole for grip
  • Steel rod through the stiletto heel which keeps the heel stable (and the heel maintaining its sleek and sophisticated look)
  • Wider toe bed so your toes don’t feel squished

The Perfect Pump comes in 3 different heights – 50mm, 85mm and 100mm.  I’m contemplating levelling up to the 100mm ones for my next pair because I’m so impressed!  I’ve got my eye on the navy suede version as well as the classic black pumps

L: Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85* styled with Sarah Lloyd jacket* (sz 8), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane pants* (sz 2), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Perfect Pump 85 styled with The Fold jacket* (sz 8), The Fold trousers* (sz 8), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses

About Sarah Flint 

Sarah Flint has cultivated a celebrity following since launching her label back in 2013 – Amal Clooney, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Karlie Kloss to name a few.  While her luxury shoes were initially found at high-end department stores in the US like Barneys New York and Bloomingdales, she has since changed direction (thanks to investors including Cindy Crawford herself!) to a direct-to-consumer model on her site sarahflint.com in recent years.  The result?  A significant drop in prices for the consumer, from a range of $495 to $1,200 USD (~ $620 to $1,500 AUD) to a range of between $195 to $725 USD (~ $252 to $937 AUD).

Her entire collection of shoes are made by hand in Italy using Italian materials.  Indeed Sarah received her education in footwear design from Parsons in NYC as well as Arsutoria in Milan, which is evident in her shoe designs.  

L: Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85 styled with Everlane jumpsuit* – review here (sz 0), Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Perfect Pump 85 styled with Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Arket tee (sz S), Everlane jeans*, Gucci belt – review here, Senreve bag* (use ‘WHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Ray Ban sunglasses

The verdict

I can’t recommend these heels enough, whether you need a beautiful everyday heel for work, or just want a beautifully made classic shoe for special events.  You can expect nothing less than quality, comfort and style with her shoes, making these a worthwhile investment in your wardrobe.  As you can see, the Perfect Pumps have a sophisticated silhouette that you want in a classic heel, but I also love the subtle V-shaped vamp at the toe line that adds a modern touch.

The taupe shade that I have is a cross between a beige and grey and its cool undertones match perfectly with navy, which is a colour that always seems to feature somewhere on my outfit! It’s the perfect neutral shade and a refreshing change from black heels that are predominantly seen in corporate environments.

And if you’re in Australia like me, my order took about a week to arrive, and came beautifully packaged in Sarah’s signature blue box and ribbon.  

A special discount code!

The team at Sarah Flint have sent across a special discount code for you to use to get $50 USD (~$65 AUD) off your first pair of shoes. You can take advantage by using the code – ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ – I know, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but it’s an incredible saving.

Shop the 85mm Perfect Pump (the height I have!) in Black Calf Leather, Sand Calf Leather, Navy Suede, Taupe Suede, Black Suede, Leopard Hair Calf

Shop the 100mm Perfect Pump in Black Calf Leather, Sand Calf Leather, Navy Suede, Taupe Suede, Black Suede, Leopard Hair Calf

Shop the 50mm Perfect Pump in Black Calf Leather, Sand Calf Leather, Navy Suede, Taupe Suede, Black Suede, Leopard Hair Calf

It’s worth noting that seasonal and limited colours and styles in the Perfect Pump are always being released. You can check those styles out here.

I hope my review of the Sarah Flint Perfect Pump was helpful to any of you who have your eye on these heels. As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Jackets to navigate the transitional seasons and answering your Gucci belt FAQs.

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Jackets to Help you Navigate the Transitional Seasons

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Jacket weather has kicked into gear here in Sydney and I’ve been making great use of my outerwear specially made for these transitional seasons.  Wherever you are in the world, and whether you’ve just started Spring or Autumn, you may be finding the weather teetering between warm and cool which can make it a little confusing getting dressed for the day.  Autumn is by far my favourite season as the weather is still mild and I like that I can still enjoy wearing most of the pieces in my wardrobe.  

And while I love getting rugged up in all my layers during the dead of winter, there is a sense of freedom that comes with ‘lightweight jacket’ weather and not having to drape yourself in a million layers before stepping foot out the door.  

With the recent cool change (including some rainy days), I’ve been road-testing some Everlane jackets for the transitional seasons and I thought I’d round up my picks to help you navigate these next couple of months with ease. 

The Drape Trench

Let’s kick things off with a classic outerwear staple: a trench coat.  Practical and stylish, these are always worth the investment.  I’m sporting Everlane’s new Drape Trench Coat is cut to an oversized silhouette and has a real “borrowed from the boys” vibe.  It’s longer and looser than the trench coats in my wardrobe with an exaggerated collar, but I love the relaxed vibe.  And while I have my fair share of trench coats cut to a more tailored fit in my wardrobe, I’ve still enjoyed wearing this over my workwear ensembles to the office as well as my casual gear when running errands.  

The mid-weight fabric is soft to the touch and perfect for keeping you warm on those windy transitional days. For reference I’m in a size XS and I’ve cuffed up the sleeves.  I’m wearing the Green Balsam version and it also comes in Sandstone and Black.

everlane drape trench coat in blog post about everlane jackets for transitional seasons for spring and autumn

L: Everlane trench* (sz XS) styled with Arket tee – review here (sz S), Gucci belt – review here, Everlane jeans*, Everlane loafers* – review here, Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses; R: Everlane trench (sz XS) styled with The Fold blouse* (sz 8), The Fold trousers* (sz 8) – special IWD discount here, Nicholas Kirkwood loafers, Celine sunglasses, Senreve bag* – use ‘WHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off

The Anorak

Water-resistant, lightweight and uber practical – this is an essential piece of outerwear that you always want on hand when the weather isn’t so great.  This light-weight Anorak features a spacious hood, double-zip front, snap closures and a high-low hem with a hidden drawcord so you can cinch the jacket in if you want to create a more fitted silhouette.  And the best part? Save for the zippers and trim, this jacket is derived from 100% recycled materials derived from 14 recycled plastic bottles. 

The anorak cut to an oversized silhouette making this a great piece to layer over your outfit and protect it from wet weather and wind whilst at the same time being light and packable in your bag. For reference, I’m in a size XXS in the Bay Leaf colour. It also comes in Black, Taupe and Seaglass.

everlane anorak in blog post about transitional outerwear and jackets for spring and autumn

Everlane anorak* (sz XXS), Arket tee – review here (sz S), Everlane jeans*, Nicholas Kirkwood loafers, Gucci belt – review here, Senreve bag* – use ‘WHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off, Ray Ban sunglasses

The Mac Coat

A modern take on the classic macintosh coat.  This beauty is made of 100% cotton but has been treated with a water-resistant coating to make it an all-weather option.  Staying true to the single-breasted origins of its design, this mac coat is complete with timeless details including a classic point collar, clean button front and comes partially lined.  While original mackintosh coats were made of rubberised fabric, this cotton version is a much softer and lightweight finish. That said, its water-resistant coating makes this a quintessential transitional outerwear piece and one of the hero staples from Everlane’s range of jackets.

For reference I’m wearing the size 0 in Cocoa Brown. It also comes in a classic khaki hue.

everlane mac coat in blog post about everlane jackets and outerwear for transitional seasons

Everlane mackintosh coat* (sz 0), Everlane cashmere knit* (sz XS), Everlane jeans*, Everlane flats*, Gucci belt – review here, Celine bag – review here, Ray Ban sunglasses

I hope this round-up of Everlane jackets was useful to any of you looking to add some transitional outerwear to your wardrobes for Spring and Autumn. As always, thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Styling white jeans (as part of my ‘One Item, Four Ways’ styling series) and how to dress on your first day of a new job.

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