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Gucci Belt Try-On and Comparison – Different Widths & FAQs

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In today’s post, I wanted to address some common questions that I receive about my Gucci belt.  I’ve had my Gucci belt for almost four years and while I do consider the hype around the belt has mellowed somewhat in recent years, it continues to be one of the most versatile luxury pieces in my collection.  I just love how it elevates the simplest of outfits and comes in so many different options to suit your personal style.  

Gucci belt (also here) styled with Arket tee – sz S (review here), Nobody Denim jeans*, Atmos & Here sandals, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

That said, with so many different options available, it can be a tad overwhelming to choose the right belt for you.  Aside from sizing, which I address in my guide here, choosing the right width is arguably the more difficult decision.  Then there are other considerations like the hardware of the buckle and the leather.  

So in this post, I thought I’d address some of the common considerations to take into account when buying a Gucci belt. 

different gucci belts on display in gucci boutique

Choosing the right width

Choosing a belt width comes down to personal preference and how you plan on styling the belt.  The belt comes in three different widths – 2cm (0.75”), 3cm (1”) which is also known as the men’s belt, and 4cm (1.5”).  While on paper, the variations in width appear minimal, the small differences are very noticeable when worn as you will see in the comparison shots I’ve included in this post.

photo of woman wearing different width gucci belts in blog post featuring gucci belt comparison

2cm in Black Leather vs 3cm in Black Leather vs 4cm in Black Leather; wearing Everlane jumpsuit* – review here (sz 0) and Nicholas Kirkwood flats (also here)

photo of different width gucci belts side by side in blog post featuring gucci belt comparison and try-on

4cm in Black Leather vs 2cm in Black Leather vs 3cm in Black Leather

I’m 5’2” or 158cm, and I opted for this 3cm width version, also known as the men’s belt.  It’s the ultimate “Goldilocks” size in that it’s not too wide, and not too narrow – it’s just right for how I’ve enjoyed styling it.  

L: 3cm in Black Leather vs 2cm in Black Leather; R: 3cm in Black Leather x 4cm in Black Leather

Choosing the right size

There are lots of guides out there that suggest you choose between either wearing the belt on your waist, or around your hips.  Personally, I think you can do both by buying a slightly bigger size to suit your hips and then get additional holes punched so that it can also be worn at your waist.  And while it’s not ideal to have holes punched to ‘alter’ a designer item that you’ve just purchased, it’s been almost four years since I’ve had my belt and I haven’t looked back – the additional holes have made my belt incredibly versatile.  

The sizing is in centimetres (starting from 65cm) and there are 5 holes on the belt.  I personally went with a size 80 and had two additional holes punched in by a cobbler. 

photo of woman wearing different width gucci belts in blog post featuring gucci belt try on and comparison

4cm in Brown Faded Leather x 3cm in Black Smooth Leather x 2cm in Dusty Pink Leather; wearing Reiss Dress, also here (sz S) and Sandler heels*

Choosing the right leather & hardware

The classic belt range comes in either Palladium (a silver tone) or Antique Brass (a gold tone).  Both come in either a matte or shiny finish. The shiny finish is certainly the “blingier” option between the two!

Antique Brass (3cm Black Leather) vs Shiny Brass (3cm Red Leather)

I’ve seen the belts in a variety of leather finishes – smooth, textured and faded. The faded leather is the most casual of the three finishes – with an overall rustic look. The smooth finish is the cleanest finish of the lot (and the version I have) and the textured finish is just a heat-stamped version of the smooth leather, that’s similar in look and feel to saffiano leather.

I hope my Gucci belt comparison and imagery was helpful to any of you considering buying this belt. As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. You can read my comprehensive guide to buying a Gucci Belt here.

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How to Dress on Your First Day of a New Job

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At the conclusion of a seemingly endless recruitment process, there is no sweeter sound than the words “you’re hired” on the other end of the phone.  Ahhh, what sweet relief! Though once the shine wears off, another question comes to mind: “What am I going to wear?” For some, the answer is easier.  But for the majority, the answer isn’t as obvious, particularly because we live in times when dress codes are more relaxed and aren’t always clear.  

Personally, I’ve always found it exciting to decipher what to wear on the first day of a new job.  Day one in the office is a little like day one at a new school (without the mean girls) and there’s a real buzz that comes with the opportunity to start afresh, meet new people and get stuck into some new work.  

And while there are no hard and fast rules on what to wear, you want to ensure that you fit in with your colleagues while also conveying confidence through your outfit.   That said, working out what to wear on your first day is a more nuanced exercise with different considerations to factor in.   And not to add any pressure, but your first impression does carry some weight, so in this post, I’m going to be sharing my three tips for dressing for your first day.  

Karen Millen dress (sz UK 8), Celine bag (review here), Dior heels, Ray Ban sunglasses

#1 – Play it safe at first

If in doubt, just don’t risk it.  As the new person, you’re better off being slightly overdressed than underdressed.  That said, you might be working at a place where they adopt a ‘dress for your day’ policy or a liberal work environment where Casual Friday can mean activewear.  I normally adopt a pretty conservative approach for the first couple of weeks which allows enough time to make those first impressions before you start making those tweaks in line with the culture of the company.   For me, and taking into account that law firms are generally more conservative environments, that means suits and simple tailored dresses.  They look slick, but make getting dressed in the morning really easy. 

Gone are the days of HR manuals with visual aids of acceptable office dress (usually stock photos from the 90s… lel), but if you’re really stumped, just reach out to HR.  

collage of two photos of woman wearing reiss lara dress in blog post about what to wear for your first day of a new job

Reiss dress, also here (sz S), Celine bag (review here), Gucci belt (review here), Everlane flats* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

#2 – Take a cue from your interview

If you were able to get a sneak peak of the way people were dressed on the day you interviewed (assuming you attended the interview in-person), you can take your cues from that.  If no one in the office was wearing a suit, you can probably get away with leaving yours at home too.  That said, if you’re coming into a more senior role, it’s important that your outfit projects authority and structured pieces like suits always do the job.  

Regardless of how relaxed my day is shaping up to be, I always make sure I have a blazer on hand because there might be instances where I’ve been asked to attend meetings at late notice.  Maintaining a sense of formality is really important in those contexts. 

Sarah Lloyd jacket* (sz 8), Sarah Lloyd trousers* (sz 10), Dior heels, Arket tee, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

Use ‘WHATVEEWORE’ for 20% off Sarah Lloydsee my comprehensive post here

#3 – Wait before you overhaul your wardrobe

Before you get excited and start overhauling your old wardrobe (because a new job is always a great excuse to splurge!), from personal experience, it is always best to wait a few weeks for things to settle down before adding new pieces.  You don’t want to buy pieces that later down the track you realise weren’t quite right for your new environment. 

Mango dress (sz S), Celine bag (review here), Dior heels, Ray Ban sunglasses

If you’re about to start a new job, congratulations and best of luck! I hope this post gave you some pointers to help you plan what to wear for your first day.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. My edit of workwear staples from The Fold London and Sarah Lloyd (including an exclusive discount!)

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Everlane Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit: Sizing, Fit & Styling

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petite woman wearing everlane japanese goweave essential jumpsuit in comprehensive review with sarah flint pumps

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What has the simplicity of a dress and the practicality of pants? A jumpsuit of course!  It’s like a dress, but for pants people.  And its primary perk is that it allows you to look polished and put-together with little to no effort: just throw it on and you’re ready to go – no styling necessary – great for those mornings when you’re strapped for time and can’t figure out what to wear.  

Everlane jumpsuit* (sz 0), Sarah Flint pumps* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

I’m sporting the Everlane Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit – their hero jumpsuit that’s been taken to the next level thanks to the premium Japanese fabrication.  The Everlane Essential Jumpsuit features an elegant double-V neckline, wide leg and a thick removable tie belt so you can create a more feminine silhouette.  And aside from the fact that it’s made from a premium Japanese fabric, one of its best features is that it’s wrinkle-resistant and machine washable.  It’s also hard to go past the lovely drape of the fabric and the wide-legged cut puts a swish in my step.

everlane japanese goweave essential jumpsuit styled with everlane oversized wool blazer and sarah flint pumps
collage of woman wearing everlane japanese goweave essential jumpsuit styled with everlane oversized wool blazer and sarah flint pumps

Everlane jumpsuit* (sz 0), Everlane blazer* (sz 0), Sarah Flint pumps* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

While regular folk will find this comes up cropped, on me the jumpsuit hits just below the ankle (I’m 158cm / 5’2″) and personally, I’m a fan of the length – no tailoring necessary.  I’m wearing a size 0 and I’m a true Australian/UK size 8.  I’ve thrown a menswear-inspired blazer over the top for a casual take on suiting but I also love how it looks on its own.  

And an underrated fact about jumpsuits? They don’t have waistbands, which makes them really comfortable to wear (…and makes up for the slightly awks bathroom visits). 

Hope you’re having a great week so far.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Shop the Everlane Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit here

P.S. My thoughts on Everlane’s updated Modern Loafers and my designer bag regrets.

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Workwear Staples From The Fold London (and an IWD Charity Initiative + Special Discount!)

the fold london clever crepe belleville top and slim leg trousers

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Having worked hybrid weeks for the best part of a month, I’ve been getting the best of both worlds – days in the office to collaborate with my colleagues face-to-face (that have also included coffee runs and lunch catch-ups too!) and remote work from home days where I can clock off for the day and pick up the kids at a decent hour.  It’s been a great way to strike a balance between the two ways of working.  

On the days that I do head in, I’ve been making a conscious effort to dress the part.  And having made a proper effort for the past few weeks, I can emphatically say that the way you dress directly impacts your confidence.  

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

It has been great to dust off my workwear favourites from my wardrobe again.  And one contemporary brand that has regularly featured in my outfits for the office has been London-based label, The Fold, known for their impeccable tailoring and quality craftsmanship.  Its founder, Polly McMaster, comes from a background of financial consulting and private equity (both very male dominated fields) and was dissatisfied with the inferior quality of women’s workwear available at the time.  So in 2012, with a firsthand understanding of the demands that a corporate wardrobe needs to fulfil, she set out to create modern pieces that make it really easy for career women to feel put together and confident for a day at work.  The rest, as they say, is history.  

In today’s post, I wanted to share with you the pieces from The Fold that have formed part of my regular workwear rotation.  And if you’ve had your eye on their pieces for a while, to celebrate International Women’s Day, during the month of March, every woman who refers a friend to The Fold will receive 15% off, not just for themselves but for their friends too.  And for every order placed through The Fold’s referral scheme, they’ll donate £5 to Smart Works charity.  So now’s as good a time as any to take advantage!

Belleville Top & Slim Leg Trousers in Navy Clever Crepe

outfit featuring the fold london clever crepe belleville top and slim leg trousers in blog post about the fold workwear

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

The Fold’s Clever Crepe collection is designed to be a mix and match of the core wardrobe staples in their signature crepe which is soft, fluid and crease-resistant (not to mention machine washable) and is comfortable as it is professional. The pieces in this collection are matte on the outside but silky smooth on the inside, thanks to its silky lining. And as with all pieces from The Fold, they’re designed with longevity and versatility in mind.  

My top pick from the Clever Crepe collection is the Belleville top – their hero staple design that is released each season in different fabrics and hues.  The draping on the top is both feminine and conservative and the top is dressy enough that you don’t need to wear a jacket over the top.  It’s the perfect top to wear to work and transitions well to an after-work-drinks-thing (or even a date).  

the fold london clever crepe belleville top and slim leg trousers in blog post about the fold workwear

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

I’ve paired the Belleville Top with the Slim Leg trousers also from the same Clever Crepe tailoring capsule.  They’re so comfortable to wear and they’re designed with belt loops and pockets with an elastic waistband at the back.  For reference, I’ve taken a size UK 8 in both of these pieces and I’m a true size AU 8.  

Collingham Jacket in Check Spring Wool

The Fold jacket* (sz UK 8), The Fold trousers* (sz UK 8), Sarah Flint pumps* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off), Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

A re-release for the new season, the Collingham Jacket makes a statement with its unique design.  Tailored from Italian Wool, it features a flattering wrapped waistband secured with side buttons that creates an hourglass silhouette.  The grey check contains subtle lines of blush pink and olive green that add a boost of colour.  

The Fold jacket* (sz UK 8), Scanlan Theodore skirt (sold out) Gianvito Rossi pumps, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

Have you had your eye on any pieces from The Fold? Be sure to take advantage of their 15% referral discount! And for every order placed during the month of March, they’ll donate £5 to Smart Works charity. 

As always, thanks for stopping by! 

P.S.  My thoughts on the new Celine Pico Belt Bag and my designer wishlist for 2021.

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Style Diaries: February 2021

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I’ve been transitioning back to the office for the past few weeks. While there are some things I didn’t miss (eww to commuting and fluorescent office lighting), I’ve been giving my corporate wardrobe a bit of a workout and I’m finding that getting dressed has been integral to getting me back into the swing of things.  There are a fair few posts this month to reflect my transition back to the office and to inspire any of you currently in the process or due to transition back shortly.

As usual, there’s a shoe review in the mix of blog posts for the month, as well as a couple of posts dedicated to handbags.

I hope you’re all keeping well.  

New in my wardrobe

Style favourites

Style posts

My Tips for Making Your First Designer Purchase

…and the key things I consider before deciding to purchase

Everlane Modern Loafer Review

My thoughts on an Everlane classic that has been given a recent design revamp

uniqlo trench coat styled 4 ways with dior j'adior slingbacks

My Guide to Shopping International Retailers from Australia

A summary of their policies on shipping, returns (and whether to expect any surprise invoices for import duties)

My Thoughts on the new Celine Pico Belt Bag

I compare the pico size to the mini (the size I own) and share my thoughts on the tiniest addition to the belt bag family!

Designer Bag Inserts That Won’t Break the Bank

The most popular felted bag inserts in the market retail for upwards of $100. Thankfully, I’ve found these inserts that are just as good.

Classic Workwear Staples Worth Your Investment

Back in the office? Here are the ultimate workwear pieces to invest in (plus an exclusive discount!)

Back to the Office in Lighter Neutrals

And some more back-to-work inspiration with a palette of lighter neutrals

Refresh Your Workwear with These Stylish Options (that are all under $120!)

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And some more back-to-work style with my edit from M&S’ new collection. The pieces are both stylish and affordable options.

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.

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The Ultimate Workwear Investment Pieces from Sarah Lloyd (+ an Exclusive Discount!)

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I’ve been feeling a new sense of optimism this month as I transition back to working out of the office.  While there are a few things to get used to, including the commute into the city (that I really didn’t miss), getting dressed has been integral to getting me back into the swing of things.  I’ve enjoyed giving my wardrobe a bit of a refresh (and you’ll notice a bit of a recurring theme on the blog of heading back to work), as Sydney opens up again.   

My style ethos encourages mixing high street and high end, and on that note, while I love a good high street find, I always invest when it comes to my workwear staples.  For me, they’re the pieces that pull an outfit together and really boost my self-confidence.  In today’s post, I thought I’d share with you the ultimate investment pieces for your work wardrobe.  These are the pieces that transcend seasons and can be worn for years on end.  While early on in my career, I relied on fast fashion for my core staples, as I’ve transitioned to a different phase in my career, I’ve been able to upgrade those with investment pieces.  

It’s hard to go past Australian-designer Sarah Lloyd for those core classics.  And it’s no surprise that she enjoys a strong customer base of professional working women – so you can rest assured she knows exactly what we’re looking for when it comes to those hero workwear staples.  If you’re preparing to make a comeback to the office, or looking to add high end workwear to your rotation, Sarah Lloyd really delivers on those classics.

And in exciting news, I’ve got an exclusive discount code (it’s so exclusive I asked her specifically for this one!) for you to take advantage of. You can use ‘WVW20‘ to get 20% off everything (excluding sale and basics). It’s an incredible offer that she is extending exclusively to my readers.

So, without further ado, I thought I’d share with you the ways I’ve enjoy styling each of the Sarah Lloyd pieces in my collection. I’ve managed to dress them both up and down for days in the office, working from home and off-duty.  

#1 – Duchess of Cambridge Blazer in Navy

Left: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Everlane knit* (sz XS), Everlane trousers*, Gucci belt (review here), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here); Right: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Arket tee (sz S), Viktoria & Woods skirt (sold out), Gucci belt (review here), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here)

Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Everlane tee, Everlane jeans*, Celine bag (review here), Tony Bianco mules (sold out, similar here), Gucci belt (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

Sarah’s jackets are particular standouts for me because of the signature cut and silhouette she creates. The shoulders are more structured and waists are more tapered than you would ordinarily find on the high street. They’re hard to beat – just ask me, I’ve got three in my collection!  🙈  Two of those happen to be in this Duchess of Cambridge blazer style which is one of the more relaxed styles in her collection.  It’s a slim-line tailored linen blazer that looks great with elevated pieces or dressed down with denim.

I took this jacket in a size 8 and it fits perfectly.

#2 – Duchess of Cambridge Blazer in Sky

sarah lloyd workwear pieces featuring duchess of cambridge double breasted jacket

Left: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Marks & Spencer top* (sold out), Viktoria & Woods skirt (sold out), Gianvito Rossi pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here); Right: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Arket tee (sz S), Sarah Lloyd trousers*, Nicholas Kirkwood loafers, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

blog post featuring sarah lloyd workwear featuring duchess of cambridge blazer

Left: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Sarah Lloyd trousers*, Arket tee (sz 8), Everlane loafers* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here); Right: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Scanlan Theodore top (sold out), The Frankie Shop trousers (review here), Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here)

I love the style of this jacket so much that I also have it in sky blue. It’s a clean and crisp hue that I’ve found very easy to style. With the overall ‘casualisation’ of my wardrobe thanks to the increased time at home, I’ve found the lighter hues add a bit of brightness to my relaxed ensembles. That said, the silhouette is still very sharp and sophisticated, ensuring it can be dressed up for days in the office.

For reference, I took this jacket in a size 8.

#3 – On Parade Jacket in Black

collage of woman wearing black double breasted blazer for work in blog post about sarah lloyd workwear

Left: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Everlane knit dress* (sz XS), Scanlan Theodore belt (sold out), Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses; Right: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Arket tee (sz S), Sarah Lloyd trousers*, Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here)

Left: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Everlane tee, Everlane jeans*, Gucci belt (review here), Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here); Right: Sarah Lloyd blazer* styled with Arket tee (sz S), Nobody Denim jeans, Gucci belt (review here), Dior slingbacks, Celine bag (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses

For the workday hero staple, it’s hard to go past a black blazer.  And with Sarah’s signature silhouette, there’s not a better one in my wardrobe. I’ve relied on this jacket countless times to the office particularly when I have an important meeting to attend. And if you travel for work, this is ideal as the fabric is wrinkle-resistant and packs really well.

For reference, I’m wearing the size 8.

#4 – Classic Cuff Tailored Pant

Left: Sarah Lloyd trousers* styled with Sarah Lloyd blazer*, Arket tee (sz S), Dior slingbacks, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here); Right: Sarah Lloyd trousers* styled with Sarah Lloyd blazer*, Arket tee (sz S), Everlane loafers* (review here), Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine bag (review here)

Given how much I love the On Parade Jacket, I’ve recently added the matching Classic Cuff Tailored Pant to my collection. When worn together, it’s an effortless modern power suit and a dream to wear. I also enjoy styling the pants separately with other jackets in my wardrobe. Black trousers are a bit of a wardrobe no-brainer, and these tailored trousers are an incredibly luxurious pair to wear.

For reference, I took a size 10 in these and they fit me well. I straddle between sizes 8 to 10 in bottoms and the sizing comes up a tad small on this style. As such, the size 10 works perfectly.

Studio appointments & upcoming events

If you’re based in Sydney, Sarah has a studio in Redfern and is taking appointments where you can pop in to try on her pieces for yourself or enjoy a one-on-one styling session. Sarah also runs events in her studio showcasing key pieces as well as new releases from her latest collections. These events always have limited seating and are intimate showings that are well worth attending. It’s shaping up to be a big year for Sarah and she has four events scheduled to take place this year: 14 March 2021, 23 May 2021, 22 August 2021 and 18 October 2021. You can click here for further information and to register your spot to attend.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

P.S. Five ways to navigate a shifting dress code and the newest (and tiniest) addition to the Celine bag family.

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