Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sustainable Winter Warbrobe

Pardon my over excitement when I say IT’S OFFICIALLY COAT WEATHER! I am definitely within the minority that looks forward to colder days given my location. In the office, I currently have my foot heater on and Smooth FM playing in the background (in case you didn’t know, it plays all the slow golden oldies) and the reason I have a soft spot for it is because the tunes remind me of a cold Christmas back in the UK. The one thing about Sydney winter which I have a changed mind set towards is owning less coats. 

A British winter is very different - outerwear is the only item in your closet that gets the most wear for a good eight months of the year. Which means you can’t be seen in the same style day in day out! Now that my wardrobe is built around staple pieces, the ‘less coats’ rule is more manageable and love they get a good amount of love for 4 months in the year. It’s more sustainable to own a few good quality ones that will get good wear, and will also see you into next winter. 

So if you are looking for the perfect coat, here are a few tips for outerwear shopping:

1. Choose a colour that will flow with the majority of your wardrobe. Black will never date. Neutrals will lift your look assuming you own dark denim and knits.
2. Opt for a timeless style. Simple cuts and symmetrical styles will see you through to next winter.
3. Pockets - Always welcomed to keep those hands warm! Perfect for the daily commute for your phone and travel cards.
4. Consider the fit when layered. Sydney doesn’t require too many layers, but when I’m trying on coats I will always take an oversized knit to see if the arms are too tight.

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Sling back shoes: Zara (old) or similar here and here
Black bag: Mango (sold out) or similar here and here
Baby Audrey Sunglasses: Celine

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Denim Done Right

There was a time double denim was just not a good idea (said statement not applicable in 2017). With my denim pieces growing more than any other section of my closet, it’s safe to say that the Canadian tuxedo was inevitable. I have to be honest when I say purchasing jeans online can be hit or miss. All brands fit differently, and it can be pretty tricky for a girl like me with a 30 inch leg and strict policy that high waisted in a non negotiable. My waist is a lot smaller than my hips so anything below that just isn’t as flattering, and in fact makes me look shorter than I am. I always like to try jeans on in a store, but if you are bit of an online shopper like me you will understand that sometimes it’s just easier to take the risk and hope for the best when it comes to the fit. We live in a world revolved around convenience and time saving options right? 

Alas GRLFRND denim. Here’s the thing. When you buy one pair, you never have to try on another pair for size again. I now have three pairs, and honestly never had jeans fit so good! Their styles have a vintage feel, where denim feels real. None of this stretchy, thin business. We’re talking sturdy and durable just as they were in the 90’s. Now onto the denim jacket - the flare sleeves and patchwork colour washes are all you need to take note of. This is the point of difference vs a regular boyfriend style. Plus I mentioned in my last post I was after a new pant suit. Both pieces are actually designed as a matching set after all. It’s not quite what I had in mind, but it’s halfway there and works oh so well on casual Fridays! This set will also work well separated. I can already vision these jeans with a button up white shirt, checked blazer and heels. Can you tell I have spent way too much time on Pinterest? 

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Photo credit to Jo from Jo Hombsch blog

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Weekly Lust Haves...

A new segment to Style Structure: Weekly lust haves. This weeks mood board is all about city chic monochrome with a side of coastal. A detailed tee pairs perfectly with a good cut jean and heels, but whilst living in Sydney (and heading into autumn) the memory of long summers near the ocean wants to live on. My fascination with straw bags continue and takes the look from smart to casual in seconds. Add a splash of Rosas Frescas and you are good to go!

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Suit Up In Linen

Tailoring - My weakness. It’s time to embrace autumn in Sydney, even though it’s still as warm as a British summer it has to be one of my favourite times of year. The mornings are colder, the sun is less harsh and it’s nice to have the opportunity to style an outfit without worrying about the heat. Linen occupies quite a bit of space in my wardrobe, and still opting for this fabric moving into autumn. I can’t remember the last time I wore a suit, and after rocking this cream one only last week makes me want to invest in more.

Next on the agenda will be finding a pant suit. I’ve also come to the conclusion that if I am to buy an investment piece this season it won’t be a handbag. It’ll be a blazer, and yes I have my eye on a few. It has to be the most versatile wardrobe staple, and it’s just the right warmth for Sydney. Perfect moving into winter worn layered and a necessity for spring mornings. 

It’s been a while since wearing my white Gucci’s - Hello old friend. Honestly, my problem is if shoes are kept in a box I forget about them! Does anyone else have this problem?! They are the perfect height for the cut on these shorts. I couldn’t imagine wearing this suit with heels, but loafers work. I even think sneakers would give this look an edgy spin and might even brave them when I finally find my dream cigarette pants and matching jacket.

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