Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The One Black Dress You Need

When winter rolls around, it’s time to start layering your classic black dress. As you all know, my wardrobe is sustainable and one thing I hate to be is wasteful with one off pieces. I can’t remember the last time I bought a dress for ‘an occasion’ and didn’t wear it again. I guess your mind set changes with age towards spending and generally owning less things, especially when a mortgage and future career goals are at the forefront of your mind. Plus, I truly believe you only need one black dress. If it hugs in all the right places and is good quality you won’t need any other. It may take you time to find the perfect style, but your wardrobe will thank you for it.

Today’s dress is a strapless classic from Christopher Esber. The details on the buttons and stitching give a point of difference to any other LBD I have owned, and means you can keep accessories to a minimum. It’s also super cute layered. When planning how to originally style this dress, I considered wearing with a white button shirt to keep the look structured. Instead, I opted for this light knit which seemed the better option to keep the silhouette slim fitting. High heels were essential as the length is midi, which can sometimes make me look shorter than I am. The look is finished with statement earrings and nothing more. The dress speaks for itself.

I’d love to hear if you guys are opting for a sustainable wardrobe, and what you are doing to maintain it. Let me know!

Shop the look:

Button Down Contour Dress: Christopher Esber or similar here
Ribbed Knit: Lonely Lingerie but similar here, here and here
Statement Earrings: Marni but similar here, here and here
Photo Credit to Jiawa Liu, from Beigerenegade 


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.

Shop my style:

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

Photo credit to yours truly
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