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In an attempt to de-clutter both my wardrobe and my mind, I’m currently in the process of clearing out my entire collection of clothes, bags and shoes. My clothes rack and shelves were overflowing with ‘I’ll wear it one day’ items, and quite frankly I was tired of seeing them gather dust! I’m trying to be ruthless, but it’s hard to throw away things that have aged with you, even if they haven’t grown with you.
As I continue to free up space, I have come to notice a pattern in the pieces that remain: they are minimal, comfortable, clean, versatile, smart and primarily monochrome. I suppose this is a testament to the style I have grown into over the years but have been nervous to completely adhere to. Breaking down my wardrobe to the utter basics has also reminded me of the clarity that living a more intentional albeit pared down life brings.
With all that said, here are my essentials for a minimal & chic wardrobe.
I’m curious to know, what are your wardrobe essentials?
As if I needed another online platform to be addicted to, honestly.
Blynk is a cross between Instagram and Pinterest (my two vices) focusing purely on fashion. Basically, you filter through a bunch of street style images by swiping right if you like the fashion ensemble, or swiping left if you don’t. It’s akin to Tinder – but for the fashion conscious, and minus the creepy characters and disturbing selfies.
As you can imagine, the app is highly addictive and very inspiring as it progressively learns your style and fashion preferences. Better yet, there’s a Style Me function which helps you create an outfit based on the street style images you like, as well as by the categories you choose (I check ‘minimalistic’ and ‘casual’, duh). Dangerously, there’s also a recommendation page which shows you products based on your likes. Very dangerous.
My username is silverspies if you want to check out my profile!
I’m currently enjoying my mid-semester uni break, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Nine straight weeks of endless uni readings, revision and long essays was beginning to weigh me down. I was craving time to breathe and to escape my “uni brain” for a while. So instead of dedicating this week solely to study as I probably should, I’ve promised myself to take a break from it all and just enjoy the things I love. This includes reading a (non-uni) book, sleeping in, exploring secondhand bookshops, baking delicious treats, going out for breakfast, seeing a movie, reading magazines I’ve bought but haven’t had the time to read, getting back to my fashion interests, and blogging.
So when Australian online boutique EOCENE proposed a fashion collaboration, I brushed off the dust from my camera and joyfully welcomed the opportunity. From their range of international cult brands I chose this beautifully minimal, crisp white dress by Opening Ceremony. As soon as I tried it on, it felt like second skin. I paired it here with minimalistic accessories and little make up, as well as unstyled messy hair to dishevel the overall pristine feel of the look.
I hope you’re all having a lovely week.
Outfit posts are few and far between on this blog, but when you happen upon a gloriously inviting white bring wall during an afternoon frolic in the sun, I guess it’s only fair to take a few snaps.
To break down this outfit: I’ve quite literally been living in these Nobody Denim jeans this winter. They are bloody comfortable and seem to hug in all the right places if ya know what I mean. I paired them with this open back shirt which I love as it feels classic, yet a little bit cheeky at the same time. And I can always rely on my much-adored denim jacket to break up the black and keep me warm when the beautiful winter sun disappears behind the clouds.
Although summer still suffuses the air at moments, it’s well and truly gone here in Brisbane. And even though I miss sandy feet, cheap watermelon and my sharply defined tan lines, I can’t help but get excited for those beautiful winter mornings — when it’s toasty under the bed covers but the pillowcase is perfectly cool against your face; when you wake up, slip on thick wool socks and make the first of many teas for the day; when you’re reading your favourite novel in bed but your fingertips are icicles so you quickly warm them under the covers before returning to words.
But what about winter outside of your cosy, irresistible bed? Even when the temperature drops the day goes on, and we must go on with it.
I think I have a weakness for knitted sweaters — particularly oversized or men’s knits — because wearing them almost feels like I’m taking that wintery, homey joy with me. Is that weird? They’re soft and snuggly and they remind me of camp fires in the best way possible. Pair it with crisp jeans, simple accessories and ankle boots and you have yourself a perfectly presentable outfit.
I recently teamed up with Universal Store (purveyor of pictured knitted delights) to style, photograph and write a guest post featuring my affection for winter wools on their blog. You can read my post here.