Last one to wrap up the series is my weekend wear. You will be flat out finding me dressed in anything other than comfortable clothes, especially on a Sunday. An essential part of my lazy days are sneakers which I got back in to when the Isabel Marant ones first hit the scene. Although I still have my Isabel Marant ones, they have literally proliferated the fashion scene to such an extent that it prompted me to look for something more old school, more classic and less of the moment, to be able to mix my looks up a bit more. The Converse Chuck Taylor's are utter perfection. They tick all the boxes and compared to all the designer counterparts out there, are a nice affordable option.
A slight interruption to the white pants 5 ways series to bring you the latest news on the sales. This just couldn't wait! The Corner (US site)has just gone on sale with up to 30% off and lets face it, one or two days holding back on letting you know could mean the difference between you getting your much loved wish list item compared to seeing it 'sold out'. I look after you right!
You can shop the sale HERE. There are some pretty impressive items up there already and if I know one thing about the sales, there will only be more goodies to follow.
Naturally I have already scoured the sale to source which of my favourite items are already discounted and to be able to give you some quick links to some hot hot hot items. I'm shocked that some of these are still in stock although some of these listed below are just hanging on by the thinnest of their threads with only one or two items (or sizes) remaining. Eek! I've got to love you and leave you. I have already nabbed the cutest little Acne cropped denim jacket from the sale, but now I'm off to pick up one or two more buys... All the details are below.
This outfit was the perfect fit on Sunday for Mother's Day. Uncomplicated luxury is what I love when I'm wanting to feel and look comfortable without compromising on style. I'm often drawn to simple tran-seasonal pieces such as knits in solid colours, with interesting textures or weaves, combined with a more dramatic shoe. Speaking of which, aren't these Chloe pumps outrageously cute? They were a super sale piece from The Outnet so naturally all control was lost and boom... they were in the shopping bag.
I've been having sensory overload with the number of solid coloured knits and tops this season. All of these have made it to my wish list which seems to be in an ever expanding state of flux. Unrealistic... sure, but my online wish list it is like my alternate wardrobe in a parallel universe and it doesn't cost anything to have!
As it turns out there are also a bucket load of textured shoes around at the moment too. Why is it when it rains it pours?!
This is such an easy outfit with very limited fuss or flair. A few years back my wardrobe consisted of maybe ninety percent black, white and neutrals with a touch of blue (in jeans of course). I definitely had a 'a style' and a phobia with all things colour related, which I have gladly now moved past. Still I can't resist whipping out a little monochrome number every now and then. Maybe it's to pay homage to what was once my wardrobe or the influence that these zebra heels have. If I have worn them with colour (or solid black) I will do my darnedest to think of something else to wear them with so they look slightly different and not lived in (since they are on unbelievably high rotation). Cue the black and white look which is such an obvious choice.
Although this series is based on white pants (they are my new crush item), these kinds of looks could easily be replicated with other coloured pants. After all, not everyone is naturally drawn to white. Understandably so. White are the kind of items that if you have a habit for attracting stains or spills, then you should definitely steer clear of. For those of you where that is the case, I'm sure this outfit will make you shudder. But this 'tonal' or 'all in one coloured' type outfits I've been really attracted to lately. I think it has something to do with really simplifying my style and going more minimalistic. Actually it doesn't get much more minimalistic than this!
Although I always include links to what I'm wearing in my posts (if items are from current season), I thought I would start to include 'get the look for less' options as a bit of a trial. I know I have personally looked at other people's outfits (or a signature piece) and wanted to recreate their look (or similar), many times with a lesser price tag. Let me know if you think these links are useful and I will continue to include them. At times they may be more budget orientated items, at other times, more mid range options. Either way, they will always be a cheaper alternate to the actual item I'm wearing. Since I'm a stickler for quality, I feel like I have an obligation to only recommend brands or products that I know and trust. You may find cheaper or other alternates out there that are more suitable to your style or needs, but I figure that giving some 'get the look for less' options will help you with a solid starting point. Happy hunting...
It's quite common to see blogger's wearing various outfits, barely re-using items. Maybe it's due to being caught up in trying to be fresh (I'm guilty of this too), but it's a double edged sword. I mean how many people really don't re-wear their clothes? Who can afford to live like that? So I decided to create a series that I will be doing from time to time focusing on one item, worn different ways. After all our wardrobes need to be versatile and be realistically based. In addition to the 're-wear' reasoning, there are two other prominent motivations behind this series. I thought this a good opportunity to show you what I consider when I shop. Foremost I ask myself 'do I have existing items in my wardrobe that it will go with', 'how many outfits can I make with the item' and 'when will I have the opportunity to wear it'? When you start assessing items like this, styling becomes easier and the liklihood of maximising wear increases. You will notice that the possibilities to mix and match items becomes exponential so much more so than if you merely purchase an item because you like it. My old purchasing decisions were based on what caught my eye at the time, but none of my purchases went together, or were lifestyle inappropriate (I was easily distracted from reality by all the pretty things). I had a jam packed wardrobe and was flat out making an outfit! It sounds ridiculous but it's true. So this is what I do to keep me on track.
The last point worthy of mentioning is the benefit of investing in even a few mid-high end items. Ones that are able to be on high rotation. I personally buy quality over quantity (most of the time), due to durability. This provides better cost per wear than buying a cheap copy which will no doubt fall apart or look shabby after short usage and cost you more in the long run of buying repeatedly. Mid-high end is more justifiable and relevant when buying things which are multifunctional and fit with many items. Also, they tend to hold better value too. I'm an avid re-seller so this is important to me as it provides me with income to purchase new items. I've tried to keep to more simplistic styled outfits throughout this series. The kind of looks that can easily be replicated with similar items in your wardrobe, if you are in any way inspired by the outfits. I hope you enjoy the series.