Update. The same backless beauties I posted about in the Back to Basics/March must haves post, see here, have found their way into my wardrobe. They don’t call ‘em must haves for nothing people x
Clockwise from top left: Bralette, Fleur of England // Classic Tee, Acne // Sunglasses, Oliver Peoples // Messenger Bag, Zara // Halo & Water Symbol Rings, Cat Bird NYC // Linen Shorts, Zara // Perfume, MMM Replica Funfair Evening //Leather Watch, Daniel Welllington // Mules, Zara // Bibliothèque Candle, Byredo // Stacking Rings, For Love And Lemons //
Call me boring but basics are my best buys. It’s all too easy to part cash for throw away fashion, but for the longest time now I haven’t had a single Topshop splurge - unless it’s been for the exception of a basic Boutique piece or trusty leather boots. I’ve been living by the mantra of quality not quantity. I’d much rather save to invest in one great piece than waste money on ten things in the new in.
When I moved to New York I had to drastically scale down my wardrobe and choose which pieces made the cut and which were headed for the charity pile. A big part of that is due to my style evolving, everyone needs a style overhaul every now and then, but it also made me realise which pieces are really worth the investment.
So with that in mind, above are some of the things on my March wish list that I believe are worth the spend. The key pieces: linen shorts, a quality cotton tee, leather mules, a simple leather watch and real silver stacking rings. All basic and all classic that will give back in wears the money spent x
Source – Pinterest
Rugs. Not the most exciting topic of conversations granted, but hear me out. I’d been on the hunt for something white and shaggy to occupy the hard space on my living room floor. I wanted it to be super soft under foot, bone white in colour and subtle in design. I toyed with the idea of cow hides for a short while, see here, looked at countless shag piles that eventually blurred into one boring fuzz. Then finally, I decided on these Moroccan dreams. 100% Wool, tick. Ivory with a hint of black, tick. Subtle grid patterns, tick. Even the option of tassels, interesting. Above is some of the inspiration that inevitably lead me to fall in love/buy my own x
Italian Fedora, Catarzi // Jacket - similar here // Grey Jersey, ASOS // Jeans, Topshop // Boots, Zara - similar here // Bag, Theyskens Theory – similar here // Sunglasses, Vintage Ray Ban – similar here // Necklaces from top: Reiss, Vintage chain & own ring, ASOS Hamsa hand.
I’m lucky enough to live just a ten minute walk from Soho, so last Saturday we spent the day strolling around the cobbled streets and shopping in the sunshine. Saying I’m happy I didn’t need a wooly hat and scarf is an understatement. I’ve started to buy some summer basics, like the grey slinky jersey above, so I can start to shed the layers of chunky knits that have become my second skin. We stopped in Zara on Broadway and I bought a top that is the spitting image of this Alexander Wang number, only difference being is has fewer pleats and is a pale shade of grey. I don’t know how Zara gets away with it but I’m selfishly so glad they do.
And finally, we were transported to Paris with lunch at the new Laduree that has opened on W.Broadway, always worth a visit even if it’s just for the raspberry macaroons x
Leather Jacket, Topshop Boutique – similar here // Breton Stripe Top, Jacqueline de Yong – similar here // Jeans, Cheap Monday // Boots, Topshop – similar here // Sunglasses, Lorenzo by Nick Campbell Eyewear
Confession: I’ve never worn a breton stripe top before, unless you count dressing as a sailor girl when I was 4 but other than that I’d say I’ve been stripe-free since 93. This isn’t for lack of wanting. Whenever I’ve started looking to buy one they’ve either been too nautical for my style or the fit isn’t quite right, how hard can a breton classic be!? It’s one of those basics that should be in every girls wardrobe and yet until now has evaded me. Last week I unexpectedly stumbled across this one by Jacqueline de Yong on ASOS and it’s as perfect as I could of hoped. The sun has finally come out to melt the snow and it’s a high 7 Celsius, which frankly seems tropical compared to the minus figures we’ve been facing. So, here I am basking in the New York sun in my first ever breton top. I plan to wear this through summer with cut off denims or shredded boyfriend jeans. Simple, classic and essential, I should have found one sooner x