I’m going through a bit of a tomboy phase a the moment – boyfriend jeans, baggy tees, kicks and sneakers. Comfortable and easy, which is sometimes so needed when getting dressed in the morning. But the look can be too much if you aren’t careful, and at the end of the day I still want to be recognisable as a laydee. So I like the idea of adding a touch of girlyness to the tomboy look, just to keep it balanced.
Let me paint the picture: its Saturday morning, a chilly 10 degrees with grey cloudy skies that are consistently persisting down (aka raining) and it has been a good two weeks since I sat down to put together a TWW Outfit (for those of you who have forgotten, this means having access to the wardrobes of the world – putting together an outfit with no limitations in terms of cost or accessibility).
In other words, the perfect start to the weekend.
Its that funny time of year where the weather is getting colder and its getting darker, but back home in NZ it’s (supposed to be) getting hotter and sunnier. I say “supposed to be” because my home town got hit with a snow storm this week, so I’m not feeling that normal sense of disconnect between the weather that normally comes on the cusp of Fall/Spring.
Which leads perfectly into the look I have put together – if you are here or there, this outfit would be perfect for those cold days where it could snow or definitely feels like snow is on the way.
The inspiration for this outfit comes from the Burberry London Leather Sleeved Trench Coat – I was on the train the other day and spied a gorgeous Trench coat with leather panels – I willed the stylish lady to turn around and say “oh I notice you checking out my fabulous coat with leather panels; I’m a bit sick of it to be honest, so would you like to have it?” but I’m pretty sure this type of thing only happens in my mind.
Its a grey day so my colour choices are muted – these skinny jeans from 7 For All Man Kind have the perfect amount of feature to keep them from being just another pair of black skinny jeans. And this Reed Krakoff Long and Leather Wool Blend Cardigan practically screamed “pair me with those jeans!”. And of course the leather panels were an instant attraction point.
I considered going with a pair of kicks for the shoe choice but decided this pair of Pierre Hardy Leather and Watersnake Ankle Boots gave the outfit a more sleek and chic finish.
For accessories and beauty, I wanted to give a bit of colour so what better time to try Fall’s Burgundy trend. This Miu Miu Bow Embellished Leather Tote is about as cute as a bag can get, especially when complimented with this Tom Ford Casablanca Lip Colour (see Mum, I can wear lipstick – just VERY expensive lipstick…).
A muted but ‘fall perfection’ outfit for those grey days where Winter is on the way and at the same time feels like it is never ending.
Shop The Look:
It’s an interesting thing that this splurge vs. steal yet again involves Chloe and Zara – I have been looking out for items for this particular post for a while now and couldn’t believe my eyes when in Zara the other day I spied these rather bright red boots, not days after Net-A-Porter had emailed me to tell me of the arrival of the new Chloe boots.
These red boots are a solid feature item for Fall – worn with a pair of skinnies and a blazer or some tights and a short shift dress, these boots will brighten up those colder fall days. And with Zara offering up (an eerily) similar style but for a much gentler price (the Zara booties are $200 while for the Chloe pair you will be paying about $1300), this look can easily be yours for the upcoming cooler season.
So, would you splurge with the Chloe pair or save with Zara?
As soon as I saw this gorgeous Colour Blocking image on Pinterest, I knew that I wanted to recreate the look with my own TWW spin on it. The way the green and the blue compliment and contrast at the same time is so eye catching, as is that gorgeous bauble necklace – enough but not too much.
And a colour popping outfit like this is a perfect way to start the week; too often Mondays are just tolerated but with an outfit like this, a gorgeous sunny day and a fun night planned with Dotty (pizza on the grill, a hit of tennis and some True Blood to catch up on), Mondays in our house are quickly becoming a day to look forward to.
I decided to give the look a bit more of a casual feel with these Balenciaga skinny jeans, which are a little more muted than the pants in the look but still retain that colour pop. I have been wanting to try the Peplum trend for a while now – I love the girly element it gives to an item or a look, and knew this Marc by Marc Jacobs heart shirt would be a great place to start. With that gorgeous green, the tie at the waist and those hearts, this is a shirt that is just eye catching for more than just its colour.
Although you can’t see what shoes this gal is wearing, I had a definite look in mind (and wanted to try something other than a wedge which is my usual go to sandal for summer) with these Rachel Zoe Platforms, which are now at the top of my wish list. I love the cut outs in the upper strap with the buckle and although they are quite high, the stacked platform offers much needed support.
To accessorise this colour blocking look, this Kenneth Jay Lane gold plated necklace is the perfect piece. It has a gorgeous ribbon detail through the front and a strong chain feature which won’t get lost in amongst the rest of the shirt but won’t be competing with it either. I went to my girl Stella McCartney for the bag love and to finish the look off. This Falabella metallic shoulder bag has a not-quite grey colour that works with both the greens and blues as well as the tan of the shoes and is oh so versatile with either a shoulder strap or the chain handles.
A gorgeous colour blocking outft to start the week on the right note with a little bit of happiness and excitement for what the week will bring.
SHOP THE LOOK:
In honour of releasing my new website redesign, I decided to go shopping. A delicious, no-holding back, oogle to your hearts content, TWW Shopping Spree Extravaganza*. Ok, extravaganza might be getting a little excited, but you get the idea that I was going to be having a good time.
There were only two rules for this shopping spree:
1. No price limit (obviously, this is The Worlds Wardrobe afterall)
2. Each item in the shopping spree must be brand new, so no choosing a pair of shorts or a pair of sandals that I might have previously spied and lusted over.
(3. After about an hour of playing, I also added in “lets limit this to 10** items, otherwise we’ll be here literally all day”…)
With this absolutely gorgeous weather we are having in Vancouver at the moment, my shopping was definitely tailored towards summery items, although there are a few multi-seasonal choices in there as well. From bikini’s and wedges, to bags and bangles, these are my top 10 pics from my shopping spree, in honour of the new Worlds Wardrobe.
Thanks to the power that is the internet, exploring the world of fashion is so easy, as more labels and brands are showcasing and selling their collections online. And as online shopping continues to increase in popularity, websites like Net-A-Porter, Shopbop and Lyst are coming into their own. With an increase in image pics and wider shipping options, a girl can now get her retail therapy from the comfort of wherever she may be!
While shopping for reals is always a good time, when it isn’t a happening thing, treating myself to an imaginary shopping spree online is the best “in the meantime” alternative.
*A shopping spree over here at The Worlds Wardrobe is based on what we would buy if we absolutely zero limitations on access or money; a shopping wishlist you might say.
** The reason there are four pairs of sandals in my shopping spree is that I couldn’t decide which ones I loved the most, so decided to include all of them and give them the label of “sandal”, hence keeping in line with my 10 item limit…
SHOP THE LOOK:
29 CAD – sincerelyjules.bigcartel.com
66 CAD – net-a-porter.com
260 CAD – zimmermannstore.com
275 CAD – theoutnet.com
98 CAD – theoutnet.com
365 CAD – theoutnet.com
330 CAD – theoutnet.com
2,170 CAD – net-a-porter.com
180 CAD – allsaints.com
510 CAD – net-a-porter.com
The Royal Ascot race organisers have released new fashion restrictions through “The Royal Enclosure Style Guide” for this years race event. With longer hemlines and wider hat bases (fascinators are no longer acceptable head attire), the new guide is likely to have some ladies rethinking their original choices.
Off the shoulder dresses and mini-skirts have definitely become the norm these days, and in some cases are tame compared to other “fashion” choices (I saw a photo today of a celeb wearing what was essentially a mankini on the red carpet. I’ll spare you the link to the photo). While some may puzzle at these new restrictions, I think there are some events where a little modesty is called for and a day out with The Royals is definitely one of these days.
I thought it would be fun to style a look for the upcoming race season with these new guidelines. Keeping in mind that the races are held during the day, finding a dress that upholds to the new modest restrictions while still working with the summer theme definitely takes some work. Thankfully fashion is nothing if not plentiful in its choices, and I had actually had a bit of trouble narrowing down my final dress so decided to create two race looks. The two dresses are rather different – one dark, loose and flowing, the other fitted, lighter and shorter but each aboslutely gorgeous in their own right and keeping in line with the new guidelines.
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to wear either of these dresses.
Which look would you go for? Do you think Look Two is too “matchy-matchy”?
In this fickle fashion world, as trends come and go (and come and go), it can sometimes* be hard to decide whether or not to jump on board a certain look of the moment.
It is tricky business balancing the items that are so now with a wardrobe that is wearable for longer thanittakesmetowritethissentence. But fashion is supposed to be fun and even though I generally stick with classics, every now and then I like to put my own interpretation on an item that I don’t intend to last for the next 10 years.
With that in mind, a look that I am going to adopt this season is the Palazzo Pant. Printed, feminine and flowing are all descriptions that sound to me like a little bit of heaven in a pair of trousers. I love the ethereal nature they lend to a look and the fact that they can be dressed up for a night out or down for a bbq in the park.
Oh and did I mention that I am an absolute sucker for anything with a wide leg?
Combined with the right accessories, a simple white tee and a splash of lipstick, I can see these Palazzo beauties being my ‘go-to-look’ for Summer.
*I say “sometimes” as I read a horrifying article the other day that said overalls are coming back into fashion… I wish I had a photo of me circa 1990 where overalls were it as far as I was concerned but I think even 7 year old me could have told you that they were a bad idea the first time, let alone the second.
I realised it has been a while since I put together a ‘look book look’ based on one of the pins from my Pinterest Look Book board. This is one of my favourite blog posts to put out and after creating this summery outfit, I’m even more eager for this weather to warm up.
Today I have gone with a pre-made template from Polyvore for my presentation – I haven’t really used these templates before as I feel that they are a little too “magaziney” but after putting in all of the items, I actually like the final product and will remember these templates for future presentation ideas.
These gorgeous Balmain shorts were the starting point for this look. I love the colour combination and the pattern that isn’t too much, while the silk fabric adds an element of glam to the overall finish.
To continue the mint theme, I used the Polyvore editor to find this sleeveless mint shirt from Oasap which is perfect as I’ve been wanting to try out the button-down trend for a while.
I would normally select flat sandals to wear with shorts but wanted to try and keep the look more on the dressy side. These stunning Vionnet ankle strap heels have great colour contrast, and bringing in the natural colour helps to keep the look from being too matchy-matchy.
To accessorise, I went with this classic Chanel Leather Clutch with patchwork pattern – a bag quietly creeping to the top of my wish list – and this metal necklace from Zara which is the perfect feature for the button-down shirt.