The list: Classic wardrobe staples

Fashion

It’s almost redundant to put classic and staple together. Being a staple – an important thing, feature, or element of something, in this case your wardrobe – means, by default that it would be a classic, no? Not exactly. Jeans are a wardrobe staple but having them in mom-jeans and acid wash style may not exactly count as a classic.

Over the past year, I have been looking to really simplify my dressing routine and tried to adhere to what I preach about sustainable and clutter-less fashion. I think I have been largely successful, though the amount of stuff I have returned by mail is not necessarily a small carbon footprint (I buy almost everything online). Here’s a list of items that should be mainstays in any wardrobe and in what style they should come in.

The list: Classic wardrobe staples
  1. Jacket/Coat/Trench in camel. I have been touting this for awhile but you have to admit, camel-colored jackets and outerwear have been around for a long time. Chances are, they’ll stick around.
  2. Striped top. There seems to have been an explosion of stripes from shirts all the way to shoes. But a striped t-shirt that you can throw in the wash and hopefully come out not too wrinkled is something you can rely on for years to come.
  3. Black skinny jeans. Leggings/tights would be more comfortable but jeans have a little more structure to them. Keep them in black, whether ripped or unripped, to bring an outfit from day to night.
  4. Understated bag. I prefer the crossbody style for this. I never get the top handle bag that gets slung on the crook of one’s arm even though it looks fantastic. It just looks so unnatural and uncomfortable to me. I used to prefer the good old shoulder bag but with a baby in my arms, a crossbody is a better option.
  5. Pointed toe shoes. As a pair of flats, the pointed toe shoes can be a great runaround pair of shoes without looking sloppy. If you can add some details like studs, leopard print or straps, not only can they be runaround shoes but can also work for date night.
Advertisements

Guide to fall trends

Fashion, Trends

Compared to my guides to spring and summer trends, I’m finding it harder to encapsulate a guide to fall trends. Most likely because it’s my favorite time of the year and I find myself excited to try almost everything. Fall conjures cozy evenings with a lingering glow from summer – not just the atmosphere but in terms of how one feels inside out. Fall is the most visible sign of changing seasons with the explosion of color – well, unless you live in Miami like I do, then it’s a season like any other. But, you can see that I can truly go on and on about how much I enjoy the fall season. But I will have to restrain myself and stick to a few key trends that can also be worn together. Pardon me if I also sprinkle some accessories trends into the mix: pearls, the bucket bag, booties and ear cuffs/ear jackets.

Guide to fall trends
  1. Cobalt blue and cream. It’s such a rich color combination, yet so classic that anyone can wear this. The possibilities are almost endless (possibilities as applied to combinations of top, bottom, shoes, accessories are not truly endless, are they?).
  2. Chunky knit and leopard. We can all thank Phoebe Philo of Céline for making cozy knits so on-trend – her Fall 2014 collection were full of them. You can unearth some of these from your closet or update the look with on-trend colors such as pink, pale blue and grey. And how about them, leopard prints? Dress in head to toe (on second thought, maybe not) or use as an accent, it’s up to you.
  3. Stripes and relaxed denim. I mentioned nautical dressing in my guide to summer trends, but stripes still reign supreme. Paired with relaxed denim (stash those skinny jeans for now) and you’re ready for the weekend. These are your new closet staples.
  4. Checks and plaid. Did you know that there is an Instagram account dedicated to J. Crew’s gingham shirt? Now you do and right on time too because checks and plaids are in. Dress it up with some gold accents and a structured bag so you won’t feel like you’re going to a camp in the woods.

The overarching theme: dress for comfort. Bodycons, skinny jeans and stilettos look a little dated these days – let’s all say “hurray.”

Paris dreaming

Fashion

What is it with French and Paris in particular? I love hearing the Romantic (in historical and current meaning) language of French and I always thought it would be so improbable for me to learn to speak it. Not because I have no desire to but because I thought: “But where would I use it?” I’m still not an expert but I can now understand beaucoup, beaucoup thanks to podcasts and my Québécois of a husband. And if push comes to shove, which is what will happen with our upcoming trip to Paris, I will be able to talk the talk. In the meantime, I’m Paris dreaming.

Paris dreaming

Paris dreaming by leah-grace


Saint James top
saintjamesboutique.com

Céline
farfetch.com

Croon Shoes
croonbangkok.tumblr.com