So, I have just moved to Sydney, from Adelaide. It’s been a bit of whirlwind; resigning from my job, moving states, and starting my MBA (Masters in Business Administration) full time. There’s always an adjustment period when going through change, which usually results in a lack of sleep for me. I like to secure a good routine as fast as possible, because a good routine, for me, is the best recipe for success. But due to the lack of shut eye, I’m sporting some pretty hefty bags under my eyes at the moment, and getting lost a whole lot!
Another challenge I’ve been facing is the fact that I’ve been living out of a suitcase since the beginning of December! There has been a delay in our new apartment, which has meant that I cannot access the remainder of my clothes from the shipping container. It’s reminded me how important is to have a wardrobe full of good basics and other transeasonal pieces that matches the climate in which your living or visiting. I have moved from a very dry environment to a relatively humid one, therefore the materials I wear drastically differ between the states.
The outfit I’m wearing in this post epitomises the perfect Sydney outfit, for a mild summer’s day. Denim, silk (soie) and lace; the triple threat.
Denim is a staple for most people worldwide. It’s incredibly versatile in different climates, and is always on trend (as much as I hate to say that term). A couple of points to review when deciding which denim piece is perfect for you:
- Denim wash (light/medium/dark wash)
- Stretch or non stretch denim
- Ripped denim or not
- High/medium/low waisted
- Leg shape for jeans & shorts (straight/flare/boyfriend/tapered/frayed, etc)
When you understand what you want, what suits you, and how you want to to wear them, you can make an educated decision when purchasing. Better buying decisions equal less wastage and more happiness!
Silk (soie) is one of those materials that not only looks luxurious, but feels luxurious against the skin. It’s flowy, comfortable and breaths easy. Make sure you read the labels on items to confirm it’s 100% silk, or at least a high percentage of silk. A lot of designers will say ‘silk top’, but in actual fact it’s made of polyester, modal, rayon and/or viscose. These materials are absolutely fine, but cheaper than silk, therefore should be represented in the final cost of the item. Don’t get caught out just because the brand is luxurious.
And lace is a timeless material that not only adds a light layer of protection, but compliments an outfit effortlessly. I actually bought this lace cardigan for my wedding day, whilst getting ready. It was the perfect layering piece that didn’t involve messing up my hair and makeup when taking it off! Quality of lace differs, however, so I would suggest spending a little more to ensure you get something that doesn’t irritate your skin.
Leopard print needs a notable mention here, too. I completely adhere to the fact that leopard print is a neutral, therefore can be worn as one. Think about it; what are the colours that make up leopard print? Brown and beige, and black. They’re all neutral tones individually, that can be mixed and matched easily with other colours or prints. My suggestion, if you like leopard print, is to stock up on leopard print items such as camisoles, shorts, skirts and dresses. You won’t be disappointed.
And, as you know, I am a big fan of statement earrings. The bigger, the better! Because I love them so much, I invested in a few good pairs from Mercedes Salazar, as they’re casual, fun and extremely comfortable. A good tip when purchasing pricey accessories, is to follow the below criteria. If you can tick yes to all the following points, then it’s a worthy investment. If not, it may be worth going for a cheaper option as they may only last you a season or two.
Criteria for purchasing costly accessories:
- You absolutely love it
- It’s super comfortable (i.e. clip on’s for heavier earrings)
- You can wear it with multiple outfits/styles
- It’s timeless (shape, colour, size, theme)
- You won’t get sick of them (it’s not a one hit wonder)
Don’t get sucked into buying things on sale because it’s a bargain. My advice, to combat this, would be to only purchase timeless items on sale. Buying ‘on-trend’ items on sale could lead to disappointment; you may only wear it once or twice before getting sick of it. But if you purchase a full-price item and you wear it constantly, then it’s a worthy investment.
To conclude this post, I cannot recommend the ‘triple threat’ (denim, silk & lace) enough. Fill your wardrobe with materials and styles that never fade, and you’ll find that you have a sustainable wardrobe for years to come. If you need some more inspiration on what constitutes a staple, check out my previous posts.
If you have any suggestions or questions, drop me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for stopping by!
Katrina – Leather & Soie
What I wore
Camisole – Ganni
Denim shorts – Agolde
Slides – Tkees
Earrings – Mercedes Salazar