So it’s been 2 months since I moved out of my Adelaide home, and I’m still living out of a suitcase! Don’t ask. But it has reinforced my own philosophy in regards to having key wardrobe staples. In fact, the whole experience has been refreshing. Refreshing you say? Find out why – read on!
It’s not until you’re forced into a situation whereby you need to live off a far smaller wardrobe, that you live and breath the concept of wardrobe staples. And considering the fact that living out of a suitcase is unsettling during a move, my outfit options haven’t fallen by the wayside. In fact, I have actually come up with new combinations, because I am forced to be more creative. I’ve also have discovered different ways in which to wear older items, and ways in which to reinvent old looks, all by utilising the pieces I have from one suitcase…well maybe two suitcases! Let me explain. One suitcase is dedicated to clothing and accessories, and one is dedicated to activewear. My shoes went in my husbands suitcase…because shoes are a completely different kettle of fish!
Not only have I re-discovered my creativity, but I’ve also re-discovered my appreciation for all the beautiful clothes I own. And as a result, I’m even more pickier about what items I buy or plan on buying. And in a world full of fast fashion, it’s not a bad thing.
I’ve always considered white shirts a fundamental staple in every wardrobe; be it for men or women. But never endeavoured to own the right one. My first mission was to purchase a white linen shirt as it’s summer in Australia, and it’s the perfect option for those in-between weather days. I originally looked at all the higher end brands, but could not justify the price. I mean, $500 for one shirt…that’s ridiculous. And then, I had a thought – why not try Uniqlo! To be honest, I had never purchased anything from that store as I was sceptical about the quality. But low and behold, the fabric felt amazing, the cut was perfect, and sizing was just right. And with an extra discount, it came down to AU$29.95! I am so glad I got it, as I have already found so many uses for it; I wear it tucked in or tied up with skirts, pants, jeans, or even over bikinis.
So next time you find yourself scouring though the entire internet, looking for the perfect summer/spring top, do yourself a favour and purchase a white linen shirt. No fancy sleeves, buttons or embroidery. Just a plain white, crisp linen shirt. It’s universally flattering, incredibly versatile, and always on-trend. And if you feel it needs jazzing up for certain occasions; pair it with some massive statement earrings, a bold lip, or a flower broach. A fresh spray tan always helps too. There is something about tanned skin, beachy hair and a white shirt that is so effortlessly gorgeous.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried Uniqlo? Have you recently purchased a white shirt, and have some styling ideas you’d like to share? Or do you recommend any other brands?
Happy staple wardrobe shopping! And thanks for stopping by!
Katrina – Leather & Soie
What I wore:
White linen shirt – Uniqlo
Skirt – Aje, but no longer available
Earrings – Mercedes Salazar via Shopbop