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I’ve been wearing navy day-in, day-out lately, it’s a really easy way for me to transition from Winter heavier pieces to Spring styles!
Navy stripes are one of my timeless classics, I’ve got tanks, tees, dresses and skirts in this print, and I find that I can wear them season after season – which really makes them the cheapest pieces in my wardrobe, no? I think my love for them may be due to my family’s sailing history, and the fact that I do love a good preppy style. They have a slight tomboy-ish feel, and make anything they are paired with look crisp and fresh – is there any reason not to love them?
A few days ago on a much-needed day off work, I wore this super simple navy tank dress and denim jacket with some wedge espadrilles, it was the first day of Spring and I was ready to dress the part! Whenever I wear navy (which should be obvious – it’s a lot), I try to use a splash of colour, so that it doesn’t look too much like a uniform. My all-time most-used favourite handbag in bright orange is really all that I ever pair with navy stripes, I just love navy and orange together.
Bright chartreuse green is one of my favorite colours, although I rarely wear it. I have a little of this vibrant colour splashed around the house because it suits the tropical bringing-the-outdoors-in vibe, but I don’t have much in my wardrobe.
What better time of year to bring out the green than Spring? This lightweight Sussan cardigan I found in last Summer’s sales will probably get some wear this year, but as it’s such a statement colour, I fear I’ll only pair it with black and white.
I’m taking my cues today from the folk over at Katies. They’ve styled one of their new-season maxidresses three ways, and I thought I’d try the same with another one-piece wonder, my new black Katies jumpsuit.
Can we also please take a moment to note that this jumpsuit is only $39.95? Seriously? Amazing. (Remind me why I haven’t yet got it in the other three colourways?)
Here’s some news. Big news.
For the first time ever, I’ve worn a jumpsuit. This super-soft and stretchy black jumpsuit from Katies was exactly what I felt like wearing on the weekend for a girl’s night out.
You see, Peta and I had been talking about heading out on the town for wine and dancing for months and months now, but that afternoon, the sky darkened and the rain rolled in. I worked all day, felt exhausted, and didn’t feel like going anywhere.
Our text conversation that afternoon:
But HELLO brainwave. I wanted to wear my pyjamas and feel cosy and comfy. and I had this lovely jersey-weight black Katies jumpsuit hanging in my wardrobe with the tag still attached. Could I wear it? I’d had reservations ever since it came home with me, thinking so many negative things about jumpsuits – Kim Kardashian’s butt looks ridiculous in them, I might struggle in the bathroom, my butt would look ridiculous in them.
So, I did what I never do when I’m unsure about an outfit – I wore it anyway!
Let’s all take a moment to note that Peta snapped these outfit photos of me at the end of our night, it was a crazy arm-waving, blurry situation but it’s real. I wore a jumpsuit out, rocked it, didn’t get all tangled in the bathroom, and will definitely wear it again.
(Because I’m an awful friend, I didn’t take any photos of Peta’s lovely outfit. Hopefully one of the other girls we were with snapped a few, she looked lovely as always.)
Have you worn jumpsuits before? Do you have any favourites, or suggestions on how I can find more styles that will work for my figure?
*all pieces and opinions my own
One of the easiest things to wear in my wardrobe are my collection of tunics. (And let’s be honest. Easy is really all I’m looking for in a garment.)
Tunics have been around forever and have never really gone out of fashion. Teaming tunics with leggings is so perfect for the mild Winter days we get in Queensland – although I did wear this look a lot when I lived in New Zealand one Summer! Tunics offer a great way of elongating my short-ish torso while hiding unflattering areas. By that, I mean that it hides muffin top. Winning.
I’m starting to plan my attack on Tasmania’s chilly Winter – we’re headed to Hobart in two weeks for a long weekend – and I’ve only got carry-on luggage allowance! I think this tunic, layered with a thermal t-shirt and leggings and this super-cute vest, will see me onto the plane, visiting the relatives, and out to dinner nicely. All I’ll need to do is carry my coat, gloves and beanie and that’s one outfit sorted. (That is some serious optimism speaking there – you guys know how much I don’t like the cold. But the excitement of visiting a newborn baby niece should hopefully warm me up!)
It’s been quite a while since I shared some of my work wardrobe photos (see here) and I’ve stocked up on new pieces since then, so it’s time to share a couple of them!
Remember, I don’t work in a corporate environment, or a classic women’s fashion retail store – I manage a lovely little women’s activewear store, so my work wardrobe will most likely be very different to yours. (And often, I’m jealous of you fabulous fancy-frock wearers. Except when I’m sleepy and cold and get to wear tracksuit pants and sneakers to work. Cosy!)
This turquoise jacket was a favourite from the minute I unpacked it instore! While I’ve worn it with black, white and pink on different occasions, it was a bit fun to pair it with neon orange.
Winter has arrived in South East Queensland. (Well, it’s Winter for us. And we happen to think that a high of 21°C is pretty darn chilly, ok?)
Whilst Winter has many benefits – hot chocolate, snuggling and my husband’s slow-cooked dinners, to name but a few – I really struggle to put together decent outfits in Winter. I love boots, but I don’t have many pairs. I love jeans, but I don’t love a lot of my jeans – they are never comfy enough for the whole day. And I have a mighty large collection of Winter hats, beanies and scarves, but I just can’t seem to put them together without looking like I’m headed to the ski slopes.
You see, it’s cold enough here right now for jeans and boots, but still gets warm enough during the day that I want to take jumpers and sweaters off. Annoying.
This outfit is pretty perfect for Queensland’s mild Winter days. A short sleeve Bonds sweater tee, and my new Uplifting Jeans from Katies*, paired with my all-time favourite ankle boots. Cosy enough, but I’m not going to need to add or strip layers through the day.
These jeans are my new go-to jeans, I swear. Light and stretchy denim, and the perfect mid-wash to go with everything. Plus, the way they’re darker down the inside and outside of the legs makes my legs look longer and slimmer. Optical illusion for the win!