As we transition into Autumn/Winter with sunny, warm days teasing us as if summer is here to stay, I find myself reassessing my wardrobe deciding what to donate to charity, what to pass on to one of my siblings, and what to leave hanging on the rack before storing things away. The same theme continues to run through my wardrobe. Items that repeat include; collars, shirt dresses, skinny jeans (I am yet to find the perfect petite pair of boyfriend jeans, but meanwhile my trusty Lee Rider jeans seem to be doing the trick), lots of orange, structured pieces, dresses with drop waists, my favourite coat is still this one (despite having a number of jackets and coats of varying descriptions including; a trench, parkas, moto jacket, boyfriend style, blazers etc). Cardigans are something I’ve been revisiting lately and on those cold, winter days where it’s raining horizontally (yep, only in Wellington!) knitted jumpers are a must and make leaving the house for work a little more pleasurable.
As the days get darker, I’m getting a taste for black again too. I’m usually only tempted by black if the garment has some special detail, an interesting cut, or a mix of contrasting fabrics which help to give it form. I bought this Summer Time Sadness dress (pictured) this time last year, and it has the right amount of structure –the shirt collar and shoulder caps balance out the otherwise floaty elements, which means that I still feel like my tomboyish self. I love the necklace ( bought on my my trip to Auckland in February). I had no idea that the designer Tymone Winter is actually from Wellington (always the way!). The necklaces come in varying lengths and I opted (after much decision) for one of the longer ones. The block-heeled ankle boots have a vintage appeal and have seen me through at least 5 winters (and summers). I’ve found the colour to be so versatile and I have no idea what I’d do without them. They’ve become a timeless, perennial favourite and I’m sure that I’ll be wearing them for many seasons to come.
What are some of your favourite wardrobe staples that you can’t live without?