“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” —Vincent Van Gogh
Ten years ago I had an undying penchant for red. It reinforced my internal drive, one that came with a burning desire to achieve and a stubbornness to prove a point. Red is bold, brave and makes no apologies. As an introvert/extrovert, red expressed what I couldn’t say out loud, it was a means for me to scream at the top of my lungs in the hopes that one day, someone might hear me.
There is a vitality, warmth and energy that I still love about red, but these days blue reflects my inner contentment and self-assuredness where I’m more than happy to embrace the quiet side of my personality.
I picked up this top just as the new Spring/Summer collection dropped at Karen Walker a couple of months ago (I always get in early to make sure my size is available).
It’s made from linen, which is one of my favourite fabrics because it breathes and wears really well. It did, however, crumple in my suitcase after an outing in Auckland during NZFW, but after popping it into the freezer in a re-sealable plastic bag (to freshen it up and undo the creasing) it came out just like new.
I’ve balanced out the proportions of what is a rather top-heavy garment, by pairing it with culottes and a slim heel. It’s almost warm enough in Wellington to pull this one out, judging by the amazing weather this weekend, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Style File: Karen Walker ‘Flounce’ Top / Perks and Mini Culottes (bought last year, similar here and here) / White belt strapped around arm / Kathryn Wilson Boots (no longer avail. similar here and here / ASOS Faux Fur Blush Clutch (no longer avail. try this).
Photography: Cheryl Lin Rodsted, edited by me.