I’ve found that tops are what I buy most often as they’re a relatively inexpensive ‘filler’ item and freshen up old pairs of shorts and skirts. My purchases seem to fit into three distinct casual styles, which I tend to put with smarter items for a bit of balance. I think I might have bought four striped tops in July and even though my mother doesn’t quite understand why I need multiples, I can always find something different within each one I buy whether it’s a new stripe layout or shape. You’ll also see a lot of Weekday in this post, another European based store that needs to join Cos and Monki in transactional website wonderfulness. I love their basic loose tees that aren’t typically flattering but always fascinate me in their cut and drape. I’m also prone to the odd slogan tee, a trait only strengthened by Elisabeth who got me on the A.P.C bandwagon. I expect to be sale stalking this tee continuously.
At the moment I’m trying to sort out my skirt collection as I’ve definitely fallen out with the micro-minis of yesteryear and am trying to stock up on as many A-line skirts as possible. My preference is still above the knee but with enough length to feel decent when sat down and minimal fuss and detailing. I also love skater skirts to bits but find them still quite short when worn high on the waist so am hoping that this Asos number suits me when I finally buy it. Pleated skirts are pretty much a given for me and if I buy another one it really needs to be special, though grey is the only colour that I don’t seem to possess at this moment in time.
Flat shoes are the foundation of my shoe collection, allowing me to walk at my brisk pace whilst commuting and running for various forms of transport. It’s quite obvious that I’m a major fan of the more masculine variety, maybe due to my feet practically being man-sized at a UK 8 and following the ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’ mentality. I love how brogues and loafers counteract with more feminine items of clothing and I can’t see that obsession fading, but now I have the basics I’m looking for styles that add something extra such as the finish of the leather or numerous other details. This Office pair is an amalgamation of all the things I like in a shoe and it’s taking a lot of self control not to buy a pair and crowd my room with even more shoes.
On the bottom half I’ve pretty much washed my hands of jeans (hello graduation weight) preferring to stick with slightly flared shorts and structured trousers. Tights don’t really belong in this category but it’d be a shame to leave them off as I rely on them so much to add interest; preferred styles are sheer with pattern and boozy hues such as plum and dark green.
Although I am prone to forgetting about my shirts due to lack of ironing, I still feel that they are an important part of my wardrobe. Gone are the days when I’d have to wear white or black for school and early part time jobs; nowadays you can have any print under the sun and various materials such as velvet and denim. My print of the moment appears to be spots and I was tempted by this Etsy number before it sold out whilst deliberating. Further online searches have resulted in much disappointment and even horror as what people class as a polka dot silk shirt and I will have to look further afield for the perfect delicately spotted blouse. Sheer shirts are a given as they rarely need ironing and I also like Asos’ take on the denim shirt, which reminded me of some of the menswear I saw in Berlin.