Quintessential


This is basically how I dressed over the past weeks. Jeans and t-shirt. I actually have that exact striped shirt and it’s one of my most worn garments during the summer months. 

Late summer brought beautiful warm weather while usually leaving the awful humidity behind. It was around this time that my schedule got really hectic and I’m just now catching up on reading my favourite blogs and new issues of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man which dropped in the mailbox yesterday.

Lack of free time to overthink also made me pair down my summer attires down to the bare essentials. I lived in jeans and sneakers, pairing them with my favourite blue chambray shirt or oversized t-shirts (striped or plain white), occasionally wrapping myself up in an oversized dark grey cardigan. A canvas bag and some lip balm and was good to go.

Right now, as the weather is slowly transitioning towards autumn, I’m trying to hold on to the simplicity of my summer wardrobe, by reluctantly adding only the most basic of fall garments. I realize this may seem plain and boring, and perhaps it is.  To me personally however,  it’s also a small triumph in reducing all the unnecessary visual noise tot the simplest basic shapes that nonetheless feel decidedly personal.

(images via emilyafricaa and neuewave tumblr)

Persona

I personally love reading about cinematic style on blogs like Clothes on Film or Capture The Castle. My last post about the summer capsule wardrobe consisting solely of simple black pieces, reminded me of the film Persona, by Ingmar Bergman. The film’s stark minimalist style perfectly compliments it’s existential themes, with Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson as two blondes protagonists on what initially looks like the idyllic holiday by the sea. Together, they’re almost like the alternative Scandinavian versions of Brigitte Bardot (Ullmann) and Jean Seberg (Andersson), less whimsical and more somber, but not any less stylish and inspirational.

(All screencaps by me.)

Beige

I’ve been searching for a perfect pair of summer sneakers for some time now. A simple pair looks so good with jeans and t-shirt and not much else. I really wanted something light enough to be seasonally appropriate, yet sturdy enough to support my feet during long walks. At first I was really into white canvas Converse sneakers, especially the ones by Jack Purcell. Those are also available in leather, black or white. I really liked the simplicity and lack of superimposed logo. However, I did find the sole a bit too thick for my tastes and I started reconsidering my choice until I decided it was something I really liked on other people, but not on my own feet. I also started doubting the appeal of stark white colour on my feet, and thinking a softer, off-white colour might blend better with my usual wardrobe palette.

The search ended after finding this soft-beige pair by Esprit. Now, up until today, I usually associated Esprit as a brand with my preppy-bourgeois aunt (not to sound like a label snob though) and could never really muster up much excitement for their collections. But upon seeing this particular pair, I fell in love with the creamy colour and buttery texture of the shoe and I love how light they look and feel on bare feet, which makes them so perfect for the current season.

Tomboy

I love the way girls like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Caroline De Maigret wear their sneakers, with boy-jeans, loose-fitting t-shirt and a good jacket. It’s such an easy going look, perfect for a lazy, grey summer.

(They are also making me reconsider bangs, but that’s a whole other conversation, perhaps for some other time.)


(Images clockwise from top left, via: kai jeunemann, lesantimodernes, miriamassai and inaclothing tumblr)

The Classic


(images via unknown source and afinefashionfrenzy tumblr)

Past couple of days suddenly feel like summer. Temperatures are rising and everything smells like holiday in the sun. Hot summer weather, however, can be a tricky season sartorially speaking. It requires comfort above all else, because who wants the fuss of intricate necklines and novelty details, when the humidity is following your every move?

This is the time when I fall back on the classic white t-shirt and jeans combination. Be it cut-offs or semi-boyfriend jeans, v or crew-neck, the right items never fail. As with all items that are known for their simplicity, the smallest details matter. My current favourite is a loose crew-neck tshirt in softest cotton. It drapes beautifully in all the right places, without looking overtly constructed. It’s easely paired with black jeans and brogues, tucked behind a leather belt, or with cut-offs and sandals, for the required trips to the beach.


(images from vogue paris and via naturalstylist tumblr)

Summertime


(images from the gentlewoman)

It’s that time of the year again, when planning beach holiday wardrobe isn’t just a distraction from bad winter weather, but grounded in reality of approaching summer season. What I’m really hoping for is that by visualizing my plans, the rainy weather of the past few days will magically transform in to perfect summer days that smell like ocean and sunscreen. =)

This year I have also decided to go for one-piece bathing suits. I’ve been looking for a while for perfect black piece, with design that is as straight-forward as possible, because I strongly dislike silly fringes and unnecessary design additions when it comes to swimwear. And of course, I came across the perfect item while browsing A.P.C.’s webshop, that looks just how I imagined a perfect swimsuit for this year should look like. The minimalistic design looks chic as well as  flattering.

But, that’s not all! *cue exciting shopping adventures remix* While searching for beachwear, I stumbled across this striped piece by Norma Kamali, which has the same design qualities of the black A.P.C. piece, with added interest of striped pattern. I buy a striped bikini almost every year, so I was naturally drawn by this one-piece. The two items compliment each other perfectly, for a uniform holiday look, and more practically it’s always a good idea to pack more than one swimsuit. I cannot wait to try the look with red lip balm and slicked-back chignon.

A whiter shade of pale


(images via muus, lagarconne and stylesightings)

Although I’m still fully devoted to the monochromatic wardrobe, as the summer approaches I’m heading to the different end of the spectrum – namely white and washed out colours. All three of the outfits pictured have a very different and distinctive feel to them, composed of different pieces and silhouettes, yet all of them breathe a laid-back air of chic. I particularly like the centre image from LaGarconne lookbook, composed out of classic pieces in slightly different shades of white (the off-white trousers particularly look perfect).

I am however curious how practical (and indeed how laid-back) the look would be day-to-day, as I imagine I’d think twice about popping on a random park bench in my perfectly crisp white trousers or ordering red wine. I love a good white shirt and my white jeans, but they are not as versatile for every occasion as black, and therefor not worn as often as I’d like. As it seems, the look might be best reserved for tumblr and lookbooks, although I’ll try to document any attempt at all white outfits right here. For now at least, I’m sticking to my dark colours for spring.

Knits


(from Vogue Paris, via tumblr)

With the current temperatures calling for layers and knits, my current love affair with the concept of sweaters as outerwear continues. And editorials like the one above from Vogue Paris styled perfectly by Capucine Safyurtlu, are serving as inspiration (although I myself would probably pass on the ripped shorts). Paired with the big windswept hair, it all looks relaxed yet quietly luxurious at the same time.

This sweater from La Garçonne Moderne is perfect in every way, although the colour I would prefer the most is currently sold out.


(image from Jeanne Damas’ blogspot)

Margaret Howell s/s 2012


(backstage images from Margaret Howell by Vanessa Jackman, runway images via NY Magazine, all paintings by K. Malevich via wikipedia and google search)

I really love the Margaret Howell for all her prim and classic cool. Her stark colours and perfectly slouchy cuts are very appealing for the upcoming spring and summer season. Especially with soft side parted hair in low bun with red lips on an otherwise clean face. Brb, planning a perfect capsule wardrobe for a spring getaway.

Dark Spring


(images from cosstores.com)

This is  my current wish list from COS, featuring a couple of items which I plan on purchasing this year. Even though it’s all from their current spring collection, which is dotted with all kinds of sorbet and pastelcolours, I find myself navigating towards the most simple and classic pieces in black or dark greys (which is quite a departure from my usual black and navy palette, i know). Currently the spring is in full bloom, which means it’s finally time to hang up winter coats and go for spring jackets and trench coats.

I prefer to layer my jumpers and knits with crisp cotton shirts underneath for slight contrast. Or simply wear them with dark jeans and black leather chelsea boots with black cashmere scarf and a leather tote. The inelaborate silhouette and dark colours look so right, I suppose because they’re not very obvious for this time of the year. Plus, they provide the still much needed cover and warmth, since it’s still cold in the shade.

For evenings I might add lipstick (I love the look for red with otherwise dark grey outfit) and this large clutch, which seems to strike a perfect balance between modern and polished. All in all I know I look forward to wearing these items for the time to come.


(image via inatenuousmanner)