considerations

giorgia

I blame it on Giorgia Tordini who pulled off a t-shirt dress so perfectly that I decided right then and there it would be my summer of 2013 uniform. I plan on resisting the relentless summer holiday heat (fingerscrossed!) with nothing but the simpelest of tshirt dresses and pairing it with clubmasters and strappy sandals. There is just something about the idea of rolling out of bed and reaching for one item in your closet and basically being set for the day that makes me look forward to the summer. Some sunscreen and lipbalm and you’re ready to go. It’s a nice change of pace after months of layering and bundling up.

So, another summer, another summer uniform on the horizon. And so many things to consider.

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(black dress by T by Alexander Wang, sandals by MM6, white dress by A.P.C and sandals by COS)

I decided I want my t-shirt dress to have short sleeves, since it seems more practical, even though I like the idea of the upturned long sleeves. Right now I’m trying to decide between a black version by T by Alexander Wang and the white A.P.C. dress. I really love the A.P.C. one, but I’m wondering if white will be somewhat impractical and too fragile. I also have an irrational hate towards capsleeves. The black one looks cool and the sleeves are the right length but might be too short on me which in the end defeats the purpose of easy effortlessness.

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(dresses by Raquel Allegra and La Garçonne Moderne)

Then there is this beautiful jersey dress by Raquel Allegra. I love the way it looks on the La Garçonne model, but again I’m questioning the practicality of white. I guess I’m afraid it will look drab by the end of the summer? (I don’t want to keep thinking about that when I’m wearing this dress. Again, purpose defeated.) But i do love the length and the sleeves. And the idea of white. This black dress by La Garçonne Moderne is simple enough and the length is perfect, but the shape might be too straight, even on the model. I prefer it slightly more loose.

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(both dresses by COS, sandals by &Other Stories)

The highstreet versions I found are both in navy and both from COS. I prefer the loose-but-not-shapeless model of the first and the crewneck of the second dress. Of course all of this doesn’t outweigh the feel and the quality of the fabric, not to mention the actual fit. For this I might just be trying on dresses for the next few weeks. I haven’t had a garment on my wishlist in what feels like ages, I almost forgot the excitement of the selection process.

Finally, there is the choice of sort of dressy sandals which I don’t look forward to since I never had much luck in this department. As much as I love the idea of few straps of leather and not much else, my feet are difficult (as in narrow with high arch) and need more support than that, especially around the ankle, but I also want simplicity and not much fuss. Also, my list of irrational hates further includes toe-straps. I cannot stand anything between my toes. Right now I’m leaning towards these nude coloured sandals from COS. The colour is perfect (especially if I decide on the white dress) but I prefer belts for closure because it just seems sturdier. Then there is this pair from &Other Stories – I love the colour and the simplicity but I don’t know what to expect when it comes to quality. Anyone have any experience with them? (They also seem to be sold out often, but keep coming back in stock). And A.P.C. of course usually has a good selection, which I’ve been meaning to look for. 

(top img via google search, other images via La Garçonne, COS, &Other Stories)

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wood

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I admit I’m not a jewellery person. I realised this after years of buying things like bracelets and necklaces and then not wearing them. When dressing myself, it rarely occures to me to add some, because it usually feels unnecessarily ornamental, and takes away from the general simplicity of my wardrobe. And when I do decide on something like a simple gold cuff or chunky chain necklace, which I wanted for a long time, i am constantly aware of wearing it and fidgeting with it.

It’s possibly just one of those things you like on others but not on yourself. It’s partially also due to some bad luck – for example my pierced ear heals the moment I take out my earring for more than a week (no matter how long I’ve been wearing the earrings up to that point), so I just gave up bothering to get it pierced over and over again. I also had a very simple, very thin gold chain, which mysteriously vanished during a walk on the beach one summer holiday.

So for years I just gave up on jewellery and decided it wasn’t my thing. Recently though, I fell in love with a lovely necklace from COS featuring graphic wood elements (I generally love COS designs, due to it’s simplicity and graphic quality). Something about the natural matte texture that breaks up the shine of the metal and the unusual shape, appealed to me. I also really liked the way it looked with my usual wardrobe colours and casual navy jumpers or crew-neck sweaters, so it wasn’t just something that just looked good in picture, but it was even better in person. 

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So I started thinking about wooden details, and new ways to add them to my wardrobe. There is something humble yet unusual about using organic material such as wood, that I like. My boyfriend works with different kinds of wood to create abstract objects and I asked him to make a hairclip using a type of wood with natural red colouring called panouk that has become gradient from the sun. I really like the simplicity of design he came up with, like an optical illusion on the back of my head. =)

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Some time ago I also noticed a lovely wooden clutch from the French Connection, and although I liked the shape, I did not like the type of wood used, nor the shiny finish. So my boyfriend made a slightly bigger version in slightly different shape, using superior wood (walnut), and leaving it matte. I love this shade. And best of all, it complements the wooden soles of my black patent-leather brogues. 

That coat


I don’t post many outfit photos here, mainly because I like my anonymity, but I really wanted to show my new coat, the only item acquired during the sale at COS last month. It’s black, straight and the design is fairly straight-forward. I really like the way it looks with some of my favourite wardrobe pieces, such as black jeans and striped t-shirt or straight navy trousers and blue chambray button shirt. (I’m also wearing my awesome glasses which I cannot show you right now, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. =)

(all images © twentysecond8 2012)

Le Weekend

Spending the weekend in company of Diptyque Feu de Bois, records, and a new issue of Acne Paper (art issue).

(Images from top:  1. mermaidcat tumblr, unknown tumblr; 2. stella mccartney bra via net-a-porter, vanessa bruno cardigan via lagarconne, maison martin margiela tabi slippers via farfetch; 3. cinemaatheart; 4. cos bra, boy by band of outsiders sweater, marc by marc jacobs camisole, repetto slippers and bobbi brown lipbalm; 5. monocleview tumblr; 6. ledernierdespapillons tumblr, hedi slimane diary.)

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)