black on black

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Even though I do not like jewelry and most ornaments,
I do like a classic metal detail in an otherwise uniform outfit.

This was taken a while back in the midst of february, when jeans and jumpers are my uniforms of choice.
(The lipcolour on the other hand is a different story altogether. More on that coming soon.)

(image: my own.)

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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)

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)

Frenzy

When it comes to shopping, I prefer working with lists. A couple of years ago I noticed girls on my favourite blogs doing this and thought I’d give it a try. Needless to say it has become something of a necessity since. Throughout the year I keep a wishlist with items from my favourite stores such as COS and A.P.C.

When the recent sales season came, however, instead of purchasing those items on my list that were now available for much less, I decided against it and ended up with just one purchase – a black spring coat, which I can say I have worn almost every day since (though I honestly do wish I didn’t have the need for a coat in july). Somehow the sales made me realise I didn’t really need another black top or linnen t-shirt. The amount of need simply didn’t justify the purchase. Plus the frenzy of the sales reminds me of everything that I dislike about shopping.

Subsequently, it felt liberating to let go of these self imposed needs which tend to sneak up on you when you’re not expecting and it made me realize how much more satisfying it is to let the desire for an item build up before deciding on the purchase. Which doesn’t mean indulging in impulse buys from now and then can’t be fun, but you do risk ending up with a full closet of things you don’t wear down the line, and who needs regrets anyway? Even if they are just the sartorial kind.

(image: Lina Scheynius Polaroids)

The Language of Flowers


(images via i-n-j-e-c-t tumblr and jazzmine berger by garance doré)

Garance Doré posted this picture (right) from her archives some time ago, because it felt very current despite being several years old. The clean, tomboyish items offset the exuberant femininity of the flowers. Indeed, it evokes a very modern kind of romanticism, where it’s all about finding the balance between contradictions in one look.

I personally love a good print and the idea of a minimalist romantic. When employed all-over, the print becomes almost as monochrome as a solid colour. It’s also a very photogenic look, even if not entirely easy to pull off in everyday life.

I’m still not sure if I could see myself wearing floral pants, though this image below of Gaia Repossi is certainly making me reconsider that idea. The floral print something that could easily be introduced into my existing wardrobe for a modern update on the classic trousers, shirt and blazer combination. The all-over print, as much as I like the idea, is probably somewhat too trendy which means it won’t age too well. I have also yet to find the print that makes my heart beat faster, so this just might be one of those infatuations that I’ll grow out of, if I don’t find the right item. As of now though, I’m not ready to stop looking for that perfect floral piece anytime soon.


(image via maison styling)

Timeless

On a personal note: life has been all sorts of busy lately. I am currently working on a freelance assignment for a company which could turn out into a permanent full-time position. Careerwise this would be a great opportunity and I’m hoping it works out. On the other hand, I would certainly miss the flexible working hours that life as a freelancer offers. For example chosing to take the long lunch and enjoy the weather and compensating for time off by working in the evenings. But I wouldnt miss the irreglular income and fretting over the next project. All in all there are positives and negatives to every outcome.

I did made me contemplate office wear and assembling the office appropriate wardrobes. I’m also thinking a lot about light blue and chambray, the summer versions of my usually navy wools and cashmeres. 

Empty Emptor recently made a post questioning the concept of “the classics” when it comes to wardrobe pieces, as propagated by the fashion magazines and blogs, as they could turn out to be just as trend-concious as peplums and beaded collars. It’s a really well-written piece and if you’re into it, I would also recommend her previous post on wardrobe culling, as well as… her entire archives.

I think when it comes to classics, it’s important to find your own personal classics. Staples that you can build your entire wardrobe around, and upgrade seasonally with a few pieces to keep evolving, but also to keep it from becoming schizophrenic in style.

These are some of my personal favourites, around which I base my outfits (I chose to just focus on tops here). They include simple button-down shirts, crewneck jumpers and breton tops. Most of my tops are a variation of these, which is why I’d call them classics. I usually pair them with smart jackets, jeans or cigarette pants and simple or slightly androgynous shoes.


(Images from left to right: By Malene Birger White Greville Classic Shirt, Hope Drape Tee, A.P.C. Merino Striped Pullover, Acne Ry Angora Sweater, A.P.C. Woven Cotton Shirt. Most of these are currently sold out via Net-A-Porter and La Garçonne. Top image via naturalstylist tumblr.)