After the past few months you may be feeling unsure about what you need right now from fashion? For many of you there's been some big changes to contend with. Staying home. Working in a different location. Getting used to reaching for your basics but missing your 'feel your best' wardrobe. With our usual outfits taking a back seat recently it's been easy to forget how good it can feel to style up an outfit especially for an occasion or wear your instant mood-boosting outfit.
If like us you are ready to get back in the swing of things, keep reading for some styling ideas to inspire you into your jeans, shoes and jewellery. We put our heads together as a team to figure out our top 10 pieces that will help you get back the fun of dressing whilst still working with what you already have in your wardrobe. Let's do this.
1. Skall Studio • Lyre Blouse • Blue Chambray
An instant brightener in your seasonal wardrobe. The Lyre Blouse from Skall Studio is cut from organic cotton, is slightly oversized, long sleeved and has a ribbon at the collar that you can tie up or leave open. Read: ideal for lounging in, keeping things breathable, and flattering your shape no matter how you feel that day. Style with a pair of light wash denim from your drawer and throw a sweater over your shoulders.
Understated everyday sneaker? Done. We know you may have forgotten about shoes being anything other than a grocery run necessity, but we miss great shoes. These organic cotton trainers are right up there on our wish list. Equipped with an Airfoam eco sock insole to ensure maximum comfort, these sneaks feel like they have two tiny little mattresses inside them. You will wear them often and for years to come.
Forever hunting for the perfect vest? Look no further, Kowtow have created the ultimate white option ready to add to any outfit. A fitted singlet with a racer back and ribbed binding around neck and armholes, this vest is made from mid-weight organic cotton jersey giving it both a high-quality feel, and soft to the touch comfort. Wear alone tucked into a tailored trouser or layer up with a wrap cardigan.
We are ready for you jeans, it's been too long. This epic pair have a high rise and a straight leg that flatter and elongate your frame. Believe us when we say this pair really do it all and go with everything. Cut from 98.5% organic cotton and just a touch of elastane, these jeans are designed to be worn and last. And the best part is they couldn't be easier to style - wear them with pretty much anything.
Wolf Circus entered our family of brands since lockdown began and they've proved to be the ideal isolation buddy. Simple, stackable, add sparkle without overdoing it. This little-bit-of-then, little-bit-of-now bracelet is ideal for everyday styling. Wear alone with your favourite high rise jeans and a basic tee. Add a blazer and heels to take it to evening dinners or drinks with friends (remember those?).
6. Yeah Right NYC • Baby Girl Tee
A wardrobe staple, post-lockdown or not. You can't go wrong with a white tee and jeans and Yeah Right NYC add some sweetness to each of theirs with a hand embroidered message or illustration to keep things playful. Guaranteed to make you smile when you slip it on, these tees are cut for a relaxed fit to avoid any too tight feelings. We'll be going for the Baby Girl option, obviously.
Designed to transcend seasons and trends. The all-time most comforting knit, harking back to childhood with its wrap style, but taking it right through to today with modern tailoring. It's versatile (which we need right now) and warm enough to keep you layered up in cooler evenings (which we also need), yet not too bulky that it can't be slung around a waist or thrown into a bag when you are on your way out the door. Wear alone, or over a lightweight cotton shirt you may already have.
Once a classic, always a classic. Forever heels from vegan leather footwear brand, BHAVA, are now back in stock just in time for stepping outside again. Don't forget that feeling you get when you slip on your best shoes, and the Athena Mule is set on solid wood block heels and lined with soft natural cork padding for extra comfort, so double points there. This pair come with a detachable ankle strap for when you need a little more support or to change up your look.
9. Kowtow • Carpenter Jeans • Brass Denim
Just like the hard to find style you want to come across in your local vintage store. And just as much satisfaction when you put them on. We reckon an injection of unexpected colour would do wonders right now, and these jeans have an edge of utility mixed with a modern finish making them ideal for dressing up or down. They feature patch pockets at the front and back and are fastened by a concealed front fly with nickel-free tacks. Flattering, and fun - we're into that.
Let's finish things off with a final touch from Wolf Circus. These are the type of hoops you'll never leave home without putting on (hands up who is up for that making your styling choices easier!) and go with anything and everything. Handmade by the brands founders in Vancouver, BC, these hoops are created using recycled materials and are just the right size to adapt to whatever your outfit is saying.
We always are on hand to help, and right now even more than usual. Let us take the stress out of dressing up again and reach out with your questions, styling needs and fit concerns. Here for you!