Today was a delicious rainy day in South Africa – the perfect kind of day for some virtual window shopping. (I chose not to think about the Rand-Dollar exchange rate.)
I may be a bit late to this party, but I saw an image of Susie Bubble on Instagram, wearing a Molly Goddard dress, and I fell a little in love. I have a thing for tulle myself – the pretty-prettiness of it – and Molly Goddard’s dresses are full fantasy and wild feminine abandon.
I think I’d go with ultimate contrast – wearing the sweetest of tulle dresses with sneakers, jeans, and old t-shirts – to downplay all that whimsy.
ASOS did a collaboration with Molly a while back (which sadly I missed). Hopefully there is another coming soon. The dresses were sheer, delicate and the ultimate layering items. The ASOS styling is a little too pretty for me, but Susie’s styling wins, as usual.
As worn by Susie Bubble
I really think that South Africa has some of the best jewellery design talent around! I’m always discovering new designers I love, and today found Anna Rosholt. I’m a fan of the beetles, bees and bananas (bananas about the beetles and bees?).
I’ve been thinking more and more that life would be simpler if I just stuck to a weekday uniform. I find it more and more difficult to buy clothes these days – harder to find things I really love that are worth shelving out hard earned cash – and although I’ve been fairly ruthless about getting rid of clothes I no longer wear, or that I don’t love wearing, I still have a heap of clothes hanging in my wardrobe (only to default to wanting to throw on the same thing I wore yesterday).
At the moment I just want to wear my current favourite pair of black or dark blue skinny jeans, a white shirt or t-shirt, or a stripey tee, and shoes that match my mood. We’re lucky with the weather in South Africa, so much of the year, bare arms will suffice. Weekends and nights out are a different story – hello colour and pattern, and maybe some bare legs – but it’s the daytime version of a man’s suit (or chinos and collared shirt) that I’m dreaming about.
I think these would make a very good place to start – Summer Uniform 101:
Smart black trousers (ZARA)
A white boyfriend shirt that’s not too sheer or too fitted (JCREW)
White shirt with some beautiful detail (ZARA)
Stripey tee (ZARA)
White t-shirt (ZARA)
Oversized grey t-shirt (ZARA)
Stripe funnelneck tank (MADEWELL)
Basic skinny, dark rinse jeans (ZARA)
Coated black skinny jeans (MADEWELL)
Slim boyfriend jeans (MADEWELL)
One in each colour of these basic scoop neck t-shirts (COTTON ON)
Flat smart shoes (ZARA)
Leopard flats (MADEWELL)
White sneakers (ASOS)
I am a flats kind of girl. Heels make my feet and back ache, I’m not very good at walking in them, and I’m often self-consciously tall. Give me a beautiful pair of flats any day!
These from Sevilla Smith are basically heaven on earth.
Beautiful gold pieces from StudioBALADI.