Summer roundup: outfits

Only two more days until it’s officially fall. From now on, temperatures will only continue to drop. We certainly can’t complain as it was a terrific summer. Far from usual, here in the Netherlands. Although, taking global warming into account, I’m sure our summers will get progressively warmer and longer. All weather conditions aside though, I thought I’d do a roundup of summer outfits now that I’ve finally decided that mirror shots are acceptable.

I’ve been wearing different variations of the outfits above and below all through summer. That’s definitely a perk of buying clothing in neutral colours; everything can easily be combined. Someone commented that I always manage to look put together and that, even if she were to wear the same kind of clothes, she would never look the same. Obviously I disagreed and told her it’s all about materials and fit. For instance, I could’ve bought any random white tanktop but opted for this one instead. It looks more expensive than it actually is. Which is, according to my friend Nicky, one of my talents; to find reasonably priced stuff that could easily be mistaken for a more expensive brand.

D. rarely comments on my outfits although I always make him share his thoughts on any new purchases. An extra voice of reason, you could say. So imagine my surprise when I heard him say: “I can definitely tell that you are finally easing into summer clothing.” I didn’t even notice it myself at first but he was right. This was the first time that I wasn’t complaining about my wardrobe and was even excited about getting dressed in the morning. There wasn’t a single piece of summer clothing in my closet that I wasn’t happy with and didn’t get worn. So wardrobe-wise, this was a good summer!

Final summer (wardrobe) thoughts

  • Wide-legged trousers are an excellent alternative for skirts and dresses.
  • Linen, silk and cotton are your friends. Skip any synthetic materials.
  • When buying new clothes, keep in mind that they will need to be washed more regularly than fall/winter clothes.
  • Get a pedicure every once in a while. I never understood why people would spend money on them until I tried it myself for the first time this summer.
  • Dark blue or navy over black. Looks a little less harsh and also goes with anything in my closet.

hm-trend-blazer-daarboven

I just noticed how most of the items I photographed for this particular subject were bought around 2010. That was about the time I started with the 5 Piece French Wardrobe and decided to invest in quality clothing and accessories. Surprisingly enough though, this blazer isn’t from some fancy, expensive designer brand but from good old H&M. I don’t buy a lot of stuff at H&M, for obvious reasons. The only exception is the Trend collection, recognizable by its pink label. Like the name suggests, it’s more trend driven but also made from higher quality materials (think silk, cashmere etc.) and usually has a much nicer fit. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the occassional timeless piece of clothing there as well.

What attracted me to this blazer were the long narrow lapels and the skinny sleeves. I’m sure we all know that I can be extremely picky so it will come as no surprise that wide sleeves are a deal breaker for me. I don’t know, it instantly ruins the whole look. But anyway, this blazer is awesome. For the past 8 years people have come up to me to ask me where it’s from. Clearly, you can still stand out with a simple black blazer if the design and fit are just right.

The only downside to this blazer? It’s 8 years old and I wear it too often. Not that I mind, on the contrary, but any garment will only last so long when worn on a regular basis. I don’t want to start looking for a replacement just yet but I definitely need one when the time comes to say goodbye (the drama, LOL). For me, it is one of my most important and most worn wardrobe staples. I even considered bringing it to a tailor and ask them if it’s possible to replicate it but I fear it just won’t be the same. Does anyone have any experiences with such a request?

For now, I will enjoy it as much as I can. The cost per wear must be down to 5 cents per wear or maybe even less. Without a doubt one of my best purchases of the last 10 years.


To read more about my old and well-loved wardrobe staples:
Oldies but Goodies Part I

Life is so much easier when you’re not worrying about taking the perfect picture. This applies not only to Instagram, which probably comes to mind first, but also this blog. I can be too much of a perfectionist at times and I’m sure a year ago I wouldn’t have posted mirror pictures. But I’ve been trying to let it go a little especially when it comes to outfit shots. I hope that’s okay.

All items worn are purchases from the last couple of weeks. Truth be told, I’ve been buying to many clothes. Most of the time I can hardly find anything that caters to my taste in the summer but this year is definitely an exception. We had a few really hot days and I suspect there will be many more to come. So at the moment I’m opting for wide legged trousers and airy tops when temperatures rise above 25 degrees Celsius. Very much out of my comfort zone but so much more comfortable than skinny jeans.

I tried the cropped wide jeans last year in London but the model seemed a bit weird. I guess it took a bit of getting used to the silhouette as I’m now loving it. Paired with my striped shirt and classic loafers it still feels timeless. Oh, remember my post about choosing another pair of loafers? I ended up with the G.H. Bass ones and they do not disappoint! The second outfit is perhaps a little chicer than my usual attire. Probably because of the twill trousers. I like the combination with the linen blouse, which makes me especially happy. Linen shirts are excellent for warmer weather and I’m a sucker for everything with tortoise buttons.

Unfortunately I will only wear the slippers when I’m not at work. Granted, we are allowed to wear them but I just don’t feel comfortable and/or professional with open toed shoes. I stood in line for these for 20 minutes because my size is so hard to come by (EU 36). Standing in line at Zara for 20 minutes feels like a lifetime. Awful! But in the end it beats paying over $500 for a pair of slides from Hèrmes of YSL. As I said on my Instagram story; I actually prefer these. But of course I’d be happy to do a comparison if one of the two brands would accidentally stumble upon this blog 😉

For the longest time I have been searching for the perfect flats. So you can imagine how excited I was when I received an email from MyTheresa that their Repetto classic black ballerina’s were on sale. I had my eyes on them for so long but always found them a bit too expensive. Years ago I tried on those timeless nude/black flats from Chanel. Obviously they were much cheaper at that time but at €450, I didn’t dare spend that much money on a pair of flats. Don’t ask me if I regret it, LOL. Anyway, they’re even more expensive now than they were back then, so I don’t even consider them an option anymore.

The search continued and Repetto caught my interest. They ticked all the right boxes; classic, elegant and I’m a sucker for heritage stories. These would be it. Well, they arrived last week and I feel disappointed. Worn, they look delicate and dainty. The overall fit is lovely. The leather feels wonderful and the sole feels nice and sturdy (I have read complaints about the thin leather soles but these are a newer version with rubber soles).

My one and only issue is that toe cleavage. I didn’t expect the vamp to be that low. I looked up some images on Instagram and read a few reviews before I ordered them but none of them mention the low vamp. Any readers with Repetto experiences? Is there any chance of getting rid of that toe cleavage once the leather softens up? I don’t want to send them back but I have to be realistic. If this is how they will look, it is very likely that it will continue to bother me.

Maybe I should rename this blog: the chronicles of a fastidious shopper.

Any thoughts are appreciated.