Just two quick mirror outfits if you don’t mind. This winter is a pretty unusual winter. Yesterday marked the warmest February day ever recorded with 16 degrees Celsius. Crazy, right?! Kind of a shame because I was hoping February would be a cold one, allowing me to wear my thickest knits. Instead, I wore my &Other Stories blazer yesterday as a coat.

Speaking of, don’t you love it when you can finally wear something again? I can honestly say that I looked forward to wearing that (old) Céline trio bag and &Other Stories blazer again. Even though it’s labeled as a blazer, it’s much too thick and warm to wear inside. I see it hanging in my closet everyday and was pleasantly surprised when the sun was shining yesterday and I could wear it out.

Sometimes I ask D. what he thinks of my outfits. And he always compliments me, saying that I dress better than most. I don’t know, to be honest. I hope I do. Most of the things that I wear are nothing special but I hope they stand apart because of their fit and material which are my main concerns when buying something new. That’s why I love that blazer so much. The wool feels soft and luxurious and the sharply cut shoulders really give it that tailored, expensive fit.

The first outfit was worn out and about yesterday. I wore the blazer on top of my navy blue Uniqlo cashmere sweater and Hema organic cotton t-shirt. The wide-legged jeans are still going strong, I love how comfortable they are. I rarely wear skinny jeans anymore. These Reebok sneakers are my second pair and I like them so much more than the Stan Smiths that I used to wear. They’re a bit more narrow and lined with fabric so super warm. For accessories I reached for my trusty Céline trio bag and A.P.C. scarf. So nothing new really.

The second outfit is slightly less casual. I was on the hunt for that &Other Stories sweater for weeks. As usual, I waited too long and it sold out. I guess I kind of liked the idea of a wool sweater with a preppy polo feel to it which seems to be having a moment right now. I paired it with my black Levi’s Ribcage jeans and Zara boots.

What are you looking forward to wearing again this year?

The last six months of 2019 I didn’t buy anything except for few replacements. I stopped using Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration and didn’t check any online stores. A good thing, right? It also means that I neglected this blog but I do have some future posts in mind so hopefully that will make up for it. Removing myself from all online style and/or outfit inspiration also means that I missed out on a few items that, in hindsight, I actually would have wanted to buy.

While I was making this list, I realised that most of the things on it aren’t considered timeless but rather trendy. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, I’m sure you know that I’ve talked about ‘classic’ and ‘timeless’ pieces over and over again. But let’s face it, sometimes you’re just attracted to a particular trend. With a basic wardrobe such as mine, it’s easy to incorporate trends but should it be something that I want to do? I honestly don’t know. Although I feel that fashion should be fun and something to enjoy, there’s also that feeling of guilt when I no longer like a piece of clothing that I kind of knew wouldn’t withstand the test of time. But let’s get to the list:

  1. I gave up on Isabel Marant years ago. Too expensive, the quality was no longer the same etc. But a short visit to the Isabel Marant store a few weeks ago instantly rekindled a long lost love affair. Mind you, I still find most of the clothes and accessories too expensive. I don’t mind paying for quality, but within reason. I’m not going to shill out €1000 for a coat. But instead, I will consider something if it goes on sale. In this case I was looking for the Gabrion coat that I first spotted in Karen’s video or the shorter version, the Gaston coat. Well, long story short, they’re both sold out everywhere and quite frankly, I cannot justify another coat. Instead I found this Mango jacket that’s very reminiscent of that collection and could work as a more casual jacket for indoors. Naturally, it’s also sold out.
  2. The same goes for this particular beanie. Also sold out and nowhere to be found. So I might go for Dutch brand Le Bonnet which sells beanies in a wide range of colours. I could opt for black, beige or another subdued colour but I’m actually contemplating maybe a bright orange or red. But I need to consider; am I going to invest in a bright coloured wool beanie that may only be fun for this season or do I stick with safe, classic neutrals?
  3. Yes, I can most definitely buy a random €15 hair brush. And it will probably do the job but I’m stubborn and want to find out for myself if this classic Mason Pearson hair brush is everything everyone is raving about on the internet and in real life.
  4. I tried on a similar wool-blend hat in the Isabel Marant store and low and behold, it actually looked really good. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I may consider it with further price reductions. But as I only saw it for the first time three weeks ago, I’m going to need a little more time to see if it really sticks with me. Is it too trendy, I don’t know.
  5. Arket does pretty bags from time to time. But again, just another thing I don’t really need. It isn’t even that practical. It’s small and I prefer cross body bags.
  6. Oh this will definitely be a future purchase. It’s a shame that I’m not wearing my favourite red lipstick right now because I still need to buy a lip liner. It needs to match Chanel’s Pirate but I think they no longer sell that Rouge Profond lip pencil that was a good match. Hopefully this one works as well.
  7. Another Isabel Marant inspired item; the Regina slouchy jeans. Do these even look good on anyone except models? I need to know so I tried to order them two times now and for some reason they keep sending me the wrong size. Zalando, the last time I wore a size 34, I must have been 16. Come on now.

So there you have it, a list of things that are sold out, I don’t need or I can’t seem to order in the right size LOL. My apologies, it’s probably not that interesting to read. But writing things down sometimes helps to get them out of my head. And I also like to use this blog as a way to document my style over the years. Although it doesn’t seem to have changed that much.

As for balancing trends and classics, I don’t have a clear answer. I will probably always find myself drawn to certain trends. Some I ignore. Some become staples in my wardrobe long after the hype is gone but I also own a few things that I won’t wear for years to come. Right now, I try to maintain a balance of 85-15% between more timeless pieces and things that will spice up my wardrobe for as long as they last.

What are your thoughts on trends and a timeless wardrobe? Is that something that you strive for?

Don’t you hate it when you’re proud of yourself that you actually managed to cut down on clothing purchases the past 6 months and then the sales hit? Yeah, me too. I bought not one, but two striped tops these past two weeks. Because as we all know, you can never own too many striped shirts or sweaters. So let me tell you about my new two purchases and while I’m at it, which striped tops I think are worth your money.

The Isabel Marant Étoile sweater probably doesn’t qualify as your typical classic striped top but it’s a stripe nevertheless. I figured a hint of colour would do my wardrobe some good. I cleaned my closet a few weeks ago and I had to conclude that white, black and navy blue make up for 99% of my wardrobe. I first spotted it at the Bijenkorf in Amsterdam but after trying it on, I quickly did an internet search and found it for €40 less and free shipping. Easy decision right?

The A.P.C. top turned out a little different than I expected from the pictures but it made me like it even more. It looks black and white but is actually more of a creme colour with navy blue stripes. It’s quite boxy, has a boat neck and the 3/4 sleeves are always a plus in my book. So different enough from my Comme des Garçons shirts to warrant to purchase. D. was a bit sceptical and asked: “Are you sure you like those splits on the sides?” He knows I like my clothes as simple as possible. But yes, I do, on this shirt.

As for brands that I recommend if you are looking for a breton shirt?

  • Comme des Garçons Play. They come in different colours and everyone loves that red little heart on the chest. I’ve gotten so many compliments and both of them still look wonderful. I’ve had one of them for at least 5 years and wear them regularly. I prefer the mens version because it’s not as fitted and a tiny bit longer.
  • Saint James does the striped shirt as no other. T-shirts, long sleeves, knitted sweaters… And I’m also a sucker for heritage brands. They do different styles so there’s something for everyone. I personally prefer the unisex Minquiers Moderne shirt and can also highly recommend the Maree II merino sweater.
  • Another favourite brand is Petit Bateau. The Bayure shirt ticks all the boxes. Not too fitted, slightly boxy and a boat neck.
  • A.P.C. has different striped shirts every season. So it’s pretty hit or miss if you’re as particular as I can be. The one above is currently on sale (also comes in a dress). The new version is up now on the A.P.C. website. I also recommend the striped t-shirts if you’re looking for one.
  • To be honest, I don’t own any striped tops by Uniqlo. But I’m impressed with the overall quality of the brands clothes so I’m 99% sure these shirts will not disappoint. This particular one resembles the fit and colour from that A.P.C. top apart from the longer sleeves.

Did I need any new beauty products? No. Am I a sucker for new formulas, pretty packaging and limited editions. Without a doubt. So while I didn’t plan any new makeup purchases, I could’t resist a nice discount on Chanel. I ordered the Chanel Eau de Teint from the 2019 Les Beiges collection and the classic red lipstick Rouge Allure in 99 Pirate.

I don’t own a lot of makeup. Mostly skincare products. I would rather have nice skin and no foundation than having to cover it up for a smooth complexion. Mind you, I know that not everyone is blessed with such easy skin as mine so I have nothing against wearing full coverage makeup. It’s just not for me. My idea of makeup is a tinted moisturizer and some mascara. So if I wear anything on my face it needs to be lightweight. For years I’ve been wearing Origins VitaZing SPF15 Energy-Boosting Moisturizer which adds just a hint of colour. But the formula of the Eau de Teint and the reviews got me interested. We will see how I like it.

If I could only wear one makeup product next to my base for the rest of my life, it would be lipstick. A blueish red to be exact, which works excellent with olive skin, so the internet tells me. MAC’s Ruby Woo has been my go to option for the last 10 years but the extremely dry formula doesn’t seem to work for me anymore. I still love the matte look but my lips are always dry now, no matter which lip balm I try or how much water I drink. So I hope this will be a nice replacement.

Do you ever switch from long time favourites to new products?