I think it’s fair to say that summer has pretty much come to an end, which I don’t mind at all. Cozying up on the couch with a nice cup of tea and a blanket while burning a few candles and catching up on my favourite television shows is my idea of an ideal winter evening. The change of seasons also allows for a new wish list for another season of the 5 piece French wardrobe. After careful deliberation I compiled the following list of things I would like to add to my current wardrobe this fall and winter:

1. H&M silk blouse (€60) – A silk blouse in washed black or dark navy. I would absolutely love an Equipment blouse but I’m pretty sure I would ruin it in an instance. I ordered this H&M blouse and am very curious about the fit and the quality of the silk. 2. A.P.C. wool hat (€155) – For some reason hats look really good on me and I love the overall look with a trench coat or pea coat. I feel somewhat self conscious when wearing one, but I’m ready to give it another go 3. Ace & Tate Nina glasses (€98) – I’ve been wearing the same black glasses for over 3 years now and trust me when I say, it shows. Lots of scratches and a dull looking frame that has lost it’s shine. These Ace & Tate glasses are very out there and while I really like them, don’t be surprised if I settle for something a little more safe and subtle.

4. Fashionology silver ear studs (€15) – Small delicate jewellery is always on my list. 5. &Other Stories luminising cream (€15) – A cream highlighter for a radiant glow just above the cheekbones or any other part of the face that needs accentuating. I always felt I didn’t need a highlighter because I wear glasses. But Maja’s post changed my mind 6. A.P.C. half-moon bag (€325) – Okay, I’m not necessarily looking for this particular bag, but more for a small everyday bag in vegetable tanned leather. Because I’m obsessed with the gorgeous patina it develops over time. 7. Equipment cashmere turtleneck (€395) – At first glance the fit of this sweater looks perfect! Not too tight and slightly longer. I’m currently very drawn to all black outfits which is terrible when you own a red/white haired cat. I have an entire drawer filled with Ikea lint rollers. Not kidding! But it just looks so chic…

What’s on your wish list for fall and/or winter?


Okay, so I’m cheating a little here. Because the picture in the upper right corner isn’t really an outfit. But I had to take a picture of my new coat for obvious reasons. Although it doesn’t neccessarily stand out, because I only tend to take pictures of outfits I wear during the colder days of the month as my outfits for 25 degrees and up are even more simple (and boring?) than the ones above.

The loafers are a huge hit. I’ve been wearing them almost every day. The same goes for my striped shirts, they make it so easy to get dressed in the morning. I don’t have to ask myself whether or not I need a blazer or a cardigan to spice things up, just the shirt itself is enough. Rainy and colder days also require a coat, so my Isabel Marant trenchcoat is back in business. I bought it somewhere in 2010 on sale and it has been one of my wardrobe staples ever since. Sometimes I wonder if I should wear it as much as I do, because it will be so hard to find a suitable replacement. I’m especially fond of the colour, not too beige or khaki but with a slightly greenish tone.

  1. H&M high-waisted jeans, H&M blouse, Pier One loafers, Balenciaga bag
  2. Filippa K Dean coat, Isabel Marant t-shirt, Pier One loafers
  3. Isabel Marant trenchcoat, old Vero Moda t-shirt, Acne pop jeans, Pier One loafers on repeat
  4. H&M striped shirt, H&M high-waisted jeans, Isabel Marant boots, Céline bracelet

Hi there! Long time no see. I have been M.I.A. for quite a while and I figured it was time for a comeback. I will keep the reason for my sudden absence short; I have been taking care of my grandfather who sadly passed away in April.* Surely you’ll understand, blogging was the last thing on my mind. But hey, let’s give it another go! Let’s talk summer uniforms while we’re still going through a heat wave.

Above I present to you my current summer uniform which mainly consists of new purchases I made last month. Even though temperatures have risen to an extreme, I still want to look somewhat put together, and for me, this outfit does the trick. I panicked a little when I read the weather predictions and realised I had hardly anything to wear. Jeans were definitely not an option and the few tops I owned had been literally worn to death. As much as I’m all for careful wardrobe planning and thoughtful purchases, I quickly decided I wasn’t prepared to spend a small fortune on a pair of designer trousers and t-shirts that will be washed over and over again the upcoming two months. So instead, I opted for more affordable options.

1. H&M white t-shirt. Even though I usually prefer a round neckline, I really like the fit of this particular shirt.
2. Weekday Ella trousers. You can never go wrong with a pair of gray classic trousers. They’re supposed to hit just above the ankle (If you’re two metres tall maybe). But cuffs work just fine and I like the look with sandals.
3. Tiffany Diamonds by the yard bracelet. I bought this bracelet years ago after I saw it on Geraldine Saglio from French Vogue and I landed my first ‘real’ job. It’s delicate and subtle, just how I like it.
4. Chanel Illusion D’ombre eyeshadow in Mirage. This eyeshadow is pretty awesome. It has a silky cream texture in a beautiful gold shimmery shade. It comes with a small brush, but fingers work just as well.
5. H&M sandals. A tiny bit of colour to spice things up. They’re actually pretty comfortable for just €25. I bought them on a whim, but so far no regrets.

Those last two sentences pretty much sum up my recent shopping experience by the way. When things are cheap, they’re can be pretty hard to resist. Just €8 for a t-shirt? Let’s get three of them. Do I really need those sandals? Well, they’re just €25. But trust me when I say I’m back to my old responsible self again. I will soon start planning my fall/winter purchases.

Now tell me, what do you prefer to wear when we’re dealing with temperatures as high as 36 degrees celsius?

* Sorry for casually mentioning such a sad event in a post like this, but I did want to give you guys a short explanation for my absence without writing a separate post and going into details.


*I wrote this post before my London trip but I was so busy at work that I didn’t get the chance to actually post it.

Let’s do a small update on my 5 piece French wardrobe adventure before I head to London in a few days. I’ve been doing surprisingly well. At the beginning of the season, when all the new look books showed up online, I almost had a moment of weakness. Everything seemed to be my style and as usual it all looked so good on those tall, skinny models. So after a few try-outs, I quickly came to the conclusions that most of it didn’t suit my body or didn’t look quite as nice in person as it did on the interwebz. So basically, shitty fabrics and short legs saved my bank account.

So far I’ve only bought a camel knit and a light blue blouse by H&M. Truthfully, I don’t really know how long both will last, but a couple of somewhat trendy seasonal pieces are fine, in my opinion. I want to spend the other three open spots on a few pieces that will last me longer than this winter. First of all, I hope to find a striped Comme des Garcons shirt in London. I tried finding one in Amsterdam and Paris, but no luck so far. So that makes three purchases. We’ll have to see if I even make it to five items this season.

Next to those two purchases I also bought a black T-shirt at H&M to replace my old one. I like the rolled up sleeves and the fit was almost perfect (mind you, I like my shirts a little oversized, not fitted). It’s holding up nicely, so definitely two thumbs up. Now if they would only release a discount code so I can stock up on those high-waisted black skinny jeans again. Although I suspect my co-workers think I only own one pair of jeans. Oh well… Stay tuned for my London purchases!