Winter white is my new favourite colour. Granted I’m being liberal by labeling it a colour, but when I spend most of my days head to toe in black, it’s almost like stepping out in hot pink. Get it in perspective people. So anyway, as I was saying, Winter White is my new favourite colour.
As the days get colder, the meals get warmer, bigger and decidedly more unhealthy. This results in clothes getting baggier, layering and best of all OUTERWEAR. The best thing about Winter, apart from eating what you want and knowing you won’t be in a bikini for at least 6 months (can I hear an amen), is getting re-acquainted with your Winter wardrobe and best of all, buying a new coat.
When I think about purchasing outerwear, I want it to last. I want to be able to pull out that coat that used to be a ball of crisp hundred dollar bills or lets face it, probably a small chunk of credit on a Visa and wear it season after season. Who doesn’t want to get their moneys worth these days? Petrol ain’t getting any cheaper and my Shellac mani/pedi isn’t going to pay for itself.
White is a “colour” that will never go out of season, similarly to Black or Camel. It’s a non offensive shade of nothing that will live out its days happily in your outerwear cycle. Pick a style that has a good silhouette and simple clean lines that you won’t get sick of. This little number that I designed for work has just gone into store and is a sturdy shorter length coat, slightly over sized and made out of a heavy off white, boiled wool.
So say it with me, I love Winter weight! I mean white… Well at least there’s room for both of you in this coat.
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Copenhagen Oversized Jacket Jigsaw
White Linen Tee A.P.C
Jeans – On Sale!
Ecru Boyfriend Jeans Marcs
Shoes – On Sale!
Elly Banded Pump Seed
Nothing says Summer like the colour white, denim shorts and breezy t-shirts. Put them all together and what do you have? An all white outfit that’s fresher than Mentos, and what’s Mentos? It’s the fresh maker. Duh.
If you’re going to tackle the white short look, the most important thing is the fit. Go for something higher waisted and looser around the leg. White shorts can go from relaxed and casual to working the corner, quicker than you can say “how much?”. Leave the platforms at home, wear them with a loose t-shirt and a pair of casual slides and you are on the summery, sandy road to crisp white freshness.
*Disclaimer: Wearing white shorts will automatically attract food and drink to the area. Wear with caution.
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Silk dress made my me / Seed Elley Banded heels / Jigsaw Box Clutch / YSL ring / River Island Body Harness (worn underneath)
I recently attended a friend’s wedding and as per usual I was making my own dress. The process began as it normally does, with plans of grandeur and intricate design details. These plans soon turned to “quick what can I pattern make and sew in 1 week” (as per usual).
While in my panicked state, I had a momentary lapse in judgement of making a bias cut slip dress, but I quickly snapped out of it when I remembered that after all the formalities are through and through you are basically eating and drinking for a prolonged period of time. The solution to my quandary?
Let the eating begin.
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Jigsaw Linen Tee / Vintage Leather Skirt / Jigsaw Wool Fedora / Pamela Love Necklace
A vintage leather skirt and a white tee are a match made in monochrome, not to mention extremely affordable, heaven.
Anytime I walk into a vintage store I am all over that leather skirt section like a fat kid on cake. Usually you have to sift through a whole bunch of strangely fitting 80’s skirts. But when you do find something though, you can usually pick up a 100% leather, fully lined skirt for around $50-$70.
I found this perfectly fitting gem in a vintage store in Melbourne just off Brunswick street in May and I completely forgot I had it until recently. One of the hazards of having an almost all black wardrobe is that things manage to slip into the shadows.
On the up side, it makes grabbing things blindly and randomly in the mornings an extremely low risk activity.
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Outfit 1: Jigsaw Cropped Wide Leg Pants / H&M Jumper
Outfit 2: Jigsaw Wide Leg Culotte
Both pants available at selected Jigsaw Stores and now available online.
If you haven’t jumped on this train yet, I suggest you get on it fast. The Culotte or Cropped Pant trend, whatever the length, has been around long enough now for you to love it, hate it or be too scared to try it.
I love the feeling of wearing floaty skirts, but with this love, comes the very real fear of the dreaded ‘gust of wind undie flash’. All too often I’ve been stuck with a coffee in one hand, clutch in the other and no hand to shield my laundry day knickers from onlooking pedestrians, traffic and tradies, when I’m caught off guard by that windy jerk.
Culottes and Cropped Pants are like the airy, loose, floaty friend that I’ve been looking for. The friend that will shield me from all probing eyes, even on the most gusty of days.
If you love the look but are struggling to figure out what to wear with them, strap on a pair heels and this strange, alien pant turns into your best, most comfortable friend.
Culottes and Cropped Pants, because sometimes you need a little room to breathe.
BOOM. There’s your slogan.
After a fleeting thought entered my mind that I needed a new pair of jeans, this sudden flash of brilliance soon turned to obsession as I started to scour the web for the perfect pair of denim duds to add to my collection.
After a few hours of aimless searching, I decided to re-evaluated the ratio of denim currently squished into my wardrobe. After counting at least 13 pairs of jeans and not having even touched my shorts drawer, I slowly closed all my web browsers, shut the lid of my lap top and slowly backed away…
And so begins my week in denim, where I feel it only right to pay tribute to a few of my old and new favourites every day for 5 days.
Where better to start on a horrible rainy Monday, than my oldest, most faithful pair of ripped, shredded and completely falling apart TSUBI jeans. Yes that’s right, purchased while the brand was still spelt TSUBI with a silent T, before they had to change to KSUBI with a silent K.
Starting off as a pair of very regular, black skinny jeans, enter a pair of sharp scissors and a boring day at home 5 years ago and they are now completely and purposefully ripped to shreds and literally about to split at the seams. Although loved, I feel that these puppies are well and truly about to go to denim heaven to be reunited with my old wide leg Sass and Bides and my favourite pedal pushers (yes I had more than 1 pair) from the early 90’s, along with a few other gems and train wrecks along the way. I feel i’m starting to cross the line between “derelicte” and homeless.
Rest well old friend. You were truly one of my favourites.
“Winter is Coming”, or so we were promised in season 1 of Game of Thrones. Now, with 4 seasons down, we find ourselves still patiently waiting and Winter has still, not come.
Similarly Sydney siders have found themselves in a similar predicament, minus the Giants, Whitewalkers, Wolves, Dragons and the biggest battle The Wall has ever seen.
However, today, you finally came through with the blustery, icy, Winter goods. It only took you two and a half months of lukewarm “winter” days and the threat of Spring around the corner, to actually get there.
Thankfully this icy blast coincided directly with designing Jigsaw’s AW15 coats. With freezing cold toes and a sniffly nose as my inspiration, I armed myself with my thinking cap, in the form of my Brooklyn Nets Pom Pom beanie, and I directed my full attention to researching styles, fabrics and everything outerwear.
Next season you will be seeing the continuation of a more relaxed silhouette, semi masculine styling, checks, plaids, herringbones and tweeds.
The season will be all about bringing a subtle femininity to slightly masculine styling. Tones of powder blue, hues of dusty blush and notes of lilac will be paired with easy throw-on, straight, DB coats. While large, brushed checks and knit textured tweeds will envelop you in comforting cocoon shapes with oversized collars, pockets and sleeves.
Come AW15, for those of you who haven’t already met, say hello to the season of ‘Relaxed Femininity’.
AKA my most comfortable Winter wardrobe yet.