As Melbourne shows it's first glimpse of spring I've started looking forward to weekend afternoons basking in the summer sun and warm sunsets that lead into relaxed balmy nights. With that I've started to build up a little wish list of my spring wardrobe purchases made up of casual floaty fabrics, a signature monochrome palette and relaxed modern cuts.
First up is a Top and Short combination from SIR the label. A key component of SIR's current Spring 16 collection is Linen fabric, and Linen is something I love for homewares and fashion because it has an inherent raw, relaxed finish. It has an effortless feel to it and really adds another dimension to this simple look. This outfit would be perfect for a relaxed weekend BBQ or even late afternoon drinks with friends.
I came across this simple, off the shoulder cut dress by MLM a little while ago and have since discovered that they repeat it in a number of different fabrics. At first glance on the hanger I definintely liked it but as soon as I saw it on the shop assistant I fell in love. It has a slightly exaggerated shape to it which elevates this simple design to a fresh, modern look. This is such a no-brainer dress too, I can just see myself throwing it on with a pair of simple sandals for a casual afternoon of shopping or with a pair of heeled sandals to dress it up.
Ok. Confession time.... I am terrible with Sunglasses. My track record of standing/ sitting on sunglasses is shamefully high so it has taken me until the ripe old age of 24 to commit to investing in quality shades. I went with the classic Rayban Clubmasters and they can do no wrong. However now that I have managed to keep them in one piece for some months *touch wood* I feel like I am ready to commit to another pair. Every time I see someone in the Ray Ban Round classics they add just that little bit of edge to an outfit. I'm slightly kicking myself because when I did buy the Clubmasters I tried these on expecting them to look awful (being round on my round-er face) but I was pleasantly surprised. So I think for Spring I'll be saving my pretty pennies to add these to my collection.
The one piece has been back for a few seasons now and so far I haven't been too convinced. They were often too strappy (ie. heinous tan lines) or strange cuts (I'm sorry but the Baywatch style the Kardashians are rocking just screams wedgie to me). But this season I have started seeing brands like The Bare Road, Bamba Swim and Assembly Label come out with beautiful basic one pieces (and Bikini's for that matter) in modern cuts and block colours. I love this classic stripe from the Bare Road, the cut emphasises the top half and modestly covers the bottom which is perfect for my shape. I can just see this working perfectly with my straw wide brim hat from Lack of Color and some denim shorts over the top.
This may be a bit backwards but I have always loved knits in Summer. I am a very textural person and the combination of a beautiful knit next to a raw, frayed denim short that is just perfection in my eyes. I like to stick to lighter colours like whites to creams for my Summer knitwear and a relaxed fit. This Maurie and Eve one is exactly what I'm looking for, and the flared sleeve is just the icing on the cake.
So off the shoulder is clearly 'in' in in a big way and I am so glad because it is a look that really flatters my petite shape. I really love the look and feel of oversized pieces but being slightly miniature they often just look ridiculous and I feel like a toddler trying on Mum's clothes. But this top from May the Label is perfect because whilst it has the oversized, loose flare the fact that it leaves the shoulders bare puts me back in proportion. Then just make it in a black and white stripe and I'm sold!
And while we're on the off-the shoulder theme this is another top I have my eye on at the moment. I don't know what it is but I am always on the lookout for the perfect boho-style long sleeve top. All too often they're too frilly, too floral-ey or too dated in the cut. Because I wear so much denim I often reach for a floatier top on days where I want to soften my look but I don't have that many because they're so hard to get right. This little MLM number is on the money - the frills and tie up give it just the right amount of boho and the fact that it is all black keeps it modern. I can see this working perfectly for an everyday look paired back with light wash denim.