10 Mid-Season Fashion Essentials

Much to my UTTER delight these last few late-Winter days have been just beautiful and Spring is most definitely in the air, albeit with a chilly-morning edge. So, in keeping with this new mid-season vibe, I shot a fashion story with a mix & match / layer-it-on theme highlighting my 10 MID-SEASON FASHION ESSENTIALS and thought I would share it with you despite my VERY white legs. Eeeeek! ;)

I hope you like it. It’s actually the very first time I’ve run photos of myself on the blog and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments at the end because I have a few more personal style stories in the works. But, for now, here we go!

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1. THE STRIPED TEE

I love wearing a Breton stripe. They, of course, lend me to Parisian fantasies – which can NEVER be a bad thing, right? Classic and chic but lazy and comfortable, if it was good enough for Coco Chanel it’s certainly good enough for me! Hello Fashion Basics 101.

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ASOS              +             Alexander Wang              +             Isla by Talulah             +             Aje

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2. THE SHEER SKIRT

Sheers just scream mid-season to me. Layer them up or wear them on their own, I certainly don’t see them as a nighttime-only event. These sheers are made for the daylight too! A black lace skirt might be too hot once Summer kicks into effect but I think they’re pretty damn near PERFECT right now.

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Jayson Brunsdon          +          Toni Maticevski        +         Elizabeth and James        +        KitX        +         Lover

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3. THE CASUAL JACKET

Because it’s always good to be prepared – hello unexpected cold-snap – this is THE time of year for mid-weight jackets and I’m loving the look in casual brown right now. Both fringed suede (Splendour throw-backs. I know) and the more polished but still relaxed, biker style jackets are catching my eye.

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Temperley              +             Saint Laurent              +             ASOS             +             Spell

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4. CUTE WHITE SHORTS

Confession. It’s taken me a little while to come around to SHORTS. They’ve always seemed a bit awkward and somehow a little too tacky-tourist-American. Let’s just pretend I didn’t say that ;) But this season I’m a total convert to the pretty, white lace kind. Love.

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Chloe                +                 Spell                  +                 Moncler                 +                 Alice McCall

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5. FLARED DENIM

If you hadn’t noticed, we’re totally having another Seventies moment. From nearly every New York Fashion Week runway to our very own Ellery, retro styling is in demand and one of the chicest ways to embrace the trend is with a great pair of high-waisted flared denim jeans. Creating a layered pants-and-skirt silhouette, flares are a great match to the whispy sheers I’m favouring right now.

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Armani Jeans        +       7 For All Mankind      +       Stella McCartney      +      Valentino      +       Victoria Beckham

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6. PLAYFUL PRINTS

As Spring arrives playful prints come into their own. This is Cruise Collection territory, think dropping anchor off the French Riviera, mon chéri. But you don’t have to get dramatic, this is more about keeping it playful and carefree. Bare feet optional (but always a good idea).

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7. THE STRUCTURED BLAZER

A structured blazer is a much dressier beast that the casual brown jacket but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix and match it with other comfy classics. The best cut is boxy with a soft shoulder pad verging on masculine, no points lost for shopping in the men’s department (or your boyfriend’s wardrobe ;) Team with denim, lace or sheers for day or night. You’re welcome.

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Saint Laurent                  +                 Balmain                 +                 Gucci                 +                 ASOS

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8. THE MARLE KNIT

Maybe it goes against my Boho-esque aesthetic but I’ve always loved grey marle. Always always. And cashmere is the ultimate gray marle material. It’s beautiful and it’s subtle and can be worn with almost ANYTHING. What’s not to love?

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9. THE DENIM A-LINE

Denim skirts are just so easy and the look I’m loving right now is the denim A-Line. Given full street cred by the likes of Stella McCartney and Alexa Chung but not hard to source on the vintage market either, if you don’t already have one it might be time to invest. Double-denim it up (very on-point) or just throw it over your swimmers and you’re ready to go.

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Witchery        +       Manning Cartell      +       Alexa Chung      +      See by Chloe      +       Brahminy Exchange

 

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10. THE LACE DRESS

Rounding out my TEN MID-SEASON FASHION ESSENTIALS (which is a rather balanced mix of practicality with both feminine and masculine edges) is a decidedly femme piece – the lace dress. Specifically, the WHITE lace dress. #allhail. If there’s any time of year to rock pretty dresses it’s Spring and I am all about white lace, embroidery and crochet. Just add cocktails and we’re in heaven!

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By the way, my navy bow heels are from Chloe and the strappy ones are Novo. Neither are current stock – but I did spy a reminiscent platform heel in the Zimmerman SS15 collection, here. Yay!

WHICH ESSENTIALS DO YOU NEED TO ADD TO YOUR WARDROBE?

Let’s talk in the comments below! Love,

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