A comfy casual outfit for a dull and dreary day, although it seems sometimes grey days turn out to be the most picturesque! This weekend I went for an outfit of fail proof classics- a trusty camel coat, striped jumper, pale blue denim and white runners. What many would regard as foundation pieces of a classic minimalist wardrobe. I myself do agree with the idea of a cultivated, carefully curated wardrobe containing sustainable long-lasting pieces, but sometimes you get swept up in a trend and you just have to buy those completely unnecessary, yet completely irresistible items that will come and go faster than it takes for your online order to be delivered to you!
These days I come across articles like “The Classic French Wardrobe” or “A Minimalist Guide to Fashion” so often that it’s almost becoming a cliché to write about such things, or, dare I say it, becoming a trend itself to wear the items most regularly included. However, the original idea behind the minimalist wardrobe still rings true. If you look through my blog or Instagram you will see pieces repeated, worn different ways, or dressed up with new accessories. I don’t understand when people won’t wear the same outfit twice for fear of people judging them for doing so. When making a purchase surely one should consider the longevity of the product you are about to buy. This is true of so many items, cars, household items, gadgets, what is the point of purchasing something if it is going to be of no use after a short period of time? As much as possible, I try to apply this logic to shopping for clothes. As hard as it may be to fork out a load of your hard earned cash on one item that you could probably find a three-times-cheaper replica of in a high street store, in the long run you will thank yourself.
I invested in this camel coat before Christmas and I can honestly say it’s one of my best purchases to date. It cost me more than I’ve ever spent on a coat (or any item of clothing I think!) but I know that it will last me. With the cashmere and wool blend it keeps me warm on the coldest of days, the A-line shape and midi length sits perfectly over my array of cropped trousers and jeans, and the bomber neckline gives a contemporary touch to the classic style. The striped jumper I picked up in Topshop last week and although it is a high street purchase, the material contains a large quantity of wool and should last. I can see myself wearing this right through Spring and Summer with floaty culottes or denim shorts, and back into Autumn/Winter next year when it’s time to wrap up again. The vertical stripes also offer a flattering alternative to the horizontal Breton stripe tops we’re so used to seeing. I know it is different for every body type, but for me personally I find vertical stripes work better. Now an item that is often not so flattering, but oh so comfortable, the Levi 501s. These can sit awkwardly around the hip and crotch area, but nevertheless this will not dissuade me from wearing them as often as I do. The slim leg is perfect and the length with two roll ups sit nicely above my stan smiths. I have a few pairs of levi jeans all of which I have bought in vintage shops or markets in London and New York. 501s are extremely hard to come by in small waist sizes in Dublin, plus I find they are a fraction of the price when you buy them abroad. I picked up this particular pair in Brick Lane in London for £10 about four or five years ago.
So there you have my outfit of classics, accessorised with some gold jewellery and a plain pair of Stan Smiths. The accessories and pairings may change over time but the foundation will stay the same.
Photographs by Liadh Connolly.