White Shirt, Black Jeans, Mules + A Teeny Tote

After years being consigned to “mummy bags” – on account of the small mountain of c.r.a.p. that usually accompanies a small child – carrying a teeny bag feels almost decadent. This small but perfectly formed leather tote from & Other Stories is a gorgeous example of a high street piece punching above its weight.  Fabulously bijou but still big enough to fit more than just your phone and keys (you can’t do without a pack of wet wipes even at age 7 in my experience!) – it also comes with a strap when you need to go hands free. It’s now sold out (unfortunately) but these other high street alternatives are all currently available and are just as fabulous: Calla Bucket Bag (Topshop), Mini Wooden Tote (Zara) or Net Tote Bag (Mango).

Want to add a bit of zing to your weekend casuals? Add a small tote!

Addie x

Ps – Drop me a comment to let me know what you think!

Cropped jeans with embroidery detail (All Saints)

White shirt with pin-hole detailing (Victoria Beckham)

Mules with bow detail (Primark)

I am wearing:

Shirt (Victoria Beckham)| Jeans (All Saints)| Mules (Primark)| Bag (& Other Stories)| Sunglasses (Celine)

Photos: UW Ugbenne

Too hot for jeans? Make like a silk pyjama!

I love jeans but trying to peel off a pair of skinny jeans on a hot day is not one of life’s most pleasant experiences. So, if you are like me and can only take super-girly frocks in small doses and don’t fancy an entire Summer in denim cut-offs, say hello to your new wardrobe BFF: Summer trousers.

They come in a variety of fabrics (I have both silk and polyester numbers) and styles (pyjama, palazzo, track, harem). I tend to go for a relaxed “boyfriend” cut as they suit my body shape best. They are also extremely versatile and can be casually chic with trainers and flats or oomphed-up with heels. I like to pair mine with a shirt however vests, T-shirts and blouses work just as well. Tip: Keep the chic factor high by pairing your Summer trousers with a top in a similar fabric (silk or polyester) although not necessarily in the same colour or pattern.

This black silk number is from All Saints but most brands (high-end and high street) have a version.  For my other summer wardrobe “essential” – oversized shirts – see my previous post Get Your (Oversized) Cotton Shirt On.

Bring on the Summer!

Addie x

I’m wearing:

Silk trousers (All Saints)| Shirt (Primark)| Trainers (Isabel Marant)| Clutch (Alexander McQueen)| Sunglasses (&other stories)

Get Your (Oversized) Cotton Shirt On

CB_S2M0062 A - edited2The humble shirt. Classic, versatile and completely underrated. And they don’t come more versatile than the over-sized cotton shirt: easy to wear, can be dressed up or down, worn in all seasons and in a dozen different ways.  Ladies, if your wardrobe were a store cupboard, this would be the can of tuna!



Buying Tips: 1. Invest in the very best quality you can afford. In this post, I’m wearing Kit and Ace (black) and Acne Studios (white). The latter has seen many seasons and is still going strong. 2. Choose your colour carefully. White or black will work every time but a pale grey or light denim will work well too. Avoid patterns and stripes – we want a relaxed look not sleep wear!  3. Go a size or two larger than your normal size.  I know that sounds like going against the laws of nature(!) but the looser the fit the better.  4. We are talking about a shirt not a “shirtdress”, so look for a decent collar, cuffs, etc.  Basically, we want more shirt less dress. Styling Tips: Keep it simple. Pair with ankle-skimming skinny jeans (and flats) or slim-fitting trousers (and heels). For a more polished silhouette, iron crisply and wear it buttoned up, sleeves down with cuffs buttoned, over culottes (with statement flats or heels).  Of course, you can always wear it on its own like I’ve done in this post.

And here are three more easy peasy ways to wear it…


Casual and tough

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Laid back and all buttoned up

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Go girly with straps!

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What I’m wearing*: Black Shirt (Kit and Ace)| Patent boots (Pied a terre)|White Shirt (Acne Studios)|Boots with laces (River Island, yes THAT River Island)|Steel-toe suede boots (Chloe)|Sandals (Top Shop)| Belt (Gucci)| Ring (Vivienne Westwood)|Watch (Tank Solo)|Sunglasses (Ray-Ban)

Photos: Curtis Benjamin and U.W. Ugbenne

*Buying wisely: The shoes in this post are three, five, seven and fourteen(!) years old, respectively. Can you guess which?