As I get older, I appreciate more the age-old fashion proverb: less is more.
When it comes to clothing, I must admit to being a sucker for the bold, bright and obnoxious, but I think I'm finally growing out of my teenage extravagance, and maturing towards a more refined minimalist style. So I like to think. I'm endlessly inspired by the likes of, Ivania Carpio, Janelle Monae and Helen of The Lovecats Inc. Their polished black and white minimalism exudes elegance, and although I'm a born maximalist, simplicity is always tempting.
It's hard to pretend to be a sophisticated minimalist when there is a distinct lack of sartorial 'staples' in your wardrobe. So, I went on a little shopping trip. I picked up items with versatility that would last through all seasons, and of course I couldn't help but purchase some cute lil beauty products too.
Cigarette Trousers - H&M
Jeans - Zara
These are my first pair of blue jeans. Yes, you read correctly. My first pair of plain, skinny blue jeans. I would always shy away from wardrobe 'essentials' such as these, as I found them somewhat limiting and rather boring to style. Goodness, I was so wrong! Rather than retract from an outfit, these jeans add a touch of casual class. The colour is beautiful. The fit is beautiful. The versatility is beautiful. Zara, you beaut. As for the cigarette Trousers, you can't go wrong really.
Top - H&M
Shoes - Topshop
Much like my pursuit of a plain white shirt, it took me rather a long time to find a white tee worthy of being added to my 'essentials' collection. Fortunately, H&M came to the rescue with their basics range. Never would I have guessed that I'd be so excited to find a plain white t-shirt (they are harder to come by than you'd think). Alongside my lil white tee are my lil snakeskin slipons. They are cute, comfy and make every outfit look cooler.
Extra Virgin Minerals Loose Powder (Rose Caramel) - The Body Shop
Beauticology Shower Crème - Boots
Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Liner - Boots
Finally, I thought I'd pick up some beauty goodies! I have what some might call an obsession with sweet smelling products, and I could not resist this fragrant delight! The Beauticology shower crème is so wonderful: the strawberry and pomegranate scent is gorgeous and who can deny the charm of the packaging! I love trying out new products, so I also purchased this liquid liner to replace my shamefully dried-out gel liner. I must say, this product is perfect for clumsy makeuppers! Application is so easy
to fix when you mess up, and it's waterproof and long lasting.
My final purchase was my go-to loose powder. I'm firmly in the minority of loose powder lovers, and adore them for setting foundation. This particular powder contains a tiny bit of shimmer, which gives your skin beautiful radiance - perfect for summer.
I hope you enjoyed this post - what are your wardrobe essentials?