As my life changes and my style has cause to naturally evolve to suit, I’m finding that my everyday ensembles are becoming seriously uniform.
The Brim Tank is the fourth piece of ComplexGeometries I own cut from the same pattern. I also have the same cut tunic in all white jersey, the t-shirt in black jersey and the dress in black silk. It was never my intention to buy as many of this draped-back design as possible, I just know what I like and keep gravitating to it.
Although uniformity sits well with me at this time, I ask myself if I’m creeping back into that dark place of excess; betraying my quest for sartorial minimalism by bringing multiples of items into my wardrobe unnecessarily. I have felt this shame recently after I purchased a third Rick Owens Lilies twist tank which I am now SELLING. Again weeks earlier when I almost bought a little black asymmetric dress that looked identical to all my other little black asymmetric dresses (though triumphantly in the end I did not).
It is true, I am human; I try and sometimes I fail. With this tank however, it is actually just different enough to make the cut for keeps.
In line with my anti-accumulation of meaningless stuff philosophy from 2012 I’d like to spend 2013 focusing on spending (or saving) my money on (or for) pieces I really need or want. I’ve found it’s easier to curb impulse shopping when you can say to yourself “if I buy this cheap thing now, then I will have to wait longer to afford this expensive thing I really want”. Some of the (kinds of) items I’d like to hold out for in 2013 are:
1 Stretch Leather Leggings – I’ve bought a total of FOUR pairs of stretch leather leggings online over the last two years and have had to send them back (or resell them) due to fit issues. I don’t know when I’ll really be able to secure my holy-grail pair since I almost definitely need to try them on in person first. I’m hanging out for a Rick Owens (pictured) or Helmut Lang pair this time around.
2 Classic Winter Coat – Melbourne is the best Australian city to live in if you love outerwear, but I still don’t own a really elegant and timeless winter coat. Wool or cashmere, mid-thigh in length, structured shoulders; with a nice big collar and maybe a belt. Okay I’m describing a very specific coat and I already have it on lay-by. It’s more beautiful than any other winter coat I’ve ever owned and I can’t wait to bring it home. For style reference, this Ann Demeulemeester coat ticks the same boxes.
3 Voluminous Winter Skirt – As part of a semi-recent interview with WWD, Yohji Yamamoto said “You don’t need to be too sexy. You are sexy enough.” The entire interview (with the sentiment fashion is shit) was fucking brilliant but this particular quote really resonated with me. I was always looking for a lower neckline or a higher hemline to assert my sexuality. Letting go of that delusion was very freeing and I immediately embraced the midi-skirt. For winter I’d like another midi-skirt, this time something with a little more volume. As well as finding joy in playing with a new proportion I’ll also have warmer knees, so it’s really win-win. This skirt by Jil Sander is a top contender.
4 Quirky Ankle Boots – How many pairs of ankle boots is too many? That’s a trick question, you can never have too many pairs of ankle boots. Now that I feel as though I have the basics in the bag, I would like to add a pair to the mix with a little more eccentricity. A pair of Margiela Tabi Boots or Guidi Asymmetric Wedges (pictured) would be warmly welcome.
5 Oversize Wallet/Clutch – I’ve been wanting an oversize wallet for a really long time but can’t seem to find one that suits all of my requirements AND fits into my handbag. The solution then, would be to have a style that also works like a clutch so when I’m going out I don’t need to bring my handbag at all. Marsèll (pictured) and Rick Owens both do styles that emulate this concept beautifully.
Thank you to my dear friends at Vision Direct for sending me these beautiful shades just in time for summer. I had a lot of trouble choosing from their very large range of sunglasses, but the team were wonderfully helpful and I couldn’t be happier with these Tom Ford sunglasses.