Getting back to basics and enjoying lighter layers now that knitwear isn't a compulsory daily occurrence. I've been wearing the super basic men's Uniqlo oxford I got in Japan a lot recently - it feels like a clean slate. There's just something about a crisp white shirt that is so cool, so effortless and also says "I've got my shit together" (maybe because it requires ironing and stain removal). It's the reason why photos of Jane Birkin, Lauren Hutton and Anjelica Huston have never dated. Best when paired with minimal jewellery and unbuttoned as low as you dare. Also looks excellent when worn with just swanky underwear around the house.
I've been getting more and more disolusioned about the lack of soft cup, wire-free bras around. So many brands are scaling back in this department and focusing on the scary, solid, push-up kind (I'm looking at you Stella McCartney). Since you can't go wrong with a flimsy black bra, and I need a pick me up come next payday - this set from Lonely is on my to do list. And by 'List' I mean actually dozens of browser windows of shit I want to buy on the internet.
Compared with some of the over-produced, overt thought campaigns from the big name designer houses, Zara's this season has out-done nearly all of them. Effortless and natural (by we of Chloe-meets-The-Gentlewoman) and featuring Zara's version of all those key fall pieces we've been obsessing over - Louis Vuitton's slip dresses, Celine outerwear, Stella McCartney pinstripes and Chloe Blazers. Sure it's a bastardised, chimera of a collection - but realistically, if you could afford the real thing you wouldn't be shopping at Zara (or would you?) and pinstripes and neglige aren't particularly groundbreaking - although insanely covetable all the same.
But yeah, I'd dress like this all the time - so easy. Yet another case study of the value in a good piece of outerwear.
Also, the hair. Clean and swingy and fresh. Straight but not straightened. On a par with the famous 'Chloe Girl' hair that I will love until the day I die.