I have an obsession with cashmere sweaters. As JCrew always say “The best things in life are cashmere“. Cashmere sweaters to me are like the fashion equivalent of Suqqu brushes for beauty – they are investment-worthy, feel so whispering soft and luxurious against your skin. As for the chic factor, if you have read this ultimate fashion bible (which is my all time favorite fashion book and I highly recommend to everyone), you would know that cashmere is the ultimate hero item to be invested in for a timeless wardrobe.
I like to collect quality cashmere sweaters every fall, so over the time I have accrued many across major contemporary brands that are known for making them such as JCrew, Vince and Equipment. I have seen some cheaper ones from the high street brands such as Zara and Uniqlo, and I wasn’t impressed… Since the good ones can be pricey I thought I’d share my thoughts on some of my all time favorites.
The JCrew Cashmere Boyfreind Sweater was my first cashmere sweater (currently 30% off!). I love it so much so I bought them in three different colors – the navy, black, and a hot pink. I love the V neck paired with a relaxed fit which just makes this style so Parisian chic and effortless. JCrew cahsmere is the thickest and most weighty brand than all the others so it’s the most winter-proof.
The Vince Breton Cashmere Sweater is the softest and feels the most plush (currently 20% off at SAKS!). I was in this sweater nearly this entire fall because it felt weightless yet kept me really warm and cosy. It has a longer and more boxy fit so it’s great for wearing it over a shirt like this model, and the stripes makes this sweater perfect for running errands whilst still looking chic.
from my instagram
The Equipment Sloane Cashmere Sweater (also available here). It has a slightly relaxed fit but more slimmer than a typical boyfriend sweater. I find this cut the most versatile, as I can easily wear it alone, or over a shirt as well as underneath a blazer. The quality is amongst the best – it feels tender, soft and plush, and stays in shape without balling up. I have been wearing it regularly and tossing it around everywhere, and it still stays in tip top condition!
Sunglasses – Karen Walker (bought here)
Skirt – (on sale here)
Booties – Toga Pulla (bought here)
This fall I am really into fedora hats and basically any accessories that have fringe or tassel embellishments such as my shoes, so I put together this boho outfit mixing some of my favorite accessories this season with an Anna Sui crochet lace dress. I actually bought this dress as a formal wear last year for my son’s baptism, but that’s what makes me really enjoy fashion in that styling the same piece of clothing with different accessories such as bags and shoes can completely transform the look. Since it was such a sentimental dress for me, I got my boy (who is 13 months now!) to make a cameo in this post lol.
Hats – Rag and Bone (link here)
Shades – Karen Walker (link here)
Dress – Anna Sui (old, similar here by DVF, and here for under $130)
Bag – YSL (link here or here)
Shoes – Toga Pulla (link here)
When it comes to special occasion wear, I find it impossible to find something I like if I purposely look for it. So I tend to buy any dress that captures my heart whenever I see it, and this whimsical Carven dress (love their signature abstract graffiti print) was purchased almost half a year ago and finally it got put to use on my birthday recently! I managed to take some quick snaps before I head out for dinner. Since it was such a sweet dress I decided to pair it with my Valentino Rockstud Booties to give it a punk edge. The YSL Crossbody bag was a ‘treat’ for myself and I had the perfect excuse!
Dress – Carven (this was from previous season and they have a similar one here from the current season)
Bag – YSL (I bought mine here because they don’t charge extra import duties, otherwise it is available here and here in the US)
Shades – Thierry Lasry
Boots – Valentino (posted here)
I am very much into the crop top with flare skirt siluoutte lately. I bought this crop top from Zara a while ago as a motivation to encourage me to lose the post baby weight, and I am so glad I can finally strut it after all the hard work! The tweed flare skirt is from my favorite brand Theory who do the best office-appropriate wear with a fashionable spin to it. Really loving their Fall 2014 collection and this lovely dress is also on the way. (SAKS is having a shop and save event for up to $250 off with code CNTMP14 ). The shades by Thierry Lasry has a lovely translucent taupe frame with marbling detail which is hard to capture in the picture. It is definitely on the higher end of price range for me, but they hand-make the most beautiful translucent gradient over-sized frame and I wanted to take a break from wearing the usual black shades.
Top – Zara (sold out, and similar here and here for under $70)
Skirt – Theory (bought here)
Sunglasses – Thierry Lasry (bought here)
Shoes – Aquazzura (link here and reviewed here)
Bracelet – Hermes
Two deals alert
Shopbop is having new markdowns on lots of new items
SAKS’s shop and save event for Contemporary wear (2 days only)
I normally immerse myself in monochrome outfits on a regular basis, and when I am in the mood for anything bold I go for the extreme end. Case in point is this floral MSGM Jacket I bought recently which is definitely an eye-catcher so the rest of the outfit was just the simple basics.
Jacket – MSGM (bought here and in a different color is available here)
T-shirt – T by Alexander Wang (here)
Jeans – DL1961 (here)
Boots – Kors by Michael Kors (similar here by Stuart Weitzman)
Bag – Hermes Kelly
Sunglasses – Stella McCartney (similar here)
Necklace – Mimco
I have been searching for a perfect pair of ripped jeans for a long time, and most of them I have seen are in the boyfriend/slouchy style which is not what I am after. When I spotted that Frame Denim does them in the skinny form, I ordered my first pair in blue straight away (bought here, also available on shopbop). The fit of FRAME’s denim is like a dream – the waist is neither too high nor too low, and it fits like a glove and elongates your legs. The material is soft and stretchy, but tight enough to conceal the unflattering bit.. If you are into celebs street wear, you would probably have seen them on countless celebs including Miranda Kerr to the Kardashian sisters.
I have been a total sweater and jeans
girl (mama) lately!
FRAME Denim Le Color Rip Skinny Jeans in Blanc (also comes in blue and black, cheaper version here)
Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Sunglasses
Current/Elliott The Perfect Shirt
L’America LA Sweater
PRADA Bow Wedge Sandals (similar here)
I live in peg pants now, and I have it in all different prints. Not only is it trending now and has a menswear-chic look, the utterly flattering low slung and slouchy style also helps to conceal every unflattering bit from the waist down! My favorite has to be the Joie Mariner Pants in the most classic color of black (also comes in navy). It has an elastic waist band with legs that are tapered with a slouchy slim fit. It requires no maintenance as the fabric doesn’t wrinkle which is perfect for the busy mums like me.
I have been holding out on my shopping just for the Shopbop Family and Friend’s Sale which finally starts today! Enter code INTHEFAMILY25 for 25% off your order.
On a side note, here are some fun stats about my weight loss journey.
Total weight gain during pregnancy = 13 kgs
No. of Month since the delivery = 2 months
Total weight lost so far = 6 kgs
Goal = Another 7-8 kgs to lose!
Brian Lichtenberg Feline Tee
Joie Mariner Pants
Chan Luu Bracelet
In the word of my favorite style icon Victoria Beckham “A good pair of shades complete any outfit”. I too, have a weakness for a pair of stylish shades and have collected many over the years. The Celine Audrey remains my all time favorite style which pretty much suits all face shapes. Found these old OOTD which were taken before I got preggo..oh I miss my old body!! Can’t wait to get back to shape.
Shades: Celine Audrey (similar here by Karen Walker)
Bracelets: Chan Luu (bought here)
Boots: Alexander Wang
Deal Alert: It’s time to snatch up as a new round of sales has started on Shopbop! I bought shoes again