Posted on June 10th, 2018
Recently, I’ve been longing to perfect the classic pieces in my wardrobe. We all have different takes on classic wardrobe staples but essentially they are pieces which can be worn a number of different ways and stand the test of time. I’ve definitely got some great classic big ticket items (including the most heavenly double breasted Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket I just took the plunge on) but there’s always room for improvement.
The inner 16 year old in me would have rolled my eyes if anyone ever suggested a pair of jeans that was not skin tight and so low it gave my mother a panic attack every time I left the house (shout out to Miss Sixty and Frankie B). The grown up Sophia is after a high waisted, worn in, boxy fit; i.e the holy grail pair of vintage Levi’s that fit perfectly in every way which I still haven’t managed to track down yet. The best alternative I’ve found are Re/Done’s reworked Levi’s which have already been broken in for you.
I’ve been trying to channel Carolyn Bessette Kennedy with my evening footwear choices. Think delicate, simple, sleek, timeless. My current favourites are Manolo Blahnik’s Paloma sandals or Gucci’s black patent Ilse sandal.
There’s nothing I love more than a slide (I’m not talking about the rubber nightmares found rife at a Justin Beiber concert – no judgement). I wear these day and night so they obviously need to be suitable for the occasion. For daytime use there’s nothing chicer or more understated than a classic pair of Manolo’s (if I had a penny for every time I said that) and in the evening I love to switch things up with a jewelled toned pair in satin from Gianvito Rossi or The Row. These are total staples and come absolutely everywhere with me.
I’m the worlds biggest t-shirt snob; in my mind I know what the perfect material, cut, length, level of sheerness but it’s so hard to get it right. My current favourite t-shirts are by Re/Done and have the perfect lived-in feel to them which only gets better with wear.
The Throw On Dress
We all have our days when wearing actual pyjamas out of the house doesn’t seem like a bad idea. I’m certainly guilty of relying too much on gym clothes even when there isn’t a gym involved. The Row makes the most wonderful t-shirt dresses. In fact, I’m eagerly awaiting for mine to arrive. They certainly aren’t cheap but they’re so easy to wear that in my mind it’s money well spent. Other dresses I love and am planning on adding more to my collection are the silky slip dresses from HVN. These are effortless and easy and can be worn day to night. Last year I got a little carried away with whimsical prints, this year I’m looking for something that I won’t get sick of even if I do wear it five days out of the week.
I’ve never been much of a blazer girl, this probably boils down to the fact that I was forced to wear one since the age of 4 at school. I went through a stage where Balmain’s blazer was my most worn item of clothing but it’s become overdone (to say the least). Saint Laurent hands down makes the best jackets and I’ve finally bitten the bullet and bought my first tuxedo jacket which I know is something I will wear for the rest of my life (unless I gain 20kgs or leave it in a taxi). Another jacket that’s currently on my wishlist from Saint Laurent is a classic silk bomber jacket that can be thrown over just about anything and that includes gym clothes.
The Party Dress
I can feel my mother rolling her eyes at the suggestion of a black dress; I love wearing black Mom, ok? We all need that killer black dress that’s always there for us when we decide we hate all our clothes, feel like shit and want to make a scene. These are my summer winners which can just as easily be worn in winter with a pair of tights and goosebumps. Again we can rely on my favourite designer Saint Laurent to give us plenty of options.
The Midi Skirt
Who else is totally into skirts right now? I’ve started finding it easier to throw on a skirt and an oversized t-shirt for the school run/casual dinner with my husband/generally looking like I’ve got my shit together. This is instantly effortless, comfortable and chic which clearly makes it a wardrobe staple. My favourite midi skirts are in a block colour, silk and an aline cut. This golden silk number from Vince is the perfect (and reasonable) example.
The Pretty Blouse
I’m not much of a shirt kind of girl however I do love a pretty white blouse. These are staples in my wardrobe and instantly can jazz up a pair of jeans, shorts or skirt for summer evenings. Alessandra Rich’s blouse for SS18 reminds me of something Princess Diana would have worn which is never a bad thing.