Wardrobe Grafters

Wardrobe Grafters

It's been over a year since I turned freelance and the routine of getting up and worrying about affairs that are entirely your own and not that of your boss or company finally feels concrete and settled.  If I'm not travelling or buzzing through meetings/events, my days are spent working at home and thus I'm afraid to say that the outfits are appropriately more 'earthed'.  That's not to say I've been turning to sweat pants and vests but just that I've repeatedly pulled on the same item of clothing more often than when I was at an office where I had to face peers.  I promise this isn't killing the 'I dress for myself' pledge.  It's just the sheer fact that when I'm at home doing NOTHING but sitting at my iMac, watching Jeremy Kyle and occasionally wiping my glass desk with Dettol wet-wipes, the occasion just does not call for over-thunked outfitting.

Therefore in this post, I salute these clothing no-brainers that I  have turned to this season, day in, day out.  These are clothes that have put in some serious graft.  I've gotten a ton of wear out of them not only because I've JUST been sitting at home on my arse voraciously attacking the iMac, but also because they've travelled far and beyond with me on trips this year as well as being worn out and about in London.  This isn't about basic tees or slubby sweatshirts (so I've excluded things like my NY Mets tee or my Sunspel white t-shirt) but more about pieces that seem to be able to cope in my new work routine where home/work/travel blur into one.

Whistles Leather Skirt – People went mad over the pleated Whistles Carrie skirt which subsequently had to be released in different colours and lengths because of its popularity.  I missed out on it but instead invested in this mid-calf leather skirt which has gotten an unbelievable amount of wear considering it's a slightly awkward length and is a heavy leather skirt.  I seem to be hellbent on stumping my own height and I often pair this with Converse or other equally height-stunting shoes.  No bother, there's something about the volume of this full skirt as well as the shade of grey that means it can be worked into a plethora of outfits, casual and dressed-up.  It's also got the deepest of pockets which means I have shoved phone, debit card and keys into it and gone out without a need for bags, a current habit of mine.


(Worn with Carven cropped jacket – this could well be a future grafter but I got it on sale and the weather's a little too warm for it, Louise Goldin knitted dress, Ayame socks, Kron Kron shoes)

Antipodium Trench Coat – Alright this isn't for watching Jeremy Kyle in but it is ever so good for flinging on when i do need to nip out.  I've also accidentally flung it on as a nightrobe a few times when the postman calls err‚Ķunexpectedly.  As per usual, London is blessed with topsy turvy weather that means a spring coat is something of an essential. It is a trench but its cotton mix material (they call it 'salt and pepper' because upclose there are grey and white flecks) makes it heavier than yer' normal garbadine material.  It's also a great travelling coat – no sweat when you're going through customs (problem with coats I find is that customs/queueing process makes you hot and bothered) and keeps you cosy onboard if the aircon has gone bezerk.  It's got a few quirks going for it.  First up the care label says it was designed by a 'sizzling hot stud' – Geoffrey Finch, the designer behind Antipodium can be rest assured that this in itself makes me want to wear the coat more.  Oh, and it's called the Parklife trench.  'Nuff said.


(Worn with Jil Sander shirt, vintage Escada skirt, Crockett & Jones slippers)

Whistles Jacket – What can I say‚ĶWhistles have really helped me out this season with mighty useful bits and bobs.  This jacket actually reminds me of something that my mother wore in the late80s/early90, an oversized sporty windbreaker with toggles but made out of billowing white silk.  This is a viscose/polyester mix but it fulfils the job of a light/airy spring-summer jacket that holds up well when faced with the natural elements.  I was also intent on owning something in this cinnamon colour as a way of diffusing my dislike of shades of brown and to my pleasant surprise, cinnamon isn't just a tasty ingredient but a strangely accommodating colour. 

ASOS White Leather Shorts – What could have been an oddball item have actually become my equivalent of tracksuit bottoms.  I bought them on sale thinking I'd wear them on infrequently.  Blame it on the power of the elasticated waistband as I've worn these a ridiculous number of times.  My tummy rules all so anything that means I can scoff a few more mouthfuls gets the sartorial thumbs up.  I think this is my own slightly warped take on wearing b-ball or surfing board shorts and the fact that they're made out of leather actually seems to make the shape all the more interesting.  Again, they have seriously deep pockets for the phone+keys+debit card handbag-free combo.



(Worn with Limedrop emerald print shirt, Prada platform brogues)

Tristan Blair Ankle Boots – The full on conversion from hating to loving leopard print is complete and now I can't get enough of the stuff.  Australian designer Tristan Blair is known for killer heels and maximum design packed into somewhat mid-range prices but these simpler ankle boots rely on the design of a 'clean' leopard print on calfhair (quite bored of the inevitable confusion over the term 'ponyskin – NO, it's not made out of real ponies).  I don't quite know how to explain it but the leopard print isn't razzy or showy but straightforward in its execution.  Weirdly they seem to pique the interest of both young and old.  Just yesterday, a well-to-do 50-something year-old woman at Waitrose, enquired about them.  "Are they comfortable?," she asks.  "Exceedingly!," I say.  "Oh that's good to know!"  Indeed‚Ķ.


(Worn with Steve's Dries Van Noten army shirt, vintage printed shirt, ShapeShiftr mustard trousers, Jas M.B. leopard print bag)


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  1. Laura

    2011-07-12 at 1:36 PM

    those are some niceeeeee boots 🙂
    Also when you wrote ASOS White Leather shorts I thought you’d gone colour blind. ahahhaha Then I realised!

  2. Daniel Dunt

    2011-07-12 at 1:44 PM

    All of your outerwear picks are fantastic; you’ve reminded me that I really do need to invest in some sort of Spring coat, seeming that recently England has been more than appalling as far as the weather goes! – Daniel Dunt
    ps. I am not a huge fan of leopard print, yet them boots have kinda grabbed me!

  3. mlmag

    2011-07-12 at 1:48 PM

    looove the 1rst and the last look (love the shoes)…. 😉
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  4. Mila

    2011-07-12 at 1:56 PM

    Amazing outfits Susie!

  5. antique engagement rings

    2011-07-12 at 1:57 PM

    I love the first photo.. love that look on you!

  6. Andrea

    2011-07-12 at 2:17 PM

    I adore that leather skirt! I also like those mustard yellow riding pants paired with the cheetah print. Great styling!

  7. Chez

    2011-07-12 at 3:05 PM

    gold. nuff said.

  8. Pedro Garfo

    2011-07-12 at 3:09 PM

    Love them all 🙂
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  9. Shel

    2011-07-12 at 3:26 PM

    Love the looks, those ankle boots would be a perfect addition to my shoe collection!

  10. Lucija

    2011-07-12 at 3:55 PM

    Antipodium trench coat swept me of my feet!

  11. Copper Etiquette

    2011-07-12 at 4:16 PM

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  12. Emily @ Wardrobe Block

    2011-07-12 at 6:58 PM

    I love all of these outfits!

  13. Sarah

    2011-07-12 at 7:39 PM

    i love the outfit combinations! and all the shoes are my personal favs 😀 xx

  14. Annie markantonatou

    2011-07-12 at 8:16 PM

    like all the pieces, especially the leather grey skirt!

  15. Brandon Acton-Bond

    2011-07-12 at 8:39 PM

    Damn your leather bottoms collection is unparalleled! I wonder why they all have such lovely big pockets?

  16. Berga Thorgrimsdottir

    2011-07-12 at 9:05 PM

    OHMYGOD i need those leopard shoes. Is it possible to buy them online?

  17. Camille

    2011-07-12 at 9:07 PM

    I love the look with the yeloow pants !!!!

  18. vasilieva

    2011-07-12 at 9:32 PM

    grey leather skirt is brilliant

  19. Meena Dhuga

    2011-07-12 at 9:46 PM

    i looove the third outfit! i love all the neutral-ish colours!!! lovely post. 😀
    Meena xxxx

  20. Kate

    2011-07-12 at 9:52 PM

    I wish I could live in Whistles 🙂

  21. Olga Walker

    2011-07-13 at 12:00 AM

    I have to agree with the other comments about leopeard print. I didnt think it was for me but I absolutttely adore the little boots:):):) hey your work outfit is really great…
    Olga from http://revedoa@blogspot.com

  22. Angela

    2011-07-13 at 2:18 AM

    Love the Antipodium trench and the florals you paired it with. I work from home and sometimes I get soooo lazy with what I wear, but dressing like crap makes me feel like crap, so I’m trying to put more effort in. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Andy

    2011-07-13 at 3:42 AM

    I like to design clothes that you wear because it looks simple but cool

  24. theabraham

    2011-07-13 at 4:02 AM


  25. anna gleeson

    2011-07-13 at 5:36 AM

    a fun post susie!

  26. camilla

    2011-07-13 at 10:00 AM

    wow!! i love your style, you are amazing..
    do you know the italian brand Il Bisonte?
    i’m sure you’ll love it!!

  27. SwapQueen I

    2011-07-13 at 11:34 AM

    love the leopard ankle boots the most.
    hope you get more opportunity to wear all your lovely clothes soon 🙂

  28. Marcela

    2011-07-13 at 3:38 PM

    Hi, I am looking at the blog for the first time and I must say that I rely like what I have seen so far.
    I like the fact that you actually write because a lot of fashion blogs tend to shy away from the writing and focus more on the images.
    About this post, the skirt at the top of the post is amazing.
    All the best for the blog

  29. Fabrizia Spinelli

    2011-07-13 at 5:02 PM

    Hi! I like this post so much, you look really great!
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  30. Thefashionguitar

    2011-07-13 at 5:31 PM

    The look with the Tristan leopard boots is SO GOOD!! Totally love it!!
    XO Charlotte

  31. Mopsy

    2011-07-13 at 8:44 PM

    Love the trench coat- have to check out Antipodium in more depth than my usual quick scan.
    Love the Whistles skirt too, I love wearing my Whistles skirts and dresses because they have great pockets.

  32. Little Red Book

    2011-07-14 at 3:12 AM

    Great trench in the 2nd pic. Please take a photo opp of you in the NY Mets tee, need to see how this folds out. 🙂

  33. Sarah @ The Dreamery

    2011-07-15 at 5:54 AM

    That Emerald City print Limedrop blouse is to die for.
    We just love the support you give Australian designers and their fashion Susie!
    Shop the Limedrop top now @ The Dreamery.

  34. Igne Pikalaviciute

    2011-07-15 at 5:32 PM

    the first outfit deserves a golden medal.

  35. Sóley

    2011-12-08 at 12:40 PM

    I’m so in love with that nude coloured zipper…
    and grey. grey grey grey <3
    - Sóley


  36. Judy

    2012-06-19 at 11:49 AM

    Great outfits, love the pieces, just wish they were in my budget!

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