I honestly can’t remember the last time I went on a shopping spree. ‘Shopping spree’. A word I used to associate with all kinds of positive feelings, now something that I can’t seem to bother too much about. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy a […]
So here’s the deal: I’ve been cleaning out my closet like my life depended on it (read all about it here), I kid you not. But then my life happened, lots of cool collabs happened and with the blink of an eye my carefully sorted wardrobe was filled with a whole bunch of great – but quite unnecessary – items. Not really a problem, I fully admit that I really enjoy this huge perk of being a blogger, but it doesn’t really do much for your tidy plans.
So now what? What I did learn from this experience is that I’m much better at Winter clothes than I am at Summer clothes. My leathers, heavy knits and chunky sweaters are sorted (for the next 10 years, that is), but I’m totally lacking on Summer clothes. To be honest, I look quite the same every single year as soon as the temperatures are going up: ripped, baggy, denim shorts, a loose tee or cotton/linen shirt and either sneakers, ankle boots or sandals. Easy-peasy. But last year I somehow got more and more into dresses and I have to admit that I’m gravitating towards dresses in stores even stronger this year (shocker!). So I made up my mind about what I like – and allow myself to – add to the wardrobe this summer, which is:
- A white Summer dress, one of those items that I think looks totally amazing on everyone, but I don’t own.
- Sandals. I’ve been on the hunt for nice, slightly chunky, but not too bulky, sandals for years, but I never seem to find the right pair. I’ve been spending quite some Summers on my Birks now, totally fine, but I want something slightly more stylish.
- A bikini. Ugh.
- A lower pair of block heels.
- Denim shorts, last year’s faves have gotten too big, time for a replacement.
- Tops. I need tops that can worn during summer: like camisoles, (printed?) blouses, flowy shirt..
Besides that there’s some items I think my wardrobe ‘needs’, like a replacement for my black skinnies, black/grey/white tees, the perfect striped top, classic pumps and a black structured blazer. Looks like I’ll always be on the hunt for the perfect basics, so I don’t necessarily need them now, I’ll focus on some pieces that will be a great addition to what I already have, which makes it easier for me to though out the things that I won’t be wearing that much anymore. Ah and those kicks? Also new. But plain, classic, Nike Cortez sneakers are always a good idea.. Full look will follow soon.
Sneakers – Nike Cortez via Sarenza
A little while ago I discussed the 5 Piece French Wardrobe principle in this article after cleaning out my closet (I’m still in the process btw.. I’m certain I can take out much more!). I mentioned the items that I consider true essentials in my wardrobe. Some of them might need a replacement (I lost some weight, so my perfect black skinny jeans, don’t look so perfect on me anymore.. also: black/grey/white t-shirts are true essentials for my Summer wardrobe, but the ones in my closet are not in great condition any longer), and there’s a few things I might want to add (still on the hun for a ‘work- bag’, a large bag that fits my Macbook + gym stuff, but doesn’t look like the backpack I’m carrying around now. Also: plain but perfect sandals.). Overall, I’m doing pretty well in the basics section.
Something I’m not very good at: shopping for not-so-basic items. I’ve been on the hunt for a statement jacket for such a long time now. And that’s where Scotch & Soda – or their women’s department: Maison Scotch – came in quite handy. When they reached out and asked me to discover their special shopping experience, of course I was super excited to check out their flagship store on the Heiligeweg in Amsterdam. Each Scotch & Soda store has a bespoke feeling; garments are artfully displayed, accessories carefully selected and curated into inspiring installations. It became pretty obvious to me: this is the right place for me to add some items to my wardrobe that are more notable, more outstanding, than my usual attire. Just what my wardrobe needed.
To be honest, I did some preliminary investigation on the website, because when shopping I can get slightly overwhelmed by all the choices, so I just wanted to be prepared. Not that I needed it, because the salesgirls at the store were super helpful and gave me lots of options to play around with. I tried print on print, I tried colours and I tried skirts and dresses I wouldn’t have picked normally. Not because I don’t like them – on the contrary! – I just tend to pick the cleaner items. But this store made me want to try everything out there, so that’s just what I did: I explored. I experienced. And of course: I went home with quite some amazing pieces. The master piece? That awesome leather jacket: finally I found my statement piece. It’s leather, it fits perfectly, and it’s not black. Oh, and certainly not basic. What I absolutely adore about this jacket – but also about all the other Scotch & Soda items: they have these cute little hidden details: look at that cute little LOVE patch underneath the epaulette, or that tiny eye peaking out on the laple.
The rest of my purchases will be shown in seperate outfit posts or on my Instagram of course :)
This post was written in collaboration with Scotch & Soda, but of course all opinions were my own.