I love beanies. And by that I mean I’m in a phase when I love them. Especially since they’re now more versatile than ever, worn with virtually anything, by anyone. Whether you plan on wearing yours for warmth or just for the look, here are 10 ways you could do so:
Mod Dolly‘s autumn-winter collection is inspired by camp, which just happens to be one of my favorite themes. Of course, unlike the camps I’ve been to as a child, this one is fun and stylish. You get to wear pinafores and plaid, you read and you play the ukulele, you cook and you wander through the woods. Not a bad way to spend your time! I adore the acorn print on this dress and I’ve become interested in possibly owning a corduroy pinafore. Wouldn’t that be grand!
This skirt was my first Etsy purchase, back in 2011. Wow, it’s been a long time! I was utterly obsessed with foxes at that point, so there was way to resist. Since then, it’s been a pièce de résistance in my wardrobe and I must have worn it a hundred times. I don’t have many of the clothes pictured here anymore – moving to another country made me give up many of them – but I would never give away this skirt. It’s one of those pieces that you want to save for future generations, especially since it’s handmade (by Emily Osborne). And obviously, it’s rather versatile – the orange and green pattern on a black background bring along plenty of possibilities. I would call it my favorite, but then again I say that about all the skirts.
Sheinside sweater and skirt + H&M tights + flea market shoes
I recently realized this sweater and skirt were meant for each other. They always kind of knew of the other one’s existence but had never met officially. In the narrow space of the closet, they were probably resting on different shelves at the same time. A door must have separated them on some occasions. Like two people going to the same school or taking the same train without ever saying ‘hello’. Now, here they finally are, together, in all their burgundy splendor.
I’m all about posting things that are seasonal, but once in a while I have to make an exception. After all, this collection IS seasonal in the other part of the world! Sindiso Khumalo is the label of a South African designer living in London, who is emerging on the fashion scene at great speed (read a good interview with her here). This collection, Birds of Paradise, is inspired by motherhood, and it brings organic, lively prints and colors. That is, in addition to the geometrical style that’s reminiscent of the designer’s architectural background. I love those A-line skirts, the practical dresses and outerwear, as well as the pretty shirts. I’d say they’re refreshing and really wearable.
Long coats are all the rage, and for good reason: being wrapped in one is the coziest you can get in winter. The closest you can get to being under a blanket. It’s the best. So, this is one of those times when I wish I were taller and not overwhelmed by the length of a chunky coat. I know, heels exist, but they’re not always the most comfortable choice. So here’s to all of you heels and flats lovers, 10 ways to wear a long coat this winter:
Things to do while browsing through this Toast lookbook:
- listen to Shine On You Crazy Diamond
- buy train tickets
- check out Street View of faraway places
- have a cup of hot tea, or chocolate, or pumpkin spice something if you must
- buy the most beautiful plaid dress you’ve ever seen (or just wishlist it for Christmas)
- get melancholic
- make up your mind about which vacation pictures you should finally print out into an album
- browse one more time
Thirfted turtleneck & blazer + handmade skirt + H&M tights + Studio Ghibli pin + Urban Outfitters creepers
The reason my teeth are coming out of my mouth laughing in the above picture? A cactus had just pinched my butt. That’s some pretty mischievous coming from such a pretty, blooming plant! But we all gotta do what we gotta do. In my case, that means accepting advances from a cactus in order to take some nice pictures.
This is the main greenhouse at the Botanical Garden in Berlin. It’s warm and quiet, so you can walk through it for hours. Actually, the Botanical Garden is so big, we didn’t even get to see most of it, despite being there for most of the day. That leaves plenty of room for discovery, which I’m looking forward to doing in the following months. I imagine myself reading on a bench next to my cactus crush or, who knows, maybe even drawing some of the exotic leaves.
The simple fact that there are at least seven documented outfits of me wearing this dress shows just how much I’ve worn it. I bought it initially for my sister’s wedding in 2011 (first picture below), and then found myself wanting to make more use of it. That’s when I discovered layering and it blew my mind (I still love that outfit with the purple tights, photographed so hastily on my former street). I’ve layered this H&M dress every way I could, with sweaters, shirts, jackets, t-shirts, and it’s been a trustful pal in any season. It’s probably what I’m gonna wear if you invite me to your wedding, fashion event or holiday party. I hope that’s fine with you.