2016 Bindaring buys, part one

This recent work outfit two items worn for the first time. I have had this Diane von Furstenberg ‘Cairo‘ dress for awhile now, having purchased it last year from David Jones reduced from $499 to $224 with an extra 40% (taking it down to approximately $134). It is an unlined, slip-on, super stretchy body-con dress in a black and olive pattern with contrast princess seams to create a streamlined shape. I paired it with one of my recent Bindaring buys, this exquisitely detailed cashmere cardigan from Sacai.

Diane von Furstenberg 'Cairo' dress, Sacai cashmere cardigan, Nu by Neo sparkle-toed smoking slippers

For those who are unaware, the Sacai woman is avant-garde in her approach to dressing, preferring full and unusual silhouettes, daring shapes and conceptual pieces. She likes quirky and purposefully haphazard pieces that make a subtle statement in a sea of same. Designer Chitose Abe seems to adhere to the same school as fellow Japanese designers Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe, but I find her aesthetic to be a little more restrained and tending more towards the feminine.

Sacai garments are made in Japan from fine (and sometimes usual) fabrics, utilising interesting and unique detailing. This cardigan is no exception, featuring a silk chiffon peplum and silver eyelets around the waist. I thought it was the perfect foil to this dress, which needed more than a ‘plain black cardi’. Given now I am not wearing heels, anything that will elevate my outfit is welcome!

Diane von Furstenberg 'Cairo' dress, Sacai cashmere cardigan, Nu by Neo sparkle-toed smoking slippers

In capturing some of the detail of the cardigan, you get the added bonus of extreme up-close of baby bump!

In capturing some of the detail of the cardigan, you get the added bonus of extreme up-close of baby bump!

Diane von Furstenberg 'Cairo' dress, Sacai cashmere cardigan, Nu by Neo sparkle-toed smoking slippers

This cardigan would have easily retailed for around the $1,000 mark: at Bindaring, I nabbed it for only $20. I paired it with opaque tights and suede smoking slippers with sparkle toe detail by Nu by Neo. I’m going to have to wear this dress a bit over the next few weeks – it won’t be much longer and I won’t be able to squeeze the bump into it!!

The dress and the cardigan are no longer available to buy, but I am currently lusting after these gorgeous Sacai pieces (sadly, whilst on sale, not available to buy for $20) as the shapes are just so maternity friendly!!


Sacai lace detail tank top from Saks Fifth Avenue