Apologies for the delay of this outfit post! I wore this outfit to work on Thursday. I shared a picture on Instagram when I bought the top and have only worn it once since, though I hardly know why because I LOVE IT. The shirt is from Sportscraft and I purchased it from their Harbour Town Perth store for a massive bargain. It had been $129.95, marked down to $29 with another 25% off (coming out to approximately $22). It is a 3/4 sleeve style made from a silk/cotton blend and evokes something very Céline/Stella McCartney for me (probably because they did plaid big time for their autumn/winter 2013 campaigns – see here and here).
Here, I am wearing it with a Veronika Maine pencil skirt, which I also purchased from their Harbour Town Perth store at 70% off (it came to approximately $38), and one of my favourite pairs of heels. I purchased these Pedro Garcia Velcro-strapped leather heels from David Jones 2 years ago at their end-of-season sale for approximately $120 (instead of $449). They have the most fabulous heel (not too tall, not to kittenish), the leather is butter soft and they are SO COMFORTABLE.
I could have gone for a statement necklace here but I felt as if the plaid and the shoes were enough of a statement. Coco Chanel wasn’t wrong when she said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off”. It would have been too OTT (says she with a propensity for the dramatic) to have gone for the crystal bling around the neck. I want my look to tend towards tasteful, not trend-driven.
Though my fashion-challenged, old, male colleagues likened the look to the quintessential bogan ‘flannie’ (flannel, for the uninitiated), I felt really sophisticated and feminine. This would lend largely to the cuffed 3/4 sleeve, the soft silk/cotton fabric, the muted blue and red check. Have you braved plaid recently? Tell me in the comments!