casual chic outfit for a weekend outings

A full wardrobe of clothes and nothing to wear… Sound familiar? The reason for that is impulse buying often caused by sales, magazines and pretty blogs. They are temping us to buy more and often, not what we really need. I’m a “victim”  as well. I guess, my darlings, you may have gleaned that from my ‘In my wardrobe’ posts. But you know what? No more! I’m insigating a spending ban and most importantly, I’ll be more strict with my styling choices. Refining my own style will ultimately alleviate pressure on our family budget and lead to a better more functional wardrobe. Well at least that’s the idea. Whether or not this mission is accomplished, only time (and this blog) will tell.

So here is the first example. An outfit created out of what I already had in my wardrobe and that precisely meets my newly defined style – sleek, minimal and realistic. I wore it on family outings in the Sydney CBD recently. White skinny jeans (also seen here and here), combined with a simple long sleeve grey top (which is my lounge wear), a statement necklace and my good old D&G heels.

woven statement necklace with crystals

white skinny jeans and grey long sleeve top

Feel free to share with us your secrets for keeping “true to yourself” stylistically.

Outfit details: AG Adriano Goldschmied white skinny jeans, Sportsgirl long sleeve tee (similar here), Moja woven necklace, good old D&G heels and Prada clutch



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  1. Antonia-Ivana June 5, 2012

    I also stopped buying hyped stuff etc. but concentrate on my style now. I like your pure and minimalistic look!

  2. You have made many good points in this post Maria. It can be easy to collate a wardrobe of ‘mismatched’ pieces. I tend to try to follow the old rule of making sure a new piece that is added to my wardrobe matches at least one or two pre-existing pieces. However sometimes when I find something I LOVE this rule can fly out the window…

    Great outfit. I love simple chic outfits for their comfortable yet timeless quality.

    Christie x

    Dark Blue Stripes

  3. Catherine *The Spring* June 5, 2012

    Love this Maria – it’s real life dressing with real personal style. I don’t tend to shop very much for the sake of the family budget too, but I sometimes find re-arranging my closet helps me visually find new combinations of the clothes I already have that work well together. I also sometimes take note of the combinations I really liked wearing – that made me feel like me – so when I’m struggling to get dressed for work and nothing feels right I have a couple no-brainer options up my sleeve!

    The blogs looking so great, I know I don’t comment every post, but I read them all and love keeping up with you! Are you going to Blogopolis at the end of the month? It would be great to see you there!

    x Catherine @ The Spring

  4. Jade June 5, 2012

    I was in the same boat a few months ago – I completely culled my wardrobe and only left items that I had worn in the past year and then took out anything that either I didn’t completely love, or anything that didn’t go with at least a few other items that I already owned. Then wrote a list of what I did need and have managed to stay “pretty” close to that list! My style now tends toward jeans/top or tights/tunic/cardigan. Simple and easy to mix and match :-) xx

  5. Natali June 5, 2012

    Minimalistic and elegant! Great outfit and I agree with your way of thinking as well.

  6. Dasha Gold June 5, 2012

    Hello beautiful lady, I love your classic style and the jewelry!


  7. Jaeger June 5, 2012
  8. I know what you mean! I don’t shop in the stores any more. I go to Vintage shops to buy pieces and try to use my old store bought clothes in different ways to make them look different. I am bored by a lot of trends and items coming into stores and then you have to fight to look different from others as everyone is buying into the trends and things like that. We have lost our creativity and flair and individuality from the trends, impulse shopping and what not. It’s good to get back to what suits the person’s shape and style and developing that, so you can always be true to yourself. Buy a basic set of clothes and work your way up to finding what suits you, your shape and your personality, forget trends or who is saying what to wear, they get paid to say that, we do not. So, wearing what you love and will cherish for a long time is much more important. And anyone with children might want to keep treasured pieces to pass on or let get stolen by your daughter as some of mine have already happened to & my daughter is only 8, haha!! xx

  9. Absolute Amy June 5, 2012

    Amazing post Maria, and something we all need to be reminded of every now and then. Refinement. It’s so easy to get caught up in trends and sales, but we should remember to stay true to our style. A xxx

  10. francesca June 6, 2012

    lovely outfit! so simple and elegant. love

  11. I am on this journey to simplicity as well. I just discovered your blog and I am enjoying it so much. It seems this look suits you beautifully!

  12. Lunaday June 8, 2012

    I go in the opposite way, since I have been reading blogs I am buying less things. I read so many people experimenting boredom with their closets that I have been learning with them, to buy less things, only the ones that are truly me, embrace my style, my body and not want to look like someone else…This month I bought another pair of black skinnies…but that’s what I wear most of the time…also a pair of white jeans… : )

  13. Jacqueline June 8, 2012

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I like your style, it’s elegant and simple. I often implement spending bans, and usually they last for a while, but living in a country where I now get most of my clothes tailored means I think really carefully about what I want made, I still have a large wardrobe, but I’d like to think that a bit more effort has gone into the clothes I’ve chosen. I hope your minimalist plan goes well. :)

  14. Helen June 9, 2012

    Great post Maria, and love your style. I know exactly what you mean about refining your style to be what your style actually is, as opposed to being swayed and easily *inspired* by the moment of the current season’s looks. It happened to me a bit too much last year and I went on a tiny rampage and bought some skirts off Topshop that I haven’t worn more than twice! Keeping it in check and always asking myself the question before I’m about to buy something – if this wasn’t on sale/in trend, would I still wear it? If it’s a yes, bingo! :)