Well, spring has technically sprung, but the rotation in my wardrobe definitely has not! Living in a city where the seasons all kind of just mesh together makes it a little more difficult to get excited about pulling out spring brights and those long-awaited footwear options (yes sandals and suede loafers, I am talking to you). Nonetheless, the show must go on… and with the weather getting somewhat warmer, I’m happy to say that I’ve actually been able to ditch the jacket most days, but have no intention on ditching the leather and faux fur until it stops feeling like November.

As you can see, with this look it’s all about texture. Mixing textures and patterns is something I love to do so it’s no surprise that I paired this shaggy faux-fur vest with some leather bottoms. I love how the vest gives the entire look such a fun flare.


I decided to mix in a classic white button-down and my go-to black work pumps to tie everything together and give it more of a polished feel.

I’m also extremely minimal when it comes to accessorizing, and tend to just wear my usual ring (photographed above) which was passed down to me by my mama and some pearl studs. Although, I must admit that I really do love accessories… so hopefully I will make more of a conscious effort to step my game up ;).

Vest: Spicysugar | Shirt & Pants: Zara | Shoes: Nine West | Handbag: Dolce & Gabanna |Hair & Makeup by me!

Photo Credit: Saam Rahim

This look is certainly more on the adventurous side for work, but it’s a favourite of mine. I work in the beauty industry, so pushing limits with work fashion is something that tends to be much more acceptable. It varies for everyone, but the idea is just to play around with pieces that you enjoy wearing outside of work and finding a happy medium in your Mon-Fri style. Do what works best for you.

I hope you enjoyed Part II of my Not-So-Basic, Basics and that it inspires you to get creative with your everyday outfits! If you’ve missed Part I and are interested in having a look, you can do so here. Stay tuned for Part III next week, before we hopefully move on to spring fashion, makeup and hair. Key word: “hopefully”. Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time –

xx, Es