Welcome to Monthly Must-Haves, a new series highlighting the pieces that capture my attention and steal my heart each month.
April 2020 is a month that will always be remembered. When we look back on it in a few years time, we’ll remember a month spent in quarantine, working from home, clapping for the NHS and, inexplicably, making bloody banana bread. Mine will also be characterised by the arrival of my new British Shorthair kitten, Ivy ( follow her on Instagram here). And, in terms of fashion, with the current lockdown climate, loungewear is top of the list. I’ve found myself drawn to comfortable yet elevated basics. Pieces that feel great while I’m sat on the couch but look great as I strut down the aisles of my local supermarket (whilst social distancing, of course).
A pair of beige linen shorts from Arket provide the perfect alternative to pyjamas, while remaining just as comfortable. Throw them on with a vintage sweatshirt and cashmere socks while you work from home or pair with an Oxford striped shirt and mules for a stroll on a sunny day.
I recently purged my closet and noticed a distinct lack of t-shirts. I’ve had my eye on this graphic tee from the Elton John collection for Réalisation Par for a while now and, given the circumstances, am seriously considering purchasing it.
Babydoll and smock dresses are also a favourite of mine (see evidence here). The Amy dress by Batsheva has a tiered silhouette, ditsy floral print and ties at the shoulders. The straps are removable and it can also be worn as a midi skirt with a cropped blouse or turtleneck.
I’m not overly enamoured by bodysuits but this knitted piece from Abercrombie & Fitch is an exception. Square necklines are super flattering and the thick weave means you don’t need to wear a bra – an incredibly important feature if you’re asking me. And, in terms of styling, the possibilities are endless. I’m thinking of also buying it in white while they have 20% off.
This embroidered crop top from Zara is reminiscent of the Alessandra Rich twinset worn by Kendall Jenner last year. At £15.99, it’s a hell of a lot more affordable and will look divine with belted mom jeans and clean white trainers.
Jeans and lockdown aren’t the most obvious combination but bare with me. The wide leg on Levi’s balloon jeans make them really comfortable and the light wash is perfect as we move towards summer. They’re also available in black and a dark blue wash if that’s more your thing.
As for shoes, I’ve had a bit of an addiction to mules lately. I received some nude Bottega Veneta-inspired heels for my birthday in March that I adore but I’ve been looking for a pair that’s more suitable for the daytime. These square-toe sandals from & Other Stories fit the bill perfectly.
Anyway, that’s enough from me. I hope you’re all doing well despite the circumstances and enjoyed this different style of post. Stay safe!