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Basic

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Reiss one shoulder asymmetric Keria dress with Rick Owens wave wedge shoes. All black outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Reiss one shoulder asymmetric Keria dress. All black outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Rick Owens wave black suede peak back wedge shoes.

It always throws me that ‘basic’ is perceived to be a bad thing. Some of my most treasured pieces are what you could call basic, if by that you mean pieces which are timeless, hard working and able to be styled up in multiple different ways.

This simple asymmetric dress, picked up in the Reiss sale, is one of those perfect, high-quality basics that I know I’ll have hanging in my wardrobe forever. It’s such a classic shape and so beautifully cut, that I couldn’t bring myself to detract from this by adding unnecessary accessories. So this is how I wore it, a basic worn in a basic way. I think sometimes it can be hard to rein yourself in when it comes to accessorizing, it becomes almost habit to throw on a necklace, a pair of earrings, a belt or an extra layer to finish a look off and make it feel like your own. Pieces like this really don’t need it though, and sometimes less really is more, letting the dramatic asymmetric neckline and softly structured silhouette speak for themselves.

I’ve been hunting for a pair of these wedges in my size for years now, and finally a pair showed up in the exact distressed suede finish I wanted. I couldn’t believe my luck when they popped up on my eBay alert, and I was even more excited when it got down to the final few minutes and no one else decided to bid on them. It’s rare enough to come across that exact hard-to-find thing you’ve been searching for, but it’s even sweeter when you manage to get your hands on it for a total steal. Those sharp peaked backs, the deliciously distressed suede, angular panels and little cut out details, I think I’m in love and I’m sure you’ll be seeing these around a lot in the future.

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Separate

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Tobi high low dress with cropped kimono wrap top, All Saints double belt, Quartz necklace, Kurt Geiger Saturn lace up boots. All black dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing braided raw quartz necklace from Cambodian market, Tobi black summer dress. Outfit details. Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing Tobi black summer dress with cut out low back. Outfit details. Fashion blogger FAIIINT wearing braided raw quartz necklace from Cambodian market, Tobi black summer dress and cropped kimono wrap top, All Saints double wrap around belt. Outfit details.

I’ve got a real thing for simple dresses and tops which at first seem quite plain, maybe even boring, until you turn around and find they’re all party at the back. This gauzy, summery dress from Tobi is exactly that kind of dress, with it’s deeply scooped back and graphic V shaped straps. It’s a bit too skimpy to be wondering around wearing in the middle of Autumn, especially now the cold is starting to creep in, but when paired with this cropped wrap top it becomes much more weather appropriate. Both pieces are made out of the same crinkly viscose material, so when the long ties of the top are wrapped around and tied at the back, it actually looks like these two separate pieces could be one single dress.

Every time I wear this necklace I get asked about it, and as nice as it is to have something one of a kind and special to you, I also love to share so I feel kind of bad when I can’t give people an easy answer for where to get their own. I’ve already written about its story and how I picked it up one evening at the night market in Siem Reap, but I recently came across some very similar pieces from UK based Telmatology on Etsy and wanted to share. Although the pieces aren’t completely identical, as mine has a braided hanging loop and is wrapped in waxed cord, these are the closest match I’ve seen for those of you who would like something similar.

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Beguile

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Tobi black maxi witchy kimono dress and wide brim hat. Dark gothic street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Jeffrey Campbell Phair black suede heels. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery silver arrowhead necklace. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Tobi black maxi witchy kimono dress and wide brim hat. Dark gothic street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Tobi black maxi witchy kimono dress and wide brim hat. Dark gothic street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery silver arrowhead necklace and Elemental Luxury quartz ring. Witchy outfit details.

The start of autumn always has me reaching for my witchiest pieces. Long layers, floaty sleeves and airy fabrics just feel so right at this time of year. This romper dress from Tobi arrived a week or so ago and I’ve been patiently waiting for that first hit of crisp autumn air to give it its first outing. I’m not usually a fan of playsuits, their impracticalness means they’ll never see the light of day from my wardrobe, and that’s if I’m lucky enough to find one that actually fits my long body. How could I possibly resist this one though, with its deep slashed front, pretty cut out back and swishy maxi skirt layer?

Of course I had to pair it with my wide brim hat, for the full effect and to give it a more casual edge. I’m looking forward to styling this up for more formal occasions too though with a killer pair of heels, bare legs and a nice updo to really show the back off.

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Slick

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing H&M black coated skinny jeans and tank top, ASH poker lace up ankle boots, Balenciaga city bag. All black simple dark street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring, mini skull ring and luna landing moon necklace. Goth outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring and mini skull ring. Goth outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring and mini skull ring. Outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Toilworn jewellery large silver skull ring and mini skull ring and luna landing moon necklace. Outfit details.

Sometimes the simplest outfits are my favourites. I think outfits like this really highlight why it’s important to seek out nice basic pieces. They’re the foundation of your wardrobe, and having a collection of great basics means that even the simplest of outfits, no matter how thrown together, feel a little more considered. And nice doesn’t have to mean expensive either, most of this outfit is from H&M, but the pieces are cut well and made from good quality materials. It can take some searching to find items which are both inexpensive and great quality, but it’s so worth it when you do. I think H&M have been particularly good for this lately, so I’ve been stocking up.

Jewellery will always be one of my favourite ways to add interest to an easy look. I’ve already spoken about my love for Toilworn, and these pieces are the perfect pairing with an outfit like this. They’re unusual and attention grabbing, but in a more understated way, giving them an air of effortlessness, like something you’ve just casually thrown on. Adding a few pieces instantly elevates an outfit and takes it from being simple in a kind of boring way, to a simple outfit you feel like you could take on the world in.

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Bold

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Warehouse jumpsuit, IOLLA Muir smoke tortoise frames glasses, Topshop pointed flats, Toilworn arrowhead necklace, New Look backpack. All black everything, casual street style outfit. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing IOLLA Muir smoke tortoise cat eye frames glasses, Toilworn vertebra silver ring. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing New Look leather backpack. All black everything outfit details. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Topshop pointed ankle strap flats. Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing IOLLA Muir smoke tortoise cat eye frames glasses, Toilworn arrowhead pendent necklace. Portrait, outfit details.

Over the past few weeks it seems I took a bit of an unplanned, accidental break from blogging. It’s been a mixture of things. I’ve been ill with a stomach bug, my laptop’s been on its last legs for months making editing photos almost impossible, it’s been raining every time I’ve had a spare moment to shoot and honestly, it’s been kind of nice to come home and not feel like I have to blog. I’ve always had these self-imposed rules I’ve set for myself when it comes to the blog, but it’s been nice to not feel stressed about missing a posting day, or feeling like I need to post something, anything, just to keep it updated. Posts may get a little more sporadic around here, but I would always rather that than post something I’m not excited about, just to get something new up.

These new frames from IOLLA are definitely something I’m excited about though, and quite a step away from my usual comfort zone – not only are they not all black, they’re printed too! I love a cat eye, but I usually tend to go for much more angular styles, instead of the rounded shapes those face shape guides always tell me I should choose. These ‘Muir’ frames are like a perfect mixture of both, they’ve got the nice upturned classic cat eye shape, but with a more rounded bottom giving them a much softer look. The unusual smoke tortoise colouring adds to this too, the splotchy print keeps the lines feeling soft and feminine, a world away from the harsh graphic lines I’m usually drawn to.

It’s not often I fall in love with a print like this, and for the price and such high quality, it made them kind of impossible to say no to. All of IOLLA‘s frames are a standard £65 a pair, including prescription lenses and lens coatings, making them perfect for trying out a new style or picking up a special, more statement pair.

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