Seven to Shop: Including a $20 Viral Accessory Worth the Hype and the Softest Coat I’ve Ever Felt
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One of the best pieces I bought this past month was a white long-sleeved top from a vintage store in the Harajuku area in Tokyo for $20. While I wanted to buy something in the area, just to be able to casually say “I got it in Tokyo”, I didn’t expect it to be a piece I’d treasure for a decade to come.
It’s a mix of different styles – part Victorian, with a high neck; part modern, with a cropped fit; and also part “Tomato Girl” aesthetic, with its loose fit and billowy sleeves. The only downside to it is that it didn’t come with a label, so I wasn’t able to find the brand and shop more from it.
Until I manage to track the brand down, I’m sharing what else I wore this month – and, fortunately for anyone keen to shop it too, is still in stock. From a viral accessory that really is worth its hype, to a coat I’ve made all my work colleagues feel because I just can’t get over its softness, these are the best pieces I’m recommending to anyone who’ll listen to shop this month.
The Curated Classic Coat, $650
This is the soft coat! It’s definitely expensive at $650, but hear me out: it’s beautifully made, with 70% merino wool and 30% cashmere – so, if you look after it (it’s steam clean only), you’ll have it for at least a decade. Plus, it’s in a slightly oversized fit and knee-length cut – basically, a style that’ll never date. If you get it in black, it’ll work over nearly anything you wear. Also, I always find that if something is more expensive, I look after it more and always feel more elegant wearing it.
Another piece that’s slightly on the pricier end, but again, one you’ll have for years and get countless wears out of. Though, I would recommend you look after it, as I can imagine one snag will pull its knitting out. I’d wanted a chunky knit cardigan since I saw a bunch of influencers wearing some from a brand called Mr Mittens a couple years ago — they looked so cosy. This option is slightly more affordable and made from a similar fisherman’s rib fabric. It’s been great to wear in Sydney this winter as I can easily slip it off if I’m feeling too warm in the sun.
I have these pants in blue and yellow, and always get compliments on them. They’re made of a silky, thick material and have a slight flare at the bottom. I mostly wear them with neutral tops — like a white shirt or black sweater.
Uniqlo Round Mini Should Bag, $24.90
This is the viral accessory I mentioned – you might’ve seen it on TikTok or Instagram. Four other people in my office have it too – it’s that popular. I got mine in natural colour, so it’ll go with nearly every outfit and wear it slung over one shoulder, with the bag in front.
I am obsessed with this, as one drunk girl at a bar in Surry Hills called it, “camino”. It’s made from terry towelling. I have the matching bottoms too, which have a white stripe down the side that makes them look sporty.
I use this bag nearly every day for work and have used it as a carry-on for all my recent domestic travel. It’s made from sturdy canvas, and has lots of internal pockets, including one for a laptop. The best part about it, in my opinion, is how much I can fit. It can easily accommodate a laptop, book I’m reading, workout wear I’ll use for after-work Pilates, make-up and still have extra space if I needed to pack a sweater.
I wear this top all the time, as it goes with most of my pants — though, nothing too low-rise as it has a cut-out. It’s subtly sexy, and the sleeves reaching my palms give it some elegance.