In Retrospect: My Spring/Summer 2016 Purchases

Even though my previous attempt at planning my wardrobe for the upcoming season was only mildly succesful, at the start of spring, I decided to give it another go. This time I gave myself a little more wiggle room: apart from my carefully compiled wishlist, I allowed myself to buy a maximum of three other garments that I hadn't defined beforehand.
Over the course of spring and summer I purchased all but one of my planned items, and limited my unplanned items to a minimum. Just like at the end of last season, I'm evaluating all of my purchases one last time before I start planning for the upcoming season.

Levi's Wedgie Fit jeans - My first purchase off the wishlist and a breath of fresh air in my denim collection. I won't talk about these too much here since I already wrote a lengthy review about them, but I got a lot of wear out of them and am looking forward to wearing these in the colder months as well.

Uniqlo white linen shirt - This one also came home with me on the day I bought the jeans. It's not a  super exciting purchase, but all the more versatile, and a great way of protecting myself from the sun on hot days in Barcelona.

Asos Reclaimed Vintage neckerchiefs - I planned on getting one or two, but ended up getting all three of them. At first I felt a bit guilty, but they are vintage and I have worn every one of them A LOT, so no harm done.

Petit Bateau red breton jumper - The only thing on this list that I haven't worn all that much, but not because I don't like it. I was looking for a striped longsleeve I could wear with a pair of shorts, but when I tried this on at Petit Bateau, I found out that the cotton jersey was very densely knit. Definitely too heavy to wear on a hot day, but I still decided to take it home, since it would be ideal to throw on on a rainy day or cooler night. Since we haven't had many of those, I have only worn this a handful of times. It's perfect for transitional weather though, so I'm sure it will get the wear it deserves. Next year I might be on the lookout for a lighter version.

Grana navy striped T-shirt - I wasn't too sure about the exact T-shirt I used on my wishlist since I preferred navy over black and the brand and price gave me the impression that the quality might not be up to par. Fortunatly, I remembered this brand called Grana who claim to provide high quality at low prices using a strategy similar to Everlane's. And sure enough, their version of the striped T-shirt feels soft but in no way flimsy and fits the way I want it to.

Josefinas ballet flats - The only thing I bought that was not on the list. My last pair of ballet flats dated back to my teenage years but the idea of getting a new pair had been growing on me for a couple of months until I finally decided to order these. I am very satisfied with how they turned out and I will post a review after I have subjected them to a bit more wear.

The colour palette was consistent (and - coincidentally - very French) and I never had to compromise on fits an fabrics so all in all, I can look back on a succesful edition of the seasonal wishlist. The avarcas are still on my mind though, so they might make an appearance again on next year's list. We'll see.
Plans for the upcoming autumn/winter season will be up soon!

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jeans: Outfit & Review

Yesterday morning I decided to go on a short trip to Antwerp to pick up some beauty products and snap a couple of quick outfit photo's of my favourite item I bought this season: the Levi's Wedgie  Fit jeans.
Back when I put together my shopping list for this season, this was actually the garment I was most nervous about purchasing. I loved the look of them but had my doubts about how comfortable they would be, given their name and some photo's I'd seen (case in point: that seam looks scary). My doubts, however, turned out to be completely unnecessary.
If you're like me and find trying new jeans silhouettes a daunting task, here's everything you should know about the Levi's Wedgie Fit.

Fit & sizing: 4/5
These are not mom jeans, not straight legged jeans and not just a cut off version of the classic 501's, this is really a fit of its own. All in all they're not even that dissimilar from my regular skinny jeans, so the cut did not take any getting used to, but the differences make these look a little bit fresher. The high waist and aforementioned middle seam accentuate the hip and butt area, but in a much more flattering way than, say, your average pair of light wash mom jeans (at least in my opinion). The legs are straight from the knee down and leave the ankles bare (for reference: I'm 1,74 m tall). The only negative point about the fit I can think of is that they loosen up a little, so they aren't as skin tight as they seem on some photos.
They run a bit larger than I had expected. I wear a size 28 in Cheap Monday and H&M, but got these in a 26, as was recommended by the staff at the Levi's store.

Comfort: 3,5/5
When I left the store with these I was still a bit hesitant about how comfortable they would be. They do not feel like an actual wedgie, which was a huge relief, but the waist was still a bit tight (read: entered muffin top territory). However, after breaking them in for a few hours, they got more comfortable. I would not grab these to lounge around the house on a lazy sunday as I would with my thinner, stretchier pairs of jeans, but when I wear them out, I am never really uncomfortable.

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jeans: Outfit & Review || Melanophilia.comI feel a bit weird about posting this, but I suppose a review would not be complete without, well, a rearview.
Versatility: 5/5
Where do I start... As far as tops go, I have worn these with plain T-shirts, a linen camisole, light cotton and linen shirts, a black lace top and a black blazer. For shoes, I love these with espadrilles and black ankle boots both flat and with a block heel, but they also work with some sandals and light canvas sneakers. I go for very simple looks à la Jeanne Damas (and steer clear from Kylie Jenner territory), so I should get a lot of wear out of these.

Quality: 5/5 (for now, will update on this in a few months)
I've only owned these for about two months so can't say anything about how they hold up overtime, but I have high hopes. The fabric feels very sturdy and the stitching looks and feels solid, which is a far cry from some of the cheaper pairs of jeans I own.
The slight stretching was expected given the fact they're 99% cotton, but they don't get too baggy. Also, washing them on 30° more than restored the initial tight fit.
One thing I was concerned about was the unhemmed, slightly cropped legs. They started fraying immediately when I wore them out for the first time, but washing seems to have put a stop to that, so I don't think my jeans will be completely desintegrating anytime soon.

If I could give you one tip: go to a Levi's store if you want to try the Wedgie fit. The staff were able to tell me all the tiny differences in cut and fabric between the different pairs they had, immediately found the right size for me and were just tremendously helpful.

Levi's Wedgie Fit Jeans: Outfit & Review || Melanophilia.comtrench coat: Pull&Bear || white T-shirt: H&M Conscious || jeans: Levi's Wedgie Fit || espadrilles: Zara
bag: My Paper Bag || neckerchief (on bag): ASOS Reclaimed Vintage || gold necklaces: Lumo & childhood gift from grandma

Spring/summer 2016 wishlist

New season, new wishlist. After gathering some inspiration in my previous post, I decided on which items my wardrobe needs the most:

Cropped, straight jeans - After giving in to flared jeans, I want to add another fit to my denim collection. I'm specifically looking for a pair that fits quite snugly around the hips, has a tapered (but not skinny) leg and a classic denim colour. A cropped hem would be nice too, since it would look great with my suede boots. I'm planning on trying on the new Levi's wedgie fit depicted here, and maybe compare it to the 501 CT and a vintage 501 to see what suits me best.

White linen or cotton shirt - I already own a white shirt and I wear it loads, but it's quite starchy and extremely prone to wrinkling. For summer, I prefer one in a thinner fabric for a more laid-back look. The one depicted from Uniqlo looks like it would fit the bill, and Massimo Dutti also has a nice option.

Blue and/or red neckerchief - I admit, these scarves are having a huge moment. However, they are versatile, fit my style and regularly pop up again after a few seasons, so I still really want one. I'm planning on getting it from Asos Reclaimed Vintage, which is a more sustainable option than the high street chain stores.

Menorquinas/Avarcas - After purchasing my first pair of espadrilles last year, I have added another classic mediterranean shoe to my wishlist: the Menorquina or Avarca sandal. These are timeless, durable and worn by all ages and sexes, which makes them an ideal summer staple. To be honest I'm not quite sure yet where I'm going to get these. I might wait until Pons stocks them again, or I might pick them up if I go to Spain this summer, we'll see.

Red breton longsleeve - Finding a blue striped longsleeve that I liked required a lot of trial and error (and those that I own now are still not 100% perfect). Now that I want one in red as well, I decided to skip the bad bargains altogether and go for the ultimate classic from Petit Bateau. Considering these are supposed to last a long time and are produced sweatshop-free, €75 seems like a fair price.

Black or navy striped T-shirt - The one I'm looking for has a round neckline, thin stripes and a rather straight fit at the waist. APC does these so well, but let's be honest, I'm never going to spend €90 on a single T-shirt. This one that I found on Zalando came closest to what I'm looking for, but for that price, I'm a bit unsure about the quality. If it's too flimsy, I will have to return it and continue my search.

You might have noticed this wishlist is a bit smaller than the one I put together last season. This is in part because I already own quite a lot of summer essentials like striped shirts and denim shorts. However, I also wanted to give myself a bit more freedom than last season. So in addition to this list, I'm allowing myself a maximum of three other garments on two conditions: I have to be able to wear them with items that are already in my wardrobe, and I'm only allowed one trend piece (although none at all would be preferable, of course). Like last time, as this season comes to its end, I'll round up my new purchases and evaluate how this new approach panned out.

What's on your wishlist this season?
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