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July: 4 Must-Haves

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Jacket by All Saints, Dress by Forever21, Sandals by Charles&Keith, Necklace by Ariel Gordon.

I must admit, I missed out on June’s must-haves, but am making up to you with these 4 babies. I call this the high-low list – 2 rather expensive items that I’d love to invest in, and 2 cheaper items that will be great additions to your wardrobe for the summer. Or in my case, additions to my wardrobe period, since there’s only summer here in Singapore all year round.

I also have to confess that I cheated a little, since I already own two of the items – but hey, shouldn’t I be sharing the good things? Also, since they’re must-haves, I should have them, no? The sandals are a huge must, comfortable and very chic (you might have seen them on my Instagram), while I await the floral romper to arrive. I’ll keep you updated, worry not. Other than that, still obsessed with everything pearl and everything leather. Why not? Point to note – leather jacket’s sleeves can be removed, turning it into a vest that’s perfect for chilly summer nights. SCORE.

10 Leather Necessities

Sidenote: Welcome to KateEatsCake.com. I decided to take the leap and commit to a domain, which also means I’m going to have to commit to updating this space, which I am more than happy to do. To commemorate this, I’ve decided to go ahead and share my 10 leather necessities. If you don’t know this yet, my wardrobe is literally filled with black, and one of my favorite black pieces to have is anything leather – it is chic, easy to clean and adds so much character to even the most simplest of outfits. Let’s begin ;)

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1. The Leather Dress
A full leather look never hurt anyone, and this will be an easy wear – slip it on when you need to make a statement, and pair it with rose gold accessories. You don’t really need to make much of an effort with your accessories or shoes as the dress says it all. My favorite cut for this is either a shift or some sort of tank-dress form would work. I found an absolutely affordable black version at Zara last season and love it, especially with the pockets it has just at the hips. Here are some of my picks –

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2. The Leather Skirt
This is pretty much a HUGE must have, and the simpler it is, the better. I would define this as a wardrobe staple / classic, and it works well with a white tee and some Birks. It would also look lovely with a knit or oversized button down thrown over, and some pointy pumps. I don’t think there’s much that can or should be said, except get one in black! A-line, flippy skater, foldover, with slits… Anything goes, but I like to keep my pared down and minimal.

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3. The Leather Tote
This doesn’t need much explanation – the classic black leather tote will last you ages (even forever, maybe) and one that fits your laptop, camera, extra shoes etc will bring you far in life. I throw almost everything I have in my trusty carry-all, and due to the quality and great cut of it, my outfits are always pulled together and chic.

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4. The Leather Pant
I don’t own a pair of these in my wardrobe, but only because in tropical Singapore, there is an extremely high chance of me melting to my death in these, especially since I already have a hard time keeping my jeans on. (I’m a skirt / shorts kinda girl, and my legs need lots of ventilation.) However, if I had the chance, I’d purchase this in a skinny or jogger version, since they add such a cool factor to any outfit. Balance an oversized fit with laced up stilettos, or pair some leather skinnies with white Nike Air Force Ones.

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5. The Leather Crop Top
This is, for me, the perfect accent to wear with denim shorts, or over a white tank and some jeans. It could also be a great item to go with a pencil skirt – I’m not too sure how else to expand on this, so let’s let the pictures do the talking.

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6. The Leather Crossbody
I wanted to title this “The Leather Bucketbag” but I’ve decided that a crossbody would be a better staple. I’m talking the Celine Trio, something that is easy to carry, can fit your wallet and cellphone and a lipstick, and works well with almost all outfits. I’d bring this with me on vacation and on my flight, or even carry it on a girls night out / date night. White, black, tan or nude would be wonderful choices. I quite literally picked everything below from COS because (imo) they do the best leather crossbody bags.

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7. The Leather Sneaker
Slip ons or lace-ups, the sneaker has definitely made a comeback over the past year. I like mine in leather since it just provides a more luxurious sleek look, and they don’t have to be completely ridiculously priced. My shoes get a lot of wear, so quality and comfort is key. I would definitely make sure there’s adequate padding inside though as these might end up giving you some mighty blisters if they aren’t well lined.

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8. The Leather Jacket
The Quintessential! I’m pretty in love with the baby pink cropped version they have at Zara right now, but that will definitely not last through the seasons. I found another pink version at Topshop which is much cheaper and very very tempting. However, I would suggest that if you want to get one, get it in a staple color that will work with your wardrobe. Black is my top pick, what’s new! Zara & Topshop are my go-to options for a leather jacket – affordable and flattering cuts.

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9. The Leather Shorts
Oh gosh, I’m not sure how to go into this – I used to have an obsession with shorts, be it denim shorts, silk shorts, leather shorts. I own 4 different versions of the leather short, and they’ve never let me down. Pair it with a white silk button down, or an easy simple tank. Thrown some sandals on and you’re good to go.

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10. The Leather Birks (aka Slides)
Nuff said, bet you saw that coming. This works with EVERYTHING and I literally wear mine 5 out of 7 days a week ever since I got my full black leather Birkenstocks Arizonas 4 months back. Super comfortable, these are my favorite go-tos. If you aren’t a fan of the thick soles of Birks, choose a pair of slides that emulate that clean, Celine-look.

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That’s about it, phew. This was an entry that I spent a lot of time on, did you like it? Let me know if you’d like to see more of this.
Some pointers on buying leather though – don’t do patent, don’t do pleather thats cracked, and always make sure your leather clothing is lined or there’s going to be a sweaty party going on inside when worn. I’d also like to mention that upon buying these items, you’re going to have a much easier time with your wardrobe – pairing these with a white tee, a button down, or even just a simple silk tank is any color will still have you looking very effortless and luxurious (or at least that’s what I believe in).

Take the first step and invest in some leather necessities! Let me know how it goes, have a great week loves.

MAY: 5 Must-Haves

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A new feature that I’m pretty sure both you and I will enjoy. I love picking out favorite pieces that will last in my wardrobe for a long time to come – it’s been quite a journey try to understand what I will continually use of the months and days, but I’m slowly closing in on my personal uniform and likes. I’ve narrowed it down to LBDs (I can never have enough) and everything black. White is tricky, but I’d love to be able to incorporate more of it in my wardrobe. Simple, clean shapes with drapes, as well as luxurious leather, lace and silk. I’m also a major sucker for jewellery, enough said.

Key points to note – Off shoulder, yes. Rose gold, yes. Nude light shades, yes. Intricate details, yes. Front & back details on earrings, yes. White silk drapes, yes.
Dress by The Reformation, Bag by Mansur Gavriel, Sunglasses by Linda Farrow, Earrings by Tulola, Top by Zara.