Australian brand Oxford, in a new brand focus. What I thought of this work ready to casual modern brand.
First up, since this is my first blog post after Christmas, I hope you had a great Christmas! I decided to take some time away from my phone and desk. Instead, I’ve walked along the beach (remember it’s summer in Australia), done at least one workout, eaten plenty and called my family. I’ve made my way through a book, watched a Norwegian TV show and am almost finished watching His Dark Materials. The Phillip Pullman series are my favourite books, so it’s been really exciting to watch it in a new adaptation!
Anyway, more of my top things from December soon, but for now… let’s dig into a good old fashioned style blog post.
I love to share a brand focus every now and again when I’ve had the opportunity to shop or try out a new fashion brand. This time around, I have not one but two looks from Australian brand Oxford. Though, to be fair, we ended up shooting so many photos of both outfits that I’ve decided to share the second look in a different blog post. Or else, yet again, I’d be sharing a photo essay!
So here is the first look, featuring a beautiful light weight khaki blazer and knit top. Both of which are instant classics to wear again and again. That’s basically what drew me to them!
A BIT ABOUT FABRIC
When I shop for clothing from any brand, I tend to check things like the fabric and avoid man-made fibres as much as I can. It takes me a long time to make a decision on clothing but by avoiding man-made fibres I already know I won’t waste time looking at something I know I won’t like. To each there own, but I personally disslike man-made fibres. If I end up with something that is made of poly or viscose I just don’t end up wearing it. In some cases I put the piece of clothing on but find myself complaining about it during the day and make a mental note that I should probably just sell it or donate it. That is not to say that I have gotten rid of all man-made fibres in my closet, there are a few pieces still but I try to restrict what comes in.
Of course, I don’t love what man-made fibres can do for the environment. Neither do I love what farming cotton or animal based fabrics can do for the environment. I’m always at odds with my love for fashion and what the industry does for the planet. Or does to it. Esentially, shopping less, wearing more and passing things on to people who you know will wear them are important. I like to practice a principle of shop less and make better choices to wear more.
MY EDIT FROM OXFORD
Below, is a little edit from the current Oxford collections. These are all versatile options and I want those khaki green belted pants next!!
WHAT I THOUGHT OF OXFORD
The Samira knit top I chose is clearly a versatile one, that can be dressed down casually as I’ve done here, with a relaxed fit jean and boots. Alternatively, it’d be a chic top to pair with a skirt or work pants and a blazer for a sharp work look. It’s made up of cotton and linen and also comes in black. I also chose (and I am sure you are not at all surprised) a blazer. This khaki blazer is a linen and rayon blend (obviously I prefer the linen aspect but I find it comfortable). The double breasted style with tortoise-shell buttons is a neutral staple, to dress up for work or down with jeans or chic linen or silk shorts.
Each of the pieces I got from Oxford (there are three more to come in the second look) are beautifully made. The cuts are modern, flattering and comfortable. I must admit that for a while I just thought Oxford had menswear! How wrong I was. This little gem of an Australian label is not to be overlooked. They have stores around Australia, can be found online and at David Jones and The Iconic.
More from me again soon. I threw my schedule out the window in favour of some down time but have plenty to share to come. In the mean time, take care these holidays!
< SHOP THE LOOK >
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OXFORD KNIT TOP
BODEN GIRLFRIEND JEANS
TOGA PULLA BOOTS
PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 BAG
ASTLEY CLARKE NECKLACE
WANDERLUST & CO LUNA PENDANT NECKLACE
ASTLEY CLARKE CHAIN BANGLE
A.P.M MONACCO BANGLE
ASTLEY CLARKE BANGLE