For years now, I’ve considered grey and black to be my go-to neutrals: regardless of the garment or material, I can always throw on some combination of the two and instantly feel put together and chic. Other so-called neutrals like tan, white and silver though? These colours still feel challenging and daunting to me – which is exactly why I’ve been experimenting with them more frequently as of late. I’m happy to report that I’ve been making slow but steady progress with said closet diversification: white jeans have transitioned from an occasional summer favourite into a wardrobe mainstay, while most recently, I’ve been craving dashes of silver accessories. These Zara metallic platform bluchers are a prime example of a new metallic favourite that I can’t wait to pair with black leather shorts later on this summer, but for now, I decided to give them an inaugural spin as part of an entirely neutral outfit. I guess when you’re in a city as colourful as Barcelona, it’s not surprising that one would gravitate towards neutrals to contrast its exquisite scenery. Or maybe perhaps this is more permanent progress to a more tonally diversified wardrobe. Either way, the combination of old and new neutrals felt perfect for a lazy day wandering around Barceloneta again during my trip to Barcelona over Easter.
As many of you witnessed via my Instagram account, I spent 4 glorious days in Barcelona during my Easter break. Honestly, I can’t think of a better location at a better time: lots of clear blue skies and sun was exactly the cure I needed after weeks of grey and dreary weather in Paris. This trip marks my first time visiting Barcelona, and I can say with absolute certainty that it won’t be my last. I’ll always have a soft spot for the emerald green waters of southern Italy’s Adriatic coast, but I now equally appreciate Barcelona’s bon vivant attitude, delicious cuisine, and aquamarine coastline. Sartorially speaking, I’ve been heavily relying upon lots of leather in both London and Paris as of late, mainly due to the cooler temperatures and being rather consumed with course work and applications. But a dramatic change of scenery and seasons provided the perfect catalyst to shake up my outfits and embrace bold colours again. I guess it’s safe to say that I was not-so-subtly influenced by the marine scenery in choosing to wear both my Hello Parry Space Aqua Blue Mesh Top and & Other Stories Oil Reptile Bag. Call it fisherman chic, but while packing for Barcelona, I couldn’t resist throwing in these two pieces to pair with my all-time favourite Rag & Bone jeans.