In true Katrina style, I’ve fallen back into the neutral colour palette of black, white, and greys. In thinking about how I want to rebuild my wardrobe this year, I’ve been looking at staple basics that are easy to transition between work and play. More often than not, I head straight from work to happy hours or dinners with friends and there’s only so much space in my work bag to carry extra pieces to change into between locations. The Ella tee from 8telier is perfect because the sophisticated cut and finishing is perfect for work, while the versatility of the fit and silhouette makes it easy to restyle with accessories for happy hours.
jacket & scarf: borrowed from Kim’s closet
Ella tee: c/o 8telier (exact)
dress pant yoga pants: Betabrand
gold trimmed booties: Shoes of Prey
statement necklace: Target
I had the pleasure of talking to the designer behind the 8telier line, Jean, before the holiday season to learn more about this tee. She recommended trying on every size of the tee to find the fit that I liked best. The concept of sizing being subjective was really refreshing! I’ve always looked at shirt sizing to be restrictive (mainly because I’m in between sizes and get easily frustrated), so being told to not worry about the letter on the label and try on the top with a personal vision in mind was freeing.
I went in with the expectation of picking up a small, but ended up walking out with a large. The looser fit and longer length appealed to my personal style much more and I’m glad that Jean walked me through her vision for the fit of this top as I was swapping between sizes.
This is the first item that I’ve added to my work-in-progress, revamped wardrobe. I can’t wait to share this journey of working with elevated basics over the next few months!