Elevated basics

The first outfit post of the new year is always a nerve wrecking one. There’s potential for this to make (or break) the following year of style, so here goes nothing!

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.

outfit details:
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!

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  • So many good memories from shooting this outfit shoot. I can’t wait to see more in these series of elevated basics. You’re inspiring me to look at my basics in a whole different way!

  • thisurlwastaken

    Those shoes. Drool.

  • Heather

    Love the shoes – scrumptious! I also appreciate your point about size and really finding which size works best or the individual and their personal style. Style is really all about experimenting and finding what you love! Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much, Heather! Honestly, that conversation with Jean really made me realize how arbitrary sizing really is. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin and channeling whatever aesthetic you want!

  • I LOVE THIS. seriously, this outfit is amazing.

  • I love how this looks on you, but even more do I enjoy that refreshing perspective to try on everything and see what you like versus a number.

  • Amber Rathvon

    You always look fabulous, Katrina, and this outfit is no exception! Love this combo of black/white/grey on you. =)


    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  • I didn’t know I needed a buffalo plaid scarf, but now obviously I do. Also that top is amazing. Stop being so cool.

    xo nicole

  • I love love love this entire outfit!!! I need all the pieces <3

  • Love that the tee is longer at the back and the outfit is sleek! Love, Love, Love!

  • I love the idea of not worrying about the specific size, but more the fit. I shop that way a lot, and wish more of my friends would let the numbers and letters vanish from their self-worth!!

  • Happy New Year Katrina! This outfit is rockin. I love seeing your outfits scream you! I want to figure out my own sense of style again this year. I’m sure I can do it and still fit the wardrobe requirements of my job.

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  • kristen | Havok Designs

    i can’t get enough of those booties!! ahh! and that jacket, so rad :) i think that i need to raid this “Kim’s” closet ;) great outfit! and i love the idea of having a foundation of basics in your closet…smart!

    • Kim’s closet is pretty amazing, not going to lie! haha It’s been great to have a local friend who loves fashion as much as I do and also be the same size ;) It’s like having a totally separate closet without the space constraints!

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