Not too long ago I stopped by Portland boutique Adorn with my friend Jessica and styled her in my favorite fall and winter items. We had so much fun and the Adorn staff was great to work with, so when they asked me to review some items for them, I was definitely into it. The line they had in mind was Melbourne based Elk; working with small manufacturers around the globe Elk creates clothing inspired by natural colors and complimentary accessories made with traditional techniques and high quality in mind. After much deliberation I chose the Elk cape back top and Elk faceted nugget necklace -
Elk’s cape back top in black (also available in Stucco) felt like a good choice since my main wardrobe goal this year has been to create a solid foundation of basics. As I suspected, it is a highly versatile piece that can be worn with everything from high-waisted cords to skinny jeans to a pencil skirt – all without being #basic. The soft fabric is synthetic but high quality and so soft. The loose drape does create a cape effect and provides lovely movement but the overall construction has enough shape to keep it from overwhelming - something I have to worry about given my frame which is petite and curvy. As someone who’s cold more often than not, the loose fit left me feeling chilly since walking around caused the top to billow away from my skin, effectively leaving it bare to cold air. A tank worn underneath took care of the issue and I was surprisingly warm after that simple fix. For that same reason, I have a feeling this will be a go-to for me next summer. It’s always great to have pieces that transcend seasons.
To add some interest, I paired my top with Elk’s faceted nugget necklace. Drawn to the ultra-modern geometric resin beads hand-knotted in a station style, I love the minimal simplicity of the design and neutral color – something I tend to shy away from usually – as well as the inherent sense of asymmetry. My greatest styling weakness is that I can skew too classic and my favorite way to keep from going the stuffy route is to use accessories with an asymmetric balance. It helps break things up to create more of an eclectic or laissez-faire feel. My motto is, when in doubt go with odds.
Now here’s my adorable friend Shola to model the top and necklace for you -