How to wear scarves

I have a pretty established scarf addiction, at last count upwards of 40! On a fairly regular basis, people stop me and say “that’s a great scarf, where did you get it?” so I thought I’d show you 3 styles to try first with links to buy too.

I have a pretty established scarf addiction, at last count upwards of 40!  On a fairly regular basis, people stop me and say "that's a great scarf, where did you get it?" so I thought I'd show you 3 styles to try first with links to buy too.

Leopard

olsen leopard scarf

buy here.  leopard print is surprisingly easy to wear and can act as a neutral, especially to all black outfits as Ashley Olsen shows here.  It can also give some visual kick to neutral colours like beige and grey too. 

Graphic

graphic

 

buy here  Graphic is when you want to punch above your weight and get some statement colours going.  As shown here, the easy part is that the rest of your outfit can be very simple and basic – just chuck it on and go!

Chunky

margiella scarf

 

buy here  the chunky scarf is a no brainer and psychologically as well as literally makes you feel super cosy and warm even when its howling outside.  the only thing to avoid is if you have a short-ish neck, in that case stick to narrower scarves.  wear this one with a blazer, jeans and heels and voila!

(not a sponsored post, all opinions my own)

wolf sweater gold socks

I have decided to attempt wardrobe nirvana by creating outfits on Polyvore using items I already own. So far it’s been fun and useful for Monday-morning-lateness (guilty as charged).

I’ve also realised that 90 percent of the time I’m inspired first by accessories in deciding what to wear. Fascating! I shall now invest in new accessories knowing they are the indispensable part of my style, now excuse me while I flex my plastic over at Topshop.com….mmmmmmmmmm!

wolf sweater gold socks

 

I have decided to attempt wardrobe nirvana by creating outfits on Polyvore using items I already own. So far it’s been fun and useful for Monday-morning-lateness (guilty as charged).

I’ve also realised that 90 percent of the time I’m inspired first by accessories in deciding what to wear, fascinating! I shall now invest in new accessories knowing they are the indispensable part of my style, now excuse me while I flex my plastic over at Topshop.com…mmmmmmmmm!

Sports Sunday

A strange desire has crept up on me lately… The wish for a more sporty vibe to my wardrobe

 

A strange desire has crept up on me lately… The wish for a more sporty vibe to my wardrobe à la the likes of Rihanna and Jess Dempsey of Whatwouldkarldo blog (but not Rita Ora, that’s a step too far!)

Oh yes indeed! Me of the gen x era who has never been remotely into sports suddenly wants to skip around in sweatshirts and trainers. This could go horribly wrong, now DROP AND GIVE ME 20!

The perfect white shoe

Let me just say upfront, I love a white shoe. Not only does it surprise and excite, where a black one would be more predictable but it also looks altogether sharper than its darker cousin. So may I present my latest white-shoe-crush?

Let me just say upfront, I love a white shoe.  Not only does it surprise and excite, where a black one would be more predictable but it also looks altogether sharper than its darker cousin.  So may I present my latest white-shoe-crush? (Click here to shop)

&otherstories

Not being a heels girl generally, I'm trying later in life to be bolder and more true to the things I like and this little baby just makes me want to cradle it in my arms whispering sentiments!  Want to know how I'd style it 3 ways?  Here you go… happy monday!

 

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perfectwhiteshoe2

perfectwhiteshoe3

 

5 ways with a leather jacket

The leather jacket – probably the most versatile item in your wardrobe that looks good on both men and women and immortalized by everyone from Jim Morrison to Kim Kardashian.  If you don't own one, go out IMMEDIATELY and find one that makes you feel sexy, beautiful and just a little bit rock!  Here's some different ways to wear it …

CASUAL

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Kim's chosen a drapey style jacket, worn with simple grey tee, black skinnies and platform heels complete with neutral bag.  This is an easy outfit that looks especially good on curvy figures.  The tee finishes just at her hips drawing attention to her great curves and the pants and heels create a long lean line giving the illusion of height.  This is an example of the clothes showcasing the beauty of the woman in them.

CLASSIC

leather jkt classic

This style looks great on mature women as all the elements are classic, blazer cut leather jacket in soft brown, dark classic shift dress and pointed heels in burgundy, ray ban sunglasses, neutral bag.  Not showy, just classically beautiful.  The jacket makes the look slightly edgy whilst still being age-appropriate.

COLOUR

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With a coloured jacket, it's a statement piece so the rest of your outfit must be neutral otherwise you'll end up looking too christmas-tree-ish!  On the left image, Rachel Zoe wears a beautifully cut turquoise jacket to perfection, making the jacket the show piece of her outfit.  On the right, tones of burnt tobacco and olive green make the outfit visually interesting but not overwhelming. 

CROPPED

crop jkt2

What makes a cropped leather jacket work so well is that it can give the illusion of length and height.  If you're less than 5 foot 5, make sure whatever you wear underneath the jacket isn't too far away in tone from the colour of the jacket itself to give that elongated look.  If you're long and lithe like Nicole Richie here, then you can get away with more colour and pattern underneath the jacket but again bear in mind that she is still wearing a floor-skimming dress which creates the illusion of height.

GLAMOUR

glamour jkt

This is not a look for everyone (doing the weekly shop anyone?) however what makes it work is the contrast between the toughness of the studded leather jacket and the fragility of the white flowing dress.  Its also the unexpected – a leather jacket worn to a formal event.  It takes fashion savvy but sometimes its just fun to wear something that makes a big statement.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

The inaugural SESS – Saturday Evening Styling Sessions!

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Imagine getting together with your besties on a Saturday night, sipping champagne, trying on all sorts of outfits and having a great laugh whilst a stylist gives you all fashion advice…

Well imagine no more because last night was the very first SESS – Saturday Evening Styling Sessions from Style Revival

Hosted flawlessly by the lady of the house, myself and 4 very game lasses (including one inspirational nine-year old) had so much fun exploring different looks and talking about all things fashion, specifically how to make looks work and why. 

If this is something that interests you, check out my What we do or Prices pages for details…

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How to wear a maxi skirt in winter

maxi skirt for winterI often think its tricky to pull off a maxi skirt in winter as it doesn’t have an obvious go-to shoe as it does in summer (flat, open-toed sandals), so here is a look to try.

The draw of this look is the contrast between the floaty fabric and the solid tux jacket or the camel wool coat.  You can up the drama in an outfit by combining lux fabrics like silk, chiffon, sequins but keeping the whole look in neutral colours.  All neutrals work together and in this case, black and navy are both neutrals.

For those of us with curvy backsides, don’t forget the Spanx underneath!
Enjoy.

Mothers Day 2013

Of course, I could waffle on here about flowers and body products but you’re a bit more savvy than that aren’t you?  Yes you are.  Plus, this site is all about fashion so if you want to know about gift wrapping I’m afraid I’m not the best person to ask!

Here’s my top two picks for this year’s mothers day to make your ma literally swoon with delight!  (All the links will take you straight to the product.  I receive no endorsement for these recommendations, its just my wishlist!)

Pre-Order Leather Jacket, WINE, hi-res

Sportscraft leather jacket $599 including offer spend $150 get $50 off.

 

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Diane Von Furstenberg nude pumps $287

Happy mothers day!

the best pants in melbourne

Is it ridiculous to be THIS excited about pants?

Probably… but as we all know when you find pants that are EXACTLY right, well you get excited! After my previous post ‘Is Sussan Relevant?’ I decided to put this store to the test by looking for an everyday stylish trouser that can withstand kids and high rotation – boy did Sussan deliver!

As a decent size 14 I found their double knit, slim leg, ponte pants in black, grey and denim style with (hallelujah) high waists and back pockets and they fit perfectly!! Unbelievably they didn’t show every bump and curve as I’ve often seen with less quality fabric.  Although they come in at a relatively hefty $60 a pop, to me they are worth it.  I will be styling them with a loose grey tee, a chunky knit cardi and ankle boots or flats for daytime and a tailored jacket and heels for evening – good to go! Enjoy.

Sussan ponte pants

 

what to wear – between season weddings

A slightly edgier approach to wedding outfits

wedding guest outfit
Ahh weddings – the anticipation, the excitement, the nerves… and that’s just the guests!
Dressing for weddings oddly throws us into a panic and we throw everything we know about our own style out the window, instead buckling under pressure from over-eager sales assistants or dredging up a black dress we haven’t actually tried on in 3 years.  So, to keep a cool head take a look at the following:
  • Think about what you feel most comfortable in usually.  If its pants, wear them, if its flats wear them.  Nothing will make you feel worse than teetering on 6 inch stillettos if you rarely wear heels.  Just dial up the luxury – choose pants made of silk or flats with serious sequin/embellishment and you won’t look out of place
  • Luxury fabrics are a must – steer well clear of denim, cork, raffia and even linen (unless you are overseas in a tropical location where the dress code is much more casual) and stick to classic shapes rather than statement styles/colours.  No neon!
  • As weddings usually involve A LOT of standing around, often on grass, think about wearing a wedge instead of a thin heel which will sink into grass, so make sure they are comfortable and have a fairly sturdy base.

The above photo is of me from a wedding I went to in March 2011 – I’m wearing a green silk maxi dress (ebay score), green silk blazer from J Crew  (secondhand) and cobalt blue suede flats from Zara.  I also wore a fringed blue silk scarf.  I had lots of comments on my outfit and was the only one who wasn’t freezing during English March spring weather!