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!

how to do matching colours

matching colours

….without looking like the Queen!

A big trend for 2013 will definitely be matching your outfit so follow some easy guidelines on how to avoid looking like her majesty!

Things to note:

Matching clothes will look best on most of us if you stick to colours that are easy on the eye.  Head to toe black can be bland so try burgundy, dark green, teal, grey and white.  If you’re a fan of pastels, colours like seafoam can work, but avoid trickier colours like baby pink or blue if you aren’t actually a baby!

The best way to work a matching outfit is by contrasting textures in the same colour.  Think cobalt blue leather pencil skirt with chiffon floaty cobalt top.

Don’t be tempted to match your nails or lipstick unless you are a fashion expert as it can come across as overkill – that said, its perfectly fine to match your accessories with a similar tone to the outfit you’re wearing.

Temper the overall impact of matching with a few neutrals.  The same rule applies for matching as for neon – gently does it and ground the look with tan, grey, white (not generally black as this shade deadens colours).

Enjoy!

 

2013 CAPSULE WARDROBE

Happy new year everyone!If you’ve made your new year’s resolutions here’s one to add to the list.  There are a few rules to creating a capsule wardrobe
2013 capsule wardrobe
J.Crew knit top / Cotton cardigan / ELEVEN PARIS printed shirt, $51 / MICHAEL Michael Kors sequin shirt, $245 / French Connection formal shirt, $46 / Velvet striped t shirt / Nudie Jeans Co. slim jeans, $115 / Enza Costa metallic pleated skirt, $430 / Boot cut jeans, $105 / Witchery , $52 / Mango zip pants, $32 / ALDO high heels / Madden Girl booties / Giuseppe Zanotti wide sandals / Red Herring suede wedge pumps, $28 / Carolina Bucci , $14,300 / Square ring / Noa Noa noa, $51 / BonBon Boutique white pearl earrings, $46 / Faliero Sarti scarve / Agent Ninetynine straw fedora hat, $26 / Skull scarve / Karen Walker

Colours for Redheads

Colours for Redheads
Here’s the thing about redheads – they are by far the easiest group to work out which colours suit – its much more a matter of tone.  The set I’ve put together above incorporates colours that will suit almost all redheads, with just a tweak of the exact shade of each colour and that can be done very easily by standing in a jewellery shop and holding accessories up to your face, maybe take a quick snap with your phone so you can compare later!  Questions to ask, does this shade of the colour wash me out or make me look vibrant?  You know the answer…
Now go wear some colour – its summer in Australia!
Giuseppe Zanotti suede pumps / Alexander McQueen red clutch, $1,565 / Irene Neuwirth gold jewelry / Pippa Small carnelian ring / Bounkit green onyx earrings / Swarovski ring / Kate Spade locket necklace / Alexis Bittar lucite jewelry / Glass jewelry / ASOS tear drop earrings, $5.65 / Gemstone jewelry / Mint braided chain bracelet, $18 / Wrap bracelet / Nelly Accessories feather earrings, $7.99 / ORLY nail lacquer