Get ready for spring

Ahh Spring… blossoms, crisp sunshine, light colours … this season make it really easy on yourself and draw inspiration from these stylish women who have kept things very simple.

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all images courtesy of Pinterest

  • the details are all important. Round sunglasses, different fabrics together like leather and silk, the right size bag, don't overlook the impact they make.
  • keep your sillhouette simple, purchase the best fitting pair of straight leg or skinny black pants you can afford and invest in a classic leather jacket in either a biker or suit jacket shape.
  • don't be put off by models and tiny dress sizes, what works on a slim woman can easily look great on a curvy shape, just emphasise the parts of your body you're most proud of.
  • wear one statement piece at a time and keep the rest of your look neutral. A kimono jacket or a bright pattern or colour is the only thing you need to express your style. If you like wearing paler colours, keep the tones similar from head to toe for a savvy put-together look.
  • Enjoy yourself… its nearly spring!

Friday Night Drinks Ideas

Nat and me

I had drinks with my girlfriends on Friday (that’s me and Nat above, going to the fashion festival, natch) and as it was just a casual get together at our local bar there was no real cause to dress up… however, noticing what my girlfriends’ choice of outfits were, I realised they were predominately black, black and more black.

It’s a Melbourne thing after all but it got me thinking about what we choose what to wear on a casual night out, so I came up with a few ideas on how to look good without necessarily resorting to the black uniform.

Most of us don’t have a lot of time, particularly after putting kids to bed so outfits have to be quick and easy to grab and go.

For the majority of you, that means jeans.  The key with the outfit above is choosing a subtle print – the navy background on the blazer which matches the jeans means you look like you’ve made an effort but without going over the top.  The bling on the shoes is a nice detail to up the ante for a friday night.  Just add lip gloss and you’re done.

 

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This one is for those of you skirt-loving ladies – again the colours are neutral and the print is subtle whilst still being interesting.  Black and white is a no brainer but more exciting than just boring black.  This outfit can also be taken from work to drinks, just add jewellery.  There is subtle print matching here with the dotty jumper and the graphic print skirt and its kept from being too prissy with the addition of a leather jacket and rock-chick style chain strap bag.  The shoes are a neutral colour tan because black shoes would compete with the outfit.

 

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Finally – it’s a dress with some game!  A classic cut in a fire engine red, the dress does all the talking so keep your shoes and jacket in neutral grey.  Personally, I think red and black doesn’t work as well as grey as it deadens the impact of the red.  You can match your accessories with the red – again steer clear of black.  If you wanted a more statement look, choose patent shoes/bag and wear a bit of bling as your accessories.

Enjoy!

 

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!

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.

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!