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!

what to wear – girls night out

girls night out
Joie top, $305 / Helmut Lang , $275 / Rupert Sanderson shoes / Long necklace, $70 / Free People / Lipstick

I do love that the name of this MAC lipstick shade is Lady Danger!  Taking that as inspiration, along with my friend’s upcoming girls-only birthday celebration, this is an outfit that (depending as always on your body type/style) should be comfortable whilst looking fantastic. 

Things to note:

I’m not usually a fan of black with a colour, however this outfit is tailored towards my friend who is a red-head.  If you’re brunette or blonde, swap out the colour accordingly and choose a colour that suits your skin tone.

  • If you have the pins, wearing jeans with a slight waxy sheen (don’t go over the top unless you’re auditioning for a remake of Saturday Night Fever) worn with classic suede heeled pumps is a standout look that never dates.
  • If there’s a meal involved and you’ll be sitting down chatting with your girlfriends, think about wearing a top that isn’t too clingy so you can enjoy your food without being conscious of sucking in your stomach!  Also, if you have long hair you might want to ditch dangly earrings for the night so you can throw your head back and laugh without being given a black eye by your jewellery!

Enjoy!

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!

 

2 ways with a leather jacket

2 ways with a leather jacket

 

 

 

CURVY OR PETITE?

Ah the leather jacket – beloved by James Dean, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix (apparently anyone named James!) and it looks equally sexy on us ladies, so here are two ways to style it if you're curvy or more petite.  As always –

Things to note: Continue reading “2 ways with a leather jacket”

The mature guide to party wear

For Ann - 60th birthday inspiration

 

 

 
 
My friend – lets call her Ann because that's her name – is celebrating the big 60 soon with a party celebration and lamented that we couldn't be together to shop for her outfit, so here is the next best thing – some ideas for occasion wear when you're nudging the senior years (also good for gently encouraging the outfit choices for your mum, gran or mad auntie Odelle!)
 

how to wear a wide brimmed hat

how to wear a wide brimmed hat

 

 

 
 

TRICKY TREND ALERT!

 
Wearing a wide-brim hat isn't for everyone – this look requires a certain commitment to drama or a fondness for a particular era … think Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Hutton, Anita Pallenberg.  Today everyone from Miranda Kerr to Kim Kardashian has worn one, to greater or lesser effect so as always here are
 

2 ways with a leopard swing skirt – winter

2 ways with a leopard swing skirt - winter

 

 
WINTER
 
This post shows you how one item can be incredibly versatile and carry you through from summer to winter.