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!

 

latest obsessions

If you’re like me, when you’re browsing in shops or online, your eye is drawn to the same things over and over, especially if you have been obsessing – check that – THINKING about them for a while!  Here’s mine for this month…

Socks/tights with open-toed sandles

open toe tights

bridget fleming / fashion.telegraph.co.uk

tightssandles

forums.soompi.com

I think it’s a much edgier more contemporary way to do the tights/shoe thing, especially if those shoes are statement making.  My advice, don’t do statement tights AND statement shoes unless you have the personality to match!

Mint Green

mint

http://shilupoudel.blogspot.com.au

mint loafers

refinery29.com

mint sweater

http://www.fashion.allwomenstalk.com

Ahh the clean, cool, crisp shade of mint green – doesn’t it just make you feel like your teeth are shinier and your life is that bit better?  Well, its this colour that magically makes people feel all shivery and special whilst skipping down the streets in their minty shades, or maybe that’s just me…

Platform Loafers

jil sander navy mytheresa

Jil Sander Navy platform loafers mytheresa.com

prada platform loafer

Prada platform loafer with cork sole lyst.com

The platform loafer, or ‘Flatform’ as they are often called, is a new kid on the block and for me instantly allows me to wear midi dresses and skirts without feeling like a librarian.  It has also virtually wiped out any interest I have in wearing my ballet flats as they now look ridiculously teeny and girly as though I should give them all to my 5 year old daughter!  These chunky mothers take some beating, are super comfy and make me feel invincible – all that from a shoe you ask? Why yes.. go see for yourselves!!

Enjoy!