Top Five Basics

The temperatures in Melbourne have just started dropping into the 20’s and with it comes an excitement in me for chunky sweaters, coats and boots.  So with that, I thought I’d share my absolute favourites, the top five basics that no winter can be gotten through without!  Here they are…

Tan Ankle Boots

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I am sure many would disagree but for me tan ankle boots are an absolute must, more so than black.  For the last couple of years I have been wearing an Italian leather pair that were actually given to me for free by a colleague who got them from a friend who had realised they were a size too big for her.  Cue my absolute joy, I have worn them to death, so much so that in the last winter sales I was forced to buy another pair because the originals are almost on their last legs!

Tailored Jeans

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I had a pair of H&M dark denim flares that were perfect in every way, except they gaped at the waist.  I took them to my lovely tailor Gabriele (Carlton’s finest) and he removed the waistband, took in the waist and sewed them up again.  Suffice to say I wore them and wore them and they have finally given up the ghost, but what a difference the tailoring made.  I recommend this wholeheartedly, money well spent!

Black, Cream or Dark Grey Blazer

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Ok so I have blazers in all 3 colours … again an absolute, can’t-live-without staple and oddly I have to say I get most wear out of the cream one!  It just sets off my jeans and boots mentioned above perfectly.  Add a trilby and i’m good to go.

Scarves

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Yes, all patterns and colours really, no winter outfit accessory works harder in my wardrobe than scarves.  I especially favour big chunky ones in neutral colours, I just feel so warm and snuggly on a cold day and it adds that colour or texture to my outfit in an easy, understated way.

Fake Fur Jacket

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This has been a relatively new revelation to me, but last winter I purchased one on Ebay in a rich tan colour and I wore it almost every day.  I found it added a touch of glam to jeans and boots but also worked for nighttime looks in a bohemian, Marianne Faithful way.

All in all, take these items away and my outfit choices feel much less pulled together.  Bring on winter, I’m ready!

Enjoy!

 

 

Autumn – its all about texture

How to get some texture into your style

CHANEL trainers

image copyright Susannah Lau

Scan any magazine lately and all the fashion spreads have one thing in common, texture.  The level of beading, embroidery, quilting, applique and general jazzing-up of the humble pieces we cover ourselves with has reached new and dizzy heights. 

Speaking personally, I'm singing hallelujah!  Gone are the gentle florals and subtle pastels of 2012/13 and instead we have net, mesh, neoprene and plastics, ready to jump out at you for Autumn/Winter 2014.

If all this scares the bejesus out of you, fear not – just tread lightly and start off with a small accessory or minimal shapes.  Don't try a new colour AND lots of embellishment until you find out whether this new direction is for you.  Take a deep breath, its going to be alright…

sg charlotte quilt backpack

image copyright Sportsgirl.com.au

sg waffle stitch sweater

image copyright Sportsgirl.com.au

chanel karl

image copyright Susanna Lau

 

 

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.

Six capsule wardrobe outfits

Creating an autumn winter capsule wardrobe

If you have been reading my blog you will know I have already posted how to create a capsule wardrobe and creating outfits with 6 pieces plus my article on the top 5 transition items for your wardrobe on mumslounge.com.au.

So, to follow up, here are 6 outfits for your autumn/winterinspiration.  Each one should get you through any occasion (except perhaps your wedding!) and I’d love to hear your thoughts, in the meantime enjoy your new capsule wardrobe inspiration…

OUTFIT 1

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OUTFIT 2

aw13 capsule 2

OUTFIT 3

aw13 capsule 3

OUTFIT 4

aw13 capsule 4

OUTFIT 5

aw13 capsule 5

OUTFIT 6

aw13 capsule 6

OUTFIT 7

aw13 capsule 7

OUTFIT 8

aw13 capsule 8

 


Enjoy!


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.
 

2 ways with a leopard swing skirt – summer

2 ways with a leopard swing skirt - summer

 

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

Burgundy is the new black

Transitional Dressing

When there's a shift in weather and the shops start displaying transitional items for the new season, I'm like a moth to a flame and find myself transfixed, walking towards the shiny and new with very little will- power involved.

In Australia we are coming into Autumn/Winter 2013 which means lots of exciting new shapes and colours and ohhhhhh burgundy how I love you!  Teal you are my 'BFF' and olive green you are my new romance, throw in a pair of tan suede ankle boots and I am rubbing my hands together in glee, skipping like a schoolgirl!

burgundy is the new black

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