The power of neutrals

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I have recently been working with a fabulous lady who is fully ready to overhaul her style and it occurred to me how many women choose black over neutrals.  Therein lies the conundrum, is black really a neutral? 

Across the globe in developed countries black is chosen as a default for everything from uniforms to funeral wear.  This colour which can look so amazing is often relegated to the bottom rung of the ladder in style terms – the first thing people grab to wear or a safety colour for can't-be-bothered days. 

Well, its time we all looked at the vast array of options that do so much more for shape and style than any old black t-shirt can do.

These ladies show us how its done.  Enjoy!

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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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  • 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!

New year revolution!

Revolutionise your new year look

Yes you read that right – revolution not resolution.  As January sidles up with a shifty grin, make sure you've got the fashion nous to avoid common mistakes and start challenging your style and reassessing what you think works.  I found this excellent article from (horror of horrors) the UK's Daily Mail (yes I know… it won't happen again!)  It talks about your 'dress age' (in other words, how your clothes can indicate your age) and does a fantastic job demonstrating how clothes can prematurely age you, or reverse the ageing process!  Take a look and here's the link to the original article too.  Happy 2014 everyone!                                    41  68

Friday Night Drinks Ideas

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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!

 

The perfect white shoe

Let me just say upfront, I love a white shoe. Not only does it surprise and excite, where a black one would be more predictable but it also looks altogether sharper than its darker cousin. So may I present my latest white-shoe-crush?

Let me just say upfront, I love a white shoe.  Not only does it surprise and excite, where a black one would be more predictable but it also looks altogether sharper than its darker cousin.  So may I present my latest white-shoe-crush? (Click here to shop)

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Not being a heels girl generally, I'm trying later in life to be bolder and more true to the things I like and this little baby just makes me want to cradle it in my arms whispering sentiments!  Want to know how I'd style it 3 ways?  Here you go… happy monday!

 

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the best pants in melbourne

Is it ridiculous to be THIS excited about pants?

Probably… but as we all know when you find pants that are EXACTLY right, well you get excited! After my previous post ‘Is Sussan Relevant?’ I decided to put this store to the test by looking for an everyday stylish trouser that can withstand kids and high rotation – boy did Sussan deliver!

As a decent size 14 I found their double knit, slim leg, ponte pants in black, grey and denim style with (hallelujah) high waists and back pockets and they fit perfectly!! Unbelievably they didn’t show every bump and curve as I’ve often seen with less quality fabric.  Although they come in at a relatively hefty $60 a pop, to me they are worth it.  I will be styling them with a loose grey tee, a chunky knit cardi and ankle boots or flats for daytime and a tailored jacket and heels for evening – good to go! Enjoy.

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WHAT TO WEAR IF YOU’RE PEAR SHAPED

A study in 2005 concluded that one in five women are pear-shaped* which means A LOT of us!  Although pear-shaped gets a bad rap, its actually very easy to dress …
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How not to dress like you’re 50

I see this look regularly on mid-fifties women and it makes me want to rush over and say “these clothes are NOT your friends let me tell you why!” mid-fifties

This outfit accentuates these ladies’ worst parts and detracts from their best assets.  Here’s the alternative… Continue reading “How not to dress like you’re 50”