Fashion & Beauty – Kate Waterhouse https://katewaterhouse.com Thu, 21 Jan 2021 01:34:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 2021 fashion trends I’m all about https://katewaterhouse.com/2021-fashion-trends/ https://katewaterhouse.com/2021-fashion-trends/#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2021 20:00:12 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=40343 While I love classic dressing, I’m also a fan of dipping my toe into trends — and right now,…

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While I love classic dressing, I’m also a fan of dipping my toe into trends — and right now, there are plenty to love.

Summer‘s been such a great time for trend pieces, and they’ve all been perfect for relaxing days at the beach or days spent just generally enjoying the sunshine.

I’m all for roadtesting different looks but these are the ones that have really stuck with me over the last few months—I can’t get enough of them.

Tie dye 

This has been doing the rounds for a few months but I’m really enjoying embracing this trend because of its fun and vibrant feel.

Swimsuits worn with pants 

Every time I do this I like that it gives me such a great holiday vibe. It’s about as close as I’m going to get to the coast of Italy for now, so I’ll just settle for this little resort wear combination in the meantime.

White on white 

There’s something so perfect about wearing white on white for a crisp summer day. It’s just the kind of light and airy look that’s ideal for wearing to everything from the beach to cocktails or a BBQ, and can easily take on a casual or dressy vibe depending on the pieces you pair together.

Crinkle swimsuits

The brand Hunza G do really beautiful swimsuits with a textured crinkle effect and I can’t get enough of them. I like the textural element it adds, which gives traditional swimsuit silhouettes an additional layer of interest.

Crop tops with high waisted pants/ skirts/ shorts 

There’s something quite polished about pairing a crop with a high waisted bottom. I’ll wear a cropped top with everything from a skirt, to paints and shorts, making it an extremely versatile option.

Oversized denim jackets

Denim jackets have always been one of my fave trans-seasonal staples and the oversized styles that have become quite popular are just the right jacket to pop on over a dress or with a tee and pants. Plus in a slightly looser silhouette it’s all kinds of comfy.

Long summer dresses 

I have acquired quite the collection of maxi/midi summer dresses simply because I wear them non-stop over the warmer months. Whether it’s a fun pretty floral print, or a sleek and edgy plain black number, I can’t get enough of them. They’re also a great shortcut for those days when I’m simply not sure of what to wear.

Linen pants 

I’ve pretty much lived in linen throughout summer and one of my key staples would have to be a great pair of linen pants. I’ve worn a great pair by Venroy which is just the perfect fit and cut, and the best bit is it comes in different colours.

Statement sleeves 

I’m on board with any fun statement sleeve (Aje do them particularly well) as I think they can really lift an ordinary silhouette into something special. I’m gravitating towards a lot of dresses with billowy sleeves of late as they add such a great finishing detail.

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A girl can never have too much jewellery, right? Lucky for us we’re thoroughly spoilt for choice when it comes to cool jewellery brands at the moment. Whether it’s delicate rings and necklaces or statement earrings that are guaranteed to be the centrepiece of any look a nice bit of sparkle is always a good idea. So whilst the iconic jewellery houses are always a great place to find something special, these days there’s something to be said for the smaller boutique labels which deliver a unique aesthetic and standout pieces you’re guaranteed to love. Here are seven to keep on your radar.

Reliquia Jewellery

The brand’s name is derived from the world relic and the Spanish word for family heirloom and it’s a fitting description for Reliquia’s range. Each sculptural piece has a strong art deco influence that shines through and you’re guaranteed to find something that makes a bold statement.

Katerina Makriyianni

Inspired by her native Crete, designer Katerina Makriyianni creates her entire collection by hand. Her signature look is all about working with a rainbow of vibrant colours and natural textures, with the fan design being a staple element of the brand.

 

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Rebecca de Ravenel

I have a pair of ombre pink Rebecca de Ravenel earrings and love that they’re so striking. Each of the colourful embroidered drop earrings in the range are handmade in India and incorporates a sphere design element throughout.

Alighieri 

Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s ‘Divine Comedy’ each piece in the collection is inspired by one of the poets 100 poems. Think arresting gold pieces that almost feel like they’re each a mini sculpture. The detail, the shapes, the texture all equate to singular pieces that each have their own unique feel.

 

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Catbird

This NYC-based label is all about modern minimalist jewellery. Delicate rings and necklaces along with dainty studs and drop earrings makes for an understated way to accessorise any look.

Natasha Schweitzer Jewellery

This Australian brand is designed and handcrafted on home soil with its pieces being worn by the likes of Lara Worthington and Jessica Gomes. The design is quite sleek and streamlined with geometric influences throughout. Perfect for the girl who loves jewellery that’s a little different and is a talking point.

 
 
 
 
 
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Babyanything

A fave of influencer Elle Ferguson (her little sis Lucie is also the founder), Babyanything’s aesthetic is distinctly bohemian. Think a Bondi/Byron vibe. With fine delicate pieces that are perfect for layering, this brand is the key to a great accessory party.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holly Ryan

With a range that encompasses fine jewellery and also pretty everyday pieces, Holly Ryan’s range is one that can fit into all facets of your life seamlessly. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Missoma

UK brand Missoma delivers on the kind of on trend pieces that can update any look. From medallion necklaces to bracelets, statement earrings and cuffs, it’s the perfect go-to brand for sourcing up-to-date accoutrements.

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Best buys under $100 https://katewaterhouse.com/best-buys-under-100-21/ https://katewaterhouse.com/best-buys-under-100-21/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:00:04 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=40404 While the height of sale time has come and gone, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any great buys to…

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While the height of sale time has come and gone, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any great buys to be found right now. It’s always fun to pulling together this edit because there are so many affordable finds to be found. In fact, this month I’ve rounded up various finds (including one super luxe beauty find) that will certainly brighten up your month.

Love the crossback feature of this dress. The simplicity of this style means it’s easily reworked in different looks with a quick change in accessories. All that and at under $100 too.

Le Specs are one of my fave sunglasses brands simply because they have such a great range at such a good price point. I’m really loving this style with its tortoiseshell frame and oval shape making it a classic piece to finish off any outfit.

Ah Byredo. They do such beautiful products, from candles to lotions. And if your hands are currently taking a beating from all the handwashing you’re doing, then definitely add this cream to cart. It’s a great scent and feels like such a special treat every time you use it.

A flattering kimono style dress at an affordable price. Love the crisp white colour and the ultra feminine silhouette. This would be great paired with flats or a dainty sandal.

You can’t tell here but this skirt has a delicate plisse finish which makes it worth it for that alone. Love the polka dot print, and the monochrome makes it super versatile.

This little playsuit is perfect for the beach or a casual outing. Just pair it with some slides and you’re set.

Who doesn’t love a pretty (and affordable) floral dress? There’s lots to love here: the sweetheart neckline, subtle puff sleeve and the simple and elegant print.

It’s all about Bottega Veneta right now and this is a close dupe to their quilted leather mules. This chocolate shade is such a great one to add depth to any dressy look, and it’s a versatile hue too.

Simple espadrille slides are a summer staple and this pair with its crossover straps is a fun addition to a beach look.

Red and pink is such a vibrant and fun colour combination, and when you throw a polka dot print in the mix you’ve got yourself a winner. This slip dress style is the kind of thing that’s made for a night of dinner and drinks.

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Getting back into the swing of things this week. I had a shoot booked so it was all about road testing a few different looks and enjoying one of my current fave trends—white on white. I can’t get enough of it for summer. I’m making the most of easy, breezy dressing and trying to get through the busyness of the last week or so of the school holidays. After that, things really get hectic once again!

Shortcut to a great look? An all white ensemble. I have been living in these tailored Viktoria & Woods pants as they’ve been so easy to pair with so many different pieces in my closet. I went for a pared back look with just a pop of colour to brighten it up.

Credits: Top and pants, Viktoria & Woods; Bag, Espie Roche, Necklace (similar here), Manning Cartell; Shoes, Bottega Veneta

A more relaxed day called for a great summer dress. I’m a fan of a gingham print and Steele always incorporates them into their range. This colour is perfect for sunny days, and I finished it off with a Loewe basket bag and sunnies.

Credits: Dress, Steele; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Le Specs

I love denim all year round. There’s something so easy and effortless about it. This Acler skirt has been getting quite the workout of late. I paired it with a singlet and simple Gucci slides, while adding a patterned Strathberry bag for a fun finishing detail.

Credits: Top, Viktoria & Woods; Skirt (similar here), Acler; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Strathberry; Necklace (similar here), Manning Cartell, Sunglasses, Le Specs

What did I say about white on white? In this instance, my pop of colour came in the form of this lemon yellow blazer. There’s something eternally summery about this shade and it gave this particular outfit a little injection of personality. I found wearing white shoes in this instance helped to achieve a streatmlined silhouette, while a hint of bling in the form of a gold Manning Cartell necklace was the full stop this outfit needed.

Credits: Top, pants, blazer, Viktoria & Woods; Necklace (similar here); Manning Cartell

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What I Wore: Crown Sydney https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-crown-sydney/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-i-wore-crown-sydney/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 03:06:47 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=40376 I have a newfound appreciation for a great staycation given border restrictions right now so I was thrilled to…

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I have a newfound appreciation for a great staycation given border restrictions right now so I was thrilled to be invited to check out the newly opened Crown Sydney in Barangaroo. With a luxe holiday feel, it was the the ideal time to try a few resortwear looks.

The one thing I always do whenever I’m on holiday is embrace a simple colour palette that can be mixed and matched. I went for crisp white and warm neutrals in this instance, wearing some great new pieces from Viktoria and Woods. The white pants I’m wearing below have been such a great addition to my summer wardrobe. They go with virtually anything and can easily be dressed up or down (I’ll definitely bookmark them for when the time comes when we’re able to do overseas trips again).

What’s a holiday without being able to get dressed up for a nice dinner? We were lucky to roadtest one of the new restaurants at the Crown so an LBD seemed the ideal starting point. I opted for a sleek Aje dress with a subtle cut-out and and Bottega Veneta sandals.

While poolside, I embraced one of my fave trends of summer: wearing a one-piece swimsuit with pants. I wore a one-shoulder Bondi Born swimsuit with lightweight wide leg pants by Monday Swimwear, which easily took me from sitting by the pool to being able to grab a bite to eat without missing a beat. Sleek and simple – my fave way to do holiday dressing, near or far.

Credits: Top and pants, Viktoria & Woods; Bag (similar here), Loewe; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Credits: Jumpsuit, Viktoria & Woods; Bag, Dior; Thongs, Gucci

Credits: Dress, Aje; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Earrings (similar here), Aje

Credits: Swimsuit, Bondi Born; Pants, Monday Swimwear; Sunglasses, RayBan

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What your work wardrobe needs this year https://katewaterhouse.com/what-your-work-wardrobe-needs-this-year/ https://katewaterhouse.com/what-your-work-wardrobe-needs-this-year/#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2021 20:00:31 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=40307 While going back to work might look a little different this year, it still pays to ensure you’ve got…

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While going back to work might look a little different this year, it still pays to ensure you’ve got the right office basics on hand whether you’re working from home or actually doing it face-to-face. I’ve always believed that great outfits in a work environment have the power to make us feel in the zone and ready to power through a to-do list.

And a brand new year is the right time to tackle your work wardrobe to ensure it’s the perfect tool to accompany you on your way to kicking major career goals in 2021.

Tailored pants

In white or black, having a pair of tailored pants in your closet means you’ve got a whole range of outfits at your disposal. It forms the basis for many a look, and you can take it in any direction you choose. Pair it with a white tee and slides and you’ve got a polished casual look, while a cami or button down shirt says you mean business. It so versatile, consider investing in both hues.

A white shirt

A crisp white shirt is a forever staple that you can never go wrong with. For a very on trend silhouette look for one that’s slightly oversized and with a drop shoulder. You can pair it with a skirt, shorts, or pants and it can go between your work and off duty wardrobe seamlessly.

Tailored pants are a versatile addition to any work wardrobe
A ribbed top

Ribbed tops are very much a thing right now. Go for a t-shirt style, a collared polo version with a 70s vibe or a sleek sleeveless or singlet style option. Opt for hues such as caramel, cream, white or mocha and it makes for an instant way to update existing pieces in your wardrobe and make them very much on trend.

A blazer

If you’ve yet to find a blazer that you absolutely adore in your closet, this is the year to plug this gap in your fashion repertoire. Start with a longline black jacket that you can pop on over a dress or pair back with jeans or pants. Once you’ve got this most important of basics nailed, look at expanding into patterned options such as a classic houndstooth or check.

A shirt dress

Whether you’re working from home or back in the office a classic shirt dress is your best friend. Wear it throughout summer with a pair of slides or a low sandal, and transition it to winter with flats or boots. Opt for a neutral hue to ensure maximum versatility and wear from it.

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Why spring cleaning your wardrobe can help solve style dilemmas https://katewaterhouse.com/wardrobe-spring-cleaning-minimise-style-dramas/ https://katewaterhouse.com/wardrobe-spring-cleaning-minimise-style-dramas/#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 20:00:00 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=34219 A good wardrobe spring clean is one of those things that can result in a tidy closet and even…

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A good wardrobe spring clean is one of those things that can result in a tidy closet and even better, less style dilemmas. The start of a new year or a new season is always the perfect time to examine what you own and do a big cull to ensure that you’re not taking up valuable space with things that you don’t use or no longer work with your lifestyle. Apart from all the extra room you’ll acquire post-spring clean, there are some great side effects that will make dealing with any dramas that come with getting dressed in the morning a whole lot easier.

Here’s why wardrobe spring cleaning is the key to minimising style dramas.

You’ll know exactly what you have to work with

The thing with a wardrobe that’s overflowing is that you generally don’t see what you have at your disposal. The key to being able to get dressed with minimal fuss is that you can see everything at a glance without having to rifle through piles of clothes in the process. This also results in you having a little more variety in your looks as you can discover some long lost pieces that may have been buried in the deep dark recesses of your closet.

You have a tighter edit of clothes

You’ve no doubt heard of the wonders of having a capsule wardrobe and it’s because you’ve essentially got a number of pieces that work well with each other which takes out the hassle of having to figure out what to pair with what. If you’ve done a genuine spring clean, it means you’ve narrowed your wardrobe down to the clothes that you love and work for you which makes it a little easier to style a look (yes, even on the most frantic of mornings!)

Having a tight edit of clothes can be effective in sides stepping wardrobe dilemmas

You’ll fill all the style gaps in your closet

One of the annoying things about an overly full wardrobe is that you’re not sure of the things that you need to replace or add which means you’ll inevitably come across said problem at the most inopportune time. Having a perfectly organised closet means that you’re able to identify these gaps ahead of time so you can take steps to rectify them before you actually encounter the issue.

You’ll only have wearable options to work with

Everyone has those pieces in their closet that never see the light of day because they don’t fit/are damaged/don’t look all that great. By doing a closet clear out you can gift yourself the ability to dress yourself using only pieces that you know genuinely work and are flattering. By taking out all the unusable pieces out of the equation, you’re simply left with only the clothes that genuinely work.

In the mood to do a spring clean? Check out my tips here.

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The key to knowing a true fashion bargain https://katewaterhouse.com/the-key-to-knowing-a-true-fashion-bargain/ https://katewaterhouse.com/the-key-to-knowing-a-true-fashion-bargain/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:00:29 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=31195 If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that there’s a difference between something that’s cheap and…

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years is that there’s a difference between something that’s cheap and a genuine fashion bargain. The former means yes, it’s inexpensive but it might not become the type of item that will get used often. The latter is something that may be a good price but it’s also guaranteed to get plenty of use, meaning it’s great cost per wear and therefore a true bargain buy.

Whenever you’re hitting the sales, whether it’s end of financial year markdowns, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals or a good ol’ fashioned bricks and mortar warehouse sale, it pays to know what’s definitely worth spending your hard earned fashion dollars on. Here’s how I can tell whether something is definitely a good sale buy.

What does it work with?

When shopping anything that’s been marked down I always ask myself if it’s something that can work back with a number of things in my wardrobe. Because even if the price tag is right, if I can’t see myself wearing it with several things I already own it negates the discounted price I may pay. I’m better off buying something full price that won’t just gather dust in my closet.

Does this have longevity?

Trying out trends is all part of the fun of fashion but if I want to know what I’m buying is a genuine fashion bargain then I need it to make sure that it’s going to stand the test of time. I want to know that I’m going to be able to wear something beyond a season to ensure that I’m maximising the cost per wear on it.

It’s all about maximising cost per wear by being discerning when sale shopping
Is it versatile?

The other way I can tell a true fashion bargain is if something is truly versatile. Can I style it in a number of different ways? Can it be dressed up or down? I always look for things that I can wear to a multitude of events and settings. If for example I can wear a pair of shoes on a shoot, to the office and at a party then I know purchasing it is true value for money.

Would I buy this full price?

The allure of a discounted item is sometimes hard to resist. You’re saving money after all, right? But sometimes we can be attracted to something purely because it’s cheap, not because it’s something we genuinely want or need. If I ever come across something I want to buy that’s on sale I always ask myself if it’s something that I would have considered paying the full price for. If it’s a yes, it means I definitely love it and can see it working with my wardrobe, if it’s a no, it means I only really want it because it’s cheap. And a bargain isn’t really a bargain unless it’s going to end up getting used. I find the pieces I truly love and want are the pieces that will always be on high rotation.

What are some ways you know you’ve got a genuine bargain on your hands?

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Who else is finding it hard to get back into the swing of things post-Christmas? I’ve been easing myself back into it, but it’s still been a mixture of work, spending time with the girls during the school holidays and the generally trying to settle into routine again.

So needless to say my outfit repertoire has been quite mixed. I’ve gone from family mornings at the beach, to time in front of my laptop to general errand running and it’s allowed me to bring out a few fave pieces but also incorporate some new favourites into the mix.

I love comfy looks at the beach and this has become my go-to because it’s so easy and effortless. The pants and top can be worn separately too, making them really versatile. While this straw hat is a must as it offers great protection from the sun. I’ve been using this straw bag as my carryall all summer, and I love its versatility as it works just as well at the beach as it does out to lunch. A pair of sunnies is the perfect finishing look.

Credits: Swimsuit and pants, Monday, Bag, Loewe, Hat, Avenue, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Dresses are my shortcut to looking polished throughout summer. I love the print on this Camilla and Marc look, while a sunny yellow and white clutch by Lucy Folk is the perfect pop of colour.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Lucy Folk

One of my top brands for dresses in summer is Steele. The designs and prints are always really feminine and fun. This checked dress with shirring has been such a fave of mine throughout the last few weeks.

Credits: Dress, Steele

I felt like wearing something sleek on this day so a black dress it was. I kept the rest of the look quite simple, with sandals and my fave LV backpack. An all black look can sometimes look flat so I added statement gold jewellery to give my outfit a little lift.

Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Shoes, Ducie London, Necklace, Manning Cartell, Sunglasses, Le Specs

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The list that will help you improve your style https://katewaterhouse.com/how-to-improve-style/ https://katewaterhouse.com/how-to-improve-style/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2021 05:24:41 +0000 https://katewaterhouse.com/?p=40296 It’s great to have a vision for something but it’s often the execution which can be the sticking point…

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It’s great to have a vision for something but it’s often the execution which can be the sticking point for many of us. So, it’s a great idea to write it down (a Harvard study actually found that the 3% of students who wrote their goals down ended up earning more than the other 97% combined) to help you hone in on what you want and visualise it. Actually putting pen to paper and writing your thoughts down makes it easier to achieve what you set out to do.

And while you’ve probably mapped out your goals for key areas like work, finance and health, I do find that taking the time to map out your sartorial goals will help you avoid fashion meltdowns, spend less and generally end up with a more wearable wardrobe. Ready to start? Here are the four key places I think it’s worth focusing on.

Do:

Ask yourself what you want to action when it comes to your wardrobe this year. Is it adopting a more minimalist approach? Is it shopping less? Is it avoiding wardrobe dilemmas first thing in the morning? The answers to these questions will help you define what you want to do fashion-wise this year. Once you know what you want to achieve, start breaking it down into actionable steps. So if you want to pare your wardrobe back, then schedule in a wardrobe decluttering session, then follow that up with organising your closet to keep the momentum going.

More:

What are the things you want more of? Whether you simply want more time every day to drink your coffee instead of running around trying to get dressed for work, or that you want more flattering go-to pieces, this is the time to identify what it is that’s going to be your fashion mantra for the year. Look what what you want more of in your life when it comes to fashion. This will keep you in check when you want to buy something but it may not work within the context of the goals you’re trying to achieve, or help you direct your attention to something that will help you tick things off your list.

Having fashion list will help you with you to get to know your style
Less:

Being a more conscious consumer is something many of us are working on, so instead of buying non-stop it’s important to take a step back and pinpoint what you actually need—and also what you have in abundance already. So, if you’ve got five perfectly fine stripey tees, do you really need another? It’s also a great opportunity to pinpoint the things you might want to phase out of your fashion repertoire. Perhaps you had clung onto a particular style that no longer works for you? If so, now is the perfect time to start afresh.

Want:

I’m a firm believer in having a fashion hit list. Look at the things you’d really like to add to your wardrobe and note them down. This will help you from making impulse purchases and instead keep you focused on the things that you should direct your hard earned dollars towards. Would you rather save and buy that dream bag or waste it on smaller purchases that you may not really love for more than a season? Having a defined ‘want’ list will help you shop smarter and also work towards a more cohesive wardrobe.

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