When it comes to my autumn/winter wardrobe there’s one shoe style I’ll definitely be purchasing – the ankle boot. A pair of quality black ankle boots always take me through the cooler months and is a guaranteed way to update any outfit. You can opt for a pair of sky high stiletto style boots if you’re looking for some sexy footwear to take you from drinks to dinner or a pair of flat boots as a comfy option when you’ve got a busy day ahead of you. If you’re intending to wear them to death, be sure to have them resoled beforehand to ensure that they can withstand the wear and tear of constant outings.
I’ve rounded up some of my fave ankle boot styles to inspire your next shopping trip…
The humble button down shirt was once simply known as a staple of the corporate wardrobe given its quite conservative nature, however its current incarnation is anything but. From cut-out shoulders to asymmetrical cuts and tie details the button down has become a fashion forward force to be reckoned with. If you’re planning to try this trend this season be sure to allow the shirt to do all the talking so keep all other elements simple and streamlined. A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer however a pinstripe is also worth adding to your shopping list and is easily worked back with everything from skirts to jeans and slacks.
Ready to try this trend? Get inspired or shop up a storm with my top picks below…
Ingrid Bonner is the founder and creator of Homebodii, a brand that built its reputation on its gorgeous range of bridal loungewear but has since expanded to sleepwear and occasional pieces. The range is now stocked at Revolve Clothing, The Iconic and Anthropologie and will make its New York Fashion Week debut this month. Here I chat to Bonner about what inspires her, the challenges of building a brand and her best piece of fashion advice…
How did you grow your business?
At the age of 30 I decided to make my Homebodii dream a reality. Being new to the industry and without a design background all I had was my own determination and having to juggle with a toddler on top, I needed every bit I could muster. I first launched at a local market with the help of a dressmaker. The direct feedback I received in these humble beginnings was the best market research I could have asked for and as a result Homebodii began to mature into something very special.
With determination and perseverance, Homebodii went from our spare room to a small factory and now bigger factory with our own showroom and leading national and international stockists. I managed the business with my sister Marianne for the first two years. What we did in our early days was to listen to what our customers wanted and offer an excellent personalised service. Organic growth and word of mouth has been a big factor in the success of Homebodii, coupled with being picked up by international stockists including Revolve Clothing and Anthropologie put us on the map globally.
What is it like to own your own label?
I have always been creative and I was initially inspired to start my own label because I wanted to create sleepwear that was feminine yet functional. Having your own label gives you the flexibility to express your creativity through the designs and not be constrained. Working for yourself can be challenging but the rewards outweigh the demands. I am fortunate to be able to drop and pick up my children from school.
Where did the inspiration for Homebodii come from?
I would have to say my mother, like many young girls my childhood was full of tulle and tutus, but unlike many of these girls I came away from those dance lesson days with something infinitely more powerful than fond childhood memories. You see as those ballerinas danced across the stage I watched my mother pursue & revel in her life’s passion every single day. My mother had followed her own childhood dream to become a ballerina. By making a life out of her passion my mother, showed me the joy of following your heart and own path in life.
Why do you think lounge/sleepwear has become such a big trend?
With multifunctional loungewear, you can take pieces from the bedroom to the Barre class. Loungewear has transitioned to pieces that include cami and pjs tops which can be worn as outerwear like what we have seen lately in the Pyjama luxe trend.
What tips do you have for wearing sleep/lounge wear?
Our collection is designed to make you feel sexy! We have functionality and femininity in mind with our sleepwear and robes. We suggest choosing a set of pyjamas, slip or robe that appeals to you. Ultimately we spend half our life in bed so why not be comfy but look great also?
Homebodii’s design ethos is all about feminine looks that are still high on functionality
What is your favourite product from your range?
Often when a new custom print or design is created it becomes the favourite. However, in saying that it is very hard to choose a favourite as our original designs have evolved over the years and have a close place in our hearts as they were the loved pieces that originated the brand.
What is your best piece of fashion advice?
Knowing what suits your body shape is a great tool, so try to choose pieces that not only suit your frame but also make you feel beautiful. When you put on something that makes you feel great, that feeling translates into confidence and a confident woman is sexy.
What are you most proud of with your brand?
Our Instagram is filled with photos of women wearing our garments It is very pleasing and the compliment is never lost on us. We love seeing Homebodii being worn for memorable occasions including bridal parties, Sunday lounging, on holidays and or at the races. It’s a great feeling knowing that our customers feel beautiful in our garments because we truly believe what we wear is a reflection of how we feel. We are also very excited to take Homebodii to the catwalk at NYFW this month [and be able to] showcase Australian designs on the international stage.
What are some of the struggles with having your own label?
There comes a time when your business becomes a brand. This meant for us investing in more staff, bigger infrastructure, implementing procedures and surrounding yourself with people that can elevate you and your brand. Personally when you hand over the decision making process to those in your team you have to have faith in their abilities and implementation of your vision for the brand. The future is not certain and making smart sensible decisions is vital to the health of your business.
If there’s one winter staple that your wardrobe won’t be complete without it’s a great pair of ankle boots. A classic pair of boots will go with virtually everything and provide a plethora of outfit options. It also offers the added (and practical) benefit of keeping your feet nice and toasty as temperatures start to drop. Whether you’re looking to invest in a designer pair that will last you season after season or just want an instant fashion fix there’s a pair of ankle boots out there to suit every taste, budget and outfit. And I’ve rounded them up for you!
While white shoes are not for the faint hearted these shoes are just the kind of purchase that will make ‘70s styling fans smile. The wooden heel and pristine leather would make for some sweet pairings with everything from skirts to dresses.
If you’re going to drop some significant cash on a pair of shoes you want them to work with a million different outfits in a million different ways. These suede boots with a comfy block heel will become your winter mainstay.
When the days are dreary and rainy it’s a perfect time to step out in a pair of rain boots. This stylish pair with a patent finish are a step above your usual rubber wellies and can definitely be worn as everyday wear. And your feet are guaranteed to stay dry!
Yes, there is such a thing as a casual sneaker and a dressy sneaker. I find the classic white leather Adidas Superstars or Stan Smiths are a little smarter and can work with dresses, playsuits and skirts for a more polished look while a sports shoe such as a black pair of Nikes work well with denim pieces such as shorts and jeans. You could opt for something slightly more classic and go for a canvas sneaker such as those by Superga which would work with a sweet sundress or a classic pair of denim shorts and a white tee a la Alexa Chung.
Clean sneakers regularly
If you’re going with white sneakers be sure to keep them clean so they don’t look like you’ve just pulled them out of your gym bag! Having pristine, crisp white sneakers is all part of the polished effect. If you opt for leather sneakers they can easily be wiped down and the laces can be put in the washing machine.
Keep it cropped
If you’re planning to wear your sneakers with pants make sure they’re fitted (skinny jeans are perfect) and cropped so you can see a flash of ankle. This is more flattering when you’re wearing a chunkier shoe as it draws the eye to the narrowest part of your leg.
Add feminine touches
Sneakers have quite a utilitarian look so it’s good to soften the look by teaming them with more feminine garments. Think pieces like a black slip dress or an A-line skirt. It’s all about maintaining balance with your outfit.
Go for streamlined
If a pair of sneakers looks like something you could run a marathon in then they’re probably best left for doing just that! Casual sneakers should be quite simple (think neutral colours like white or black) and looks more sleek and streamlined as opposed to the kind of style you would have worn to PE back in the day.
The cyclical nature of fashion means that we often see colours have a moment one season, then disappear, only to make a triumphant return a few years later. Which is why we’re once again saying hello to khaki as a major colour trend this season. It may initially seem like a daunting colour to try at first glance, however if you know the colours that complement it, you can incorporate it into your wardrobe quite easily. Try these khaki pieces to instantly update an outfit.
While you might not be so daring as to wear a skirt split to there a simple A-line or pencil skirt in this shade works well with white, black and grey. You could get away with it for work as long as the hemline is quite modest.
If you’re not ready to make a big fashion commitment to this trend, you can incorporate it into your wardrobe quite inexpensively with a simple khaki tee. It works well with culottes (as you can see on the only and only Margaret Zhang) and by adding an unexpected pop of colour with your shoes, you give the outfit a focal point.
A button down shirt in this shade can work with shorts for a casual look just as easily as it would a pair of jeans or a black skirt for evening attire.
A jacket in a khaki colour is the perfect piece to match with jeans and sneakers for a day that’s spent out and about. Keep the material lightweight for those cooler summer evenings and go heavier once we head back into autumn.
A mid length khaki dress is an easy option for daywear or evenings. Team it with a pair of heels for a dressier look or a pair of tan sandals for the perfect summer outfit.
A khaki vest works well with a pair of leather shorts and a tee (you could even work it with denim if you wish). Whilst you might not want to go the heels route a la The Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, you could easily just pop on a pair of flats or sandals and keep it quite laidback.
Photography: Love Shop Share, Style by Yellow Button, The Man Repeller, Just the Design, Pinterest
One of my fave trends this season is the fashion’s 70s flashback. It’s all about voluminous silhouettes, slightly chunkier platform heels and adding a touch of glamour to an outfit. As I mentioned in this post, I’d wear an outfit like this to the races but it also makes a great party ensemble once the festive party season is well under way.
One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a pair of sunglasses. And this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as eyewear goes. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim, but these six styles are the top trends to look out for this season.
Round sunglasses are definitely making a comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.
Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.
Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why – they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.
Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.
Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.
Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.
Culottes have made a comeback and they’re set to be one of the season’s biggest trends. The billowy silhouette of these pants works well as a casual outfit when worn with a singlet and flats but can be dressed up with the addition of a camisole and heels. This season you’ll find culottes in various fabrics and colours so you’re almost certainly going to find one to suit every occasion.
You can’t go wrong with monochrome. A simple cami worn with black culottes and heels can instantly take this outfit to date night or drinks with the girls. As this silhouette is so voluminous be sure to keep your heels and top quite delicate to balance it out.
While black is always classic why not go for a dramatic effect and opt for culottes in a vibrant colour? Spring/summer is all about pops of colour – just be sure to keep the rest of your outfit quite subdued to strike the right balance.
There’s something quite fresh about an all white outfit, especially during the warmer months. White culottes channel that “I’m vacationing at the French Riviera” vibe and when worn with a simple cami it’s polished perfection at its best. Also, you don’t always have to wear sky high heels; you can opt for a block heel if you’re looking for something slight more comfortable if you’re going to be on your feet the whole day.
Go for an edgier look by teaming a leather jacket and tee with a pair of dark culottes. Add a pair of statement heels to give the look a touch of attitude. You can afford to go for a pattern or print with your heels if the rest of the outfit is quite pared back.
Lindy Klim shows that a crisp white shirt is always a good idea – it works with virtually everything in any woman’s wardrobe. These navy culottes teamed with a white shirt give it a slightly preppy look but the accessories give it a modern touch.
Olivia Palermo shows that the right detail on culottes can elevate them to something slightly more elegant. The pleating on the above pair, along with the slightly stiffer fabric make them look a little more dressed up than the usual relaxed silhouette. Pointy heels are the perfect finishing touch.
You can’t go past a footwear trend that’s equally versatile and comfortable. Whether you’re wearing old school Adidas, modern Nikes, classic Supergas or trusty Converse sneakers, there’s no doubt that you can wear white sneakers in so many different ways. They’re ideal to wear for a busy weekend spent out and about or a casual lunch with the girls, the only issue is deciding which style to wear! If you’re going to jump on board this trend, here are 6 ways to make it work with your wardrobe.
This is a great look while the weather is still slightly cool and we head into the warmer months. White sneakers worn back with a classic look such as a jumper and skirt in neutral colours is casual chic at its best. Love the slight 70s feel to this outfit.
A simple dress is an easy outfit option when you’re having a wardrobe dilemma. A knitted dress works well with a pair of perfectly white sneakers and has a relaxed elegance about it.
The great thing about white sneakers? They’re a neutral colour so they go with pretty much anything in your wardrobe and that includes all the colours of the denim rainbow.
While coloured jeans are great, you can’t beat a pair of classic blue jeans. This look works best with jeans that are fitted slightly cropped at the ankle.
I love an all white outfit; it looks so fresh and modern. A long midi skirt can be quite dressy but worn with sneakers it can easily become a great casual look. Midriff-baring optional!
If you want to mix up your usual summer dress and sandals combination, swap out your sandals for a pair of white sneakers instead. It gives a dress a slightly more modern edge.
Photography: Always Judging, People and Styles, Pinterest, Brunette Braid, Nolita Hearts