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Your guide to new season suiting

23rd March, 2020

If the word suit conjures up images of corporate offices and board meetings then you might be pleasantly surprised at the current offerings available. Continuing on from suiting’s ascension as a modern, fashion forward staple of seasons gone by, this season suits are very much one of the most on trend items any woman can have in her wardrobe.

Banish thoughts of traditional cuts or boring hues, it’s time to think bold. Suiting colour palettes are very much adopting rich autumn/winter hues, think berry shades and forest green, while winter whites are also very much on trend.

While the classic suit silhouette has been reimagined with slit sleeves, cut-outs, and finishing touches including feminine bows and embellishments all featuring in new season drops. Also don’t limit yourself to ideas of a simple jacket and pants. You can do everything from tailored shorts and midi skirts to cropped tapered trousers and culottes. While there are also different iterations of suit jackets such as a kimono style coat or long line blazers. The sky is the limit and there’s plenty of experimentation to be done.

If you’ve never considered adding a suit to your wardrobe because it seemed too stuffy or boring, then it might be time to revisit the concept because there are so many gorgeous options now that will most definitely convert you.

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Great alternatives to try when you’re tired of wearing jeans

18th March, 2020

I wholeheartedly admit that I’m in jeans a lot of the time but there are times when I look in my wardrobe and think that I want to be comfortable but I just don’t feel like putting denim on. A great pair of jeans is always a failsafe option, but sometimes I just want to mix it up and try something else without having to compromise on comfort. So, what do I do then? Well I have a go-to alternatives to jeans that are equally as stylish, effortless and perfect for days on the go…

Culottes

I’ve found that the billowy, relaxed silhouette of a pair of culottes such as the pair above is one of the comfiest things you can wear. Wear them with a shirt or tee, tucked in or out, and pair with everything from sneakers to heels, slides or flats. So versatile and effortless too.

Cropped chinos

Chinos have always been a handy staple to have but a cropped version of the style feels a lot fresher and more modern. You can easily dress them up or down which makes them ideal for workwear or a relaxing weekend.

Tapered jogger

These have all the comfort of a pair of tracksuit pants but infinitely more stylish. A tapered jogger looks great for days when you want to wear something simple and unfussy yet remain stylish and comfortable at the same time. You can easily throw on a great knit or pop on a casual trench over them and look put together.

Leggings are one way to look stylish and be comfortable at the same time

Leggings

I live in leather leggings throughout winter as I’ve found them so easy to wear with everything in my closet. I can easily pair them with a blazer or a knit and be ready to walk out the door with minimum fuss. If leather leggings aren’t your thing, I think the silhouette is still great in other fabrications, just be sure to look for a thick, sturdy material that will retain its shape. If there’s one thing that’s a no-no it’s saggy leggings.

Midi skirt

When I’m in the mood for something a little more feminine but still equally as comfortable I opt for a midi skirt. One of my favourites is a knitted midi skirt which I’ve found to be really wearable and perfect for days on the go. It’s a great way to do casual dressing in a more elevated way.

Wide leg pants

I’m a huge fan of wide leg pants simply because they’re effortlessly stylish, making them an easy option when I want to style an outfit quickly. That said, there’s nothing quite as comfortable as a pair of billowy pants so I would definitely recommend them when you want something super easy to wear, that still looks polished.

A midi skirt is a feminine way to do casual dressing, and is such a versatile staple to have
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What’s On My Shopping Wish List

13th March, 2020

A new season calls for a wardrobe refresh and I had a thoroughly great time daydreaming about a few new pieces I want for autumn/winter. This time of year can be tricky simply because it can still go from hot one minute to cold the next so I’m after clothes that can work for varying temperatures. I wanted to play with different textures, including luxe tweed and sleek leather plus standout accessories that will steal the show. Here’s what caught my eye…

Cropped crystal-embellished sequined tweed top, Alessandra Rich

This has a classic feel with the tweed and pearl buttons but the cropped top is thoroughly modern.

Crystal-embellished Sequined Tweed Mini Skirt, Alessandra Rich

I love a matching set of any kind and this worked back with the tweed top is polished and would be perfect for an event.

Cropped crystal-embellished sequined tweed jacket, Alessandra Rich

This jacket is the finishing piece to the skirt and top featured above but it could easily work on its own. I could pair this with jeans and a tee and have a relaxed yet sophisticated look.

Jila Flower PVC Sandals, Cult Gaia

How cool are these sandals with the transparent PVC straps and the flower heel? They’re the perfect statement shoe to finish off an outfit.

Gold-tone Bracelet, Bottega Veneta

I’m often on the look out for bold new jewellery that will be the perfect full stop to an outfit. This bracelet definitely fits the bill. It’s big and bold enough to hold its own but also versatile to work back with myriad looks.

Gold and Silver-tone Earrings, Bottega Veneta

For those who love statement earrings but nothing too over the top, these studs are it. Love the contrasting metals.

The Pouch Large Gathered Leather Clutch, Bottega Veneta

I’ve had my eye on this clutch for the longest time and I think I’ve finally decided on this neutral hue. It’s perfect for the working back with virtually my entire wardrobe so I know it will be on high rotation.

Anagram-logo cat-eye acetate sunglasses, Loewe

I’m always on board with bold, statement sunglasses. This pair by Loewe is striking enough to elevate a look but just the right shade to enable it to work back with several outfits.

GG Marmont Mini Leather Backpack, Gucci

I love a backpack for its practicality but I especially love one that’s such a cool design. I’m all about the shape and also the chain link straps.

Square-neck Cotton-Blend Gingham-Seersucker Dress, Ganni

I often wear dresses in autumn and throw on a jacket whether it be a leather bomber or a denim number when temperatures cool. Once summer hits then it’s always worn on repeat, and I have no doubts this Ganni piece will be just that.

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Cute autumn wardrobe updates for kids

6th March, 2020

When it comes to kids’ wardrobes the start of a new season always requires a number of updates. Given children grow out of clothes unbelievably fast, I always find myself having to shop around for new things for the girls to wear when the weather starts to change. It’s a fun exercise because everything is incredibly cute, but I’m also mindful of choosing pieces that are well made. I like to ensure that both Sophia and Grace can wear the pieces I buy, and they can withstand the wear and tear that the girls put their clothes through and as such I don’t mind investing a little bit more for them.

Having perused several of my favourite brands and stores, here are a few pieces that will look really cute in any kids’ wardrobe this autumn…

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My shopping wish list: autumn essentials

30th March, 2018

Planning a few wardrobe purchases that will see me through this trans-seasonal weather is tricky at times. I’m constantly asking myself is it a good cost-per-wear purchase? Is it appropriate for the is-it-or-isn’t-it-cold temperatures? However it’s also been fun to start planning for the cooler months to come. I love the general polished vibe of autumn/winter fashion, and I can’t pass up a great statement coat. For the meantime however I’m all about finding great long-sleeved tops, dresses that are ideal for layering and stylish tailored pants that I can get easily dress up or down according to the day ahead.

Sam Edelman Loraine loafers

A great pair of loafers is a must (I seriously wear them most days). A fun printed pair is great for livening up an outfit.

Altuzarra Audrey button-detailed ottoman midi dress

This feminine take on traditional suiting is such a great option for autumn as it can easily be paired with a great jacket or worn on its own. I love the pinstripe—a great option for a work event.

Magda Butrym Noto open-back polka dot blouse

Who else loves a high Victorian collar on a shirt? That’s a definite highlight for me when it comes to this top but I can’t get past the open back with statement bow—just beautiful.

Mansur Gavriel Volume cotton-canvas mini clutch

The adorable gingham print really makes this clutch. The additional chain also means I can easily go hands-free when I need to which is a major tick in the right box.

Off-White cropped floral print blouse

The punchy colours of this blouse would make a great bold touch to any look.

Castaner Carina canvas wedge espadrilles

The resort wear vibe of these shoes would give me a holiday feeling every time I wore them.

Zimmermann radiate slouch trousers

I love a wide leg pant. There’s just something about them that always screams polished. The relaxed linen and beautiful belt is understated elegance at its best.

Gucci crystal embellished GG clip on earrings

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pair of statement earrings. I think this would make a great finishing touch to any look.

Rianna + Nina vintage patchwork scarf print silk dress

The beautiful colour palette and clashing patterns gives this dress an impactful touch.

Saint Laurent new wave cat eye sunglasses

The vintage, old school Hollywood feel of these glasses make for the kind of accessory that can really make an ensemble and give it a bit of attitude.

Mossman The strike back midi dress

I could see this dress working for many a function. But with a quick change of footwear, it can easily be dressed down for my off duty wardrobe.

Alice McCall Got me So Good top

Interesting necklines are huge at the moment and I particularly love the off-the-shoulder/halter hybrid of this piece.

Tell me—what’s on your shopping list at the moment?

 

 

 

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What’s on my autumn shopping list

16th March, 2017

I love the start of a new season as it means getting to scope out what’s available out there and pinpointing the purchases I’ll be adding to my wardrobe. Autumn is always a tricky time of year as it requires being prepared for both cool and warm days and also any last minute changes in the weather (this is why I always love to layer) however it’s also a nice transition into being able to wear gorgeous knits and deeper, richer colours. Here’s what’s currently on my autumn shopping list.

Camilla and Marc Bowery Cami: A great black cami is always a versatile piece in any wardrobe and I suspect I’ll be getting plenty of use out of this piece as I wear it under my jackets and blazers.

Emporio Armani zip top large tote: A woman can never have too many handbags and I love anything that’s roomy enough to carry all my essentials plus my girls’ things. I love the gorgeous mushroom colour of this particular bag as it will be easy to work  back with numerous outfits.

Isabel Marant blouse: This is totally a statement blouse and I love the fact it will work back with jeans and slacks and really give the look some oomph.

Siren wide leg pant: A wide leg pant is always a great anchor if you want a dressy, elegant look and a beautiful white pair will look sharp and polished when worn to an event or to a meeting.

Balmain sweater: Cosy sweaters are a must and this particular one by Balmain will definitely be making its way into my wardrobe due to its versatility. Logos are also making a comeback as far as tees and jumpers are concerned so this is right on trend.

Sonia Rykiel earrings: These are a great nod to the statement earring trend but I also love their simplicity which is definitely more in keeping with my style.

Le Specs sunnies: Sunglasses are a weakness of mine and I love collecting different styles in various shades as they’re such a simple way to update an outfit. This pastel pair are a fun addition to any look.

Bec and Bridge dress: The LBD is great but I’m really loving navy dresses at the moment. This one is so simple in its cut and style that it will definitely be a chameleon in my autumn wardrobe and will work back with several looks.

Preen ruched dress: I love wearing dresses throughout autumn as I find they’re a great starting point from which to start layering. A big tick of approval for the stripes and ruching on this dress.

Alexander Wang boots: A great pair of ankle boots is one shoe style I add to my wardrobe every autumn/winter season. Love the cut out heel on this pair by Alexander Wang.

Gucci trainers: Sneakers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon so I’m investing in a new pair this season. The traditional Gucci stripe keeps it classic but the stars add some fun.

Acne skirt: The rich hues of this asymmetrical skirt will provide a pop of colour to more sombre looks throughout the cooler months.

Adam Lippes midi skirt: I really rate midi hemlines as they’re so classic and elegant. The pleating and trumpet silhouette give it a nice point of difference.

Oscar Tiye mirrored leather sandals: I can’t resist a fun pair of statement heels! This metallic pair is guaranteed to liven up my look when I’m heading out to an event.

Sophie Hulme mini box bag: Mini bags may not be the kind of throw-it-all-in bag that I’d carry for everyday wear but this bag’s size is perfect for a night out. I love the additional strap as it gives me a hands-free option if I’m at a function and need to leave my hands unemcumbered for holding a drink or grabbing a canape.

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What I Wore: All in one

14th March, 2017

Now that it’s officially autumn it’s time for trans-seasonal dressing which can often involve having to dress for weather that’s neither summer-y hot or winter-y cold. My failsafe solution to this weather dilemma is often to layer. This ensemble from Life with Bird’s latest collection allowed me to take separate pieces and work them together to create a look that’s easily adaptable to changing or dipping temperatures. I paired a long sleeve top with an A-line skirt but popped a cropped jacket over the top to give myself a little extra warmth. I often like to formulate a look using similar shades for an outfit that’s cohesive in that it stays within the same colour family but still packs a punch in its uniform appearance. I popped on a pair of black heels with a crossover strap to dress up the ensemble and provide a contrast of colour. This look could easily take me to a work event or meeting without missing a style beat.

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Credits: Top (worn underneath), jacket and skirt, Life with Bird; Heels, Mimco

Photography: Sophia Athas