There’s nothing better than a crisp white dress on a spring day—especially when it’s one like this Macgraw number. I am a huge fan of shift dresses as I’ve always found them to work with my height and shape so I particularly like this dress for its Victorian take on the style. The high neckline works well to ground the slightly more whimsical sheer puff sleeves. The sweetheart neckline and gold buttons turn the design into something that has a feminine feel but with modern accents to avoid it looking too saccharine.
One combination I’m really loving at the moment is dresses worn with sneakers. I like the high-low mix of it and think it can help turn a dress that’s a little more formal into something that’s appropriate for off duty wear. I’m quickly amassing a huge collection of white sneakers because they’re my go-to on days when I want to go a little more casual, and this new pair by Calvin Klein have already been on a few outings. The sleek, pared back design make them an easy shoe to work back with multiple looks in my wardrobe. Also the monochrome colour palette make them ideal for various occasions. I like to keep things quite minimalist most days so opted for a sleek crossbody bag that’s just the right size for a day out. It also adds a casual element to help temper the bold, statement elements of my dress.
Credits: Dress, Macgraw; Shoes, Calvin Klein; Bag (similar option), Calvin Klein
Photography: Sophia Athas
If there’s a bold pattern involved I’m usually one to join the party — I love statement pieces that pop. So I was all about these striped Carla Zampatti pants the moment I saw them. The monochrome colour palette is an easy one to work with which is key when styling something in a striking print as it makes it easier to find something to work it back with. Black and white is usually a cinch as it can go with virtually anything. I wanted the pants to remain the focal point of the look so I paired it with a simple black cami making for a classic and polished look. I could see myself wearing this look everywhere from the office to a work event without missing a beat.
I wanted to keep the monochrome colour scheme working throughout so I kept my accessories to a sleek black. A great pair of black Calvin Klein pumps provided the ideal finishing touch to this look whilst a black tote allowed me to carry all my necessities throughout the day in a stylish way.
If you’re looking to dip your toe into wearing big, bold patterns I highly recommend opting for one in a monochrome colour palette. It’s a colour scheme that’s forever chic, super wearable and one that is always guaranteed to make an impact no matter the occasion.
Credits: Top, Camilla & Marc; Pants, Carla Zampatti; Shoes, Calvin Klein; Bag, Calvin Klein
Photography: Sophia Athas
You have the green light this season! Whether it is head-to-toe or a statement piece, shades of green dominated the international Resort 2014 collections. Try block colour for a bold statement (as seen by Chloe) or have fun with it and mix various shades of emerald for a unique touch (as seen by Burberry Prorsum).