There are some dresses which evoke playfulness and fun and this Aje number is definitely one of them. The bubblegum pink shade makes a bold statement, while maintaining a carefree youthfulness. The silhouette of the dress with its subtle cut-out and the balloon sleeves help give it a pretty, feminine feel. But my favourite feature would have to be the oversized stitching detail. It really helps to add another dimension to the dress and gives it a unique point of difference.
Given the look and feel of the dress, with its softer details and shape, I wanted to incorporate some stronger accessories into the mix. I opted for a structured Bottega Veneta clutch in a great metallic pink shade. While I couldn’t resist pairing the dress with my mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta. They’re a modern style, and adds an on trend element to my ensemble.
I’m all about a quick styling trick. If there’s something that I can do to my outfit that takes minutes but will do plenty to change its look and feel then I’m all over it. This is why this recent trend towards belting dresses is absolute genius in my mind. It’s something that you can do using an accessory that you more than likely already have in your closet and it will change the whole vibe of a dress. By simply cinching in the waist of an existing dress you completely change the shape, and also give it a strong focal point based on the belt that you choose.
The thing with this styling trick is that most styles of belt will work. You could opt for a classic black belt with statement buckle to give your dress a little edge. A simple skinny belt will add a sophisticated touch to any frock whilst a chunky style waist belt will act as its own bold finishing piece. And it’s so easy. Just pop on the belt and you’re done.
If you have a closet full of dresses that are currently putting you to sleep because you’ve worn them so much then consider adding a belt the next time you wear it. It’s an easy outfit refresh that won’t break the bank and that’s a definite win-win situation.
Whenever I attend a fashion show I always like to show support for the brand by wearing one of their pieces. I was lucky enough to be able to wear the below Aje dress before it has dropped in stores and it was the perfect vibe for their show which took place in Sydney’s Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden.
The gorgeous colour perfectly complemented the lush surrounds but I was all about the beautiful silhouette of the dress. The exaggerated flounces on the skirt and sleeve had great movement and it was just one of those pieces that’s just fun to walk in! The tie front added a sweet and feminine touch. I can see this working for everything from a work event to a wedding so it ticks the versatile box for me.
As the dress is already so striking I wanted to take it up a notch even more and opted to pair it with my Marco de Vincenzo heels. The braided style and the raspberry colour provided the ideal contrast piece whilst being strong enough to make their own statement.
Credits: Dress, Aje (Los Luna Dress not in store yet); Shoes, Marco de Vincenzo
If you’re looking for a new season wardrobe update that will take you through the next few months then make it of the cold shoulder dress variety. I was after a casual sundress that could be an easy go-to for off duty style and this Veronika Maine dress certainly fit the brief. The striped pattern elevates the dress into something that looks smart yet remains easy and effortless making it ideal for weekends. The appeal of this particular silhouette is that it accentuates one of the most flattering parts of the body—the shoulder—making it a great style for most women. A pair of round 60s style sunglasses makes for a dramatic finishing touch and adds a statement-making feature to the whole ensemble. I finished off the look with metallic star sandals for a fun pop of colour and my neutral Helen Kaminski clutch makes the ideal understated accompaniment for a printed dress with effortless appeal.