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What to spring clean from your wardrobe

3rd October, 2018

Now that spring is here there’s no better excuse to do a big wardrobe clean out. I always like to do one at this time of year to ensure that I’m utilising my closet space with pieces that I truly love and use often—otherwise I’m just losing precious real estate that could otherwise be occupied by new purchases! That said, it’s also great to take stock of everything to see what gaps I currently have and what I’ve got way too much of so I know what to look for when I’m shopping. Also, it reminds me of old favourites that I can incorporate into my fashion repertoire.

If you’re about to embark on a clear out, take the opportunity to weed out the below items from your wardrobe and donate them to charity so someone else can make better use of them. After this process I guarantee you’ll rediscover clothes that you’d forgotten about and in turn create some fresh looks that will make everything you own feel new again.

“Someday” clothes

You know what I’m talking about—these are the clothes that you’re saving for “someday”. So whether you’re bookmarking something for that time when you reach your ideal weight or are hanging onto an old dress in the hopes you may wear it to an event down the track (even though you’ve been to multiple occasions and didn’t even think to pull it out) then it’s time to be brutal and say goodbye.

Ill-fitting pieces

If something is a bit loose you can either get rid of it or if you think you’d actually get a lot of wear out of it if only it fit, then make the effort to get it tailored. If the problem is that it’s too tight then it’s time to bid it adieu. You want your clothes to sit well and flatter your shape not look like you’re squeezing yourself into something that just doesn’t work.

Anything you haven’t worn in a year

There are some things that obviously don’t fall into this category such as a wedding dress, but generally if you’ve managed to get through four seasons without once reaching for a particular garment then it’s a good sign that you can live without it.

Irreparable garments

There are some things that you may be keeping in your closet as they need a few repairs. Pull all these items out and take the pieces that you actually want to keep and wear to a tailor to see what can be done. For anything that’s not able to be fixed, instead of binning it, try recycling it. There are certain organisations that take clothes that are in poor condition and recycle them into things like rags, insulation or stuffing. Do a quick Google search to find a place near you.

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12 sandals that will take you through summer

28th September, 2018

Every summer I love shopping for a new pair of sandals. I pretty much live in them all season so I make sure to scour all my favourite stores to find a pair that I know will work back with most looks, but also liven them up and give them a special touch. This season there’s a healthy selection of light and airy footwear to choose from. Whether you’re looking for an embellished pair to add a glam touch to a look, or a sleek pair that will make an elegant addition to any outfit, I’ve rounded up the best sandals to provide the perfect finishing touch to any ensemble.

Common Projects minimalist leather sandals

With its beautifully unfussy design and crisp white colour, this is one sandal that will get plenty of use.

Musa crystal-embellished leather sandals

Just the right amount of bling can turn an outfit from good to great.

Sophia Webster ruffled leather slides

With its architectural design this is one slide that will stand out in a crowd.

Carrie Forbes Carree raffia slides

A woven rustic style slide is one addition to your summer wardrobe that will get plenty of outings.

Balenciaga slash flat sandals

Its luxe embellishment will ensure that every outfit has a glam element.

Gucci Sylvie web-trimmed leather sandals

With its classic Gucci colours worked back with gold, this one shoe that will see you through this season and beyond.

Ancient Green white and black hara satin and leather sandals

Bows and polka dots? This too cute combination is hard to resist.

Senso Zilda VI sandals

A monochrome sandal that will become a versatile addition to any wardrobe.

Aquazzura Almost Bare metallic leather sandals

Pared back and elegant, this minimalist style sandal will make an easy pairing with any outfit.

ATP Atelier snake print leather sandals

A hit of edgy snakeskin will instantly liven up a look.

Sophia Webster Madame Butterfly embellished slides

Clear PVC shoes are all the rage at the moment but this pair gets a gorgeous contrasting element in the form of a laser cut butterfly design.

Ancient Greek Christina leather sandals

Gold can be paired with almost anything, and when you throw in a sexy ankle strap it’s a sandal that’s destined for many a summer outing.

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Why you shouldn’t make purchases based on the price tag

24th September, 2018

Hands up if you’ve ever made a shopping decision based on the price tag? Either something was marked down to ridiculously cheap so you had to buy it or you thought that because something was quite pricey meant you were making a good buy? It’s something we’ve all done and it can be easy to succumb to the allure of a bargain. I’m not saying that price isn’t a factor in purchasing something because it definitely is however it shouldn’t be the deciding factor. I think there’s more to take into account before buying anything than simply how much it costs.

What to look for

I always critically examine anything I’m considering buying. I will look at the fabrication as often delicate fabrics require a lot more specialised care which can be expensive in the long run and also labour intensive. I’d much rather be able to just throw something into the washing machine and know that it’s going to come out fine. I’ll take into account the style and how often I’ll get wear out of it and what it can work with in my existing wardrobe. Also I like to think of how trendy something is. If it’s a one season only type of purchase then I’m more likely to find the most economical version of it I can find. A classic staple on the other hand is something I’m more than willing to invest in because I know I’ll have it for seasons to come.

Style is more than how much money you spend

Once I’ve thought through my checklist the price either starts to seem reasonable or I’ll come to the conclusion I’m better off saving my fashion dollars for another buy. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve snapped up something at a sale in the past as I thought “this is such a good price” only to find that I actually didn’t end up wearing it. I’ve also invested in some quite expensive things to come to the same outcome. So I’ve learnt to examine things holistically rather than just making price-based decisions. Also it’s important to remember that price doesn’t always equal style. Wearing designer from head to toe doesn’t automatically make your style more superior to someone. And I can attest first hand that chain stores have given me some of my favourite outfits to date. It really is down to how you let your personality shine through your clothes and the confidence that you project when you’re wearing it. And that has nothing to do with price tags.

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12 pieces to consider for your next night out

21st September, 2018

One of the most fun things about a night out is being able to plan your outfit, right? The whole process of putting together a look and getting ready is all part of the experience and definitely one of the highlights of the evening in my opinion.

What I love about “going out clothes” these days is that anything goes. You can go out in jeans or a killer party dress and still be going to the same bar or restaurant, it all just depends on your look and aesthetic.

One thing I love doing with evening wear is incorporating one statement piece. Whether it’s a bold jacket a pair of standout earrings, I think night time outfits are a great excuse to step it up and do something with your ensemble that you wouldn’t normally do during the day. And the good news is that there are SO many evening-appropriate pieces out there right now that are just dying for you to take them out to cocktails with the girls.

Shop my evening wear picks below
Paco Rabanna Blossom 1969 sequinned shoulder bag

Give your trusty black clutch a break and opt for something with a little more wow factor. This sequinned bag is just the thing to take an outfit from so-so to spectacular.

Ganni Lagarde checked silk-blend lamé top

The humble check gets a night time makeover in lamé—definitely a piece that’s made for a night out with jeans and heels.

Off-White houndsooth wool-blend blazer

A statement jacket of any sort is always a welcome addition to an evening look. Keep the rest of your look pared back then pop this on top for a seriously bold ensemble.

The Volon metallic and velvet clutch

Clashing textures make for a bag that is destined for elevating any evening outfit to the next level.

Isabel Marant Tricy embellished leather belt

You can easily take a dress in your closet and revamp it with the addition of this belt. A great colour that’s really wearable and versatile.

Rosie Assoulin fringed-knit jacket 

Textured pieces are amazing at night. This jacket thrown over a look will instantly dial up the glamour.

Yeezy Season 7 PVC pumps

Transparent shoes are all the rage right now and this Yeezy pair will instantly add an on trend feel to any outfit.

Kalda Ringi 65 Snake Embossed slingback heels

Don’t be shy with your choice of footwear! Now is the time to embrace vibrant and bold pieces such as these snakeskin heels.

Dolce & Gabbana cameo crystal rose drop earrings 

These earrings have a soft feminine feel but are so striking they’ll instantly lift any outfit you pair them with.

Dolce & Gabanna fluted cady midi skirt

If you’re heading to a dressy occasion this fluted skirt is the kind of style that will ensure your outfit hits the mark.

Keepsake ruffle mini dress

I’m loving all things pink right now and this dress is no exception. If you want to stand out in a crowd then this dress is for you.

Sabina Musayev Martha midi skirt

Pair this skirt with a silk cami and a pair of statement heels and you’re ready to walk out the door.

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How to elevate your weekend wardrobe

20th September, 2018

Ahhh weekends. There’s nothing better than enjoying a little down time at the end of a hectic week and for me that also applies to my wardrobe. I’m all about comfort plus when it comes to what I wear an Saturday and Sunday but it doesn’t mean that I compromise on the style front. I think you can still achieve a really nice balance between your fave trackies and being dressed to the nines! I’ve built up a great arsenal of casual pieces since I’ve become a mum (silk shirts just aren’t made for playgrounds) so this has in turn been able to translate into my off duty looks as well. Here’s how you can elevate your weekend wardrobe into something comfortable yet polished.

Revamp pieces with a white tee

A white t-shirt can be paired with so many things — wear it under a slip dress, pop it on with a skirt or tuck it into wide legged pants so it pays to have a few in your closet. It’s honestly the easiest thing to mix and match and will save you many wardrobe hassles over the weekend. I’ve also found teaming a white tee with dressier piece also tones them down a bit and makes it appropriate for casual day wear, expanding the use of your wardrobe even more.

Try a printed skirt

A beautiful printed skirt is a seriously comfortable option as far as weekend wear goes, but it looks so chic at the same time. Try a pleated skirt or a wrap style with a striking print for an of-the-moment outfit. Pair it with a lightweight sweater or a tee or singlet and a pair of sneakers and you’re ready for whatever the day throws at you.

Invest in great sneakers

I live in sneakers most of the time so I’ve found that having a go-to pair is ideal. Classic white sneakers will go with virtually everything you own whether that be your favourite jeans or a summer dress. They’re a definite workhorse so you can stock up on a few different styles and get plenty of use out of them.

Update your look with fun frames

A pair of sunglasses is always within easy reach whenever I leave the house and I’ve found it to be one of the easiest ways to make a look feel polished and ‘now’. Try the small frame sunglasses trend if you’re feeling a little adventurous with your sunnies or a colourful pair which will inject a little playfulness into any outfit.

Have a go-to carryall

Whether you opt for a chic backpack, a roomy tote or a crossbody style it’s always a good idea to swap to a more casual, take-anywhere bag on the weekend. I’ve found that a reliable and study carryall made from leather is something that will last you many seasons. Also switching from my work bag to an off duty bag also helps me get into the right mindset for relaxation.

Dress it up

Dresses are without a doubt one of the easiest things you can ever put on simply because there’s no need to worry about mixing and matching tops and bottoms. I’ve found slip dresses are a simple shortcut to looking on trend and chic, plus you can mix up the look of them by wearing a t-shirt underneath.

Turn to chic co-ord sets

I love co-ordinating sets. Whether it be a shell top with shorts or a skirt with a wrap top there’s something quite effortless about matching separates that makes you look instantly pulled together. They’re a major trend at the moment so you’ll no doubt find a set that works within your style and budget this season.

What are some ways you’ve elevated your weekend look?

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New ways to wear denim this week

19th September, 2018

I would honestly be lost without denim in my wardrobe. I’m in jeans multiple times a week as it’s the perfect pant to dress up or down without too much fuss. I’ve been known to go from pairing denim with a white tee one minute to a dressy top the next as it’s the ultimate chameleon—it can easily work for multiple occasions.

I’ve shared my tips on buying denim in the past as I think it’s such an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe. Once you’ve found the perfect jeans you’ll never look back. However I’m also loving denim’s various incarnations. Whether it’s a skirt, a lightweight jacket or shirt, there’s no denying that I’ve got a serious case of the blues. So if you’re like me and want a hit of inspo to kickstart your love affair with denim this week then look no further…

 

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Distressed denim features in a lot of women’s wardrobes but don’t relegate it to being just a casual staple. You can easily dress ripped jeans up by pairing it with a button down shirt and statement flats. Cute tote optional.

 

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A denim skirt is a weekend favourite of mine but this look has me rethinking its purpose. Pop on a blazer and a pair of sandals and you’re instantly in polished territory.

 

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You can never ever go wrong with a white shirt and jeans. Tie up your shirt for a more casual look or tuck it in to keep it looking for pulled together. Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to dust off your favourite slides as they’re a dream pairing with denim.

 

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A denim jacket is one of my must-have trans-seasonal pieces as they’re so easy to throw on over an outfit. Pair it with a dress, skirt, shorts, you name it.

 

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Just because I love jeans so much I often like to find dressier pieces that I can pair with them so I have an excuse to wear them to an event. A simple jacket thrown over jeans can easily take it into more polished territory with minimal fuss.

 

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Denim on denim (on denim in this case!) can be tricky to pull off but Elle Ferguson manages to make it look easy. Look for graduating shades for a cool ombre effect.

 

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One of my favourite go-tos is a feminine blouse/top and jeans. It seriously doesn’t get any easier than that. I’d pair a look like this with heels and I’m ready to go out.

How are you loving styling denim at the moment?

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What I Wore: Day to Night

28th August, 2018

There are pieces that I have in my wardrobe that are definitely more evening appropriate but that doesn’t mean that that should be their only purpose. Often looks that are for night events tend to be a little more expensive due to their style and construction, so to ensure that I’m able to make every fashion dollar stretch further I’ve taken to reworking them to be suitable for daywear. And it’s not at all hard or expensive to do.

One way I’ve been doing the night to day transformation recently is with the below Zimmermann top which is too pretty to relegate just for the evening so recently I’ve been teaming it with jeans to make it more suitable for casual wear. This is something that you can easily do with other pieces in your wardrobe. Often teaming something that’s a bit dressier with something more relaxed such as jeans can tone it down and make it appropriate for off duty style. I teamed this particular look back with a pair of slingback flats which are polished yet not too over the top for day and a mini crossbody bag. The end result was a laidback look but with just the right amount of polish.

If I were to wear the top at night though it’s a different story. In the evenings I tend to favour a look that’s a bit more feminine and formal. So in this instance I swapped the denim over for a midi skirt in a similar colour palette as the top. And switched out the casual crossbody bag for a structured clutch with a chain strap handle which definitely adds to the nighttime vibe. I’d also go for dressy heels and leave the flats at home. Overall what I was going for with this particular look was something that’s a little more sophisticated and dressed up, lifted up by chic accessories that have a modern feel.

I did the below transformations with just one top but you can do this with pretty much anything you’ve designated as ‘nighttime only’. All it takes is a few key choices that dial down it’s dressy feel for day, then swap it for elevated pairings at night and you’ve instantly got double the wear out of your wardrobe.

Credits: Daytime look: Top, Zimmermann; Jeans, Ksubi; Belt, Jimmy Choo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Shoes, Dior; Clutch, Ralph Lauren; Evening look: Top and Skirt, Zimmermann; Clutch, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

The Daytime Look

The Evening Look

 

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The one thing you can’t afford to forget about your outfit

11th August, 2018

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If your guess was shoes or a bag then you’re incorrect on both fronts. Don’t get me wrong, those are crucial too but I’m actually talking about what’s underneath your outfit. Often when it comes to underwear we throw on the first thing that’s within reach and don’t give it a second thought however did you know that the right undergarments can be the building blocks of a great ensemble? A stray bra strap here or a VPL situation there can often ruin the overall effect of an outfit so it’s key to get it right. Here’s what to do in virtually every fashion scenario.

If you’re wearing a t-shirt…

This is a prime job for the t-shirt bra (funny that). A bra that’s got light padding and no extra embellishments will give you a smooth silhouette when wearing a tee. T-shirt bras will get plenty of use so they’re great to get in black and nude at a minimum.

If you’re wearing a blouse…

If you’re wearing a silk blouse that’s quite fitting you’ll want to avoid anything in lace as it will just create a lumpy effect (not pretty!). A simple bra that slightly padded – something similar to the t-shirt bra will give you a smooth line. However if you’re wearing something loose you could get way with wearing a lace bra. Alternatively sometimes you may want to make your bra a focal point (as I have done above) in which case you should opt for something that’s a little more on the sexy/elegant side as opposed to a thick-strapped utilitarian bra as it will be on show.

If you’re wearing something tight…

A fitting skirt, dress or pants is prime for VPL issues and in most cases a g-string will usually help avoid this. If you’re not a fan of g-strings try seamless briefs which as the name suggests don’t have a seam and will often achieve the same effect.

If you’re wearing something sheer…

You can either cover up by wearing a cami or you can choose to make your underwear a feature. I’ve worn a lacy bralette under a sheer blouse before (see below) and found it worked with the overall look. However if you’re off to work or somewhere where you need to err on the side of conservative opt for a camisole.

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If you’re wearing white…

Whatever you do do not wear white! It may seem as if wearing white underwear under a white garment would make it invisible but it’s actually the opposite and tends to highlight your underwear instead. Your best friend in this situation is nude underwear. A nude bra or a nude pair of underpants will actually “disappear” when worn under white; try it, it’s like magic.

If you’re wearing a singlet… 

Some may opt for invisible bra straps thinking it won’t be obvious but when you think about it, who actually has clear skin? Plastic straps on skin won’t go unnoticed so it’s better to opt for a strapless style instead. Strapless bras have come a long way and now often have silicon or rubber on the inside to help them stay in place. Also, be sure to be professionally fitted for a strapless bra. The perfect snug fit will ensure you don’t spend your entire day trying to pull it up. If you’re really worried, try a bra with a wider band or a longline style which has a band that goes to the waist to give you maximum support.

If you’re wearing a racerback style…

A convertible bra is great in this instance as you can adjust the straps to wear it in a cross-back style which will work perfectly under a racerback style top or dress. However standard bras now sometimes come with a small metal clips on the straps which can allow you to convert it to suit a racerback style. Simply clip together and the straps will be pulled in to the middle of your back and thus hidden from view.

What are some of your favourite underwear brands?

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5 things to make getting dressed this week easier

22nd July, 2018

A little outfit planning goes a long way

Morning wardrobe dilemmas are a common occurrence for most women. And it can be downright stressful. Anyone who has ever found themselves running late, only to lose the very shirt they wanted to wear will know how it can get your day off to a bad start. So the best way to get around this is to do a bit of forward planning. You can plan as little or as much as you want but if there’s one thing I know it’s that getting your outfit sorted ahead of time can shave minutes off your getting ready time (more time in bed!). It also avoids that situation where you walk out the door and immediately regret what you’re wearing but you’re cutting it too close to change. If you want to avoid last minute panic tomorrow then take note of the following five things…

Designate Sunday as your ‘get organised’ day

You can pick any day you want but Sunday is great because it’s the start of the week. Look at your diary, pinpoint what you have on and then start pulling your looks together. And once you know the outfits you want to wear it’s a good time to wash anything that is dirty and iron everything in advance so all you have to do in the morning is get dressed and walk out the door.

Do a wardrobe clean up

Nothing will stand in the way of you and a drama-free week of outfit planning than a closet that’s overflowing. A little wardrobe organisation goes a long way as it takes away the stress of having to locate clothing in a pile of unidentifiable shirts. My foolproof way to organise my clothes is to take everything out and do a cull to start with. Once I’ve done an edit leaving me with only the clothes I’m loving and using, I will organise them into categories. So jeans go in one spot, activewear in another, blazers, coats and so forth. This means I can see everything and instantly know what I have to work with.

A designated rail is a great way to keep your outfits organised

Put everything in a designated area

If you’ve gone to all the effort of planning your outfits there’s no point putting them all back in your cupboard only to have to find them again throughout the week. If you’ve got room in your home, I really like the idea of having a designated rail to hang all your looks for the week. This can include everything from clothes to shoes and accessories. If you’re a bit tight on space, try hanging your outfits together on one side of your closet so you can easily find them.

Set yourself a challenge

It can become quite tedious to just wear the same things over and over again so why not set yourself a style challenge each week. I have one here that you could try or simply come up with your own. It can be anything from wear one animal print item or wear an all-white outfit. The key is to get your creative juices flowing and think beyond your usual fashion repertoire.

Rethink an old favourite

I’ve got a few old faves in my closet which I wear to death. I usually know off the top of my head what they will go with and end up in the same looks. And whilst this is great for those days when I just can’t be bothered thinking of what to wear, it can sometimes get boring. So, to get around this I’m trying to take the old faithfuls in my wardrobe and wear them in different ways. Whether it’s pairing it with a different colour or a skirt as opposed to jeans, I’m making the effort to rejig the classics I own to keep them fresh.

What are some things you do to make getting dressed throughout the week easier?

 

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I go to countless events in a year—here’s how I’ve made dressing for them easier

16th July, 2018

From product launches, to parties and racing events, not to mention occasions like weddings and birthday celebrations I can often find myself with multiple functions in a month scheduled in my diary. That’s a whole lot of event dressing to contend with. It can become a time consuming process so I’ve managed to refine my system down to a few key things to make it easier for myself. If you’ve found yourself with a booked social calendar then you may want to nab a few of my tried and tested tips to make the whole process a cinch.

Three-step beauty prep

I could be wearing an amazing dress but if I’ve let things lapse in the beauty department it dilutes the effect of getting dressed up. There just aren’t enough hours in a day to spend on beauty prep before a big event so I’ve managed to get it down to three things.

A spray tan is great as it’s almost a shortcut to looking amazing—you get that glowy effect without having to do much at all.

I always book myself in for a Shellac mani. I do this in racing season when I know I’ve got a few functions back to back and need my nail colour to last. Instead of matching my nail colour to each outfit which would just take up way too much time, I always choose a shade that can work with myriad looks. A neutral shade or a wine/burgundy colour works a treat as there’s not much that it doesn’t go with.

I’ve always believed that the foundation to great makeup is skin in tip top condition so I always book myself in for blueberry peel from one of my fave spots, The Clinic in Sydney. It’s ideal right before a big event as it helps reset my skin and ensure it’s in good shape. That said, a simple at-home sheet mask or peel can also work towards rejuvenating your skin for a big event.

I don’t wear new shoes

Wearing stilettos right out of the box to an event is a disaster waiting to happen. You need to give footwear a bit of time to stretch and get comfortable, otherwise you risk having them rub while you’re wearing them, in turn causing blisters. Ouch. I’ll often wear new shoes around the house a few days beforehand to break them in and get used to walking in them. Otherwise I’ll just opt for one of my fave heels that I’ve worn plenty of times before because I can guarantee I’ll be comfortable being in them for hours.

Wearing an outfit by one of my go-to brands for events, Rebecca Vallance

I turn to my go-to brands

I love browsing through stores such as Net-a-Porter for a big occasion as every brand I could want is at my fingertips, and it’s great for a little fashion inspiration. However over the years I’ve managed to find a handful of brands that haven’t let me down when it comes to their offering for event dressing. I’ll often go to them first as I then don’t have to spend ages scouring different labels as I’ll almost always find something that I like. I can’t go past Rebecca Vallance, Camilla and Marc, Scanlan Theodore and Dion Lee when I’m searching for an outfit for a big function. It’s always a good idea to have a few key favourites you can check out, that you know suit your style and your shape.

I’m selective in what colour I wear

Lately I’ve been gravitating towards for colour for big events as I find it’s impactful and really stands out. Vibrant reds, punchy yellows… I’ve worn them to a few occasions such as launches and weddings. If I’m borrowing something then a bright hue is definitely where I like to head. However if I’m purchasing something and I’m trying to get maximum wear out of a particular item, then I can’t go past classic tones of creams, blacks and greys. Not only do they work for multiple occasions but if I also choose something in a really simple cut and style, they’re so easy to transform by changing up my accessories.

What are some of your tips for dressing for events?