Browsing Tag

jeans

Fashion

On a budget…denim

21st August, 2019

Denim. It’s a constant in my wardrobe and is something that I wear multiple times a week. Given I tend to live in jeans most days I like to have a few pairs on hand so I can mix things up a bit. Also I find wearing my fave pair constantly will inevitably result in it losing shape so its best to have a couple of different options to give each pair a break. Purchasing denim these days can be expensive, so I’ve found that there are a fews ways to ensure that you don’t blow your entire fashion budget on jeans, and here are some of them…

Stock up at sale time

The most obvious way to save money on denim is to wait till it has been reduced in price. But before sale time even hits, it pays to do a little research into what pairs you want to snap up. Go in store and try on a few different brands and styles. Once you’ve narrowed down what you want, take note and pounce once brands and retailers start slashing their prices. Be on the look out at specific times like the Black Friday sales, Click Frenzy, different brands’ spend and sale events, Afteryay and end of financial year and after Christmas time.

Hit up chain stores

Premium denim can cost upwards of $200 which is a pretty significant investment for jeans. If your budget doesn’t allow, you can find some great options at most chain stores. Brands like Country Road, Cotton On and Seed stock a number of styles that rival most of the cuts that you’d find from denim brands, but at a fraction of the price.

Buy multiples

Finding the right jeans is no easy feat so once you do find them consider snapping up another pair. This allows you to have more than one in rotation, which can help with the longevity of your denim. If you’re able to alternate the days you wear a particular pair of jeans rather than wearing them regularly you can extend its shelf life, which in turn stretches out the time frame in which you might have to spend on another pair. To save even more money, wait till they go on sale so you can also get them at a reduced price.

Scour consignment sites

You can find gently worn designer jeans on sites such as The Real Real and Vestiaire Collective, which whilst not new are still in great condition. Away from consignment sites you could also hit up eBay which if you have a discerning eye and the time to devote to your search, has always been a reliable source for pre-owned clothes.

Fashion

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…

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by JULIE SARIÑANA (@sincerelyjules) on

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Aimee Song (@songofstyle) on

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by CHRISTINE ANDREW (@hellofashionblog) on

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by XENIA ADONTS (@xeniaoverdose) on

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Nicole Warne (@garypeppergirl) on

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Elle Ferguson (@elle_ferguson) on

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.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Arielle Noa Charnas (@ariellecharnas) on

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?

Fashion

Simple ways to elevate denim

27th June, 2018

I am the first to admit that I would be lost without denim in my wardrobe. Jeans often make an appearance in many an outfit that I wear throughout the week and it’s a staple when I’m in off duty/mum mode as it’s just so easy. That said, I can also attest for how simple it is to elevate it with the right accessories and statement pieces and make it ideal for an event or a special occasion.

When it comes to denim I’m a skinny jeans girl all the way as I think it works best with my frame. However with the numerous styles available out there it’s not difficult to hone in on the ideal style for you—it just pays to persevere and check out a few different cuts (check out my tips for buying denim here) as what works for one person may not work for another. I also tend to gravitate towards a formfitting style as I find it works with most of my go-to items in my wardrobe. All my jackets to blazers, shirts and heels all work back with a pair of skinnies.

While jeans, a white tee and sneakers are an eternally stylish combination it can sometimes be hard to think beyond that and see how to dress up denim in a modern way that doesn’t require too much fussing around. I think elevating your it is a simple as it comes if you know the right pieces to turn to. Once you’ve pinpointed those key items you’re guaranteed to always find a way to turn your old faithfuls into something special.

Killer shoes

Great shoes can make any outfit look great. A pair of amazing heels teamed with denim can instantly make it look dressy and polished.

Printed blouse

Swap out your fave tee for a blouse instead. This is a great combination that works dressed up or down—all you have to do is switch your shoes according to the occasion.

A post shared by Nicole Warne (@garypeppergirl) on

Statement jacket

One way to lift trusty denim that requires minimal effort? Turn to the most amazing jacket in your closet. Whether it’s a tweed number or an edgy leather moto style you can never go wrong with outwear that pops.

Classic blazer

I can attest for how unbelievably handy blazers are to have in your style arsenal. And while they go with most things in my wardrobe they’re a dream to pair with denim. A simple black blazer can really turn jeans into something special. Add a pair of knockout earrings and you’re done.

Understated flats

A pair of loafers is a no-brainer pairing with jeans. When you want to be comfortable to run around all day but still need to maintain an element of polish, stylish flats will fit the bill every time.

Fashion

A life well spent with Marks & Spencer

7th August, 2017

Things can undoubtedly get hectic and busy at times but if there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that the key to a well-lived life is making time for small everyday pleasures. This is why I was happy to team up with Marks and Spencer on their latest campaign that aims to encourage everyone to live life fully and spend it well. I’m a big believer that that you only get one shot at living so it’s important to prioritise the things that matter. I’ve learnt not to always save things for a “special occasion” but to ensure that each day is spent in the very best way possible.

For me, my family, is my entire world so spending time with my girls is one of the most meaningful things I can do. I always prioritise being with Sophia and Grace whether it’s spending time playing together outdoors or chatting over breakfast or reading them a story at night. Everything always seems just that little bit better when I’m with them.

What’s a life well spent without treating myself to the little things that put a smile on my face? My daily ritual of walking to my favourite café and buying coffee is a must. It’s a small thing but it helps kick off my day and puts me in the right frame of mind. Also, it’s a definite treat but I always buy flowers for my home. It doesn’t have to be a big over the top bunch but I think a lovely bouquet of blooms in the house is always a nice reminder to treat myself to the things that enrich my surroundings.

It goes without saying that fashion is a big passion of mine so it does feature heavily in my life and it means that I’m always prepared to invest a little bit more in my wardrobe and prioritise quality over quantity. I’d rather spend money on pieces that will last. This is why the denim range at Marks & Spencer really resonated with me, especially for someone that lives in jeans. There are plenty of options in the range so I’m always guaranteed to find something that suits my aesthetic, is crafted well, and at a reasonable price point plus as a bonus it’s delivered really quickly. I actually ended up buying the mum and skinny styles as I couldn’t resist either one. They’re both stylish, fit well and are comfortable (a must with two girls to chase after). And I have to say, there’s nothing like the feeling of slipping on a brand new pair of jeans and taking it out on its very first outing to put a smile on my face!

Over the years I’ve adopted the mindset to make the most of every moment. I’m all about prioritising quality in every aspect of my life. I spend less of my time on the things that don’t matter and spend more of it focusing on the things that do. And ultimately isn’t that what living is all about?

Shop my look: Trench Coat, Mom Jeans, Loafers, T-shirt, Biker Jacket, White Shirt, Boyfriend Jeans 

This post was created in collaboration with Marks & Spencer

Fashion

My tips for flattering denim

31st July, 2017

A great pair of jeans is an essential in my wardrobe as they’re often a go-to for me whether I’m after a casual look for the weekend or a dressy outfit for work. I’m often on the hunt for new additions to my denim collection and I’m one to spend a lot of time looking around and trying on different styles to find the perfect pair. When it comes to denim these are my rules for ensuring I always end up with the most flattering fit.

Get them tailored

It’s important that jeans are always the right length for a polished finish—don’t just let them pool at the bottom near your ankles. I always make sure to get them taken up professionally. If you’re petite and hate losing the original hem of your jeans you can pay a little bit extra when you have them altered and often the tailor can reattach it for you.

The right fit

There are so many different styles out there when it comes to denim so it’s important to try as many as you can to find the right pair for you. Just keep these things in mind…

  • If you’re going for a skinny leg that they are tight all the way down and fitted at the leg and not loose around the ankle. A cropped or ankle length is the most flattering length when it comes to skinny jeans.
  • Boyfriend jeans are designed to be baggy but ensure that they don’t look to overwhelming—they should be slightly loose around the thighs but still taper down to the ankle.
  • If you’re going to wear a boot leg or wide leg they should definitely be cropped to suit the shoes you’ll wear with them most. If you need to get them taken up bring your heels in with you to the tailor to make sure it’s cut to the right length and the hem isnt dragging on the floor.
Go for the most snug fit

I find denim always tends to “give” a little when you wear it repeatedly so to avoid my jeans getting too baggy I always make sure I get the most snug fit I can. By snug, obviously go for a size that you can still comfortably button up as you don’t want to cut yourself off at the waist and end up with a muffin top. It should feel firm but not overly tight.

My denim go-tos

Skinny leg jeans are my number one pick when it comes to denim. I always go for a lighter wash for casual wear and darker for a dressier look. I will do a ripped effect during the day and non-ripped at night.

 

Fashion, Shop, What I Wore

What I Wore: The Statement Sleeve

8th June, 2017

A white shirt is always a style staple in my wardrobe but lately I’ve been stepping away from the classic slimline button down by embracing the statement sleeve. I have found that adopting a different silhouette is a great way to instantly rejuvenate a traditional look and take it in a totally new direction. The flared sleeve on this Tome shirt give this ensemble a more relaxed feel and when paired with light denim and slides, it’s an off-duty look that is polished yet effortless. A simple look needs a punchy accessory and my favourite Gucci Dionysus handbag perfectly fits the bill.

Credits: Jeans, J Brand; Shirt, Tome; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Gucci

Fashion, Shop, What I Wore

4 ways to do denim with a white shirt

28th April, 2017

If there’s one thing that I can’t live without it’s a pair of great jeans. Denim is a workhorse in my wardrobe as it’s so versatile and goes with virtually everything. It’s always a great go-to option for me when I need to get out the door fast as it’s so easy to dress it up or down. Finding the perfect pair of jeans is key and I find it’s important to try on various styles to pinpoint the right fit and style for your shape. When I’m on a mission to find a new pair of jeans I’d rather every style I’m considering is in the one place to make it easier to compare them. I always head to David Jones as they stock great international and local brands and offer up every style you could possibly want which makes it easy to try on a few different pairs and find The One.

Once I’ve found the perfect pair I wear them non-stop and one look I wear to death is the classic combination of a white shirt and jeans. There’s just something so effortless about it and I find it’s simple to pull together a look for different occasions simply by changing the style of shirt I’m wearing. Case in point: below I’ve managed to maintain the same style formula of a white shirt and jeans but achieved four distinctly different looks by adding a few key accessories, wearing a different shirt style, all while wearing the same jeans. Proof that you can pretty much wear denim with everything!

Look #1: Night Out

My new J Brand Maria High Rise jeans are so versatile as the style is quite simple and pared back which means its easy to wear it in a variety of different ways. I’ve teamed this look with an off the shoulder top and added bold accessories such as my gold Gucci heels and choker to glam it up for the evening.

Credits: Jeans, J Brand (worn throughout); Shirt, Camilla & Marc; Bag, Bvlgari; Heels, Gucci

Look #2: Office Wear

Jeans can be office-appropriate. I’ve teamed my jeans with a crisp button down shirt, a pair of loafers and a structured handbag to keep the look polished and work ready.

Credits: Shirt, Tome; Bag and Shoes, Gucci

Look #3: Mum on duty

When I’m out with Sophia and Grace comfort is key so denim is the ideal option. I can afford to go a bit more relaxed when I’m on mum duty so I have opted for a star print white shirt and statement sunglasses to add a bit of fun to the outfit. Sneakers are a must so I can easily run around after the girls and a crossbody bag leaves both my hands free (an absolute necessity when dealing with a toddler and a baby).

Credits: Shirt, Kate Moss for Equipment; Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Shoes, Gucci

Look #4: Relaxation Mode

This would be an ideal look for the weekend. Jeans paired with a peasant top and simple sandals give the look a relaxed vibe and a neutral clutch and straw boater give the outfit some added texture.

Credits: Shirt, Karen Walker; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Shoes, Bassike

This post has been created in collaboration with David Jones and ShopStyle

Photography: Sophia Athas

Fashion, Shop

Looking for new season denim? I’ve rounded up my fave buys

21st April, 2017

I can’t live without a great pair of jeans. They’re a reliable go-to when I need to pull together an outfit fast as they’re so easy to dress up or down. I usually opt for skinny jeans (both with and without distressing) as I find they work best with my frame – I just make sure they’re hemmed right at the ankle to help elongate my frame. I’ve found after trying on a million different pairs of jeans this is the style that works for me.

If you haven’t yet found yourself a pair of an amazing jeans to live in throughout winter then it’s high time you start your search. This season the options for new denim styles is endless! A straight leg style with a slightly higher rise is a perfect option for everyday casual – you can team it with a simple tee and sneakers for weekend wear or a blouse with loafers for something a little more polished. For something slightly different the unfinished hem is a key trend this season and makes for a slightly edgier look whilst a flared hem looks very of the moment. Whatever you do just be sure to opt for a cropped-at-the-ankle length to ensure the most flattering fit.

Shop my picks below…

Fashion, Shop

Steal her style: Olivia Palermo

16th September, 2016

Only Olivia Palermo could make dog walking look oh-so chic. The perennial street style fave rocks a perfect outfit for the trans-seasonal weather with a puffy-sleeved off the shoulder top, distressed denim and simple metallic loafers.

Off the shoulder top

The off the shoulder top has seen many incarnations from tie sleeves to bell sleeves but the puffed sleeve is particularly cute. Just remember that with this much volume up top it’s important to keep whatever you’re wearing at the bottom quite streamlined.

Distressed jeans

Miss Palermo demonstrates how you can rock distressed denim and still make it look quite polished. Ensure that you get your jeans cropped to the right length to avoid fabric pooling at your ankles – there’s so much going on with the jeans already you don’t want to overwhelm.

Metallic loafers

Metallic shoes are a bit of a statement making piece but surprisingly versatile too. These add a bit of interest to the outfit without completely detracting from everything else which make them that elusive shoe that can work in myriad ways.