If pay day seems a looong way away but you’re itching for a shopping hit then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up some great buys including cute accessories to elevate a look and inexpensive occasion wear that looks expensive but in reality is less than $100.
Without a doubt one of my favourite go-to designers is Camilla and Marc. They’re usually top of mind if I have an event to attend or I simply want some beautiful wardrobe updates that are on trend but maintain an overall classic feel. The brand’s aesthetic is always about structured silhouettes and all with elevated finishing touches, which is something that slots in really well into my style repertoire. I always feel really confident and polished whenever I’m wearing something from the label which is why I keep coming back to it. If you’re on the look out for some new pieces that will instantly life any existing pieces you own, look no further than these 10 things.
Camilla and Marc know how to do a standout dress and this is one of them. Love the shape and the print is striking, but versatile enough that it could easily be worked back with a blazer for a polished look.
A great knit features heavily in so many winter looks that it’s worth investing in a few bold colours to really lift a look. This apple red number is all kinds of perfect for dressing up a midi skirt or trusty denim.
I am heading off to Daydream Island for a family holiday which has got me in a serious resort wear vibe. And whilst it’s been fun playing with lots of layering now that winter’s here, I’ve always got a soft spot for easy breezy summer dressing. There’s just something about effortless, laidback looks that’s always so great to shop for. So here’s a peek at what I’ve been wanting to snap up for my trip—and for a head start on my summer wardrobe.
These shoes are everywhere at the moment and I’ve been stuck for which colour to get. I’m leaning towards this beautiful pink shade to add a hint of playfulness to a look. And let’s face it, a comfy heel is always a good idea.
Off the shoulder styles are super flattering so I’m always drawn to them whenever I’m trying to pull together a holiday wardrobe. Love the cut and voluminous sleeves on this particular dress. I can see myself wearing this from the beach to the bar.
Wrap skirts are perfect for vacation wear and I love how sophisticated this particular piece is. The elegant draping and moss green shade work beautifully together and would be a dream with a cami or even a relaxed tee.
Now that we’re officially in winter it’s time to take stock of your wardrobe and see what seasonal updates you might need to take you through the next few months. What I like about this time of year is that it’s the ideal opportunity to experiment with layering, getting cosy in beautiful knits and rocking a gorgeous statement coat. If you’re looking to add some on trend touches to your look, here are a few buys worth adding to your shopping list.
Suiting has firmly planted itself as a style must-have and it’s definitely a fashion investment worth making. A good quality suit will take you through many an occasion, from work to an event, and will guarantee you always look polished. Don’t be afraid to have fun with bold colours—a suit these days is anything but boring.
Fashion is getting tactile with texture being a major player this season. Think corduroy and luxe velvet. Expect to see it in everything from jackets to pants and skirts.
Supersized statement coat
Coats are a staple of any winter wardrobe, especially of the statement variety. Think outerwear that’s bold and impactful. This season a coat isn’t just a last minute addition but a key component of a look.
It’s time to get wild with animal print. Think leopard, cheetah and ocelot prints for adding a punchy element to any look. If you’re only going to add one piece to your wardrobe this season, definitely consider a leopard print midi skirt. It’s versatile and so on trend.
Utilitarian style ankle boot
Boots that have a strong silhouette, think sturdy looking with buckles and straps are the way to go this season. They’re great for adding a grounding element to dainty, feminine pieces.
In keeping with the trend towards suits, look for polished tailored trousers to give your winter outfits a chic touch. Dress it up or down with a tee or a blouse and change up the vibe of any look.
Volume is a key trend to look out for. I saw plenty of shirts with puffy sleeves at Fashion Week and they’re a fun, wearable way to dress up your favourite pair of jeans.
Roomy tote bag
We’ve been embracing teeny tiny bags of late but that doesn’t mean there’s not a place in our lives for a good ol’ fashioned roomy tote. A welcome accessory for those whose list of essentials each day is numerous.
Anyone who has ever felt just how ridiculously comfy and luxe a cashmere sweater is will agree this is definitely a style update worth making. Invest in a few staple colours and you’ll have them for seasons to come.
When it comes to shopping it’s easy to get caught up in the process and end up with something that you may only be interested in for a short period of time. It’s these purchases that often end up gathering dust in your wardrobe and ultimately wind up on a ‘to throw away’ pile in the not too distant future. These purchases often add up and once you’ve done a final tally you’ll often realise (much to your dismay) that you could have bought a big ticket item that you truly love.
So how can you go about making sure you end up buying things that you won’t fall out of love with in a week? Here are some key things to keep in mind:
Do some research
Shop around and check out what’s available out there. Whether it’s shoes or a dress you might find that you had one particular style in mind but once you’ve looked further you may find another style that you love even more.
Give yourself a cooling off period
Regretful purchases notoriously happen when you’ve seen something and immediately snap it up without giving it much further thought. Sometimes these purchases work out but more often than not you could end up something that you’ll lose interest in.
This is why it’s important to give yourself a cooling off period. If something catches your eye, sleep on it and reassess in the morning. If you’re still thinking about it then buy it. You’ll know it’s true love when you can’t get it out of your head.
Do the wardrobe test
Ask yourself if what you’re about to buy will realistically work with the rest of your wardrobe. Think about where you could wear it to, what you can wear it with and how many outfits you could pull together now if it were sitting in your wardrobe. If your answer to any of those questions is a bit sketchy then it might be worth reconsidering.
Consider cost per wear
Bear in mind that something is not cheap (even if it’s on sale and been reduced drastically) if you only end up wearing it once. That’s why I always factor in cost per wear whenever I’m buying anything.
Sometimes it can be easy to opt for something that may be slightly cheaper but not what you truly want however if you find that it hardly gets used then you’re not getting value for money. The same goes for buying something super expensive but then finding you barely wear it.
It makes much more sense to hang out for something you truly love. If something works out to be expensive but then you end up wearing it to death and the cost per wear ultimately ends up being $2 a day then you’re definitely onto a winner.
It has been freezing in Sydney the last few days so I’ve definitely had stocking up on every cosy thing imaginable on my mind. I’ve been wanting to update my winter woolies repertoire (and replaced a few jumpers that are looking tired) so I have been busy scoping out a few of my favourite stores for sweaters. I tend to have a lot of neutral, versatile pieces in my closet but I’m also on board with a bold knit or two to help lift an outfit. From vibrant colours, interesting prints to beautiful finishing touches such as a striking sleeve or textured finishes, warming up this winter is proving to be anything but boring.
Temperatures have really started to drop of late so it’s put me in the mood to look for a brand new coat. And one of the best ways to really take a winter outfit in a fun, vibrant direction is with a statement coat. Whilst the classic shades such as black, navy and camel have their place, I think it’s always nice to have a coat with special touches whether it’s a striking pattern, interesting textures or great finishing details. Also given that you will have to wear a coat all the time for the next few months it pays to have one that lifts your ensemble and gives it a standout feature.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite coat styles for you to check out—from a bright splash of colour to a slightly different silhouette, there’s definitely plenty to fall in love with. Prepare to cosy up and get warm in style.
I’ve worked with Uniqlo in the past because I love how they do practical, wearable basics. I’ve often said that good basics are the building blocks of a functional wardrobe and that’s something that Uniqlo do really well. Their designs are simple which means that they’re easily worked back with numerous looks. And one thing I particularly love is that they stock everything in several different colours, so if you find a particular piece that you like then you can easily get it in different shades. If your style repertoire could do with an update, here are a few pieces to considering adding to cart this month.
Puffer vests are great at this time of year as they keep you warm but aren’t overly bulky like a jacket can be. I’ll often throw on a puffer vest over my activewear and I can happily run around in that for a day where I have multiple errands to run.
Belts are one of those handy accessories to have. Add them to an outfit and you can easily change up its look or feel by cinching in a silhouette or accentuating a particular aspect of an outfit. This one has a nice vintage look to it.
High waisted pants are a great work look that’s easily changed up by adding a different blouse or throwing on a jacket. It’s also an all year round type of piece so you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.
My wardrobe is an eclectic mix of different pieces at various price points but there are definitely special pieces that I have splurged on. I have always believed in being a discernible shopper and not just purchasing things on a whim so I’m quite strategic in my approach to shopping. I always do my research and will keep an eye out for sales both in store and online as there’s nothing quite like getting a piece you’ve been coveting at half price! That said, there are certain things that I will never scrimp on simply because these pieces are the workhorses of my wardrobe and need to be the best quality possible.
Given how much time we spend in them I think shoes have always been a worthwhile investment. Finding good quality shoes will mean that they stand up to the daily wear and tear we put our footwear through and won’t require replacing or repairing as often. I’ve often rationalised that buying a slightly more expensive pair of shoes will often be better value for money than buying several cheaper pairs that will need to be replaced sooner.
I don’t buy them often so when I do I make sure that a bag is well made, from quality materials and of a style that will remain a classic for years to come. I’m all about quality not quantity in my wardrobe so I’d rather hang out for a slightly more expensive bag that I know will have plenty of longevity than go for an of-the-moment fix. For example I have a Chanel bag that I have had for years and that I still wear regularly and is still in great shape simply because of the craftsmanship that has gone into it. The same goes for my Givenchy bag (above) which I use all the time and I know because it’s so well made I’ll be able to wear it season after season.
I’ll happily scrimp on things like t-shirts and jeans but outerwear is something I will always willingly splurge on because of the number of times I’ll wear each item. Coats in particular are something I like to purchase each season and will wear throughout the cooler months so I always make sure it’s a classic style, made from a quality fabric such as wool as I will wear it day after day.
I regularly wear jackets so I will make sure to buy the best quality that I can as I wear them so often. I have a Balmain blazer that I remember trawling the internet for for years before I finally snapped it up on sale but it’s the kind of strategic purchase I don’t regret one bit as I wear it to death. And yes, it’s definitely more expensive than your average blazer but I often think of things from a cost per wear basis and have definitely got value for money out of this particular buy.
If it’s been that kind of a week and you want a little pick-me-up in the form of a new fashion purchase then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re after a new addition to your winter wardrobe or a fun accessory to add the perfect finishing touch to an existing look, I’ve rounded up some great buys that will set you back only $100 or less.