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What I Wore: Ombré Pink

17th October, 2017

There are times when an outfit of mine comes together based on a particular print or colour. In this instance the graduating pink tones of my Rebecca de Ravenel drop earrings had me wanting to wear the hue from top to toe. I find that playing with colour is often a great way to create a look that’s vibrant and impactful. Taking inspiration from the ombre effect of my earrings I wanted to incorporate light to dark shades in my ensemble, starting with the pastel pink shade of this Steele dress which provided the perfect canvas to build the rest of my look. I opted for blush toned bag and shoes to add a slightly deeper colour whilst my candy pink embellished Gucci sunglasses added a a fun touch while still keeping within the palette I was going for. The overall gradient effect is a playful way to wear this ultra feminine tone and is a styling trick that can be done with so many other colours, so it’s able to be carried out across my entire wardrobe. But there’s just something about pink that I’m really loving at the moment…

Credits: Dress, Steele; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Miu Miu; Sunglasses (similar style here), Gucci; Earrings (similar style here), Rebecca de Ravenel

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Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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The 7-day outfit challenge

9th October, 2017

If you’ve ever faced that moment at the beginning of the week where the prospect of dressing yourself for the next seven days with what’s already in your wardrobe seems all too hard then you’re not alone. It’s said that women only wear 20 per cent of what’s in their closet and faced with that number it’s easy to see how we can become bored with what we already own and fall into a rut of wearing the same outfits on rotation. So it’s time to shake things up! For one week I’m daring you to think beyond your tried and tested looks and start looking at what you own in a new way. It’s easy to constantly top up your wardrobe with new items but it’s knowing how to revamp what you have that will really expand your closet.

To help you get started I’ve pulled together seven daily wardrobe challenges that will hopefully encourage you to think beyond your usual fashion repertoire and stumble upon an outfit you never knew you always wanted to wear. I think this is a great way to inject freshness into your ensembles and fall back in love with old pieces and discover new ways to wear them. And because I’m all about new outfit inspo I’d love for you to share your looks with me on Instagram using the hashtag #kwoutfitchallenge. Good luck and here’s to a week of great outfits!

 

Day 1: Wear a vibrant colour

A bright hue is an effective way to inject a bit of energy into your every day look. Wear the most vibrant colour you own (yellow is always a fave of mine) and watch how it can instantly elevate your outfit.

Day 2: Try layering two unexpected pieces in your wardrobe

Find the most not so obvious pairings in your closet (below I did a mesh shirt and a corset top) and put them together. With a little experimentation you’re bound to discover a combination that not only works but is one that you’d never have thought to put together.

Day 3. Play with proportions and incorporate a voluminous piece in your look (two if you’re feeling adventurous!)

I really committed to this look and wore a blouson sleeve top and culottes to maximise the voluminous silhouette. If you’re usually one for form fitting garments or are just a tad intimidated by wearing something with so much volume try incorporating it just once into your look in the form of a top or pants.

Day 4: Try an ombre look and wear varying shades of the one colour

Choose one colour and wear it from head to toe in varying shades for a look that’s playful but still cohesive. I chose pink (I took inspiration from my earrings) but you can pick any colour that takes your fancy.

Day 5: Wear the boldest print in your wardrobe

I just adore this crazy cat print as it’s so fun! Often playing with prints is a great way to refresh your wardrobe as it instantly adds a striking element that can take your look into new territory.

Day 6: Pair sneakers with something unexpected

Sneakers have become a wardrobe staple for me and I love just how versatile they’ve become. I love choosing a traditionally dressy piece and turning it into an off duty look with a pair of trainers.

Day 7: Wear a print and a vibrant colour in the one look

This is all about clashing and co-ordinating. Learning to work prints and colours in a way that works can instantly expand your wardrobe. If this hasn’t really been your thing in the past I’ve found an easy place to start is with a monochrome print worked back with a bright pop of colour. It’s combination that always works.

 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

2nd October, 2017

So many outfits, so little time! If you’re looking for a little style inspiration then look no further than this month’s 12 stylish ladies. Now that we’re definitely in the midst of warmer springtime weather it’s time to start putting the last remnants of our winter wardrobe into hibernation and start embracing the lighter, breezier looks that this new season brings. Whether you’re looking for a way to elevate a casual look or revamp an outfit with just the right on point accessories there are plenty of ideas here to help make getting dressed so much easier. A wardrobe refresh is just a scroll away…

Try a cropped sleeve blazer

White jeans, a tee and a blazer is a classic outfit combination but that you can carry into spring with the addition of a 3/4 length jacket. It’s a little lighter and more in keeping with the season than it’s full length counterpart.

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Have fun with a slogan tee

Whether it’s a quirky phrase or just emblazoned with one of your favourite things (who doesn’t love french fries?) adding an interesting slogan tee to your look says you’re not afraid to have a little fun with fashion.

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Embrace a slim tapered pant

A pair of pinstriped pants looks even more chic when they are cut with a slight taper. Keep the rest of your look sleek by pairing it with a top in the same colour and adding a hint of colour to add an element of interest.

Introduce a wide leg pant into your wardrobe

A pair of cropped wide leg pants (especially in white) is a great alternative to your favourite jeans. Easy to pair with everything from a casual tee to a dressy cami and a pair of flats or heels, this is one wardrobe staple this season that will get plenty of wear.

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Pay attention to the finishing touches

Sometimes a look is made by the finishing touches. In the case of this 6os inspired ensemble the white pussy bow blouse, blazer with pearl buttons and structured top handle bag are the icing on the cake.

Downsize your accessories

It’s time to give your roomy tote a rest and embrace pint-sized accessories such as this mini top handle bag. There’s something quite chic about being the kind of woman who can carry her essentials in such a diminutive bag.

Pair a dress with a bomber jacket

It pays to pair the unexpected. In this case a spotted midi dress is toughened up a little by teaming it with a monochrome bomber jacket. It’s a feminine look that is made more day-appropriate with a topper that has a more casual feel.

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Wear black from head to toe

Yes, it’s not a new concept but there’s something about wearing one hue from top to toe that helps give an outfit a little edge and such a dramatic effect.

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Try a colour blocked pant

The above pants have a distinctly tuxedo-like feel to them but with a more modern feel with the addition of the bright red stripe down the side. By adding pieces that have similar hues it helps give the outfit some cohesion.

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Try an off the shoulder two-piece

A two-piece set always looks effortlessly chic but when it incorporates the very on trend piece of an off the shoulder top it immediately looks very of the moment.

Tuck in a wrap top

A wrap top is ever increasing in its popularity so to avoid your look being ubiquitous why not try tucking it into your pants or skirt for a different take on it. While you’re at it take note that a white wrap top when paired with a bold pant is a winning outfit combination (millenial pink sneakers an optional extra, but oh-so right).

Unleash your girly side

There’s no better time than now to wear a floral cold shoulder dress but to really embrace this ultra feminine look pair it with a ladylike top handle bag in the same hue for a look that screams polished.

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What I Wore: Laidback Tailoring

28th September, 2017

A classic, white button down shirt is a workhorse in my wardrobe. I often turn to it as an easy, no-brainer option when I need to look polished. The trend of late has been for slightly more modern, fashion forward take on the traditional collared shirt. I was drawn to this Anna Quan piece with its oversized silhouette, statement cuffs and exaggerated sleeves precisely for that reason as I loved its contemporary feel and its elevated take on such a much beloved fashion staple. I find navy always works beautifully with white so I opted to pair the shirt with a knee length skirt in that hue. The cut-out detail gives the skirt a point of difference and adds an element of interest to the overall look. This neutral shoulder bag by Loewe is an all-rounder in my closet and can easily be utilised for a day or night look. In keeping my bag quite simple I thought the outfit needed a pop of colour so I paired it with my gold Gucci heels as a contrast to the traditional hues of the rest of the outfit. This look will become a go-to for me when it comes to work attire as I love laid-back tailoring that feels considered yet still remains effortless and not too done.

Credits: Shirt, Anna Quan; Skirt, Anna Quan; Bag, Loewe; Heels (similar here), Gucci

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: Making the jump

21st September, 2017

There’s something about a black jumpsuit that makes a strong sartorial statement—it’s the type of piece that screams sleek and modern. Bec & Bridge’s take on the style with its strapless neckline and cropped wide leg pants has a contemporary, polished silhouette but is given a slightly more relaxed feel in the ultra on trend fabric that is linen. It’s the kind of piece that I can see becoming a versatile go-to in my wardrobe during the warmer months. I can’t resist teaming black with gold so I opted for my favourite gilded Gucci heels and and choker for a metallic touch. I kept my bag quite neutral in shade to really allow the gold accessories to shine but wanted to have a bit of fun with my choice of sunglasses so I settled on a pair of clear, round framed sunglasses by Chloe. I found they added some attitude to the look without being over the top. When the weather gets warmer I can guarantee this particular Bec & Bridge jumpsuit will be on high rotation.

Credits: Jumpsuit, Bec and Bridge; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Heels, Gucci; Sunglasses Chloe; Choker Eddie Borgo

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: All lined up

19th September, 2017

Experimenting with layering is one tried and tested way that I end up discovering new looks in my wardrobe. I’ll often start with one statement item (in this case it was the ruffled asymmetric hem skirt by Veronika Maine) and pair it with something unexpected to build up an outfit. It takes a few tries but eventually I’ll stumble open a combination that works. In this instance I wanted to provide a contrast to the feminine vibe of the skirt so I paired it with a pinstripe man-style button down shirt. The silhouette looked a little too voluminous so I added a corset belt to cinch in the shirt and add a little shape and provide some structure to the overall look. Plus I liked the effect of clashing stripes on stripes to add another layer of interest to the ensemble. I wanted some colour contrast to the blue tones of the shirt and skirt so I opted for my beige Loewe Barcelona bag but stuck to my black Alaia heels to allow that one accessory to be the focal point. I loved the total effect of this outfit—it’s like a corporate inspired look that’s been deconstructed and given a little edge.

Credits: Skirt,Veronika Maine; Top, Veronika Maine; Belt, Veronika Maine; Heels, Alaia; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses Poms

Photography: Danielle Castano 

This post was created in collaboration with Veronika Maine
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What I Wore: Gucci Le Marche des Merveilles party

14th September, 2017

What better look for a Gucci party than wearing the label from head to toe? I was excited to pull this look together given each collection from the Italian brand has been so on point it’s hard not to fall in love with every piece. I wanted a look that was fun and made a bit of a statement so I couldn’t go past this printed dress. The crazy cat print was just too great not to take it for a night out on the town! As the dress was so striking I kept the rest of my ensemble quite pared back and opted for a pair of red heels to complement the pops of red on the dress. As the rest of the look was already quite vibrant I wanted to take it down a notch with a white structured bag with classic Gucci chain link detail that had a slightly more traditional feel. The rope style strap however, keeps it quite fresh and youthful.

Credits: Dress, bag, shoes and sunglasses, Gucci

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: The cold shoulder dress

12th September, 2017

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.

Photography: Danielle Castano

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How to wear the same dress two ways

7th September, 2017

My wardrobe has a colour palette that features neutral shades quite prominently. It’s important to me that everything I own is versatile and can easily be restyled in different ways to suit myriad occasions. That said, I do have a soft spot for the occasional colourful buy that’s bold and makes a statement. I was after a punchy, vibrant dress in the lead up to spring and this Bambah maxi from Farfetch definitely fit the bill. A lace mustard yellow dress is definitely high on wow factor but as with every purchase I make, I wanted it to be versatile too. My style philosophy has always been that I have to be able to dress something up or down to ensure I can get maximum wear out of everything in my closet. This is why I’ve found a way to transform the look and feel of this dress to suit different occasions and here I show you how.

If you want to go…dressy

I love the ultra feminine details of this dress—the beautiful lace, the oversized bow and ruffles make it a stylish go-to number when I’m headed to a dressy affair. I wanted the dress to take centre stage so I paired it with my gold Gucci heels to keep the overall outfit in a similar colour palette and not have my shoes overwhelm the entire ensemble. With a dress such as this my beauty look had to be clean and understated so I opted for a relaxed ponytail and minimal accessories to keep the look simple and chic.

If you want to go…casual

Whilst this dress looks at home at a formal occasion it can easily be switched up to have a more casual vibe. The first thing I did was swap my heels for a pair of Aquazzura Starlight flat sandals. A change in footwear to flats gives this look a more relaxed feel. I then added accessories in natural textures such as my Nerida Winter straw boater and Helen Kaminski raffia clutch to help dial back the lace which tends to look very dressy. A pair of fun Fendi cat-eye sunglasses adds a playful finishing touch to the overall look and when paired with beachy waves it instantly transforms this dress to something that would be fitting for a more laid-back event. When you can get multiple wears out of a statement piece it’s a definite win-win.

Credits: Dress, Bambah; Sandals, Aquazzura; Sunglasses, Fendi; Heels, Gucci; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Hat, Nerida Winter

Photography: Danielle Castano

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

4th September, 2017

Hello, spring! Whilst lighter, breezier dressing is definitely on its way we still have to navigate our way through the tricky trans-seasonal weather which means bouts of unpredictable weather, and at times, cooler temperatures. That said, it’s still a great time to explore your closet, assess what you have and get inspired for the new season (and new purchases!) ahead. I always love this time of year as it means I can start planning my looks for the upcoming warmer months—and that means lots of style inspo is very much a necessity. If you’re also facing the same situation, I’ve rounded up some majorly stylish ladies from the blogosphere to help you navigate your way to your spring/summer wardrobe.

 Embrace the denim skirt

The denim skirt will become your spring/summer style staple as it’s so versatile. When paired with a ruffled blouse it elevates this casual piece into a dressier ensemble without compromising on the relaxed, effortless vibe of denim.

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White and neutrals = polished

If you want a shortcut to a look that screams ‘pulled together’ enter a white shirt worked back with neutrals. Add a pair of tan slides and matching bag and it’s an easy go-to combination when you need an outfit with polish.

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Add a lightweight blazer to your wardrobe

A lightweight blazer will become your fail-safe style saviour when the weather wants to change it up from cool to warm in the next few weeks. For a look that’s on-trend opt for a checked print jacket that will take ordinary denim and dial it up a notch from weekend staple to polished perfection.

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Pair a wrap top with a structured bag

Take note: a crisp white wrap top and a structured shoulder bag should be making their way onto your wishlist. Throw in a great pair of jeans into the mix and you’ve got a look that ticks major sartorial boxes.

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Add pops of colour

Incorporating a few pops of colour are a reliable styling trick to instantly inject a bit of energy into a simple outfit. Pink is still very much having a moment so it’s definitely worth embracing it.

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Try a lightweight dress for stylish weekend casual

For weekends you can’t beat a lightweight dress. To make it interesting think prints, finishing touches such as tassels and pairing it with simple accoutrements such as wrap sandals and a neutral shoulder bag.

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Mix bold patterns and hues

Go big and bold if you’re in the mood to make a statement. Choosing a striped pattern in a rich look-at-me shade is a great way to turn heads without completely going over the top. Hint: this print looks great in a matching set.

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Make wide leg tailored pants and a cami a go-to

Wide leg tailored pants and a cami are a pairing that perfectly melds chic tailoring with a hint of sexiness. If you opt for soft, pastel shades it adds a feminine touch without getting too saccharine. Add a polished topknot and you’ve got yourself a winning look.

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Opt for unexpected colour combinations

If you want to inject a little drama into your look consider a pair of cropped slacks in a vibrant shade. Note: dare to pair colours in unexpected colour combinations such as pink and red.

Embrace safari shades

Safari inspired shades such as khaki and olive work well together for a look that’s understated, yet adventurous. Accessories in a beautiful tan shade work particularly well with this colour combination.

Try a matching set for daytime casual

There’s just something so effortlessly stylish about a matching set. A vest with a pair of shorts is one way to do daytime casual in a truly chic way.

Invest in a black cami

A black cami is a versatile wardrobe staple as it’s so easy to pair with everything from pants to shorts and skirts. Embrace a printed skirt for an easy-peasy way to look on trend with minimal fuss.