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Insta-outfit ideas to steal: the 12 days of Christmas edition

4th December, 2017

We’ve come to that time of year where it’s all about long summer days, parties a plenty and Christmas with friends and family. So, what will you wear throughout the festive season? If you’re feeling less than enthused about the options in your wardrobe then look no further than the following 12 ladies who will have you looking stylish for the 12 Days of Christmas and beyond. From accessories to on-trend hues and patterns to play with, there’s no better time than now to really have fun with fashion.

Rock a statement skirt

A flowy skirt in a striking pattern can become the cornerstone of most summer looks. Add pared back accessories and it will make its mark.

Opt for a standout jumpsuit

I’ve spoken in the past about how a jumpsuit is an easy option for those days when you’re having a wardrobe crisis and this summer it’s right on trend. Take it up a notch and go for a striking print that’s destined to stand out in a crowd.

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Gladiator sandals elevate a floaty sun dress

Add a pair of minimalist gladiator sandals to your wardrobe and it’s guaranteed to get quite the workout over summer. They work beautifully with a sun dress, but can also be teamed with a skirt, shorts and culottes so they’re ultra versatile.

Pair a side tie skirt with a white tee

A side tie skirt paired with a classic white t-shirt is a great outfit option for enjoying a long lazy lunch in the sun. It’s understated casual with just the right amount of polish.

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Floral accessories add a feminine touch to an outfit

Embrace all things floral this season. A great bag with a beautiful bloom motif adds a girly touch to any ensemble.

High waisted pants are an elegant option throughout summer

A pair of high waisted pants when paired with a cami or simple tee looks très chic. When it’s also in a classic white it elevates the look into a sleek ensemble for dinner or drinks.

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An all white look feels fresh and modern

You may want to skip the spaghetti bolognese at lunch with an outfit like this but nothing beats an all white look. Paired with tan and gold accessories to add colour accents, it looks fresh with just a touch of glam.

Jazz up an outfit with the addition of hair accessories

I’ve spoken before about the popularity of scarves as a hair accessory and this summer, make it your mission to add one to your wardrobe. Whilst it looks great as a hair tie or headband, you could also use it as an accent on your favourite bag or a casual belt with your favourite denim pieces.

A matching set looks ultra polished

There’s something about a matching set that looks polished with minimal effort. A slinky cami with a pair of wide leg pants looks sleek and sexy.

Have fun with printed culottes

Now is the time to have fun with prints and colour. A pair of culottes in an eye-catching print has an impactful presence and works well with slides and sandals for day but can easily be paired with heels for a night out.

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Change up your footwear with espadrille wedges

Whilst slides are very much the footwear of choice this season don’t forget about the classic espadrille wedge. It’s a great option for when you want your shoes to feel a little dressier and works well with denim and the super popular off the shoulder style top.

Embrace the floaty maxi dress

A maxi dress is the ideal option for heading from beach to bar. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it! Embrace prints and make a statement.

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What I Wore: Frill Seeker

21st November, 2017

Sleek, simple dresses are a staple in my wardrobe but every so often I just want to embrace an ultra embellished style. This Acler dress, with its frill detail, cold shoulder neckline and asymmetric hem has a feminine silhouette that’s high on impact. With such a bold frock I knew I needed to tone it down with my accessories and opt for simplicity so as not to overwhelm with my overall look. My favourite Alaia heels (which have so been worth the investment from the number of wears I’ve had from them) are just the right understated heel to pair with such a dramatic dress whilst my Bvlgari top handle bag adds a classic touch to the ensemble. For a bit of fun, and to add a little edge to my ensemble I added a pair of mirrored sunglasses for the ideal finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Acler; Shoes, Alaïa; Bag, Bvlgari, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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The jumpsuit is the styling shortcut you need in your life

10th November, 2017

I’m all about a styling shortcut. Dresses are an easy go-to for me when I need to walk out the door fast as all I really need to think about is a pair of shoes and bag and I’m done. Another such item is the jumpsuit. It’s high on the oh-so easy and oh-so stylish ranking and on the days I wear one, it’s honestly such an easy outfit to pull together that I can get ready in a shorter amount of time. They’re also such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. A plain black jumpsuit for example can easily be reworked into a look to suit virtually every occasion, whether it be lunch with the girls, a day of running around, date night or with the addition of a jacket, even a work meeting. That doesn’t mean its bolder counterparts aren’t equally as handy to have in your closet. A printed jumpsuit can be a fun alternative and according to the accessories you pair it with—flats for day and heels at night for example—it can also have many outings and incarnations. The only thing you really need to do is ensure that it’s cropped at just the right length (I love an ankle length) to ensure you get the most flattering fit. Be warned however—once you’ve tried one, you definitely will want an entire collection.

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What I Wore: 2017 Derby Day

4th November, 2017

As one of the more traditional days on the racing calendar, Derby Day is all about classic pieces in black and white. This year I wanted to stick to a mostly white ensemble and couldn’t resist this Roland Mouret jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter. I am really loving jumpsuits as an option for race day as it’s reminiscent of traditional suiting but with a more modern silhouette. With the sea of dresses on show it’s also nice to do something a little bit different and opt for a chic all in one look. To give the ensemble a ladylike and feminine touch I opted for a Jennifer Behr headpiece with net veil and oversized bow detail. My favourite Alaia studded heels and Salvatore Ferragamo bag help round out the look, and achieve a monochrome colour palette that’s in the spirit of the day.


Credits: Jumpsuit, Roland Mouret, Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Salvatore Ferragamo, Headpiece, Jennifer Behr

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post has been produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

1st November, 2017

As we head into the tail end of the year I know outfit fatigue can set in and everything in your wardrobe suddenly seems boring or just not right for the season. This is when a few great sources of fashion inspo can all of sudden turn everything you own from so-so to stylish. If you’re after a few ideas on how to style existing pieces in your closet, here are 12 great places to start…

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Knot your shirt

This is a really easy wardrobe hack for any button down shirts you have in your wardrobe. Simply tie the ends for a look that immediately feels fresh.

Try pairing different pastels

Contrasting pastel shades can be a great way to make vibrant impact with your outfit—even better if you can clash different textures and prints.

Try a flowy slip dress

A slip dress is guaranteed to get plenty of use this summer so it’s definitely worth it to add one to your collection. When paired with an oversized denim jacket and sneakers, it makes for an easy go-to for weekend dressing.

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Clash conservative and out-there styles

A suit, worked back with a graphic tee and bright yellow sneakers shouldn’t work in theory but in this instance it really does. This is a lesson in contrasting different styles to create a look that’s bold and has a point of difference.

Pair a maxi skirt with a blazer

For a shortcut from relaxation mode to dinner, just pop on a blazer. Whilst a maxi skirt and tee is comfortable lounge wear the addition of a jacket is an easy way to transform it to feel a little more polished.

Mix casual gingham with a classic silk shirt

Gingham is a print you’ll be seeing everywhere this season so why not take it up a notch by pairing it with a silk shirt for an ensemble that feels very contemporary.

Wear a gradient outfit

I spoke about how to achieve an ombre effect with your outfit here and this is further proof of how it can work to elevate a casual look into something that feels put-together and polished.

Switch out you regular handbag for a backpack

Why not go hands-free once in awhile? A structured backpack can look as classy and elegant as a handbag but infinitely more practical and comfortable on busy days.

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Work a band tee with bright skinnies

With band tees being such a huge trend of late why not go for an all out statement-making outfit by pairing it with vibrant skinny leg jeans. It’s a look that feels very rock and roll.

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Pop a blazer on over a denim skirt

The blazer really is a magical tool in your wardrobe. It can instantly make anything feel dressy. In this case a denim skirt is transformed into a look that could be worn to dinner and drinks with minimal fuss.

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Ground a billowy maxi with sneakers

There’s no better time to embrace gorgeous flowing floral dresses. You could wear them with sandals but why not give your look a slightly more urban feel by pairing it with your favourite white sneakers.

Match a swimsuit style top with jeans

This is one way to go from beach to bar. An 80s style swimsuit works great with denim for a look that’s a little bit sexy without being too over the top. If you want to save your swimmers for the beach, a bodysuit in a similar style will work just as well.

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What I Wore: Light and bright

30th October, 2017

Spring is the ideal time for light and breezy styles and this white broderie anglaise dress is just right for days spent enjoying the sun. The intricate embroidery add to the classic feel of the dress whilst the chevron detail worked throughout add a layer of visual interest and give it a little depth. I’ve always found that anything in a crisp white is better worked back with understated accessories as it really allows the colour to pop. In this instance I opted for a mini structured bag in a mink shade and round sunglasses with a clear frame to complement rather than compete with the dress. I rarely leave home without a watch so I needed something that was quite streamlined and simple, and my Michel Herbelin timepiece seemed the perfect option. Whilst I do believe in keeping to a simple colour palette when working with white, I do love to always incorporate one bold piece into my look and in this instance it was my favourite gold Gucci heels.

Credits: Dress, Zimmermann; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Chloe; Watch, Michel Herbelin

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Michel Herbelin

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What I Wore: Just the spot

23rd October, 2017

A busy day at work for me often requires an outfit that can easily transition from a meeting to a lunch without missing a beat. This is why I often love to mix a bold, statement item with classic pieces from my wardrobe to create a look that’s versatile yet anything but boring. With this particular look I kept to a monochrome palette but added touches of colour in the form of my candy red Gucci heels and bag to add elements of interest. Having a statement piece incorporated into an outfit is an effective way to make it stand out in a crowd and in this case it’s the spotted skirt. A polka dot print is playful but remains timeless when worked back with a crisp button down shirt. I like to keep my accessories for work quite minimalist so I opted for my white Michel Herbelin watch which pairs seamlessly with the rest of my outfit but adds an element of understated elegance, and more importantly serves the extremely practical function of keeping me on time throughout the day! A pair of sunglasses is a must when I’m running around all day and simple black frames are the ideal option as they’re both stylish and easily wearable with myriad outfits.

Credits: Top, Cue; Skirt, Nice Martin; Shoes, Gucci; Handbag (similar here), Gucci, Watch, Michel Herbelin; Sunglasses, Poms

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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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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Accessorise with a hit of pink

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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.