We’re really spoilt for choice as far as suiting goes these days and I’m loving all the different silhouette variations I’ve been been seeing in my ongoing quest for the perfect suit. Whilst you can get everything from a relaxed suit to one that’s perfect for a dressy occasion, I tend to gravitate towards the styles that have a little personality, whether it’s a great print or an interesting cut. This suit by Bec and Bridge ticks both boxes. The checked pattern gives it a certain energy and vibrancy, whilst the flared, bell bottom pants give it a fun, 70s feel. I could easily see myself wearing this suit to an event or out to lunch with my friends or even a meeting, so it’s definitely a versatile addition to my wardrobe. Underneath I popped on a simple white ribbed top, complementing the hints of white on the suit.
Working with such a busy pattern, I wanted to let the suit take centre stage so opted for accessories that were a little more pared back whilst also staying within the colour palette of the check print to give my outfit some cohesion. I went for a black quilted Dior bag with chain strap and minimalist cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman. I always like to wear heels whenever I’m wearing a suit so I paired this particular look with Giuseppe Zanotti heels with the most amazing crystal covered heel—elegant but glam all at the same time.
Weekends are super important to me so everything is about comfort especially since I’m always on the go with my family. I also know that sometimes my work wardrobe can start encroaching into my weekend wardrobe so it can be nice to have pieces that are solely dedicated for relaxation. If you’re looking for stylish yet practical pieces to wear during your down time, make sure to add these to your shopping list…
I like to update my shoe wardrobe at the start of each season and a pair of great sandals is always at the top of my list when spring/summer comes around. These flats with metallic detailing add a touch of edge to an outfit and will definitely be perfect for a quick breakfast at your favourite café or running errands on a Sunday afternoon.
Cropped flared jeans
For those who want to add a bit of flair to their usual weekend wardrobe look no further than a pair of cropped flared jeans. Whether you opt for a simple black or a lighter shade of denim, you can easily pair them with a tee or singlet for an on trend look that’s oh-so easy.
Straight leg jeans
Skinny jeans will always have a place in our wardrobes but lately it seems jeans have been getting a little more relaxed in fit. Straight leg jeans have been having a moment and are quite flattering when cropped at the ankle and paired with a slightly more streamlined top.
If you’ve yet to add a pair of white kicks to your wardrobe then it’s high time you introduced them to your style repertoire. Not only are they the ideal footwear for a busy weekend they’re also really easy to pair back with everything from a dress to jeans and a tee, so they’re an easy go-to shoe option.
Moto leather jacket
The leather jacket is an easy cover up on weekends. I know I’ve always lived in mine as something I can throw on over a dress or jeans and a tee and know that I’ll look pulled together. It’s also the perfect piece to transition from day to evening wear so it’s definitely a purchase you’ll get plenty of wear out of.
You can’t beat a simple dress for ease of getting dressed as you simply have to throw it on and you’re ready to go. I’m a fan of the shift dress as it’s quite a polished silhouette and when in a neutral colour or simple pattern such as a trusty stripe it’s an outfit that’s easily paired with sandals or sneakers for the ultimate in laidback cool.
This is a slightly different option for outerwear that veers away from a cardi or coat but it’s oh-so versatile that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. Opt for a dark or neutral shade for maximum wear or alternatively have some fun with a printed or patchwork version to make your outfit stand out in a crowd.
When I’m off duty I’m all about comfort. I have to spend a lot of my working life getting dressed up so when it’s time to unwind, I like to ensure that whatever I’m wearing is easy and relaxed. Leisure wear is all about an unfussy silhouette which I love, but my style still maintains a polished feel no matter whether it’s for work or play so I always keep that in mind for any off duty looks. I like to know I can easily go from a day spent lounging at home to a quick trip to the shops without too much fuss. When it comes to dressing for comfort here are the rules I stick to….
Go for quality fabrics
To avoid looking dishevelled I make sure I buy basics in good quality fabrics. For example I love to wear beautiful cashmere knits or a great linen shirt just to make sure everything looks polished. If you are planning to wear these pieces regularly, investing in quality fabrics will make sure that they last longer. My favourite brands for leisure wear include Bassike and C&M as I find they make great relaxed pieces that are quite fashion forward at the same time.
Stick to a specific colour palette
I refine it down to neutrals such as black, white and grey when it comes to leisure wear. It’s easy to mix and match pieces with that colour scheme and straightforward is what you want when it comes to off duty style. That said, I’ll often add a pop of colour with a scarf or another accessory just to give the outfit a little injection of personality.
Sneakers are a key part of leisurewear (it also makes running after kids easier!)
Opt for dressier shoes
Your choice of footwear can often help dress up an otherwise casual look. For example I love slouchy, baggy pants with a drop crotch and when teamed with a pair of slides or loafers or a dressy pair of runners it looks considered and put together—but still super comfy.
Mix with quality accessories
If I’m wearing a really simple outfit such as slouchy pants with a tee, often the addition of certain accessories can help pull it together and dress it up a bit. A leather jacket or a handbag are easy additions that give it a touch more polish. By doing this I’m still comfortable but maintain a stylish vibe at the same time.
The slip dress is quintessential 90s. The supers – Kate Moss, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell were all big fans; Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox rocked them in Friends and who could forget Alicia Silverstone’s iconic Calvin Klein slip dress in Clueless. As with other 90s trends such as chokers and overalls, the slip dress has made a triumphant return to be a must-have piece in every wardrobe. If you’re going to jump on board this trend don’t be afraid to mix it up just like these ladies…
This has taken key 90s pieces and given it a modern spin. Gary Pepper Girl’s Nicole Warne has paired it with a modern choker, minimalist mules and a printed cardi to give her slip dress a more contemporary feel. The block colour on the dress also gives it a modern feel.
A plain white slip dress is a fresh look for spring/summer. Espadrilles are also going to be a key addition to your wardrobe this season so when paired together this is a winning look. Chanel Boy bag optional!
This slip dress is a nod to the season’s military trend, in particular this shade of khaki green. The slip dress is quite minimalist so keep this look clean with delicate jewellery and a streamline, tan bag.
You can’t deny the impact of all-black everything. The black slip dress is the most classic of 90s pieces, but to give it an updated spin team it with a wide brimmed hat and a pair of Birkenstocks.
The denim jacket is one of those pieces that is surprisingly versatile. Team it with a navy slip dress for the ultimate in casual cool.
The white sneaker trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon why not pair it with a slip dress for the ultimate in utilitarian looks – comfy yet cool. Just remember that if you have any detail on your dress such as the lace on this slip dress, that you should keep the rest of your outfit quite simple.
Photography: Modern Legacy, The Fashion Tag, Sincerely Jules, Pinterest
Whilst easy, breezy lightweight dresses in summer are great I do love a long sleeved dress during winter. There’s something quite polished and chic about the style plus they work beautifully during trans-seasonal weather when you’re not quite sure whether it’s going to be hot or cold. Whilst I love the silhouette of this Zimmermann dress, what really sealed the deal for me was the lace up detailing and ruching. Both give it a beautiful textured effect and elevate it into something special. Also who else loves rocking florals during winter? I think it’s such an unexpected print to wear at this time of year, plus the colour palette is perfect for the season.
With a dress such as this it’s nice to keep the rest of the look quite pared back so as not to overwhelm. I opted for my Balenciaga sock boots as they allowed me to continue the slimline silhouette of the dress to the rest of my outfit. I capped off my ensemble with a pair of frameless Le Specs sunglasses with a slight cat eye (such a great style at an affordable price) and my heart shaped Dior tribal earrings. Accessories that are understated yet with plenty of personality.
I’m all for a high-low mix when it comes to how I dress and often work elegant accessories with more casual pieces. This ensures comfort without compromising on style. And what’s more comfortable or stylish than a classic white tee and jeans? I often wear this combination and always add interesting outerwear along with fun accoutrements to help give it a point of difference. For this particular look I decided to add the ultimate in luxury pieces—a fur coat (faux all the way, of course). I wore this coat to Fashion Week with a dress but it goes to show that it can also be dressed down without compromising its wow factor. I’ve found that throwing on knockout outerwear always elevates a less dressy look.
As always accessories are crucial for finishing off an ensemble and in this instance it was all about a striking bag and shoes. The classic Louis Vuitton Speedy bag looks fresh and modern due to the oversized monogram, and I love that I can use it as both a crossbody and top handle bag. My ankle boots are also by Louis Vuitton, but with a smaller, subtle LV pattern. And as a final finishing touch, delicate cat eye sunglasses by Vogue Eyewear and earrings by The Slow Mode.
It was all about winter looks this week on Instagram. One of my go-to staples during the cooler months is a gorgeous knit and this week was no exception. The Zimmermann jumper below has been on high rotation and adds a feminine element to a casual look with it soft pink hue and sweet oversized bows. But I’m also all about a beautiful trench, and this checked coat by Lover is one way to add a chic touch to any outfit. It’s the perfect topper—adding a statement feature to an ensemble whilst being versatile enough to go from off duty to work and event without missing a beat.
One of my favourite things about winter is the fact I get to cosy up in gorgeous knits such as this sweet jumper by Zimmermann. I’m a firm believer that knitwear doesn’t have to be boring, in fact it can often be the star of an outfit if the finishing touches are just right. The oversized bows on this sweater is ultimately what makes it and is the ideal finishing touch. I also find a batwing sleeve particularly flattering when it comes to knits as it has the slightly billowy feel that I like when it comes to jumpers but the tapered cuffs give it a refined shape.
You’ll often find me in jeans so I am quite particular when it comes to the wash and fit. This pair by Levi’s ticks all the boxes for me. It’s always nice to go back to such a classic denim brand as they really know how to create a great, flattering pair. Paired with a cute jumper, it’s a combination that’s a failsafe during winter.
I decided to dress this outfit up a little with black Aquazzura pumps. I like the fact that the subtle bow on the straps ties in to the bows on my jumper, offering a little extra cohesion. As a final finishing touch, I opted for my favourite black Dior bag worn as a clutch. Overall it’s a casual look that’s elegant and polished, yet easily adaptable with a change of accessories.
There are some whose wardrobes are such a visual smorgasbord of amazing looks that you can’t help but want everything they wear. And one of them would have to be blogger Blair Eadie, the woman behind fashion blog Atlantic-Pacific. If you’re a fan of monochrome everything then look away now because if there’s one thing that this fashionista is not, it’s being averse to colour. In fact, her entire aesthetic is a riot of colour in a polished, edited way.
From colour blocking to rich vibrant tones and incorporating a veritable rainbow in everything she wears, this is colour done right. Working with such a bold palette may seem intimidating at first, but not if you learn how to embrace it in a way that’s elegant and modern—and that’s exactly what Blair Eadie does.
One of the best ways to do a rainbow palette is to colour block. Working bold tones together to create an effect that purposely clashes hues is effective and makes for a powerful sartorial statement. Another way is to pick a colour to highlight in your look and incorporate it within your outfit and further complement it with your accessories. And to ensure cohesion, if you’re wearing a particularly colourful piece, pick a hue from that item and carry it throughout for a continuing colour scheme.
Also your first instinct might be to dial it down with your accessories when working with such vibrant colours but do as Blair Eadie does and go even bolder with your accoutrements. The effect is stunning. Think chandelier earrings, bright headbands and sunglasses that pop. The entire effect is a look that screams playful and fun, yet is polished and elegant through and through. And what’s not to love about that?
I’ve always been a fan of dresses for ease of dressing — you simply pop them on, add a pair of shoes and you’re done so it’s been so good to see that the dresses around at the moment have all featured such gorgeous prints and classic cuts. I’m particularly loving the midi length styles with simple, feminine silhouettes such as the dress below by Rebecca Vallance. I brought the dress with me on my trip to Daydream Island and found it to be such a good piece for a beachy getaway because it was able to take me from hanging with Sophia by the pool to lunch and even to dinner if I really wanted, with just a few accessory tweaks. And it was so comfy too!
I paired it with a pair of simple white Gucci sandals to keep the vibe of my outfit fresh and relaxed. And I simply can’t get enough of wicker handbags at the moment so opted for a top handle bag by Sparrows Weave. It helped add to the holiday vibe of my ensemble. And as the rest of my look was so simple it was crying out for a strong piece to elevate it, so I added a pair of drop earrings as the ideal finishing touch.