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The elements of cool airport style

27th January, 2018

There’s something about spying people’s airport style that’s oddly satisfying as far as fashion goes. I think it’s because travel looks run the gamut of ultra glamorous for some to super casual  for others and everything in between. Whatever your style, it is possible to look polished without compromising on comfort and bring the kind of sartorial A-game that would be worthy of being papped for a magazine. When it comes to your ensemble when you’re en route to a fabulous new destination, keep the following things in mind…

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Invest in comfortable footwear

We’re in the golden era of practical, comfortable footwear where a pair of sneakers is considered the height of fashion. Invest in a great pair of on trend kicks and you’re not only going to be able to maneouevre your way around an airport in style, you’ll be supremely comfy while doing it.

Go for black

The shortcut to chic whilst flying? An all black ensemble. It’s the international code for “I’ve got my style game sorted” and it hides all manner of sins while traveling. Having a go-to flying outfit in dark shades such as black is a must.

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A chic coat or jacket

Whether it’s making your way through the terminal or settling in for a long haul flight, airports and planes can get a little chilly so it pays to have a nice coat or jacket with you when you travel. Don’t be afraid to go beyond black and opt for a standout colour or fun print.

 

Stock up on cosy separates

When travelling, separates in all natural fabrics are the ideal option. Plus when you’re stuck on a plane for hours, there’s nothing better suited for the occasion than comfortable, breathable lounge wear to deal with the fluctuating temperatures. Wearing separates also makes it easy to incorporate them back into your trip wardrobe once you’ve landed.

Have a beautiful tote

A roomy bag to carry all your essentials is a must when travelling. Go for something that’s a good quality and will house all you need, but is also stylish enough that it can be your carryall throughout your trip. You get bonus points if you travel with quality luggage.

Always pack great sunnies

When you’re traversing different time zones you can often find yourself landing and departing at ungodly hours so a good pair of sunglasses is a necessity. A plain black pair is a great option, as they’re classic and versatile.

 

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What to wear on Christmas Day—using what’s already in your wardrobe

21st December, 2017

What are you wearing on Christmas Day? Whether it’s a family BBQ or a formal sit down lunch if you’ve yet to sort out your outfit and are quickly running out of time then you’re in luck because your ensemble could be sitting in your wardrobe right now. That’s right, with some new outfit inspiration, key pieces in your closet can be reworked and turned into a fresh new look. And the best bit is it doesn’t cost a cent.

Inspiration: A midi or maxi dress + sneakers

This is an easy place to start. If you’ve got a favourite dress in your cupboard that’s feeling a bit tired simply change up the footwear. A pair of sneakers is an easy go-to and looks instantly on trend without much effort at all.

Inspiration: Layering neutrals + a pop of colour

I’m betting you have a handful of neutral pieces in your wardrobe so why not bring them back to life again by opting for a tonal colour palette. Working your outfit within the same colour family results in a chic, considered look and the addition of a bright statement shoe instantly adds an element of interest.

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Inspiration: A singlet + pants

If you have a trusty white singlet and a pair of dressy pants you have this look sorted. You could also swap the pants for a pair of shorts or culottes and it works equally as well. Add a pair of sandals or heels and you’re set.

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Inspiration: A slip dress + scarf

Given how huge slip dresses have been of late I’m sure there’s a lot of you who may have one sitting in your cupboard right now. The key to refreshing it is in the accessories you pair with it. A scarf tied around your hair is very of the moment and looks bang on trend.

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Inspiration: Basic tee + wrap skirt + slides

A trusty white tee is a given in most wardrobes so why not pair it with a dressy skirt for a high-low mix that looks instantly stylish. A wrap skirt is a current trend that looks fresh for summer and a pair of slides makes for instant cool.

Inspiration: Striped shirt + denim

A striped shirt paired with a denim skirt is the ideal ensemble for a family lunch that may end up turning into an evening event. You could also opt for jeans if a skirt isn’t your thing.

What are you planning to wear on Christmas Day?
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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.

 

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The one thing I do to avoid a wardrobe crisis

6th February, 2017

Having a morning wardrobe meltdown isn’t always ideal when I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, not to mention having to get the girls organised at the same time so I’ve had to devise a way to avoid them. It’s always daunting to look into a wardrobe not having any idea on what to wear so I always make sure that I have a backup plan for precisely those moments. Generally, I’ll know what I am going to wear each day but for those times when inspiration doesn’t strike I’ve pre-prepared a few different outfits that I can easily and quickly pull together. Having a series of outfits that I have already styled in my head so I don’t even have to think about makes it easier to get out the door fast.

If you want to try this for yourself you don’t necessarily have to have the entire head to toe look planned (unless you really want to be that specific) but it helps to have the bones of the outfit ready to go such as the dress or the top and pants combination that you’re going to wear. I generally accessorise as I go along when it comes to jewellery and my handbag but I’ll know which of my shoes will go with the outfit so I don’t have to waste time trying on a million pairs. I’ve memorised my go-to looks but you could always photograph them and store them in a folder on your phone for an easy visual reminder. If you want to try this out for yourself I’d recommend identifying the occasions where you’re likely to feel stuck for outfit inspiration such as weekday mornings when you’re about to go to work or leisure wear for the weekend. This is all about making things easier on yourself so you’ll never have to freak out about a wardrobe crisis again.

What are some ways you avoid a morning wardrobe crisis?

 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal this week

14th November, 2016

If you had a bonafide wardrobe meltdown this morning because you had absolutely no idea what to wear then consider this the answer to all your problems. Enjoy 12 very well-dressed women with plenty of style to give you endless wardrobe inspo.

Play with some bold accessories that have plenty of personality. The choker is still very much every blogger’s best friend.

Pick one colour to carry throughout your outfit for a cohesive look that screams you’re in the sartorial big league.

Sweet finishes such as the tie on Stein’s shirt paired with ’70s style wide leg pants give a relaxed vibe.

Pick a statement bag (metallic detailing is still very of the moment) and work your outfit around it.

Monochrome always delivers a polished finish but don’t be afraid to experiment. Pair a dressy skirt with slightly more relaxed pieces such as a tee and slides a la Donaldson.

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A matching set is adorable but when paired with cute ’60s inspired accessories it makes a statement.

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A sleek suit is eternally stylish. Choose one in an interesting fabric to give the look a point of difference.

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Go all out with one aspect of your outfit. This patterned skirt with its vibrant hues steals the show in the best possible way.

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Traditional blue jeans paired with a printed button down shirt is the ideal off duty look.

Take a preppy outfit and pair it with white sneakers for an unexpected ensemble.

A relaxed fit denim jacket will serve your wardrobe well. It’s the ultimate multitasker as it will work with everything from a tee and jeans to dresses and skirts.

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The sleeveless blazer elevates this look from corporate to style savvy. Plus in a bold pink it shows you’re the kind of girl who doesn’t mind taking a fashion risk or two.

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How to make fashion purchases you’ll always love

1st September, 2016

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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.