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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.

Shop my roundup of jumpsuits below…
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A cami top is the versatile staple you’ll wear time and again

27th October, 2017

Kate Waterhouse black cami top

I’ve got a few camis in my wardrobe and can personally attest to their versatility. They’re able to be worked back with so many different looks whether it’s a underneath a blazer for a polished nine-to-five outfit or with a leather skirt for date night. I’ve found you need a cami top in two colours, one in white and one in black to cover most outfits however who can resist investing in a few different hues when they’re so wearable? Consider colours such as a rich burgundy or a beautiful pastel pink to add a pop of colour to your next ensemble or even a polka dot or star print to add a fun touch to your next look. If you really want to up the ante experiment with frilled or lace embellishments or different textures such as velvet or satin. But if you want a cami that will remain a classic, then silk is definitely timeless option.

Find a cami top to suit every outfit in my round up below…
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It’s time to update your sneakers to this new style…

25th October, 2017

Kate Waterhouse Gucci metallic sneakers

While our love affair with white sneakers will no doubt remain if you’re after a new alternative shoe option to add to your athleisure wardrobe then it’s time to set your sights to all things metallic. You’ll find high shine options from every brand from Gucci to Converse and it’s just the thing to elevate a casual look into something that’s instantly fashion forward. Whilst a pair of silver or gold sneakers might at first seem difficult to integrate into your wardrobe I can tell you its anything but. I wear my silver Gucci sneakers to death as I find the hue actually works with most things that I’d usually pair with my trusty white kicks. Consider it a neutral that has just that little bit of extra sparkle.

Shop my round up of metallic sneakers below…
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New statement heels to love

21st October, 2017

There are times when you just want your accessories to do the talking and nothing is more suited to the task than a pair of statement heels. Whenever I feel that my outfit needs a bit of punch it’s the one thing that’s guaranteed to deliver.

When it comes to statement heels I think you can go as bold and daring as you want—often it’s a case of the more adventurous the style the better. However if you’re not one to go too over the top you could start with a heel in a vibrant colour a la my candy red Gucci heels above. But if you really want to go all out look to dramatic embellishments such as oversized bows or jewelled adornments which can turn an ordinary heel into a work of art.

The great thing about a statement heel is that you don’t really need to fret too much about the rest of your look as often a killer pair of shoes is all you need to really elevate your look to one that will impress. It’s the simple addition that requires minimal effort but delivers oh-so much. When it comes to this trend, if someone stops you to comment on your footwear then you know your job is done.

Looking for a pair of showstopper heels? Shop my picks below…
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You need a little gingham in your life…

20th October, 2017

If you’re looking for something to freshen up your spring wardrobe look no further than a touch of gingham. This checked print is ultra wearable and this season is featuring heavily in many a collection so it’s the perfect on trend piece to update your wardrobe.

Whether it’s a gingham dress, casual top or skirt you’re after or accessories to dress up an existing outfit in your wardrobe, you’ll find plenty of ways to wear this particular print. Whilst gingham will transition into your off duty wardrobe seamlessly you’ll also find it being elevated into dressier territory this season in the form of a statement heel or structured bag, and makes for an unexpected print to add to an after dark ensemble. You’ll also find that finishing details such as ribbons (like on the above Rebecca Vallance dress) and embroidery are able to give this print an interesting vibe in the form of additional depth and texture. If the traditional black and white gingham is not your thing you’ll also find it available in vibrant colours such as pink and red, which will add a bold touch to your look whilst still maintaining its classic appeal.

Add a little gingham to your wardrobe with the below shopping picks…

 

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The denim skirt is your wardrobe’s new best friend

15th October, 2017

There’s no doubt that denim is the workhorse of most people’s wardrobes with its unbeatable versatility. It’s effortless vibe make it a staple of casual weekend wear however its ability to be elevated with the addition of a great blazer and a pair of heels can mean it transitions into dressy territory easily. This season the denim skirt is the piece to own. A traditional blue denim skirt works well with a simple tee and sandals or sneakers whilst coloured options such as white and black (sans distressing) can become a go-to option for a look that requires a little more polish. When shopping for a denim skirt the options are extensive: embroidered, vintage, midi, mini, A-line, button down… there’s a style to suit everyone. It’s a great alternative for those days when you’re looking for something beyond your trusty denim cutoffs and jeans aren’t quite right for the weather. Make it a part of your wardrobe and I guarantee you’ll be BFFs before you know it.

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Yes, the vintage band tee can work for day or night

14th October, 2017

The vintage band tee has been around for eons but there’s no doubt that it’s definitely become a street style fave of late. A roll call of designer brands such as Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent and Gucci have released their own versions (with the price tag to match!) whilst high street retailers such as Zara and H&M have also jumped aboard the trend, offering more affordable options. If you want the genuine article, visiting local vintage stores and the perseverance to scour the racks can often unearth just the right tee.

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Whilst the vintage band tee seems a no-brainer fit for off duty style it can also easily work for a nighttime look when paired with dressy accessories. Just look to Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton from style blog They All Hate Us for inspiration. Whilst Elle nails the jeans and tee combination easily with beachy waves and layered jewellery, Tash manages to work her tee with black trousers featuring a classic tuxedo stripe, statement heels and a Gucci belt bag to attend an evening event. Versatility with any trend is key in my book and this is one way to ensure you get maximum wear out of your tee.

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The versatile hair accessory celebs and bloggers are loving (and it’s probably already sitting in your wardrobe)

7th October, 2017

As fair as styling my hair goes I’m a big fan of anything that’s quick and easy. That’s why the current beauty trend towards fashioning scarves into a hair accessory resonates so well with me—it’s simple to do and it instantly feels on trend (and as an added bonus it’s a great way to hide dirty locks when you just can’t be bothered dealing it). As Emily Ratajkowski to model of the moment Kaia Gerber and fashion blogger extraordinaire Nicole Warne demonstrate there are myriad ways to style a scarf. You could wear it as a headband for a look with a vintage feel to using it as a stylish hair tie for a ‘do that looks instantly cool. And the best bit? Jumping aboard this trend requires minimal hair styling skills so if you’re a little challenged in that department you can most definitely still try this look at home. If your scarves are currently gathering dust in the back of your closet this is a great way to extend their wear and give them a new lease on life plus it’s an inexpensive way to update a look. What’s not to love about that?

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Trend to try: Blouson sleeve

6th October, 2017
Kate Waterhouse Anna Quan dress blouson sleeve

This Anna Quan number with its blouson sleeve makes a statement

If you love to incorporate a touch of drama into your everyday look then the blouson sleeve is a trend worth trying. The billowy sleeve makes a statement in whatever its incarnation—whether it features on a classic blouse or a casual off the shoulder top it packs a sartorial punch.

With so many designs featuring this particular sleeve you’re also bound to find just the right piece to suit your wardrobe. And while this silhouette might seem a little challenging to translate into your everyday look you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how wearable it is. The trick to pulling off the blouson sleeve is to keep the rest of your outfit quite streamlined to allow the sleeves to be the focal point and to avoid it looking too over the top. It works especially well when worn tucked in as its exaggerated profile is offset by the clean line that’s achieved by doing so. If you’re after a dramatic flair for your next ensemble then make this style your go-to.

Ready to try this trend? Shop my splurge and steal picks below…
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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

4th October, 2017

This month prepping for spring racing season has me in the mood for feminine pieces, bright, vibrant colours and statement accessories. I’m feeling inspired to go bold with any new additions to my wardrobe, and if you are too, you’re bound to find something on this list that you’ll most definitely want to add to cart…

 

 

Roksanda textured leather shoulder bag

The striking blue of this bag is just the right hue to add some punch to an outfit whilst the polished gold handle and the squiggle shoulder strap add an element of interest.

Saint Laurent round-frame silver sunglasses

These 60s inspired frames will work well with casual weekend outfits and give them a hint of attitude.

Mercedes Castillo mules

Ultra on trend mules are given a modern spin with a sculpted, lacquered heel and textured white leather.

Gucci acetate and gold tone sunglasses

I have a weakness for statement sunglasses and the cat eye shape of these frames and faux pearl and gold stud embellishment has me won over.

Beaufille 10-karat gold diamond ring

Delicate rings are great for layering or as an understated adornment on its own, and this piece with its edgy spiral design caught my eye with its interesting shape.

Khaite open back satin maxi dress

A form fitting maxi is a great go-to wardrobe option during the warmer months as it’s so simple and effortlessly stylish. The side-split detail and crossover straps elevate it into a dress that could work for dressy events too.

Calvin Klein ribbed wool and cashmere-blend skirt

A fun statement piece for the office, this skirt will work well with a white button down shirt.

Cecilie Copenhagen jacquard cotton dress

The print and colour make this a standout staple for off duty dress. I can see this working beautifully with a pair of sandals.

Self-Portrait floral-lace cape-sleeved mini dress

A white dress will make a fresh addition to my spring wardrobe. I particularly love the whimsical lace detail on this frock.

Aquazzura Nairobi slingback pointed-toe flats

Flats get a fashion forward update with this pair of slingback flats. The star detail makes for a fun touch.

Balenciaga vintage chain earrings

There are times when you need to let your accessories take centre stage and this pair of hoop earrings is destined to be the focal point of any look.

Shoes of Prey heeled sandal with ankle cuff

I love the classic shape of these heels but with the addition of a tassel it makes it an instant showstopper.

Mimco Papillon tiara

I’m always drawn to striking headpieces and this piece is definitely worth bookmarking for a racing event.

Fiona Powell straw boater with frayed edge

I’ve built a solid hat collection over the years but can’t resist buying one each spring/summer season as I’m always spending time outside enjoying the sunshine. This hat is perfect for adding a stylish (and sun safe) element to any look.

Gucci appliqued mini skirt

It’s hard to resist the beautiful appliqué on this skirt, especially the rather adorable bunny. Gucci strikes again!

Gucci leather belt

A black belt is a wardrobe staple as it’s the kind of accessory that can work with everything from pants to jeans and a skirt. The gold buckle on this elevates it into something special.

Dolce & Gabbana textured leather iPhone case

It’s hard to go past the beautiful floral design of this iPhone case. It’s always nice when something utilitarian is also aesthetically pleasing too.

Lelet NY Lovestruck gold-plated headband

This handmade headband is also another great headpiece option. The simple heart design is chic and understated.

Tell me—what’s on your shopping list this month?