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Small sunglasses are the accessories update your wardrobe needs

22nd June, 2018

Back in the 90s small frames were huge. Then along came oversized sunnies and we’ve been all about them ever since. However it seems the tide is starting to turn and we’re seeing more and more the resurgence of this eyewear trend. Everyone from Bella Hadid to Kim Kardashian (whose husband Kanye West apparently sent her an email telling her to switch to smaller frames) to Rihanna have been spotted wearing small sunglasses.

Admittedly after so many years of wearing big sunnies it takes a bit of getting used to as the silhouette is such a departure from our usual go-to glasses however I’ve definitely become a fan. Despite their diminutive size they’re big on impact. The dimensions on tiny sunglasses make them a definite statement piece and add an edgy, almost futuristic vibe to a look. I’ve been wearing them of late whether in a cat eye style or oval shape and gave them a definite workout during Fashion Week (where I have to say, I saw this trend out in force). Whilst classic black always works I’ve also been trying them in different colours which definitely adds a fun element to any outfit. I’ve always embraced sunglasses as a finishing touch to an ensemble and this season, it seems it’s all about downsizing.

Want to wear this trend? I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite picks below plus I’m sharing my tops tips on how to style them

Embrace colour

Adopt small frames in a rainbow of colours. I love this Adam Selman for Le Specs pair as the colour works beautifully against both bright vibrant tones or muted shades. If you’re also worried about this style making you look like you walked off the set of The Matrix then never fear as the colour helps soften the silhouette and make them look quirky and playful.

Dress them up or down

Can you wear small sunglasses with a suit equally as well as you can with jeans and a tee? Yes! In fact, due to their minimalist style and shape, these sunnies can be paired with virtually anything in your wardrobe. Rihanna wore them on the red carpet with a ball gown so you can bet these frames can accompany you on a coffee run, out to lunch or to a big event.

Go bold with your outfit

What I like about small sunglasses is they are a statement piece. I think the shape and silhouette really make them quite a bold accessory and it might sound counterintuitive but this makes them the perfect item to work back with striking pieces in your wardrobe. Case in point: I wore them with a feathered denim jacket and a PVC skirt without my entire look seeming too over the top.

 

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The comfy heel that’s everywhere this season

20th June, 2018

Whilst skyscraper heels will always have their place it’s also a welcome change to downsize a little and actually be able to comfortably walk around in a heel all day. The kitten heel has become the heel of the season. And no wonder—they’re easy to run around in, have a classic vintage feel about them and look great with everything from cropped trousers to dresses and skirts. With every high profile designer from Dior to Balenciaga and Prada doing their own version of this shoe you can bet it’s going to become quite the staple in our wardrobes over the next few months.

When navigating this shoe style there are a few things to remember for a flattering effect:

Go for midi length

This is the time to go conservative on the hemline front. Keep things quite demure and aim for everything to hit at mid calf. It’s chic and will definitely work better with the shorter heel.

Experiment with styles

From a slingback to mules and boots, you’ll see the kitten heel on all different style shoes this season. The easiest way to wear it is a classic closed toe pointy pump however a slingback looks very on trend and the boot is one way to really up the style cred of any look.

Dare to bare

It’s quite diminutive in heel size but you still want it to take centre stage so allow it to shine by opting to show a little skin. Try a midi length pant to show off a mule or a cropped jean that allows a little skin to show through between the boot and the denim. Alternatively if you want to wear a full length pant, ensure it sits just at the ankle bone.

Keep them pointy

Whatever kitten heel shoe style you choose be sure to keep them pointed. The pointy toe will help elongate your feet and balances well with the fact the heel is shorter.

Steal some style ideas below on how to introduce the kitten heel into your life and shop my top picks below.

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The fun way to liven up an outfit this winter

18th June, 2018

Winter can sometimes feel like a never ending stream of jeans and knits and big coats. And whilst layering is great and can ultimately result in some great looks, it’s understandable to want your outfit to have a bit of oomph. And this season it’s about embracing gorgeous textures.

I’m really starting to appreciate mixing and matching textured pieces to give a look a little more depth. Case in point: I wore the above denim jacket to Fashion Week and whilst the colour and cut were great what really turned it from a garden variety jacket is the feathered trim. It was so much fun! It was definitely something that made a statement and took my ensemble into a different direction. I wore it paired back with a PVC skirt and enjoyed pushing my fashion boundaries and dialling up the glamour.

A quick scroll through Instagram shows that I’m definitely not the only one incorporating texture into their everyday looks. From furry Teddy Bear-style jackets to faux fur coats Insta’s style set show there’s something quite glam about adding a statement-making textured piece to a pared back outfit. A pair of jeans and a white tee can suddenly look next-level with the addition of a bold garment with lots of texture. So if you want to elevate your look this winter it’s time to quite literally think about its look and feel.

See below for ideas on how to rock the look in your own wardrobe…

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Statement knits are a fun way to elevate a winter outfit

15th June, 2018

When you think of the words winter jumper you’d be forgiven for thinking of something cosy but also quite practical and perhaps not overly fashion forward. I’m all for owning sweaters in classic colours that are easy to mix and match but I’ve recently got into wearing statement knits.

Given we spend most of our time during the cooler months wearing jumpers I find it doesn’t hurt to dial it up in the style stakes by going for more bold looks. I wore the above Burberry knit to Fashion Week a few months ago and found that it really livened up my outfit whilst keeping me nice and toasty – a win-win. I loved the details that made it a little more extra—the blouson sleeve, the colourful pattern, the panelling and the bustier feature turned it into more than just your average, garden variety, knitted number.

When it comes to winter warmers I think you can afford to have a little more fun with them this season. There are plenty of options available from logo knits to striking prints and edgy tailoring that are all guaranteed to take your outfit next-level. The hard part is now deciding which one will make the final cut…

 

 

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It’s time to add a statement blazer to your wardrobe

25th May, 2018

I’ve spoken about my love for a great blazer in the past. I still stand by it’s versatility and longevity. If you invest one, I guarantee you’ll wear it non-stop as it’s the kind of piece that has the magical ability to transform any outfit and make it look instantly polished. It’s also the kind of thing you can have a bit of fun with. While I am all about a classic, sleek black blazer lately I’ve also been adopting a few more coloured options and relaxed silhouettes in my collection. From a slinky, red Michael Lo Sordo wrap blazer (below) to a pale blue double breasted Rebecca Vallance jacket (also below), I am loving experimenting with different colours and styles to update my wardrobe.

The key to a great statement blazer is choosing a standout feature. Whether it’s exaggerated sleeves, an interesting print or bold finishes, it’s job is to take centre stage so don’t be afraid to be adventurous. By pairing it with some simpler, streamlined pieces in your closet, you’ll be able to create a look that has wow factor without being too overpowering.

I tend to go for longline blazers as I find they work well with my shape and height. However it’s a good idea to try on a few different styles to see what works for you. You might find that a slightly cropped style works back well with your wardrobe or that one with dramatic flounces is more in keeping with your look. The key however is not to shy back from embracing striking features. This is about letting your outerwear take centre stage.

Shop my pick of statement blazers below.

Grey and gold – an understated combination that still has impact

This wrap blazer is designed to stand out!

Choosing a blazer in a great colour allows it to be the focal point of a look

 

 

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The one thing I can’t get enough of at the moment

2nd May, 2018

Do you ever go through phases where you just absolutely can’t get enough of one particular look or trend? I’m experiencing that at the moment with loafers. I am wearing them constantly. I’m currently favouring backless styles by Gucci including the pair above which have a really beautiful floral motif. One of the key reasons I’m loving them is because of their sheer versatility. Any shoe that can be worked back with multiple looks is a winner in my book. And loafers are the kind of thing that you can pair with everything from jeans to dresses and skirts and they work equally as well with each.

While a plain black pair is going to take you far as they will go with virtually anything it’s also worth considering a vibrant style. There are so many options out there right now, from coloured gingham to glitter and animal print if you want to have a little more fun with your footwear. No matter the colour or print, the major benefit of loafers is that they’re so comfortable. So it’s time to give your feet a break and make some room in your life for a pair, I guarantee that you’ll wonder how you ever did without them.

Have you jumped aboard the loafer bandwagon yet? Shop my top picks below…
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Sister 2 Sister Charity Luncheon

21st April, 2018

Attending events is always fun but there’s something special about going to something that’s supporting such a great cause. I recently attended the Bistro Moncur charity ladies’ luncheon which was raising funds for SISTER2sister, an organisation that helps ‘at risk’ teenage girls make better choices for a positive future.

 It was a stunning afternoon at Bistro Moncur, a restaurant in Sydney’s Mosman. From the absolutely gorgeous floral installation to the incredible food and catching up with guests like Today co-host Georgie Gardener, it was a lovely way to spend a day, whilst also helping a worthy cause.

The charity luncheon raised an astounding $68,000 which will be donated in full to Sydney-based charity, SISTER2sister. The lunch was to drive awareness and raise much-needed funds which will go towards empowering young women to reach their limitless potential.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Gucci.

Photography: GM Phographics and Lucy Shepherd

With Today’s Georgie Gardner

The beautiful table setting

 

 

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Are you into wide leg pants? Because you should be. And here’s why

8th April, 2018

If you’ve been faithful to formfitting pants without ever having tried their voluminous counterparts then you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Wide leg pants are flattering on virtually everyone. Tall, petite, curvy, boyish—whatever your body type you can make them work for you. They’re also versatile and can look perfect as an off duty look when paired with a simple white tee or dressed up with a cami or silk blouse. You can wear them to work, on the weekend, to dinner or to brunch so you’ll definitely get plenty of use out of them and won’t regret investing in a pair. Also, a pair of wide leg pants just looks polished and chic so it’s ideal if you want an easy shortcut to looking like you spent a few hours styling yourself when really you rushed out the door in five minutes. If you want to try out this look, remember to…

Make sure they’re the perfect length

When you try on a pair of wide leg pants make sure that the hem isn’t dragging on the ground. You shouldn’t have a pool of fabric at your ankles. Instead make sure that the hem is ever so slightly off the ground and that you can see your shoes peeking through. Alternatively if you want to wear them cropped then get them hemmed to the ankle.

Decide on the shoes you’ll pair them with

This brings me to the next crucial thing to remember with wide leg pants: your shoes. You can’t really go from heels to flats with wide leg pants as the hem will be all wrong. So think of where you’re most likely to wear your pants and the type of footwear you’ll be pairing them with and have them hemmed accordingly. The exception to this is if you’re choosing to wear your pants cropped, in which case you have a bit more freedom to switch up your shoes.

Avoid volume up top

As you’re dealing with a lot of fabric on your bottom half already, it’s important to keep your top quite streamlined for balance. A button down shirt, a lightweight sweater, a t-shirt or a cami are all great options. A top with bell sleeves for example might not make for the best pairing as you’re going to have a lot of loose, flowy fabric up top too.

Have fun

Whilst a pair of white wide leg pants looks fresh and navy or black looks forever chic don’t overlook prints. A playful polka dot or a classic stripe can look amazing and really makes a statement.

What do you think of this trend? Will you wear it?
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New season flats that are stylish and comfortable

6th April, 2018

If there’s one thing that’s paramount to me when it comes to my style these days it’s comfortable footwear. I tend to favour flats most days unless I’ve got an event that requires something a little dressier. That said, flats have certainly come a long way–they’re now equally as stylish if not more so than their slightly more vertiginous counterparts and the best bit is you can walk in them all day without any issues. Whether it’s a ballet flat or a great  loafer you’re after, these are some of the best styles out there at the moment that will have you walking around in style.

Shop my edit of new season flats below
Miu Miu patent leather point toe flats

The sweet gingham strap and the blush pink tone make this the ideal option for those days when you want an ultra feminine look.

Malone Souliers pearl embellished mules

The hue, the pearls… it all makes for a truly luxe look.

Tony Bianco Molly block heel loafers

Sometimes simplicity is best and this classic style would work well for work and play.

Siren Avalon slides

I love embracing a touch of animal print from time to time and this shoe adds a great bold touch to a look.

Jimmu Choo Leema ballerinas

The elegant style of this shoe is taken in a slightly edgier direction by the studded detail. A great option for those times when you want an elevated flat that looks dressy.

Chloé Lauren scalloped leather ballet flats

If you don’t own a pair of neutral flats it’s definitely work considering this beauty by Chloé. The scalloped edges make for a pretty finish whilst the simple style makes it quite versatile.

Jil Sander high shine leather ballet flats

The patent finish and gold ankle strap give this directional shoe a few classic finishes.

 

Gucci Jordaan leather loafers

I spoke earlier this week about the everlasting appeal of these shoes. However if you want to dial it up, why not consider a fire engine red pair? A guaranteed showstopper!

Nude Footwear Valerie lace up metallic flats

A pair of lace up flats is a great alternative to a loafer or ballet silhouette and the metallic finish give this shoe some punch.

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6 ways to wear a pleated skirt this week

25th March, 2018

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I’m quite fond of wearing skirts on days where I’m after a look that’s ultra feminine which is how I’ve stumbled across the versatility of a pleated skirt. They’re ultra wearable as they can be paired with so many different top styles whether it’s a t-shirt or a button down shirt or cami meaning you can create multiple looks out of one skirt.

A pleated skirt’s soft, floaty effect is offset by its crisp knife pleats which makes it ideal to dress up or down. It can be worn for a day at the office just as easily as a day out with the girls. A knee length or midi length skirt is flattering and can easily work back with heels, flats or sandals. This trend is understated and polished and is right on trend with this season’s feminine silhouettes.

coloured pleated skirt

A pleated skirt in a fun vibrant hue can instantly give an outfit a striking point of difference. The bubble gum hue of this skirt works well with the more subdued colours of the rest of the outfit – the black crop top, bag, sunglasses and pointy pumps help balance the look.

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You can’t go wrong with anything in a crisp white – especially when you work it back with black. The Celine black trio bag and black textured top help add the finishing touches to this monochrome outfit.

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The more relaxed pleating on this skirt work well with the grid pattern and the grey hue. Adding a bright sunny yellow bag and block sandals give this 50s inspired look a modern edge.

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A pleated black skirt can be worn virtually a million and one ways. It’s a style staple. Team it with a crisp button down shirt and add a statement heel to take it from conservative to contemporary. You could also team it with a cami or a simple white tee and it would work equally as well.

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This is great outfit option for trans-seasonal dressing. Add a lightweight jumper and a pair of pumps for those days when the weather’s still slightly chilly. Working your skirt back with a top in the same tonal family helps give it a polished edge.

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You don’t always have to opt for a knee length or midi length skirt. A pleated maxi skirt in a neutral tone can work well as an alternative to a dress for an occasion that requires slightly more polish. Try adding interesting accessories such as a panama hat for more casual events.

Tell me—What do you think of the pleated skirt trend?

Photography: She Comes in Colours, Street Peeper, Just the Design, Pinterest, Clochet