The belt bag has officially shed its slightly (okay very) daggy 80s roots and re-imagined itself as a bonafide style strend. I’ve spoken about this trend before but now it has really gathered momentum and is being seen everywhere from Paris Fashion Week to fashion blogger feeds everywhere. There’s something quite Carrie Bradshaw-esque about the way the trend is being worn now and if it hasn’t yet, I’m betting it will grow on you. Consider the belt bag the easy way to carry all your essentials while still remaining hands-free and simultaneously belting up a look all at the same time. If you want, you could even worn it thrown over your shoulder like I’ve seen a few street style regulars wear. Big, small, dainty or sporty, this is one bag that can definitely cater to all sorts of tastes and budgets. Feel free to get inspired by a few looks below before jumping into this trend and checking out a few of my fave belt bag picks below.
Mules as a shoe trend have been kicking around for awhile but it’s always great when a favourite gets a fancy new incarnation that’s oh-so wearable and chic. Woven mules are the spring/summer trend you’ll definitely want to get behind. Their woven feature make them feel relaxed and perfect for the warmer months, and available in either a flat or a block heel version, they’re ideal for work or play. Also they now come in so many different colours so you’re bound to find something that will work back with your wardrobe perfectly. From muted shades that are ideal for a dressier look to fun vibrant colours that are just made for days spent out in the sun this is one style of footwear you’ll most certainly want to consider giving a home.
The great thing about woven mules is that they add a textural element to any look, giving any outfit another layer of depth. Also they’re extremely versatile. You could wear them with a summer dress, pair them with cropped straight leg denim or a skirt and they will feel equally as home making them a buy that will definitely earn its keep from a cost per wear perspective. From designer retailers to your favourite chain store, this is one shoe that you’ll definitely be seeing everywhere over the coming months so be prepared to jump aboard the woven mule bandwagon.
Shop my edit of woven mules below.
I’ve had my fair share of animal print moments (see below for proof). I love it simply because it’s such a fun and lively print that can elevate an outfit and give it a bit of edge. I’ve incorporated it into my looks both clothes and accessories-wise and have found it to be equally as effective. However if you’re after a subtle nod to it then a great bag or a beautiful scarf is the best way to incorporate it into a look as it acts as an accent piece that won’t overwhelm. It’s also the kind of print that is surprisingly versatile. Whether you’re going for a polished neutral feel, embracing bold and vibrant or something understated and casual I can guarantee animal print will work with all of them. To help you dip your toe into this trend I’ve rounded up a few animal print buys below that will surely allow you to take any ensemble for a bit of a walk on the wild side.
A few animal print style rules to remember
- Don’t wear it from head to toe. It can look chaotic and just a bit overwhelming.
- Use it as a highlight piece. You can keep the rest of your look quite pared back and just add a touch of boldness with an animal print accessory.
- Stick to one animal print at a time. It can be a little tricky to work two animal prints in a single look and have it look cohesive so best to choose one and run with it.
- Consider it a way to add a bit of interest to an outfit. If you’re feeling that what you’re wearing is lacking a little something don’t be afraid to introduce a little animal print.
Now, here are a few ways to add it to your next look…
Want to add a seaside vibe to your next look? You’re in luck because shell jewellery is well and truly having a moment. The beach-inspired pieces have been spotted on many a blogger’s Instagram account and is trending across major retailers, with brands such as Isabel Marant and Rebecca de Ravenel all doing their own version of shell accessories. Whether you dip your toe into this trend with an understated pendant or want to make a statement with bold hoop earrings, the vibe is resort meets bohemian and is one great way to add a relaxed touch to any ensemble. Prepare to be inspired with a few Insta-outfits featuring shell pieces and get ready to shop my top picks below.
Shop my shell jewellery picks below…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I’m all for a bag that leaves my hands free. In fact I’ve made this a criteria for most of my bags since having kids as I need all the free hands I can get! Whilst I’ve got a few satchel bags in my collection that are great for casual everyday use, I’ve taken to extending the style into my dressier looks, which is why I’m a huge fan of the mini crossbody bag. It’s the perfect alternative to a clutch for evenings out or for a dressy day time event and is ideal for functions such as the races for example when I need to leave my hands free to shake hands or hold a canape or glass of champagne. That said it’s also the ideal lightweight option for those days when you’re running around and don’t want to have to deal with a huge, heavy bag. There are a range of different styles to suit any occasion, whether it’s a structured look for work or one with a statement detail perfectly suited for event dressing. Good things come in small packages after all…
Shop my edit of mini crossbody bags below.
I am the first to admit that I would be lost without denim in my wardrobe. Jeans often make an appearance in many an outfit that I wear throughout the week and it’s a staple when I’m in off duty/mum mode as it’s just so easy. That said, I can also attest for how simple it is to elevate it with the right accessories and statement pieces and make it ideal for an event or a special occasion.
When it comes to denim I’m a skinny jeans girl all the way as I think it works best with my frame. However with the numerous styles available out there it’s not difficult to hone in on the ideal style for you—it just pays to persevere and check out a few different cuts (check out my tips for buying denim here) as what works for one person may not work for another. I also tend to gravitate towards a formfitting style as I find it works with most of my go-to items in my wardrobe. All my jackets to blazers, shirts and heels all work back with a pair of skinnies.
While jeans, a white tee and sneakers are an eternally stylish combination it can sometimes be hard to think beyond that and see how to dress up denim in a modern way that doesn’t require too much fussing around. I think elevating your it is a simple as it comes if you know the right pieces to turn to. Once you’ve pinpointed those key items you’re guaranteed to always find a way to turn your old faithfuls into something special.
Great shoes can make any outfit look great. A pair of amazing heels teamed with denim can instantly make it look dressy and polished.
Swap out your fave tee for a blouse instead. This is a great combination that works dressed up or down—all you have to do is switch your shoes according to the occasion.
One way to lift trusty denim that requires minimal effort? Turn to the most amazing jacket in your closet. Whether it’s a tweed number or an edgy leather moto style you can never go wrong with outwear that pops.
I can attest for how unbelievably handy blazers are to have in your style arsenal. And while they go with most things in my wardrobe they’re a dream to pair with denim. A simple black blazer can really turn jeans into something special. Add a pair of knockout earrings and you’re done.
A pair of loafers is a no-brainer pairing with jeans. When you want to be comfortable to run around all day but still need to maintain an element of polish, stylish flats will fit the bill every time.
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
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.
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.
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…