Trans-seasonal dressing can be a little tricky at this time of year when the weather goes from cool one minute to hot the next. That’s why it pays to be prepared with just the right topper to pop on and what better option than the ultra on-trend plaid blazer. A fun alternative to the classic options of a black or navy blazer, the plaid version injects a little energy to an outfit in the form of a pattern and can easily be worked with jeans and a graphic tee for the must-have look of the season. When the weather gets warmer you could also pair it with a denim skirt and a tee for a look that perfectly balances casual with just the right level of polish. And if you want it to transition into a slightly dressier look simply add a black skirt into the mix and you’re good to go.
If there’s one style of shoe you’re going to need over the next few months it’s the slide. Easy to pair with everything from jeans to shorts and dresses, it’s the versatile footwear staple that can easily update any look. And the range out there is seemingly endless! From super casual pool slides to glammed up styles with jewelled embellishments to fun patterns and bold colours, you’re bound to find a pair to suit your wardrobe. To help get you started here are slides starting from just $24!
One of my can’t-live-without items in my wardrobe is a longline blazer. It was a splurge, yes but my black Balmain blazer has been a cornerstone of my fashion repertoire for years and has been able to work with everything from an evening dress to a casual day look without missing a beat. I love the silhouette of a longline blazer as due to its longer length— it sits right at mid-thigh and helps to elongate the body making for a more flattering fit. This season the longline blazer comes in classic shades such as black, navy and grey but if you’re in the mood to be a little more adventurous why not opt for a tweed or tartan print and make it the focal piece of your look. I guarantee this blazer style is one failsafe way to add an element of polish to an outfit and makes it an easy go-to for those days when you need to look your best but also don’t want to get too fussy with your ensemble. Team it with a tee and jeans and you’ve got yourself an elevated casual look with just the right air of insouciance. Add it to your new season shopping list, I promise it will be on high rotation.
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Every so often a trend comes along that just looks so right it makes you wonder why it didn’t become a thing sooner. Circle bags are having a moment and has us wanting to eschew hard lines and instead embrace this softer silhouette. Whether you opt for a top-handle ladylike incarnation like blogger Blair Eadie above or a practical crossbody version this spherical accessory will round out (sorry, had to be done) your new season wardrobe.
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Want to bring a touch of resort style to your everyday look? Raffia bags look oh-so perfect on a tropical island getaway and now the relaxed vibe of this beach holiday staple has made its way into the mainstream. They add an interesting textural element to an outfit and are an easy-breezy option for carrying all your essentials. Whether you opt for a tote, a crossbody or tote incarnation it’s one way to feel like you’re always on an exotic sojourn—even if you are just heading out to buy coffee! And hey, if Olivia Palermo has given it her stamp of approval you know it has to be good.
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If there’s one shoe style that’s very much on trend at the moment it’s the statement slide. Whether it’s a fur trim or oversized bow embellishment, I’ve well and truly embraced them as a staple of my wardrobe because not only are they surprisingly versatile in what they can be paired with, they’re also comfortable and are easy to run around in which are both key requirements when it comes to footwear for me these days. If you’ve yet to embrace this trend because you’re not sure how to incorporate them into your everyday look, here are my top tips…
Flash some ankle
At first glance a pair of furry slides may not seem the most wearable of pieces but I can definitely vouch for the fact my Gucci Princetown slides get a constant workout in my wardrobe. So, what’s the key to making it work? When it comes to statement slides (furry or otherwise) I’d say the key to a flattering look is flashing a little ankle. For me, a winning combination is teaming them with black slouchy pants that are tapered at the ankle paired with a blazer or jacket or a pair of cropped jeans and a tee.
Keep the rest of your look simple
If you’ve got a lot going on when it comes to your footwear keep the rest of your outfit quite pared back. If you’re wearing jewel encrusted statement slides then it’s probably not the best idea to then pair them with anything that’s quite loud or over the top as it can look a little overwhelming. Let the shoes do all the talking!
Cropped is best
A cropped or midi length is the most flattering length to pair with statement slides. It’s short enough to allow the shoes to take centre stage and sticks to the cardinal rule of showing a little ankle. I find a maxi length is a little bit too long as the slides end up getting lost amongst the fabric. Stick to a cropped length and you can’t go wrong.
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If there’s one hue to adopt into your wardrobe this season it’s pink (millenial pink is definitely one to watch). The ultra feminine shade is surprisingly versatile. From super light pastel pink to bold fuchsia embrace your girly side and inject a bit of pink into your look. If you’re worried about looking like you’ve stepped out in something your six-year-old niece would have in her wardrobe never fear – you can dial down the girliness by pairing it with tougher pieces such as distressed denim. Think of it as an accent colour to add vibrancy to your look rather than a head-to-toe ensemble. Now, go ahead and channel your inner Elle Woods!
Prepping for Fashion Week next week has been downright dangerous for my bank account given how many amazing things I’ve seen in the process. There are just way too many beautiful things this season and as a result my wishlist has never been so lengthy! No doubt attending all the shows will see it grow even more but in the meantime here’s what’s got me wanting to hit double tap…
A slim ankle boot is a must during the cooler months and I can see myself wearing this with everything from pants to jeans and skirts.
The pared back style of this top makes it quite versatile and therefore I know I am guaranteed to have it on high rotation. Well worth the investment.
A leather jacket is something I can’t live without and this fitted, moto-inspired style is definitely love at first sight.
I love simple, unfussy jewellery and this is cuff is understated and elegant. The heart is beyond adorable.
As you know I love nothing more than a great pair of sunglasses. These tortoiseshell 60s style frames are the perfect finishing touch to an outfit.
Virtually any dress by Zimmermann I’m guaranteed to fall in love with so it was no surprise that this particular style ticked all the right boxes. The combination of sheer silk, ruffles and embroidery is downright dreamy.
Can Gucci do no wrong? This dress would be ideal for a long lunch with the girls. I especially love the signature striped waistband.
All things pink is very much on trend at the moment so it’s hard to resist these heels, with its ultra feminine finishes and oh-so pretty hue.
I’ve been after a dressy shoe that’s also comfy and this pair with its block heel and pink rick rack finish definitely fits the bill.
A classic bag that will stand the test of time. This shoulder bag is definitely a wardrobe addition that would get plenty of wear.
I’ve got a similar pair in black and love the style so when I saw this particular incarnation in such a bold, striking print it definitely had me hooked.
Don’t underestimate the power of a statement belt. This particular style would work well with myriad outfits and add an understated pop of colour.
The right lingerie can really make or break an outfit and this soft bra is comfy, sexy and stylish all rolled up in one pretty lace package.
The floral lace is a showstopper and I love the cutout shoulders and asymmetrical hem.
A bold pair of ear candy is always a great way to bring an outfit to life. This pair by Oscar de la Renta with its starburst style and pearl centre would really elevate a look.
A great way to mix up evening wear is to opt for a jumpsuit. I could see this being worked back with a great pair of stilettos and statement jewellery.
I can’t live without a great pair of jeans. They’re a reliable go-to when I need to pull together an outfit fast as they’re so easy to dress up or down. I usually opt for skinny jeans (both with and without distressing) as I find they work best with my frame – I just make sure they’re hemmed right at the ankle to help elongate my frame. I’ve found after trying on a million different pairs of jeans this is the style that works for me.
If you haven’t yet found yourself a pair of an amazing jeans to live in throughout winter then it’s high time you start your search. This season the options for new denim styles is endless! A straight leg style with a slightly higher rise is a perfect option for everyday casual – you can team it with a simple tee and sneakers for weekend wear or a blouse with loafers for something a little more polished. For something slightly different the unfinished hem is a key trend this season and makes for a slightly edgier look whilst a flared hem looks very of the moment. Whatever you do just be sure to opt for a cropped-at-the-ankle length to ensure the most flattering fit.
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Want an easy way to turn a look from so-so to instantly striking? Add a pair of statement earrings a la my good friend and fellow blogger Nadia Fairfax. This season, when it comes to earrings, bigger is definitely better. Whilst the last few seasons we’ve seen loads of minimalist, dainty jewellery, this time around big, bold earrings have definitely made a comeback. Whether you opt for large gilded hoops, something a bit more bohemian or a large avante-garde masterpiece now is the time to let your accessories do the talking. Be sure to keep the neckline of your outfit quite simple so as to really allow your earrings to shine. Lastly, when you’ve got such an eye-catching adornment an up-do is best to allow for an unobstructed view.
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