It starts to become abundantly clear in the lead up to summer what particular silhouette is going to be big. This season, it’s all about the muscle tee. The padded muscle tee to be exact. This t-shirt style has been given a strong update with the addition of padded shoulders (I’m obsessed with this style). There’s something about the addition of a little padding working back with a nipped in bottom such as a pair of high waisted jeans that makes for a really strong look.
There are no doubt going to be a few iterations of this top come summer so when you’re shopping for one be sure to firstly try it on if you can. There are some styles with a hefty amount of shoulder padding which doesn’t suit everyone so it’s key to see what it looks like first. Also it’s better if the padding isn’t super visible. This can sometimes occur when the material is slightly thinner and the padding hasn’t been sewed in securely and this can make the shoulder pads quite obvious. Other than that, don’t be afraid to jump aboard this trend.
New season wardrobe updates don’t have to entail a huge splurge on entirely new outfits. Sometimes all it takes is pinpointing a few strategic pieces that will take your existing wardrobe into on-trend territory. By doing this, you can easily tap into what’s now, without ending up with a closet full of things that may or may not last beyond this season.
As we head into spring/summer, consider making one key addition to your outfit repertoire. The 70s inspired polo top which has been doing the rounds of late and is definitely one of the key on-trend pieces this season. It’s quite minimalist in style which makes it a versatile piece to have on hand, and can easily be worked back with everything from jeans to shorts and skirts. It’s also quite polished making it an easy go-to for those days when you need to take your outfit game up a notch. There’s a range of styles available, but if you’re going to snap one up, definitely go for a ribbed style which is a great way to add some texture to a look.
I’ve rounded up a few great options at varying price points, so updating your looks for the coming months is now oh-so easy.
Tie dye has been a really huge trend of late and while it works well in casual pieces such as sweats and tees, what I love about this dress is that it’s such an unexpected print for a fashion house such as Dior. The silhouette works classic elements such as a crisp pleating and the tailoring of a shirt dress but adds a huge hit of vibrancy and punchiness in incorporating splashes of tie dye.
Working with such a busy print I knew I needed to incorporate accessories that were simple and elegant to offset such a bold statement piece. So I opted for a classic cream Dior bag with clean lines and a pared back vibe. For the final finishing touch I couldn’t go past a pair of black vintage cat eye sunglasses to add a fun feel to my overall look.
One of the best things to come out of living in iso for so long was that loungewear has become a legitimate option for workwear. Enter biz-leisure, a trend recently highlighted by US Harper’s Bazaar which sees the amalgamation of business wear with comfortable loungewear.
Plenty of us would be quite familiar with this way of dressing. It’s the kind of style that’s made for Zoom calls which often involves working dressy pieces with more relaxed options. Think a blazer and shirt worn back with leggings and sneakers. It’s polished but isn’t overly so and strikes a nice, comfortable balance.
If you’re finding yourself slowly emerging back into the workplace, and straddling working from home punctuated with days at the office then here’s how to master this trend.
Balance is key
As great as tracksuit pants are, it’s likely you won’t just get away with wearing your trackies to work and declaring that you’re doing biz-leisure. It’s still important to strike the right balance between relaxed pieces and work-appropriate items, so be sure to incorporate polished separates into the mix like blazers, button down shirts, luxe knits and tailored pants.
Choose polished loungewear
Believe it or not, not all loungewear is created equal. While your fave hoodie from year 12 may be as comfortable as it gets, it’s probably not the kind of thing that you can get away with wearing as office wear. Opt for matching sets, go for fabrics such as wool, cashmere, silk and cotton and make sure that at least one element maintains a structured silhouette to avoid it looking unkempt.
Go for neutral pieces
A colour palette that involves neutral shades such as beige, white and cream along with classic hues like navy, black and grey are ideal for workwear, and also so versatile for a casual look. Pieces such as this ensure longevity and allow you to create so many different looks.
Sneakers are key
If there’s one thing you absolutely need in your biz-leisure wardrobe it’s a pair of white sneakers. If you want to keep them work-appropriate, opt for a minimalist option that’s plain white, with minimal, if any embellishment or decoration.
Keep it comfortable
The beauty of biz-leisure is that it’s designed to be comfy. So embrace relaxed pieces such as buttery soft silk pants or a cosy wool knit. The silhouettes shouldn’t be too rigid, but evoke an understated nonchalance.
What do you think of biz-leisure? Will you embrace it?
As the temperature starts to drop in the coming weeks a coat will become a must. I’m a firm believer that a coat plays a crucial role when it comes to an outfit and should be considered as much as a dress or shoes. The right coat can pull a look together and is also one way to make a statement.
While I’m a fan of different coat styles, I’ve always found that one of the most versatile coats any woman can own is a trench coat. The shape is eternally stylish and suits virtually everyone. It’s also easily thrown on over everything from a dress to jeans and a tee or a sleek blouse and trousers.
This season you’ll find that trench coats will come in a range of shades so there’s definitely one to suit every wardrobe. I’ve always found the traditional khaki a great pick if you want just one coat that’s guaranteed to take you through the season. However if you want something a little different you could always explore a classic navy, a beautiful forest green or an on trend grey.
If you want more tips on how to style this classic staple check out the video below, and scroll down for some of my top trench coat picks.
I am a huge fan of longer hemlines. There’s something so elegant and classic about wearing a gorgeous dress with a midi or ankle length hem. However I know it can be a little daunting to wear it, particularly if you’re not used to dealing with the extra coverage and fabric of a longer dress or skirt. Don’t let that deter you though because with the right styling techniques you’ll be well on your way to truly embracing this trend.
I was recently interviewed by Channel 7 about this particular trend (which is going to be huge for autumn racing) and shared all my tried and tested tips for working longer hemlines into your fashion repertoire. I promise it’s really easy!
Check out the video below, and scroll down to shop some of my favourite dresses befitting this trend.
If there’s one thing that every wardrobe could welcome right now (mine included) it’s anything made from beautiful linen. There’s something quite effortless and elegant about anything made from the lightweight fabric that makes it a reliable go-to during the summer months and even into the early weeks of autumn.
The beauty of linen is that it’s breathable, meaning it’s a pleasure to wear when faced with a warm day as it keeps you looking stylish while also keeping you cool.
I don’t think there’s anything more wonderful than a great linen dress but given linen’s appeal, it’s also making its way into accessories such as hats and shoes and also separates and on trend pieces like jumpsuits. It’s everywhere! And we should be thankful it’s being embraced so warmly because I think it’s one of the most gorgeous options to have when you want something that’s chic and wearable that doesn’t require any fuss at all.
Embracing your wild side has never been easier with the current love being shown for all things animal print. And whilst it’s often the case that you’re either a fan of this trend or not, you might find yourself a convert with the range of accessories and clothing in everything from leopard to zebra print in store right now. So whether you want to go big and rock a statement coat or do a subtle nod with a stiletto or bag, there really is no better time to take on this trend and unleash your inner animal instinct.
Scroll down to shop my edit of animal print pieces below
Whilst a buttery soft leather bag is a beautiful thing I also like experimenting with different handbag styles to change up the look and feel of an outfit. One trend I’m really loving at the moment is the basket bag. Incorporating natural textures into a look adds a relaxed vibe and makes for an unexpected accent when paired with dressier ensembles.
I’ve favoured the top handle style the most as I like it’s classic feel but there are plenty of other options from crossbody versions to a chic simple clutch. Also look out for interesting pairings such as wicker and resin which makes for a thoroughly modern accessory that’s punchy and cool.
Whilst the basket bag has been popping up on many a winter look, be prepared to see it everywhere come spring/summer. And if you fancy feeling like you’re on a tropical holiday every day then this trend is definitely for you. Scroll down the check out my edit of great basket bags to wear with everything from an off duty casual outfit to an after dark look.
Sara Leather – Trimmed Rattan Bag, Mark Cross
Straw Box Bag, Serpui
Mini Kuai Tote, Wicker Wings
Raffia Logo Bag, JW Anderson
The Betty Bag, Poolside
Pineapple Cane Bag, Serpui
South Beach Exclusive round straw bag with detachable cross body strap
South Beach straw bucket bag with resin link handle and linen tie
If there was one skirt that was seemingly everything last year it was the Naomi leopard print skirt by Realisation Par. The 90s inspired slip skirt in silk satin was a common feature of many a street style pic. And for good reason. The midi crop and ever so perfect animal print was the versatile dress up or down style staple of our dreams.
It should come as no surprise that the skirt has made its way into the mainstream, with iterations of the satin slip skirt now becoming a feature in many a chain store’s current drop. The beauty of this skirt is the silhouette makes it an elegant and modern piece that can be worked back with everything from a white tee to a slouchy sweater and button down shirt. With such versatility, you’ll definitely want to make this addition to your wardrobe now because if there’s one thing that’s certain, you’ll definitely be seeing it everywhere come spring/summer. Pair it with a floss heel and that’s your signature look for the next few months. sorted.