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10 winter knits every girl should have in her closet

15th July, 2018

kate waterhouse winter knits in wardrobe

When it comes to winter I’m in knits most of the time as they’re guaranteed to keep me super cosy and they’re so versatile too. I can wear them on the weekend when I’m in off duty mode but they’re also equally as appropriate for office attire or when I’m heading out to a function. There are an endless array of great sweaters out there but these in particular, are the styles that I guarantee you’ll get plenty of use out of and will wear for seasons to come.

1. Striped

A great striped knit is a must. I’d almost consider stripes to be a neutral as far as my wardrobe goes as they’re so easy to mix and match—they work well with jeans, leather leggings, skirts, the list is endless. Plus it always lends an air of effortless Parisian chic to an ensemble.

2. V-neck

A great v-neck is a staple in my sweater collection. It’s a really flattering neckline and if you get one in colours such as grey, black or white it will go with virtually everything you own.

3. Print

I think a printed knit is always a great thing to have on hand to help inject a bit of pep to a winter outfit.

A logo sweater is on trend this season

4. Fun

Slogan tees and sweaters are huge at the moment so it’s definitely worth adding a knit with a fun statement on it into your collection. Even better when it’s in a cute colour such as millenial pink!

5. Black

Anything in black is a wardrobe no-brainer so it stands to reason that you’d need a reliable knit in that colour to help form the foundation for many a winter outfit.

6. Cashmere

Yes, it’s a splurge but if you’ve never spoiled yourself to the buttery soft, totally luxe feeling of a cashmere sweater you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Treat yourself just once and I guarantee it will last you forever as cashmere is so durable.

7. Crew neck

Much like the v-neck a great crew neck sweater is a versatile winter staple to have on hand.

8. Turtleneck

A beautiful turtleneck is a cosy piece to have in your wardrobe plus it always looks polished and elegant. It’s a great option to have when you need your outfit to look stylish and effortless. Buy one in cream, white or beige and it’s the kind of item in your wardrobe that you’ll pull out time and again.

Colours and texture are always a fun way to elevate the humble winter knit

9. Textured

A beautiful textured knit adds another layer of interest to an outfit. Whether a cable knit, ribbed, or speckled it’s a great way to elevate a traditional winter sweater.

10. Statement sleeve

A statement sleeve is always a good idea. Elevate your knit collection by adding a statement sleeve to the mix—I promise you’ll wear it more times than you’ll be able to count.

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Bored of your winter wardrobe? Update it with these fun fashion buys

13th July, 2018

When you’re in the depths of winter your wardrobe can sometimes feel a little flat and in need of a pick-me-up. And hey, if the weather’s less than stellar a spot of retail therapy often works wonders to brighten up your day. I’ve rounded up a few buys that will lift your outfit game and inject a new lease of life into your style repertoire.

Acne Studios Canada narrow fringed scarf

A cosy, versatile scarf will see you through this season and is great to call upon on days when you want to add a chic touch to your look.

Carven wool blend turtleneck jumper

A bright yellow will instantly liven up any outfit and in a striped pattern it can work back with myriad outfits.

Frame ruched cotton poplin shirt

A classic failsafe shirt that’s always a welcome addition to any wardrobe—the blouson sleeves give it a fresh feel.

Ganni Lina suede pumps

Black heels can work for the office or for a night out and this pair features some interesting detail that allow it to stand out.

Alexander Wang high rise straight leg jeans

Straight leg jeans are showing no signs of going away any time soon. This pair with its classic wash and silhouette will see you through many an off duty day.

Dolce & Gabbana floral print silk twill scarf

For a bright pop of colour with loads of style cred look to a gorgeous scarf like this.

Ganni floral print jacket

With its quilted finish, frills and striking black piping this is a great jacket to snuggle up in with compromising on the fashion front.

Toga corduroy double buckle loafers

If you’re after flats that have a little more personality, this cord pair with its buckle detail is a great go-to.

Common Projects low top leather trainers

You can never go wrong with plain white trainers. This is a fantastic option for those who want sneakers that go with absolutely everything.

Kenzo embroidered logo sweatshirt

The logo sweater is huge this season and this grey number with the iconic Kenzo logo will add an on trend feel to any casual ensemble.

G-Star cropped high shine jacket

Edgy outerwear is always a great way to elevate a look. The high shine finish of this cropped jacket would be a dream pairing with denim.

Weekend Max Mara alpaca blend knit sweater

The rich colour and simple feel of this crewneck sweater makes it high on the wearability scale. In fact, I can almost guarantee you’ll have it on constant rotation.

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What I Wore: On Track

10th July, 2018

The word tracksuit doesn’t immediately conjure up images of a chic ensemble suitable for your next event but it’s time to turn that notion on its head. Enter this gorgeous forest green set by Camilla & Marc. The pants and jacket both have a distinctly athletic vibe however both have a refined aesthetic that make them look appropriate for a slightly dressier occasion.

The key to dressing up something that’s quite sporty looking and making it work for a function is your accessories. In this instance, this tracksuit definitely called for a statement heel to elevate it. I have rediscovered these Aquazzura heels recently and couldn’t resist pairing them with this outfit. The snakeskin adds an edgy touch whilst the straps give them a strong focal point and provide the ideal contrast to the simplicity of the jacket and pants. A simple pair of classic sunglasses seemed the perfect choice so as not to overwhelm the look whilst I kept my jewellery to a minimum, sticking to a lone gold bangle to add an elegant finishing touch.

I love being able to push the boundaries as far as my outfits go and in this instance, taking something that seems at first to be quite casual and turning it into an unexpected go-to for dinner or a work party. I think fashion is always about experimentation, playing with trends and learning to put your own spin on outfits—even when it comes to the humble tracksuit!

Credits: Jacket, Camilla & Marc; Pants, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses, Karen Walker; Heels, Aquazzura

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What’s on my shopping wish list this month

6th July, 2018

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year! Being in the midst of winter but seeing all the amazing looks coming from the Northern Hemisphere has me turning my attention to more lightweight looks for spring/summer. I know we’ve still got a few weeks of cooler temperatures ahead of us but I’ve always liked to plan ahead as far as seasons go so I know exactly what I’ll be shopping for when the weather starts to get a little warmer.

This month, I’m still keeping an eye out for staples such as ankle boots and jackets, but I’m also embracing my new love of classic pieces with a twist. Think a beautiful long sleeved double breasted dress which takes a traditional blazer in a new direction to a crisp white mini with gold accents that elevates a pencil skirt silhouette into a glam statement piece.

Here’s what’s made it onto my wish list this month…

Maggie Marilyn twill mini dress

I’ve shared my love of blazers in the past so it’s no surprise that this dress with its jacket style cut caught me eye. It has taken a traditional wardrobe staple and given it a feminine touch.

Marco de Vincenzo striped top

Love the colours of this cosy knit top. It’s also a great layering piece which will definitely extend its wear in my closet.

Taylor equipped jacket

With a futuristic feel, this little number would add a little edge to a look.

Balmain button-detailed woven mini skirt

Super luxe and chic, this skirt is versatile yet a little extra. The gold accents just elevate it even more.

Mercedes Castillo Norik leather mules

A bright pop of colour adds an element of vibrancy and fun to any look and these mules are a great place to start.

Kaleos Lord acetate sunglasses

It’s hard to go wrong with tortoiseshell sunnies. This pair would definitely see me through spring/summer nicely.

Gucci faux pearl embellished belt

I’ve got a belt like this in black and swear by its wearability. I think white will be ideal for when the weather starts getting warmer.

Saint Laurent crocodile embossed sunset bag

The perfect shade of hot pink that can’t be passed up! This would make any outfit pop.

Rebecca Vallance Bresica ruched poplin midi skirt

I’m into all things midi length and this skirt with its colour and ruching would work well paired with heels or a killer pair of sandals.

Bec & Bridge strappy cherry midi dress

The slip dress works all year round so it’s a worthwhile investment to make any time. Layer it with a tee or knit or wear it on its own, it works equally as well.

Miu Miu Matelassé belt bag

Loving the hands-free element of a belt bag. The colour and shape is classic and can easily be paired with multiple looks.

Balenciaga tartan BB ankle boots

A definite winter item, these boots in an adorable tartan print will be the dress up any ensemble and give it a bit of punch.

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Logo sweaters to add to your wardrobe this season

29th June, 2018

If you’re going to be wearing sweaters all winter then you may as well have fun with them. This season it’s all about the logo sweater. Whether it’s an understated feature or a striking print throughout, pledge your allegiance to your favourite brand and wear it loud and proud.

One of my favourite ways to wear a logo sweater is with a great midi skirt and sneakers. It’s a reliable off duty outfit as it’s got a casual on trend feel whilst still looking polished—my two musts when it comes to my weekend wear. However you can easily pair it with jeans, a sleek black trouser or slouchy lounge pants and take your outfit up a notch with the striking design.

This season the selection is endless with pared back monochrome designs and vibrant splashes of colour at your disposal. I think the key with this trend is to let the sweater take centre stage and tie the look back to the rest of your outfit by choosing a key colour to take throughout. By doing this you’ll bring cohesion to your look without it being overwhelming.

And the beauty of this trend is that anything goes. You can opt for oversized lettering in a sleek black and white print or embrace fun finishes such as quirky fruit and animal prints or textural elements such as the pom pom design below. And for all the typophiles out there you’re spoilt for choice—from playful script to vintage style block fonts, you’ll be able to get your typography fix on the go!

 

 

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Simple ways to elevate denim

27th June, 2018

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.

Killer shoes

Great shoes can make any outfit look great. A pair of amazing heels teamed with denim can instantly make it look dressy and polished.

Printed blouse

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.

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Statement jacket

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.

Classic blazer

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.

Understated flats

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.

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How to make neutral pieces more interesting

23rd June, 2018

Layering neutral hues for a fun winter look

Neutral pieces are the backbone of my wardrobe. I couldn’t get dressed without them. They’re the bridge that allows me to wear the bolder items in my closet without feeling too over the top. And while I appreciate their value, sometimes neutrals can admittedly feel a little flat. My style is quite pared back so I love a beautiful garment in neutral tones because of its versatility and understated appeal. However I admit it doesn’t always have that wow factor of something in a striking colour. I’ve found that the key to making neutrals pop is by employing the following style tactics…

Layer, layer, layer

If you want to add some depth to a neutral look try layering a few subdued tones. I’ve found that beige worked back with crisp white (such as the above look) has an element of warmth but also doesn’t feel so stark and flat. I love an all white ensemble but sometimes you need to add a few other tones in a similar palette to add another dimension to it and tie the look together.

Add a bold statement piece

If you want to stick to a neutral palette you can always amp it up with the right accessories. A vibrant bag, a statement shoe or colourful jewellery can often add a much needed lift to neutrals.

An all white look employing different textures

Embrace texture

You can always make neutrals interesting by playing with textures. I’ve found even if you’re wearing multiple shades of white or beige if you include textural elements it all of a sudden becomes infinitely more striking. Whether it be a pair of white jeans worked back with a cosy mohair sweater or a woollen coat with a pair of silky wide leg pants, if you incorporate a few different fabrications in the mix you can add another layer of interest to your entire ensemble.

What’s one neutral pieces you can’t live without?

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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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The one thing I’m doing to freshen up my wardrobe this winter

19th April, 2018

I’m the first to admit that when it comes to winter I tend to get stuck in a cycle of wearing dark colours. Rich hues just seem perfectly suited to the colder, at times drearier weather that comes when temperatures drop. However this winter I’m trying to change all that. I’m making a pledge to myself to embrace lighter, brighter shades and not just relegate them to my spring/summer wardrobe.

This outfit by Uniqlo is a great example of how a great winter look can incorporate fresher shades. A pair of crisp white jeans and an off white cashmere crew neck work perfectly together, as the varying shades mean the outfit doesn’t look too stark. Incorporating neutral colours in an all white look helps lift it without being too overwhelming. This beige coat is a perfect example of this at play. The slightly lighter lining helps to avoid the coat looking too heavy, whilst still being a great complementary piece.

The good thing about lighter hues is that they make the perfect backdrop for darker accessories. My black Dior bag against white jeans and an off white sweater adds a bold touch and is an effective accent piece to my ensemble. Metallic round frame sunglasses add an element of fun and are perfectly in keeping with the breezier vibe of my outfit.

While I’m most definitely going to be wearing plenty of black, navy and grey this winter, I think I’ll definitely be incorporating a fresher colour palette into my wardrobe. Even if the weather may be chilly, I can still wear an outfit with a sunnier outlook.

Credits: Sweater, Uniqlo; Pants, Uniqlo; Coat, Uniqlo; Sunglasses, Chloe; Bag, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Uniqlo