3 Looks to try…

It’s my favourite thing about living in the southern hemisphere! As we continue to bear the cold here down under, we have the opportunity to flick through magazines (and blogs), decoding, critiquing and admiring the spring/summer fashions being unravelled in the U.S. and U.K. By the time spring rolls around here, you’ve decided what worked, what didn’t, what won’t be taking up residence in your wardrobe for the next 6 months, and what definitely will… Haven’t you?? Well, just in case you’ve been slack on your fashion studies over winter, here are my pics for some fab looks coming our way from a few of my favourite fashionistas!

 

Colour Matching

There is so much I love about this outfit! Shorts suits are just beginning to grace our stores (though great examples are few and far between), so this week I’ll focus on how to work colour matching. I’ll be honest, it’s a tricky trend to do well. One way is to find pieces that are the same colour, but slightly different tone. This means one colour will look like a slightly watered-down version of the other. The other way is to combine pieces that are pretty much exactly the same colour. Either way, it’s a good idea purchase the garments from the same brand, as the dyes used on the clothes will probably be the same or very similar.

 

Witchery’s gorgeous knit pencil skirt ($99.95) was featured in my put some spring into your step post, and received so much love that I couldn’t resist teaming it with Witchery’s scoop neck tee ($59.95) for colour matching. Both in Witchery’s new ‘neon’ palette, this tonal match will work equally well with black or tan accessories.

The Chambray Dress

It’s hasn’t been truly OK for women to wear the chambray dress since the 90s, but Katie Holmes’ has brought it back in a big way! A bit of a style chameleon, Katie’s been working the casual-but-cool Mum look lately, swapping her usual jeans and tee combo for cute sundresses. The best news? You can snap up this Madewell dress from Shopbop for $138.00, and work it just like Katie! 

Complete the look with Loop Leather Co’s ‘Threes Company’ belt ($49.00).

 

 

Accessory Matching

But not just any accessories – lipstick and shoes to be exact. Sounds disastrous? I thought so too until I saw how great Kate Bosworth looked! The key is keeping the rest of your look very simple and neutral, like Kate has done with this smart beige dress.

This idea can be applied to accessories other than shoes, but it’s important to only match one accessory with your lips – don’t go all out matching jewellery, bag and shoes.

If red isn’t your style, tone it down in coral.

Try matching Lipstick’s Neige heels (159.95) in coral lizard numbuck, with L’Oreal Paris’ Colour Riche Intense Lipcolour in pink passion.

Am I sensing a matchy-themed season coming on?

Enjoy!

Elissa x

 

 

Put some spring in your step!

It seems to me we have reached that time of year when the newness and novelty of winter is a distant memory, yet the warmth of spring feels too far off to provide much hope! Walk into any mall, though, and you’ll be instantly transported to a world full of bright colours, floaty dresses and sleeveless tops. While it might not be 25 degrees outside yet, sometimes this little taste of spring can be just what I need to get me through the remaining darkness of July and August! Here are my picks for working some fun spring trends (in store now) into your winter wardrobe – enjoy!…


The
Floaty Dress

Ahh the beloved floaty dress – the first thing we’re drawn to when it comes to spring fashions, because of its stark contrast to the heavy fabrics of winter.

www.countryroad.com.au

 

Team this gorgeous tank dress by Country Road with black tights and a fitted black top underneath to make it through the winter months.

Made from 100% pure silk, it retails at $199.00, and the breathability of the fabric will be an asset once spring rolls around.

For the warmer months, team it with black heels and a black clutch for a stunning evening outfit.

 

               www.portmans.com.au

 

Portmans’ stripe flippy dress is a perfect trans-seasonal piece. Wear it now with a navy blazer and tights, then enjoy it in spring with white flats or tan wedges.

For only $59.95, you will make the most of your dollar with this one!


Pop Colour Pants

A good pair of pants are a girl’s best friend year-round, and with classic styles becoming available in on-trend brights this season, you’ll be loving them even more than usual!

               www.portmans.com.au

Portmans have always done a great sateen pant, but this season they’ve set a new high bringing us this fabulous coral colour!

Snap them up now to go with your lighter-coloured winter knits and blouses (white and black will look best), then enjoy them through spring and summer with a t-shirt or light weight blouse during the day, and a floaty silk top for a dressier look.

If camouflaging the hip and thigh area is a priority, they also come in a stunning cobalt blue which will do the trick!

At $79.95, these will become a staple!

www.sportscraft.com.au

If coral isn’t quite your cup of tea, Sportscraft’s cotton chino pants in fern might be more your style. Here, Sportscraft delivers a classic and elegant pant, with a subtle nod to this season’s continuation of the colour-blocking trend.

At $129.95, these are 97% cotton, so will allow your skin to breathe when the warmer months come along.

For winter, team these chinos with a crisp, white blouse, and cool off in spring with a white tee and chunky wooden beads to complete your look. The ultimate in trans-seasonal buys!

 


Patterned Tops

This season we see the return of the patterned top, and the key to making a good purchase decision here is versatility. These can be tricky waters to navigate, but here are 2 great picks that will keep you covered from July to December!…

www.countryroad.com.au

Country Road’s spliced print top ($99.00) comes in a classic, simple cut and lightweight fabric, while delivering a colourful punch to any outfit!

Team it with fitted black pants and a blazer to liven up your winter work wardrobe, while in spring and summer, this will work beautifully with black shorts or capri pants.

 

 

www.sportscraft.com.au

When it comes to quality, tailored, beautiful blouses, Sportscraft always delivers, and this season is no exception. With a range of 100% cotton blouses in fun, tasteful prints, you are sure to find a print that suits your existing wardrobe and adds instant personality to an outfit, without being too loud.

My favourite is the eden printed shirt (129.95). Wear it with a skin-coloured cami for extra warmth now, and love it just as much in spring with the sleeves rolled up, or open with a white or purple cami.

 

Statement Skirts

 One of the most delightful surprises in store this season is the statement skirt. Like patterned tops, statement skirts must be chosen wisely, and a good choice can lead to many wonderful wardrobe combinations…

                  www.jacquie.com.au

At $89.95, the Harlow pleat skirt by Jacqui E is the ultimate in a statement skirt – fabulous while remaining versatile. Pair it with a white blouse, simple knit or fitted long-sleeve top in winter, then swap for a short-sleeved top when the weather warms up.

This is one skirt that I don’t recommend wearing with tights, so you’ll have to wait for one of the lovely sunny winter days we’ve been having to bring it out!

 

                 www.witchery.com.au

Ok, this Witchery knit pencil skirt ($99.95) is a little more ‘out there’, but I had to include it! For the bold ones among us, it will be the ultimate antidote to winter blues!

Team it with a fitted black long-sleeved top, tucked in, during winter, and swap for a fitted tee or singlet in spring and summer. Stick to wearing black with this in the cooler months, but once the weather warms up, the colour-blocking sky’s the limit!

 

Enjoy experimenting with beautiful trans-seasonal pieces such as these, and I will keep you updated as the spring and summer trends continue to roll in!


Elissa x

 

(Intro image via www.adelineadeline.com)