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!
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).
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?