A VINTAGE VETERAN: VELVET

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Materials.

They are the underrated gems that play such an important role on our runways. This season, velvet has made a huge comeback. But given its past dalliances in the 70s and 80s, society has rendered the material unwearable.

So how can a boss lady make such a luxe fabric work for her?

Here’s how:

ACCESSORIES:

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SHOELLAB

Shoes are the easiest way to incorporate velvet, because the material gets hidden. It’s like having your own little secret in our ensemble. Floral boots are huge right now, especially in a velvet finish. Pair your boots with cropped jeans and a tailored blazer; or let the boots do the talking by wearing a simple monochromatic dress.

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ASOS

Elevate your looks with velvet necklaces in colours like Burgundy or navy blue. And to wear velvet for a more casual ensemble, choose necklaces with metals or beading entwined with velvet. Such necklaces compliment Sabrina, off-shoulder or boat necklines!

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NAMJOSH

Try something new to enhance your casual links and give an ensemble personality with a velvet turban.

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COUNTRY ROAD

Velvet scarves add texture and shine, perfect for a corporate outfit when paired with a trench coat and pencil dress. For a casual outing, a scarf will always compliment a fail proof jeans, boots and sweater combination.

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SOLE SOCIETY

Bags make a statement on their own. For a corporate setting, finish off your power suit with a structured velvet bag. For the evening, deeper toned velvet evening bags in Burgundy, crimson or purple will add a chic and unique vibe to your look.

CLOTHING:

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Velvet is a soft, cozy yet luxe material flaunting elegance and fluidity. Straighter figures should opt for tops that are flown and smooth over the waist. Curvier figures should select a more fitted top but ensure the top is not too tight and always make sure to tuck it in! Looser velvet tops can be belted to flaunt your curves.

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OLD NAVY

On the bottom, cropped trousers are the most flattering silhouette, especially to take your look from day to night. Pair your trousers with a smart shirt and some pumps, for the perfect corporate look. To take this look to your evening events, simply change up your makeup and swap out your work tote for a detailed clutch.

As for the curvier ladies, while velvet wide leg trousers may be taboo, velvet is a forgiving material and looks fabulous in a slim cut. Choose a length that passes slightly over your ankle to elongate your legs. Tuck in your top and tie your look together with a belt.

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ASOS

As for skirts, velvet is a great transitional material, both seasonally and for occasions. Pair a midi velvet skirt with a ruffled top and classic pumps for a daytime corporate look, and simply add a bold lip and lazy curls for the evening. Velvet’s smoothing texture makes it the perfect fabric for curvier women, especially in midi, pencil or A-Line silhouettes. Women flaunting thinner legs can opt for mini skirts or tighter midi skirts. But remember, the elegance of the material should reflect in the cut of the piece as well!

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BARDOT

Velvet dresses are uncommon, so they’re best to be showcased at events where the dress can do all the talking. All you need with a gorgeous velvet dress are simple accessories in matching metallic tones and a fierce attitude!

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H&M

Velvet jackets and blazers are funky and feminine. They can be paired with a classic corporate skirt and skirt combination, or a tailored jumpsuit for the evening. Structured velvet jackets with tailoring at the waist flatter curvier women best. As for straighter figured women, opting for a masculine silhouette with an oversized blazer hitting the tops of your thighs will accentuate your high points.

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

This week’s ensemble lets a velvet bag do ALL the talking! this look can be taken from day to night easily. The trends featured are navy on black, blazer dresses and sock boots.

THE DETAILS

blazer dress: Oxford | top: H&M | boots: Diana Ferrari | bag: Escada | watch: IWC | earrings: Lovisa | lipstick: Kat Von D

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ESSENTIALLY AUTUMN

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Meet the sisters!

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Although we look similar, our body types, fashion favourites and go-to pieces for each season are completely different. This post seeks to inspire you, so you can organise your wardrobes to be season ready before the first chilly breeze hits!

Please note that this guide is for Sydney winters. We don’t have freezing winters here. There’s no snow. The coldest it gets is 8 degrees (celsius). So please keep that in mind!

Simran’s MINIMALIST guide to autumn dressing:

I’ve always gravitated towards a minimalist fashion style. I like simple pieces with interesting cuts or designs. I like to be comfortable when I’m out and about, and layering is an essential facet to my wardrobe. My wardrobe is stocked with basics, monotoned garments and pieces that flaunt simpler patterns.

What elevates my wardrobe is firstly, my love for accessorising. Tthere’s nothing quite like jazzing up a white tee and blue jeans combination with some funky statement jewellery. Secondly I have an eye for smaller details on my clothes. I love a boxy white tee, or having little logos and embellishments on my tops. Grommets, buckles, zips and stitched on detailing, especially when they’re asymmetrically placed are some of my favourite accent elements.

My style is comfort, all day every day. And as an inverted triangle figure, I’ve curated a guide for the clothing items I cannot live without during Autumn and Winter.

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SHOP THE EDIT:

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SNEAKERSANKLE BOOTSBROGUESBLACK LEATHER TOTESTATEMENT CROSS BODY
WATCHGOLD RINGS

Salonee’s CLASSIC guide to autumn/winter dressing:

To put it in a nutshell, my style is classic. I love investing in pieces that can carry me through a variety of seasons. I gravitate towards well-tailored garments such as pencil skirts, fitted blouses and structured blazers. But style reflects personality right? When I style myself, it isn’t just about the clothes. It’s about portraying my emotions through hair, accessories and my ensemble.

My wardrobe is multifunctional. I can take my garments from corporate to cocktail by simply switching out my shoes or changing my hair. I love playing with all colours, patterns and textures, and enjoy experimenting with new and exciting elements.

My style embodies looking and feeling great in whatever I wear. And as a woman with a curvier figure, I’ve curated an essential Autumn/Winter style guide perfect to flaunt my curves, even during the coldest of Winter days.

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SHOP THE EDIT:

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BLAZERLEATHER JACKETTRENCH COATTHIGH HIGH BOOTSANKLE BOOTS
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DIVING DEEP

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An ode to Pipilotti Rist’s Sip My Ocean

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The audience is submerged into a twisting kaleidoscope of colours, sounds and movements as soon as they step foot into Rist’s exhibition. It’s a complete sensory overhaul really. The audience is free to align themselves with nature, as they view the symbiosis of nature, colour, the human body and technology.

This week’s post pays homage to the brilliance and creativity of Pipilotti Rist, a talented Swiss multimedia artist whose video aquariums and sensational environmental installations submerge the audience into bright kaleidoscopic environments that explore the symbiosis of nature, colour, the human body and technology. Rist challenges viewers by providing a dystopic fantasy of feminine empowerment. Ultimately, she submerges each member of the audience by penetrating everyday household objects and hyperimposing whimsical  explorations of paradise, to convey her unique approach to female subjectivity.

Pixelwald Motherboard (Pixelforest Mutterplatte) (2016) is an LED forest, created by 3000 LED lights suspended from cables that overlap across the ceiling like vines of a jungle. Viewers walk through the hanging vines, to stand within a flashing jungle of lights that reacts to the music in the exhibition space. Rist conveys the ever changing paradise of life through the twinkling and surging of the lights as they respond to the music.

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Timelapse by Simran Goyal

4th Floor to Mildness (2016), is an underwater experience. Viewers lie down on the available beds and look up at two large abstract panels hanging from the ceiling. Underwater images of plants, limbs and see grace are projected through the abstract installations. Rist describes the fantasy of being an organic plant and simulates the dissolution of mud, water, molecules and the human form.

source: MCA

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Installation view of ‘4th Floor to Mildness’ (2016) at the MCA

Photograph: Ken Leanfore/MCA

There is pure joy to Rist’s works, and her values ring so true to my own artistic endeavours.

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OUTFIT INSPIRATION

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal, on an iPhone X

The hair:

I created an organic, textured braided mohawk, by using Kayley Melissa’s techniques, and amalgamating buns and braids. By using a series of twists and winded braided buns, I emulated the LED bulbs that hung in Pixelforest in my look.

The dress:

Rist plays with water and flora throughout the entire exhibition. My dress conveys the sheer power of water by displaying firstly, the beauty of water which comes through in the deep blue of the net, over a golden underlay. But the force of water is emulated in the dress by how striking the pattern is, and how the pattern conveys movement and flow.

The accessories:

I kept my accessories understated to correlate directly with the colours and patterns in the dress. The earrings and necklace are bold but graceful. Along my arm, I’ve entwined a series of handmade necklaces, made with beads of different shapes, colours and textures. These necklaces also feature a combination of chains in various thicknesses. I think this emulates Rist’s own exploration of feminine empowerment, where she contrasts the pure feminine form with aggression.

SHOES

Staying true to my classic tastes, I chose a delicate midnight blue, stiletto heel with shiny blue studded embelishments at the toe.

MAKEUP

The makeup is natural. I wanted to define my face, without taking away from the exhibition’s own focus on the pure human form. The eyes are accented with shimmery gold eyeshadow, translating down onto the cheeks to highlight and sculpt the face. I chose a natural lip colour to bring some rosiness to the face.

THE DETAILS

dress:  Mr K | shoes: Ninewest | earrings: Lovisa | choker: Lovisa | arm ornaments: boutique | lipstick: Revlon | eyeshadow: Stila

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THE PRINT PARLOUR

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We often associate corporate environments with playing it safe. Think black and white, conservative skirts and shirts. Simpler cuts. Subtle tones and colours.

But what about having a little more fun with our corporate attire? Why not be creative and jazz up an ensemble? And this time, I’m talking mixed prints.

Today’s post is all about mixing prints, the do’s and don’t’s, and a fool proof guide to ensuring mixed prints work for you, regardless of season or event.

PRINT SIZE

When you work with two bold pieces, size of print is critical. Print size is one of the most important factors to consider, especially when considering a corporate environment. Whilst you want to look unique, looking chic without drawing unwarranted attention is all about balance.

PEAR

Having more down below means working with a print that features horizontal detailing. Match your top and bottom by transposing prints. If you’re wearing horizontal down below, balance it with vertical detailing up top. Also try and feature a print that is more sober, either in colour or style, so that attention remains on your upper body.

 

 

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HOURGLASS

Because an hourglass frame already has balance, it is critical to ensure the prints selected maintain the same balance. While you can work with prints in any direction, make sure your garments are well tailored, so your curves are not hidden by your ensemble.

 

INVERTED TRIANGLE

Inverted triangle figures often feature broader shoulders and longer lets. The goal is to bring attention away from the upper half, so selecting tops with a relaxed fit, in more vertical detailing will draw an onlooker’s eyes downloads. As for pants and skirts, be as dramatic as you like!

 

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APPLE

The approach to dressing a frame with a heavier upper body (broader shoulders, wide torso and thinner legs) is the same as dressing an inverted triangle frame when it comes to prints.

RECTANGLE

Rectangular frames feature shoulders, waists and hips that have the same breadth. You want to give the illusion of greater shape, especially when wearing print. To add definition to your frame, wear stronger prints with bold, bright colours. Opt for body con dresses or pencil skirts with a bold print, and pair with an embellished blazer or blazer with simplistic detailing.

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BASE COLOUR

Base colour is the most important factor in making mixed prints work for you. There has to be a common link between the colours in the prints you are mixing. If the colours look good together, there’s a large chance the prints will also work together. If you’re new to mixing prints, start with staples like black and white, and slowly incorporate more colour as you gain more confidence.

While colour choice is personal taste, here is an excellent guide to choosing the right colour for you!

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal 

My outfit features a black sleeveless top with white dotted detailing, along with a pencil skirt that has grey and white detailing. To make this look more corporate, I selected a classic black black longline blazer, and a pair of black pointed wedges. To finish off the look, I tied together black square studs, a vintage Omega and a thin belt to create distance between the prints without taking away from the mixed print illusion.

THE DETAILS

top: Valleygirl | skirt: Valleygirl | blazer: Boutique | wedges: Ninewest | watch: Omega | earrings: Lovisa | lipstick: Revlon

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RED-Y, SET, GO!!!

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ALERT, this autumn is going to be bold and bright. That obviously means RED.

Red was huge on the runway. From Victoria Beckham to Jill Sanders, and of course Gucci and Givenchy, brands featured red from small pops to full blown ensembles.

Givenchy

The autumn/winter 2018 collection paid homage to the Givenchy spirit, presenting 27 of the label’s best outfits over the last twelve years. All in the classic Givenchy styled red with vintage detailing representing the season the garment was from.

source: Vogue 

Jill Sander

This collection was all about combining minimalist design with a whimsical twist. Coats, suits and dresses were bold at the shoulder, yet soft with flared sleeves, abstract patterns, and silk. Although the tailoring was impecable, there was an evident play on the proportions of the garments.

source: Vogue 

Victoria Backham

Victoria Beckham featured tailored, bold and oversized blazers with relaxed, knee-high leather boots and sheer, chiffon skirts in a bright, raspberry red.

source: Vogue 

Although some street styles may be difficult to transition from the runway, red as a trend is easy to synthesise into your wardrobe. there are various ways to incorporate red into your looks, whether it be from a pop of red lipstick, or a power suit. Retailers ranging from the high street to the boutiques have provided an array of options to choose from.

Whatever your style may be, there is always a way to embrace red into your outfits. Here’s how you can make your outfits fall ready, from red-to-toe!

Phase 1: The first step

When starting out with such a bright colour, incporate it into your wardrobe with jewellery, makeup, bags, belts and shoes. A pop of red lipstick or doing your nails is a great corporate hack to being trendy on the job. It’s also the perfect way to brighten up an outfit in autumn or winter. Pairing a bold shoe or bag with a simple outfit can elevate your look without overwhelming the eye.

Phase 2: A little deeper

Red tops, pants and skirts are fairly easy to style. Wear what you like, keeping in mind the balance that is necessary when wearing such a strong colour. My first tip is to find the red that matches your skin tone. A great way to do this is to get a makeup artist to match your skin tone to a matte red lipstick. This shade will look good on you from head to toe.

The second tip is considering body type. For the curvy ladies – hourglass and pear – the goal is to make sure attention is on the upper half of the body. A red top is perfect. However, if you would like to style red pants or a red skirt, ensure the drama remains at the top.  Pairing red pants/skirt with a statement belt is an excellent way to draw the eye up. Another consideration is the tightness of the pant leg. I would advise against a skin-tight pant/skirt, select a garment that glazes smoothly over the body instead, for example, red culottes.

Girls with an inverted triangle, apple or rectangular figure should concentrate on the draw attlower half of the body. For you, red pants/skirts are fabulous, especially if it’s tight-fitting. You can jazz up your pants by folding them at the ankles. But if you would like to style a red top, select one that is longer in length and flows over your silhouette.

For more information on skirts, please refer to my earlier post: ADD LINK

Phase 3: Tip-to-Toe

A red dress is a symbol of confidence. If this is your domain, the same rules apply, consider the tone of the red and your figure.  it is the perfect garment for any casual get-together, or a fancy night out.

Red is not a very corporate colour. However, if you work in a more relaxed environment, throw on a classic black blazer or tailored jacket.

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

I have created an evening look, choosing to portray a classic, feminine ensemble. My top is a cooler red to complement my skin tone. The top features a beautiful lace neckline and draws attention to the upper half of my body. The-envious midi skirt always looks chic, and for myself, balances my curves.

In terms of accessories, the earrings are red with silver embellishments, and I have chosen a shiny silver bracelet to match. My shoes are a deep midnight blue to break the black-red theme of the outfit. And lastly, a pop of red lipstick.

THE DETAILS

Top: Temt | skirt: Target Australia| shows: Nine West | earrings: Lovisa | bracelet: boutique | lipstick: Nars

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PAIRING PLAID: PART THREE

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Ladies, this is the final segment for integrating plaid this autumn in 2018 – casual jackets, blazers and coats.

LOOKING BOMB

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Bomber jackets are the it-girl fashion piece. With sports-luxe fashion amalgamating athleisure with street style popular on the runways, a plaid bomber is the perfect garment to elevate your closet.

Bomber jackets are so versatile, so play it up with plaid print, embellishments and material. Bombers come in all textures, ranging from chic silk for a more polished look, to oversized military cuts with bold collaring and shoulders.

Whilst bomber jackets are more suited to straighter figured women because of the straight cut or collarless feature, curvier women should forgo heavier materials and brighter prints, and instead choose smoother fabrics such as silk to flow over the silhouette. A more form fitting bomber jacket is a great layering piece.

COAT-ED

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Plaid coats can seem daunting, simply because of the amount of print emblazoned on you. However, I believe they are an autumn/winter essential. A statement coat is the perfect finishing piece. Plaid provides personality to a garment that is usually kept simple in both colour and print.

When choosing the right coat for you, consider:

  1. length
  2. fitting
  3. collar design

LENGTH & FITTING:

Women falling into the rectangular, apple or inverted triangle figure category should select a coat with a longer length (below thigh), with a masculine appeal. The longer length draws attention down, and the masculinity tames the broad upper body.

Curvier women falling into the pear or hourglass figure category should select a more tailored coat that features a tie waist or cinching. This ensures that your curves are not hidden by the bulkiness usually associated with coats. Any length coat is appropriate, but consider matching the coat’s shoulder breadth to your hip breadth to create balance.

COLLAR DESIGN

First and foremost, women with straighter figures should avoid shoulder pads at all costs. The last thing you want to do is accentuate the broadest part of your body. Tuxedo or collarless coats are the perfect choice.

For curvier women, avoid straighter collar cuts and collarless coats. Choose dramatic collars such as double breasted or wide lapels to ensure attention is drawn up.

TIP: Forego furs with plaid, and tie in your look with a scarf instead. 

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

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I wanted my plaid coat to have all the attention with this ensemble, so I paired a simple full sleeved black top featuring elegant button detailing on the decotage, with a vintage cream wrap skirt. I finished the look with a pair of nude, kitten keeled, crocodile textured pumps and a classic IWC watch. To tie in the nude, cream, black and white, I went with a natural lip colour and simple studs.

THE DETAILS:

Coat: boutique | Skirt: Vintage find from mum’s wardrobe | Top: Target Australia | Heels: Supersoft by Diana Ferrari | Watch: IWC | Earrings: Lovisa | Lipstick: Burts Bees

BLAZE ALL DAY

TOPSHOP                                              VERA MODA

This season on the runway, plaid blazers featured bold colours with softer patterns. Conceptually, choosing the right plaid blazer applies the same formula in terms of length, fitting and collar style as coats. The main difference is choosing a pattern and colour that works for you.

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

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Powersuits are all the rage, but who says power suits have to feature traditional blazers and trousers? I created a power suit by pairing a jumpsuit with a chunky belt and wide leg, with a light print plaid blazer. I tied in the look with sophisticated silver earrings, classic black pumps and a berry lip to create drama.

THE DETAILS:

Jumpsuit: Forecast | Blazer: Forecast | Heels: Corelli } Lipstick: Burts Bees | Earrings: Lovisa

This brings us to the end of the plaid series. Keep an eye out for all the details on the next autumn/winter trend your wardrobes simply cannot miss!

 

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PAIRING PLAID PART TWO

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Now that we’ve established introducing a trend like plaid into our wardrobe, let’s talk about wearing plaid in larger doses – tops, pants, skirts and dresses.

UP TOP:

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In tops, there are three things to consider: print size, top length, and fitting.

PRINT SIZE:

For women with straighter figures (rectangular, apple and inverted triangle), select looser fitting tops that feature a less intricate print. Big checks or wider plaid patterns are much more flattering for these silhouettes. On the other hand, curvier women (pear, hourglass) should choose more intricate and exciting designs to ensure the attention remains on the top half of the body.

TOP LENGTH AND FITTING:

Since plaid is such a striking pattern, ensure that the top length is longer for women with straighter figures. The top must support a looser fitting. For curvier women, the top length should be shorter or neatly tucked into the bottom garment with a tight fitting so that every gorgeous curve is on full display.

MATCHING TOP TO BOTTOM:

Because plaid as a print speaks for itself, pair your tops with simple bottoms, such as, well fitted jeans, tailored shorts and skirts.

Colour is very important when pairing plaid. For apple/rectangular/inverted triangle body shapes, the colour of the bottom garment you choose should not be dull, for example, if your top features red, black and white, go for a pair of medium-wash denim shorts. Your long legs are an asset that should not be shadowed.

For the ladies with curves, Stick to darker, solid colours for a more slimming effect.

DOWN BELOW:

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For pants, we must consider leg shape and plaid pattern.

PLAID PRINT:

Women with an apple, rectangular or inverted triangle silhouette, in most cases, feature thinner legs. plaid pants are perfect in any hue or pattern. Pear and hourglass shaped figures should wear a more subtle plaid print, in darker hues. Wearing a dramatic plaid print are not as flattering on such figures as the attention is drawn away from your curvy waistline.

LEG SHAPE:

For women with straighter figures, you have the flexibility to play around with flared pants, keeping it classic in a slim cut, or even opting for a cropped-style trouser pant. However, for the curvy ladies, pants should have a straight leg fitting and skim over the hips and thighs. This is critical to balance out the heavier hips and thighs with the thinner lower half of the leg.

DRESSED TO IMPRESS:

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Plaid dresses are fun, flirty and work for corporate or day-time events. Any print or colour can be worn. The consideration lies in dress style, body shape and the accessories chosen to complete the look. Plaid is such an outspoken print, so ensure that the accompanying accessories do not overwhelm an onlooker because there is too much drama.

Essentially, with plaid dresses, less is best. However, the most important criterion is body shape.

PEAR:

Ensure that the dress features a cinched waist or a belt. Pencil and A-line dresses are perfect.

HOURGLASS:

Ensure that the dress features a cinched waist or a belt. A pencil dress is your go-to this fall.

APPLE:

Select a dress that features a large waist belt and a flouncy, flirty skirt.

RECTANGULAR:

Body-con is your best choice to accentuate every curve.

INVERTED TRIANGLE:

A dress featuring an A-line frame would be perfect to balance the broadness of the shoulders.

SKIRT-ING AROUNG

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Much like dresses, plaid skirts come in a variety of colours, prints and textures, and can be worn by women of all shapes. Keep in mind the event you’re dressing for when choosing a plaid skirt, as length and print are significant considerations.

For more information on choosing the right skirt for you, click here.

OUTFIT INSPIRATION:

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal 

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For this week’s look, I chose to style a fun, sleeveless plaid shirt. As a curvier women, I paired the skirt with a classic pair of dark wash denim. As a bonus, the dark wash denim ties well with the blue stripe in the plaid design. I finished the look with a pair of nude wedges.

To accompany the blue, I went with square, blue studs and a timeless IWC watch. To add a little more flair, I chose a structured, dark brown hat.

THE DETAILS:

shirt: little lies | jeans: Levis | shoes: boutique | watch: IWC | earrings: Lovisa | hat: Cobra

Stay tuned for the final instalment of the plaid series, coming soon!

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PAIRING PLAID

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In the first of many posts over the next few weeks, this is your quintessential guide to immersing in the biggest trends for Autumn/Winter 2018.

First up? Plaid.

Before I divulge all my secrets on taking a print that brings back memories of ill-fitting uniforms, let’s take a look at how the biggest names in fashion integrated plaid into their autumn/winter collection:

Chanel

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source: Vogue

Chanel rarely does things in halves, and their introduction to plaid for autumn/winter was no different. In keeping with the holographic theme, Chanel styled plaid in largely monochromatic tones, playing instead with the size of print. Plaid was embraced in all items of clothing from dresses, to coats and even collars and sleeves. Chanel took it one step further by embellishing plaid with diamantes and pearls.

 

Gucci

gucci plaid

source: Vogue

Gucci took plaid on in a more traditional sense by playing with smaller checkered prints and tying it in with other key autumn/winter trends like wearing red. Gucci’s plaid was embraced in stylish, angrogynous suits flaunting flair in their cut2, tailored tops cinched in at the waist with overstated belts, and of course, a well fitting plaid blazer artfully thrown over a floral ensemble.

 

Balenciaga

balenciaga plaid

source: Vogue

Balenciaga nailed trend combinations for autumn/winter. Their collection was nothing short of an artful amalgamation of fabrics, prints and cuts to create edge, eccentric and new age ensembles that were still chic and wearable. Whilst the size of plaid print was demure, Balenciaga transformed a plaid coat in the way it was fastened. Balenciaga maintained more traditional plaid colours, sticking to monochromes and neutral tones in their plaid skirts and coats. What makes these items pop however, is the seamless integration of clashing fabrics like leather with the plaid.

 

Stella McCartney

stella mccartney plaid

source: Vogue

Stella McCartney nailed the introduction to plaid for autumn/winter. Small plaid prints embellished well structured, well tailored skirts, dresses and coats. However, the seamless amalgamation of honey, sand, grey and khaki with exaggerated sleeves, well fitting torsos and tailored cuts made plaid seductive whilst still remaining elegant.

 

Burberry

burverru plaid

source: Vogue

Burberry stepped up their autumn/winter campaign by fusing the polished demeanour of British dressing with street style grit. With seamless construction and plaid finishes, Burberry took comfort items such as penny loafers, argyle socks and coats, to create a modern tension that embodied the new age. Plaid print, textures and colours maintained their tradition, featuring neat plaid print, neutrals and military green, and a penchant for wool. However, these elements were fused with the comfort of everyday dressing to feature on hooded anoraks, sports bags and caps.

Introducing a trend can often feel intimidating because we feel as if we must buy a new wardrobe to accomodate. However, as boss ladies, just like our clothes, time is an investment. This is my guide to introducing plaid with flair and confidence, without blowing out your budget or your closet space.

The first step? Do your research.

Research is as much about understanding what’s on the runway, whats in the market and what will flatter you. Understand your body type before you buy to make the process more seamless.

Step two? It’s all about you.

Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube have the power to both inspire and intimidate. Forget what’s going on around you and don’t feel pressurised into buying into a trend that you aren’t comfortable with.

Step three: investment decisions

Trends don’t require a complete overhaul of your wardrobe. If you’re testing the waters with a new trend, start small. Accessories are the simplest way to do this. Another great way to introduce or test a trend is by pairing the trend with a texture or cut that is familiar to you. This ensures the items compliments your wardrobe.

Step four: less is more

If you feel as if the trend may not be able to carry through to other seasons, hero the trend with one or two statement pieces. You can always increase your collection with more.

For outfit inspiration, this week let’s start small with accessories.

Plaid accessories favour autumn and winter because it’s all about warming textures and cosy colours. Think comfort. We’re talking beautiful cashmere scarves, shawls and wraps. Chic baker boy caps, knitted beanies or even hair ribbons. Plaid also features on bags and wallets.

Don’t shy away from introducing plaid into your manicure, or hesitate to borrow from the men. Scarves are unisex, and a silk plaid handkerchief jazzes up any structured purse.

SCARF INSPIRATION:

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal 

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I’ve chosen to hero an alpaca wool, red plaid scarf. I went with a full black ensemble, featuring a mermaid cut, mullet midi skirt, a form fitting black v-neck, sheer black tights and my trusty Diana Ferrari sock boots.

To soften the impact of wearing all black, I chose to finish my look with a pop of red lipstick in the same hue as the scarf. I kept my accessories simple and structured, and chose to match black studs, a vintage Omega watch and a trusty structured work purse from Colette.

THE DETAILS:

Scarf: hand knitted boutique | Skirt: Forcast | V Neck: Uniqlo | Tights: Target Australia | Boots: Diana Ferrari | Earrings: boutique | Watch: Omega | Purse| Colette | Lipstick: NARS

 

Here’s a handy little shopping list of accessories that will hero plaid without overwhelming your ensemble:

NAILS             TOTE                CAP              HANKY           SCARF

 

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SHOE LOVE. TRUE LOVE.

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READ: the quintessential shoe guide for the Australian boss lady in Summer.

Harpers Bazaar has inspired this week’s post. But seasoned with some true Aussie flavour!

CLASSIC BLACK PUMPS

Black pumps are a wardrobe staple all year round. You can count on a good quality pair of pumps to take you from the boardroom to any evening occasion. Pumps come with a variety of heel heights and widths to select from.

For something more daring, go for a patent leather pump, or play around with the embellishments on your heels.

SHOP THE POST:

YSL            WITTNER         TARGET      NINE WEST          ASOS

ANIMAL PRINT PUMPS

Why not display your fierce personality through what you wear? Animal print pumps are an edgy and exciting way to spruce up both your shoe collection, and your power suit.Check out an earlier post on power suits here: 

SHOP THE POST:

                                    KURT GEIGER                                       WITTNER

HEELED SANDALS

A mid-heeled, single strap sandal is timeless, and suits all outfits. These shoes are the go-to if you’re running late, or can’t decide what to wear.

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SENSO                        KURT GEIGER              TONY BIANCO

FLAT SANDALS

Flat sandals are the corporate answer to our desire to wear flip-flops all summer long. Choose a well supporting pair of sandals flaunting a bright colour or embellished finish. 

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WITTNER                                                EASY STEPS

BALLET FLATS

Ballet flats are a no fuss shoe. You instantly feel put together by slipping into a pair of flats. Ballet flats can be dressed up or down, meaning they are the perfect finish to outfits for monday meetings to casual fridays.

SHOP THE POST:

EASY STEPS                     NINE WEST                      ZARA 

OXFORDS

Stay on trend even in the boardroom by borrowing from the men and wearing a pair of Oxford loafers. Loafers are effortless and sleek, and come in a variety of colours, textures and materials.

SHOP THE POST:

 ASOS                                             CHURCH’S

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