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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.


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.


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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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 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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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.


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 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!


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.


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

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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.


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.


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.


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

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


  TOPSHOP                                  BISHOP + YOUNG

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.


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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


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.


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. 





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.


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


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.





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.


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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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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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.


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


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


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


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


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


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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.



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.


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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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 plaid

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 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 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.



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.



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.


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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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!


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.


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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: 


                                    KURT GEIGER                                       WITTNER


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.


SENSO                        KURT GEIGER              TONY BIANCO


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. 


WITTNER                                                EASY STEPS


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.


EASY STEPS                     NINE WEST                      ZARA 


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.


 ASOS                                             CHURCH’S

I hope this post has provided you with some shoe-speration for the remainder of our glorious Australian summer!

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This week, Diana Ferrari announced the closure of its brick-and-mortar stores across Australia, to pursue online retailing focusing solely on footwear.

As the third generation of my family to wear, love and trust the quality and service Diana Ferrari has provided, it’s heartbreaking to see another fashion icon fall victim to Australia’s struggling retail sector.

In celebration of Diana Ferrari’s timeless and iconic style, I’ve created two looks to pay homage to a brand dearly loved:










EARRINGS: Lovisa | DRESS: Teaberry | BAG: Diana Ferrari | SANDALS: Diana Ferrari | LIPSTICK: KAT VON D | WATCH: Skagen | HAT: boutique


DRESS: Jeans West | SHOES: Diana Ferrari | CLUTCH: Boutique | EARRINGS: Lovisa | Lipstick: Nars | BRACELET: Lovisa | RING: Lovisa

If you love Diana Ferrari products or are an advocate for local fashion, please like this post! In its final days, make sure you show Diana Ferrari some love!

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Let’s talk about flares. Perhaps one of the hottest trends this year, flares are set to continue stealing the spotlight into 2018. Flares have been a quintessential trend through the decades. Whether it be flared pants, reminiscent of the 70s, or dramatic additions to denim and accessories in the 80s and 90s, this decade is all about dramatising the sleeves.

Vogue Australia has highlighted key designer flare sleeve tops that are worth adding to any wardrobe.

Like women, tops come in a plethora of styles and sizes. So how do you know what your flare is?

This is my handy guide to all things flare, so you seize a trend that is here to stay:

The most important aspects to consider when wearing a flared sleeve top are shoulder width and bust size. The most suitable neckline for you is dependant on these two factors.


The necklines below are the most popular choices for designers creating flared sleeve tops.

neckline 1NECKLINE 2

Choosing the right neckline for you:

The flow charts below are a handy little guide I’ve created, to help you choose the most flattering neckline for a flared sleeve top:


Another key consideration is top length. This depends on your body shape. I’ve chosen the five main body types for women:

Inverted triangle: Balance broad shoulders with a longer top length, that cuts at the hip and below.

Rectangular: To give a stronger illusion of curves, wear a longer top, that cuts at the hip and below.

Pear: To ensure your curves are not hidden, wear a shorter top, or tuck your top in. Consider wearing a top that is not too baggy.

Hourglass: To ensure your curves are not hidden, wear a shorter top, or tuck your top in.

Apple: To give a stronger illusion of curves, wear a longer top, that cuts at the hip and below. The top should not be tight at the waist.

For inspiration, I’ve provided a selection of tops that fit each neckline category:













I hope my tips assist you in making the most of a trend piece in your wardrobe. I would love to hear from you!

stylishly yours,


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