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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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-Salonee and Simran

 

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:

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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: 

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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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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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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.

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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:

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(DIANA) FERRARI FINALE

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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:

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

LOOK 1

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LOOK 2

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THE DETAILS:

LOOK 1

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

LOOK 2

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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WHAT’S YOUR FLARE?

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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.

TYPES OF NECKLINES:

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

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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:

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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:

ROUND NECK: http://www.emmacloth.com/White-Round-Neck-Bell-Sleeve-T-shirt-p-327995-cat-1738.html

V NECK CHOKER: https://www.missguidedau.com/flared-sleeve-v-neck-cross-choker-neck-blouse-black

BOAT NECK: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Stripe-Zip-Shoulder-Blouses-Women-Blue-Boat-Neck-Slit-Bell-Sleeve-Tops-2017-Fashion-New-Spring/2335029_32804645204.html

PLUNGE NECK: https://www.glassons.com/clothing/tops/shirts-blouses/deep-v-blouse-BL36843RAY?c=BLACK

SABRINA NECKLINE: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-au/templates/www.neimanmarcus.com/Chiara-Boni-La-Petite-Robe-Nelia-Bateau-Neck-Bell-Sleeve-Top/prod202750128/p.prod

COURT NECK: https://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Klein-Womens-Texture-Flutter/dp/B0731NMPR1

MOCK NECK: https://www.dillards.com/p/sugarlips-mock-neck-split-bell-sleeve-blouse/507571117?di=05212895_zi_red&categoryId=-10005&facetCache=pageSize%3D96%26beginIndex%3D0%26orderBy%3D1%26facet%3D-10028311710397114108105112115

OFF SHOULDER: https://www.dreamslane.com/products/summer-women-striped-sexy-slash-neck-long-flare-sleeve-boardwalk-off-shoulder-crop-tops-plus-size-womens-t-shirts

QUEEN ANNE NECK: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hinge-bell-sleeve-top/4537481

V NECK: http://misstruth.co.uk/floral-v-neck-wrap-top-with-bell-sleeve.html

SWEETHEART: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/304696731024323184/

KEYHOLE: https://www.zulily.com/p/black-keyhole-cutout-bell-sleeve-mock-neck-top-269504-43753764.html

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

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-Salonee and Simran

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