WHERE’S WALLY?

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Stripes. Who doesn’t love a good striped garment? Stripes take us from day to night, they’re chic, wearable and make us look put together whether we’re running to the grocery store or running a meeting.

The beauty about wearing stripes is that there is no formula. There are considerations, yes, but stripes are so versatile that they flatter any figure. The two main considerations are stripe thickness and colour combination, to ensure you look flattering from all angles.

ON TOP:

Length and fitting:

For the curvier ladies, choose a top with a tighter fit and a shorter length. We’re talking cropped tops or jumpers, or longer tops that tuck in neatly into skirts, pants or jeans.

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On the flip side, ladies with broader shoulders or fuller upper bodies should consider looser, longer tops that elongate the upper body.

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Neckline:

Necklines are a personal preference. However, here’s a great guide that summarises the types of necklines that exist. Shop around and see what flatters your figure best!

ON THE BOTTOM:

Pants:

Horizontal stripes on pants are pretty rare. Vertical stripes are definitely the more fitting of the two when it comes to styling pants. Fitting is essential to making stripes work for you down below:

If you do have a heavier bottom half or fuller thighs, go for trouser styled pants with a tailored finish. Culottes or straight trousers featuring a prominent dark stripe will create balance, especially if you have a narrower upper body.

 JACQUI-E                                                               TOPSHOP

If you flaunt thin, long legs, enhance the athletic shape with trousers where the more prominent strip is a lighter colour. Go for slim fit trousers or printed Ponte pants.

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Skirts:

Stripes on skirts can be vertical, horizontal, oblique or a mix of the three. With different cuts and styles, you can really get away with wearing stripes regardless of your figure. The main thing to consider is stripe direction, and skirt fitting:

Ladies with curvier bottom halves should gravitate for vertical or oblique stripes, to ensure they don’t overaccentuate the lovely curves they possess. If you have a narrow bottom half or a fuller stomach, you’re in luck because stripes in any direction will flatter your form!

As for fitting, curvier ladies should choose a skirt that doesn’t stick too much to their figure. Pencil skirts, a-line skirts or skirts following a mermaid silhouette are excellent choices. A tighter skirt should generally be paired with a thick dark stripes to ensure the attention is kept up top. This is easily attainable by wearing a belt.

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On the other hand, women with straighter figures can wear any skirt. A striped skirt is perfect for bringing attention down below and making your figure look more balanced! For our gorgeous boss mums who might have a fuller stomach but shapely legs, definitely consider a skirt with a more flounced silhouette and avoid anything that is too snug on the stomach. After all, comfort is key!

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OUTFIT INSPIRATION:

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

When in Autumn, why not layer? Layering doesn’t just apply to garments. It applies to colours and textures as well.

THE DETAILS

top: Uniqlo | sweater: Target Australia | skirt: Valley Girl | boots: Sandler | earrings: Lovisa | lipstick: Bite Beauty

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AUTUMN 2018

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Red. Plaid. Moody florals.

Autumn is finally here, so today, we bring to you a look book featuring the hottest Autumn trends, straight from the runways of Paris and New York. Our special twist, however, is that these ensembles don’t require you to purchase an entirely new wardrobe.

BEHIND THE LENS:

As a budding photographer I (Simran) wanted to highlight Sydney’s raw urban vibe. Sydney doesn’t possess the same constant motion like New York or London do. Our street vibe is more relaxed. There is a real air of stylishly owning the boardwalk or footpath, strutting down George Street with a long black in your hand. It’s urban chic blanketed by romanticised relaxation. Even on a Monday morning, Sydney city pulses with an aura that encourages us to groove to work, rather than push and shove as we run to catch a train or bus.

With this in mind, I wanted to capture organic photos in the heart of Sydney. Two different locations were selected for this lookbook – Martin Place and Barangaroo. Being the old town heart of Sydney, Martin Place is a walk through history, with stunning sandstone buildings and architectural marvels. In complete antithesis, Barangaroo is minimalist, effortless and cool. The organic fusion between modern simplicity, metal and nature makes Barangaroo unique. Beyond the modern glass structures, we still find solace in the harbour, lapping at the shores of our business district.

This lookbook is an amalgamation of what Salonee and I stand for – being independent, power woman making our marks in the history books. These looks are feminine, sassy, eye-catching and most importantly, wearable. I couldn’t have chosen better locations to curate such an enigmatic collection with my sister.

This collection was styled by Salonee Goyal and curated by Simran Goyal

GETTING DOWN AND DOTTY

Incorporated trends: Polka Dots | Sheer | Belt | Embellished Shoes

This look embodies casual, chic style. It’s perfect for casual Fridays in a corporate environment or for any day event. Polka dots are elevated by the sheer material, taking this conventionally girly print to a classier, mature level.

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THE DETAILS

top: suzannegrae | jeggings: Levi’s | shoes: Florsheim | earrings: Swarovski | watch: Skagen | sunglasses: Alex Perry | belt: JACQUI-E | lipstick: Kat Von D

RED HOT

Incorporated trends: Red | Blue on Black

Every boss lady needs an outfit that works for both corporate and evening occasions. Red is the perfect colour to accomplish this. By combining a bold, sophisticated, red blouse with a blue pencil skirt, and tying the look together with a black waist belt, you’ll be on point all day at any occasion. And of course, there’s nothing like a classic pair of black stilettos to add drama and highlight the true feminine power of a boss lady.

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THE DETAILS

top: Forcast | skirt: Portmans | shoes: Corelli | earrings: Lovisa | watch: Omega | lipstick: Revlon

WINTER BLOOMING

Incorporated trends: Winter Florals | Midi Skirts | Belts | Mixed prints

For those cooler autumn days, why not incorporate dark, moody florals into your look? This look is perfect for casual, corporate settings and day events. It’s a timeless look because of the structured midi skirt – a perfect addition to any wardrobe. Finish the look with a textured statement belt that works on the same colour scheme as your bag and shoes. This will  really add glamour to an otherwise comfortable and timeless Autumn look.

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THE DETAILS

top: Portmans | skirt: Charter Club  | shoes: Diana Ferrari | earrings: Oroton | bag: Charles & Keith | belt: boutique | watch: Omega | lipstick: Revlon

NATURE’S CALLING

Incorporated trends: Neutral Tones (camel, sheepskin) | Midi Skirts | Belts

Neutral tones. Is there anything more elegant for a corporate setting? Capitalise on how in demand neutrals are this season by layering them together in one look. Taking neutrals in different shades and accompanying them with garments of varying textures is one of the simplest ways to throw together a sleek ensemble.

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THE DETAILS

top: katies | skirt: Leesa Fashion | shoes: Django & Juliette | earrings: David Jones | bag: Burberry | belt: Sportscraft | watch: Skagen | lipstick: Revlon

MATCH MAKER

incorporate trends: power suit | plastic/PVC| Nlue on black | red | fringes

All boss ladies NEED a power suit this season. Designers featured bold, monochromatic ensembles, particularly in red and navy blue. But to make power suits wearable for everyday whilst still incorporating trends like fringing and red, feature the bolder elements as your accessories. This look is commanding, with the striped white blazer, contrasting black trousers and PVC white pumps. The red tote elevates the look even further, with a charming little fringe detail to add a flirty bit of fun to a strong, no-nonsense ensemble.

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THE DETAILS

blazer: Portmans | pants: Portmans | top: Rockmans | watch: Skagen | shoes: ASOS | lipstick: Revlon | bag: Colette | earrings: Prouds | sunglasses: Colette Dinnigan

CITY CHICA

incorporated trends: Baker boy caps | plaid | neutrals | belts

Here’s an ensemble that takes a fun spin on the whole corporate, power woman aura the runways gave us this season. This look is comfortable, chic and effortlessly conveys androgyny. Plaid doesn’t always have to be in a jacket or dress. Instead of going out and buying new trend pieces, borrow the plaid belt from your chic summer dress, and use it as a waist belt for your trousers instead. Furthermore, tie in a baker boy cap to give your look some street style dimension.

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THE DETAILS

shirt: Portmans | pants: Miss Anne | shoes: Casualine | belt: Basque |hat: H.W. Collection Australia | watch: Omega | earrings: David Jones \ lipstick: Nars | sunglasses: Ray Ban

SALAMANCA SOIREE

incorporated trends: pink |transitional summer dresses | neutrals | belts

Who says the onset of Autumn means we need to pack away our beloved summer florals? Take your summer dress into autumn by adding a statement belt to your dress, and finishing the look with a pair of autumn appropriate boots. The combination of pink with floral prints and pops of natural tones will smoothly transition you from summer to autumn, and of course, ensure you stand out!

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dress: Lovers | bootes: Corelli | earrings: Lovisa | belt: Sportscraft | watch: Skagen | bag: Guess

GRIDED GIRL ABOUT TOWN#

incorporated trends: plaid | masculine tailoring | laced up boots

Day and night events don’t always need to be sober or chic in that feminine, traditional sense. Play on masculine traits by wearing well tailored blazers, especially if they have shoulder pads. Tie in grey and green, with a classic pair of skinny jeans, and create contrast by selecting a fitted, knit.

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THE DETAILS

top: Cotton On | jeans: Just Jeans | coat: vintage boutique | watch: Skagen | earrings: David Jones | shoes CC Resorts | lipstick: Nars

FOLK FLAIR

incorporated trends: folk/paisley prints | plaid | midi | fringing | circle bag

This look is an interesting fusion of sober textures, neutral tones and bold prints. Folk prints aren’t every woman’s niche, so the challenge in this look involved making such a different print wearable. With fashion, it is all about balance. To mute the boldness of the pattern on the dress, I have paired the garment with a long line cardigan. Embellishing your bag with a paisley silk scarf is perfect to heighten any ensemble, whether it is for corporate or evening events.

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THE DETAILS

dress: boutique | cadigan: Katies | bracelet: Guess | shoes: Kurt Geiger | bag: Sussan | scarf: boutique | earrings: Lovisa | lipstick: Kat Von D

GALACTIC GODDESS

incorporated trends: galactic print | embellished shoes | metallics

No lookbook can be complete without an evening ensemble. This look goes beyond most comfort zones. It’s fun and different, and plays an interesting perspective on the galactic vibe Chanel featured on their runway. Galactic print doesn’t have to be literal stars and planets… it is an opportunity to dive a little deeper. The top, is actually a dress with an asymmetric hem tucked into a pair of split leg culottes. To add even more drama and brighten the look, I selected a pair of studded, metallic stilettos and shiny jewellery. My hair has been styled into a sleek top knot up-do with tight dutch braid detail at the back of the head to make it even more futuristic.

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THE DETAILS:

dress: Valley Girl | pants Pure Hype | Earrings: Swarovski | shoes: Alan Pinkus | lipstick: MAC | bracelet: boutique | bag: boutique

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We both hope you found inspiration from the first of many look books to come! This guide inspires all boss ladies that fashion does not need to break our banks in order to be runway ready… all that is need is a bit of creativity.

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HOLKY POLKY

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Polka dots are everywhere this season. But how can we take a print usually associated with looking either preppy or matronly, and give it a fresh makeover? This post is your one stop guide on how to do exactly that for the upcoming autumn/winter season:

Let’s see what the biggest names in fashion did with polka dots on the runway:

Balenciaga

source: Vogue

Balenciaga took a 180 from the streets based Vetements collection, to capture modern sophistication. With a focus on ease and wearability, Balenciaga featured looks that had a vibe of edge, attitude and noncholance. Polka dots featured on maxi dresses flaunting monochromatic colour schemes and flares; and as accessories to jazz up professional looking ensembles. The addition of polka dots added a girlish flair without taking away from the effortless professional vibe of the collection.

Loewe

source: Vogue

Loewe created a sense of drama and raptured focus for their collection. Although they were on the runway for autumn/winter, the collection was full of more summer appropriate dress styles and tops. And to capture the attention of shoppers everywhere, black was detailed throughout the collection. Perfect really for us to induce in our love for the brand. Polka dots were bold but stayed in more neutral tones. Perfect to not seem overdone with such an intense print.

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HOW TO INCORPORATE POLKA DOTS INTO YOUR WARDROBE:

Accessories:

Polka dots on any accessory make your whole ensemble come to life. Even adding a polka dot scarf to a plain black tote will elevate your look.

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Clothing:

For clothing, there is no real formula according to body type, colour or print size. Polka dots are subjective, and depend on personal taste and the situation you’re styling for. Consider your body shape and the tightness of your garment instead of print size. Curvier women should gravitate towards a tighter fitting top whereas straighter figured women should wear a looser fitting shirt.

For pants, curvy ladies should stick to a more subtle print, whilst the straight, athletic figure shapes can be as dramatic as possible to draw attention to the lower half of the body.

This same concept goes for skirts, dresses and jackets.

If you’re wearing polka dots to work, pair them with something more sober or understated.

MARCS.               DAVID LAWRENCE      MISS SELFRIDGE          WHO WHAT WEAR

Polka dots are also perfect for a casual ensemble. A simple sun dress or skirt can always be jazzed up with a polka dot print. And if you’re more daring, why not translate polka dots onto a jumpsuit or a pair of tailored shorts?

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As for the night, sheer materials are a great way to make polka dots look sexy.

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OUTFIT INSPIRATION

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

For this week’s outfit inspiration, I featured polka dots on my skirt and created a look that can be transitioned from day to night. I stuck with a classic colour palette and played around with my accessories to create a feminine and flirty dimension to the look.

THE DETAILS

top: portmans | skirt: JACQUI-E | shoes: Therapy Shoes | earrings: boutique | bracelet: Lovisa | lipstick: Revlon

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Flirty Fringes (Shimmy, Shimmy)

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Fringes are back. Possibly one of the most iconic fashion facets of the 20th century, fringed fashion is back in full force.

Fringes played a crucial role in adding lightness, flintiness and frivolity to various Autumn/Winter collections. Notable collections included Michael Kors, Milly and Prabal Gurung. Fringes adorned sleeves, embellished dresses and added drama to the hemlines of skirts and tops.

MICHAEL KORS

source: Vogue

Michael Kors designs for women who lead. His Autumn/Winter collection paid homage to that notion, but added a fun and experimental flair to how he tailored and finished his garments. He effortlessly combined power and seduction in well tailored dresses, skirts and coats, adding drama and playfulness with his keen eye for detail.

MILLY

source: Vogue

Milly nailed chic with a strong message in their Autumn/Winter collection. While the clothing modelled had a moody undertone, with the rips and cuts symbolising a fractured society – the collection’s theme – deconstruction, reversibility and effortless cut outs presented a polished, strong and grungy appeal. Milly nailed the classic concrete jungle vibe, emulating the 90’s power woman so many of us seek to recreate in our own fashions.

 

PRABAL GURUNG

source: Vogue

There’s no better place then the runway to display a message you’re proud of. Prabal Gurung did exactly that. He nailed what he was passionate about with emphatic tees and bold prints. Perhaps the greatest feat was employing gorgeous women who aren’t the fashion industry approved size zero. Overall, the collection was a progressive, stunning collection that heralded the changes we need to see in our fashion industry.

So you’ve seen what the runways displayed. Here’s my take on adding fringes to your wardrobe. It’s up to your taste and preference, whether you go all out or keep it in a classic, small pop.

ACCESSORIES

From earrings, to bags. shoes and scarves, a little fringe flair on your accessories is a great way to add a bit of playfulness without looking too much.

TOPS

Adding fringe to your tops is an excellent way to amp up the drama, whether it be on the sleeves or the hemline. The key consideration however, is considering your body shape:

For the curvier ladies, yes I’m referring to the full figured pear and hourglass women, fringes are perfect for drawing attention to your silhouette,r regardless of where the fringe detailing fall.s However, if you are wearing fringe on your hemline, make sure the length of the fringe sits neatly and symmetrically on the waist, so your curves are not hidden.

Straighter figured women falling into the inverted triangle, apple and rectangular body shapes should consider more subtle fringing at the hemline of a longer, looser top. Fringes are the perfect way to draw the attention down, as an onlooker is sure to follow the tassel length towards your legs.

SKIRTS AND DRESSES

Fringes are an exciting element to add to skirts and dresses. Your main consideration should be skirt length:

Pear and hourglass girls should gravitate toward longer skirts with a tight waistline and fringed hemming to flatter the body’s silhouette. Ladies with a straighter form can wear skirts or dresses of any length. Women with an apple figure should choose a skirt or dress with a more flounced/princess style skirt, whereas inverted triangle and rectangular figures should choose an A-Line silhouette with fringe detailing appearing anywhere on the skirt.

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

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To pay homage to the runways that featured colour schemes with vibrant metallics and moody tones, I decided to feature a look that combines a more subtle fringe detailing. This look is both corporate and brunch appropriate, and adds personality in the way the elements have been combined:

The ensemble I have created this week features a crochet, grey knitted, half sleeve cardigan flaunting fringe detailing on the hemline. I paired this jacket with a diamond neckline black pencil dress from Forcast, and accented my waist with a simple, black belt. I finished off the ensemble by adding a pop of colour and vivacity with snake print pumps. To keep the look corporate, I went with a classic structured black purse and my trusty Skagen watch.

THE DETAILS

cardigan: Rockmans | dress: Forcast | shoes: Corelli | earrings: Lovisa | watch: Skagen | bag: Charles and Keith

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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

  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.

COAT-ED

FOREVER 21                      ZARA                      KAITELYNN-STORE

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:

VERO MODA                                   SHEIN                                              ASOS

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.

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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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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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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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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

 

(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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-Salonee and Simran

 

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