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.
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.
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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Lace is timeless. Lace tops are a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, regardless of season. Today, I want to show you how to take an elegant, white lace top and style it from day to night, from a corporate setting to a formal dinner; by changing one element in each look – the bottoms you choose.
For women who have more pear shaped figures, I want to show you how you can accentuate your figure, boost your confidence, and remain comfortable and chic all day.
This lace top is the perfect amalgamation of sexy and classic. The mock neckline gives the top a Parisian feel, and the sheer detailing on the bust provides a bit of edge to a feminine piece. The top sits perfectly on any body shape, as it has a forgiving silhouette without taking away the attention of any curves.
I paired simple silver accessories to keep the look corporate, casual and night time appropriate. The addition of NARS velvet lip pencil in “DRAGON LADY” is the perfect accompaniment. Wearing a velvet lip pencil is ideal because you can work the colour to your desired brightness. For work and day time events, blend out a thinner application to keep the colour subtle. In the night, go all out with a bold application.
For me, a braided up do is the perfect transitional hairstyle. A braided headband wrapped around a messy dutch braided bun is feminine, stylish and gives personality.
LOOK ONE: TAILORED, STRAIGHT LEG TROUSERS
Trousers are a comfortable option for a corporate setting. For curvier women with longer torsos, the key is to elongate and slim the thighs. Choosing a straight leg trouser and tucking in the lace top gives the illusion of longer, slimmer legs. The belt cinches in your waist to promote your beautiful figure.
For women who have straighter builds or shorter torsos, forgo tucking in the top. A skinner work trouser such as this trouser is ideal for women who have thin legs.
LOOK TWO: BLUE DENIM SKIRT
White and blue are a classic combination for the warmer seasons. A subtle denim wash suits every skin tone. The a-line silhouette drapes over my form to accentuate my narrow waist without pinpointing my hips. Similar to look one, crisply tucking in the top is essential. This ensures your curves are not hidden.
A-line skirts are versatile for any figure. For straighter builds, loosely tucking in the top will give the illusion of a waist. The skirt should be situated no higher then waist level.
LOOK THREE: DARK WASH DENIM
Every woman loves a good pair of skinny jeans. This ensemble is comfortable and stylish for running any day time errands, whether it be groceries or brunch. A dark denim wash compliments the black pumps I’ve chosen for this look. Tucking in the lace top is optional. These jeans in particular are a favourite because the back pockets boast subtle diamond detailing, which ties in with the silver accessories I have chosen.
LOOK FOUR: BLACK, COTTON RIB PENCIL SKIRT
No closet is complete without a black, pencil skirt. This skirt is is the perfect piece to take from day to night, especially if you are heading out to an event after work. The cotton, rib material is comfortable, breathable and appropriate for either summer or winter. A crisp tuck is essential to draw the attention to the lace top, as this skirt is quite figure hugging.
For women with a straighter build or shorter torso, leave the top untucked.
Lace top: Valleygirl
Trousers: COCOC Australia
Blue denim skirt: Vintage find from mum’s wardrobe – Bennet Sport