BREAKING THROUGH YOUR INTERVIEW (PART 2)

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Part of developing a good aesthetic is also maintaining a strong budget. It isn’t always about the money. What you have in your pocket today isn’t the only driver when considering your corporate wardrobe.

It’s unreasonable to be expected to shell out hundreds of dollars on a corporate wardrobe, especially if your vibe is styling on trend items. We have three main tips to think about when looking at how you budget for a corporate wardrobe:

LOOKS UNDER $100

If you’re looking to spend under $100, invest in quality basics like a black pencil skirt from retailers such as Uniqlo or Target. H&M is a great option for blouses or trend items, and also stocks a variety of blazers throughout the year. For bags, look out for stores such as Colette and Strandbags. Online retailers such as ASOS are ideal for shoes, and it doesn’t hurt to venture into factory outlets either. Remember, style doesn’t mean the latest season or the highest brand.

LOOKS UNDER $300

If you’re looking to spend a little more, invest in garments that you can dress up or down depending on the garment. Buying a quality tailored dress from Review with belt loops or an asymetric neckline in a classic cut is ideal. Changing up the belt you thread through, or adding a pop of colour with a fresh coat of lipstick will immediately enhance your look.

Stores such as Portmans, Forcast and Jacqui-E are reliable for everything corporate. Zara will provide trendier items, and stores like Oxford and Brooks Brothers will always supply quality shirts, blazers and jackets. As for shoes and accessories, look or brands such as JAG, Cellini, Nine West and Wittner for quality leather goods that won’t break the bank.

LOOKS UNDER $500

For a larger budget, our advice is to invest in accessories rather than clothes. Do your research and find a quality, high end bag or pair of shoes that will carry you through numerous seasons. Brands we gravitate toward are Fendi, Escada, Prada, Fossil and Gucci.

However, if your heart is set on a high end corporate wardrobe, designers from Cue, David Lawrence or boutique Australian made designers will always provide unique, quality garments.

OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER:

TIP 1: research

There are always sales, either online or in-store. Do your research and know your market so you aren’t beat out when the time comes to purchase new items for your corporate closet.

TIP 2: teeth and skin

A clean smile and fresh breath are another accessory to consider. Invest in a quality lip balm, which will prevent cracking and add a little shine to your lips. Even if makeup isn’t your thing, there’s no time like the present to learn how to maintain a neat base. Work with concealer and a setting powder to ensure your skin is even, fresh and glowy. Using a settling powder will also protect against any nervous sweat appearing on your t-zone or upper lip.

TIP 3: posture

You could wear a $1,000 ensemble but still fail to look put together. Standing straight and emulating confidence is key. People notice everything, so ensure your walk, talk and handshake are firm and confident. Engage in good conversation and don’t forget to smile and stand proud. Getting an interview is a huge success!

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

This week’s ensemble is a challenge to create a look under $100. We didn’t quite manage to incorporate a bag, but adding it all up, our look cost $84 all together!

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THE DETAILS

shirt: H&M ($20) | pencil skirt: Target Australia ($20) | shoes: Therapy Shoes ($30) | Lovisa (5 pairs of earrings for 10 dollars, so one pair is $2) | lipstick: Burts Bees tinted balm ($12)

TOTAL: $84

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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.

THE PEOPLE                                                                   PIPER

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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JACQUI-E

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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MISSGUIDED

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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ASOS

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!

 ASOS                                                                       PORTMANS

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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WERK IT WEDNESDAY

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THE DETAILS

top: Portmans | skirt: vintage | shoes: ASOS | earrings: Diana Ferrari | watch: Skagen | bag: boutique | belt: boutique | lipstick: Nars

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-Salonee

ZESTY

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Orange and black? This colour combination is synonymous with halloween. Think bats, pumpkins and your trusty dracula ensemble. But what if we showed you how you can make orange and black work for you? When done right, as the runways in Australia have shown, orange and black makes for a chic and bright ensemble. This colour combination will never fail to brighten up even the gloomiest of autumn days, and is both bold and sophisticated.

ALTUZARRA                                                       PINGPONG                                   CUE

 

ACCESSORIES:

Accessories are the best way to dip your toe into a new trend. A pair of statement earrings, a bag accented with orange, or adorned with an orange silk scarf; bright orange pumps to finish off your powersuit; and even adding are great, and understated ways to work this trend.

 

HERMES                                     COLETTE                                 NINA ARMADO

 

TOPS AND BOTTOMS

Orange and black can feature as more than just the colour of clothing. Why not pair orange and black in prints and patterns? This is a great way to integrate both hues into your wardrobe, especially if you’re experimenting with the combination or are less keen on wearing orange and black together.

Consider your skin type when you’re choosing the type of orange to wear. Moreover, keep in mind which aspects of your body carry more emphasis. If you are more curvier on your lower half, avoid wearing bright orange pants or skirts that mould to your silhouette. Orange is a great colour for ensuring the attention remains on the area of the body the garment is on. Why not add some dimension to your ensemble by wearing a well tailored orange blazer?

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I’M ISOLA MARRAS

On the other hand, women with straighter figures, if daring enough, can easily work a tighter orange pair or pants or skirt. The key is pairing such garments with a fitted, polished black top and a fool proof pair of black pumps to tie the look together.

 

ASOS                                                              MISSGUIDED

And as for the women who have a fuller waistline and broader shoulders, select orange skirts with a flirty and flounced silhouette, or trousers in a smart cut and neat ankle cuffs. A longline statement blazer is also a great choice.

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OUTFIT INSPIRATION

As a cool toned woman, I didn’t want to dabble in bright oranges, simply because the seasons are changing in Sydney, and Autumn is upon us. Instead, I played the orange on black trend to my favour by pairing blood orange with black. It still counts right?

I paired a gorgeous blood orange dress with leather pumps and a black trench coat. I cinched in my waist with a thin black belt and kept my hair sleek and professional. This combination ensured both colours stood out and showed their own personalities, without clashing messily.

THE DETAILS:

Styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

dress: Piper | trench coat: Portmans | pumps: Corelli | earrings: Lovisa | watch: Omega | lipstick: Nars | belt: JACQUI-E

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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.

ASOS                      FOREVER NEW              JIMMY CHOO        COMME DES GARCONS

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?

PORTMANS                           SABA                          ASOS                               ESPIRIT

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

CITY CHIC                                  MISS GUIDED                                 PORTMANS

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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THE PRINT PARLOUR

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

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

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

PRINT SIZE

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

PEAR

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

 

 

 Target                                  Dorothy Perkins                                      Zara

HOURGLASS

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

 

INVERTED TRIANGLE

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

 

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APPLE

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

RECTANGLE

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

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BASE COLOUR

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

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

OUTFIT INSPIRATION

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal 

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

THE DETAILS

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

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PAIRING PLAID PART TWO

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

UP TOP:

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

PRINT SIZE:

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

TOP LENGTH AND FITTING:

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

MATCHING TOP TO BOTTOM:

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

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

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

DOWN BELOW:

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

PLAID PRINT:

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

LEG SHAPE:

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

DRESSED TO IMPRESS:

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

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

PEAR:

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

HOURGLASS:

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

APPLE:

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

RECTANGULAR:

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

INVERTED TRIANGLE:

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

SKIRT-ING AROUNG

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

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

OUTFIT INSPIRATION:

styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal 

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

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

THE DETAILS:

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

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

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-Salonee and Simran

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