The Tricks To Transition

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Winter’s arrival doesn’t mean parting ways with our favourite spring and summer pieces. As boss ladies, we enjoy having access to all our pieces year round. The key to looking season appropriate is layering. It’s a well known fashion concept, and this week’s post dives into the considerations you need to make when it comes to layering under dresses.

COLOUR COMBINATIONS:

Getting your colour combination right is a tiered approach. The first tier is your dress colour. Is it bold, or is it subtle? Bolder coloured dresses are best paired with basic tops. Neutral toned dresses have more flexibility. Gain an understanding of the colours that work well with your dress colour. Referring to guides like this will help clear any confusions you may have.

DRESS NECKLINE:

The best dresses to layer under are dresses with a high (turtleneck or mockneck) or plunge neckline. Under a high neckline, any layering piece will go, as only the layering piece’s arms will be on display. Under a plunge neckline, layering pieces with a tight fit look the most appropriate. A personal favourite is layering a tight mockneck under a dress featuring a v neck plunge.

Two other types of dresses to consider are overall dresses and slip dresses. These dresses allow for more experimentation because of their cut and fit.

A final consideration to note:

Whilst material and detailing is a personal choice, remember to strike balance with the pieces you’re layering. Bold, brightly embellished layering pieces are fine so long as the dress is simple.

OUTFIT INSPIRATION:

This Zara dress is a summer staple. It is a multi-faceted dress, appropriate for both corporate and cocktail. The dress’ plunge neckline is shown off by layering a cashmere turtleneck in black, for cohesion. To highlight the gromit detailing on the dress, the accessories and boots are simple, classic and understated. A well tailored charcoal grey coat with strong button detailing is the final layering element to pull the look together.

THE DETAILS

dress: Zara | sweater: Uniqlo | boots: Windsor Smith | bag: boutique | coat: Target Australia | earrings: Lovisa | watch: Skagen | lipstick: Kat Von D

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OOTD

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Turn heads twice by constructing with de-construction to stay street chic this winter.

THE DETAILS

shirt: Brooks Brothers | culottes: Pure Hype | coat: Miss Anne | stockings: Target| earrings: Lovisa | shoes: boutique | lipstick: Bite Beauty

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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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styled by Salonee Goyal, curated by Simran Goyal

THE DETAILS

top: Renee | skir

t: Target Australia | shoes: Florsheim | earrings: Prouds | watch: Omega | lipstick: Revlon

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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!

 

ASOS                                         MissGuided                                   Gestuz

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.

      VERO MODA                                                                   ASOS

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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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:

YSL            WITTNER         TARGET      NINE WEST          ASOS

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: 

SHOP THE POST:

                                    KURT GEIGER                                       WITTNER

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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SENSO                        KURT GEIGER              TONY BIANCO

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. 

SHOP THE POST:

WITTNER                                                EASY STEPS

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.

SHOP THE POST:

EASY STEPS                     NINE WEST                      ZARA 

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:

 ASOS                                             CHURCH’S

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DOUBLE DENIM

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Denim is one of the most trusted yet versatile materials a woman can own. Denim pieces are stylishly chic on their own, and can easily be embellished to enhance your look. But how do you take denim to a corporate level, but retain the edgy street vibe denim possesses.

In this post, I’ve styled a denim dress to match a casual business dress code; and then transformed the dress into the perfect layering piece.

these looks are styled by Salonee Goyal and curated by Simran Goyal 

LOOK 1: The denim dress

Denim is shied away from in a corporate environment. It’s often branded as a material that is too casual. I’ve broken that myth by styling a denim dress that’s perfect for a casual Friday look. The look is clean, minimal and flaunts the best parts of me whilst still remaining office appropriate.

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The details:

My base for this look is a dark wash denim pencil dress. The hardware is minimal, and the dress flaunts a body-long zipper and simple button detailing at the breast. The standout feature of this piece is the addition of a tie-waist belt. This element is essential to making the dress a versatile piece.

When worn, the dress hits my knees yet stays true to my figure. Often denim dresses are either shorter in length or they possess little shape. This makes women who are curvier look bulky and disproportionate. The belt is essential to clean up the dress and make it more professional. By clinching in my waist, I can accentuate my curves, eliminating the risk of hiding my figure.

To emphasise the minimalist style of the dress and ensure attention remains on it, I chose a pair of strappy block heels. Simple and chic. Any close toe or peep toe heel can be paired with the dress. But ensure your heels have an ankle strap. The ankle strap draws symmetry with the dress’ hemline and the belt.

When your outfit is composed of mainly block colours or simple designs, my advice would be to brighten the look with your accessories. I chose forest green as my accessory colour of choice to make the dress more vibrant. The best thing about dark wash denim is that any bright coloured bag will work.

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You’ll notice that the hardware on my bag also matches the symmetry of my dress and heels.

As I’m wearing leather shoes, I went with a vintage Omega watch with a leather strap, and circular studs to match the buttons on the breast pockets of my dress.

 

LOOK 2: the denim jacket

There is nothing more satisfying than when a garment is versatile. To pay homage to the street chic vibe denim possesses, I used the denim dress as a layering piece.

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The details:

I kept my layers simple to draw attention to the jacket. You can never go wrong with a fitted V-neck, sleeveless basic. However, if V-neck does not flatter your figure, a deep round-neck top would also be appropriate. The key is to ensure your top is fitted.

Jeggings are stylish and comfortable, and I chose to style a classic white colour. To draw the eyes up, and give the illusion of possessing longer legs, the top was tucked in.

I chose to keep the strappy block heels to elongate my figure further, and keep the look simple and clean.

To break away from the monochrome vibe of this look, I highlighted the metallic tones of the jacket with my accessories. The gold belt with silver detailing gives the outfit a subtle pop, whilst complimenting the copper buttons on the jacket. Light-coloured belts keep the attention of onlookers on the upper half of the body, and make your legs look longer.

This look was completed with the same circular studs, and a statement metal watch at the wrist to keep to the metallic theme of my accessories.

This look is simple, so why not jazz it up with some beautiful bouncy waves? My hair is styled in soft waves, with the front fringe neatly twisted back. This adds a feminine touch to the ensemble without diminishing the raw appeal of denim. The best part of these waves is that they are heatless!

dress: Target Australia | shoes: Tony Bianco | Jeggings: Uniqlo | V neck top: Rockmans | Bag: Boutique | Earrings: David Jones | Belt: Glebe Markets | watch: Omega | watch: Skagen

 

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