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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THE (TOTE)AL PACKAGE

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When any lady goes out, there are at least five things she will always have on hand. For us, it’s having our phones, wallets, a snack, our lipstick of choice and a glasses case.

With this in mind, today’s post is a guide to selecting the right kind of bag, depending on the place you’re going. We hope you gain some inspiration for updates to your autumn/winter wardrobe as well! But do keep in mind, that bags, like almost any accessory are all year round, depending on how you style them!

CORPORATE

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It’s a no brainer really. At work, our purses need to fit not only our essentials, but document wallets, a laptop or tablet as well. Monotoned structured totes, in deeper colours like black or brown, or off-white are the safest options because these bags will go with all your ensembles. To change it up a little, finishing your corporate ensemble with a beautiful red or blue work purse is a great idea as well!

DAY TIME CASUAL

COLETTE                           CHLOE                          COLETTE                            ZARA

The key to good skin is hydration right? When out, having a bottle of water is another addition to the list of essentials. Carrying a bag that can not only fit essentials but bits of shopping as well is important. Gravitate towards chic bucket bags or mini backpacks that  are functional, stylish and comfortable to use all day.

EVENINGS

GUESS               CHARLES AND KEITH             CHLOE                             ZARA

Stress free is the policy when going out at night. Light, secure and chic bags are key. Having a zipper and attachable cross body strap are essential. One thing to look for is a bag that has a hidden, secure pocket to store money in. This saves having to carry a wallet as well. Another great option would be to invest in a phone case that has a wallet or card holder feature so all your essential cards (ID, credit card etc) are on you at all times.

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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.

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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 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

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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.

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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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: 

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                                    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. 

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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.

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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.

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 ASOS                                             CHURCH’S

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