YOU CAN UPDATE YOUR LOOK BY BLENDING COLOURS YOU MAY NOT NORMALLY WEAR TOGETHER. THESE COLOURS YOU MAY ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR WARDROBE - OR CAN ADD IN TO RE-INVENT PIECES YOU OWN.
- Wearing blues with greens is allowed! And it actually looks really amazing together - just in case you have a theory it’s not allowed.
- Introduce neutrals to blue or green tones. It is very sophisticated and really makes neutrals look new.
- You can colour block head to toe greens or head to toe blue tones - maybe mix in tonal textured so the outfit looks interesting. And different shades of the similar colour can be worn together.
- All of these colours also look great by adding in white - a white t-shirt, cami or shirt can be styled in this look.
dressing can be a simple process (and stress free) if you have the key elements. lot’s of women own pieces that don’t work with other pieces in their wardrobe. also if you have a wardrobe full of ‘prints’ it can be very hard to style yourself each day. the art of ‘simple style’ is not difficult to ACHIEVE, if you change your mindset, that minimal is far more chicer than being over styled.
- Select classic and simple pieces when you are building your wardrobe. Not every item needs to be a statement.
- Wearability of tonal or monochrome block colours is much more versatile than a wardrobe full of patterns and brights. STOP buying prints as a way to feel like you are wearing something new. ‘Invest’ instead in simple items you can wear more often, and update your outfit with accessories or the way you do your make up or hair.
- Things like, leather pants, a trench coat, classic jean, white shirt, black skirt, black dress, black blazer etc is really the way to start. You actually do not need a lot to have ‘head turning simplicity’, in the way you dress.
- Grooming is the key to simple style. And less is more when it comes to accessories.
- It is not about what brand you are wearing - simple style is not logo driven or obvious flashy pieces.
- The best thing is, simple style is really comfortable. It will become your second skin, and once you start - your over styled days will never come back.
Dressing for work, doesn’t mean you can’t be the ultimate stylish working girl.it starts with black, then you add neutrals & a hint of colour. the key is each element can be worn in harmony so you have more outfit options.
- When you buy a black pant suit, invest in a good quality wearable style, as this will become the basis of your work uniform. There is nothing more chic than an amazing suit on a women.
- When you add black separates that can be worn with your jackets, explore textures, fabrics and lengths. Skirts with shine, pleats or with interesting details takes a simple outfit to the next level.
- Neutral suiting is the ultimate sophistication and is striking and feminine at the same time. Wear as a neutral colour block or by styling back with black or white.
- A stripe is a print without being noticeable. And I always feel very chic when I wear stripes.
- Add a hint of colour with pastels - this will give your work wear a freshness and femininity.
- Belt it! Make sure you invest in wide waisted belts so you can belt your blazers.
This season I think the biggest trend is the way to wear colour. And I don’t mean colour fads, I mean wearing your classic colours differently. And the rule is, there are no rules! Green hues of olive or khaki back with earthy tones of camel or tobacco even with a pop of colour thrown in. These tones makes us look sophisticated and masculine, while creates a kind of relaxed and effortless look - but in the meantime, still structured and somewhat disciplined.
- Try layering the same tones in one outfit - from head to toe….yes even footwear to match.
- The jumpsuit or boiler suit is key to this look. And can be worn underneath coats.
- Adding a bright colour to this pallet makes it look very new. Neon back with these earthy tones looks amazing.
- Wear these hues as workwear or casually. Classic suiting in this pallet is very sophisticated yet edgy.
- Embrace the belt - this will help break up the colour and a good way to bring your outfit together.
- This look works really well when it is styled more slouchy. I love going up a size in certain styles to achieve this vibe
Animal Print With A Hint Of Cool.
YOU MAY BE SEEING ANIMAL PRINT IS BACK (WELL IT NEVER REALLY GOES OUT). BUT HOW DO YOU UPDATE your pieces BY STYLING IT DIFFERENTLY? HERE are A FEW NEW WAYS TO MAKE IT LOOK cool again.
- Treat animal print as a colour not a print. It is totally acceptable to wear it head to toe …..and I mean literally to toe! You can style animal print footwear back with your printed clothing.
- Animal ‘colour’ looks amazing back with neutrals - camel, tobacco, taupe, cream even browns.
- Add yellow or blue to animal print - this will make it look very modern.
- Style back with tan or camel accessories - and belts especially as they can break up the print.
- The wicker bag is a must - and can be worn in all seasons. Also looks beautiful back with the neutral and animal print pallet
- Animal prints work so well with classic wash denim.
Neutrals With A Hint Of Blue
Neutrals are the new norm - you can find everything from casual to workwear in this very wearable colour pallet. It was huge in summer, and not going anywhere for winter. If you want to add some colour to your neutral pallet, here are some tips.
- Add shades of blue! From light to mid to dark tones, look so chic worn back with earthy tones.
- Tie dye is back and worn by all the IT girls around the globe. If you aren’t into the hippy tie dye colours, try more softer versions like in soft blues. Also works beautifully worn with cream, camel or beige.
- Navy and neutrals is very simple and classic. Perfect for workwear.
- Mock snake skin print is a way to inject animal print but in a new, more modern way. If you aren’t brave enough to wear snake skin pants, try accessories or footwear.
- The basket bag or variations of them, is still the bag to own. Also works perfectly styled back with neutrals.
- Don’t forget you can mix and match your suiting - blue blazer with neutral pants or vice versa, style blue shirting under your trench coat or colour blocking is still a very sophisticated way of dressing and really makes a statement.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO INJECT SOME NEWNESS INTO YOUR WARDROBE IN A SUBTLE WAY - YOU CAN USE A STYLING TECHNIQUE WITH ITEMS YOU MAY ALREADY OWN + A HINT OF NEW = SOMETHING RATHER FABULOUS.
- Merge your colours together! Neutrals work really well together. Either as a colour block of the same shade or by mixing similar tones together.
- Add something pink! Pink is showing up as a must wear colour, but not in the traditional ‘girly’ sense. Wear it back with neutrals such as tobacco, camel or chocolate.
- Tonal accessories and footwear are key, including the lust worthy mock croc!
- If you want to take a safer approach, wearing white back with neutrals is always chic and classic.
The Heat Is On
In the southern hemisphere, summer feels like it has just started. here is a guide to some of my favourite items.
- My favourite brand at the moment is Loewe (pronounced LOH-eh-vay). Stunning, simple, classic yet so so cool. From the oversized sunglasses, classic beautiful leather handbags to the must own summer bag….the ‘up market’ market basket.
- I can’t live without my vintage Levis slouchy denim shorts. It is difficult to find the perfect vintage pair, but once you do they are wardrobe changing. Alternatively you can buy re worked Levis online. Washed out blue and slouchy boyfriend fit (not super short or tight) look great with a white t-shirt or a dressy top.
- Asymmetric one piece swimsuits are great as can be worn to the beach or as a body suit back with a skirt or denim short.
- Dresses are so easy to wear when it hot and can be worn to the beach or dressed up. Animal print, soft florals, neutrals and white.
- A simple sandal in nude and black is your essential shoe.
- An oversized straw hat is essential.
As it starts to warm up, and holidays are just around the corner - here is some inspiration to make your feet LOOK fine!
- Key colours are tan or camel tones and black as staples. But there is a lot of newness in white, cream and chocolate.
- Sneakers are not going anywhere and look great worn back with summery dresses.
- The slide is still important but now its a lot more chunky. Buckle details, studding and wider straps.
- Suede sandals and slides are big, studded details and you will also see lots of shell embellishment.
- Wedge styles, animal prints and rope details are still here.
- There is still lots of logo pool slides around…they are really easy to wear to embrace it!