Trend to Try: Shorts & Tights

Opaques & shorts is the latest Autumn/Winter statement look. Street style chic at its finest. And no one has mastered this trend better than Olivia Palermo… Effortless and just damn cool! What I love about this look is the ability to mix into your everyday no matter what your style. In my attempt to ‘shop my own wardrobe’ for the next couple of weeks I think this look is an easy way to try out something new with something I already own and love…

Here are my two options for the looks I love:

Mix military & denim to create a level of street-cred and the perfect casual weekend look for a spot of shopping.

Olivia Palermo Weekend Short Style

Olivia Palermo Weekend Short Style. Photo via Instagram.

Or try corporate casual in a pair of structured shorts, statement blazer and sky-high pumps, for a polished work wear look.

Olivia Palermo Corporate Shorts and Tights Chic

Olivia Palermo Corporate Shorts and Tights Chic. Photo via Instagram

Although, it is officially winter the chill has not quite set in for us Sydney-siders which makes this a perfect opportunity to road-test this trend. I am super keen to try my luck on a Saturday morning on the way to coffee and to stroll through the local markets or for a touch of street side shopping.

Stay posted kids to see me rocking this look very soon.

SS x

Style Crush & Fashion Chameleon: Ashley Madekwe!

I love a celebrity who can effortlessly mix the high-end pieces us mere-mortals crave with the everyday accessible labels that makes up 90% of my wardrobe. Ashley Madekwe is effortlessly stylish and the perfect all price dresser. Ashley is best known for her role as social climber Ashley Davenport on the hit TV show Revenge. But unbeknownst to many, me included until recently, in addition to her acting career Ashley also runs her own successful fashion website ring my bell. If you have even wanted a glimpse into a celebs wardrobe nows your chance… Ring my Bell features Ashley’s real everyday looks alongside exact match buys or similar pieces available to purchase enabling you to recreate her celeb-worthy look.

Ashley’s style, embodies everything I crave; the perfect combination of comfort and style. The mix of luxe fabrics paired with basics, worn with either a sneakers or an amazing pair of heels (or both – on different days of course) minimal accessories and a whole lot of class. Girl-crush much? I also consider Ashley to be a style chameleon; one day she is in grungy Dr Martens to the next where she’s seen in a pale pink pencil skirt, there is no trend she won’t try and no trend she can’t pull off.

Here are a few of my favourite looks of Ashley’s and what I wish I owned…(I had to cull a lot to get to this list as there are too many to choose from)…

Touch of Tartan

Tartan is a trend that I am predicting to make a big come back next winter. But the ability to work it into your wardrobe is a skill and must be done with a little care. The pieces you choose must be classic and well chosen or you run the risk of looking like a school girl… Not ideal at 28! Ashley is a lover of tartan weaving it into her look with statement skirts or coats, ensuring the rest of the outfit remains minimal for a perfectly polished look.

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Matching Short-Suit

The two-piece shorts suit takes a whole lot of confidence, wearing one in tomato red is fashion-forward at its best. Ashley embraces strong silhouettes in striking hues perfect for her skin tone, creating an outfit that definitely packs a punch. I really love this outfit for summer; it’s structured and oh so now. Witchery can help you recreate this look with an almost-perfect match it buy in stores now. Available here.

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Boyfriend Denim

Ashley gives me the confidence to wear my distressed boyfriend denims with heels, who can really go passed a look so chic and ultimately comfortable. Although these denims are definitely not a favourite of the boyfriends they are definitely a favourite of mine… And let’s be honest girls dress for other girls most of the time!

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Statement Accessories

Nothing says style more than well chosen accessories. With a minimalist approach and a clean look, Ashley lets her accessories do the talking; with Moroccan style prints (my favourite) or oversized bling, this girl can do no wrong.

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Follow @smashleybell on Instagram or check out her blog, for an insight into her enviable wardrobe and stylish looks.

If you have Style Crush whose wardrobe is worth stealing would love you to share with me?

SS x

Style Crush and Cut-off Queen; Elle Ferguson

My latest style crush is Elle Ferguson. Elle, alongside her best friend Tash Sefton, is one half of the Fashion Blogger duo of They All Hate Us. Both Elle and Tash have an eye for what’s wearable in an everyday scenario, creating outfits that I immediately want to replicate. With every blog post or Instagram pic they are readily fueling my purchasing addiction a little too easily… it’s getting dangerous.

As regular contributors to Witchery’s blog The W Edit and Vogue Australia, there are more places than ever to find outfits to inspire your inner fashion stylist.

Elle’s style is one I aspire towards; while her look appears effortless and comfortable, it is pulled together in a way that I love. Here are a few of my favourite trends and outfits stolen straight from the style icon herself; Elle Ferguson.

Denim Cut-Offs

Elle is a self-confessed denim ‘cut-off’ lover. With over 100 pairs and counting, Elle has a pair for every occasion. Elle has the ability to style a traditional beach-side favourite to a street essential; heels, sneakers, blazers and silk shirts, Elle proves that denim cut-offs are a must for every wardrobe.

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Denim Cut-off Love. Photo via: Elle Ferguson

Breton Stripe

You are all aware of my own personal obsession with stripes but Elle fuels my love even further, too many choices.

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Stripes, stripes, stripes. Photo via: Elle Ferguson

Chambray Shirt

The chambray shirt is my spring/summer essential, originally inspired by a men’s work shirt but now a coveted women’s wardrobe favourite. Elle’s take on the chambray is to be worn tied around the waist or doubled up with her favourite cut-offs; Elle uses the chambray shirt to pull the entire outfit together.

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Chambray Shirt = Wardrobe Essential. Photo via Elle Ferguson

Killer Heels

Elle’s shoe collection is enviable… with an amazing range of statement heels that she pairs alongside comfy outfits to add edge and class.

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Love these shoes. Available at Windsor Smith. Photo via Elle Ferguson.

Each month, the girls have their ‘Come shopping with us!’ post that enables you to essentially shop purchases that Elle and Tash consider the ‘must-haves’ for the month, pieces they have worn, styled and loved – making your monthly purchasing a breeze…

Follow the girls on Instagram for your daily dose of everything fashion! @elleferguson @tashsefton and @theyallhateus.

SS x