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 Obsession: The Tulle Skirt

The latest obsession has found fashion bloggers everywhere raiding their 5 year old nieces wardrobe or the local bridal exchange co-op for the latest in ‘now’ piece: the Tulle Skirt. I am no different, I am absolutely in love with this statement look. Although I wasn’t a girlie-girl in my youth, preferring trucks over tulle, I am embracing feminine and fabulous in my twenties.

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Full Tulle Skirt and a basic grey tee. Photo via: Instagram

Inspired by the infamous Carrie Bradshaw, known for pushing boundaries and sporting looks that I could only ever dream to wear. One of the most well known outfits in the entire Sex and the City series mainly due to it appearing in the opening credits of the show.

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Love Carrie Bradshaw’s Iconic Tulle Skirt

However years later in the Sex and the City movie, Carrie and the girls allow us a glimpse down fashion-memory lane via Carrie’s wardrobe and all agree the tulle skirt is the piece to ‘TAKE’. Even though the show that taught so many girls, like myself, to love and experiment with fashion that moment has been cemented in fashionistas everywhere that one day we will be able to rock a Tulle skirt ‘almost’ as well as Carrie. Well that was the dream anyway…

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Black Tulle and opaque tights. Photo via: Instagram

Fast-forward 10 years and here I am, trawling eBay trying to track down the perfect Tulle skirt to add to my ever expanding list of wardrobe essentials. Any assistance will be welcomed with open arms… I am not afraid to ask a fellow fashion-lover to ‘hook a sister up!’

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The perfect combination of tough and feminine. Photo via: Instagram

For me the Tulle skirt is to be paired with simple pieces and let the skirt itself do its job and just wow people! I am becoming slightly more feminine as I get older but I still love a touch of tough or tomboy. This means think tucked in chambray shirts (another wardrobe essential that won’t be going anywhere soon), black leather jackets or track-top style material (sounds crazy but trust me… It works).

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Tulle with Marle Grey Jumper – Girlie and Cool. Photo via: Instagram

Feminine and flirtatious, the Tulle Skirt allows you to tap into your inner child, or bride-to-be, in a way that will make you want to wear it almost everyday. This look is a definite show stopper!

SS x

Fashion through the eyes of a bloke!

My boyfriend loves when I talk fashion, his eyes begin to glaze over and I swear he is replaying last nights NRL highlights in his mind. He still nods and feigns interest but he’s not listening at all. That is until I mention one of the following statements and then he rolls his eyes and has to give his two cents in protest against me.

So I decided to contest his opinions and share my reasons that the following statements are worth all the eye-rolling.

1. ‘Investment pieces’ are an excuse for you to spend more money. To me ‘Investment Piece’ doesn’t have to come with a giant price tag for me it is all about the make good choices and as with all good investments they pay off in the end with a really good return. By choosing eternally stylish pieces in classic cuts, colours and premium fabrics you avoid those disposable fashion fads. You will know when you have made a good investment as you will still receive compliments every time you pull this piece out and you are still wearing this item 10 years from now.

2. ‘I need new staples’you already have a wardrobe full of clothes why do you need another grey t-shirt? Fashion staples are the building blocks of any good wardrobe and can instantly prepare you for any situation. I need at least a black, grey and two white t-shirts simply because I wear them often and under almost everything. Therefore I try to buy the most durable basics around that don’t cost a fortune, for me these items end up going through the wash at least twice a week and are swapped out every 6 months for a new one. So if your white t-shirt now appears to be more of an off-white shade or slightly stained or stretched, the polished outfit you want to achieve no longer looks so shiny and it is time for a new one.

JCrew Cotton V-Neck Tee - Favourite Staple

J.Crew Cotton V-Neck Tee – Favourite Staple                                                           Photo Via: J.Crew

3. ‘I am going to organise my wardrobe’Huh? It is a place to store clothes the organisation portion is implied and already built in. This is true, however I maintain that wardrobe organisation is a seasonal event for me and my reasoning is simple. Undertaking this task ensures my wardrobe is not cluttered by items that I won’t be wearing over the next six months (do really need to have your winter coats accessible in an Australian summer where temperatures can reach 40 degrees), my mind is refreshed on the clothes I do own and love for the upcoming season, and it is an opportunity to cull all those ‘what was I thinking items’ or slightly non wearable items that are just taking up space.

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My Wardrobe – Bursting at the seams

4. ‘Gimme one sec’ said prior to walking/rushing out the front door! Granted you don’t really say anything here it is more often than not all said in one look… Whether it is quickly do one last check of my make up, grab my keys or my lipstick, allowing me this last minute adjustment can make or break my night which ultimately means your night too. It seems strange but that last minute check helps me centre myself before we go anywhere so please just roll with it. I promise it is better to give me these few seconds to collect myself than for me to be stressed and complaining that I have left something essential behind.

5. ‘I have nothing to wearyou physically can not fit anymore clothes in your wardrobe how can you find nothing. Yes I have an abundance of clothes, but it is all about finding something I actually feel like wearing, something that I haven’t worn to death or been seen wearing multiple times by the same people. For mere mortals like me, i.e. people without stylists, building an outfit takes time and effort. People who say ‘I just threw this on’ are either; a) lying or b) have preplanned this outfit weeks ago while at home one day on their own (I am onto your tricks). Finding a single outfit combo you love is pretty easy, but finding ten different perfect outfit combos per month (given that you are probably wearing this outfit a minimum of 3 times a month) takes some serious planning and effort. So don’t rush me…

But despite all the eye rolling he will never change my love for fashion or my ability to justify my latest purchase. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I adopted his approach to determining what to wear, whereby shopping is a bi-annual event or he just lets the girlfriend get it… But then that doesn’t sound like any fun…

SS x

 

Weekend Style Edit

From Monday to Friday, patent black pumps, the two piece suit or a polished pencil skirt may complete your workday look, but whatever you are wearing during your work week it’s unlikely that you want to continue that same look throughout the weekend. For me, those clothes can remind me of work and put me in that corporate mindset, you almost need to have two separate styles one for work and one for play.

More often than not your weekend look is more casual and comfortable than your traditional work-wardrobe. But while your weekend look can be relaxed, it should never be sloppy. If you are grocery shopping, walking up the street to grab a coffee, or running a quick errand, you never know who you will bump in to and if you have my luck you always do when you are looking your worst. I have been there quite a few times; slightly sheepish and embarrassed with my greasy hair hidden under a baseball cap, pulled low over my face like I am hiding from the paparazzi, boyfriends oversized jumper with sweats or that out of shape t-shirt you have been meaning to throw out. Weekends are fun, so let your outfits amplify that feeling no matter what your signature style is.

Sporty
Yes even your gym gear can be stylish. Inspiration Nicole Ritchie.

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Nicole Ritchie Weekend Workout

Double Denim
Don’t judge me but I love a bit of weekend double denim.

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Olivia Palermo Double Denim

Preppy
Polished and chic, think skinny blue denims, light weight knits and a collared shirt. Inspiration Emma Stone and Taylor Swift.

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Emma Stone – Weekend Preppy

Rock
A touch a rock makes you instantly edgy; black leather, faux fur and skinny jeans. Inspiration Jessica Hart and Kate Moss.

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Jess Hart Rock Chic

Boho
Unstructured chunky knits, floaty style tops and faded, ripped denim. Inspiration Sienna Miller.

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Sienna Miller – Weekend Boho

Urban
Sleek city dweller chic, polished separates. Inspiration Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

And if in doubt channel Olivia Palermo’s chic weekend style.

Olivia Palermo Weekend Chic

Olivia Palermo Weekend Chic

Enjoy your weekends my fashionable lovelies…

SS x