Wearing: Veronika Maine top, Laura Ashley skirt, Portmans jacket and belt, Target shoes, Witchery bag, Colette ring, Anthropologie earrings.
There are a couple of reasons I wanted to share this outfit. Firstly, it demonstrates a grown up way to wear pink. Although it’s hard to see from these pictures the top is actually pale pink which I have set against the fuchsia of the skirt. The grown up shapes of the pieces and the lack of frill or flowery design make this adult appropriate while still allowing me to indulge in the girly shade. Secondly it goes against the rule that you should only wear darker shades on your bigger body parts. Despite having a large bust, I chose to wear the lighter colour on top – and I think it works. The lesson here is don’t be afraid to swap things around occasionally and think a little outside the box – you might just find a fab new way to wear something.
I’m a huge Mad Men fan. While the story, the acting and the actors are all wonderful, to me the fashion is the big star. In particular, the clothes worn by va va voom bombshell Joan Harris (played by Christina Hendricks). Joan is unashamedly curvy and only wears figure hugging dresses, pencil skirts and blouses to showcase that magnificent figure. She is a great role model for those of use with hips and a generous bust and a perfect example that curves are indeed very sexy. Always better to show it off than cover it up. While some credit must go the show’s producers for in fact showing there were curvy women in the 1950/1960s, it is really the brilliance of the show’s costume designer Janie Bryant that ensures Joan shines. The pieces are a good guide to dressing curves (showing off you best assets, skimming over those you’d rather cover and always highlighting the waist), embracing what you have and when you find the right shapes that work for you, don’t be afraid to put them on repeat (in many different colours) and remember to own it!
Autumn has certainly arrived in Canberra. The chillier mornings and nights has got me reassessing some of my outfits and thinking more about layering. Layering can be tricky as the whole point is to look stylish, warm but not bulky. Co-ordinating prints and patterns also comes into play. For some inspiration I of course turned to Pinterest:
1. Source Pinterest via blackwhiteframes.blogspot.com
To say that I was excited, jumping for joy, squealing at my desk when I heard the news that Jcrew is shipping to Australia is an understatement (I may or maynot also have spilt hot tea over my entire keyboard). I adore Jcrew’s preppy vibe, good quality, fun classic pieces and always try to snap some up when I’m in the US. Their prices are probably comparable to Witchery/ Country Road but I think most of the time they are worth it. To see these gorgeous pieces in Aussie dollars (no more googling ‘currency exchange’) is such a thrill and add to that the fact that they are offering FREE shipping until the end of April, I know my credit card is in big trouble (and I’m really starting to regret the whole ‘join bank account’ thing). There’s a lot to love but my picks out of their new arrivals – which are their early (US) spring pieces (and great transeasonal pieces) include:
1. This jumper is so dam wearble and interchangeable and is a fun, grown-up way to wear spots. Would look nice over a white shirt for the office and gorgeous with a bright coloured bottom (see pants below) and of course with black.
2. Coloured pants are everywhere at the moment and these are a great take on the trend. The shape is very classic and particularly flattering when worn with heels. If pink is too much – there are also available in black, navy and camel.
3. Polka dot skirt – I’m a skirts and dresses type of gal so this shape naturally appeals to me. The colour is conservative but the print and split at the front make it fun. Best worn with heels and only if you don’t mind showing some leg (the split would expose a bit). Could earily be worn with a shirt for work or with a blouse tucked in and killer heels for datenight. This colour can and should be worn with every colour – so versatile. I also don’t believe in the old rule that black and navy can’t be seen together. I think they should move in together. And get married.
Are you excited for Jcrew? What will you be buying?
For this one piece 3 ways segment I thought I would demonstrate the versatile ways to wear a denim chambray shirt. They are hugely popular with the stylish set (see here, here , here, here). Like its bulkier brother the denim jacket, a chambray shirt adds a cool casual vibe to an outfit (plus is figure friendly) and can be worn so many ways. For this example I tied it over a black dress for cocktails and tapas. A red dress would have also been fab.
Wearing: BigW top, Veronika Maine belt, dress (worn as skirt) Banana Republic, Target heels, Witchery bag, Diva ring, Sportsgirl sunglasses.
Following on from yesterday’s post on mixing prints I felt inspired to do some mixing myself. I picked up the blue in the dress (worn here as a skirt) with this basic blue and white stripe top (absolute bargain at BigW) and kept the accessories neutral. I’m really happy with the look – it’s playful yet smart. Have you mixed your prints?