When it comes to exercise, sometimes just having a cute workout look can help motivate you to go to that gym class or pound the pavement and go for that run. And whilst nice exercise gear is great, there’s no doubt that sometimes activewear can end up costing a fortune once you start adding up everything from leggings to a sports bra and shoes. So if you’re not a Khloe Kardashian with enough cash to spare that you have your very own closet just for your sneakers, how can you still look great without spending a fortune? Here are some great ways to do it.
Stock up at sale time
As with most things in our wardrobes, sale time is probably the best time to replenish any items as you’ll often save a whole lot given most things are discounted. So it’s the ideal time to snap up any workout gear you might need. Hit the sale section of your fave sites for activewear and pay a visit in store to see what might be sitting on the sale racks. You should also take advantage of deals that offer an extra discount on sale items or spend and save deals where the more you buy the bigger the reduction.
Shop the chain stores
You don’t always have to buy activewear from an activewear brand. These days chain stores such as H&M, Seed and Cotton On, and even Target and K-Mart are now doing their own exercise gear from leggings to tees and socks, and the quality is arguably as good as what you’ll find from more expensive brands.
Shop the clearance section
Hit up your fave activewear brand’s clearance section online. For example Lululemon have a ‘We Made Too Much’ section on their site which sells surplus stock at heavily discounted prices. You’ll be able to snap up pieces from a top brand but with a smaller price tag.
Spend up but only on certain things
In an ideal world you’d have a matching top to toe workout look every time you hit the gym but your bank account may not agree. One way to get around this is to invest in the truly important things such as a sports bra which is crucial for giving support during a training session and quality sneakers which you’ll need if you’re regularly exercising. When it comes to other things such as tees, socks and even leggings however, you can afford to go with the cheaper option which can help extend your activewear dollars further.
One of my favourite things about winter is the fact I get to cosy up in gorgeous knits such as this sweet jumper by Zimmermann. I’m a firm believer that knitwear doesn’t have to be boring, in fact it can often be the star of an outfit if the finishing touches are just right. The oversized bows on this sweater is ultimately what makes it and is the ideal finishing touch. I also find a batwing sleeve particularly flattering when it comes to knits as it has the slightly billowy feel that I like when it comes to jumpers but the tapered cuffs give it a refined shape.
You’ll often find me in jeans so I am quite particular when it comes to the wash and fit. This pair by Levi’s ticks all the boxes for me. It’s always nice to go back to such a classic denim brand as they really know how to create a great, flattering pair. Paired with a cute jumper, it’s a combination that’s a failsafe during winter.
I decided to dress this outfit up a little with black Aquazzura pumps. I like the fact that the subtle bow on the straps ties in to the bows on my jumper, offering a little extra cohesion. As a final finishing touch, I opted for my favourite black Dior bag worn as a clutch. Overall it’s a casual look that’s elegant and polished, yet easily adaptable with a change of accessories.
There are some whose wardrobes are such a visual smorgasbord of amazing looks that you can’t help but want everything they wear. And one of them would have to be blogger Blair Eadie, the woman behind fashion blog Atlantic-Pacific. If you’re a fan of monochrome everything then look away now because if there’s one thing that this fashionista is not, it’s being averse to colour. In fact, her entire aesthetic is a riot of colour in a polished, edited way.
From colour blocking to rich vibrant tones and incorporating a veritable rainbow in everything she wears, this is colour done right. Working with such a bold palette may seem intimidating at first, but not if you learn how to embrace it in a way that’s elegant and modern—and that’s exactly what Blair Eadie does.
One of the best ways to do a rainbow palette is to colour block. Working bold tones together to create an effect that purposely clashes hues is effective and makes for a powerful sartorial statement. Another way is to pick a colour to highlight in your look and incorporate it within your outfit and further complement it with your accessories. And to ensure cohesion, if you’re wearing a particularly colourful piece, pick a hue from that item and carry it throughout for a continuing colour scheme.
Also your first instinct might be to dial it down with your accessories when working with such vibrant colours but do as Blair Eadie does and go even bolder with your accoutrements. The effect is stunning. Think chandelier earrings, bright headbands and sunglasses that pop. The entire effect is a look that screams playful and fun, yet is polished and elegant through and through. And what’s not to love about that?
If there was one skirt that was seemingly everything last year it was the Naomi leopard print skirt by Reformation. The 90s inspired slip skirt in silk satin was a common feature of many a street style pic. And for good reason. The midi crop and ever so perfect animal print was the versatile dress up or down style staple of our dreams.
It should come as no surprise that the skirt has made its way into the mainstream, with iterations of the satin slip skirt now becoming a feature in many a chain store’s current drop. The beauty of this skirt is the silhouette makes it an elegant and modern piece that can be worked back with everything from a white tee to a slouchy sweater and button down shirt. With such versatility, you’ll definitely want to make this addition to your wardrobe now because if there’s one thing that’s certain, you’ll definitely be seeing it everywhere come spring/summer. Pair it with a floss heel and that’s your signature look for the next few months. sorted.
If you’re making the big trip over to enjoy the European summer —lucky you! I’ve enjoyed spending time over there during the warmer months through the years, and even got married in Taormina in Italy so it’s the type of holiday that has a special place in my heart. And having packed for it a time or two I’ve managed to get my packing down to a fine art to avoid carting around a big heavy bag to the other side of the world. If you’re heading over there here are a few of my tips for what to bring.
Europeans have the most amazing style and tend to dress up so it’s the perfect time to step up your fashion game. I’ve always found it a great opportunity to get some use of out the dressier pieces that I don’t tend to wear that often in Australia. So if you’ve got a cocktail dress that you love, you can totally get away with wearing it with flats or sneakers during the day when you’re enjoying summertime in Europe.
Invest in Aussie brands
I firmly believe Australia does beautiful resort wear like no other place on the planet so take advantage of it and add a few homegrown pieces to your travel wardrobe. Brands like Zimmermann, Camilla and Marc, Bassike and Albus Lumen are faves of mine and I’ll always go away with a dress or swimwear or cute separates from those brands.
Separates are a great due to their versatility
I’m a firm believer in not over packing so I’ll always do a tight edit of what I’m bringing with me. If I’m bringing dresses, I always make sure that it’s a style that I can wear with slides or sandals during the day and dress up with wedges or dressy accessories at night. The same rule applies to any separates I bring too; everything has to serve more than one purpose.
I mostly like to bring separates with me because I can create several different outfits by just bringing a few pieces. I always make sure that everything works together so I don’t end up with a top for example that I can only wear with one specific pair of shorts. Also co-ord sets are great for this purpose too because they look cute worn together but can also be separated and worn apart.
This is one of my go-to bags to take overseas – tiny, multi-purpose and chic
Bring a multi-purpose bag
I don’t like to bring a ton of bags with me so I’ll always bring one crossbody bag that I can wear with the straps over my body or tuck the straps in and use it as a clutch. Another alternative that’s perfect for now is a basket bag. I’m really loving all the wicker/straw bags around now as they can be worn during the day or at night.
Leave heels at home
You’ll find yourself navigating lots of cobblestoned streets so leave stilettos at home because it’s virtually impossible to walk in sky high heels on cobblestones night after night and not do yourself an injury! Instead bring wedges, or alternatively a beautiful pair of flats or slides will also work well. Plus they’re much more comfortable.
Colour blocking has become a styling go-to of mine because I love how it can create such a strong look with minimal fuss. In fact, it’s seriously so easy that you can bookmark it as a styling trick to deploy when you’re having one of those days where nothing seems to be working in your closet. Playing with punchy, bold hues is a guaranteed way to make a statement, and it’s something that you can easily do with pieces you probably already have in your closet. But before you do, here are a few things to remember…
Colour blocking is the time to go all out and have a little fun with your outfit. Playing with differing hues is always a tried and tested way to give your outfit a strong point of difference. Think pink and red, blue and yellow, green and blue… the options are endless but do try and work with solid colour as much as possible as the effect is not quite the same when you’ve got patterns in the mix.
Mix it up
You can block bold shades or keep things quite tonal and work with varying shades in the same colour family. And depending on your mood, you can easily colour block most outfits to either be quite striking and vibrant or keep it a little more subdued and work a subtle gradient effect instead.
In the outfit above I wore a red ribbed knitted jumper and worked it back with a bubblegum pink lurex skirt. Not only did I colour block but working with vastly different textures helps elevate the look, giving it some depth and makes the already vibrant shades work that much harder.
Don’t forget about your accessories
Your accessories shouldn’t be left out of the colour blocking fun! Adding splashes of colour with your bag or jewellery, shoes and sunglasses is one way to keep the theme going throughout your entire look.
One of my favourite things about going on a tropical getaway is putting together my holiday wardrobe. Resort wear is without a doubt one of my favourite styles to work with because I love the relaxed nature of it. And living in Australia, I think we do these styles beautifully.
I think one of the biggest musts of resort chic is a gorgeous summer dress. I tend to gravitate towards midi styles and am really embracing prints. Florals are always a winner as they evoke an understated elegance, but I think warm, balmy days are also a dream pairing with crisp white frocks. If you only pack two styles with you on holiday, make it those two.
Whilst dresses are easily dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories, I’m also a fan of packing great separates. If done in a considered way, you could pack a handful of separate pieces and create several looks. I always love to pack a pair of high waisted shorts (white is always a beautiful option for a beachy vacation) because I know that I can wear them to the pool and out to lunch and all the way to dinner if I so desired. I’m also really into crop tops worn with a higher waist and paired with natural textures such as a straw hat or a wicker bag. Simple, understated and elegant — you can’t really go wrong with that approach.
It was a winter themed week on Instagram. I shared my favourite new teddy coat which along with being one of the most popular trends of the season has got to be one of the best ways to keep warm I’ve encountered yet. Soft, cosy and stylish, this Ducie coat was my What I Wore star of the week. In fact I love it so much I’ve been wearing it non-stop including my trip to Queenstown over the weekend. Luke and I started by toasting the trip ahead at the airport before flying to New Zealand with some good friends for the weekend. Not only was it relaxing and the scenery stunning but one of my best friends got engaged over there! It certainly was one of the most memorable weekends I’ve had!
Gone are the days when the humble cardigan would be something your grandparents would wear. The cardi has become an integral part of most winter wardrobes and with good reason – they’re warm, comfy and just so versatile. And to prove it here are six ways to work the cardigan into your wardrobe…
A black cardi when teamed with an all-black ensemble makes for an interesting alternative to a black blazer or jacket. This is the kind of piece that you’ll turn to time and time again because it’s so multi-functional and will work back with virtually everything in your wardrobe.
A grey cardi will never go astray in your wardrobe. When worn with jeans and a tee it’s a match made in heaven and makes for a low-key yet chic ensemble for a casual lunch, a day of running errands or while travelling.
Whoever said cardis were boring has never seen the amazing array of bold patterns they can come in. Have fun with your cardis and experiment with an interesting print or pattern. When worn with pared back pieces such as a tee and skinny jeans it makes for a great statement piece to give your outfit a point of difference. To ensure it doesn’t become too much for your outfit, try to pick one colour in your cardi and choose pieces in the same colour to give the look some cohesion.
For a casual cool vibe replace your jacket or blazer with a cosy cardi. If teaming a cardi with a dress try to keep the silhouette quite streamlined and opt for a form fitting dress to counteract the volume of the cardi. You can dress up this look with a pair of pumps or keep it quite casual with brogues or oxfords.
Unexpected pairings are often the best. In this case a pinstripe button down shirt makes an interesting juxtaposition with the relaxed nature of the cardi. An oversized cardi (much like a coat of the same cut) will always be a welcome winter warmer as it’s simply so easy to thrown on over virtually anything and it ups the cosy factor when you’re facing a chilly day outdoors.
To give a cardi a slightly more polished feel try belting it to make it a little more figure-hugging. This has the added benefit of giving you some shape and when teamed with skinny jeans it makes for a sleek finish.
Photography: Stockholm Street Style, Shot by Gio, Lauren Messiah, New Fashion Craze, Sincerely Jules,
I’ve been shopping around for investment pieces of late so this month’s round up features a few designer buys that I’ve had my eye on. Bags and shoes are usually what I splurge on because of how versatile they are so I’ve been scouring my fave brands such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton for new designs. That said, the rest of my list involves some practical wardrobe updates that I know I’ll wear to death. It’s all about a high-low mix when it comes to my wardrobe.
Skin and Threads have always been a fave brand for jumpers and I come back to them every winter. Oversized knits are great as they’re comfy and cosy. I like the baggy look of this and the gorgeous pink shade.
I saw the bubblegum pink shade of this bag and immediately fell in love. Even in such a striking colour I don’t think you can ever really go wrong with a Chanel bag — it’ll hold up well and have longevity, not to mention the bucket style is a classic.
These white t-shirts are a new fave of mine. I’ve actually been wanting to stock up on them because they’re just the right shape, they’re a really thick fabric and they don’t look worn just after a few washes.