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The Europeans have been doing it for years; wearing neutral colours from head to toe and looking mighty fabulous! Tonal dressing is nothing new, but it’s taken us quite a while to catch on to a look that is both super stylish and super flattering.
Think lovely camels, soft beiges, winter white, tones of oatmeal, chocolate brown and taupe. You can easily recreate this look yourself, and you probably already have all the pieces to do it in your own wardrobe. Rather than thinking, “oh that’s too much,” start saying “this looks great!”
The key to wearing a tonal outfit is to mix up the fabrics, textures and tones. The colours may be the same or slightly different, but it’s the textural differences that will make it work. Below are some looks I styled from Witchery’s AW19 collection focusing on this trend. Not all pieces are still available, but I’ve linked to similar styles.
LOOK 1: This outfit incorporates some tonal elements mixed with some beautiful rich autumnal colours. The cream roll neck jumper (similar here) works perfectly under the houndstooth blazer (similar here) Roll up the jacket sleeves to show the silky lining in contrast to the ribbed knit.
The rich golden colour of the skirt compliments the neutral tones perfectly. Finished off with darker accessories in the chocolate brown boots and khaki waist belt. Even though this is not a matchy-matchy outfit, nor not the same colour from head to toe, its the neutral colour palette that still creates the tonal look.
LOOK 2: I’ve teamed the same cream roll neck under a nude silk shirt, once again combining the textures of silk and wool. The turtle neck worn under a collared shirt (similar here) is a trend I’ve been noticing on Instagram, and I think I’m going to be wearing a lot of it this winter!
The trousers have a light fawn based check, which continue the neutral feel of the outfit. Then I decided to have some fun by adding another neutral ~ the leopard print shoe! Yes, I do consider this a neutral. Throw on a bum-bag around the waist to compliment the brown tones in the shoes, and outfit is complete.
LOOK 3: This camel coat (similar here) is a beautiful shade that will not only work styled with other neutrals, but will also pare back with your blacks and navy. Here I’ve styled it over the Witchery print georgette puff blouse that also features the camel tones as well as beautiful rich tones of burgundy and brown.
A little trick when belting a jacket like this; tie it just off centre. This will create the illusion of more shape at the waist. Also, don’t be afraid to mix up your prints, like I’ve done here with the floral blouse, soft check pant and animal print shoe. As long as the tones are all the same (in this case, all undertones of beige) it works!
An instant wardrobe update that will also make a bold statement is the check jacket. A classic look that never really goes out of style, but will also elevate your existing wardrobe this season.
I’ve been featuring the trend over on my Instagram account after a fun styling shoot I did with Skin and Threads. If this is a trend you intend to invest in or already have, here is some inspiration for how to style one jacket three ways. I also want to reiterate the importance of knowing how to get maximum value out of your purchases, and getting bang for your buck.
Take your blazer from day to night by adding a feminine blouse and leather pants. Roll up your sleeves and add a sexy pair of leather pants to create a contrasting look. The outfit can be completed with pumps or ankle boots for a night on the town, or for weekends simply add a pair of sneakers and switch the blouse for a classic white t-shirt, and you have a great smart casual look!
STYLING TIPS: I love the contrast of wearing something soft and ladylike with something durable and ‘tough’. Mixing fabrics like silk and leather creates a look that is both modern and feminine.
LOOK 2: The Check Suit
Nothing quite screams confidence like a head to toe suit.. a checked suit even more! Don’t be afraid to inject some personality into your work wardrobe with a matching jacket and pants.
STYLING TIPS: Let the checks do the talking and keep everything else simple. A merino skivvy is a classic addition to your suiting. I’ve had my Skin and Threads merino skivvies for 10+ years and love to wear under jackets, coats and jumpers.
LOOK 3: Casual Friday
You can really do so much with a check blazer, including probably my favourite look with jeans and sneakers. Here I’ve teamed the jacket with drop crotch jeans, a striped long sleeve tee and classic white sneakers from Nine West. Ditch your cardies ladies and invest in a modern jacket that will create a more modern look, but still remain a classic!
STYLING TIPS: scrunch up your jacket sleeves to reveal your forearm or in the case the longer tee underneath. Cropped jeans should sit about an inch or so above the ankle bone to reveal some skin. Apply bronzer or fake tan to ankles like I do in Winter!
Some of you might say that animal print is ALWAYS in fashion. And you’d be right, animal print is a style classic. Most of you probably have an element of it in your wardrobe, be it a scarf, bag or shoe?
This season you’re going to see it EVERYWHERE! Love it or hate it, you can always add a touch of leopard, zebra or snakeskin to your wardrobe for an easy style update.
Here’s my favourite animal print pieces this season:
The neck and sleeve detail of this top makes it a perfect desk to dinner option, and is a nice subtle nod to animal print. You can wear as a V-neck or there’s a hook and eye if you prefer a higher neckline. Bigger busts would suit the open neckline, and if you’re not very fond of your upper arms, the soft sleeve is very flattering.
This is a great little work blouse, perfect for under a suit jacket or tucked into a classic black pencil skirt. Again, I like the subtlety of the print but it makes enough of a statement all the same.
This wouldn’t be a post about animal print without mentioning Harlow! A great blouse worn over a leather look skinny jean and heels for a night on the town. This style is a part of Harlow’s limited edition series – with only 66 pieces manufactured!
I’m calling this one. It’s AMAZING! I was lucky enough to attend the Sussan AW collection launch and this skirt caught everyone’s eye. The colour, the print, the cut is fabulous. Skirts cut on the bias can be really tricky. I tried on the one from Witchery the week before, and the fit wasn’t great (its actually not even on the website anymore) This one however, they’ve nailed it. Run, don’t walk to try on this baby (also available in black)
A dress in a animal print is not for the faint hearted. Thats A LOT of animal print. But for those of you who love the trend, this is a lovely print from Trenery. The shirt dress nips in at the waist and the full skirt is a great style for those who prefer a bit of room in the hips. I can also see this one layered for winter with a jacket and boots.
Like leopard, snakeskin is one of those prints that you might have in a shoe or belt, but perhaps its time to consider it in a dress? Chic and effortless, this dress has a beautiful blouson sleeve and cut with a flattering V-neck. The shirred waistline and pleat detailing down the sleeve give it a whimsical look.
A printed pant is a great way to add statement piece to your wardrobe particularly if you have a lot of black or white. These slouchy pants can be dressed up for evenings or work with heels and blouse, or save for the weekend with a basic white tee and kicks!
If like me, a touch of animal print is all you can handle, here’s some great accessories you can add to your wardrobe this season.
Some days, you just don’t feel like wearing those stilettos and simply want to keep your feet comfortable while you go about your day. Or maybe it’s the burden of needing to tie shoelaces which is bothering you. It’s on these days that you need to grab that pair of trendy, comfy summer sandals that easily matches your outfit. With versatile, simple, yet stylish designs, you’ll never have to choose between being comfortable and being fashionable!
Here’s a helpful guide on summer sandal styles and how best to wear them :
Your shoe rack isn’t complete without a good pair of go-to flats to strap on for any outfit. Flat sandals come in an endless variety of styles, from simple to strappy and plain to embellished. Whether it’s a romantic dinner by the beach or a regular day at the office, classic sandals can match any outfit from jeans to dresses.
Tip :Invest in flat sandals that come in neutral colors (blacks or browns), and you’ll easily be able to match them with virtually any outfit.
If you feel like adding a few inches to your figure without having to hurt your feet, wedge sandals are the best option for you. Designed to elevate the foot whilst also providing it with a decent level of support, these are the perfect alternative to high heels.
Tip :Wedge sandals go best with shorts, skirts, or short dresses. They draw attention to your legs and make you look much taller, and the right pair can add the perfect accent to your overall getup!
Easily your go-to sandals when you want something really comfy, ready-to-wear, and that goes with basically everything! Slides recently gained popularity because they’re incredibly easy to wear. Slip them on to match anything from mum jeans to cargo pants, or even long dresses. Slides have a come long way from being basic rubber slip-ons, to having fur straps or embellishments.
Tip :If you love wearing jeans, a basic pair of white rubber slides will come in handy for your wardrobe. They go especially well with boyfriend jeans and mum jeans!
These comfy shoes are modelled to suit the natural shape of your feet. Designed to fit any trend and to never go out of style, some stores even allow you to have them customised in several styles and colours to best suit your taste and wardrobe. They’re worth every penny you invest in them as the material is so tough that they can last for several years!
Tip :Match your Birkenstocks with the classic blazer-over-jeans-and-shirt so you can easily switch your getup from the office to a night on the town!
Want to make a statement with your shoes? Steal the spotlight with an eye-catching pair of gladiator sandals! Taking inspiration from the name itself, these strappy shoes are surprisingly versatile. While they are best for boho-chic outfits and summer dresses, there are styles of gladiator shoes that can go well with jeans depending on the style!
Tip :Gladiator shoes look best with anything denim. Be it a dress, jeans or jacket; there’s always a stylish way to pull them off together.
Now that you’re armed with more options for sandals to wear this summer, it’s time to go out and flaunt your style. Want to make more of your personal style during these warmer months? Get in contact with us today!
I can’t believe I’m about to write this but… I need to stop shopping!
Don’t worry I’m not talking about YOU, my amazing clients who I love to style by helping you navigate the often tricky and stressful world of fashion and retail. But for me and my hip pocket!
But that’s not the only reason. Yes, I need to stop spending so much on clothes. But I actually WANT to stop buying so many clothes because I don’t NEED them.
My wardrobe is brimming with great clothes, probably more than most of you can imagine. I have a bloody fabulous wardrobe, full of pieces I LOVE and ENJOY wearing. So I’m challenging myself to actually SHOP my wardrobe and STOP adding to it.
I want to have less of an impact on the environment too. The fashion industry is the second largest polluter and I really don’t want to contribute to that anymore. I’ve always enjoyed passing my unwanted clothes on to friends and family, or donating them to charitable organisations like Fitted for Work or The Salvo’s, and I haven’t been a ‘wear something once’ and discard kind of shopper for a long time (though still guilty of that occasionally)
But nonetheless, I can do my bit to reduce the impact my clothing has on the environment and put my savings to good use. This is what I plan to do in 2019:
Well firstly, I’ve already started my year of mindful spending as of December 1!
Set myself numerous ‘Buy Nothing New’ months (thinking at least 6)
Create hashtags on Instagram so that you can join in #SBSStyleChallenge
Create my own style challenges, such as #1item10ways #DRYJULY #InspiredByInsta #StealHerStyle #DenimDaily #MonochromeMay
Follow existing styling challenges like 10×10 Challenge and Project 333 (I’ll probably do one of these over my summer break)
Shop my wardrobe – enjoy mixing and matching my own wardrobe to showcase my styling skills! DOH!
Set ‘terms and conditions’ on any purchases I make, i.e. must be made in Australia, ethically sourced and made, can document how to style over 10 ways etc
No fast fashion
For those who might be wondering, “will Sally still be on top of her styling game considering all of this?” HELL YES!
I will still be styling and shopping for a living. I will still LIVE and BREATHE fashion! I will still be in the stores every day, researching online, helping clients put together curated and carefully chosen wardrobes that they love, wear and wear and wear. That’s sustainable and mindful shopping to me.
I’ll just be removing the daily temptation from myself (including unsubscribing to Net-a-Porter and the like.. eeek!) which to be completely honest, makes me feel a little relieved. And through my daily outfit pics on Instagram, I’ll be walking the walk, showcasing my styling skills and showing you how to mix and match like a pro!
What do you think? Do you think I can do it? And will you join me?
What does one wear in the warmer months when it’s not quite hot enough to go sans jacket? If you’re after a good blazer for work or smart casual, you’re covered. Likewise in winter, all your fave stores will have a good coat or two to choose from.
Many of you might have the old faithful cardigan still in your wardrobe, the one you rely on in these exact circumstances. When the weather is too hot or the occasion too casual for a blazer, the trusty cardigan is a good back up.
But what if you want something more “with-it” than a cardy? An easy throw over everything that is lightweight, versatile and a bit trendy.
Enter the Summer Jacket; a tricky look to find at this time of the year especially when the focus is heavily on tailored jackets.
Here are my picks for this season’s best jackets and how you can wear them.
THE DENIM JACKET and variations of…
It’s no secret I’m a big fan of the denim jacket and its one of my go-to styles for clients who are looking for the ultimate versatile, casual jacket. There are HEAPS around this season and in a variety of colours too!
And you don’t have to go for the classic dark blue denim either. You can opt for white or khaki or choose a linen version which is lighter in weight, or think 80’s light wash denim and even pink!
For those who think they’re ‘too old’ to wear a denim jacket… 1. YOU’RE NOT! and 2. If you’re still not convinced, there are alternatives.
This Trenery sporty style linen jacket is a lovely casual style that works well over jeans and shorts. The back pleat and boxy style means it works best over simple, narrow bottoms. Roll up the sleeves to the elbow for a more flattering look by drawing the eye to the waist and reducing the ‘squareness’ of the jacket.
Bomber jackets are a great casual style that can add a bit of an edge to your look. I’m a big fan of the brand bassike and their classics with a twist if you like something a little different and unique. But I know the cost is high (Made in Australia, you get what you pay for)
However you can achieve a similar funky look with the Veronika Maine, Funkis and Gorman bombers below.
Another go-to style is the utility or anorak. Still structured enough to be smart casual, but casual enough for the weekends with jeans and sneakers. The anorak is great because you can adjust the drawstring to create some shape at the waist.
If blazers are really your thing (like me) and you love the idea of a softer version, there are a few linen blazers around this season. The fact that most of them are unlined means they’re quite lightweight and easy to throw on in the warmer temperatures.
The linen blazer can even replace your corporate blazer in summer, offering a more casual, summery look. And don’t forget to embrace any creasing!
A fine leather jacket is a great option for the warmer months, and this one from Elk has always been one of my favourites. Unlined, it’s a perfect throw-over when the sun goes down and the temperature cools. The colour is super versatile and the draped front is flattering on all shapes. This is one of those jackets that gets better with age.. as the leather softens it will feel like a second skin.
There are colours that we are either a drawn to like a moth to a flame, or that repel us like a good spray of Aeroguard! Trust your instincts when it comes to colour. If you’re instantly attracted to something, give it a go. If you try on a colour and love it, go for it.
For too long many of us have been limited in our colour choices thanks to some old-fashioned beliefs or rules about what colours we SHOULD wear. Instead ask yourself, what colours do you like to wear?
I’ve never subscribed to the autumn/summer, cool/warm colour theories, although it is a very common conversation had with clients. My ’rules’ and advice when it comes to colour have always been pretty simple. Hold something up to your face in the mirror and see how you feel.
Do you look fresh? Bright? Do you feel great, confident, beautiful?
Or do you look washed out, tired, old, sick? Do the bags under your eyes all of a sudden seem more obvious? Does redness in your skin look brighter?
If you answer the latter, then chances are that colour is not for you. Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel great in a colour, then it’s probably not YOUR colour.
Don’t get me wrong, colour should be a consideration. The colour we wear closest to our face is the most important. We want that colour to highlight and compliment our features (think eyes, skin tone, hair colour) not wash us out looking like we need a good sleep.
So many of our clients, particularly over the past 5 years, have made the switch from black to navy. Reason being, navy is generally more flattering worn close to the face. It’s softer and works better against our skin tone as we age.
That’s not to say I’m against black! But black can sometimes mean making a little more effort. Applying some lippie, blush to your cheeks or adding a statement earring, necklace or glasses can make a big difference when wearing black next to your face.
TRY THIS AT HOME:
Choose your favourite colour in your wardrobe and hold it up to your face in a mirror in good light
Take a selfie (in the mirror or reverse your camera)
Now grab a colour from your wardrobe that you like, but don’t wear so much (this could be a scarf, a skirt, anything) and hold it up to your face
Take a selfie
Look at the photos and compare how both colours look on you
Does one ‘sing’ to you more than the other?
Does one look more complimentary against your face than the other?
Try this with more than two colours, see how you feel
Try wearing a new colour for the first time, see how many people comment (you’ll be surprised!)
I never wore red until about 2 years ago. I didn’t dislike red, it just wasn’t a colour I was drawn to.
Did you think that maxi dresses are just for summer? Think again. While these floor-length lovelies are popularly worn during warmer weather, with proper layering maxi dresses can make a warm and stylish winter outfit.
You may need to put the back-less, thin-strapped varieties away until next summer, but there are full-sleeved, knitted ones that work well for chilly temperatures. Here are some ways to wear a maxi dress this winter that will keep you feeling warm and snug and looking every bit as trendy.
With a leather jacket
With its floor-length finish, finding a jacket to wear with a maxi dress can be quite a challenge. Longline coats can drown you in fabric, whilst a cropped coat can look wrong too! A waist-synching leather jacket is perfect for maxi dresses because it looks proportionate and flatters your figures. Wear a pair of military boots or white sneakers to complete this rebellious, street style outfit.
Maxi dress with fur (or faux) vest
For a snug and cosy look, go for a knitted or floral long-sleeved maxi dress and wear a faux-fur coat or Gillet on top. Complete your look with a pair of ankle boots.
Midi dresses (and skirts)
What about maxi dresses and skirts that fall somewhere between floor length and midi length? Keep your legs warm by wearing thick tights underneath or higher cut ankle boots. If you want to give your look a slight pop of colour, go for a pair of ankle boots in a warm orange, mustard or red!
Layering is one of the best ways to stay warm in winter. For maxi dresses, you can wear a thin, thermal turtleneck underneath a summer maxi dress or wear a knitted turtleneck jumper on top. If you’re wearing a jumper on top, make sure it’s not too long or too short.
A shirt dress in winter? Why not? Wear it with a pair of straight-leg trousers and pointed ankle boots for a smart and posh look. Want to show off your silhouette? Cinch your waist with a fun, studded belt.
Winter doesn’t have to be grey and dreary. With the right pieces for layering, you can still wear your bright and colourful maxi dresses even as temperatures drop. You’ll be a burst of colour in this otherwise gloomy weather. How refreshing!
There’s no stopping winter from coming. At the moment we’re slowly transitioning into colder weather – we can see it with the shorter days and feel it in the biting wind. While it’s always hard to say goodbye to summer, the colder season does have its advantages when it comes to fashion. The chilly temperatures mean more and varied outfit options, giving you an opportunity to have fun with your coats, jumpers, thermals, and other warm clothes!
Need inspiration for your winter style? The Autumn Winter 2018 trends seen across the catwalks of Milan, Paris, London and New York are a good place to start. This year, the Autumn/Winter trends are set not only to make women feel good, but also make them feel empowered. It’s a celebration of women’s power and independence. Here are the following Autumn/Winter 2018 trends that you can incorporate to your wardrobe.
From Europe to New York, tweed is the sleeper hit quietly making its way across the catwalk. The best thing about tweed? It’s incredibly versatile. You can wear it with practically anything. If you’re feeling bold, go for a tweed suit. For something more subtle yet fun, pair a bright tweed skirt with a dark coloured turtle neck or wear a tweed coat over a feminine dress.
From wild stripes and spots, nothing exudes strength and independence more than animal prints. If you find it hard to wear animal prints, start small with a zebra print handbag or a pair of leopard print heels.
Milan, London and Paris – Autumn/Winter 2018 featured capes at every catwalk. Nothing says “superhero” more than a cape, so it’s a fitting symbol of a woman’s power and bravery. Weather they’re sweeping and dramatic or sharp and structured, the cape is a luxurious outerwear option. It’s also a stylish alternative to your usual puffer jacket. If wearing a cape is too much for you, opt for a half-blazer, half-cape hybrid in a solid neutral colour and short length as this may be easier to incorporate in your daily wardrobe.
Leather dresses featured widely in the Autumn/Winter 2018 catwalks. They could be short or long and they don’t necessarily have to be black. They can come in a variety of colours from a neutral tan through to more daring hues such as dark green or red. A leather dress may be a good way to show people that you mean business.
Pleated skirts are back this season, this time with uncompromising attitude. Wear them over a pair of tights or trousers or with a pair of chunky-soled creepers for a more edgy look.
Autumn/Winter 2018 is all about glossy glimmer. From coats and trousers through to boots, the key pieces of several Autumn/Winter 2018 runway looks were defined by their glossy finish rather than fabrication. If you want to try this trend but find it overwhelming, start with a classic coat in a neutral colour with a slight gloss.
From traditional scarves tied under the chin through to scarf tops, patchwork scarf dresses and skirts, the scarf print is a trend that’s been waiting to explode for a few seasons. This Autumn/Winter 2018, it finally takes front page.
The best thing about this trend is that it’s quite easy to incorporate to your everyday outfit. You may simply wear a silk scarf around your head or neck, or pair a scarf top with tailored trousers. Patchwork scarf dresses are beautiful too and can be worn with simple accessories.
Layers, layers, layers
Layers are a big trend this Autumn/Winter 2018. How to wear this trend? Simply step up your layering game by wearing two to three coats at the same time. Not only is it trendy, it’ll keep you warm too!
The colder weather doesn’t seem too bad with these stylish pieces that you can include in your winter wardrobe. Have fun incorporating these trends in your outfit! You’ll surely take on the colder weather with confidence and in style!