The Navy Sweater

22 Nov

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According to Ines de la Fressange, a navy sweater is one of her “Magnificent Seven” basics every wardrobe must have.  (We all know – right? – that basics are the key to creating great outfits.

Here’s a little excerpt from her book, Parisian Chic, detailing why she thinks we all need one among our collection of knits.

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I noticed this morning when I was ordering something from the Uniqlo site (keep an eye on Instagram and I’ll show you when it arrives) that a navy sweater I have, (in fine merino wool, better suited to this time of year, rather than cashmere as Ines suggests) is currently on sale for $29.90.  You can buy it here  (Don’t forget to also check out the men’s department (For you!).  Sometimes I prefer the looser fit &/or neckline of men’s knits.)

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The Statement Skirt

8 Nov

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A statement skirt…

In an eye-catching color, shape, texture or print.

It could be something you can dress up or down and wear shopping, with your denim jacket and a basket or to the theatre with your heels and sparkly earrings.

All it needs to accompany and showcase it, is some key fresh basics  – a simple sweater, a classic white shirt, a flattering t-shirt or a well fitting simple jacket. (And of course, it goes without saying, a great shoe).

If you don’t have a statement skirt, perhaps consider adding it to your shopping wishlist.

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CHALLENGE: If you have a statement skirt, pull it out and see if you can come up with a few ways to wear it differently.  Maybe you’ve only worn it to weddings or to work…see if you can style it in a way that you could wear it casually. (Or at least a less dressy situation)

Style your clothes in different ways, for different occasions and get more wear out them.

*If you’re not playing around with your clothes and coming up with different ways to wear them, remember you can book me in for (or enquire about) an outfit planning session here 

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Are You Playing It A Bit Too Safe?

18 Oct

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Are you experimental with your style or do you tend to stick to the same thing? (ie What’s safe!) 

Do you find yourself trying on or buying things that you already have a version or two (or ten) of, in your wardrobe?  For me, it’s stripes or leopard print.  (You can see me wearing both here and here)

BUT….despite being attracted and drawn to those things I always challenge myself to try new styles (and new stores).

It might be a new t-shirt in a fabric different to what I already have, a new style of jeans or a new trend in shoes. 

If you’re stuck in a bit of a style rut, and you’re not sampling new things, this could be one of the reasons. 

For example, have you tried culottes?

These ones pictured are by Country Road.  A few of my clients have bought a pair recently, despite looking a bit stunned when I initially suggested giving them a try.

You might like them, you might hate them.  Really what have you got to lose?  

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The New It Bag

13 Oct

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Not that it ever really went out of style, but the basket is having a little moment in the fashion spotlight.

As you can see in these images below, the fashion crowd on the streets during the recent Fashion Weeks (London/Milan/Paris/New York) were seen carrying baskets instead of handbags.

The basket as a handbag, very much appeals to my individual personal style where I find myself attracted to, among other things, vintage (old things) and all things French.  I also consider the basket – particularly a French market basket – to be a classic. (ie. Timeless)

One of the things I like about carrying a basket is that it gives some of the things in my wardrobe a different look so I can wear them for different occasions.  A jacket I might have worn dressed up with heels to dinner, instantly takes on a more casual feel when I wear it with sneakers or espadrilles and carry a basket.

Another plus, is that a basket is a piece that you could add to your wardrobe to freshen it up for spring and summer, without having to spend a lot of money.

I’m going to keep my eye out (in vintage stores, op-shops and on eBay and Etsy) for something new and authentic, for summer.  Stay tuned!

Here’s a few photos for inspiration…

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You can see me carrying one of my baskets here .  I bought from here.

TIP:  Baskets are good things to pick up on holidays – whether you’re in Italy, France, Thailand or Bali. Check out markets or charity and vintage stores.

 

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