Line Up, Line Up

Left – Style Queen Olivia Palmero (image via Instagram), Top Right – Watson X Watson, Bottom Right – Witchery

I have been a stripes fan for as long as I can remember. My eye is drawn to them on clothing racks and they are an integral part of my wardrobe. This season, stripes are back but turned on their heads with width and textural variances making them interesting additions to our wardrobes.

While I’ll always love a horizontal stripe the styles emerging vertically are designed to be softer and instead of being mixed with clean cuts, work best when paired with natural fabrics such as linen and raw edged denim.  We also see a difference in the shapes  and fabric this season with palazzo pants and soft rayon shirts.  The key word for summer is texture.  Whether it’s in fibre laden linen, added embroidery or woven leather bags; adding a textural element gives any outfit another dimension.  Flat lay’s will become texture lays and we’ll be mixing prints and angles in a new and more natural way.

Volume is another style that we’ll see combined with vertical stripes.   The key to wearing these trends in Spring 2017 is proportion eg, the bigger the shirt, the shorter the hemline, the fuller the trouser the more cropped and fitted the top.  A ‘Styling trick’ that also helps is the tuck. It can be the whole top or just the front but what both options do is show some of the hip and waist line.  They automatically draw the volume in and take it from swamped to stylish.  So your tucking doesn’t look as accidental as a dress caught in your knickers a great belt or sash will finish the look and is another area texture can be played with.

So get in line and try some ‘New’ stripes this summer.

 

 

Never fail Colour Combinations

Documenting what we wear has become so popular that it’s easy to garner inspiration from our Instagram/ Snapchat/ Facebook Feeds but this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy to turn those pictures into reality.  This simple guide will help you master some stylish combinations that NEVER fail.

Khaki, black and white

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Pictures via Pinterest – Photographers unknown

Since the monochrome trend of a few years ago black and white have become staples in our wardrobes. This trend saturated our senses and let’s be honest, we’ve got a little bored with it.  The next step in our mono evolution is to add another colour.  As the pics above prove (thank you street style on Pinterest) you can mix up any combination of these three colours.  Whether khaki is on top or bottom, teamed with B&W it works without fail.

 

Navy, cream (and red/orange)

Pictures via Pinterest – Left Nicole Warne, Right Unknown

Navy and cream are a true classics when worn together.  The combination is a softer take on it’s Monchrome sister B&W and has become a go to every season with cream blouse + Navy peacoat combos in winter and Breton striped t shirts and cut off jeans in Summer.

Navy and cream alone would be considered an elegant albeit conservative option but chuck on a red lip or bold red coat and you take your outfit to another level.

 

3. Denim and pretty much any other colour.

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Pictures via Pinterest – Photographers Unknown

In almost all situations faded Denim can be treated as a neutral, meaning it works back with most combinations; a little like it’s friend grey marl.  Our eyes are so used to seeing denim that it’s becomes a non-colour.  Easily worked into any outfit and kind to the colours it’s worn alongside; faded denim can be worn noon or night.

This is a sub-category of my favourite Denim combinations

Denim and Cream

Denim, White and Charcoal

Denim and Navy

Denim and Primary’s like Red and Green.

Put simply,  a base of Black, Navy, White, Cream, Khaki and Grey Marl and faded Blue Denim will work with any accent colour you’d like to add. It’s worth investing in well cut, classic items in these colours because you’ll find they will stand the test of time and outlive any fads.

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Something a little special

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From top left Wittner – Anita Heel, Olga Berg – Regan Octagonal Pod Clutch, Saint Laurent – Cassandre Clutch from Miss Louise, Tony Bianco – Alita Heel
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From top left Olga Berg – Dana crystal embellished Clutch, Tony Bianco – Kappa Heel , Preciously Paris – Let’s Rock Clutch from MISS LOUISE, Tony Bianco – Laika Heel


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From top left  – Balmain – Tia Heel rom MISS LOUISE , Olga Berg  – Ace crystal oval Pod, Saint Laurent – Silver mini monochrome from MISS LOUISE , Aquazzura – Milla Jewel Heel from MISS LOUISE

 

With The Met Gala on Monday and the TV Week Logies tomorrow I thought it was time to add some Red Carpet inspiration to my pages.

The power of the right accessories shouldn’t be underestimated.  They can make or break an outfit and quickly see celebs heading to the worst dressed list. They can take your outfit from sophisticated to clunky or glam to dowdy.

As a rule, I prefer an open toe with a long gown.  I think they look more elegant when we get a peep of them and they compliment the finer fabrics often used in black tie gowns. You can’t go wrong with a single strap across your toes but if you prefer more support one that has fine straps running up your foot will do the trick.

Clutches are like a bow on a present, they add a little sparkle or contrast to the ensemble.  The fact is, you have to carry a bag so you may as well use it to your advantage.  If you have a simple dress you can elevate it with something sparkly in the same colour, on the other hand, if your dress has it all going on with sparkle and glitz you can tone it back with a simple matte clutch.

Don’t let your accessories be an afterthought and check out the links above for some affordable and splurge options..

x Rach

 

 

Portsea Polo

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It’s only 5 days until the Jeep Portsea Polo; an iconic Melbourne Event that marks the real start of Summer’s social calendar. The dress code is relaxed but stylish. The Panama and Fedora’s that are popular this Summer are perfect for a day at the polo.  Not only do they look good, they protect your skin from the harsh January Sun.

Nerida Winter has some amazing Fedora’s and Boaters available.  You pay a little more for the attention to detail that make these investment pieces.  For a moderately priced alternative Ace of Something  have a beautiful selection including soft pastels and wide brim varieties.

When wearing a brimmed hat it is all about proportion.  An easy rule to remember is – the more skin the wider the brim.  A wide brim adds elegance to a shoulder bearing dress or plunging neckline.  A smaller brim is great if you’re wearing a higher neckline, adding an element of fun while showing more of your face and hair.

Hair and makeup should be natural at the Polo and works perfectly with these hats. If you decide you want a pop of colour add a great pink or red to your lips with bare eyes and bronzed cheeks.

Pair them with a great Romper, some Broderie Anglaise or floral Onsie by Thurley and you are ready for a day by the sea.

So summer begins…next the Austrailan Open!

Hello Darling

Darling Style Merchants and The Parlor Milk Bar and   Kitchen. 40 Weatherall Road, Beaumaris
Darling Style Merchants and The Parlor Milk Bar and Kitchen. 40 Weatherall Road, Beaumaris

There is no better time to introduce you to Darling Style Merchants than now.  With Christmas only a month away this is the post you need to read.

Beaumaris didn’t know what hit it when The Parlor Milk bar and Kitchen opened it’s doors in 2011. With the help of family and friends; business partners Tamare Karakulahian and Bonne Squires transformed the tired Weatherall Road address into a thriving cafe and in 3 short years it has become a destination for locals and good food and coffee hunters alike.

When the hairdresser in the same building revealed she was closing her doors Bonne and Tamare quickly teamed up with Charlotte and Tania Squires to realise another dream; opening a gift and clothing store and soon, Darling Style Merchants was born.

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When you meet the creative team behind Darling it becomes obvious that the name was a natural and suitable choice. The dictionary meaning for Darling is a person very dear to another; one dearly loved. This sums up the connection these four wonderful women have with each other and the special bond that gives this burgeoning empire such a bright and addictive energy.
They are now a genuine triple threat – food, gifts and clothing all under one roof.

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They have sourced an amazing collection of brands from all over the world. This is truly a one stop shop for Christmas.

Click on the names below to learn more about the wonderful brands they have sourced for you to enjoy!!

Lightly

Blacklist Studio

Indus Design

Chalice Clothing

Martha Jean

Middle of Nowhere

Rhi Creative

Citta Design (one of my fav homeware brands)

Have you met Miss Jones

Uashmama

Kate and Kate

Pisidia

Mint home

Butter London

Kate Spade NY

Nana Huchy

And more…..

Christmas

Going Bust

Every woman has them and whether you have big ones or small, whether you wear a size 6 or 18, there is every chance you need a hand getting your breasts in an optimal position.  Like boobs, not all clothing is created equal so inevitably different garments will suit some figures more than others.  But there are products out there to help bridge the gap; making smaller busts appear larger and large, more compact.

Panache Lingere AW14
Source – Panache LIngere AW 14 Lookbook

Issue #1 – Small bust = Hollows

A common issue when styling corporate clients is that breasts don’t sit where the darts are placed on the garment or simply don’t fill out the space designed to house breasts.  It would be easy to rule out that piece of clothing and move on.  But what if there was a solution? After all the jacket is the perfect colour and the shoulder line is super flattering and it’s a great price .  The solution could be as simple as swapping your soft lace bra for a moulded cup with slight padding or push up.

My Favourites are… (click for link)

Intimo – Trousseau Push Up Bra

Intimo – Dream Bra

Pleasure State – My fit OMB Super Boost Bra

This is probably one my best finds recently.  To further enhance the bust try Uniqlo’s Bra Camisole.    This light weight camisole has built in bra cups and shapes without clasps.  Not only is it comfortable on it’s own; it can be worn on top if a push up bra, adding an extra cup size.

 

Issue #2 – Large Bust = Overspill 

A large bust can have the opposite problem and the width of the breast can spread outside the chest panel, edging it’s way across the bicep.  If the correct cup size has been established it’s likely this unflattering problem is caused by an unsupportive bra without enough internal structure confining the breast.  Remedy it with a bra that offers side support.  This is an extra layer within the bra that scoops around the outer side of the breast bringing it up and in.

I am a busty 14DD and having breast feed two children need some help with lift and shaping.  It was soon after having my 1st daughter that I discovered Panache Lingere and I’ve loved it ever since.  The wonderful people at Big Girls Don’t Cry Anymore fitted me with what I fondly refer to as my boob job bra. It makes me feel perky and secure while still being a cute basic.  Panache cater for sizes 30D- 38G also offering an amazing Sport Bra and Swimsuits with sized Cups.

 My Favourites are…

Panache – Porcelain Viva  aka Boob Job Bra

Panache – Dahila – side sling support for extra shaping

Maquerade – Rhea

Panache – Sports Bra

Panache Swimwear – Marina 

 

So next time you try a tailored jacket or shirt, don’t rule it out immediately.  Think about what you are wearing underneath and the impact that can have on your clothing choices.