Some trends just stick and every brand picks up on it. The off the shoulder dress, top, jumpsuit is one of those trends. We first tried it (again) in Spring 2013 and we still can’t get enough. Personally, I have a long Seed Heritage Maxi from last summer and a recent Seed jumpsuit that I’m excited to wear with sneakers or dress up with my favourite heels.
At first I avoided the trend, thinking, because I have a DD bust that has not stood up well to breast feeding and age. I thought no bad boy strapless was going to hold up these puppies but as I browsed the racks and came across a long black off the shoulder dress that was just the mix I like of femme and structure; I had to try it. To my astonishment I looked pretty hot but it was how it made me feel that had me whipping out my card. I felt like a woman, a womanly woman and for someone who dresses like a tomboy most of the time it wasn’t a feeling I was used too. Of course I know I’m a woman, the above mentioned bust is a constant reminder but it was nice to embrace it with my clothing choices for a change and make my womanliness work for me not dictate what I could wear. I had a strapless bra fitted with my gorgeous Intimo consultant, Tania and haven’t looked back.
There is a Strapless Top, dress, jumpsuit out there for you too. Whether it’s fitted and structured for the Hourglass sisters, bohemian and gathered for the slender or drop waisted a soft for the Apple (me) ; This is a trend worth trying.
I love living in a city with defined seasons. Melbourne does it well with a full display of colour in Autumn and beautiful Icy winters. The air changes from one season to the next, affecting our moods and lifestyle. As the leaves turn to gold and red we need to start thinking about how we’ll layer for the coming winter. We’re no London or snowy New York but there is still a need to rug up, don a coat and spend weekends relaxing by fires.
This seasons Coats for women range from waterfall wraps to long and over sized with the trench holding it’s place as a wardrobe staple. I love the colours showing this season from soft pinks to rich tans and teal and of course classic navy. There is a lot of felted wool coming through adding to the unstructured feel and making them super snugly.
An important tip for buying the right coat, especially when the overall style is unstructured, is to make sure it fits you well in the shoulder. The shoulder seam should sit at the edge of your shoulder bone. Too narrow and it will look to small and your arm will look larger and rounded. Too wide and your neck and shoulder will appear to slope. It’s all about a sharp angle where the shoulder is concerned. If you do have a shoulder the drops away from you neck consider popping in a slim shoulder pad.
The wrap coat is a great option for those that want their coat to mix work with pleasure. Tightly cinched at the waist gives a classic pulled together look for the office. Try swapping the tie belt with a simple leather one for an individualised, look. Then on weekends, loose the belt all together and casually throw it over jeans and roll neck knit.
These are a few of my top coat picks for AW 2016 . Click on the captions to head straight to the On line Stores.
We don’t need an excuse to look at amazing shoes but I want to give you a reason. I have scoured some of our favourite Australian Shoe brands to bring you my Picks for AW16.
This season it’s all about the detail. I love Manning Cartell’s take on the mule and the subtle tassel detail on Siren’s Honour heel. Heels are either super slim and sharp or solid and blocky; not much is in between. Suede and Metallics features again this season and we see the introduction of Velvet.
Designers are still loving the 70’s vibe. I prefer a nod to a previous season rather than a costume like reference. So Mules are in but I’d avoid tan Suede ones…..