HOW TO MAKE AN ALL BLACK OUTFIT INTERESTING

Posted on March 18th, 2014

Scanlan Theodore top and skort, Schutz gladiator sandal boots, Givenchy bag, Calvin Klein bra

There would be a few people out there that would have the opinion that an all black outfit is outrageously boring, and so I'm going to attempt to prove them wrong. Part of my style evolution on only wearing black, white and grey is learning how to wear a complete black outfit and make it look as eye catching as a bright coloured ensemble… without wearing a bright coloured ensemble, as I just don’t do that.

Its all in the detail when it comes to this style strategy. Think of all the textures and materials that are available; cotton, wool, leather, silk, lace, fur/faux fur, denim, neoprene, velvet, beads, sequins, sheer, shearling, studs... the options are there all for your enjoyment and creativity. So why would be choose to only wear one at a time? Simplicity is a beautiful thing, but you can still be simple without being boring.

Dry cleaning items that are a mix of different material can be a expensive nightmare, so the trick is to work with separates and find fun new ways of wearing some of your favourite pieces.

Try some of these heavenly combinations:

Leather + Lace
Leather + Knitwear

Lace + Knitwear
Lace + Denim

Silk + Leather + faux fur
Silk + Denim + Lace

If you're combining two of the more safer options together like denim + cotton or silk + leather, where both the textures are quite flat, then try working a third texture, or amp up the detailing on your shoes, bag or accessories. A statement shoe or bag is a perfect solution. Hardware is always a good option and you can have some seriously fun with straps and cutouts that create interesting patterns against the skin, like these gladiator sandal boots.

Photos by: Bianchi Photography

3 ACCESSORIES THAT WILL MAKE YOU GO FOR GOLD

Posted on March 17th, 2014

Gucci Cat Eyed sunglasses, M2Malletier clutch, Jennifer Fisher choker

I've been a silver fan girl for the last couple of years, previously I did the gold, had a love affair with rose gold and now i'm being drawn back to the golden girl. Please tell me i'm not the only one that can't settle for just the one tone. I think what it is is that gold tones feel more chic, or perhaps its that the chic girls wear gold and the cool girls wear silver. Over analysing this situation. Let me know what you think.

SLIP AND SLIDE

Posted on March 14th, 2014

Ancient Greek Sandals

So I know that the birkenstock is quite big news right now, even Givenchy, Marni and Isabel Marant have done their own spin offs! However this is one of those trends where if you choose to take part you need to think for a moment 1) do I actually like this? and 2) Is it flattering? If you honestly say yes to both then go for it, and you may even find you'll be sporting them long into the future, even when they're no longer on the in.

For me, who loves the idea of simplicity you might have thought that I would have been all over these from the get go. However, i'm a little slow on the uptake purely on the reasoning that If I didn't think they were cool 10 years ago, why would I think they're cool now? A lot has changed in 10 years, but not my thoughts on Birkenstocks. I also have an issue with cork shoes, we all have those little things that we just cant handle, and a cork shoe is one of mine.

As I love the simplicity and the idea, I had to go on the hunt for a pair without the corkage. A little harder than I first thought it seemed, but finally located a perfect pair by Ancient Greek Sandals. The basis behind my thought process here is that you don't have to give into every trend that blows in each season, and if you do like aspects of it then thats great, but adapt it to suit you and your style.

WARDROBE FAVOURITES

Posted on March 12th, 2014

COS t-shirt (similar), Topshop leather skirt, Givenchy heels and bag, Sarah and Sebastian rings

I've had this leather A line mini in my wardrobe for I think 4 or 5 years? Buying it from Ebay (love a bargain) and mentally high fiving myself for being about to source a genuine leather skirt for under $100. I've worn it over and over again and being that subtle A-line shape its always flattering and works easily with other pieces.

Whats your favourite piece in your wardrobe that you've kept on to year after year?

Photos by Zanita