Today commemorates the official beginning of the Australian summer! Although, it doesn’t seem to be a great start as we’re predicting floods for the next three days. But having endured through a couple of weeks of sweltering heat already, there has definitely been some time to scope out the kind of colour I want in my wardrobe this season. Thanks to working in retail, there’s always plenty of inspiration, and this season is exhibiting plenty of bold reds, oranges and pinks.
As part of my work uniform for this month, I fully embraced the colours of summer with this floral flip skirt and orange wedges (both from Witchery). A lot of my costumers struggle with choosing colourful pieces over staple black because they are more difficult to coordinate, but it’s always easy to match bold and bright colours with neutral shades in the form of shoes, accessories, or as I have worn below. So essentially there is no reason to shy away from bright colours, and a lack of confidence should never get in the way. And if you’re like me and have a winter wardrobe composed of black with some dark shades close to black thrown in, then a seasonal contrast is most welcome.
Top, Skirt & Shoes: Witchery
I am a very matchy-matchy kind of person, so I couldn’t help but coordinate the skirt with the matching shoes and lippy. The colour stands out against the black top without making me look like a blood orange, although I’m never opposed to embodying fruits or wearing plenty of colour if I feel like it. If you struggle to add colour to your outfit, wearing bright lipstick always provides a nice burst of colour, and colour can also easily be incorporated through jewellery or accessories!
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Knit dresses for winter are completely underrated. Loose, warm, and stylish; what else do you need to wear for winter aside from a fantastic coat to pair it with? I began my knit dress collection last year when they were the most comfortable clothing items I could wear, and I wore them everyday for months. And now a second winter has passed with my beloved dresses, and I still stand by the fact that they are more comfortable than jeans or even leggings (gasp!). There are no zips or tight waist bands to be in fear of and they are are so easy to throw on and throw off. It also effortlessly glides over my protruding hip screws (yum!), which is unfortunately a daily inconvenience that no pants can cooperate with.
Of course, Witchery has been my go-to store for my winter dresses as a result of my part-time job, so naturally this dress comes from their previous winter collection. I love the modest length and the short sleeves which will make for an easy transition into the crisp spring temperatures. And I love how fitted, yet light and comfortable, it feels. Everyone raves about the comfort of activewear and expresses their joy as to how it’s become a primary trend. I can appreciate that, but I find activewear to be pricey and not nearly as comfortable or appealing as a casual knit dress. I could probably even go for a little jog in it.
I wore the dress with my space age silver boots from River Island, new earrings from Mimco that were a delightful birthday gift, and my mesh black Witchery watch. Any dress that compliments my unnecessary hoard of silver shoes and accessories is always a winner for me.
Shoes: River Island
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Black clothing is simply too reliable and convenient. I can guarantee that my most-worn articles of clothing are black simply because they go with everything and don’t require too much thought. And although I always emphasise the need for a splash of colour in my blog posts, my laziness often prevents me from practicing what I preach. But not on this occasion.
When I found this gorgeous aqua clutch from Mimco with a hefty percentage off, my mum barked at me to buy it. I only hesitated because of the unusual colour, but it presented a fun challenge to construct an outfit around it. Perhaps more unusual than the colour is the fact that I find building outfits to be a delightful and earnest activity, but anyway we all have our hobbies.
With the clutch being the centrepiece, I chose a black off-the-shoulder Witchery dress made from neoprene (essentially wet suit material) and silver Nine West kitten heels so my recovering hips could be safe. Kitten heels are so underrated; not only because they are far more comfortable to do anything in than standard heels, but also because they still look elegant and give you some added height. Considering at this stage I had only just thrown away my crutches with glee, they were perfect.
I wore Mimco drop earrings with hints of blue to make up for the bare neck and to continue the blue theme in the outfit.
I adore silver bags and silver shoes so much so that I can’t resist buying them whenever I spot them in-store or online, which has become a dangerous obsession for my bank account. I recently impulsively bought a silver metallic faux leather jacket from Zara when I noticed it from the shop window and of course I have no self-restraint despite the ‘NO MORE SHOPPING’ rule I had imposed on myself just hours earlier. BUT it has been the only silver leather jacket I have probably ever seen thus far so I didn’t need to justify it further.
And just before that, I had splashed out on a pair of silver leather mules from Topshop that are as comfortable as they are pretty. Mules have been re-introduced into the trends department thanks to fashion’s new affinity with comfort, as they emulate slippers but are acceptable to wear in public. Furthermore they are not very high, which my poor crippled hips are thankful for. Comfort aside, they are silver, which is possibly the most fundamental factor.
The next issue is, with my abundance of silver clothes, shoes and accessories, how do I coordinate them? One must not simply wear a silver bag with silver shoes and a silver jacket, no matter how much one would like to. I would potentially become a public hazard and blind people.
So within this outfit I encapsulated the perfect amount of silver metallic, consisting of my jacket and mules.
But then again, too much silver is never really enough.
Cat: Rescue centre, yay!
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We are having a ridiculously cold winter here in Melbourne, and there are no signs of improvements in the near future. It has come to the point where beanies are not just a cute accessory but are an utter necessity if you don’t want your head to freeze up and lose brain function upon stepping outside. Many people vehemently refuse to wear beanies on the basis of not knowing how, or they question whether the slouched piece of material suits their facial shape, which is why there are endless tutorials and how-to guides on styling a beanie. This seems a bit excessive as clearly it works like any other accessory; it simply needs to match something else incorporated into your outfit. And, like Doc Martens, there is a time and place for the beanie.
I naturally gravitate towards black accessories to make it easier on my wardrobe, and in this case I have matched it with black ankle boots, and complimented my oxblood red satchel with dark red lipstick. It’s easy to only stick with darker shades in winter, but I always aim to integrate a little colour to avoid fading into the sky’s backdrop.
Check out that beanie bling.
Shoes: Diana Ferrari
Bag: Leather Satchel Co.
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Get excited ladies and gentlemen, the must-have trend of the season has arrived at your nearest department store and is here to stay: the crutches. Not only are they a complete necessity for some and have a certain aesthetic appeal that you cannot deny, but they also come in the exclusive colour of silver.
This winter, compliment your crutches with grey/silver tones and silver jewellery as exemplified by my new scarf from Witchery and marvellous patent silver loafers from Aldo. Ensure that your outfit revolves around your statement-making crutches and don’t be afraid to wear them with anything and everything.
Like me, you may not have any choice in the matter; but it doesn’t stop you from being as fabulous as possible.
Top: Cotton On
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