Thursday, 21 July 2011
Colour blocking is huge right now in the US and for our spring/summer we will be seeing the same thing.
Think brights on brights. Last season we seen pastels coming in, now this trend has been taken on step further for the new season, and we are seeing pastels and brights being worn with other bright and pastel pieces. We are talking solid colour pieces! Single colour one pieces, skirts, tops, dresses, you name it!
There will be a lot of hot pink, purple, emerald, sky blue and orange coming in the next few months.
I personally like colour blocking with a little stripe to give it a little edge. The whole point of colour blocking is to use the colour as a double statement as avoid prints. Let the colour be free!
Colour blocking can be done with any fashion item, especially accessories. Don't forget about your nail lacquer.
Wedges for summer are back, and in a big way! Expect to see a lot of nautical rope, coloured heals, printed heals and bright straps.
Wedges are more fun as there is more room to play with. As there is more heal there is room for playing with prints, colours and themes. This way you can match them beach bags, hair scarfs, beach towels, sunnies and bangles.
Nautical means summer in my mind. When you see rope detailing and blue and white stripes on a bikini or a beach bag it makes the imagination wander off to thinking of summer on a yacht off the coast of Monaco. Nautical theme always oozes class. Blue and White stripes are flattering on most body shapes.
We will be seeing the return of nautical this coming summer with rope detailing on wedges, heals, dresses, beach bags, and accessories. Blue and White striping will be all over maxi dresses, summer dresses, beach bags, summer hats and bikinis.
White Blazers are going to be all the rage this coming spring/summer season as all winter we have been rocking our black blazers and in summer we will want to brighten and soften this look. Blazers will be cropped and have the tuxedo detailing at the front. Pair your white blazer with a colour blocked dress for evening drinks by the coast.
This coming spring/summer season we will be seeing a lot of fun trends. You can mix and match trends and the best part about summer is that its all about enjoying the warm weather with family and friends. Remember to always be sun smart and rock a bright coloured summer hat :-)
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Melbourne Central Shopping Centre.
Melbourne Central is a great shopping centre, you can buy from all ranges, from Armani Exchange to budget stores. On the ground level there are many asian clothing stores which are great for an individual style. This is a great shopping centre to start your shopping as you are likely to find the stores that you are after. As this shopping centre is mostly dedicated to clothing, it can be quite confusing as to where your favourite stores are. You may need to get a map from any of the electronic information boards scattered over the centre.
The famous Bourke Street, and its Mall, are insanely busy as this is the main entrance to the department stores, being Myer and David Jones. There are the main stores like Zara, Sportsgirl, Diva, Roger David, Bevilles, Bardot, Forever New and many other jewellery stores. There are also a few laneways which I will expand on later. Bourke Street Mall is actually quite small. It runs between the blocks of Swanston Street and Elizabethe Street. However, the surrounding shops along Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street make it a great place to start.
The old GPO mail centre was given a facelift and was converted into a small shopping centre. The centre has mostely upmarket labels and is a gorgeous little centre and is worth a walk through considering how the have tastefully renovated a heritage listed building.
'The' Department Stores
You may have been to Myer or David Jones before, however, if you havent been to the newly renovated stores in Melbourne ,than you have not experienced department store shopping at its best. The brand new world-class centres are very shopper friendly and have several cafes scattered throughout the stores to make for a great little break, and you will need it, the stores are huge and they are only half open at the moment as the other half (split by a laneway each) is currenly being renovated. Dont let these renovations detrure you from checking these centres out as they are totally worth it and you wont even notice that there is renovations going on next door once you are inside.
Elizabeth Street has shopping stores located on it from Flinders Street to around LaTrobe Street. However not every shop front is a store, although a huge chunk of them are. The best shopping is from around Collins Street to Lonsdale Street. This is where you will find stores like Cotton-on, Octavia & Grace, Payless Shoes, Woodstock as well as a few specialty stores.
Swanston Street has shopping from Flinders Street all the way to Vic Market, although when you get to around that end there is only a few scattered stores. The Flinders Street end is more dedicated to tourist stores with 'Australian' souvenires which are actually made in China... The best shopping is from around Collins Street to LaTrobe Street.
Collins Street can somewhat accuratley be divided into 2 halves. One being 'the Paris' end, home to Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Ferragamo & more, and the other half over Swanston Street down to Elizabeth Street you will find other luxury brands like Rolex, Tiffany, Hardy Brothers Jewellery as well as everything down to budget chain stores.
Other Small Centres
There are several other small shopping centres in Melbourne. These centres may be small but you can find many of the stores you are used to and any independant stores too. You will find these walk-through centres placed between a major road and its smaller counterpart, Collins Street and Little Collins Street, etc.
Chapel Street is definitely the heart and sole of Melbourne shopping. You will find many of the main players in the Melbourne shopping scene, although you will find many more independent stores and much more creative designer styling. Chapel Street retail runs along the majority of the road as well as a mix of a few bars and restaurants.
Melbourne is the place to shop in Australia. Chapel Street is where you want designer flair, Collins Street is where you go for luxury items and Melbourne CBD is where you can go for everything else.
Monday, 30 May 2011
$777 - theoutnet.com
$168 - bergdorfgoodman.com
35 GBP - riverisland.com
$64 - topshop.com
$1,095 - giuseppezanottidesign.com
$83 - asos.com
$395 - ssense.com
55 GBP - asos.com
$105 - endless.com
$14 - nordstrom.com
$2,295 - barneys.com
$600 - boutique1.com
470 GBP - matchesfashion.com
$600 - lordandtaylor.com
275 GBP - kabiri.co.uk
$45 - onestopplus.com
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Here are 6 staple items that every women needs in her wardrobe:
Black Dress! Something that you can wear on several occasions and style a new way everytime. You want something that you can wear to an important meeting, night out with the girls, or something less fun like a funeral.
Jeans! You want jeans that are fitted for your body type. You want a pair of jeans that you can wear every Saturday with your favourite cardigan, jacket or hoodie.
Black Boots! You need a pair of black boots that you can wear season after season. Avoid ones that look to be seasonal or in a current trend style. Go for genuine leather and to what ever height that suits your style and personal taste. I personally prefer the height that sits just under your knee.
White T Shirt! A white t shirt is a must have as it goes with everything. You want the t shirt to stay fresh, so you may need to update them reasonably frequently depending on how often you wear it. It doesn't hurt to have several in your drawer. To take this one further, you should try and have a few white singles, 3/4 sleeves tops and a least one long sleeve top. Try and keep them motif free.
|Pretty Summer dresses|
Trench Coat! When I say trench I am not talking about a coat to your knees, just a basic black trench coat that sits around hips, one with double breast buttons and a belt. This classic style never goes out of fashion and re-appears year after year for winter.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Firstly, shopping on a tight budget is nothing to be ashamed of, it is actually quite smart. Fashion comes and goes so quickly you dont want to be wasting money on a quick trend. Secondly, sticking to a budget means you could have money left over to buy some accessories to match your new outfit.
Here is my guide to tight budget shopping:
1: It really pays to know what is in trend and the look you are after. This way you wont be walking from store to store aimlessly looking at every item that is discounted. Go shopping with an objective, even better, take a list or even have pictures of looks you are after. Also, check your letterbox catelogs and familiarise yourself with the general/average price in which various stores charge for thier clothes.
2: It is also important to know if 'basic' pieces are needed to be worn with an item you are looking at buying. E.g. if your going for a faux fur vest, you are likely to need a tight long sleeve top to wear under it. You will either have it in your wardrobe or you may need to purchase one. Depending on your budget, this could be a deal breaker on whether you can purchase the item or not.
3: If you realise you need your basic pieces, here are a few shops which are great for cheap basic items: Cocolatte (singlets $3), Tightrope (singlets $4), Kmart (long sleeve U neck tops $8), you may also see Cotton-On with cheap items, they are cheap but not the cheapest, unless you can get them on sale and cheaper than the above prices (occasionally happens). It is best to buy your basics last, after you have brought your main piece. You may get unlucky and be unable to purchase the item(s) your were after.
4: Now you’re ready to look for the outfit that you are after. Go to the mid-priced stores first. Go into the stores and go straight to the sales racks. Go there with intent to find the pieces to make your outfit, but keep an open mind as you may find that a similar, or slightly different, piece is on sale. In effect, once you get home you will still feel like you got the look you were after and ultimately a new outfit. The retail and fashion industry is suffering from poor in-store sale, and because of this, they are very regularly having large sales and marking down items which are still very much in season. This is why going straight to the sales racks can be very beneficial J.
5: If you have been unlucky while trying the mid-priced stores, here are my picks of how and what to buy from the budget stores.
The key to shopping on a budget is knowing when to shop. Sales are about every month or so these days and they last for longer than they used to. There is no need to wait for the stocktake sales anymore. You can either wait for the item you like in the mid-priced stores to come on sale or you can wait for the cheaper stores to stock items similar to what you are after. The cheaper stores don't tale as long as they used to, to get into the same trends as their higher priced counterparts. Patience is the key!
Don't be buying items that are sale for the sake of buying. If it doesn't fit in your budget or in the outfit plan then avoid them. If you find that after you have purchased your whole outfit and you have some remaining money, then you can consider this. If this happens, make sure you only purchase items that you will actually wear and ones that you can piece together with items that you have at home in your wardrobe.
Happy Shopping :-)
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
You can also include shoes while you are going through your wardrobe and piecing new outfits together.
If you have 'fashion' jewellery (accessories) use these as well. This will help you match colours, styles, shapes and sized jewellery with your new found outfits.
If you need any help with suggestions on what items you should and shouldn't piece together, leave a comment at the bottom.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
If you are like most people you probably have a little bit of belly that you would like to hide. Here are some tips to hide your tummy:
1: Wear shapewear! Dont be affraid of shapewear. It may look unattractive in the store but trust me its about to become your best friend. Have a professional fitting to ensure your wearing the right kind for your needs.
2: Wear mid-waist jeans. Wearing low ride jeans will only highlight what your trying to hide. High waisted dont work for everyone. Mids are generally best.
3: Wear a flowing, but not baggy, top. You want your top to be sitting comfortably on your body without clinging to your belly.
4: Wear a large waist belt. This, together with your "loose" top with give the illusion of a smaller waist. Your belt will also help hide your belly.
Wearing "frumpy" tops may hide your belly but they can also hide your assets too. Not only are they not flattering they will only make you look larger, particularly if you have a large bust. You dont want to be wearing clingy tight fitting tops either. "Flowy" will be much more flattering, also, avoid too much cleavage, but a little is your friend :-) .
If you need any assistance with examples, just leave a comment at the bottom.