Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Fashion

In the new fashion-era of mix-and-match and anything (almost) goes, sequins have hit the high street making their way into daytime dressing.

So how can the over 40 woman wear one of this summer’s most dazzling fashion trends without looking like a Studio 54 disco ball? The secret to pulling off the daytime sequin look is about effortless basics in classic styles. A chic and classic silhouette including elegant tops, classic-style blazers and jackets, skirts and pants are the key to pulling off the daytime sequin look – AND beware too much dazzle! A sprinkling of sequins is the ageless way to go.

Don’t be shy. Add some razzle dazzle to your summer wardrobe, here’s how:

A CLASSIC SILHOUETTE

Avoid trend-driven looks that belong on a twenty-something. A classic silhouette is key in pulling off sequins over 40.

Witchery sequin crew tee $89.95, David Jones

THE KISS RULE

The KISS rule is so important when wearing sequins by day. Over-sparkling will catapult you into Tina Sparkle territory. Limit sequins to one piece during the day.

 

Seed Heritage tee $59.95

NO TRENDS
Leave trend-inspired ensembles to the 20-somethings and opt for classic cuts and silhouettes instead.

 

Witchery V-neck tank $129.95

TOO TIGHT, TOO REVEALING, TOO MUCH!
When it comes to sequins by day, leave the skin-baring to Cher. Also avoid anything super-tight at all costs.

 

EVENING SPARKLE
Effortless, classic silhouettes in tonal colours is the best option. Avoid fussy styles and keep accessories simple and classic.

Macgraw ‘Ziggy’ dress $1050, David Jones

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Fashion

As the weather heats up, a fabulous frock is a summer style essential for balmy days and nights.

Whether you prefer a wrap dress, off-shoulder style, maxi or midi, a summer dress provides effortless style from casual BBQ’s to cocktails by the pool.

Shop some of our favourite styles to suit all occasions during the holiday season:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Accessories, Fashion

Sunscreen – check. Book – yes. Phone – of course.

Chances are you’re already planning your summer escape and this summer’s favourite straw wear-with-everything bag is perfect for a day on the sand at your favourite Aussie beach or a chic escape at an exotic international locale.

 

Clockwise from left: Country Road round straw bag $149; Colette Hayman ‘Cassidy’ straw beach bag $38.49 (sale); Sportsgirl wooden handle tote $55.96; Seed Heritage ‘Harriet’ straw tote $59.95; Revolve Clothing Sensi Studio straw fringed tote $91.60; Oroton ‘Scenic’ tote $349.

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Fashion

The Spring Racing Carnival is one of the most glamorous events of the fashion calendar.

It’s all about elegant silhouettes, glowing skin, flawless makeup and salon-style hair.

If you’re aiming to be a serious contender in the style-stakes during the Carnival, adhering to the various dress codes is a must.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 3 November 2018

Dress Code: Black and White

Derby Day is the known as the ‘purists’ day. The tradition of black and white should be observed in either a one-colour palette or a combination of both. Contrast monochromatic looks with a bold pink or red lip.

Jacqui E ‘Elora’ shift dress $169.95 and Hatinator $69.95; Nine West ‘Masterone’ pump $149.95; Gregory Ladner ‘Daphnelace’ clutch $62.95; Amelie tear drop earrings $29.95; all David Jones.

Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 6 November 2018

Dress Code: Bright, Bold and Colourful!

Express yourself with colour on Melbourne Cup. Colour blocking, jewel tones, bold prints and artful embellishments will amplify the fashion stakes on the day that stops the nation.

Portmans daffodil tie front dress $119.95; Nine West ‘Pruce’ heel $149.95; Morgan & Taylor ‘PU Orchid Like Flowers’ headband $119.95; Tony Bianco ‘Joilette’ pouch $59.95, David Jones.

Kennedy Oaks Day, Thursday 8 November 2018

Dress Code: Feminine, Elegant, Classy

Also known as Ladies Day, Oaks Day is the pinnacle of fashion and style for the Carnival.  It’s the ultimate opportunity to channel your most feminine and ladylike self.

City Chic ‘Lace Whisper’ dress $169.95; Gregory Ladner classic hat $179.95, Myer; Mimco ‘Run-a-Round’ stud $59.95; Nine West ‘Nautical’ sandal $149.95.

Seppelt Wines Stakes Day, Saturday 10 November 2018

Dress Code: Relaxed, Easy Elegance

Also know as Family Day, Stakes Day style is a little more relaxed yet remaining polished and chic. Boho styles and jumpsuits are perfectly suited to the easy elegance of Stakes Day.

Piper jumpsuit $139.95 and fedora with trim $49.95, MyerAdorne fan fringe earrings $29.95 and Rattan bag $129.00; Portmans ‘The Delilah’ wedge $79.95.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Fashion

Choosing a hat for the Spring Racing Carnival can sometimes be challenging.

Whether your prefer a hat, headpiece or fascinator, it’s important to choose the right style to suit your outfit and face shape.

The secret to finding the right hat is to try lots of styles in a range of colours and textures. Larger stores with dedicated millinery departments, such as David Jones and Myer are perfect as they have a large range of styles to suit all budgets.

These style tips will help to take the stress out of choosing the right hat for the Spring Carnival:

Derby Day
A classic pillbox hat and vibrant red lip is the perfect style duo for monochromatic Derby Day style.

Fillies Collection flower pillbox hat $219, David Jones; M.A.C. Cosmetics lipstick in Ruby Roo $36, Mecca

 

Melbourne Cup
On the day that stops the nation, bright, bold pops of colour and standout headwear is key. Get ready for your Insta close-up and channel your best Gloria Swanson moment with the key look for this season, a turban headband. 

Morgan & Taylor satin brocade turban, David Jones; Nars ‘Schiap’ lipstick $41, Mecca

Crown Oaks (or Ladies) Day
Oaks Day is all about lady-like glamour. A crown is the perfect headwear to partner with the more feminine looks of  Ladies Day.

Olga Berg ‘Monroe’ flower crown $129.95; Chantecaille ‘Agave’ lipstick $55

 

Stakes Day
Stakes Day style should reflect the relaxed ‘garden party’ feel of what is known as Family Day. A wide-brimmed boater adds to the relaxed and easy feel.

Sarah J Curtis ‘Style Me Simply boater $295, David Jones; RMS Lip2Cheek $52, Meccca

 

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Fashion

The mere mention of the words ‘beach’ and ‘swim’ can strike fear into the hearts of many an over-40 woman.

With summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for swimsuit season.

Whether you’re heading off for a luxury island escape or a laid back family vacay, you don’t need a perfect beach body to look great and feel confident at the beach this summer.

What you do need are my fail-safe tips to choose the right swimwear for your body shape.

Bon voyage.

APPLE

If you’re an apple, generally you have a bigger bust, a wider waist, narrow hips and slim legs.

  • Create balance by drawing attention to the top half of your body
  • Look for styles that flatter your waist and create shape, like one-pieces with panelling down the side, or tankinis with briefs
  • Wear higher cut bottoms to elongate the legs
  • If you have a bigger bust a retro-style bikini will accentuate your assets

City Chic ‘Seville’ ruffle one piece $119.95

COLUMN/RECTANGLE

  • Create curves.
  • A one-piece will give the illusion of a smaller waist. Look for a style with side cut-outs to draw attention to the waist.
  • Look for high cut bikini bottoms with tie sides or ruching to add volume to the hips.
  • If you have a smaller bust, wear bikini tops with added detail such as frills or embellishments.

Regatta Contrast Swim one piece $79.95, Myer

PEAR/TRIANGLE

  • This body shape needs balance
  • Look for styles that flatter your bottom half and draw the eye to your top half
  • Printed bikini tops worn with plain, dark bottoms work well, as do one-pieces with colourful or printed top halves
  • Minimise hip area with higher cut bottom
  • Wrap-style one-pieces are perfect for pear shapes

Jets ‘Kindred’ tankini $99 and bottom $39, David Jones

INVERTED TRIANGLE

  • Halter styles tops will accentuate collarbone and neckline and balance the hips.
  • A midrise bikini bottom with ties gives the illusion of wider hips
  • Avoid bandeau styles as they will accentuate a wider top half
  • Mix and match bikini styles with a print on top and one colour bottom will bring proportion to inverted triangle body shapes

Jets D_Dd twist singlet tankini $129.95 and Jets bikini bottom $69.95, David Jones

HOURGLASS

  • Generally a ‘womanly’ figure of bigger bust, narrow waist and wider hips
  • Show off that waist with belted one-pieces
  • Flattering vintage balconette bra and high-waisted bottoms for bikinis
  • Triangle bikinis are perfect to highlight your curves

Camilla The Lonely Wild one piece with belt, $329, Sunburn Swimwear

 

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