Posted by on Mar 18, 2019 in Fashion

Dressing for Autumn can be tricky as the weather can be unpredictable switching between warm and chilly.

My no-fail tips for great Autumn style include:

  • investing in ‘seasonless’ pieces which can be styled a number of different ways
  • base your Autumn wardrobe around classic styles which provide the perfect opportunity to layer
  • have fun with style by adding pops of colour and trend-inspired accessories

Following on from my ‘How to Master Transeasonal Dressing’ tips, here are more Autumn style essentials that you can wear now:

COLOUR

Autumn dressing does not have to mean dark colours and prints. Choose bold and bright colours for a modern spin on traditional autumn dressing.

Witchery gathered waist dress $149.95

THE SEASONLESS SKIRT

For chic seasonless style you can’t go past a fluid skirt. Pleated skirts remain high on the must-have list and cross between work to play so effortlessly. Wear with sneakers, flats, heels or boots.

Seed Heritage pleated crinkle skirt $129.95

ROLL NECK/TURTLENECK KNIT

Since Audrey Hepburn made it famous in Funny Face, the black turtleneck remains a wardrobe classic. For both day or night, a silk knit elbow-length version is both chic and lightweight and can be worn with just about anything.

Country Road wool silk knit $119

CHECKS/PLAIDS

Swap your summer florals for more autumnal prints likes checks and plaids. Checked blazers are a current major fashion trend for Autumn/Winter. Worn in the boardroom with tailored pants (a checked suit for work is tres chic) or on the weekend with jeans, a checked blazer is timeless Autumn dressing at it’s best.

Style Note: Plaid needn’t be all black and white, opt for colour.

Left to right: Portmans ‘Time Is Now’ blazer sale $74.96  Forever New ‘Emily’ high-waisted pant sale $49.95; Cotton On check pleat skirt $39.99

HIGH-WAISTED SKINNY JEANS

Yes you can wear skinny jeans! No matter your age, body shape or style personality, you CAN skinny jeans AND wear them well. Post 40, a higher-waist version that is both both comfortable and flattering on the tummy. Autumn is the perfect time for ankle-baring cropped versions.

Style note: Lightweight jeggings versions are a comfortable alternative to classic denim styles. 

Jeans West Freeform 360 Curve Embracer High Waisted jean sale $97.30

 


OVER 40 STYLE TIP: HOW TO MASTER TRANSEASONAL DRESSING

Posted by on Mar 12, 2019 in Fashion

No matter what you’re wearing, accessories can completely transform and elevate any outfit.

And one of summer’s biggest – and ageless – fashion trends, resin/tortoise, is here to stay for Autumn.

In rich jewel tones like green, cobalt and orange in marbled effects or patterns, resin will modernise your everyday wardrobe. From chunky hoops (Insta stars’ favourite) to bangles or necklaces, it’s a statement piece that women of all ages can wear for weekend or work.  Style note: Hoops and geometric shapes are the hottest resin looks right now. 

What I love most about resin is that it’s lightweight, easy-to-wear and an inexpensive addition to any outfit.

For a timeless and modern take on Autumn dressing, throw away your delicate and dainty accessories and opt for statement-making resin instead.

Image: Jaeger

 

Adorne ‘Aria’ linked short resin necklace $34.95

Colette Hayman two-tone resin bracelet $14.99

 

Country Road ‘Jemima’ hoop $29.95

Image: Mimco

Mimco ‘Cubism’ ring duo $129

Country Road tote $119

Posted by on Mar 5, 2019 in Fashion

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Autumn has arrived but with plenty of warm weather to come, dressing for ‘in between’ days can be tricky.

The key to transeasonal dressing is to base your wardrobe on buildable pieces that allow you to add layers when the chill sets in.

Dresses and skirts, lighter weight pants and effortless blouses transition so easily between warm and cool days. Swap summer’s more delicate, lightweight accessories for the new season’s textured, robust pieces. 

If you not sure where to begin in co-ordinating your Autumn wardrobe, start with these five season-less style essentials (stay tuned as I’ll have more transeasonal style tips in the coming weeks): 

RELAXED PANT

Put this key style essential on your trans-seasonal style list. The lightweight feel of a relaxed pant is perfect for in-between days and can be dressed up or down, day or night, for the ultimate in effortless chic.  (Tailored versions are a chic office alternative).

Blue Bungalow ‘Avery’ leopard pant $69.95

THE STATEMENT BLOUSE

Over jeans, with a skirt or pants, a blouse is never-fail trans-seasonal essential for almost every occasion. From the relaxed peasant style for the weekend, to fashion-forward boho-styles or for sophisticated silk for evening, for easy dressing put the versatile blouse on your Autumn style list.

Witchery ‘Ditsy’ blouse $119.95; Zimmerman ‘Moncur’ top $550; Scanlan Theodore red slik blouse $350

A MIDI DRESS WITH SLEEVE

I can’t live without a dress. When the weather turns cool, I swap sandals for my favourite ankle boots – and add a hat. A dress is one of fashion’s most effortless (and comfy) style essentials that transitions so easily across all seasons.

Witchery print dress $169.95

CROPPED BLACK PANT

We all know that a classic black pant is a must-have wardrobe essential – but the cropped version has overtaken as the modern alternative. It’s trans-seasonal dressing at it’s chicest from casual styles to the elegant cigarette pant. It’s an ageless style essential for work and play.

Style Tip: For petite women, throw out the rulebook that says you can’t wear shorter lengths – simply add a heel!

Jacqui E ‘Sasha’ ankle pant sale $59.97

ANKLE BOOTS

For all seasons, ankle boots are one of your wardrobe’s most versatile – and ageless – staples. From dresses to jeans to heels to flats, the ankle boot can be styled all year-round, no matter the weather.

SNEAKERS

To the fashionista who made sneakers a wardrobe essential, I salute you! For a long time, sneakers were purely for sports or the weekend, but now they’ve taken over our wardrobes from the street to the conference room. From metallic to glitter to pop colours with platform heels, there is practically no style situation that you can’t wear the oh-so comfortable sneaker.

 

Frankie 4 ‘Kendall’ metallic sneaker $229.95

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Fashion

Some say highlights from the Oscars 2019 included the Queen and Adam Lambert’s epic opening number, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s duet and Olivia Coleman’s Best Actress acceptance speech, but there is no doubt the pièce de résistance was the flawless style of the over 40, 50, 60 and 70 women.

They were pretty in pink …

Bedazzled in blue …

Shone in silver …

Glittered in gold ….

Radiated in shades of red …

And beguiled in black …

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Fashion

Love is in the air – and it’s not just for loved-up couples.

Valentine’s Day is the chance to shower your nearest and dearest with love – children, mothers, fathers, best friends – it’s a day to show those you care.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to wear the colour of power and love – red. There is no other colour that inspires confidence – and sexiness. Red is powerful and timeless and the ultimate statement of seductive style.

So whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, a night out with your best girlfriends or a family evening at home, these style ideas are sure to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day.

 

CLASSIC

You can’t beat an elegant lace dress for a romantic dinner for two. Pair with polished accessories to enhance the refined silhouette.

Love Honor Baroque dress $319; Valentino ‘Rockstud’ heels $1,330; Olga Berg ‘Belle’ clutch $59; Amelie pave earrings $39.95, all David Jones.

PRETTY

If feminine is your preferred style, a midi dress and heels is the perfect potion. Add an elegant clutch and pretty earrings.

Calli ‘Gaby’ frill dress, $109.95, The Iconic; Nine West ‘Rave’ sandal $99.95; Portmans ‘Florence’ bead earrings $19.95;

BOHO

Channel your bohemian spirit with with a flowing boho dress. Statement earrings adds a gypsy-inspired touch.  

Thurley ‘Hampstead’ dress $599, David Jones;  Nine West ‘Nora’ $159.95; Christie Nicolaides ‘Tesoro’ earrings $269, Myer; Colette Hayman ‘Leah’ clutch sale $31.49.

RELAXED

For a family V-Day affair, opt for effortless chic with a shirt dress. A mid-heel block heel is the perfect partner. 

Trenery cotton poplin dress sale $99.95 and Octavia heel $179; Portmans ‘Charlie’ tort earrings $19.95; Sportsgirl mini circle sling bag $59.95 and Juno block heels $69.95.

 

Posted by on Feb 4, 2019 in Fashion

With a lot more Aussie summer to go, weekend getaways remain high on the agenda so keep summer’s hottest fashion accessory at the top of your packing list.

Once seen as an accoutrement of senior citizens or sporty types, the sun visor has become cool again after hitting many a runway from Dior, to Chanel to Louis Vuitton for Spring Summer 2018. No surprise then that it is now a favoured summer accessory of celebrities and the style set.

Image: @kimkardashian Instagram

Of course the 2018 visor has been reincarnated into a new-age athleisurewear version with coloured perspex brim and sophisticated branding; and whilst you may not find Dior’s DiorClub1 visor neither practical or to your taste, you may find the other version favoured by beach-loving Insta stars more to your liking.

Straw or raffia visors have become the hottest summer accessory of the fashion world and Instagram set (along with the straw tote).

Image: Instagram, @alohaapothecary

Image: Instagram, @stylemecca

A step up from the cloth-covered ’80s-sports’ styles, straw visors come in a range of styles, shapes, colours and patterns and many brands offer eco-friendly, hand made styles made from natural fibres.

Images: Instragram @bycarolina, @heirloomhats

Not just for the beach, a straw visor is the perfect addition to chic summer ensembles.

Image: Instagram @ashleysummerco, @maroobii

If creating insta-worthy summer style is your thing, add a straw visor to your summer beach bag.

Clockwise from left: Seafolly ‘Mocora’ visor $39.95, Sunburn Swimwear; Helen Kaminski ‘Mita’ visor $220; Morgan & Taylor wide brim visor $39.99, Swimwear Galore; Beach Luxe ‘Havana’ visor $29;  Seed Heritage ‘Sienna’ visor $29.
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