Colour

Earthy, natural colours are huge at the moment, and rust has emerged as the season’s hottest hue. So how to wear this tricky trend?

If you're feeling confident, try a monochromatic look.

Or keep it simple & wear it back with black.

It's the perfect pairing for denim.

Or it pops with white.

Does this colour make you nervous? Then try it in a print,

Or as always an accessory.

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Once a fashion faux pas, the bum bag has again become very, very cool and clever retailers have re-branded them as 'belt bags' or 'hip bags'. How to wear this trend? Take inspiration from the concrete catwalk and drape it across your shoulder or cinch in your waist like an oversized belt.

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Shopping

Basic t-shirts are a wardrobe staple but try to avoid buying them on impulse.

  • You've probably already got a spare,
  • You'll whittle away your fashion funds, and
  • After the initial retail rush you'll still feel like you've got 'nothing to wear'.

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All things baseball are about to become tres chic with the latest collaboration between Gucci and the Major Baseball League. The Gucci PreFall 18 collections included NY Yankees caps and according to a press release from Gucci, we can expect to see more MBL merchandise in the Fall 18 collections too.

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Fashion Week

A picture tells a thousand words and this image from the Chanel PreFall 18 collection highlights five key trends for this winter.

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1. Whether you call it a baker boy, poor boy or page boy, this hat is having a moment… again.

2. The rollneck continues to be a key layering piece for cooler weather.

3. The waist is having a moment again and the quickest way to update your look is with a statement belt.

4. Tartan, in particular the Prince of Wales, was the key print of the Winter 2016 collections and continues into next season too.

5. Inspired by menswear, there has been a new silhouette emerging during the recent catwalk collections, the wide leg pant.

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Colour

There is a team of people at Pantone whose job is to analyse all trends and at the end of each year they meet to discuss which colour will sum up the year ahead. They recently named Ultra Violet the colour for 2018.  

How to inject this regal colour into your wardrobe? Take some inspiration from the fashionistas on the concrete catwalk...

It pops against neutrals.

Try pairing it back with bright colours.

Consider a monochromatic look.

Look for purple prints and patterns.

As always, try an accessory!

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Update Your Look

Whether you call it a baker boy, poor boy or page boy, this hat is having a moment… again. In the early 20th century, it was a staple for news boys and working class citizens, but has since been adopted by editors and fashionistas as the must have accessory. But sometimes finding a flattering hat is tricky… So, what to consider before investing in this trend?

The colour needs to complement your natural skin tones as it reflects on your face. If black doesn’t flatter your complexion then consider charcoal, navy or camel.

Next you need to consider the size, shape, width and length of the hat.

  • The size needs to work in harmony with your head, if you’re petite avoid a larger silhouette.
  • The width and length of hat needs to work in proportion, not overwhelm your face. if you have a larger head, look for styles with more width.
  • The shape of the hat needs to complement your facial features, if you have angular features consider a slightly angular crown.

And as always, confidence will be key when wearing this look!

images: my pinterest board, trending: baker boy hat

Shopping

When investing in white jeans look for styles that skim not cling to your body and check the fabric thickness, anything transparent is not flattering on any body!

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The skinny jean, it's a wardrobe staple and favourite fit for many but the unforgiving style is making way for more voluminous silhouettes. Not ready to give up your skinnies? I understand not every trend is for every body but consider the new wide leg silhouette it's comfortable, relaxed and the cropped versions work with all footwear options!

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Fashion Week

Although we are only half way through 2017 & freezing, the fashion calendar has skipped ahead to Resort 2018. So what newness should we expect to see in stores for summer?

You'll start to see the return of western influences, 

Grecian dresses,

And with all things Grecian returning, Karl Lagerfeld made it clear on the Chanel catwalk that gladiator sandals will be back too!

Spring florals are inspired by the tropics,

and denim silhouettes are becoming wider.

Bright colour will also return for the warmer weather. It was seen worn monotone, together or as an accent against neutrals.

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Style Tips

Do you feel like you're in a style rut? Instead of buying something new, consider different colour combinations to create new looks.

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Update Your Look

When it comes to fashion, everything old is new again and retro kicks are experiencing a massive revival. The simple silhouettes translate easily to on-trend colours and materials, which means there’s a pair for every style personality.

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First appearing on the Fall15 runways, it hasn’t taken long for the sock boot to appear on the high street. The combination of sock & ankle boot is available in a variety of textures & lengths and will work in harmony with most of your wardrobe.

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Wardrobe Staples

As the weather starts to cool, don't sacrifice your style while waiting for school pick ups or on the sporting sidelines, instead invest in a variety of outwear to survive the season. Here are five key outerwear shapes every Mum should have in her winter wardrobe and what to look for when making your next purchase.

The Denim Jacket

The perfect item for trans-seasonal dressing, the denim jacket never goes out of style. The sightly fitted silhouette complements all body types but as they come in a variety of lengths, ensure you find the right hemline for you. The classic colour, faded blue, is the perfect wardrobe addition to dress up your basics or alternatively, give your dressier items a casual feel.

The Bomber Jacket

With all things athleisure being chic, the bomber jacket is back in fashion. It creates an effortless sporty edge and is a great alternative to a denim jacket, instantly make an outfit look more casual. The traditional bomber silhouette is oversized, so correct fit is important, especially around your shoulders.  The bomber jacket is this seasons must have item, from embroidered florals or aviator inspired shapes, there will be one to suit your unique personal style.

The Military Anorak

A silhouette that never goes out of style, the utilitarian design of a military jacket adds an effortlessly cool look to your wardrobe staples. The most flattering styles have drawcords at the waist and slimmer sleeves that visually create shape when wearing winter layers. The customary colour, khaki or olive green, compliments both bright and neutral colours making the military anorak easy to wear in all seasons.

The Trench

Originally developed as an army coat, the trench coat has evolved into a chic yet practical coat for women. It works in almost any climate, is comfortable and transitions easily from day to night. When investing in a trench it’s important to choose a button style that flatters your frame and check the fit, especially around your shoulders. A classic beige trench is chic but also consider a brighter colour, think red or cobalt blue, that works across all seasons.

The Puffer

Although the puffer jacket has a reputation for being more functional than flattering, it doesn’t need to be the case. To avoid overwhelming your frame, look for slimline styles with diamond or chevron shaped stitches that will visually slim and elongate your body. The puffer jacket comes in a variety of lengths, so consider your height and buy a hemline to suit your portions. With the puffer jacket becoming more popular, the colour choices are too, so it will be easy to buy one that enhances your natural complexion instead of conventional black.

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Fashion Week

February is over, the month of fashion weeks has come and gone... In contrast to previous Fall collections there was a move away from minimalist tendencies to a more diverse direction for next winter. So, with the shift what trends should you invest in now that you’ll be able to wear later?

Red

Metallic, especially silver

Shearling

Checks

You'll also start to notice pieces, both garments and accessories, with elements inspired by the 1970s, so consider injecting these trends into your wardrobe too!

Corduroy

Earth tones, think toffee, camel & caramel

Knee High Boots

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Update Your Look

The blazer is a wardrobe staple but it’s days of being associated with corporate two-piece suits is over; instead these structured jackets have become a style staple of their own. This winter many of the seasons key trends easily translate to the blazer silhouette and are surprisingly versatile to wear. If you're thinking about updating your blazer this season, consider these different directions.

Velvet

Military

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Tartan, in particular the Prince of Wales, was the key print of the Winter 2016 collections & fashionistas have been quick to adopt this trend on the street. Perfect for winter, tartan easily translates across all garment types, so this season you’ll find a piece that will suit both your unique style personality and lifestyle.

For more outfit inspiration have a look at my pinterest board: trending: tartan.

Update Your Look

As you know, the easiest way to update your look is with an accessory and this season it’s all about the fishnet. They are no longer considered rebellious or super sexy but are being added to daytime outfits, creating an on trend & textured look.

Have a look at my pinterest board, trending: fishnet for more outfit inspiration.

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Shopping

Who hasn't bought clothes that end up hanging unworn in your wardrobe? Even if the clothing fits well when you're trying it on, there are other factors to consider in the change room before making a purchase to avoid buyer’s remorse.

  • Look at the care instructions. Will you really separately hand wash the item? Dry clean only? You’ll need to consider the additional cost & hassle of a visit to the cleaners.
  • When you’re standing in front of the mirror, it may fit but how does it look and feel when you sit, bend or raise your arms?
  • Test the fabric. Do you find it comfortable to wear? Does the fabric crease easily? Run your finger across the fabric, does it mark easily?
  • Check all the zippers work, the buttons in place and there are no loose threads.

And as always,

  • Do I really LOVE it?
  • Do I already have something similar?
  • Will this work with other pieces in my wardrobe?
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Wardrobe Staple

Whether you’re a handbag fanatic or an accessories minimalist, the everyday handbag is a wardrobe staple... and probably the hardest working item in your wardrobe! So it's important to find one that's affordable & right for you. Here are my tips for finding the perfect handbag.

  • Look for a handbag that expresses your unique personal style. If your style is classic, a hobo handbag looks great with simple chic outfits or if your style is romantic a clutch adds a feminine flair to your outfit.
  • Choose a colour that complements your wardrobe. A neutral handbag, think navy or tan, works back with brighter clothing or a handbag in a pop of colour, think pink or red, works well with a monochrome wardrobe.
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  • The size of the bag should work in harmony with your silhouette. A larger bag can overwhelm a petite frame or a small bag can be lost on a taller frame.
  • The most flattering handbag shape is one that is opposite to your body, if you are curvy consider a more angular handbag or if have an athletic figure look for more rounded styles.
  • It's important to think about the length of the handbag; where you hold your handbag visually draws attention to that area. If you want your waist to be the focus wear your handbag on your shoulder or if you want to highlight your legs hold the bag low.
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The bag featured is from Caramel x Co, it's the Monaco Hobo Bag in French Navy and is reduced to only $59.95!