Category: Top 5 Tuesday
This week I’ve been inspired by a weekend at the coast and the promise of warmer weather. So it’s more of a casual vibe this Tuesday with pared back basics combined with some fun prints. Enjoy!
L-R: Target Longline T-shirt in Grey $25.00, Sportscraft Bailey Woven Trilby in Natural $49.95, Alessi Chambray Short $59.95 from Birdsnest, Sussan Multi Geo Print Scarf $39.95, Condura Lacey Beach Bag in Yellow $24.95.
It can be tricky at this time of year for those of you with a Warm & Muted palette to find the perfect top for work and play for those. Luckily I was shopping for a client on the weekend and we found a treasure trove of options at David Lawrence – very unusual for this time of year. Like I always say, if your colour is in, stock up because sometimes it can be difficult to find. Enjoy this week’s Top 5 this Tuesday.
Clockwise from top: David Lawrence Waterfall Top in Sangria $100.00, David Lawrence Ocean Silk Front Tee in Virtue $99.00, David Lawrence Eventide Silk Top in Calypso $160.00, David Lawrence Roma Linen Tee in Sangria/White $90.00, David Lawrence Sacramento Metallic Tee in Gold Marle $120.00.
It wouldn’t be a day at the races without the perfect head piece whether that be a hat or fascinator. This Tuesday it’s my top 5 picks for this racing season.
You don’t necessarily need the hat to match your outfit as long as the colours are in the palette, as often a pop of unexpected colour will make your look stand out from the crowd (in a good way). If you are experimenting with pattern this season, and want to play it safe, choose a colour from the print and find a hat in a similar shade. It will tie your whole look together.
If you are Canberra based I would highly recommend checking out Sovata and Christine Waring. Their creations are superb and Jade Sargent (Sovata) also makes the most stunning dresses.
Which one is your favourite?
Clockwise from top: Morgan & Taylor Lace Disk with Side Loop & Feathered Quills at David Jones $129.95, Mimco Showoff Demi Beret in Hydrangea $169.00, Mimco Demure Debutante in Black $249.00, Portmans Tall Feather Fascinator in Royal $79.95, Fillies Collection Small Disc with Rising Shell Inspired Tail in Red at David Jones $189.95.
If you are looking for something to revamp your work wardrobe you can’t beat the statement necklace. It’s the perfect piece to instantly glam up your outfit or create the right level of contrast for your complexion. Remember, less is more. For most style personalities you will need to keep the rest of your accessories simple so that you don’t feel over dressed.
Top L-R: Antilles Necklace by Beaded Warrior available at www.hardtofind.com.au $29.95, Elk Border Necklace $60.00, Sussan Metal Weave Necklace $29.95 reduced to $13.97, Mimco Nebula Chain Choker $149.00, Polka Luka Ville Necklace available at www.birdsnest.com.au $47.50.
The perfect summer blazer is white or rather your perfect version of it – off white, ivory, cream etc. Perfect for injecting that summer vibe into your black and navy pieces. It’s also a great summer neutral that you can pair with all the fun prints available at the moment.
The key is to invest in a blazer that is versatile between work and play so that you can interchange with a suit jacket or dress it up with a pair of jeans. Just remember to get the contrast level right. If white or cream is usually to light for you make sure you add a brighter or darker colour to make it work.
L-R: David Lawrence Malibu Jacket $300.00, Anthea Crawford Vanilla Linen Blend Textured Jacket $459.00, Jigsaw Broderie Jacket $375.00, Jacqui E Theron Stretch Nylon Jacket $169.95, Sussan Linen Blazer $99.95.
Not all of us like to teeter around on teeny weeny heels. Thanks goodness then that this season sees a big push towards block heels both for pumps and sandals. Great with skirts, pant and dresses. Make a statement or keep it neutral.
Top L – R: Senso Tyson Stacked High Heel Court at David Jones $132.50, Joanne Mercer Jester Heel in Purple $99.95, Diana Ferrari Lorikeet Patent Pump in Almond available at Myer $139.95, Wittner Mia Heel in White $159.95, Mollini Madi Heel in Black/Tan $75.00.
Looking for a flattering neckline? The cowl is it. It works for all body shapes, adding femininity and elegance to any outfit. I love it for work as it looks great on its own and works well with a jacket or cardigan. It’s a great alternative to a plain knit or tee, especially when paired with this season’s print skirts and pants. Here are my top 5 this Tuesday.
L – R: Target Cowl Neck Top in Grenadine $25.00, Anthea Crawford Cross Hatch Digital Print Cowl Neck Top $169.00, Diana Ferrari Audra Top in Amethyst $49.00, Target City Dressing Floral Drape Front Top $35.00, Boden Wool Blend Cowl Neck in Citronelle $78.00.
Incorporating a little bit of sporty into your work wear may sound a little odd, but it can be done. I’m not suggesting short shorts, tracksuit pants or sloppy joes. Adding a sporty vibe to your workwear is about incorporating fabrics and styles traditionally associated with sportswear such as neoprene, mesh, perforated fabrics and sporty stripes. Sporty can be sophisticated.
Top L – R: Wittner Penn Bucket Bag in Black Leather $249.95, Oxford Suvi Mesh Trim Shift Dress in Off White $114.50, Marcs Cutabout Stripe Oversize Tee in Ivory/Red $79.00, Wittner Thorpe Heel $189.95, Oxford Tiara Ponti and Mesh Flare Skirt in Tangerine $74.50.
As the weather gets warmer the shirt dress is a great alternative to the more structured shift. It’s great for casual to smart business so dress it up with a pair of heels, or down with a pair of ballet flats.
L-R: Dorothy Perkins Ruby Rocks Blue Oriental Shirt Dress £45.00, Sportscraft Arabella Shirt Dress in Navy $199.95, Country Road Trench Dress in Navy $179.00, Diane Von Furstenberg Rose Printed Shirt Dress from Farfetch $502.59, Marks & Spencer Best of British Double Layer Shirt Dress £159.00.
They not only look great, they make a statement and the bolder the better. No room for daintiness here. Just be careful with wild and erratic gestures as they can have a habit of flying off (speaking from experience).
L – R from top: Sass & Bide The Happy Hearts Woven Brass Cuff $270.00, Colette by Colette Hayman Stone on Cuff Wristwear $9.95, Oliver Bonas Cosima Handmade Bangle $44.68, Cue Stone Cluster Cuff $105.00, Witchery Reptile Splice Cuff $49.95.