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Office Christmas Party – Do’s and Don’ts

It’s that time of year again. Tinsel is being strewn with abandon across desk partitions. There’s a Christmas tree in reception. HR has sent out the email with guidelines for appropriate behaviour at the office Christmas party. It’s party season!!

The office Christmas party can be so much fun – it’s a time to let your hair down with the people you probably spend most of your waking hours with. It can also be career-destroying if approached the wrong way. Never fear, Second Sister is here to share seventeen festive do’s and don’t’s: the wisdom garnered from attending office Christmas parties over the years in various countries, observing and engaging in the very best and the hilariously cringe-worthy of party guest behaviour. Continue reading “Office Christmas Party – Do’s and Don’ts”

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Leather Trousers

Leather trousers can be a divisive choice, sartorially speaking. I’ve found women either embrace them with the full frontal force of a seventies glam rock bass guitarist, or avoid them like they would a seventies glam rock flicked, permed mullet. I’ve always fallen into the former category for better or worse – I did have a pair of faux leather metallic gold and brown flared hipster trousers in the early 2000s, which nowadays I only wear for fancy dress parties (with a darling transparent leopard print body shirt and blonde afro wig)…

In more recent years, I’ve taken a more conservative approach to my leather trouser game, so my current leather trousers will never make their way into my dress-up box. The culmination of mistakes made and sartorial successes achieved, I present to you eight reasons why leather trousers are a necessity which will stand the test of time. Continue reading “Leather Trousers”

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Making Florals Edgy

It’s that time of year when it is with mixed emotions that I venture into the depths of my storage cupboard to rediscover and welcome back my winter staples, while I bid a sad farewell to my summer clothes and, with them, pack away my warm memories of the summer.

Before you embark on your own emotional journey of the seasonal wardrobe-switcheroo, pause for a second and have a think about whether you need to pack away your summer floral dress just yet. With a bit of carefully selected hardware (and software – keep reading), you can give your floral dress some street cred and a more urban aesthetic for autumn/winter in the city… Continue reading “Making Florals Edgy”

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Sweatpants – A Renewed Love Affair

“You know the message you’re sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You’re telling the world, ‘I give up. I can’t compete in normal society. I’m miserable so I might as well be comfortable.” – Jerry Seinfeld to George Costanza.

About a year ago I fell off my bike and broke both my wrists. During the ensuing six weeks I pretty much lived in sweatpants. They were the only item of clothing I could easily get in to and out of unassisted. And let me tell you, there’s nothing like six weeks of sweatpants and not being able to wash properly to make you feel totally gross and pissed off with life. At the time, I swore off sweatpants – never to be worn again outside of an exercise-type scenario. Continue reading “Sweatpants – A Renewed Love Affair”

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Sequins – Just Bloody Wear Them

When my friends and I discuss what we plan to wear to any given event, be it a party, an interview or a hike, I always joke that I’ll turn up wearing gold sequinned sweatpants. And while it might raise a laugh or two, the truth is, I secretly would love to have a pair of sweatpants made of large gold sequins, and I’d want to wear them to as many life events as I possibly could.

I admit it: I’m partial to sequins. But generally sequins scream, “LOOK AT ME!” and carry more ostentation than most day-to-day events require. As a result, my most dazzlingly be-sequinned treasures used to end up gathering dust, barely seeing the light of day except the odd occasion when I took them out of the wardrobe to fondle lovingly and wonder when I might ever work up the guts to wear them. That was until I decided, “f*ck it, just bloody wear it.” Continue reading “Sequins – Just Bloody Wear Them”

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Summer Office Apropos

Having lived most of my life in cooler climates (Melbourne, Dublin and London), I’m not as good at summer as I am at the transitional seasons. Don’t get me wrong. Summer is my all time favourite month. It’s the month when there are roof-top cocktails/shenanigans, sun-soaked picnics and people just seem to be better looking in general. But sartorially speaking, for me summer is a little bit tricky. First of all, I don’t like to spend too much on a wardrobe that I’ll only wear a couple of months out of the year (thank you, London) unless it will last the test of time. Second, summer office apropos is not as easy as it sounds… Continue reading “Summer Office Apropos”

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Scandi-style

What would it be like if I’d been born in Scandinavia instead of my beloved Australia? For starters, I’d be an absolute stunner in the looks department. It would be pretty hard to lose the genetic lottery in Scandinavia and be just ok-looking. Seriously, I know I go on about it, but Scandinavians are RIDICULOUSLY good looking. But more significantly, I’d also have that laid-back yet sophisticated and effortless Scandi-style thing going on… Continue reading “Scandi-style”