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How to Wear Linen

Nothing says Summer like linen. As soon as you see it in the shop, you immediately picture yourself in it, lounging gracefully on a poolside chaise longue, spritz in hand, laughing delightfully at a joke you just made.

But it’s not all sunshine and spritzers when it comes to linen. It is notoriously difficult to wear. You only have to look at it sideways for it to crease. And no matter how much you iron or steam those creases, it will never return to its pristine, just-off-the-rack condition ever, ever again. Is it even possible to wear it without creasing?  Continue reading “How to Wear Linen”

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Gingham – It’s Not Just for Tablecloths

It’s fair to say that gingham is pretty much everywhere this Spring. It has been clogging up my insta feed for the last couple of months in the form of ruffle shirts, ruffle skirts, off-the-shoulder tops, cropped trousers, ruffled trousers (there’s also a lot of ruffles around). But gingham, it’s clearly having a moment. Now, I tend to approach trends and prints with caution – they can be bad investments, date my look and risk fashion-victim status. So why gingham, when it is clearly the trend du moment? Continue reading “Gingham – It’s Not Just for Tablecloths”

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Sock Boots

When my friend said to me, “I can’t find any boots that I can wear with cropped trousers, keep my ankles warm, are dressy enough to wear to work and don’t appear to cut my legs short,” I said, “Challenge accepted.” After a couple of days scouring the internet and my wardrobe, I found the solution: sock boots.

So while this post is primarily about sock boots (more on that below), it’s also about being overly-competitive. It got me thinking, “Why do I see the most standard of comments as some kind of personal challenge?” I put it down to my competitive nature, which comes from being the second of four sisters, all of us close in age. And as my thoughts ventured down this road, it all came flooding back to me… the first date swim challenge! Continue reading “Sock Boots”

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Three Things to Consider when Buying Accessories

I am always attracted to any item of clothing, particularly accessories, that are sparkly and sequinned, feathery and furry, leather and luxe. Anything I can put on that is textured, shiny, or leopard print, then I’ll put it on and I’ll run with it.

So when I discovered these fabulous feather cuffs from the gorgeous design duo at Little Wings Designs (two sisters-in-law in Brisbane) I jumped at them, clutched them lovingly to my heart, put them on and basically reverse-engineered a whole outfit entirely around them. They just make me feel that little bit cooler whenever I wear them.

This got me thinking about accessories and the things that I’ve learned through years of trial and error when it comes to choosing accessories. Three things stand out: Continue reading “Three Things to Consider when Buying Accessories”

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Baggy Trousers – Going Large

Over the last twelve months or so we’ve seen jeans go from tried-and-true skinny to a looser and deconstructed look. Outerwear got in on the act and has taken on oversize and unexpected proportions. Over at Vetements,  puffer jackets, and shoulders more generally lost the run of themselves. Phoebe Philo’s Celine introduced oversized trousers and jackets this autumn winter, and they have now crept their way onto the high street. Bring on the baggy trousers. Continue reading “Baggy Trousers – Going Large”