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Dressed for success

30 January 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

2014 Dressed Success

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With public holidays out of the way for the next month, it’s time to stop procrastinating and get to work… work wardrobe, that is. You know I’d never force you to work without encouraging a good hard look inside your closet first. How is it in there? Odds are that work-wear section is looking a little tired, and fair enough. Black fades fast, and when you’re washing the same pieces week after week, even more so – so let’s go shopping, shall we?


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Image sources: Zip front print tank, $89.95, Sateen crop pant, $89.95, and Phillipa loafer, $149.95, all from Witchery.

If you’ve been reading the Forrest Chase blog for a while, you might remember how I feel about dressing well for work: ie, DO IT. Odds are you’ll spend more hours in office attire than in anything else, so you should look and feel good in what you wear. Choosing quality pieces for work as carefully as you do for play will leave you feeling more confident and that will translate to your performance, how you’re perceived by your superiors, and most importantly: that mirror reflection clutching on to her 7am coffee.

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Image sources: Square panel shirt, $105 and Tweed asymmetric wrap skirt, $229, both from Cue; Magadore shoes, $139.95, from Nine West.

So, once again: consider your proportions and what looks good on you. If there’s a cut you know will flatter you, buy it. If there’s a colour that makes your eyes sparkle or your skin attain a Beyonce-like halo, wear it. Don’t be afraid of a little print or bold accessories – as long as you’re in tailored garments and covering up everything that needs to be covered, do not be afraid to depart from your coworker norm and try something a little interesting.

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Tags: Fashion, Trends, Witchery

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Ear candy

14 November 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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You know the rules: more is more and nothing succeeds like excess. So you can only imagine the glee when discovered statement earrings had made their way back on to accessories racks everywhere, just in time to team with your favourite holiday caftan for the ultimate “Princess Caroline orders another Bellini, poolside” look. It’s an exciting time; not only can you wear loose, billowy clothes and drink by a body of water again, but big statement earrings are here and they’re out to make sure no lobe goes unadorned this summer.

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Image sources: Peru earrings, $12.95, from Sportsgirl; Fringe hoop earrings, $39.95, from Witchery; Chain earrings, $25, from Pigeonhole; Hoop design earrings, $12.95, from Sportsgirl; Lattice with purple jewel earrings, from Gloss Accessories.

As with anything fantastic and glittery, we have the Italians to thank for this one; specifically those scamps Dolce and Gabbana who just won’t quit making outrageously beautiful stuff for us to drool over (see: opening photograph). The look is ornate and a bit vintage. There’s definitely a sense of “discovered these antique danglers in a Moroccan souk while I was hanging out with Yves in the 70s, no biggie”; so keep your eyes out for anything in worked or ancient looking metals, and don’t forget turquoise - it’s a classic 70s stone and always looks fresh and bright under our scorching sun. The Peru and Hoop earrings from Sportsgirl have definitely got that 70s Aztec influence going on, whereas the fringe and chain earrings (from Witchery and Pigeonhole respectively) are basically a jewel version of the all-important fringe: as important to ears as it was to clothes and hair in the 1970s. The lattice earring from Gloss is a great one – touches of pretty jewel tones and worked metals, it’d give any outfit an instant glamour lift.

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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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A spring in your step

19 September 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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So, it’s the end of winter and you’re itching to buy something new. Something to shake off the last of the gross rain and blustering winds (HELLO, weatherman can you hear me? This week’s wintery tantrums have been UNACCEPTABLE). And mostly, you want something that will not judge the months you spent indoors and pasta-adjacent. Presumably God invented shoes for all your post-winter shopping needs, because they’re the perfect things to buy when you want to give your look a little lift but you’re not quite ready to commit to anything that zips. And so, I bring you the latest in footwear – an article I probably should have called “two shoe trends that will make you say ‘REALLY?!’”.


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Image sources: 1. Bailey Ballet flat, $129.95, from Witchery; 2. Lily ankle strap ballet, $29.95, from Sportsgirl; 3. Acre heel, $139.95, from Nine West.


Trend 1: all white (still)

I KNOW, I KNOW. You hate white shoes. They remind you of your mother/ your 80s fashion mistakes/ your mother’s 80s fashion mistakes. But they’ve been back for a while and given our current obsession with monochrome, I can’t see them skipping off any time soon. I personally love them: crisp and clean, because nobody has seen them since 1988 they automatically give your outfit an edge - and all you have to do is chuck them on. Bonus, white goes with just about everything. You can make this trend soft and femme in ballet flats; or powerful and linear in those Alexander Wang style heels from Nine West; or super monochrome in the black and white Sportsgirl flats that are pretty damn close to the ones in the street style image at the top. Just give it a go. I won’t force you to wear shoulder pads too. Promise.


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Image sources: 1. Mephisto Helen, $169, from Paul Carroll; 2. Eloise flatform, $79.95, from Sportsgirl; 3. Scarlett, $59.95, from Novo.


Trend 2: things that look like Birkenstocks

Yes, another eyebrow raiser. You can blame The Bloggers/ Alexa Chung for this one (and maybe Celine’s ridiculous and weirdly excellent mink lined Birkenstocks) – but the official footwear of German tourists everywhere is back in fashion. And after a few good years of chunky footwear being in vogue, it’s barely a surprise. As per usual, it’s all about the contrast – sleek loose tailored clothing with an awkward shoe: a balance of beautiful and ugly. You can wear them with your ripped up jeans and your Breton striped shirt too. If you’re still not convinced, consider this an opportunity to wear sinfully comfortable shoes and be at the height of fashion: those are two factors that don’t happen in tandem very often, especially with regards to footwear, so savour it while it lasts.

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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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Three pieces to change the season

05 September 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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If the blissful change in temperature hasn’t alerted you, I’m sure your legions of Facebook friends posting photos of cherry blossoms and/or blue skies have: spring’s springing. While my sinuses (currently aflame with allergies) aren’t that happy about it, you’d better believe the rest of me is – as far as I’m concerned, warm breezes, longer days and baby animals are a recipe for happiness. The proverbial garnish would be the news that you no longer have to dress in approximately 17 layers in order to survive the day: return to your neglected summer clothes and start contemplating them again. OK, so it’s not exactly hot enough to bust out a mini dress, and maybe your legs have turned translucent over the winter and might frighten the children, but tell your niece to stop crying at the horror of your ghostly shins because IT’S GOING TO BE OK. All you need is a few (and I mean that) trans-seasonal pieces to layer up to make the transition between icicles and searing heat.

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Image sources: 1. Western shirt, from Levis; 2. Marley Panel shift dress, $89.95, from Portmans; 3. Delia flat form wedge, $149.95, from Witchery.

  1. A lightweight shirt
    If you don’t have a chambray shirt yet, SPRING IS THE SEASON, PEOPLE. Wear it open like a jacket, tied over your favourite maxi, relaxed with a pair of jeans or shorts – it’s the perfect weight and colour for indecisive-but-usually-warm weather. If you can’t do chambray because you were scarred by the 70s or the 90s or whatever, any structured lightweight shirt will do – a drill cotton or linen will fit the bill just as well (but I cannot say no to denim. It’s my weakness).
  2. A shift dress
    I love the resurgence of the shift dress simply because it’s such a versatile piece. This one from Portmans is perfect – button down, clean white and with just a touch of sleeve: you can wear it to work with a blazer and fitted pants or leggings; you can wear it on the weekends layered up with an open chambray shirt (ahem), or softly tucked into some baggy boyfriend jeans or a pair of shorts; you can wear it out for drinks with a big piece of jewellery and heels or sandals (depending on how fancy your drinks are). Once it’s hot enough, you can even wear it over your bathers: it’ll take you from the beach to bar and beyond.
  3. A pair of chunky sandals
    The easiest way to switch your outfit from winter to spring? Throw a pair of sandals on. Nothing telegraphs “it’s warm and I love it” like exposed feet. While it doesn’t *have* to be a flatform like the Witchery ones pictured above (although, you’re getting height without pain, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t go there), I like a heavier sandal in spring – it’s still covered enough to wear with bulkier clothes like jeans, but light enough to wear with a little dress.

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