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A spring in your step

19 September 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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Image sources: img3.stylesaint.com, guestofaguest.com, farm3.staticflickr.com.

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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Tags: Fashion, Portmans, Witchery

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Tees to a tee

27 June 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Tees to a tee

Image sources: sinclairpm.com.au, lamodellamafia.com and wheretoget.it.

In what appears to be a perfect marriage of sports luxe, streetwear and irony, logo tees have made their biggest comeback since George Michael told us to choose life. Why? Well, between Beyonce, Rihanna and pretty much any model off duty – including catwalk queen Cara Delevingne, pictured above in the “ain’t no wifey” singlet (we’re glad Cara, aren’t you like 20 years old and world famous?) - boxy, boy-style logo tees are their official go-to when they’re not being poured into couture by some meddling stylist.

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Image sources: Milk and Honey Paris t-shirt, $49.95, from Myer; Tres Chic beaded text tee, $59.95, from Witchery; 86 sequin sweater, $69.95, Sportsgirl, from Sportsgirl.

It’s a broad trend: logo tees run the gamut from legit designer logos (see: Rihanna in Celine), tongue in cheek faux logos (Homies instead of Hermes - or in the case of the tee above, Lait et Milk in the Celine font – which is French for Milk and Honey, the brand); retro styled slogan tees (ala Queen B and Cara), all the way to football jersey style number tees like the one from Sportsgirl – as long as it’s oversized and has something bold printed on it, you’re heading in the right direction. Wear them extra big with sleeves rolled, or if you’re feeling particularly daring/ Gwen Stefani-eqsue: cropped to show your belly with torn jeans, leather shorts or even with a little glittery mini for the evening.

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Tags: Myer, Sportsgirl, Trends, Witchery

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Hats off

20 June 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Hats off

Image source: thecheetahfiles.blogspot.com.

Because you’ve all been dying to know: my all-time favourite thing about winter? Hats. It’s not like hats and summer – you can’t really wear them indoors without being scorned by your coworkers and/or grandmother – but for some unknown reason, winter hats traverse the “hats off inside” rule and end up on the other side, smiling, waving and leaving your skull toasty warm. But! It’s not the sheer warmth of it that does it for me: it’s the ability to have as many concurrent dirty hair days as you have hats - and have nobody be any the wiser to your greasy, lazy scalp. Bliss.


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Image sources:1. Street ball cap, $39.95 from Witchery,2. Pom Pom beanies, $49 from Pigeonhole,3. Kate floppy felt hat, $39.95 from Sportsgirl.

What’s even better is that winter headgear is massive in fashion this year – beanies (90s grunge) and wide-brimmed fedoras (super 70s, thanks Saint Laurent) are particularly prevalent, but you’ll still find caps, berets, bowler hats and thanks to our mate Baz and The Great Gatsby, probably a little felt cloche or two in there as well. Before you start shrieking “Shut up, fool - I can’t wear hats!” – well, yes you can. You might have to try on a few before you find a style that suits, but remember: even though caps are on, it’s important to be able to still have a little hair to frame your face or you’ll look bald. Do not try on anything but caps with a ponytail, or you’ll scare off hats forever.

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