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Three pieces to change the season

05 September 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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Image source: wallpaper.showded.com.

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.

Tees to a tee

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.


Styles

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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Tags: Fashion, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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All covered up

14 June 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Overcoats

All cover up

Image sources: Belt up trench, $299.95, from Witchery; Cooper St Bethany coat, $169.95, from Myer; Collarless coat, $169.95, from Sportsgirl.

Seeing as Perth has fallen into it’s Arctic tundra phase where it’s pitch black at 6am and you can see your own breath while you’re lying in bed, I’d say it’s time to rug up, wouldn’t you? Seeing as polite society won’t allow us to roll around with our doonas wrapped at our shoulders Superman style, I guess a coat will have to be the next best thing. Not that I have anything against coats, quite the opposite; a coat lends polish and finish to your outfit, and as a West Australian and therefore, perennial winter dressing novice, that big coat is going to cover whatever mismatch of layering you’ve had to throw on in order not to die of frostbite on your morning commute and make you look positively put together.

So, hurray for coats! Between overcoats, anoraks and drape front jackets all fighting for top billing as “coat trend: 2013” there’s a world of choice out there – just make sure you have enough space underneath to layer up and keep cosy.


Anoraks

The Met Ball

Image sources: Fur trim anorak, $199.95, from Witchery; Tameika fur parka, $169.95, from Sportsgirl; Faux Fur trim anorak, $169.95, from Portmans.


Drape front jackets

The Met Ball

Image sources: Cooper St Sheepy Coat, $159.95, from Myer; Drape leather jacket, $599.95, from Witchery; Collarless coat, $169.95, from Witchery.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Portmans, Witchery

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