Itching for a new look, of the non-committal variety? Then may we suggest that you make friends with this trans-seasonal multitasker? A sleeveless jacket, or vest (call it what you will), is the ultimate game-changer; toughening up your silhouette with it's boxy, tomboy-ish appeal sans huge investment or a whole new wardrobe. Our tip is to choose wisely when it comes to fabrications: hard working materials like denim, leather and drill will work best if you really want to show them who's boss. We found five killer styles that you can nab online now (or in-store) for under $60. Your new found 'tude, and wallet, can thank us later.
We've sorted what we're wearing to fashion week next week, but what about the other essential bits that will see us through? We'll be bringing you all the action from the runway, front row and backstage — and all that round-the-clock coverage is made possible by the following (under $50!) genius buys. Wanna see our survival kit?
All hail the return of the humble cami. More grown up than a tank, but girlier than a shell top — there's something suddenly both modern yet undeniably nostalgic about this '90s staple. Think Gwyneth Paltrow circa Brad Pitt. Think Caroline Bassett circa JFK, think Katie Holmes circa Dawson's Creek (in a good way). Spaghetti straps and a subtle V-neckline mandatory, cut-on-the bias crepe optional. Wear with this season's sexiest pencil skirts or most head-turning trousers and wait for the swoon.
Kapow! Bang! Wowee! If you're feeling it, why not express it via a slogan sweater? Phillip Lim touched on the trend in his 2013 Fall show, while House of Holland's Henry Holland has always been a fan of a bold statement, this season declaring Viva La Vibe! on varsity-style jumpers teamed with tea-length skirts. Choose between simple declarations à la Zoe Karssen's ode to women, or get the point across more strongly with Sportsgirl and Topshop's Pop art inspired statements. Shop our top five whatever your preference, before they all go boom!
Are you guilty of changing into "home clothes" as soon as you hit the couch after work? Yep, we hear you. Usually consisting of old T-shirts, oversized track-pants and logo sweaters, it's come to our attention that comfortable casuals for after-hour-wear is usually more a case of scrounging than styling. With a great range of luxury basics on offer — many from our local homegrown designers — there really is no excuse to not feeling comfortable and looking good when you're lounging about at home. From soft cotton tops to slouchy pants and knits, invest in these wardrobe staples now and wear them forever.
The traditional way to celebrate Australia Day is with a BBQ. It can be at the beach, or in the backyard, it can involve fancy seafood buffets or simply snags on the barbie — either way if you're participating in the great Australian tradition you're going to need something appropriate to wear. The key to nailing this tricky casual dress code is to look like you've effortlessly thrown something together but also is cool in a where-did-you-get-that kinda way. We've come up with five fun BBQ dressing options to make your Australia Day just a bit more stylish than most. Who's for a sanga sandwich, then?
We have a little bit of news for you: navy is the new black. Yep, it's true. The lighter, softer hue is coming back, and has so far been seen on the likes of Diane Kruger, Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung (she's a huge fan!) and Rose Byrne, just to name a few so-stylish-it-hurts fans. You see, it's still a dark colour, so everything you love about black — versatile, easy, flattering — remains true, except it's not quite as harsh. It suits all skin/hair/eye combos and it never met a clothing colour it didn't complement. So, what are we getting at? You need to inject some navy into your life, stat. We've done the hard yards for you and have found five of the best buys out there. Jump in and check them out!
Kinda hot outside, huh? The national heat wave that is set to stick around until at least early next week, so we thought we should give you some tips for surviving the soaring temperatures in style. The key is to pick natural fibres that will let you breathe, so step away from anything in a polyester, viscose or lycra mix. Light-weight cotton, linen or silk will keep you cooler, and looser-cut styles are best as they won't cling if you happen to sweat, sorry — perspire in the sun. Team with a flat strappy sandal and plonk yourself in under the air conditioner coz it's going to be a long, hot Summer!
What is THE dress of the season? The scuba dress, of course! We can see the origins of this body-con trend in Stella McCartney's Spring/Summer 2012 collection, then local design heroes Dion Lee and Josh Goot putting their own sci-fi spin on the look. The key signifiers are a high, racer-neckline in a sleeveless, above the knee silhouette, in a sucky-iny neoprene or high density lycra fabrication. Speed stripes optional. This high-impact number is the ultimate in sexy-sportswear; showing off a toned physique without looking frivolous or overly flirty. We found five of the best online. Dive in!
Hands up if you're going to Homebake this weekend? What about Field Day, Summadayze, Shore Thing, Woodford, Falls or Big Day Out? We're just about to jump into the Summer music festival season, so we thought that we should give you an update on the new dress code. Yes, we think things have changed a bit. Leave head-to-toe fluoro at home, and steer clear of boho-inspired paisley, crochet or tie dye. This coolest festival uniform is more utilitarian than year's past, with a nod to this season's modern, minimalist tendencies. Don't worry, your trusty denim cut-offs are still good to go, just team with paired-back separates and streamlined accessories.