Want to shake things up a bit? Take your look from everyday to runway in one easy step...Take your favourite winter warming coat and wear it as a cape. The coat as cape look can be seen here, there and everywhere...so get on it girls. It's super easy and a chic look to boot.
Safe to say that colour is staying put for a while to come yet. On and off the runway at Sydney's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week strong, bold and vibrant hues were seen everywhere. So pop it on where you can girls...block it out for a punchy effect or accent with a single pop of colour in one of your pieces. For those of you who steadfastly sticking to your basic blacks...add your pop in an accessory or a shoe....the safest way of injecting a little colour into your look. Here's some inspiration from the lens of Tommy Ton....and some lovely little shoes that would fit the bill for styling yourself colourful from Seksy...[bookmark it gals...you will ADORE THEIR SHOES!] So...have some fun with colour...there are no rules...and no need to stay within the lines.
PS Dying to jump on the colour trend...but not sure what looks right? Give me a buzz and we'll get your look perfected in a jiffy...
Hmmmm - verdict is still out for me on this one. While we love a tousled, just jumped out of bed hair-do, not so sure we should be taking it this far and sporting PJ look-a-likes around town. And while Rhi-Rhi looks absolutely fabulous in this silky little ensemble...common sense prevails for us mere mortals...she, after all, would look good in anything! My advice...if you want to try it out...start with just one piece...work silky pants with a knit a-la-Alexa....or pop on a pj shirt with your favourite denim...a nice little compromise that's much easier to pull off.
The colour I am craving at the moment? MINT. Cool, icy mint. Don’t get me wrong...I’m down with ALL the pastel shades right now...so subtle, soft and ladylike...but mint has that somethin’, somethin’ that sets it apart from the rest. It’s edgy and can be worked in countless ways...as a duo with denim, a partner for prints...you get my drift...
Here is a little inspiration for styling up this fabulous sherbet tone.
PS Want Styling Violet to track down some minty goodies just right for you? Contact me and I'll hook you up!
What a lovely treat it was this week to catch up with Virginia Martin, designer behind the Melbourne label Búl. Stepping from the dimly lit corridors of eclectic Curtin House into her store was a little breath of fresh air...natural light streaming through open windows, a beachy wash of colour throughout the room, and lots of beautiful pieces to drool over. Bul’s offering for Autumn/Winter, the Cornwall collection, hit the spot for me as a go-to for fab little pieces for work and play...most pieces would double up quite nicely taking you from office to out-and-about the town with a simple accessory switch-up. What I loved most was the richness of textiles...from beautiful silks, to brocade and heavy wools....just the things you will want once our Melbourne winter goes full swing. Highlights for me...the Seaburn Skirt that I seriously need in my wardrobe (like, yesterday!), the Blyth Beach Coat in a gorgeous mushroom colour aptly called Fungi, and the beautiful Gillian Harbour Dress in navy as seen below on the designer herself (quite possibly the loveliest thing in store that day). You can style up a whole look here with gorgeous shoes and bags also on offering. Really loving that there is also a great selection for the gents as well. So boys and girls...get yourself along to one of the 4 Búl locations (Fitzroy, Curtin House, Brighton and Chadstone) and take a peek for yourselves. Check out the entire collection and shop online here.
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Talk to any of my friends and they will agree that I am the luckiest thrift shopper around. I just seem to always find an amazing array of pieces whenever I step foot into a Opportunity Shop...and trust me, these feet step in A LOT! So, I thought I might just share the lovely little bits and pieces that I find along my way in a regular Styling Violet segment...Well Thrifted!
Besides luck, I do think that there is a certain amount of 'skill' to doing really well in an op-shop. I pick up pieces that most would not even look twice at...I see past the piece and think about how it will be work and styled with other pieces. I scan carefully for pieces that are on trend in colour, and then check for quality and shape. Sometimes all a piece needs is a little tweak at the tailors to make it current...It's not an exaggeration to say I save hundreds of dollars shopping this way.
Here are a few little pretties from an expedition yesterday....
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We are only days away from the start of Autumn...and Winter will be knocking on our doors before we know it! Now is the time to start planning your wardrobe for the colder seasons....but with the sun still hot on our backs it really is hard to see past short sleeves and light dresses. Here is a little bout of inspiration to kick you off.
PS Want Styling Violet to help with your new season looks? Head over to Get Styled for a look at our services or contact us for a chat about how we can help.
Some of you may have noticed...(with shocked horror perhaps) that the iddy biddy, belly baring crop tops of the 80s are making their way back onto the fashion scene.But don't fret....you can work this mini trend! Team your chosen crop top with a high waist and, viola, you're rocking the style without showing too much skin. x
PS Some trends are not as tricky as they seem and can be tweaked to suit YOU! Want Styling Violet to give you hand? Just check out our Get Styled page for details x
MELBOURNE PERSONAL STYLIST! Google this phrase and it will return a list as long as your arm. We wanna help you to narrow it down a little....so here's a few good reasons to choose Styling Violet!
We LOVE to dress gals up and make them feel great....it's not just a job! We DON'T charge an arm and a leg...reasonable prices mean EVERYONE can enjoy these services. We offer a UNIQUE service where you can pay a low subscription for ongoing style advice...and PERSONALISED wardrobe suggestions. We TEACH you the tricks so you can feel confident styling yourself. We MEET with potential clients free of charge to ensure we will be comfortable with each other. We are OBSESSED with style and fashion...you're getting an expert in the field!
So....that's us in a nutshell....but how about you? Why go to a personal stylist? To UPDATE your wardrobe without spending a fortune. To break a STYLE RUT...changes in your life can mean you lose your confidence when it comes to dressing...having a baby is a big one! To TRY new styles that you might be unsure of. To DEVELOP your own signature style based on your shape and colouring. To create EASY , ready-to-go outfits in your wardrobe for your day-to-day life. To SHOW you how to mix-and-match to get the most from your pieces. To save you TIME shopping. To have a SECOND OPINION. To BOOST your confidence in how you look. To help with a SPECIAL OUTFIT.....
The bottom line....personal styling is not just for the rich and famous! Styling Violet is making it super easy and affordable for every gal to look and feel their best. So, head over to the GET STYLED page and see if there is something for you!
Style inspiration - where do you find yours? Models in the magazines, celebrities on TV, people on the street...there are endless ways to see what and how fashion is being played out. Translating what you see into something for yourself...well that can be the tricky part. Models in magazines, as we all know, will look fabulous in anything. Celebrities have a big old bank roll and Rachel Zoe on standby. So chances are, what we are seeing on these people may not quite work for us. You can simply look around you to see how real people are wearing attainable fashion...but are you prepared to stop them in the street and ask where they got those strappy sandals? I know people who do, but it’s not for everyone!
So, where is the perfect place for a style voyeur? Without a doubt....Lookbook! A wonderful little place on the world wide web where you could spend hours coveting real peoples’ wardrobes. Their tagline ‘collective fashion consciousness’ says it all really! Here you will find looks created by guys and girls from all over the globe. You can set your criteria to only show looks from your area and in most cases details are given on the individual pieces they are wearing....voila...real people that are, quite likely, shopping in the same places as you! You can pour over favourite looks as voted by other users and if you sign up for a free account you can also weigh in on what you think is hot. Save your favourite looks and, even better, your favourite people....Now you can truly style stalk...find someone with similar coloring, shape and style as yours and...well...copy away! Me...I'm sending thanks in advance to the gorgeous Jessica Stein and her amazing looks that I will definitely be copycatting!