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How to wear the button through skirt

The button front denim skirt is so versatile. Add a black crop top and practically any type of sneakers and you are good to go. Via Stella Wants To Die Skirt: Bershka, Sneakers: Vans, Sunglasses: Dior, Bag: Gucci, Top/Belt: Stradivarius. Denim Skirt Outfits: via Pinterest

The A-line button thru skirt, along with flares, has become one of the main trends this year that has taken cues from the 70s. While flares don’t work so well on my short legs, the skirt is one that I’ve lusted after for a while and finally purchased on eBay. I can’t wait to wear it as an alternative to my denim shorts for summer. (But can we address my denim obsession? No? In another post perhaps?)

Here are some ways I’m thinking off rocking this trend for the warmer temps:

1. With a striped shirt (but bear in mind I would wear a striped shirt wit a potato sack):

Denim Button Skirt Streetstyle by Tuolomeevia Pinterest

2. With a basic tee: can’t go wrong with a white t-shirt.

Felicia Akerstrom in a denim button front Topshop mini skirt: via Pinterest

3. With something lace or embroidered: I’m thinking this lovely broderie embroidered top from Country Road. Lace and embroidery will feature heavily this summer so why not combine the two trends?

Alexa Chung in a button down denim A-line skirt, perfect for summer 2015.: via Pinterest

Broderie Detail Shirtvia country road

4. With a graphic tee: I’ll be purchasing this Adidas Originals trefoil t-shirt soon and with a nod to the athleisure trend will probably pair the skirt and tee together with my Puma baskets that I am (im)patiently waiting on.


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5. With a printed tank: I’ll tuck my black and white spot print tank in and pair it with a black leather belt and black Birkenstocks for a fun and comfy look.

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6. With a lace-up blouse: I’m eyeing this one from Glassons. It completes the whole 70s vibe of the skirt.

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Lace Up Blouse, MILK
via Glassons

While I bought my skirt from eBay, here are some of my favourites from my intensive research on button through skirts (the things you do when you’re up at 2am rocking the baby back to sleep):

Image 1 of ASOS Denim Dolly Button Through Skirt In Mid Wash Blue

Button Front Denim Mini Skirt
Denim Skirt with Front Pockets, DARK WASH

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Indigo Button Through A Line Denim Mini Skirt

From top to bottom: asos, country road, glassonsmatchesfashion, the iconic, the iconic, miss selfridge

What do you think of this trend? How would you wear it?

How to wear a sleeveless blazer in spring

How to wear a sleeveless blazer in spring
Casual black sleeveless blazer look.:
W/ army green top, delicate necklaces, black skirt:
camel sleeveless blazer - Google Search:
18 Stylish Outfits with Statement Necklaces for Spring and Summer Days:
The Big O | WWW.THEDAILEIGH.COM:
Elements of Style Blog | Fashion Friday: The Staple Piece | http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com:
Classy way to wear shorts, the layers tied off with a skinny belt finishes the look. #www.inventyourimage.com:
SO MUCH | TheyAllHateUs

 

After seeing some of my favourite Instagrammers wearing draped vests, I thought it would make a great addition to my spring wardrobe to add an additiona layer of interest (and warmth, given the hot/cold mood of spring in Sydney at the moment). I did my “research” and tried on a few for myself. Unfortunately, due to my petiteness, the draped vests they seemed to overwhelm my frame – they were either too long or had too much fabric. Another Instagrammer was wearing a sleeveless blazer and I really liked that look – polished yet casual at the same time. Rather than scouring the shops I decided it was an easy enough look to DIY on the cheap. I went to my local thrift store and bought an $8 light blue blazer which was the perfect length and size for me, it just needs the sleeves chopped off, which I’ll be doing while I watch the finale of The Bachelorette (sssshhhhhh).
Images: first image fivefootshort on polyvore; all others via Pinterest

The greatest pleasure

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What to wear with a pixie cut

I was watching How Do I Look the other day (don’t judge me) and Jeannie Mai told her hapless guest that hair is an accessory and the outfit should take the hairstyle into account. (She said the same thing about tattoos, but that’s another thing altogether.) One such hairstyle where this comment is particularly true is the pixie. The pixie cut is a hairstyle that can polarize people – you either really love it or really hate it. Finding an outfit to suit the pixie – as well as be true to your personal style – can also be a challenge.

I had my hair cut into a long pixie style a few months ago and loved how low maintenance it was – take a shower, blow dry my freshly washed hair, throw some product in it to texturize it, done. And that was every other day (the styling part, not the taking a shower part ;P)

The one difficulty I had, however, was trying to find an outfit to suit the pixie cut. Most of the time I’m in jeans and a t-shirt – since becoming a mum to a second little one, styling my clothes has become low on the priority list. Anything that’s easy and clean is usually how I style myself these days! So the pixie cut, along with my “momiform” of jeans and tee, means I can look a little like an emo teenage boy, especially now that I’m growing out my pixie – I’m like a member of a bad 90s boy band.

So if you’re thinking about getting a pixie cut, do it! Hair grows after all. Here are some ideas on what you could wear after you’ve done the big chop.

1. Add a touch of femininity to an otherwise masculine outfit.


from pigeontoed via facehunter

Absolutely wear that blazer and oxfords with the pixie cut – just wear a dress or a flowy blouse to keep it feminine.

2. If you wear jeans, go skinny.

from the stunning look

Again, this accentuates the femininity. I would do a white button blouse like this or a draped blouse with killer heels.

3. Skater skirts keep the look fun and flirty.

from in dulce decorum


from a clothes horse

I love the skater skirt with a pixie cut, if only I had the legs to pull it off. Pixie cuts are fun and cute by nature so the skater skirt really plays on that.

4. Play with prints.

from cats in my closet

The pixie cut means there’s no hair to hide behind if you haven’t had any sleep/are hungover/aren’t wearing any makeup. Prints can detract from that! It also keeps the pixie cut looking fresh and fun.

5. Show some skin.


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Wear a v-neck (show off that decolletage), keep the skirt short and show off those amazing legs… play on that femininity.

Do you have a pixie cut? What do you wear with it? How would you style a pixie cut?

How to wear a white dress


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When I saw Geneva Vanderzeil of a pair and a spare in the above dress from Witchery I was smitten with how clean and fresh a white dress can look. White for me is debatable for a few reasons: 1) having a toddler with grubby hands; 2) having an infant who still hasn’t quite got swallowing food down pat; 3) white can be very unforgiving (ie adds inches to the waistline).

Nevertheless, it would be amiss to disregard the white dress as part of my summer wardrobe so here are some ideas on how I’d wear it (keeping it pristine white, however, is another blog post in itself).


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Tie Neck Shift Dress Slip-on sneaker

1. Wear it with sneakers, wedge heel optional. I like this Country road tie neck dress with these Axel Arigato sneakers to keep the look all white.


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Image 1 of ASOS PETITE V Neck Dress with T Shirt Sleevevia asos

2. Keep the look simple. A dress free of embellishments makes for a clean look and ensures the toddler and infant wouldn’t be poking at the dress to inspect the details closely. This Asos dress just looks so comfy and easy to dress up if need be.


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3. Wear your husband’s white shirt. Or a reasonably loose-fitting white shirt dress – it hides a multitude of sins and is great for nursing. Keep away from your partner’s gear with this Vanishing Elephant dress.


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4. Keep it loose. Summer equates to sweat and sweat equates to sweat marks and sweat marks equates to unnecessary slaving in the laundry. And you can partake in the Christmas feast without having to undo the top button of your shorts. This Witchery drape dress can be worn loose or tied at the waist for shape.


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5. Keep it short. As much as I dislike my legs too much white would be overwhelming on someone as petite as moi. A good inch or two above the knee makes sure enough skin is showing to suggest a little height. I really like this boohoo dress as it ticks a number of boxes: it has sleeves; it has a lovely broderie anglaise detail that makes it interesting; and it can be worn as a coverup from the pool or beach straight to drinks at the bar (or in front of the TV watching cricket).

What do you think of white dresses? How would you do white?

You’re hot, then you’re cold

Sydney weather in spring is fickle at best, and within a week I’ve worn a tank top with shorts, a cable knit sweater with jeans and boots, a strappy dress with a kimono top and sandals, and a long sleeved shirt with leggings and trainers. One thing that’s constant: my love for these Mollini heels.

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Romper Room

Romper Room

 

I just purchased a romper online (or is it a jumpsuit? What’s the difference?), having been inspired by the above Instagram post from @prettylifegirls. Admittedly it was more of an impulse buy and I’m hoping I won’t change my mind between now and when I actually get it. In the meantime, I’m thinking of wearing the romper with a pair of flat sandals for the day, which could be easily switched to heels for a night out. I’m loving fringe at the moment (and was able to score an amazing Kookai leather bag with fringe at the Australian Red Cross store for a song) and currently lusting these Alex and Ani bracelets which I’ll stack. The floppy hat is an essential summer accessory.

October shopping inspo: the graphic tee

With the warm weather I had the opportunity to investigate the contents of my shirt drawer and was dismayed to find:

  • One black t-shirt
  • One white t-shirt
  • One grey t-shirt
  • About 50 striped t-shirts.

With such a limited repertoire I thought of adding a graphic tee to the mix. Graphic tees can be fun and worn in a variety of ways, as long as the tee doesn’t have a novelty graphic that can date quickly or doesn’t suit your age. Below are some of my inspiration picks and how I’d want to wear them this summer.

Graphic tee shirt outfit ideas
(From left to right)
  • The Wang t-shirt has a sporty edge but the style lends itself to being dressed up. I would pair it with a leather a-line skirt and black ankle boots (Alexander Wang, of course! In my dreams); this would make it a great outfit for a night out with gal pals.
  • The ‘Afternoon Delight’ t-shirt not only has a phrase that has a secret meaning to myself and the hubster ;), but also has a vintage 70s feel. With that in mind, it would go well with a button up a-line denim skirt and some lace up sandals; grab a flower crown and you’d look like you came straight out of Woodstock (or Coachella).
  • I love the current athleisure trend (leggings as pants? Sure!) and Adidas is one of my favourite brands to pull this trend off. I like the idea of pairing this basic Adidas Originals tee with a printed pencil skirt to mix two trends in one. Black sandals would be perfect for day, but could easily be changed to heels for casual drinks in the evening.
  • I really like etre cecile’s printed tees; print notwithstanding, this tee has a bit of a French vibe to it. Teaming it up with a simple pair of jeans and black pointed flats supports that franco-esqueness (just brush up on your francais to pull it off authentically).
  • Lastly I love love love band tees, but if you’re going to wear your heart on your sleeve (so to speak) I believe you really have to enjoy listening to the band that’s on your t-shirt. I mean, you can’t wear an Iron Maiden t-shirt just because it’s trendy, and then have Taylor Swift on your playlist, you know? I grew up on a steady diet of The Beatles (thanks parentals) so I do quite like John, Paul et al (perhaps more so their Sgt Pepper stuff onwards). I quite like this style of shirt, and the white jeans and red kicks would really make the print (and you) pop.
What do you think of graphic tees? Which ones do you recommend? How would you wear yours?

October shopping inspo – the shoe edition

Summer is rearing its humid head and while I love my Birkenstocks with a passion, there are times when they’re not the most appropriate footwear choice (even if street style fashionistas indicate otherwise). After scoping Pinterest for outfit ideas to style my mom jeans it dawned on me that I didn’t have a pair of pretty heeled sandals, preferably in tan or nude. The ideal pair would have a block heel, not too high, so that they can take me from park visits during the day with the kiddos to languid BBQ dinners at night (well, as languid as it can get with a toddler and an infant). Sandals are also tricky for me because I’ve got these terrible bunions which don’t give me much pain but are so, so ugly that I try to cover them up where I can. Thin, strappy, delicate sandals? No such luck for me. They need to have fairly thick and sturdy straps to cover said bunions yet show enough skin to actually qualify as a sandal. Asking for much?

These Office heeled sandals actually look great – they’re the right heel height, fairly good coverage around buniongate, and I’m a sucker for the studded detail. It’s actually not a bad price too, at 60 quid. But that’s just it – it’s available in the UK. And while I’m sure they ship to Australia, after postage costs and currency conversion (thanks crappy AUD) I wouldn’t be able to justify the price.

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These Spurr sandals would look nice with a maxi dress, and they cover up the bunions nicely. Probably a bit flatter than what I had in mind, and they’re not particularly tan or nude are they? Still, the style is something to keep in mind.

These Just Because gladiator sandals look good on screen but I’m not sure about the straps. Bunions, remember – they might stick out awkwardly and actually accentuate the damn things. And again, probably not enough of a heel for what I’m after. The colour is right though.

These Steven Madden shoes are more like booties but I like the lace up detail and colour. At 3″ the heel is a touch too high, but I’d still consider them.

Image 1 of Missguided Lace Up Block Heel Shoes

Another pair of lace up shoes but with a heel height that’s more to my liking. These Missguided ones from Asos tick all the boxes – tan, comfortable looking heel, covers the bunions, on trend with the lace up detail. The only thing I’m worried about is the fact that they’re more of a bootie style – would they cut off my legs at an awkward spot and make them look shorter than they already are? Of course the only way to assess that is to try them on; oh they’re only available online? Balls.

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Another pair of bootie-like sandals by I Love Billy. Good colour, lace up detail is cute, a modest 6cm heel. Again it’s one of those that I’d need to try on in real life to see that my legs aren’t being chopped off at an unflattering spot. Also, at $149.95 I may as well just get those Office ones that I mentioned at the beginning of the post.

What sandals would you recommend? Any others that I’ve missed?