It’s time to shake things up in our wardrobes.
Nobody rocks a crop top like Gigi.
There’s not much for your imagination to do here…
Anybody who tells you it’s just for the gym is kidding themselves.
Time to ditch last year’s worst trends.
What’s the most fashionable Australian city? Melbourne, of course – at least at the moment, thanks to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
Shopping events and runway shows this week featured designs both by well-known designers, such as Akira or Carla Zampatti, and newcomers including graduates from RMIT. The outfits seen on Melbourne’s runways during fashion week are a good indicator of the trends we will be seeing a lot more of in spring and summer, but it’s not just about what’s on the runway, it’s about the outfits you see off the runway that really represent what’s hot and what’s not.
Whether it’s celebrities such as Melbourne Fashion Week ambassador Ashley Hart, or your average fashionista that flocked to the fashion events this week, I took a look at all the biggest trends and trendsetters of Melbourne Fashion Week:
Who said women have to wear dresses or skirts to look sexy? Take a hint from these two lovely ladies wearing white flared pants and blazers looking absolutely stunning. Just make sure you wear heels with this combo – flared pants can make you look shorter than you are.
Whether they’re long or short, flowy boho dresses in neutral tones are here to stay. The twist? Cut-out patterns revealing a little bit of skin. Quick tip: Instead of trying to hide your underwear by choosing flesh-colored bras and panties (they will be visible anyway), opt for bold colours and make your lingerie part of the outfit.
Floral prints and patterns are nothing new, but you can take it a step further with beautiful floral embroidery and silk flowers used as accessories. It might not be practical, but it sure looks pretty!
Unfortunately, a good ab workout will have to remain part of your exercise routine for now because crop tops are here to stay. Ashley Hart is giving us major ab-envy in this crop-top dress.
Images via the MSFW Facebook page
Summer can definitely have some downsides, one of them being the humid weather. Whether you’re going to a party, wedding, or simply out to dinner on Friday night, try some of our tips to look cool as a cucumber in the muggy weather!
Baby doll dresses
These marvellous little ensembles are ideal for summer weather since they are so lightweight! Pair your baby doll dress with flat sandals, sneakers, or flip-flops for a casual look during the humid weather.
Make the most of the weather by finishing off your outfit with a light summer vest for evenings out. Choose one made from chiffon which will look beautiful in the breeze!
Want to keep cooling whilst wearing some pants? Palazzo pants are ideal for humid weather because they aren’t skin-tight, but will keep you cool in summer.
If you’re going to choose a new t-shirt for summer, cotton is the best choice since it’s so light and breathable. Stay away from darker colours such as navy and black since they attract more heat.
Look put-together in a sleeveless blouse which is perfect for work, or even afternoon drinks. You can instantly dress this piece up or down depending on your outfit and the weather.
Keep cool in a trendy slip dress which is a staple in our wardrobe. Combat a low-cut back by wearing a singlet to hide some skin.
Images via Free People, Stylish Wife, The Fashion Tag, Coco Kelley, Pinterest, The Clutch Theory
Give your wardrobe a little refresh by incorporating some classic, menswear-inspired pieces into the mix. Tailored pieces such as a button-up blouse, cigarette pants and structured coats are just some ways to make your outfit look refined and put together. For a little extra inspiration, we have listed our favourite outfits below.
Search for good quality denim that is suited to your body shape and will become a basic in your wardrobe for years to come.
The best way to make this style look a little more feminine is by pairing it with heels or ballet flats to soften the outfit. Detailed accessories such as layered necklaces and bracelets can make any outfit look its best.
A pair of black leather brogues is ideal for the cooler weather since they can be matched with almost any ensemble! Carry a cute tote bag or evening clutch to make it a bit feminine.
Make sure you’re set with a boyfriend blazer for the colder weather, since this piece is really effortless and easy to work with. Wear it with your work outfits or simply throw it over a sweater for the ultimate high-low look.
Finish off your outfit with a stylish fedora hat, which also covers up a bad hair day – who will know?!
One of the biggest menswear trends to make an impact over the last year was the varsity jacket. Whether you buy it brand new, thrift it, or borrow one from your brother, the jacket will never go out of style.
Finish off this trend with a pair of comfy biker boots. They are a fantastic piece to wear in winter with distressed denim, or in summer with a pair of cut-off shorts.
Images via The Euro Chic, Stockholm Street Style, The Sartorialist, French Voguettes
With fashion month continuing in Paris, we take to the streets to bring you some of the best outfits of the summer. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a night out, or simply something new to add to your wardrobe, we have it covered with out ten favourite looks from Haute Couture fashion week.
One thing your wardrobe needs all-year round is a bomber jacket. This classic style is suitable for both day and night, plus it looks amazing layered over anything!
Make leather work with your summer wardrobe by choosing coloured pieces and saving the black for winter. White denim is the best way to make this look work without sweating it out in the heat.
Stay cool this summer in a pair of cropped linen pants paired with a button down shirt. The material is breathable and won’t feel too harsh under the humidity of the city.
Bring out those slogan t-shirts from the 90s and use them to dress down a classic summer outfit.
Just because summer has arrived, doesn’t mean layering is no longer allowed. Wear your favourite palazzo pants with a lightweight skirt, and sandals.
Make like Elena Perminova and take an asymmetric piece and pair it with mini shorts for the day. This look is so effortless and can be easily transformed into a evening look with a small clutch and heeled sandals.
If you’re going to wear one print this summer, make sure it’s gingham. This style is always in fashion and is a chic and sophisticated older sister to nautical stripes.
Suede mini skirts are back and bigger than ever this season, especially with a 1970’s vibe. Pair yours with a classic button-down shirt and lace-up sandals for the summer.
Images via Now Fashion, Tommy Ton
With Mens Fashion Week in Florence just wrapping up, we countdown our top 10 street style looks from the scorching hot streets of Pitti Uomo.
You might notice a few familiar faces in this mix, but you’re sure to gain some extra inspiration for those future summer outfits.
Editor Anna Dello Russo is not one to hide – especially during Fashion Week season! She makes a statement in this bold maxi dress, pairing it with Grecian-inspired sandals and a bright and colourful box-bag.
Don’t put away that jumpsuit just yet! It’s the ultimate piece which can take you from beach to bar, with a quick change of stiletto-heels to match. Candela Novembre finishes off this ultra cool outfit with a yellow clutch by Stella McCartney, and comfy black heels.
Who said flares are out of fashion? It’s all about the flares on your shirt, and this classic look will never go out of style. For a classic high-low look, a pair of vintage Levi cut-off shorts is the best way to make this style work for you.
That perfect silk scarf has an excuse to come out of the closet, especially during the summer season. Wear it loosely around your neck to spice-up a white shirt, around your wrist for extra arm candy, or even over the strap of your bag before heading out the door.
Want to look stylish and comfortable at the same time? Take some style inspiration from blogger Patricia Manfield and try kitten heels with a simple summer outfit.
The humble shirt dress is a classic way to look stylish and keep cool in the summer heat. Accessorise it with a belt, leather handbag or sneakers for an effortless look.
Protect from skin from the sun in one of the most fashionable accessories of the summer – a fedora. Choose one in black or beige if you’re looking for something traditional, or break the mould in a fun summer shade to make your outfit pop.
Keep cool in the summer heat by pairing your favourite flowy maxi skirt with a simple white t-shirt. Business at the top, party down the bottom.
Make like Natasha Goldenberg and pair one of your favourite crop tops with a maxi skirt. Not only does this balance out the entire outfit, but will also keep you cool in summer!
A few different showgoers were spotted in denim overalls which are ideal for warmer weather. Dress them down with sneakers or sandals for the daytime or beach activities.
The great part of Pitti Uomo is that it brings classic silhouettes back into the playing field. Wide-leg pants, button-up linen shirts, and tailored blazers are all trends borrowed from the boys which are perfect for the scorching hot summer.
Images via Tommy Ton of Style.com
As the last leg of Fashion Week quickly comes to an end, the images of fashionable attendees are still rolling in.
Taking inspiration from Vogue editors, buyers, bloggers, and even the photographers, we show you some of our favourite trends from the autumn/winter season.
The bigger, the better! Oversized coats have been trendy for the past two seasons, but this doesn’t mean that they’re outdated.
Christine Centenera isn’t afraid to play with colour, and was spotted in this green oversized coat exiting the shows at Paris Fashion Week.
The eye is in the details, and these pair of Christian Louboutin heels were on everyone’s Insta-feed after the shows in Paris.
Worn with a long green parka by TSUM buyer Natasha Goldenberg, they seemed to be the focal point of her entire outfit.
A large-brimmed fedora hat is perfect to keep the sun away during the summer, and keeps your head warm in the winter. This particular show-goer paired her fedora with a thick, comfy sweater and leopard print brogues.
Large shearling coats took the place of leather jackets this season, and minimised the amount of layering for the cold New York City snow.
Who doesn’t love a classic, all-black outfit during the winter?
Those adorable key chains you accessorised your bags with in the 90s are back and bigger than ever this season. We spotted a number of show-goers clipping them to their keys, purses, and even a Saint Laurent handbag!
Eleanor Pendleton of Gritty Pretty was spotted wearing another big trend, the beanie!
This subtle accessory keeps your head and ears warm from the winter chill, and conveniently rolls into your handbag once you’re inside.
Blogger Lorna from Symphony of Silk showed us another way to make double denim work in all seasons.
The formula? Pair with a logo or statement jumper for best results. A knotted silk scarf completed her outfit, and gave a nod to her blog – all in a days work!
Remember those old, high-waisted jeans that your mum would wear in the 80s?
They’re back in fashion, with a number of bloggers, and stylists sporting them in various washes this season. Pair with ankle boots and a blazer for instant-glam.
The wrap skirt is a hit each season, but we didn’t think it looked this good until blogger Camille Charriére was spotted in this khaki version.
Wear with a pair of killer stiletto’s during the evening, and zip ankle boots for the day time.
Images via Collage Vintage, Style.com, Tommy Ton, Vogue Paris, Athens Street Style
Every year street-style photographers always manage to find the next big thing in fashion, or in other words the new it-girl. Unfortunately we can’t choose just one, so here are eight (well technically nine) new bloggers and up-and-coming personalities in industry to watch out for in 2015.
Representing the understated beauty of French fashion, Jeanne is a model, stylist and designer extraordinaire. With a number of campaigns under her belt, and a killer red-lipstick to envy, she’s definitely one to watch.
Did we forget to mention that she takes most of her photos on a film camera – tres chic.
Founder of fashion consultancy company Gogo Luxe, this mother of one is often known for her quirky sense of layering prints. What do you get when you cross a classic Breton shirt, leopard-print heels, and a tropical print? Mrs Giangola, that’s who!
Sara Nicole Rossetto
Model, student, and street-style star of Milan fashion week, the girl has it all! You can find Sara wearing a classic silk gown with trainers for the ultimate mix of high and low fashion.
Plus, we also have major leg envy – they go on for ages!
One of the biggest bloggers to come out of Denmark, Pernille is known for her minimalist approach to fashion which only she can manage to pull off with such ease. Working as a freelance stylist, blogger, and fashion expert definitely has it’s perks!
With a fresh approach to fashion, NYC native Juliana was photographed a number of times at this year’s fashion week. Some of her designer pieces we envy the most? Those lace-up Aquazzura heels and the oh-so iconic Chanel boy bag, swoon!
If you haven’t seen the candid images from Erica Pelosini’s European wedding, then you’re definitely missing out! The Coveteur shared some exclusive shots of Pelosini’s custom-made Pucci gown, as well as her elaborate shoes made specially for the big-day. This fashion stylist is a force to be reckoned with – she is also an expert at layering her prints.
Patricia and boyfriend Giotto run a fashion blog together called The Atelier, which follows their life as students and trendsetters in their home city of Milan.
You can often find some cute snaps of their (matching) outfits – photographers cannot get enough!
With an Hermes Kelly bag in one hand and a Blackberry in the other, you know that Carlotta Oddi definitely means business. She works as an assistant to Anna Dello Russo (aka ADR), the editor of Vogue Nippon and one of the biggest and most influential publications of our time.
Her refined style is the epitome of Italian-chic, with a modern twist.
Images via Jeanne Damas, Fashion and Fcuker, Tommy Ton, Wolfy Smile, The Urban Spotter, Womens Wear Daily, Metro, The Coveteur
‘Tis the season to be stylish…what with the big Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Weeks rolling out in NYC, London, Milan and Paris.
Now we all love the fairytale and fancy of the shows but it can be hard to translate what we see on the runway to the real way of everyday living (not to mention the credit card cardiac arrest that would possibly ensue!).
True style starts out on the streets, so we’ve done a little scouting around thanks to the master of street style – Canadian fashion photo-blogger Tommy Ton – to bring you our picks for the 5 key style trends to try as seen on the streets at Fashion Week. We thought we’d make the fashion candy a little sweeter too by telling you that you can easily get all these looks for under $100.
Lots of bare midriffs are making sneaky cameos amongst the fashion set. Forget the Britney Spears belly button ring hybrid and hop into a high-waist and a cropped sweater, lightly teasing with bit of well-buffed flesh.
Think a ¾ length high-waist black skirt and a matching black jumper. Hit up the high street or even better your local thrift stores to source them. Remember you can always create the crop yourself by snipping a second-hand jumper, or do the same to a black fitted polo neck, cut the sleeves off too if you like. Make sure you get a small fit and hem your work, so it maintains that more streamlined silhouette.
Channel your inner cheerleader and hit the sports lux super highway.
Look for raglan styles, numbers on the front or back and sports team logos complete the on trend look. These kind of tops are everywhere right now from Isabel Marant to Bardot or go the eco option and hit the thrift stores – you are bound to find one for $30 or less. Create a cool dichotomy by combining it with a leather skirt or jeans and heels.
Ok so when was this never not in fashion, but is it just us or does it seems to be even hotter right now? A lot of the expensive brands are selling $400-plus offerings but this is the easiest thing in the world to do yourself. Find a pair of second-hand jeans in a thrift store and get to them with some scissors and a garlic grater!
This one is a fashion no-brainer and looks beautiful no matter your shape or size (body that is, not ears)
Topshop, Sportsgirl and Zara all have opulent offerings or try Thomas Sabo if your purse strings are a little more princely.
With a strong revival of the early 90’s grunge aesthetic, plaid is popping up everywhere. Try plaid shirts and skirts or there’s something so “I don’t care” cool about it worn as a long flowing dress.
Go forth and be Fashion Week fabulous for a fraction of the price.
What are your favourite 2014 fashion week trends from the streets?
Faye De Lanty is a TV presenter and eco fashion blogger. Her blog Fashion Hound shows people how to be more aware and thoughtful about fashion, focusing on thrift, vintage, second-hand and DIY, as well as how to reuse, recycle and reduce our fashion footprint.
Photos: Tommy Ton
From street style to killer couture, the best fashion blogs keep us coming back for more. Here are the 5 best fashion bloggers from Australia, New York, London and beyond – and secretly, we’d love to be BFFs with them for the closet-raiding privileges alone!
You know how Sex and the City was fictional and Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t a real person? Well, that might not be true. If there was ever a real life Carrie, it would be Karla Deras. On Karla’s Closet, Karla showcases her stunningly fashion forward style. Much like Carrie before her, Karla mixes high-end pieces with vintage and high street buys. When Teen Vogue asked her about her favourite places to shop, she named Goodwill, Saks and H&M. If that’s not fashion diversity, then we don’t know what is.
Maegen Tintari screams L.A. – she’s adorable, bubbly, with awesome hair and a gorgeous glow. But her fashion blog is more than just killer outfits (and they seriously are incredible). Maegan shares beauty and home decor tips, as well as writing honestly about marriage and her struggle to conceive. Her beautiful smile alone will have you hooked. Maegan’s Pinterest boards are some of our favourites too.
Styled By Phillips
Aussie model and media personality Nikki Phillips is one of Australia’s best fashion bloggers, with a constantly updated stream of bright colours and stunning locations – from Bondi to Bali. Nikki’s style is mostly Australian designers so her blog is a great way to follow what’s happening in local fashion. Follow her Instagram feed for fun behind-the-scenes snaps.
Ring My Bell
If personal style blogging doesn’t work out, Ashley Madekwe has a second career to fall back on. After all, this London fashionista living in L.A. is a full-time actress, starring in shows like Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Revenge. Ashley blogs about her style, which is a mixture of London cool and boho chic. Why we heart her even more is that she blogs as if she were just any other girl rifling through the racks at a cool vintage store.
The Man Repeller
We’ve been following the very witty New York fashion blogger Leandra Medine a.k.a. The Man Repeller since what feels like the beginning of the internet (ok, about two years). Her refreshing attitude to fashion can be summed up by: don’t dress to impress, wear what YOU love. Make sure you follow The Man Repeller on Instagram for hilarious daily snapshots into her life.
Do you have a favourite fashion blog? Share it in the comments below!