We’ve all heard the saying, ‘it’s all in the details,’ before. But what does that actually pertain to? In Australia, we’re headed into summer and our wardrobes are starting to take shape. We are all embracing the latest colours of the season and starting to plan out our Christmas party attire. Because what else gets you through the next few months?! Besides alcohol!
Shopping at the high street fashion stores means we risk looking the same. And sometimes you can fall into the trap of wearing the same thing over an over again, because it works. But what’s a surefire way to add some intrigue into an outfit whilst showing off your individual style? It’s all in the detail.
Do you find that you always revert back to the same old hairstyle? I do. Mine is called, ‘the do nothing look!’ I am incredibly lazy when it comes to doing my hair. Sometimes I straighten it if I’m feeling extra peppy that day, but on the whole it’s au naturel. But what I don’t do enough of, is wear it up. Perhaps it’s because I wear it up to the gym and at a work, and I don’t think to explore this option on weekends. But it really does change the look of an outfit. And I’m sure my mum would be proud…she always preferred my hair ‘out of my face!’
So next time you’re looking for a way to change the look of an outfit; play with your hairstyle. Don’t overthink it or overdo it; just put it up and let it naturally sit. And if you’re really not sure what to do, ask your hairdresser. They will give you some options based on your face shape and hair texture.
Sunglasses are an accessory in their own right. They not only do a superb job of blocking the sun’s ray’s, but they add an extra element of coolness. The shape of the frame can completely transform the look. I recently got these Tom Ford sunglasses, and I am amazed at their ability to lift an outfit. Next time your sunglass shopping, why not try on other styles and colours. It’s easy to dismiss other looks based on past experiences, but you never know, you may be pleasantly surprised.
I’d advise going with someone that will give you their honest opinion. Sometimes when you step so far out of your comfort zone, you lose all ability to gauge what looks good and what doesn’t. That could be an expensive exercise!
Accessories is definitely the easiest way to change and or update any look. But just like clothes, it can be quite overwhelming. I always gravitate towards statement pieces; I love big earrings, necklaces, rings and anything with a flower on it as it seems! I don’t go by any hard and fast rules re accessorising as I don’t think you need to put limitations on creativity. Pile it all on, try different combinations, and if in doubt, take one piece off before leaving the house. That way you don’t feel too overworked.
My advice would be to not discount the cheaper accessory stores like Colette & Lovisa. I got both these earrings and hair flower from Colette, and you wouldn’t necessarily pick it. But it’s important to understand that these items might not have the durability other brands would offer. And by durability I mean quality and style.
But when your in the mood for splashing out or investing in a truly magical pair of earrings, you can’t go past the following brands:
Mix & max casual and formal
I think it’s easy to fall in the trap of segmenting one’s wardrobe into casual and formal wear. But nowadays, more than ever, you’re free to explore the surprising perks of mixing them together. I think the focus on sneakers has prompted this versatile movement. I love the fact that you can wear a beautiful dress with a pair of sneakers. It means that you get so much more use out of your formal wear, which otherwise would have been left sitting in your closet.
I like to add printed tees under blazers (in this post), sneakers with dresses/skirts, jeans with formal tops, and bomber jackets over a formal look. And if you’re feeling extra sparkly, have a go at mixing textures such as sequins and denim, metal (glomesh) and leather, and silk with velvet.
Sometimes the best outfits are a result of adding an extra level of detail. A detail piece (or feature) that you wouldn’t have ever thought of wearing. I like to draw my inspiration from art, nature, and culture.
The easiest place to start is by looking at how colours work together, and understand the colours that you love and work well with your skin tone, and then build up from there. And remember to never discount any style or look; use it as an opportunity to draw inspiration; positive or otherwise.
Thanks for stopping by!
K- Leather & Soie
What I wore:
Red blazer – Witchery
Print tee – Ganni via Mode Sportif
Leather pants – Willow (no longer available)
Heels – Alexandre Birman via Saks Fifth Avenue
Hair flower & earrings – Colette
Sunglasses – Tom Ford via Sunglass Hut