Splashy, Feminine Florals:
So trendy and timeless, flowery prints never go out of style! the ones above are very feminine and gentle whilst also being bold, romantic and trend setting. Look effortless in a flouncy babydoll or mini style or opt for fuller coverage with a midi or maxi length. The key to not looking shapeless and accentuating your curves is a belt, ideally with a thick buckle. A bright red lip and shapely sunglasses make this look pop. For a more youthful and au naturale appearance, opt for a dainty floral shift dress and simple strappy sandals. Wear a tinted moisturiser and pink lip. Then think statement earrings. Tassels, frills, pearls, beads- the choice is yours and the options are endless.
Cream Blouses and Button Downs:
A highly versatile wardrobe staple that can pass as dressy or casual depending on the look you’re going for. Experiment with rolling your shirt cuffs up to display bracelets and a watch or layer a blazer on top. Pair with paper bag denim shorts or pleated culottes. Jute base espadrilles are a great casual shoe to accompany this outfit. Seed Heritage have a range of embossed and animal print ones. They are comfy for everyday use and wear in easily whilst still looking structured and put together.
Daring and Darling Lashes:
A stunning bold look to go along with a gown. So much shimmer. What could be a severe, sharp and angular look is tempered by glitter. Use a colour blocking technique and make sure to curl your eyelashes prior. Benefit has an incredible mascara range if you’re in the market for a new pick- my favourites are the roller lash and bad gal bang. They give you insane length without the clump or spider like appearance.
Silk and Linen Scarves:
Effortless and perfect for your bag, hair or as a top if you prefer less coverage. Wrap yours around a sleek, straight ponytail or with a half up half down style. This can be worn high or low on the head. Choose silk or linen for the utmost class and sophistication. Synthetic fabrics can look cheap and tug at your hair. They tend to be scratchy and thin with less volume too. Take this opportunity to break out of your comfort zone and wear a new print. I’m a neutral lover at heart but can’t get past a good paisley print. In my humble opinion, the hair scarf is a modern and transformative take on good old scrunchies.
Sleek, layered jewellery is effortlessly elegant and can look highly classy when presented right. Medallion and herringbone chains are particularly in at the moment. A semi low cut top will show off your decorated collarbones and give the illusion of length. A lace or broderie number would perfectly compliment this spring look. For a more seasonal approach, wear a chunky knit cardigan or jumper in the shades latte to chocolate.
Experiment with different necklace lengths and mix your metals if you feel brave. I personally prefer gold or vermeil on myself if you’re looking for a budget option but rose gold and silver may complement your skin tone better. My go to store for ethically made pieces is Mejuri. I tend to shop from their hundred and fifty dollar or under range and have discovered some real gems. This beautiful Now York based brand is well worth the investment and I can promise you won’t be let down. Everyday fine jewellery without the markup. Accessibility is so important. I have their satellite, honey and locket necklace as well as two pairs of earrings. The classic croissant dome hoops and organic pearl stacked hoops.
Beachy, Crimped Waves:
That tousled just rolled out of bed look can be flattering when done right. Doesn’t it just remind you of long days at the beach, sunning on the sand and catching waves? To achieve this low maintenance hairstyle, use a scalp scrub to remove root buildup and then move forward with a lightweight and volume building shampoo and conditioner. Work it through your lengths and leave to sit for up to ten minutes. You may choose to do a hydrating mask next.
Afterwards, you’ll want to flip your hair and give it a quick towel dry. I wouldn’t suggest using heat. A blowdryer won’t do you any favours. Toss your hair in a messy bun and wait a couple of hours. Later on, unleash your locks and begin braiding. French braids are best as they reach the top of your head and look more natural than a plait which begins at shoulder level. Leave it overnight and then treat your newly crimped hair with a dab of anti frizz oil and sea salt spray in the morning.
These artisan beauties are locally made just about everywhere you can imagine. I remember visiting Bali a couple of years ago and being amazed at their range. Rattan with embroidered flowers, peekaboo holes or accent threads weaved in with every colour under the sun. Each is unique and they come with a range of closing fixtures. Ribbons, button loops, leather clasps. They are a precious take on the picnic basket and offer great variety in shape. Other than the classic circle, some resemble tiny hampers. The attention to detail and craftsmanship is truly admirable.
Need I elaborate? I keep my neutral capsule wardrobe close at hand for laid back days when I need an easy outfit pairing. Contrary to popular opinion, there is diversity and interest within this spectrum. Light neutrals, dark neutrals, denim. Of late I’ve begun wearing navy again but feel my best in shades of cream, brown and grey marle. Black is a no go for me. I find it to be overly stark and dull. In general, a neutral palette is more than just versatile. The lack of patterning means more attention to finer detail and cut. From gorgeous ribbing and tortoise shell buttons to sharp, distinguished collars and slender fits, what’s not to obsess over?
Aje, Seed Heritage and Witchery nail this idea of elevated basics. Their collections are modern, transformative and blend masculine and feminine style ideals without a hitch. A simple white blouse is taken to new levels with a tie up front, billowy sleeves and scruffy chic stitching. A structured A- line mini skirt features vintage washed denim and an embossed ethically sourced vegan leather logo, finished with a wheat topstitch. From life of the party to business meeting to brunch date, you’re covered.