I love a fashion label that kind of grows up with you but continues to reinvent itself to keep things fresh.
That’s what Sportscraft has been for me. I haven’t been around since its beginnings in 1914 (although some days it feels like it) but I do remember my mum wearing Sportscraft in the 1970s when she was younger than I am today.
When I was styling personal clients, I lost track of the number of people whom I “sold” into the label’s signature trench coat. I’m yet to come across a trench as well made for its price. Black or stone this is a wardrobe piece you’ll have working for you for years.
I love that these classic pieces are the cornerstone of the brand but that in the last few seasons, the design team has not been afraid to amp up the fashion trend side of things as well.
In spring 2013, I’m more than a little taken with Sportscraft’s range of “show pony” pieces, particularly the very popular polka dot pant.
I know. I’m talking up the printed pant. Again.
I can’t help it. I love a fun fashion piece to work back with wardrobe basics and my fave print after stripes would have to be dots. Combine that with the hotter-than-hot monochrome trend and I’m on that bandwagon quick smart.
Mind you, I am a little intimidated by the model shots for this post. The super stunning Samantha Harris modelled the pants at the label’s recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney show …
Sportscraft polka dot pants $189* | Sportscraft silk mix blouse $159* | Sussan blazer (from two years ago) | Red Phoenix Emporium necklace | Zoe Kratzmann wedges* | Alex Perry for Specsavers sunglasses | Sophie Kyron earrings (from four years ago)
I’m not a tuck-in kind of girl. Don’t have the waist for such things but I’m very happy with how this blouse looks when worn out as it’s sheer and still shows my shape. I’ve layered the blouse over a white stretch cami for daytime modesty but it would look gorgeous with a statement bra showing through as well.
This is a blouse that will serve you well for work and casual. It’s gorgeously lightweight. I’m wearing the size 16.
I’m IN LOVE with the pants. Seriously. LOVE. The cut is all kinds of fabulous (it’s elasticated at the back, hello comfort levels!) and the hand-washable silk fabric will be suitable well into summer. I’m wearing a size 16 as, like the blouse, I like this look on the loose and flowy side.
I’ve splashed a little colour with my necklace and jacket but I would also wear these pants with coloured shoes (think hot pink, chartreuse, aqua) for a bit of fun. A white jacket would be equally on-trend and fresh for this spring.
Now, about those heels. They’re from Zoe Kratzmann‘s latest collection. The height is right for comfort but the ankle strap styling turns the wedge into a fashion statement. And despite how my toes look in the photo, they’re not squished or hurting. That’s just how they look thanks to growing up in Queensland where shoes were an optional extra at primary school.
The pedi? That’s my CND Vinylux from three weeks ago still going strong.
Don’t think you won’t see me wearing these pants again VERY soon. You will. They’re coming with me to the Problogger conference on the Gold Coast later this week. I’ll re-work them with a different top and shoes … maybe even some fuchsia flat sandals. Stay tuned …
Tell me, do you love a polka dot? On board with the printed pants yet? If so, share your printed pants story below?
* These items were sent to me for editorial consideration