This is the post where I apologise profusely.
Since Unlock Your Style launched at the end of July, I’ve still be adding my daily contribution to #everydaystyle on Instagram and Facebook but I’ve not had the chance to share with you some of the amazing outfits that the real women of #everydaystyle have been sharing.
We’ve kissed goodbye to winter … well except if you live in the southern parts of Australia and have had to put the heating back on this week (what is it with that?) and our thoughts and wardrobes have turned to spring.
Like the changes in our garden and parks at this time of year (the jacarandas are out and the frangipani trees look as if they’re close to flowering), so too does our wardrobe bloom.
The change in seasons should be a signal to revisit the wardrobe edit, remember what you wore last year and ditch anything that will make you feel anything less than fabulous this spring-summer.
Do all this before you hit the shops.
I know I’m a taskmaster in this regards but trust me it’s worth it. Your news clothes budget needs to work for you; you need to know exactly what you already have in your wardrobe to know what is missing.
And remember, make sure the basics are bought and in place first before you get seduced by those show-pony pieces.
Typically the show-pony pieces are the pieces that give a nod to the current fashion trends. I’m not suggesting that you slavishly follow fashion trends, more check out what’s around and see which trends “speak” to your style personality.
This way you’ll stick to buying pieces that will work for you longer than the fashion industry deems them on trend.
Today I thought I’d share with you eight of the key spring 2014 fashion trends you’ll see in store this summer – as seen on everyday women – the women of #everydaystyle.
As you’ll notice, none of these “trends” is new. All have either been around for a few seasons or have come and gone over the years.
Take inspiration from the looks that best relate to your personality and lifestyle.
Click through to the individual Instagram accounts for details of each outfit.
The white jacket
This is seriously THE buy of the season. It’s the most simple addition to an outfit but it immediately lifts the base outfit from winter to spring. Nothing is as fresh.
Style tip: Buy a lighter jacket that can be easily laundered and you’ll have it working for you throughout the season. Add it to anything for a fresh take on spring.
Oh be still my beating heart. Oh I do love a striped garment – or six. Stripes are generally floating around in most fashion seasons but this season there seems to be even more choice. If you have a stripe problem – like me – then stock up!
Style tip: Ditch the notion that horizontal stripes make you look bigger. They don’t. In fact they can create an optical illusion of quite the opposite.
Graphic, tribal, floral … prints reign supreme this season. They will make an instant outfit statement and get you noticed in a good way.
Style tip: If you think a print is overwhelming you, try wearing it in a garment away from your face. Instead of a frock, opt for a skirt or pants. Not all people feel comfortable in all prints. I’m more of a graphic print girl with an occasional floral thrown in for girlie fun. Work out what prints – if any – make you feel confident.
Oh thank goodness for printed pants. It’s been a couple of years since I first embraced this look but now I can’t imagine my wardrobe without them. Choose your fabric right and they will see you through spring and into summer. Much as I love my frocks, the pant is a great alternative.
Style tip: Look for a streamlined cut but do try up a size for a better drape. Let your pants do the talking and keep things relatively neutral up top.
In my book I spoke of my mumsy navy phase. Can I just say that the navy/indigo/ink styles that are popping up everywhere are as a far from mumsy as you can get. This colour way is so hot right now and it will still be around as we head into winter.
Style tip: navy looks fabulous worked back with metallic or nude accessories. And don’t think it doesn’t work with black either – it SO does in a dressed up, elegant kind of way.
This is another trend that shows no sign of going away and very much appeals to the casual nature in which Australians like to dress. Essentially you are including some sporty kind of garment to your outfit and then contrasting it with a dressy piece and/or accessories.
Style tip: Create the contrast – work the relaxed garments with those a bit more luxe. Think casual tee and jeans with heels.
Whether it’s a casual, work or evening outfit, monochrome just works it’s classic magic every time. You will always look dressed up in black and white.
Style tip: Don’t be afraid to contrast the black and white with a splash or dash of colour. It can as simple as a red or orange lip, a necklace or shoes.
I’m like a bower bird when it comes to hunting down and making things that shimmer my own. Let’s just say that this season there will be lots of hunting and gathering.
Style tip: Don’t just bring out your metallics after dark. Shimmer the day away by contrasting them with a more casual fabric texture.
… there’s more!
There is a lot going on this month across style blogs and style-loving Instagram accounts thanks to the wonderful fundraising campaign, Frocktober. So many of the #everydaystyle women are taking part and wearing a frock every day this month to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. It’s a cause close to my heart so I’d love you to please donate to at least one of the women doing this.
Kimba Likes and Redcliffe Style have two challenges happening – #springfling (where you add this hashtag to your #everydaystyle post) and the Style It Project (where both bloggers choose a garment each month and encourage other readers to buy the same garment and share how they wear it).
So tell me, do these everyday women inspire you to play with your personal style? Got a favourite trend of the season?