SISJ FASHION – MY MOST HUNTED SPRING FASHION ITEMS AT WESTFIELD >
We are in spring – it’s official! To celebrate all-things sunshine and spring, I have been styling my way through Westfield to bring you my MOST HUNTED SS14 fashion items, trends and styling.
MOST HUNTED TREND – MATCHING SETS > You heard it here! Matchy-matchy is the only way to be for chic spring/summer styling. Bold and patterned separates are all the rage right now. This trend is the perfect ensemble for a busy two seasons of events as well – spring racing, the polo and those Sunday sessions we all love. I have always loved a fabulous bold print and now is the time to do it. On the hunt for my fave matching set at Westfield, I came across the Brushstroke Pleated Skirt & Print Shirt by Veronika Maine.
STYLING TIPS: As a general rule of thumb when styling matching sets, do the opposite with your accessories. By that I mean, if you have a bold print like I am wearing, style it back with a block coloured shoe and bag/clutch. If you are wearing a solid coloured set, spice up your shoes and accessories with a pattern (as well as some additional colour). This will create a harmonious balance across your look head-to-toe.
MOST HUNTED ITEM – THE WEDGE > The wedge is one of fashion those trends that more frequently comes in and goes out, than other trends. However, there’s no denying it captures the perfect amount of cuteness and sophistication for the perfect spring/summer look. I personally love a wedge and all-year round. For autumn/winter, a wedge sneaker and boot look amazing with jeans or tights. For a spring/summer look, the wedge has the effect of looking glam and gorgeous, without trying too hard. It’s also the ideal shoe for daytime wear and not looking like you’ve over-dressed for the event (the worst!). My fave wedge of the moment is the Larissa Wedge by Country Road (featured below).
STYLING TIPS: This shoe will work for just about any outfit – skinny jeans, midi-skirt, dress or some cut-off denim shorts. I prefer lighter shoes for the summer and particularly wedges as they will elongate your legs.
MOST HUNTED TREND – PRETTY PASTELS > Maybe I am just a sucker for all-things sweet, but I do LOVE some pretty pastel styling (and in a matching set – bonus!). It’s all about pastels this season and in particular, baby blue and mint. These colours are fresh, youthful, but sophisticated. I prefer to keep the pattern to a minimum when styling pastels, focussing more on texture – just as I have in my Forever New outfit below.
STYLING: Now, you want to avoid looking like a jellybean, so balance your ensemble with simple neutrals. For example: tan, nude and even the wedge above. Just keep in mind, by introducing white you may start to look a little retro. With regards to baby blue, I love this styled with other pastels (as per my image), as well as tan/nude and navy.
MOST HUNTED ITEM – ANIMAL PRINTS > While I do love a good print, animal print can be tricky. It’s one of those trends where less is more. I love a hint or accent of animal print – shoes, a belt or scarf. When done well though, it’s PERFECTION! With spring/summer styling for events in mind, I love the idea of these Tika by Zizi for Florsheim shoes for Derby Day. A crisp white dress, black hat, some big bold lashes and a red lip! An animal print shoe really completes a bold outfit, particularly black and white. It creates depth, balance and interest.
STYLING: As I touched on above, keep it simple. Animal print makes a statement, but you want it to be clever and sophisticated (not the OMG type!). If you are styling an animal print shoe for something like Derby Day, keep your other accessories simple – eg. a solid colour, not another or same print. These would also look fab with a hot pink or yellow dress for Oaks Day – feminine, flirty and fun.
MOST HUNTED STYLE – THE BLAZER > This fashion staple is a spring/summer MUST for every woman. The blazer is incredibly versatile piece that has the ability to dictate an entire look and feel of an outfit – from relaxed, to formal, to Sunday cool. There’s no buts about it, every chic wardrobe needs a white and black blazer. I always opt for a more tailored and structure look, to avoid these consuming you and taking away from the rest of the outfit. For spring racing, a cropped or 3/4 blazer is a great option – it’s also very practical for the weather, traditional dress codes and of course, fashions on the field! In LOOK THREE below, I am wearing the Pink Tulip Satin Dress & Stretch Crepe Cutout Jacket from Cue Clothing.
STYLING: I am loving the cape-esque styling of blazers for spring/summer too. It’s a great look as an ‘entrance look’. Then you can casually slide it off after your powerful welcome! It’s also great in a lightweight fabric, cropped and 3/4 length for spring/summer. It instantly adds sophistication and elegance to an outfit, whether this is a race day look or even over a casual tea dress. I always feel very British when I wear my blazer in spring/summer.
IT’S COMPETITION TIME! >
Westfield is also running a major national promotion as part of the Spring/Summer campaign. The prize: lunch with Giuliana and Bill Rancic in QLD, a $1000 Westfield gift card and a five-night stay on Hayman Island with a friend. To enter, snap and share the fashion item you’re coveting this season using the #mosthunted hashtag on Instagram or Facebook (mark post as public on Facebook).
Find more information at www.westfield.com.au/mosthunted