Tutu Tuesday

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Shirt: Bohemian Traders, Skirt: Zara (similar here), Boots: Rubi Shoes (similar here), Bag: X Nihilo

Autumn Shmutumn. We are having The craziest weather in Melbourne at the moment. First it was an extended summer with about three weeks of heat and now the rain and humidity has set it. This kind of cool-then-sticky-then-hot-then-wet weather makes getting dressed in the morning incredibly challenging, but luckily for me, I usually just ignore the weather and wear whatever ‘speaks to me’ ;).

This morning my pink tulle skirt practically jumped out of the closet so I paired it with this mid weight denim button down and my trusty Chloe-esk studded ankle boots from last season. Now as you can probably imagine, rain and tutu’s don’t really mix. We were super lucky to get these pictures before the rain poured down again this afternoon. Its safe to say that as soon as I got in from picking the kids up from daycare, this outfit came off and the trackies went straight on, haha. Who else does that??

I am so happy to be back to regular programming this week as hubby is finally home and VAMFF is finished. I will blog about my experience working at the Fashion Festival later this week but the short version is, it was amazing and I am exhausted :).

Hope you all have a great week. Talk soon.

Caitlin xo

White Dresses for Summer

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Dress: Polo by Ralph Lauren (similar here), Slides: Rubi Shoes

Is there anything better than an EASY white dress for summer? I’m not talking about a white hot, figure hugging evening type dress (although they are amazing too), I’m just talking about a throw on, throw over, throw in the wash and go, type of dress. Of course fake tan, small children, spaghetti and make up are all hazards when wearing white so the idea is to be smart when choosing a white dress and think about fabric as well as the fit. Cotton is a great option but of course so is Napisan :).

Today I am going to show you a few great options for a white summer dress but I’m going to also be outlining which styles will best suit certain body shapes to further help you in your shopping. This is part of the next phase for my blog, and I am so excited to share more details  with you over the next few weeks.

Before we get started, just a note on body shapes – what I share with you should be not be taken as blanket rules. Many other factors contribute to what styles will flatter your figure and which style you personally prefer.Today I am just giving some general guidelines based on basic body composition and the tools that we use as Personal Stylists. The terms  I will be using to describe body shapes are: Hourglass, Rectangle, Triangle and Inverted Triangle. Here are some simple definitions:

Hourglass: Waist is defined and noticeably smaller than hips and shoulders. Width of hips and shoulders are relatively equal.

Rectangle: Often referred to as a ‘column’: Shoulders, waist and hips are all similar in size and width.

Triangle: Often known as a ‘Pear’: Shoulders are wider than hips.

Inverted Triangle: Hips are wider than shoulders.

Dresses

This “Dobby Resort Dress” would work on most body shapes. The ‘Cold Shoulder’ trend is a great way to achieve an Off The Shoulder type style, but it is a little bit more practical to wear and lends itself to more body shapes. Due to the thicker straps and longer sleeve length, both triangles and (slightly) inverted triangles can wear this style as well as rectangles. If you have a voluptuous hourglass figure than you might find that adding a belt around your waist will look better and give you a little bit more shape.

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Country Road $59.96 (on sale)

I know that this dress isn’t technically white as it has a light beige stripe running through it but it is just such a great shape for rectangles, inverted triangles and hourglass figures so I had to include it. The lightweight, draped fabric still gives it that easy breezy summer feeling and how could you go wrong with that price? With the right accessories this dress could take you to the office as well as the beach so in my mind it’s a winner!

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Living Doll $89.95

This Living Doll “Maldives Midi Dress” is perfect to give some femininity and shape to those with rectangle figures. It would also work well for a triangle and an hourglass within the size range of 8 to a 12/14ish. The midi length is also very flattering for many figures but especially a triangle.

This fun and flirty ‘Evie Dress’ is a great shape for Inverted Triangles. It will balance out your shoulder line with the wide, scooped neckline and slightly a-lined mini hemline. The drop waist on this dress would also work for a rectangle as would the frilly details.

So there you have it, four great white dresses, all under $150 and something for all body shapes. If you have any specific questions about how to determine your body shape, don’t hesitate to get in touch or if you have any other item you’d like me to focus on in a similar post, I would love to hear it!

Have a great week ahead xx

5 Summer Essentials In 2 Outfits

Hello from Down Under!

If you follow my Instagram you would have seen that we made it home to Melbourne yesterday morning, safe and sound! It is so great to be back in town although it feels a bit weird to be on ‘holiday’ in your home state.

It has been so nice and warm and I’ve been enjoying dressing for the season with no cultural restrictions on my wardrobe. Just a heads up, I will probably be wearing shorts or short dresses for the majority of the time we are here; I missed it so much!

I love dressing in summer, it always feels more casual and effortless. Summer is a time when you can experiment with your look a little bit more and try things like prints, colour and proportions with no pressure to ‘get it right’. Having said that though, every year there are a few must have items.

Below I’ve highlighted my 5 picks and styled them in two outfits. My 5 essentials are:

  1. A Boater hat
  2. A striped dress
  3. Slides
  4. A wrap dress
  5. Fun Sunglasses i.e. reflective or coloured.

Outfit 1

Boater hats are huge this year, particularly tan straw styles with a black ribbon. This one is just from Cotton On but stores like Lack of Color do really great quality options too. Paired with a striped swing dress and slides, this outfit is basically my summer uniform. Easy to wear, on trend and comfortable. See below for links.

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Hat: Cotton On (similar here), Dress: Cotton On, Slides: Rubi Shoes

Outfit 2

You really can’t go wrong with a wrap dress and this bright purple one from My Boutique literally screams summer. The detailed neck line and slight open back makes the dress a little more sophisticated. I paired it with slides (again) and a fun pair of reflective sunnies to add a youthful, on-trend touch.

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Dress: My Boutique, Slides: Rubi Shoes (similar here), Sunglasses: Cotton On

So as you can see it doesn’t take much to hit the summer must have list and you can easily mix and match all the items together to create a fun and easy capsule wardrobe for summer.

See you soon with some more short shorts and summer looks ;).

The Easiest Summer Staple

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Dress: H&M, Tee: H&M, Shoes: Zara

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, or even following me on Instagram, you’ll know that comfort is one of my biggest style requirements when I get dressed in the morning. Comfortable doesn’t mean ‘sloppy’ or ‘frumpy’ or ‘daggy’, no, my other requirements are ‘stylish’ ‘on-trend’ ‘interesting’ and ‘joyful’ (as in, it brings me joy wearing it).

I’m not sure if it’s an age thing or a mum thing but I just can’t stand to wear anything fussy, or too tight or really poor quality anymore. So today I thought I’d share with you one of my very favourite (and inexpensive) staples for summer. It’s the jersey maxi dress. I absolutely love this style and whilst it won’t be breaking any innovation records anytime soon, it will be one of the hardest working pieces in your everyday wardrobe. With jersey, getting the right cut and size for your body shape is key to ensure that it doesn’t cling anywhere you’d rather not highlight, but aside from that it will wear and wash so well you won’t even blink an eye.

Most of your favourite high street stores will always stock styles like these and in a variety of colours too. I got this one from H&M but I know that chains like Cotton On, Supre and Dotti will have great options as well, not to mention the online meccas like ASOS and The Iconic.

Today I styled mine over a white tee (on trend), a velvet choker (on trend and stylish), and my pink sneakers (interesting and joyful) for a super easy everyday outfit that once I threw on, I didn’t give a second thought to all day. You could also pair your maxi with some cute leather slides, a chambray shirt layered over the top, a cropped leather jacket for night or some ankle boots and a lightweight knit underneath if it’s still chilly where you are. The options are endless and as I said before, don’t mistake comfortable with being boring. However, also don’t underestimate the power of being comfortable and stylish at the same time, I guarantee you’ll feel so good, you’ll power through your day! Or at the very least you’ll have one less thing to worry about ;).

How to shop the January Sales

(Below is an excerpt from my post as Fashion Contributor for the MeOhMy Mum website. To read the full article, follow the link below)
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Dress: Piper (not available online) via Myer, Shoes: Rubi Shoes (similar here). Whole outfit under $100

Think that Boxing Day is the only day post Christmas to nab a bargain? No way! These days most retailers have sales on for most of January, even bringing out new stock periodically throughout the month. But what’s the best approach? When should you go and should you even bother? Never fear, today I have your how-to guide to make sure you don’t waste your time and you walk away with not only some new items but also some spare change.

…read more on MeOhMyMum