Get the Look – Red-y to Work it

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Sorry for the delay on this post, but I thought it only seemed appropriate to hold off on this look until we were right on the brink of the 4th of July. But it’s here just in time for any of my American readers to steal some ideas for a slightly more subdued patriotic look.
Although this look works all year round, and all around the world, I like the idea that on a certain day of the year everyone comes out in their red, white and blue. I suppose every country has their patriotic day – my insta feed has been sprinkled with Canada day pics in the last few days and on Jan 26 it’s riddled with footy shorts and bottles of VBs – but I can assure you that over the next few days I will read at least 15 blog posts about what people did and wore on 4th of July and my insta feed will be coated with stars and stripes.
I love a themed outfit, I’m always keen to get my Australia Day outfit on, but I like that with 4th of July you can go full on American flag, or you can put together a pulled together outfit that just happens to be red, white and blue, like the one above.
I’m sure there are some poor soles out there that still have to work on their national holiday, so why not mix some festive pieces into your work wardrobe? Or even those who aren’t into cut off levis and star and stripes singlets, there are plenty of cool, subtle and classy ways to be festive.
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I think red, white and blue work great together always, especially with some classic blue denim and stripes, but don’t box yourself into what is expected for your patriotic look, be you with a touch of national pride.
I hope I haven’t alienated anyone by rambling on about America, but I hope my American readers have a wonderful, fun and fashionable 4th of July!

Get the Look – Working Suits Me

I talked about how wonderfully versatile a black blazer and pencil skirt are in my Back in Black – Work post. The same can be said for a flattering, classic pant suit. Whether you prefer wide leg like here, or a slimmer style like here, they are a staple in the office wardrobe.

I would love to invest in a custom tailored suit (shame they aren’t as affordable as jeans), but I’ve found plenty of affordable options by keeping my eye out for a bargain. I’ve found awesome suits at places like Portmans, Review (check the outlet stores for big discounts) and Myer. The Tokito range at Myer has heaps of options at great prices and the Jacket and Pants shown above are currently ON SALE, making the suit under $80!

Pair the suit with a crisp shirt to feel like a boss in the office or you use them as individual pieces to mix and match within your wardrobe and create a range of looks. My only fully matching pant suit only made it’s first appearance recently (here), but I’ve done this heaps with the skirt suits in the past, like in the examples below. (whoa! my photo game has seriously improved.)

Three outfits for the price of one? Sounds good to me!

I always think going black is a practical choice (is it obvious yet that I wear ALOT of black?), but there are heaps of options out there in different cuts, colours and patterns. Find something you know you will wear for years to come, that makes you feel fabulous and works with your wardrobe.

Need a bit more inspiration? Click below to follow me on pinterest.

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Back in Black – Going Out

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Can you believe we’ve been talking all black for 2 weeks now? I swear I could make another 76459086 outfits without a spot of colour. But alas, all good things must come to an end and, just like the end of a long work week, it’s time to go out!

I love, love, love getting dressed up and letting my hair down. In my opinion there is no better way to get over all kinds of stress than putting on an outfit that makes you feel fabulous and heading out on the town.

If there’s one thing I want to draw attention to more than anything through this whole Back in Black series is that texture is EVERYTHING! I love the contrast of suede, lace and leather in this look. It’s girly, but tough. Check out more inspiration here:

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I have to talk about these boots. Over-the-Knee (OTK) boots are having a major moment right now. I bought this pair over a year ago wanting to jump onboard with the trend relatively early, but they had a major fault in them (nails coming through the sole – not good!). I did get a refund on them, but had them sitting in my room for 12 months before I finally took them to be repaired. Now they are my No.1 go to shoe for going out this winter.

As for adding colour to this look; firstly I don’t think it needs any colour, but if you feel the need it can be done just as easily as any of my other all black looks. A bright dress will be toned down by the black jacket and boots, but if you wanna go a little further try some different coloured OTK boots or jackets.

OTK Boots and Leather Jackets

So here we are. It’s all done. I will never wear black again.

JUST KIDDING! I will be constantly referring back to this series as black is the basis for my entire wardrobe.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my thoughts in dressing all black for different parts of life. It’s back to business as usual next week. But please send me your thoughts, questions or suggestions here.

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Back in Black – Casual

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I’ll be the first to admit that casual clothes can often mean boring. If I have no where in particular to go I will usually end up in basic jeans and a t-shirt. But even in a monochrome palette jeans and a t-shirt can still have some interest.

I believe the key is mixing textures and proportions. Skinny high waisted jeans, a super soft tee and an oversized knit creates enough interest to fight to boring.

The thing I love about this look is you can wear it all year round in one form or another. Ditch the knit and change the jeans for shorts and you’re ready for summer. Make the t-shirt long sleeved and add a heavier knit and you’re set for a chilly Melbourne winters day.

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 10.00.05 am Best thing about this look is that it’s so easy to make it your own. You a tough chick? Try it with Doc Martins and a leather jacket. Bit of a girly girl? Add some pretty heels and a lacy top. Want to add some colour? Well there are a million ways to do that!

If you’re new to the colour game start with some small additions, a bright belt or a cute scarf, even a statement pair of shoes. If you’re after something bolder, what about coloured jeans? Or a bright knit to cheer you up all winter long?

Not into colour? You can still mix it up with blue jeans, grey pieces or a vintage print t-shirt.

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Back in Black – Work

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Dressing for work can be hard at the best of times. You want to be professional, but you still want to be you. There is a fine line that can be a little blurry in some office environments.

I remember my very first day in a super corporate office at the tender age of 20. I was expecting to walk into an office of 40+ year old males, so I played it safe and turned up in a matching grey suit with a crisp white shirt. From day one I knew this wasn’t the level of dress expected from me. I started to mix it up with trendier pieces and bright colours and 4 years down the track I was constantly pushing the envelope with what I wore to work.

If you are new to the corporate world I believe it’s best to start conservative and slowly suss out what is acceptable in your office and there is nothing safer than all black.

It’s definitely worth investing in a great black blazer and pencil skirt – whether you currently work in an corporate office or not. They are truly timeless and can be worn with a myriad of things to a range of occasions. When I say “investing” I mean taking the time to find the one that’s right for you, not necessarily money. This black Cue blazer has been my go to for many years now and was given to me in a bag of hand-me-downs from a family friend (the same one my leggings were from in my Sporty post) and the pencil skirt I picked up in an opshop for $6 when I first started working.

Once you have these two items there is so much you can do make it work all year round. Check out this pinterest board for some inspiration.

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I’m a huge fan of a satin frill front shirt (examples here and here) over a traditional button up shirt. I love the flow and the contrast of texture, making an all black outfit like this feel a little less mono-toned. It’s also the easiest part of this look to add a bit of a colour or pattern to. I have quite a collection of this style of top in a range of colours and patterns that I have collected over the last 5 years, but depending on your work environment you could switch this up with anything from a cute jumper to a cool vintage t-shirt.

After spending over 4 years doing 9 to 5 I have amassed quite a substantial work wardrobe with blazers and pencil skirts in a range of colours and patterns. Find what works for you and your specific environment and make it yours.

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Back in Black – Sporty

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Let me start this out by saying I am NOT a sporty person. Since quitting gymnastics (which I was actually quite good at) at age 13, I’ve avoided intentional exercise like the plague. Occasionally, however, life calls for something a little stretchier.

I, personally, dress sporty so infrequently that when I do I usually wear my daggiest T-shirt and shorts from my uni days when I was a gymnastics coach, but for those who are more motivated there is a whole world of on-trend, chic activewear available.

In fact, activewear has become extremely trendy in the last few years as the wellness fad has spread across the world (#fitspo) that leggings and crop-tops are no longer restricted to the gym, as illustrated in this hilarious song.

If you’re just starting out your active wardrobe I would suggest beginning with some essential black pieces. Here I’ve gone with a full length legging (these are actually a family friends maternity leggings) an open side tank top and a lace crop top (for a bit of texture).

If you want something a little brighter it’s super easy to start adding colours or patterns to mix it up in any of these 3 core pieces. If you’re a little hesitant start with the crop-top or add some funky coloured runners (I swear I do actually own runners, they are just hidden deep in the depths of my shoe collection).

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Despite more and more boutique activewear lines popping up, you don’t have to spend a fortune on your gear, especially if you’re just testing out your first yoga class. My outfit here cost me a grand total of $13 (both tops from Supre at $5 each, my go to plimsoles from Big W for $3 and some hand-me-down leggings aka. freebie!).

So whether your serious about your sports gear, or just after something comfy to grab a coffee in (and convince that cute barista that you totally lift) there are options out there, black, coloured or patterned, for everyone on every budget.

10 points to anyone who can tell what my cheeky back tattoo says.

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Back in Black

In many ways Melbourne is like the New York City of Australia. It’s the country’s hub for culture, art, music & fashion, it’s fast paced, constantly on the forefront of new trends and we LOVE to wear black.

From the height of summer to the blistering cold (and rain) of winter, Melbournians (yes, that’s what we’re called) can find a way to wear black morning, noon and night.

I’ve already featured my fair share of all black outfits here on the blog (like here, here and here) and over the next 2 weeks I’ll be talking about 4 all black looks that I’ve put together, Sporty, Work, Casual & Going Out, how you can make all black ≠ boring and how to add a splash of colour without looking like you’ve just stepped off the streets of Harajuku.

Get in the mood by checking out my All in Black Pinterest board.

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