Review my Closet

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When I started working in the corporate world I quickly sourced my go to brands for affordable, stylish and flattering clothes. But I think my hands down, absolute favourite brand is Review. It may not be super affordable, but they have several outlet stores in Melbourne (at DFO and on Bridge Road) where you can get a bargain price for these top quality pieces.

I purchased this pencil skirt (along with a jacket that matches) in a shopping spree when I got my first corporate reception job in 2012. I had scrimped and saved and worked every extra shift I could so I could have a little spare cash to get a new wardrobe for this exciting new chapter of my life. My mum came down to Melbourne and we spent the day on Bridge Road stocking up on suits.

This jacket is from another Review skirt suit, courtesy of my mum. I didn’t own a matching black suit and mum tracked this one as it got reduced at her local Myer and eventually bought it for my birthday a couple of years ago.

I find Review has the right cut for me, they always fit my waist and aren’t too tight around the hips. Off the top of my head I can think of 2 suits, 2 skirts, 3 tops, 1 dress and a pair of pants that I have from Review and I love the days that I wear any of them, and even better if I can wear two!

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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.

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Welcoming Winter

It may still be 2 months away, but this week Melbourne has decided to give us the first taste of Winter. As much as I am looking forward to scarves and beanies I think March is a little too early to start bringing them out. Instead I pulled out my wide leg pants and a knitted vest – toasty warm, but not too wintery – although I did wear a coat to and from work for the first time this year!

Outfit: Free Fusion Top (Target, $6), Knitted Vest, Pants (Review, $50), Heels (Wittner, $15) & Coat (below) (Target, $20)

{All rugged up in purple coat and matching glasses}

Monday Mornings…..

Monday mornings are definitely not my friends. When my alarm goes off I’m always hoping that when I open my eyes it will somehow be Sunday again – this method never seems to work. So when I finally pulled my self out of bed (after the 3rd snooze) I thought it was best to roll with the success of last weeks Monochrome outfit.

My parents visited on the weekend and showered me with belated birthday presents (score!) which included a fantastic new Review suit, whose jacket came in handy this morning. By the time I was choosing shoes I had perked up a little and thought I would switch things up a bit with these fun Zebra print kitten heels – not bad for Monday morning!

Outfit: Review Jacket (Myer, $99), Top (Vintage, $5), Pants (Thailand, $10) & Therapy Heels (from mum)

Details, Details, Details

What started out as a “I’ll just wear a simple skirt and plain top” kind of day, ended up with this. At the heart of it it’s exactly what I had originally planned, but a few little details make it something special. A classic pencil skirt with a graphic print paired with a t-shirt with a twist (literally) suddenly turns simple to stunning.

Outfit: Piper Cardigan (Myer), Top (Portmans, $20), Skirt (Review, $50) & Heels (Big W, $20)

Street Style Colour Combo

IMG_3091I love people watching. I could literally spend hours just watching people walking down the street, mostly checking out their outfits for inspiration. Working in the Melbourne CBD I get an opportunity to do this everyday at lunch and love seeing different looks, from quirky street style to office chic. The other day I saw someone wearing a burgundy shirt with a purple pencil skirt and I thought ‘I would never have put those together’ but it looked incredible. Lucky me, I have an extensive enough wardrobe that I was able to recreate it.

What do you think of this colour combo?

Outfit: Top (ValleyGirl, $25), Skirt (Forever21, $13), Belt (Review) & Heels (Misshop)

Sass!

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That’s about all I have to say about this outfit, sass!
I felt super sassy all day in this striking, yet simple, red dress. The skinny black belt really defined my waist and the grey blazer-heel combo made the whole look professional enough for work.

Outfit: Blazer (Portmans, $50), Dress (Misshop), Belt (Review) & Heels (Misshop)