Just because my bank statement indicates more charges than money coming in does not mean my wardrobe needs to agonize as well. Here are my few quick, albeit sneaky, tips that help me rock the newest styles on a shoestring budget!
1) For starters, I always replace the cheap plastic buttons found on blazers or coats to make them look upscale (it does work!).
2) It is hard to have quality enhancement cheaply; the solution is choosing a simple handbag without lots of hardware.
3) I have found that wearing lower priced faux suede pumps tend to make me look more stylish than wearing artificial leather.
4) While shopping, always keep the fabric in mind. Linen, cotton and tweed most often look lavish, even when they are not.
5) Invest in a fabric shaver. This device will help make your knit items look new every time you wear them.
6) Make friends with a tailor. Although this will cost you some cash up front, what you get is a piece custom-fitted to you in a way that will always look more posh.
7) Lastly, get your piece in black. The color hides the revealing signs that you are wearing an inexpensive piece. If you are like me, and have a knack for showing off the newest styles from the likes of Vogue, without denting the bank, I would love to hear from you.
I’m in love with knuckle rings right now. This is a trend that is just now making its way to Australia and it’s a great one. The little rings that fit up top on your fingers look so great with other jewelry. You can wear them all at once or just put one on with your normal rings in order to make a statement. They come in all types of silver and gold with gyms, symbols, and etchings on them. They are a great accessory to help you go that one step further. I have fallen in love with a set of turquoise ones. You can buy them in a set together or mix and match.
The knuckle rings can be worn attached to bracelets with chains. There are many different ways to wear the cute little midi rings and once you start wearing them you won’t be able to stop. I love them, and I think they will continue to be a huge trend in Australia. If you haven’t tried this trend yet, I suggest you at least grab one of these, you can wear it and see how quickly it takes you to want more. They are addictive.
I love accessories because any mundane outfit can be jazzed up with some eye-catching accessories. When it comes to fashion in the land ‘down under’, you can bet Australia is there with all the rest, offering the very best of homegrown talent. There are quite a few of Hollywood’s celebs who turn to Australian designers like Alex Perry, Rebecca Vallance and Dion Lee among other for their sizzling looks. Because many Australians roam around barefoot I count shoes as an accessory. Shoes, belts and bags fall into the same category for me and Australia has a fabulous selection of shoes and bags from top brands such as Tony Bianco, Skechers, Condura and Birkenstock among others.
For me, both men and women’s outfits require trendy footwear known for quality, comfort and style. When I look at what I have in my wardrobe, I always know exactly which shoes and bags will finish the outfits. The best part is that in Australia you have access to tall boots, pumps, sneakers, flat sandals, ankle boots, wedges and other stylish footwear which you can also buy online. For all your outfits, shoes and bags, when it comes to fashion, I think I can see that our Australian designers give you the winning factor.
I’ve already said I absolutely love fashion and a beautiful silk scarf can add simple beauty to any outfit, casual or sophisticated. I’ve noted that Mainie is an exciting luxury fashion brand launched very recently at the start of this year, and Mainie’s fashion garments are made with the very finest silks from the ancient Chinese Silk Cities on the fabled Silk Road. What I appreciate is that Mainie’s luxurious silk fashions are designed entirely in Australia. They patterns and colours are exquisite and feature authentic Aboriginal Dreamtime artworks.
What I was particularly attracted to was not only the unique designs of the scarves and sarongs, but the most amazing colours. A little bit of research told me that the styles and colours of these beautiful fashion items have been inspired by the majesty of the vast Australian Outback. Mainie actually represents the ancient Aboriginal culture, and from their Cairns base, these fashion items have been designed because of a passion for the Australian heritage and a love for Aboriginal fine arts. All Aboriginal artworks featured on the silk scarves and wraps are acquired ethically under licence. Mainie’s maiden collection of scarves and wraps is also available for sale online.
City Chic is one of those brands that will instantly become your favourite. Their motto seems to be casual chic and they carry it out to the T. They have some of the most feminine and accessible fashion in all of Australia and they are rather inexpensive as well.
City Chic has clothes from size 14 to 24, and all of these come in incredibly flattering fit. This is a company that pays attention to differences in female bodies and ensures that they have designs that flatter plus size bodies of all different shapes, as well. Usually, plus sized people have to deal with clothes that do not flatter their figure, or do not fit them right throughout the body, but one does not face such problems with City Chic. The brand has become quite popular in Australia, and they have set up a few branches in the USA as well.
The brand’s products range from comfortable boyfriend jeans and cardigans to formal dresses as well. They have a selection of party clothes and a collection of comfortable every day wear as well. It is easy to see exactly why and how this brand became this popular!
Maiocchi was launched in 2001 by Deanne Mayocchi, and is one of the most unique Australian clothing labels so far. The designs are extremely feminine, and extremely unique. A lot of the clothes have a Japanese influence, and the basic style is very 50s mod. Each and every single piece of clothing is like a piece of art- it will make you stand apart, but not in a bad way. It is possible to wear their clothing on a daily basis too.
Deanne Mayocchi’s brand uses a large amount of natural fabric and traditional techniques. All their fabrics are made with personal attention and care- to the extent that every garment has it’s own personal touch. This might be a slight curve, a different cut, a modification on the print or a number of other things. These are the things that make this one of Australia’s finest designer brands.
Unlike many designer brands one might see on the catwalk, Maiocchi’s designs are extremely wearable, even on a daily basis. They are not exactly cheap, but if you are willing to spend that much money on a dress, you should most certainly spend it on a Maiocchi one.
Madeline Little has become a force to reckon with, especially since being declared a finalist for SA Emerging Designer Award. Since then, she has launched her own designer label, called Madeline the Label.
Madeline the Label is for women who want to wear something that stands out and is fashion focused. She believes in patterned clothes that have bold designs, something that would stand out while remaining chic. There is something elegant and extremely chic about her clothes as well. It is clear that the garments in the range are influenced by bold digital designs.
The best part about Madeline Little’s designs is the fact that they are chic and fashionable without being inaccessible to the common public. You do not even need an eye for high-fashion to appreciate the patterns and the designs.
One can classify Madeline The Label clothes as contemporary chic, and it belongs to the casual wear section. Her clothes have been presented in the Adelaide Fashion Week. Madeline Little is incredibly excited about her prospects in the fashion industry, and will hopefully expand her selection soon. That way, even we will have access to some of the fabulous designs we have managed to check out so far!