Mum Style: Affordable and Trendy

By Jemma Mrdak

Considering it was Mother's Day on Sunday (and what a glorious day it was!), our Style Stalker this week features a gorgeous Canberra mother.

This weekend, Annette was spotted sporting the UK's King of style, Gok Wan's latest collection of affordable-yet-stylish fashion from none other than Target. Yes, you read it correctly! Annette's beautiful Chanel-esque blazer and chiffon shirt are from Target, and don't they look perfect paired together over the black capri style pants and wedged shoes?

Sometimes it's great to mix high end designer with affordable fashion. There are some excellent collaborations being released lately between stylists/ designers, and high street stores with Gok Wan for Target being one of them! Check it out the entire collection at the Canberra Centre.

Blazer: Gok Wan for Target

Shirt: Gok Wan for Target

Pants: Diana Ferrari

Shoes: Lipstick

Bag: Mimco

Spotted: Little Jane Lane

Rachel, a fashion-forward CIT fashion student and designer behind label Little Jane Lane, caught our eye at the Opening Night of Fashfest 2014.

We loved her outfit - perfect for Winter and keeping her warm, comfortable and most importantly 'stylish'!

Her hand-made Little Jane Lane flower crown was a chic touch paired with her edgy black, white and floral patterned dress from label Backstage. A cute vintage clutch and a pair of black bootie heels from Oroton completed Rachel's fantastic outfit.

We thought she nailed the 'effortless designer' look perfectly.

3 Winter Wardrobe Staples

We all know how cold Canberra can get during Winter, but we are determined not to let our style run away with the sun this time!

Here are three Winter wardrobe staple items with bonus outfit suggestions to get your closet ready for the new season.

1. Scarves

Scarves are a fantastic accessory and an absolute wardrobe staple! They keep you warm and stylish at the same time. The options are almost endless in terms of colours, styles, fabrics and patterns.

Outfit example: Break up an all-black outfit with a printed or bright coloured scarf for a pop of colour and some fashion flair.

2. Gloves

An absolute must-have during Winter especially if you are an eco-commuters and take the bus or ride a bike to and from work. Wearing a pair of cute gloves can also give a polished look to an outfit and the Canberra frost is a little easier to handle!

Outfit example: Match your gloves to your shoes or handbag. Light brown leather gloves with a similar shade (or darker) brown boot go great paired with jeans and a cardigan for a warm weekend look.

3. Boots

So we have - Ankle boots, knee hight boots, flat boots, heel boots, brown boots, black boots, leather boots and suede boots (possibly more, but you get where we are going, right?). These shoes make it stylish to wear a pair of socks (because you can't see them!) to keep your tootsies warm and dry!

Outfit example: Throw on a pair of stylish boots over opaque black stockings, a dress and a blazer for a dressy 'girls' night out'.

The Crop Top

Whether we like it or not ladies, crop tops are back and seem like they’re here to stay!

They’ve been seriously trending for two straight Summer seasons now, and we very much doubt they’re going anywhere any time soon since this year they've injected themselves into almost every wardrobe category. From festival outfits to red-carpet ensembles and the very popular casual chic looks seen on the street.

We are predicting ALOT of crop top madness paired with fur and trench coats this Autumn Winter and rather than fight against a force that seems pretty much unstoppable, we’re here to encourage you to go with it!

Pair your crop top with a pencil skirt, revealing only an inch of skin, for a stylish and sophisticated look. Knits and warm jumpers come in crop styles which look fab with high-waisted jeans over a business shirt to cover up a bit more. This trend is so versatile it's fabulous!

Click here to see some outfit ideas for inspiration on Pinterest.

Image: Diane Kruger

7 Things to know about fashion label Romance Was Born

Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales - the eclectic designers behind Romance Was Born - met whilst studying fashion design and launched their Sydney-based label back in 2005.

Known for their extravagant runway shows, out-there designs and colourful taste, Romance Was Born, more so than any other label in Australia, draws inspiration from our national heritage, celebrating indigenous craftwork and enlisting some of the most talented artists in and around the country to being their prints to life.

Here are 7 other things to know about this Mercedes Benz Fashion Week runway regular and iconic Aussie label...

1. Fashion mavericks including Cate Blanchett, Tavi Gevinson, Nicky Minaj, Karen O, MIA, Lilly Allen and Bat for Lashes are often spotted in Romance Was Born garments.

2. Anna and Luke both attended The Fourth International Support Awards in Italy where they turned down the chance to work with John Galliano.

3. Romance Was Born stocks a total of 18 collections since 2005 and they are ALL available online for purchase.

4. The brand is stocked at over 33 retailers worldwide including; Harvey Nichols in London, Bauhaus in Hong Kong, Lula Rock in Singapore, Dual and HP France in Tokyo. In Australia, they are stocked across a range of independent directional stores such as David Jones as well as online at

5. Anna and Luke are NOT a couple!

6. They have designed for a number of musicians, including Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Lilly Allen and Architecture in Helsinki.

7. Inspiration for their shows have included Captain Planet and Freddie Kruger.

We love that Anna and Luke stayed true to their style and pursued their love of kitsch and creativity all those years ago. Gaining the attention of the fashion media at Australian Fashion Week in 2008 was a huge achievement - which is why the woman who wears Romance Was Born isn't afraid to express her individuality.

Image: Feline Dress from the Dream On 2014 collection - available from the e-boutique.

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