Julie in Blue

Spotted by Style Stalker, Mia Carr

Sunday afternoon at Palace Electric Cinemas in New Acton brought a pop of colour into my life, thanks to the very stylish Julie. Proof that all anyone needs to stand out from the crowd is a single statement piece.

Let's all be honest now - Canberrans have a habit of filling at least 70% of our wardrobes with black clothing (myself and lovely Julie are both undeniably guilty of this) – But let's face it, black is forever stylish, creates a beautiful silhouette and won’t show that shamefully embarrassing stain I dropped on myself at lunch (or is that just me?). Anyway, as the saying goes “Women who wear black lead colourful lives” so while I stand proud in my primarily head-to-toe black, I admit that sometimes I dare to want to wear a bold colour.

Julie proves the key to wearing bold colour is to pick your piece. A bright coat is a great Canberra style choice as, first of all, it’s practical. It can brighten up your day but can be removed for those in the office who might see you as too radical and, best of all, can work with everything you already have. The trick is to pick a colour that is on the same colour palette as the majority of your winter clothes or go really bold and pick something that is a sharp contrast.

I couldn’t help but have major coat-envy when leaving Julie. She was just so completely chic.

Coat - Sports craft

Bag - Orton

Jeans - Witchery

Funky Elegance

Spotted by Style Stalker Daniella from The Fashion Vault

I couldn’t help but be drawn to Ivana when I saw her entering The Lucky’s Local Fashion Trail event last month. Wearing striking red palazzo leg pants and a classic white top she simply oozed elegance.

Ivana mentioned she had just come from work and it was an outfit she just threw on. This clearly illustrates the value in investing in classic cuts. Having staple items in your wardrobe ensure that you can look effortlessly chic all the time.

Shop for these pieces at places like Zara, Oxford and Saba. Palazzo pants are also a great way to elongate your legs.

Get her look: Red palazzo pants from Cue and white top from Saba.


Worthy of the stage

Spotted by Style Stalker, Mia Carr.

Canberra winter can be mean, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your winter style in the name of warmth. It is all about texture- and some clever layering!

This is Hilary, spotted looking chic and cosy at the Canberra Theatre this past Saturday night. Head to toe in vintage pieces her sequined beaded skirt was striking, effortless and allowed winter warm tights to be worn but carefully hidden. With the added warmth from her stunning hand-me-down vintage fur coat Hilary received from her Mum- Mum where is ours!?- Hilary didn't have to sacrifice any style in the name of the dreaded Canberra cold.

Winter layering can be a tricky business, playing with different textures is key in order to not looked swamped by fabric. Hilary also balanced her look beautifully by keeping her hair and makeup understated in order to not look too ‘done’. All together Hilary’s outfit was youthful, fun and oh so glamorous- worthy of its own stage.

Coat: Hand-me-down

All other pieces from Sydney vintage markets.

Vintage Flair

Stalked by Mia Carr

It was hard miss the striking Belinda Miners at the Canberra Handmade Markets a few weekends ago. Co-owner of Retro Pantry, Belinda perfectly displayed her unique style and "passion for all things vintage and retro", wearing a handmade Retro Pantry skirt and collective vintage pieces.

Standing next to the bubbly Belinda made me want to don the same look and go chasing after Danny Zuko. I also couldn't help but notice how Belinda's seriously enviable jewelled cat-eye sunglasses and pearl cuff would be the perfect additions to any on trend and modern look.

Our favourite part of Belinda's outfit though? - Her absolute elegance and confidence while rocking her own unique style.

Name: Belinda Miners

Spotted: Canberra Handmade Markets

Leatheron Layering

By Mia Carr

Tommy Ge is a Sydney based designer from Leatheron Sydney whom I happened to catch at last weekend’s Canberra Handmade Markets. I loved how Tommy worked multiples textures in this outfit, mixing crisp white cotton with dark denim on fierce leather.

Tommy seriously knows how to layer like a pro and isn't afraid try to the controversial circa 90s skirt over pants trend. My opinion- he nails it and I can’t help but draw style comparisons to the amazing Alexander Wang. Bonus points for the street cool high-tops.

His tip when layering leather is to pick soft, comfortable and lightweight pieces like the ones in his recent Leatheron Sydney collection. Tommy's look in two words: sharp and smart. Now thanks to Marc Jacobs and Tommy Ge I am becoming a strong believer of men in skirts. What do you think?

Name: Tommy Ge

Spotted: Canberra Handmade Markets

Shirt: AG

Jeans: G star

Shoes: 5cm

Kilt: Leatheron Sydney

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