Sunshine on a cloudy day

Take a moment to gaze upon the lovely Jenny Rodgers.

I couldn’t help but feel sunshine standing next to Jenny’s bright ensemble. Her warm personality was the icing on the cake. It definitely took my mind off the never-ending foggy mornings, and feeling of being very 'over' Canberra's winter of late..

Jenny played this palette carefully, balancing the yellows with touches of deep orange to prevent her from looking washed out. Her long black coat (perfectly on trend) acting as the contrast and allowed the yellow to really pop. When I approached Jenny to ask for her picture her response was “Oh, but this is just what I have worn to work today.” It's a beautiful reminder to us all that a true woman of style knows life is too short to wear boring clothes, and that winter doesn't mean we have to reserve ourselves to the dark and drab.

Now yellow is not an easy colour to wear and is one usually reserved for those lucky beauties with caramel-to-dark skin tones. As someone with skin paler than NC15 by MAC (if you don’t get it, just know that when I play hide-&-seek all I need to do is stand in front of a white wall and I disappear!) wearing yellow can sometimes make me look like I have caught sea sickness on land. Mustard or pale lemon yellow is definitely the way to go for those with cooler skin tones and - just like Jenny - remembering it’s all about how you balance it out.

So thanks to Jenny. If you are looking to add a bit of warmth and sunshine to your winter wardrobe, check out the best yellow pieces currently going around below.

The Dress – SABA

The Statement Ring – Samantha Wills

The Weekend Tote – Country Road

The Casual Flat - MIMCO

The why isn’t it summer already? Workout top – Lorna Jane

And if yellow is just too daring for you start with this bag – MARC

Model: Jenny Rogers

Maak and Monochrome

Spotted by Style Stalker, Deejay from The Fashion Vault.

The Hustle&Scout Fashion Market always draws a stylish crowd, and last weekend Charné Esterhuizen was the stand out for me.

Charné is in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Design and has already hit the ground running as the designer of her own label, a unisex brand called Maak. And judging by her outfit choice she clearly understands fashion.

The silhouette of her monochromatic outfit was on point. The white shirt she wears is from her label, and echoes touches of origami in the sleeves. Charné has added texture to the outfit by layering a woollen vest which is also from one of her Maak collections.

I think it was great to see her pair her own designs with a leather skirt from All About Eve, showing that her designs are versatile and easily integrated with pieces commonly found in women’s wardrobes and local fashion stores.

Top: Maak

Vest: Maak

Skirt: All About E

Booties: Glue Store

Brunching in Braddon

Spotted by Style Stalkers, Deejay & Sofia from The Fashion Vault

Walking down Lonsdale Street (one of Canberra's trendiest) on Saturday morning, Daniella and I spotted Pat looking stylish and wearing an overall effortless feel.

Pat's outfit is well-balanced. His coat - although on trend - is a classic piece which will last season after season and is matched perfectly with his custom Dejour slim-fit jeans and Asos pointed toe loafers.

Pat was on his way to brunch and said he put his outfit together with comfort in mind - proving men can dress with style without compromising comfort. No need for track suits, boys!

Name: Pat


Coat from Oxford

Boots by Asos

Custom dejour jeans

Oxford coat

Stussy shirt

Ray Ban sunglasses

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.

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