Join the stylish duo, G&T (Gerard Wilton and Tracey Davis), as they guide you with practical, up-to-date, and effortless advice on elevating your wardrobe. This week, they unveil expert tips on transitioning from the boardroom to bar. Read Gerard’s tips as he explores various approaches to dressing up denim, while Tracey urges us to add vibrant colours to our outfits.

Reinvent your denim – Gerard

Denim is such a versatile staple that everyone has in their wardrobe, but sometimes we forget how we can dress it differently. Next time you step out in your favourite denim piece, why not try a denim shirt under a blazer or a midi to full-length denim skirt with a long boot to get you from corporate meetings to drinks with the girls.

Double denim is also a favourite denim look of mine. It doesn’t have to be scary as long as you stick to the following rules:

  • Always have two different shades of denim (unless it’s a jumpsuit), such as a darker denim jacket with a lighter jean. The same shade can leave you looking a bit too 90s.
  • Break it up with great footwear or accessories. For example, a jacket over the top or layering with other pieces.
  • And lastly, have fun with it. If you love denim but always wear pants try a denim skirt instead, or if you always wear a traditional blue denim branch out and try it in black.

Try a dress with colour or print – Tracey

A step up from jeans is a versatile dress. People assume this translates to neutral and plain, but a bright and/or printed dress can be equally as versatile. From 9-5, it can be dressed down with a denim jacket and sneakers or boots, then with gold or bold accessories and heels for a night out. To elevate this look based on your height, here are my top tips:

If you’re on the shorter side…

  • To appear taller and slimmer, vertical lines are your best friend as they draw the eye from top to bottom. This can be achieved with a stripe, v-neckline, button front closures and adding a layer like a blazer or cardigan.

If you’ve got the height…

  • To appear shorter, look for horizontal lines through stripes, wide belts, cuffed jeans or pants and flat shoes.

To see how Gerard and Tracey used their tips on a local Canberran at Canberra Outlet, check out their latest video.