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Now and Later – Shorts for Cooler Weather

If only this version of Now and Later were much later! Unfortunately, yesterdays now look was actually from about 10 days ago and today’s later look is actually from this weekend…Saturday to be exact. It was needed for the cooler weather.

And I am NOT a happy camper about the cooling weather!

Which is part of the reason I refused to put away the shorts and opted to defy Mother Nature‘s changing attitude.

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Shorts – Later: If only it were much later! So, these are the same shorts from Boohoo.com as the pair in yesterday’s post but I have layered up the look to make it more appropriate for cooler weather. Unfortunately, it really was cooler over the weekend. Luckily, by putting together this look I didn’t have to give up my hope for a few more warm days and pack the shorts away. In fact, thanks to this look, I may not pack the shorts away at all!

Again I have played off the gold tones of the shorts and matched it with a Hermes inspired thrift-shop find, topped by a lightly metallic gold sweater, also purchased at the thrift-shop. Which makes this one of the most reasonably priced looks I could possible put together. The shirt is actually a couple of sizes too big but works great under things, so I didn’t mind spending $5 AUD on it.

The Accessories: You may recall that while in Spain I purchased a few pairs of tights. These are one of those. I loved the chevron effect and that the colours were neutral because they can be worn with a lot of what I already own. I also bought the neutral suede ankle boots while in Spain, and while I love my high-heels, sometimes a flat boot is perfect. I’ve also chosen to use my Coach hand-bag with this look and worked with a mix of gold, copper and brass jewelry to mix metals and use all the tones from the shirt.

I think this is a fairly laid-back look but I will be wearing it to work as the cold weather sets in.

What do you think? Have you changed your mind about wearing shorts in the cooler weather?

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Now and Later – Shorts

With the weather transitioning back and forth between hot and cool, its got to be time for more Now and Later. This time with a focus on shorts!

Today is going to be a “Now” look for the Southern Hemisphere but tomorrow I will share the “Later” look. Of course if you are in the Northern Hemisphere, you can just flip them!

Now and Later - Shorts Now

Now and Later – Shorts Now

Now and Later - Shorts for Work

Now and Later – Shorts for Work

The Now of Now and Later

The Now of Now and Later

Now and Later – Now: This is a really comfy look that is just nice enough to get away with wearing to work. Or at least I can get away with wearing it to work. The shorts are a pair I purchased last year from Boohoo.com, on sale of course, and I have chosen one of my Ralph Lauren shirts to wear with them. I like the gold tones in the shorts and shirt and have carried that threw the rest of the look.

I know for most people this is a look that is far too casual for work but it would be a great weekend look if you were heading out to meet friends. If you need to run a lot of errands you could always wear leather sandals and still look great.

Accessorizing Shorts Now

Accessorizing Shorts Now

Accessories for Shorts

Accessories for Shorts

Accessorizing Shorts – Now: Working with the gold tones I opted for some mustard cork-heel shoes and neutral Coach handbag. The jewelry is my favourite pair of rose-gold earrings, vintage copper bracelets mixed with a couple of wooden bangles, my Marc Jacobs watch and a beaded necklace that ties the mustard and neutrals together.

Again, just dressy enough that I can get away with wearing this look to work.

Well, that’s the Now side of Now and Later – shorts. Tomorrow, the Later!

Do you wear shorts to work? Or are they only for play?


Now and Later – Silk Dress

It’s time for a little more transitional dressing with our Now & Later series. In fact this is part four, so we are transitioning well in our wardrobe going from summer to autumn. Although we haven’t had much autumnal weather yet…I can tell it won’t be long!

Silk Sita Murt Dress

Silk Sita Murt Dress

Summer Silk Dress: You’ll remember this lovely silk Sita Murt dresses as one of my purchases from Spain. I was really excited to see that Sita Murt has been named one of the 4 to Watch designers in the current issue of Madison Australia! I absolutely adore both the pieces I bought while in Spain and would love to add more of this feminine style to my wardrobe. Above is the summer look. Wearing natural fibers like silk helps you stay cool in the warm weather and the long sleeves are perfect for those chilly offices.

Layers with silk dress make it autumnal

Layers with silk dress make it autumnal

Autumnal Silk Dress: To turn this dress into a look that can be worn in the cooler months I have pulled on some brown tights, a pair of neutral lace up Oxford’s and one of my favourite granny cardigans. Nothing wrong with a little granny chic when you are trying to stay warm! The neutral colours work well for the cooling season and the palette of the dress.

Granny Cardigan over a silk dress

Granny Cardigan over a silk dress

Sita Murt Silk Dress for Autumn

Sita Murt Silk Dress for Autumn

 

Neutral Accessories

Neutral Accessories

Accessories: I have also opted for my well-loved Coach handbag and a vintage double-strand of pearls to play up the granny-chic factor! Actually, both those accessories make it a little dressier and quite appropriate to wear to work or out to lunch with friends.

Once again, the success of transitioning clothing from the warmer seasons to cooler months is layering. Likewise, if you are in the colder months and spring is around the corner, start having a look at the layers that you are currently wearing and thinking about how you may be able to wear some of those items in a different way. Remember to be creative!

What do you think of my now and later silk dress look? Would you wear it this way? What about with boots?

 


Fashion Transition – Vintage Dress

Yesterday I shared some fashion transitions with you in photos taken from an antique and vintage fair. I also mentioned that I purchased a vintage dress. Today I am going to share with you the fantastic dress I purchased from “Coutura”.

Bright Floral Vintage Dress

Bright Floral Vintage Dress

Accessorizing the Vintage Dress

Accessorizing the Vintage Dress

The Vintage Dress: I love this 60s number. It has a blue cotton lining and then this fantastic floral print in chiffon over the top. It’s hard to see in the pics but the skirt has a sun-ray pleats. The back of the lining zips up and the chiffon buttons which causes a nice blousing effect on top. It was the bright blue and green that first attracted me to the dress. I think if I wore a belt with it that my waist might look smaller but it’s really comfortable the way it is.

And for some reason a great vintage dress makes me think cocktails are the perfect accessory! However, I also found using some modern bracelets, and a vintage mesh handbag made great accessories for this look. You may have noticed I also opted for my green snake/lizard skin shoes with the ankle wrap for a little more vintage glam.

Fabulous Floral Fashion Find

Fabulous Floral Fashion Find

Lounging in My Vintage Dress

Lounging in My Vintage Dress

No, I haven’t had too many cocktails, I am just melting in the heat!

Cheers to a fashionable find!

Cheers to a fashionable find!

Luckily the flowers on the dress and the dress itself can hold up to the heat! I’m positively melting! Other accessories for this look are a pair of green and purple jade earrings purchased in Hong Kong a couple of years ago and a double strand of crystal beads that belonged to my grandmother, which were probably fashionable even before the dress was made.

This vintage dress certainly works well with my fashion transition that covers each decade from the 50s to now! I really do love being able to mix fantastic vintage finds into my wardrobe. They add so much style.

What do you think? Does my new vintage dress make the fashion transition from days of old to style of gold?

Dress: Coutura Vintage – couturavintage@bigpond.com


Fashion Transitions Thru Time

I have a time machine…

…well…of sorts…it’s called a camera and a chance to take some photos of fashion transitions thru time, by attending a local antique/vintage fair.

I used to attend the fair predominately for the antiques, but a few years ago they started having more booths that carried some vintage textiles, handbags and jewelry, and each year since they have a few more. The amazing vintage clothing hasn’t taken over the fair, Ballarat is after all very keen on its antiques. BUT the only reason I attend anymore is to check out the vintage clothing and jewelry. Yesterday, I brought the camera along and was able to get a few photos at a couple of the booths.

Beautiful Vintage Full-skirted Dress

Beautiful Vintage Full-skirted Dress

Vintage Style - Fabulous Fuchsia

Vintage Style – Fabulous Fuchsia

As I got nearly down the first aisle of antiques I saw this dress from a couple of booths away. It was feminine, flirty and fuchsia and full-skirted! So love at first sight! I loved the neckline, very flattering for someone like me who is a little busty but just as lovely on one not so well endowed. I kept thinking how fantastic this would be to wear to Melbourne Cup during the Spring Racing Carnival.

So, why don’t I own it?

The lady running the booth, was not very customer friendly. When I asked if there was somewhere to try it on because I was worried the bust might be a little too small, she gave me every reason in the book not to try it on. She would have to take it off the dress dummy, she didn’t have a change room because her space was too small, I’d have to take it to the bathroom stalls and that was the other side of the building. So I gladly kept my $300 and moved on.

Now that is Vintage Style

Now that is Vintage Style

Fantastic Vintage Accessories

Fantastic Vintage Accessories

Thank goodness the next vintage fashion booth I came to was “Coutura”. I first spotted them last year and was thrilled to find them again this year. Not only did Lena have a fantastic selection of vintage accessories but she had some beautiful dresses. In fact, I bought one and will share it with you tomorrow! Lena has lovely taste in clothing and accessories. You could dress yourself in head-to-toe vintage from her shop and look stunning or you could find a signature piece of jewelry and be equally amazing. AND, unlike the previous booth holder, Lena has a lovely smile and very friendly manner.

“Coutura Vintage” Lena Slater 04 8862 3448
couturavintage@bigpond.com

http://www.couturavintage.com (currently under construction)

Revived and Handcrafted Linen - Vintage Linens & Collectables

Revived and Handcrafted Linen – Vintage Linens & Collectables

Beautiful Beaded Handbags

Beautiful Beaded Handbags

Vintage Linens & Collectables - Bruna Capodanno

Vintage Linens & Collectables – Bruna Capodanno

I was then drawn into Vintage Linens & Collectables. Such beautiful textiles and used in so many creative ways. Bruna Capodanno, the shop owner, had on a lovely lace overlay and everything about her booth was beautiful. I love that her tagline is “Revived, hand crafted linen for modern living”. She had everything from retro tea towels to cushions, antique wedding laces and vintage haberdashery. She also took the time to tell me about a big vintage even coming up in Melbourne and suggested it is “the vintage even to attend”…so you know I will be there!

Vintage Linens & Collectablesby Bruna Capodannophone: 0406 255 758
bruna.c@laposte.netVintage Linens & Collectables on Facebook

Here’s info to the vintage event Bruna mentioned:

Love Vintage Showhttp://www.lovevintage.com.au

Sydney March 15-17Hordern Pavillion, EQ Moore Park

Brisbane April 5-7Brisbane Exhibition Centre, South Bank

Melbourne May 17-19Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens

There was also a collection of vintage wedding dresses on display, so I have a couple of photos to share of them.

Vintage Wedding Gowns

Vintage Wedding Gowns

White, lace and vintage glitz

White, lace and vintage glitz

Lovely vintage wedding dresses

Lovely vintage wedding dresses

They had something from every era starting with Victorian and moving into the Edwardian, Deco and on into the mid-century styles. I loved the simplicity of the Edwardian gown above. Beautiful lace cotton with a sash and flowers at the waist. Although the style would look shocking on my shape, I do have an affinity to Edwardian and Deco styles.

 

Talk about Deco Style!

Talk about Deco Style!

Hope you enjoyed the photos from fashion transitions thru time. Stay tuned for the reveal of the dress I purchased tomorrow!

Do you wear vintage clothing? Which decade is your favourite?

 


Now and Later – White Denim

Next in this months series of Now & Later – White Denim!

You know that I am loving white this summer and in my opinion a pair of white denim is mandatory for any wardrobe. BUT, it’s not just for summer. Why not wear white denim in the autumn as well? As long as you aren’t going traipsing around in the mud, white is a fantastic option for cooler weather.

Especially, once you start layering it!

Nnow & Later - Summer White Denim

Now & Later – Summer White Denim

Warm Weather White Denim: You may recall this look from my Australia Day post. Red, white and blue and no layers because the weather was hot. However, I was heading to work for the evening so needed to maintain some level of professionalism.

Now & Later - White Denim for Later

Now & Later – White Denim for Later

Now & Later - White Denim Layers

Now & Later – White Denim Layers

Now & Later - White Denim

Now & Later – White Denim

Cool Weather White Denim: As the weather cools, layers are key to working your warm weather clothing into the colder months. Here I have on the same white denim I wore all summer. This time I have paired them with a paisley print Tommy Hilfiger button-down shirt, Zara tweed jacket and for a vest I have used my turquoise camisole that I typically wear under some of my wrap-dresses. Proof that a little creative layering can really come together for a great look. I’ve left the button-down shirt untucked to provide some transition from the top to the bottom. If I had tucked it in, both shirts and the jacket would have ended at the same spot. Plus I like the more casual vibe of the shirt being untucked.

White Denim Accessories

White Denim Accessories

Now & Later - Accessories with White Denim

Now & Later – Accessories with White Denim

Accessories for Winter White Denim: To complete this look for the cooler months I have on my black patent-leather Prada penny-loafers, my electric blue Sussan handbag (big enough to carry a fold-up umbrella should the weather get worse), Silver, blue and white bracelets, watch and earrings. Then, just because it’s for work, a strand of white pearls.

There you go! That’s how I plan on getting more wear out of my white denim, both now and later.

Would you wear white denim in the winter? How would you style it?


Now and Later – Full-Skirted Dress

It’s time for more Now and Later with a look at the Full-Skirted Dress.

Full-skirted Dress - Spring Summer

Full-skirted Dress – Spring Summer

Lady-like Accessories

Lady-like Accessories

Spring/Summer: Here is how I wore this classic hit, the full-skirted dress for summer. The bright and bold print went well with simple yet feminine accessories. It was a great look for wearing out to Sunday brunch on the patio of The Lane. I truly love the retro vibe of the dress but because it is sleeveless and fairly low-cut in the front, you wouldn’t think it could make the transition to the coming cooler weather.

Winterize your Summer style

Winterize your Summer style

Full-skirted Classic works the winter look

Full-skirted Classic works the winter look

Summer dress goes winter

Summer dress goes winter

Autumn/Winter: There are so many things I love about the cool weather version of this look. I love that it still maintains the retro and feminine vibe but in a fresh and different way. I also love being able to add a bit of colour to cooler days. Just because the weather gets colder, days shorter and skies more grey, doesn’t mean my wardrobe needs to be all about dark or drab colours.

Just as I selected the blue grey handbag in the Summer version to bring out the grey in the dress, I have launched my winter look from that colour as well. I’m wearing a grey pair of tights and a blue-grey cardigan to layer up and stay warm. But just to prove I am not going quietly into the cold, I have opted to wear a pair of my orange open-toe heels, and orange bag, belt and scarf. The orange belt is again both retro and current worn outside the cardigan and it helps to highlight my waist.

Fresh Winter Breeze

Fresh Winter Breeze

Full-skirted classic for cold weather

Full-skirted classic for cold weather

Accessories: I’m still wearing the white watch and orange bangle from the Summer look for this cooler look. I’ve added a pale green bangle just to continue the colour from the skirt to my wrist and then onto the scarf. The bangles were a Christmas gift from my Fashion Sister from Another Mother and the scarf was a b-day present from my now Fashionista Friend, Sarah.

What do you think of my Autumn/Winter transitional look for this full-skirted dress? Is it a winner both now and later?


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