What I wore Wednesday: Black maxi dress

I have been really slack in kicking off my blogging for 2014. Two weeks in and here is my first post. ‘What I wore Wednesday: black maxi dress’.

What I wore Wednesday will be a weekly series of fashion posts, where I will be posting one of my outfits from the previous week.

black maxi dress

 This week’s outfit was a black maxi styled for summer (in Victoria, for days when it’s not too hot).

The inspiration for this outfit came from my Big W Peter Morrissey shirt. Like many button up shirts, I normally stick to wearing them as part of a suit, but I wanted to try something different.

black maxi dress

I decided to make it more casual by leaving it unbuttoned and tying the end in a double knot. This particular shirt is no longer available, but the Peter Morrissey long sleeve shirt in the Navy zigzag print would work the same (they both have the button up sleeves too)

I pictured the outfit in my head before I went on the hunt for the maxi dress…I am pretty sure I already own a plain black maxi dress, but I have no idea where it got to (probably in my wardrobe).

The black maxi dress is from Cocolatte for just $7.99! I can’t find it on their site, so I guess it isn’t available anymore. There are many different black maxis at different stores at the moment, though. (Tempt, Cotton on, Factorie).

The shoes are the Thyme Patent Ballet Flats in Nude from Target. To dress it up a bit you could add a chunky statement necklace and some bracelets.

black maxi dressHope you enjoyed my first ‘What I wore Wednesday’ post, next week I will have a new outfit post…

XO XO
E

 

Westfield Geelong Fashion Festival- Spring/Summer 2012

Westfield Geelong Fashion Festival

Last week the Westfield Geelong Fashion festival was on, it was a 3 day event (from 20-22nd September) showcasing Spring and Summer trends. There were loads of free things to attend including runway shows, a party styling workshop, a style workshop and even a performance from The Voice’s Rachael Leahcar!

I didn’t attend on Thursday as the main runway shows were on Friday and Saturday.

There were two shows on Friday, one Saturday and the style workshop (also on Saturday).

Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Parade by Westfield Geelong

This was the first of the shows I saw on Friday, it showcased Spring and Summer looks featuring items from some of the retailers in Westfield Geelong.

Click on the slideshow below to see some of my photos from the show

Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Parade by Myer

The second runway show on Friday showcased  SS ’12 trends, with pieces from some of the designers in Myer.

Click on the slideshow below to see some of my photos from the show

 

Westfield Geelong Fashion festival Day 3

Saturday was the 3rd and final day of the Fashion Festival. There was a Free party styling workshop in the morning, a Cocolatte runway show hosted by blogger Jess from Neon Indian and Style workshop hosted by Westfield Stylist, Renee Enright and The Geelong Advertiser’s GT magazine editor, Kylie Oliver.

Unfortunately my camera stopped focusing properly in the middle of the Cocolatte show, so off to the repair shop it went to be ‘inspected’. Hopefully it is not too bad and won’t cost me too much to fix. I would be lost without my digital SLR!

However I wrote down heaps of notes, so have some style tips to share with you all.

Here are some of the Key pieces that Renee said every woman should own for this Spring/Summer.

Spring and Summer Essentials

White Jeans– Renee mentioned that every woman, no matter what their shape can wear white jeans. It is all about the fit! Go for something that is a comfortable fit (not too baggy or too tight)

Skinny Belts– They are flattering on all shapes, as they cinch your waist in making your torso appear longer and slimmer!

Blazer– This item is transeasonal (You can wear it for all seasons). Renee suggested purchasing a neutral or black blazer. It will be easier to work into different seasonal trends and they are classic shades that will never go out of fashion.

White buttoned shirt– Again this is a transeasonal item that every woman should own. For summer Renee suggests purchasing one with 3/4 sleeves. By wearing 3/4 sleeves not only does it keep cool, it also draws your eyes to the smallest part of your waist!

Day Dress– Perfect for spring and summer. It doesn’t need to be expensive either! It is all about how you wear it and how you accessorise. A safe option is a floral print dress, florals will always be ‘in’ for Spring/Summer. This season sees a comeback of the 50s ladylike dresses, chose something A-line, with a hemline just above the knee. This is a flattering length for every body shape.

My Picks for Spring/Summer

Little White Dress (or LWD)– While the LBD (Litte Black Dress) is okay for summer nights,  a Little white dress will keep your cooler during the day. White will reflect the sun, whereas black will absorb the heat making you feel hot and sweaty! A LWD is the perfect summer staple piece and can be dressed up or down for different times of the day.

Dressy sandals– Great to wear when going out at night, when it’s too hot to wear covered in shoes. Metallics is big this season, so choose something in a bronze colour or that has a bit of bling. Of course these can be worn during the day too, with some neutral shorts and a bright coloured t-shirt or a maxi dress.

Neutral shorts– If you buy any pair of shorts this season, choose neutral coloured ones (think tan or cream). You can wear them with pretty much any top and they won’t go out of style. Perfect for those who want to wear the neon trend, but don’t want to wear it from head to toe!

Light-weight shirt– Something that is made from 100% polyester, chiffon or other light-weight fabrics. Worn over a singlet or tee, it will keep you from getting burnt in the sun. 3/4 sleeves will keep you cooler, but remember to apply sunscreen to the parts of your arms that are not covered!

Wide-brim hat– A hat that offers full sun protection is a must in our Australian sun! There are lots of beautiful hats around to suit different peoples needs. Another great thing about hats, is that you can wear them on days you want to hide a bad hair day!

 

What are your go-to items this Summer? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know!

 

This was the first post under my new heading on my navigation bar called ‘In Geelong’ under this heading you’ll find posts related to my home town (Geelong).

XO XO Evelyn