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The man-style shirt

09 August 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

The man-style shirt

Image sources: Button through shirt, $79.95 from Witchery; Spotty sequin blouse, $69.95 from Sportsgirl ; Trent resort bead column print shirt, $89.95 from Myer.

...or an ode to that thing I’ve been wearing non-stop for the past three months (and when I’m not wearing it, I’m secretly wishing I was). You know what I mean, right? We all get swept off our feet by particular garments from time to time – they just work for any occasion, on your shape, with everything in your wardrobe. It’s a perfect match: and you know it, because your heart flutters when you see that little sleeve outstretched toward you as you survey your wardrobe in the morning. So! A totally normal, healthy relationship every woman has with the latest object of her affections. Ahem.

It wasn’t until I spent a month’s rent on silk shirts in one hit that I realised just how deep in I was… my appetite had become insatiable. I was like a beast. And so, with a typical generosity of spirit, I have decided to share my picks of Forrest Chase with you – and a few reasons why man-style blouses, silk or otherwise, are the thing you should be stockpiling right now:

Come with me on a journey to the bottomless pit of shirt love

  1. Whether you’re into cigarette pants, slim-line maxis, wide legged trousers, high waisted skirts, boyfriend jeans, raggedy cut offs or a low-slung mini… whatever works on your shape, just throw a blouse on top and you’re done.
  2. There’s a million and one ways to wear them: soft front tuck, half tuck, tied waist, rolled cuffs, unbuttoned, buttoned all the way up, French cuffed, tied low…
  3. It’s an excellent layering piece – looking preppy under a jumper on weekends, razor sharp under a blazer at work or seductive and sheer over a cropped bustier for evenings, it’s got you covered.
  4. Finally, a man-style blouse is that perfect bit of polish: looks relaxed enough to be cool, but tailored enough to look elegant. It’s an effortless sort of chic that you’d associate with some dewy skinned, thick haired French lady as she saunters from café to café. Bitch? Well, you could BE that bitch.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl, Trends, Witchery

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En pointe

02 August 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

En pointe

Image source: RCFA.

We’ve long buried the skyscraper, platform toed, stripper-lite pumps. And now, a eulogy for our second husband: the chunky mega platform heel (or as my grandad calls them, “those float upside shoes”). A shoe that served us well, stretching our legs out to forever and a day with minimal pain, but one that was responsible for many a dance floor injury. For so many twisted ankles my physio friends could buy a house, get engaged and go on holiday within the space of a year. For sometimes looking a little bit like horse hooves. Vale, chunky mega platform heel. We will remember you always, and reach into the depths of our cupboard to dust you off for 70s theme nights.

Now that we’ve kicked that old guy to the curb, time to welcome the next love of your life: the pointed stiletto. A little bit 80s? A lot a bit 80s, actually, but that doesn’t matter when you consider what this classic is going to do for your wardrobe. We had little choice in the matter: Christian Louboutin’s pointed toe, jelly sided Bis Un Bout is far and away the current red carpet favourite. It’s definitely a return to a silhouette more ladylike: perfect for those cropped tailored trousers, peplums and nipped in waists you’ve been wearing.


En pointe

Image sources: MCQ Alexis blue pointe, $650 from Myer; Jazz, $69.95 from Novo ; Metal toe cap boot, $99.95 from Sportsgirl.

Those metal toed boots courtesy of our on-trend friends at Sportsgirl are particularly big at the moment, with everyone from Stuart Weitzman to Miu Miu spruiking versions all over the red carpet. For a wee punky splurge, the MCQ (that’s the McQueen diffusion, ladies) heels are fairly delicious, and for a scrimp you can’t really go past the two-tone of Novo’s Jazz heel.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Sportsgirl, Trends

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Bag raiders

26 July 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Bag raiders

Image sources: Vintage revival satchel, $499 from Fossil; Basque Celia tote, $109 from Myer; Natasha over the body pouch, $89.95 from Witchery.

If you’re a lady (or even a European/ Seinfeld sort of gentleman), your handbag is your life: swung over your shoulder, dangling from your hand, or tucked into the crook of your arm. Aside from knickers, it’s pretty much the only definite in your daily look, and unless you’re getting really creative with your boylegs, it’s responsible for keeping all of your essentials (mobile, money, old chewing gum wrappers) safe. So, choosing that leather vessel for daily life? A pretty important choice. While I’ve always been one to admire the sort of girl who rotates her day bag weekly, most of us are FAR too lazy for that sort of action. The best solution is to buy a great quality, killer bag that meets all of your criteria, and replace it once you’ve thrashed it into the ground – but it’s not always the easiest. 

BUT: because I am a benevolent god (elevated myself to that status, hope y’all don’t mind), I’m going to bring you beautiful, life carrier solutions so you don’t have to run from place to place attempting to find the perfect match as your eyes turn red and your blood boils. What can I say? I’m just a nice sort of guy.

I love pretty much everything about the Vintage revival satchel. I love the thick, heritage leather that you just know is going to age beautifully, I love the over the shoulder and clutch handle options, and I really love all the mini zipped compartments inside. This little guy is perfect for anyone who likes a bit of a twee retro look, wants their bag to age with character and feels it necessary to carry their entire lives with them, every day.

Basque Celia tote makes the cut because a) it looks a heap more expensive than $109; b) the pop colour is an easy way to inject life into any look; and c) it’s a whole lot like the Celine Boston bag. This one works for anyone who finds themselves in grey and black office gear on a daily basis, those who like their looks a bit more polished and pretty, or just anyone who enjoys the company of teal – which is totally a delightful, friendly colour.

Finally, the totally beautiful Natasha pouch because snakeskin is totally a neutral for all animal print lovers. This little guy is for fashion fiends – for those of us who like to travel light, and for those that like it high-end: that whipstitch chain detail is SO Marc Jacobs. But definitely not at a Marc Jacobs price.

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Tags: Fashion, Fossil, Myer, Witchery

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Jacket racket

16 July 2012, by Rachael Ciccarelli

Jacket racket

Image sources: Dax, $359.10 from Politix; Ben Sherman Harrington jacket, $139.95 from Myer; All weather trucker, $219.95 from Levis.

Men of the world: we (women of the world) are sorry for raiding your winter wardrobe, leaving you cold, shivering and alone as the rain pours on your window. It’s not because we don’t care. It’s just an indisputable fact that your jumpers, for whatever reason, are ALWAYS warmer than ours. Likewise, your tracksuit pants seem to have both thermal and cuddle properties that ours do not. For the decades of stealing, I apologise. And I can only proffer one nugget of guidance: buy more jackets. Because while any woman who gets near you will probably try to take that from you as well, the stiff tailoring of a jacket will always make it’s way back to you. It’s much harder for us to make some comically oversized coat work in any other circumstance than a walk to the car after dinner. We don’t particularly want your leather jacket for slobbing around in about the house. And while the boyfriend-style blazer might be a strong point in women’s fashion at the moment, actual boyfriend blazers with the long arms and the boxy shape: much less so. Plus, a man always looks handsome in a jacket – something evolutionary to do with arms and shoulders and looking warm, so really, it’s sort of a win-win scenario here… are you sure you don’t want to be thanking me? You’re welcome.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Politix, Trends

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