The weather in Canberra has been really all over the place this past week, some days have been nice, but others have had me bringing out my knits and jackets. This weather has had me working out ways to style my winter pieces and incorporate them into outfits which aren’t so wintery.
One of my favourite things that I bought over winter was a blazer by Jaeger, which I was lucky enough to find in an op shop for $15 which is just insane. It’s in perfect condition from what I can see, it’s gorgeous quality, warm and it just looks amazing. I wanted to use this one piece and style it up a few different ways for this transitional period, and also show how versatile something like a checkered blazer or coat could be in your wardrobe.
The first look I did would be something I’d wear if I was going out to somewhere nice on a slightly chilly night. I layered a plain, tight, black turtleneck top underneath my dress, which had a lowish v neck and just singlet straps. I love layering long sleeves and turtlenecks under summer pieces to make them more appropriate for colder nights.
I love the way that a longline blazer looks with short dresses too. I think it’s sexy but in an understated way. Covering my top half up like I have also really makes my legs stand out.
I went for some simple black sock boots to finish the outfit off. I love how flattering this style is where it just hugs the ankle, and I think I prefer a pointed toe on most styles of boots, but definitely on sock boots.
Top: Kmart – Dress: Neon Rose – Boots: Rubi Shoes – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
The next look I did I would also say is definitely more of an evening/going to an event kind of look. It’s much lighter and not as wintery as the previous one though.
Honestly, just things as simple as swapping out a black dress for a lighter colour can completely change the feel and overall look of an outfit. It makes it just seem so much more like a spring outfit, but you’ve still got the little warmth from the blazer when you need it.
If you want to elongate your legs, then you need a pair of heels in the same sort of two strap style as the ones I’m wearing. They don’t cut off your legs at all, they’re just the most flattering heel in my opinion. In my eyes, these are the most classic style in heels you can buy.
My heels are a blue-grey velvet, which I think matches so well with the red tones in the blazer. The heel height on this pair is really good, the block heel on them is high enough for the shoe to look nice, but not so high that they’re difficult to walk in.
Dress: Things We Lost – Shoes: Sportsgirl
The other two looks are much more casual looks, the kind of outfits I’d just wear throughout the day. This first one would definitely be for a bit of a colder day.
I really like how these black pants with the pinstripe style stripes down them look next to the checks, it’s a really subtle clash. Pretty much whenever I wear pants with this kind of straight leg fit, I like to pair them with a smaller top to balance out my figure a bit more. The singlet I’m wearing here is one of my favourites because of its slightly cowled neckline, and the fact that it comes up a bit cropped.
I think this outfit definitely radiates some pretty masculine vibes, with the straight cut pants and boxy blazer, but I kind of love it. I think that the little singlet that I’ve got on with it makes it a touch more feminine, but overall it’s a pretty androgynous look.
I think that loafers in that kind of gucci esque style are a pretty feminine shoe, so that’s another little hint of girlyness in there, but I also just love this style of shoe because I really feel like it goes with everything and looks so effortless but very classic.
Top: Things We Lost – Pants: Vintage – Shoes: Decjuba – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
And finally, a little spring outfit for nice and easy days with cold afternoons. I really love the way that a longline blazer looks with a skirt or shorts underneath, especially when the length of both hit a pretty similar point on the leg.
There’s some more pattern clashing in this outfit too, except I wouldn’t say it’s as subtle as in the last one. I think the reason that this animal print next to the checkered blazer can actually work without looking insane, is because the colour of the top is so neutral and matches the same neutral tones in the blazer. So that’s my big tip for if you want to do a bit of a pattern clash but you still want your outfit to be simple and wearable, use patterns with pretty neutral tones throughout them.
Finding shorts that are the right fit for me can prove to be very difficult, especially because my legs are so long that something that doesn’t seem that short on someone with more average length legs, will look so tiny on me. These are one of the only few pairs of shorts I have and I would say they’re for sure my favourites. The length is perfect, and I love the slightly big, but not super unflattering, fit.
I honestly sometimes forget that I own these slides because they kind of got pushed aside for my Birkenstocks over last summer, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to wear them more this year because I love how they look.
My little bag is one of those mini backpacks where you can change the straps to make it a cross body bag, and I think the style of these kinds of bags is so adorable. I would say they’re definitely a more spring/summer bag as opposed to a winter piece, so I’m keen to bring this one out more over the next couple of months.
Top: Kmart – Shorts: Things We Lost – Shoes: Shu Bar – Bag: Kenneth Cole – Belt: Warehouse