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How To Wear: Ankle Boots

We are well and truly into ankle boot season now. Have you embraced this trend? Do you have a pair of ankle boots in your wardrobe, but unsure how to style them? So many women I speak to own at least one pair of ankle boots, or want to, but feel a bit lost with how to wear them without looking cut off at the ankles, and therefore shorter. I find ankle boots to be really comfortable to wear, a little edgy and extremely versatile, and I wear them right through Autumn, Winter and Spring. How? Here’s a few guidelines:           Wearing Ankle Boots With a Skirt or Dress When keeping your legs bare, wear ankle boots that are a neutral shade such as beige, tan or brown. Ankle boots look fantastic with tights of the same colour – black tights with black boots for example – elongate your legs for a streamlined look. Play around with different heel heights and boot lengths – these will suit (or not) depending on your height, and the length of your skirt or dress. Wearing Ankle Boots With Pants Skinny jeans, jeggings or pants that are tapered at your ankle should be worn tucked into your boots. Wearing leggings? Always, always, always tuck them in. When you’re wearing pants that are a looser style, such as boot cut or boyfriend jeans, cuff your pants so you see a little skin in between your pants and your boots. This draws the eye down to the thinnest part of your leg for a flattering, slimming look.   Whether you’re wearing a dress or...

Basics: The Smoothing Top 

Last week I introduced you to Intimo’s convertible black dress that is now pretty much all sold out (except in the Medium size, so let me know ASAP if you’d like to order!). But don’t worry if you missed out this time – there’ll be another drop of these in July. This week it’s all about the Smoothing Top ($95). Ladies, kiss goodbye to any lumps and bumps you might have – the double layering of fabric in the front panel of this top smooths them all away! I love this top as a layering piece, especially in the cooler months of the year. It’s perfect for wearing underneath vests, cardigans, jackets, blazers… As with every Intimo product, this top is of the highest quality. Not only will it last forever, but you’ll be able to wear it to work, play – everywhere. Plus, it’s always available in lots of different colours – black, white, chestnut, desert rose, silver lake blue, orchid pink and eggshell blue. Need to make one of these tops yours? You can place your order with me by emailing me at: lily.thestylishteacher@gmail.com with your phone number so we can arrange a time to have a chat. Lily...

#wishlistwednesday – Sale Time!

It’s that time of year! I’ve put the spotlight on Portmans this week and put together three outfits made up entirely of pieces that have been heavily reduced. • Click the images below to check these gorgeous pieces out further • Piper Contrast Pocket Shirt: $39.95 (reduced from $59.95). Piper Zip Peplum Jacket: $69.95 (reduced from $129.95) Palermo Suede Status Heel: $49.95 (reduced from $99.95). Striking Selena Skirt: $29.95 (reduced from $99.95) Spot Foil Scarf: $14.95 (reduced from $29.95). Zoe Sling Tote: $49.95 (reduced from $79.95). The Brodie Blazer: $69.95 (reduced from $89.95). Wooster Metallic Tote: $29.95 (reduced from $49.95). Eva Buckle Boot: $49.95 (reduced from $89.95). Wandering Lillies Soft Dress: $49.95 (reduced from $119.95). Crochet Beanie: $14.95 (reduced from $24.95). Knit Tunic: $29.95 (reduced from $89.95). Celesta Pointed Ankle Boot: $49.95 (reduced from $89.95). Longline Wrap Coat: $99.95 (reduced from $149.95). Capaline Felt Hat: $29.95 (reduced from $49.95). So, have you shopped the sales yet? Lily x PS: this post contains affiliate links, which means if you click through from my images to purchase I may receive a small...

Adding another string to my bow…

Here’s my wardrobe philosophy: start with your basics, then add, add, add. Spend as much as you can afford to get the best quality basics you can and they’ll last for years. Then add, add, add seasonal, less expensive pieces to have a look that is always on trend. Ok, so let’s talk about these basics. How to get them right and where to get them from. I’ve fallen. Fallen hard. For a brand you’ve probably heard me mention before, but perhaps not one you’re likely to immediately associate with basics like tops, pants and dresses. It’s Intimo, and I’ve just registered as an Intimo stylist! Meaning you can now contact me (lily.thestylishteacher@gmail.com) for all things Intimo! If you’ve already experienced Intimo, you won’t need me to tell you all about the quality and the altogether amazing-ness that is finding your feel good fit (but I will if you want me to – that’s why I signed up!). However, you may be unaware (as I was) of the different ways to get your hands on Intimo pieces. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A PARTY! Is that music to your ears? Does it take the pressure off? As a personal stylist, I’m used to working one on one with a client. As an Intimo stylist I’m excited about continuing to work one on one with clients to provide a really personal experience. YOU CAN HAVE A PARTY! Want to invite the girls over for bubbles and fashion? Bring it! KNOW YOUR SIZE ALREADY? You can email or call me with your order. So, so easy. But, back to these basics....

#wishlistwednesday – Looks for Less

Gosh, the days and weeks are just flying by and we are well and truly in the midst of AW16 fashion. There is so much gorgeousness on offer right now that if you’re like me, and find it hard to resist, you’re going to need to shop smart. Enter: SheIn. Have you shopped online with SheIn before? They have a HUGE range of clothing and accessories including all your basics and the latest trends – at very affordable prices. I’ve put together four SheIn looks for four different occasions below, all under $60!   The School Run SheIn Striped Dress (exact match; $15.78). SheIn Hat (similar style; $14.34). SheIn Scarf (similar style; $13.58).   Date Night SheIn Grey Skirt (exact match; $26.03). SheIn Shirt (similar style; $15.78).   Casual Catch up with Friends SheIn Red Maxi Skirt (exact match; $20.09). SheIn Striped Top (exact match; $20.88)   The Office SheIn Plaid Shirt (exact match; $18.94). SheIn Floral Midi Skirt (exact match; $38.51).   Have you shopped at SheIn before? Tell me your experience in the comments. Lily...

The Classic Wrap Shirt – Three Ways

What do you look for in a wardrobe investment piece? Quality? Versatility? Wow factor? Timelessness? A garment that fits and flatters so well that you can’t bear to leave the boutique without it? The Classic Wrap Shirt ($279.00) from Living Silk has all of that in spades. Let’s talk quality – it’s 100% silk – which means if you look after it you’ll be wearing it for the next 20 years or more! As for versatility, I’ve styled and tied this shirt three different ways for three very different looks – (the ever elusive) smart casual, corporate and evening. Smart Casual I’ve worn the classic wrap shirt here over ripped white jeans with heels. I’ve also tied this shirt at the front. Now, of course you could also wear flats with this look too. Corporate To take this shirt to work, I’ve worn it tied at the back over a black pencil skirt with simple black heels. You could also wear it over some tailored pants if pencil skirts are not your thing. Evening This look is perfect for special events. You’ll notice I’ve tucked the shirt in this time and added some sparkly earrings and heels (and champagne!). Now, the fit. This shirt is true to size. I usually wear a 10-12/M in tops and in the images above I’m wearing a medium. The wonderful thing about this wrap style is that you can tie it as tightly or loosely as you’re comfortable with, so you know you’re going to find your perfect fit. This shirt is well worth popping into Living Silk’s Brisbane boutique (La Trobe Tce, Paddington) for. Do yourself...