This week I jetted down to Melbourne to go shopping (and take FiFi Readers shopping!). I headed over to Chadstone shopping centre and loved it. It’s all virtually on one level and so bright and sunny. Yes, Melbourne has been sunny. It was so easy to stagger around in my stomp-a-licous heels to all the fabulous stores from Prada to Miu Miu, Burberry , Gucci to Sportsgirl, Witchery and Country Road.
It’s been pretty busy so here’s my top cheap but chic picks of the week…
It seems Just Jeans are onto the leather trend that was started seasons ago with Celine but still going strong. We all need a leather skirt , yes, we do. I thought this cute full black leather skirt here was a bit of barganza. Take $50 off and it’s $79. Shut up. It’s pretty full and 50’s style and does sit high on the waist so it’s for the skinny chicks. The rest of us can wear a straight leather pencil skirt …or buy a big size and let it sit lower on the hips.
You have got to love their red skinny jeans: Yes, we have been talking about red jeans virtually all year. These are a great cut. Red jeans are moving up the fashion Richter scale and will peak in about a season or two . My advice? Just get into the look and thrash it while it’s hot. That’s what wearing a hot trend is all about isn’t it? Love it, wear it and say goodbye. $129. Wear with bright orange in summer but right now throw red jeans back with a navy blazer and your fav stripe or grey marle Tee. I think you need to wear them with heels to fashion them up.
My pick here this week? The cute denim shift dress: It’s sleeveless and cut as sheath so straight and narrow. The neckline is perfect. Not a horrid wide neckline/ scoops that will add years to your pretty little face.. Love this for summer: so very Celine and Stella McCartney inspired. You need some sexy wedges or stomp-a-licous heels to add a sexy fashion edge to this dress. Maybe add some gold cuffs too. I can’t see this dress with boots for some reason. I think if you wear it , it would be with opaques and YSL heels. Buy to wear later when it’s warm. $139
There are some great jeans here at great prices but what I really like is the button through faded denim skirt. It’s $59 for god’s sake! This is one of the key pieces for the season going into summer so buy now and get your wear out of it. I say wear with wedges and a cute Tee in summer. Wear now while freezing with 70’s style ankle strap platforms and black opaques with a short crop poloneck knit sweater. Please tuck the top into the skirt. For dags you need to know this is cool. It’s about showing off the waist and when you do that it suddenly looks right. You know it’s a 70’s does 40’s does 2011.
If you are still after short ankle boots then head to Nine West for these chic little numbers below. They are black: you need black because they work with everything. And isn’t it muddy and wet outside? I like these boots because they are so simple, simple, simple. There is a chic double edging that slopes down slightly at the top so you don’t (look like ) you have cankles. Love the classic round toe and a hidden platform like Harry Potter. This means they are not as high as you would think. You can wear with skirts and black opaques or wear with your fav jeans rolled up to just hit the top of the boots. Yes and wear with your A-line leather skirt. Called Palomar $189.
This store is a little more sophisticated than the usual Esprit stores. You will be pleased to know I snooped in here and what did I find? The updated version of the black velvet blazer. It’s a fabulous cut with slight shoulder pads and a cinched in waist. The velvet is not so wintery so you can wear this into spring. $149. You know how to wear this: Dress it down stupid! Evening wear fabrics in the day is the way. ( I am a poet and didn’t know it) . I love a velvet blazer because that means you can wear a black blazer with black pants but it won’t look a boring trousers suit. YAWN. The velvet breaks it up and adds another texture. Wear with jeans and ankle boots and a chic chiffon blouse under it. Try it with J brand cargoes and heels or just with grey skinny jeans.No photo on their site. How annoying is that?
Listen up girls who are over size 12 and want to wear a sexy pencil skirt. You need the black thick nylon knit ( how else to describe?) longer pencil skirt here at C Road. I know you will all look at it and say ” as if I will get into that ? It will show up everything I have eaten on my hips for the last 10 years.” Wrong! It’s a suck-it-all-in style of fabric that is heavy and skims over the muffins thighs. It’s a great length as it’s a little on/over the knee depending how you wear it. Did I say it has an elastic waist? Plus it’s clever because it goes in at the knees which is so Mad Men and so fabulously flattering. Who would have thought? It’s stretchy so you can run fast (and catch George.) Love for summer or winter. $149. Called Milano just so know.
Have I mentioned this skirt before? It’s s cool full skirt . I like that it’s a little longer so it’s a very fashion; You know; that retro 50’s look which everyone like Vuitton and Prada showed for last winter. I like it in the brown because you can then throw it back with all your black leather jackets. Later in warmer weather you can wear it with a simple grey/black/navy tight tee. With all that fullness you want a short, narrow top. This skirt NEEDS, loves and wants to be seen with serious wedges and serious high platform heels. It’s to balance the silhouette you see. All that fabric needs a heavier shoe. By the way I think this is not for those who are too hippy. As in a size 14 not as in a 60’s BoHo who chants Peace Man. Love . $129.