How to Wear Dresses & Skirts with Sneakers

Thought you couldn't pull off a Dress or skirt with sneakers? Think Again..  I'm personally obsessed, I own at least a dozen pairs of heels, but every time I put on a dress this past few months I left my heels in the back of my closet in favor of… sneakers. 

Dresses and sneakers: two very different styles, right? But when done correctly, the feminine and masculine styles can create a totally on-trend look.  Luckily for our feet, the sneaker trend is still going strong. Here are, some styling tips so you can make this tricky trend a fashion "do." 

The secret to making this combination just flattering enough is: First, leave off the socks, or at least wear them so that they aren’t visible. I’ll go a step further by saying that I personally prefer it when the laces are tucked away too, but that’s not essential. 

When putting together a sneakers and dress kind of outfit, you want to achieve a casual and chic look, not an athletic one. To make sure you don’t commit this mistake, avoid wearing a dress with a pair of sneakers that you would wear to the gym or workout in. Cross trainers don’t exactly look pleasing with a girly dress so go for off-duty brands instead Stick to pairing Converse, Vans, Keds, Pumas, slip-on Sketchers or retro styled sneakers with your dresses and skirts.

It’s very important to keep proportions in mind. No woman dresses to look shorter than they are, even when they opt for shoes without heels. If, unfortunately, you weren’t blessed with long and slender legs, try to avoid wearing high-cut sneakers with a dress, especially short dresses. High cut sneakers will make your legs look even shorter and sometimes stubbier too. They’re okay to wear with maxi dresses, though, but still tread carefully when trying to pull that off.

Make sure your sneakers are in good condition

Go for bright coloured sneakers if your outfit has a neutral colour palette.

See how these ladies wore theirs and get inspired.

Will you wear sneakers with dresses or skirts? If so, do you stick to fashion sneakers, or will you be more daring and wear the chunkier athletic styles? If it’s not your look, can you appreciate the combination on others? tell us by leaving a comment below.
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Trend Alert: The Cape

Every Winter something you had in your closet for years comes back into fashion. Think leather jackets, trench coats, cacoon coats and back in style for this season - the cape.  The cape is totally on trend this season and will carry on into next season. Capes are all over the runways and have been deemed as a Fall/Winter must-have, a cape can add edge to your Winter Wardrobe, it is effortless to wear and looks great.

So how do you wear capes without feeling like superman? Go with what you are comfortable with. There are different types of capes (Long, medium and short). The long ones get to your ankles, the medium ones get to your waist or hip and the short ones that stop just below your shoulders. 

This winter is easier than ever to give the look a go. Opting for a black cape is always the safest option as you can be guaranteed it will work well with your other wardrobe staples and alongside popular winter colours of khaki, denim and white. For those of you that want to mix it up, grey, camel and stripe patterns work well. So which to buy? If you opt for a cropped cape coat, then wear it with shorter skirts.

A major plus for the cape is its versatility. Paired with tailored pants, shorts or culottes it can be dressed up with a pair of heels for a smart evening look, or dressed down with some super cool slides for a mid day lunch date. A sleek leather tote or a cute fluffy clutch is also a perfect way to add your own personality to the mix!

There are fur capes and wool capes to keep you cozier than you can imagine. Another bonus is that you can wear a cape with almost every outfit since they are so incredibly easy to style.  

See below for street style inspiration, to give you some ideas on how to style your cape.

Are you wearing a cape this winter? How do you wear your cape? Tell us by leaving a comment below:

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Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress / skirts This Winter

Think maxi dresses and skirts can only be worn during the warmer months of the year? Think again! With a little creative styling, these glam dresses can work for winter, too. Instead of putting them away this winter, learn how to maximize their potential by mixing them with a few other wardrobe pieces.

Below, I'll share some tips and tricks for wearing a maxi dress in the midst of winter, as well as chic outfit ideas to try:

Tips & Tricks to Make Maxi Dresses Work for Winter 

Layer up. This is the best way to winterize a maxi dress. Invest in the right under-garments and you can wear almost anything you want on top! use pieces to layer like a second skin – they are fine and fitted so they aren’t going to add too much bulk. (optional, especially if you live were it gets really cold.) Start by adding a sweater or cardigan, then pull on a jacket or coat. Throw on some winter accessorizes, like hats, scarves, and gloves, to stay extra warm. 

First, choose a maxi dress that’s made from a winter-friendly fabric as opposed to, say, that unlined chiffon one you wore over the summer. Try a luxe fabric like silk for a fancier look, or a heavier one like a substantial jersey if you want to go more casual. 

Colour. For colour, steer clear of bright shades (which can look too tropical) in favor of neutrals or jewel tones. And if you’re going floral, make sure you choose a dress with a dark shade (like navy or black) as the base colour. 

Don't forget your legs! After all the coats and sweaters are layered on, do the same for your stems. Even though the long skirt provides coverage, it can still be well, breezy under there, so add an extra layer or two. Thick opaque tights or leggings work wonderfully for this purpose. 

Feet first. Probably the most important element of this look has to do with what footwear you choose, and we believe that boots are the way to go. Whether they're ankle length or knee-high, flat or heeled, boots are a practical and fashionable choice to pair with your maxi dress in the winter.

Outfit ideas to try:

'Till next time. XO

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Transition your Wardrobe from Summer to Fall

It’s that time of year where half of us are still wearing crop tops and sandals, and the other half are wearing leather jackets and gloves. Neither look quite right, but you’re confused about how to mix-and-match your summer and fall pieces. That’s the joy of trans-seasonal dressing for you. You may not feel ready to say goodbye to your shorts, sundresses, and rompers just yet! 

Never fear – dressing for crisp fall weather is all about layering. By introducing cardigans, tights, and structured blazers into your fall wardrobe you can keep around the summer pieces that you love just a little bit longer. 

However, there are a few tips to make layering look both polished and effortless. 

1. Stock up on cardigans and belts.

Cardigans, belts, and tights are your best friends when you're transforming your summer wardrobe into something appropriate for cooler weather. A flattering cardigan can be worn over dresses, rompers, and even tee-shirts for a more polished and cosy look. Long cardigans are chic and warm at the same time. Cinch the look with a belt to create a slimmer silhouette.

2. Pay attention to proportions.

One reason why many of us are afraid to layer is because we think we'll look bigger with multiple layers of clothing. However, if you take care to pay attention to the proportions of the overall outfit, you can flatter your curves rather than pad them out. Wear fitted basics close to the skin and choose structured blazers over scruffy cocoon sweaters if you're afraid of looking dowdy. A puffy jacket on top of tiny shorts won't look proportional, but a slim trench just might!

3. Play around with textures.

Part of the fun of layering is combining different patterns, colours, and prints. You can also experiment with contrasts in texture for a more stylish look. Try pairing a fuzzy mohair sweater with a corduroy miniskirt, or a pair of tweed shorts and black tights. The contrast between autumnal fabrics like wool and leather and summery cotton or linen can be interesting, fresh, and comfortable.

4. Wear classic jackets.

Top off your look for fall with a classic jacket. A cropped motorcycle jacket or denim jacket over a summery dress can look both edgy and feminine, breathing new life into your dress. It's hard to beat the style of a classic trench coat, which can be successfully layered over all of your summer favourites to keep you warm and dry as the temperature starts to drop. 

5. Contrast feminine summer pieces with menswear.

Another way to dress up your light summer wardrobe is with the introduction of menswear accessories. Oxfords, blazers, and woollen scarves can be added to your outfit to make it seem more structured and appropriate for the fall.

6. Ditch the sandals.

Don’t wait until the first signs of frost before you pack your open-toed shoes away. Be kind to your feet and start wearing flats. You don’t have to wear socks yet, but a closed toe will stop your feet from turning purple.

7. Top outfit with accessories.

With the basics of layering completed, you can round out your fall outfits with on-trend accessories, including bracelets, watches, scarves, and cocktail rings. The simple addition of black tights and a lightweight scarf can make many summer outfits suddenly look ready for fall, and don't forget a good pair of rain boots! You can avoid the overly bulky look by following these tips, breathing new life into your summer wardrobe as you enjoy this crisp autumn season.

Still not sure how to transition your wardbrobe, see below for some street style inspiration:

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