3 Ways To Wear Your Favourite Summer Pieces This Winter

Written by Shloka Narang, The Silk Sneaker

As winter gets closer and closer it’s time to transition the wardrobe from sandals and sun hats to turtlenecks and jumpers. If you’re feeling especially sad this year about having to retire your favourite summer dress, don’t! There’s no need to shove your favourite summer pieces to the back of the closet just yet – it’s just time to pair them up! We all know that the key to winter dressing is layering, and that includes all your favourite summer dresses, skirts and tops too! Without further ado, I’m sharing my three no-fail ways to wear your favourite summer pieces this winter and feel as stylish as ever! Layering is key to bringing those pieces into your autumn/winter wardrobe. After all, layering is the key to all winter dressing! The best part about it is that it’s not only a super stylish way to create an outfit, but it also adds colour to your seasonal ensemble, while making every piece you have that much more versatile. Who could ask for more right?

  1. The Summer Skirt

Although usually paired with a favourite cami or crop top, the summer skirt finds a cosier pairing with your favourite turtleneck this season. Pair your most loved flowing skirt with a neutral turtleneck for the perfect balance. For that extra special touch, don’t forget the thigh high boots! As the temperature continues to drop, don’t be afraid to throw on chunkier knits over your favourite summer skirts for that effortless yet chic look! It’s always a winning combination!

  1. The Summer Dress

There is nothing better about a summers day than waking up, and throwing on an easy, no fuss summers dress. Nothing better except for being able to continue that great feeling with that same no brainer dress during the winter months! Layer a turtleneck or sweater underneath your favourite summers dress to stay warm, yet still, keep that cool factor. Paired with the perfect pair of boots, the ensemble is able to create a great contrast between the femininity of a summers dress and the masculinity of boots. The best part about an ensemble like this is that you are able to add that extra dose of colour that can sometimes get lost in our winter wardrobes. After all, everything doesn’t have to be black, grey and white this winter!

  1. The Summer Crop

Gone may be the day of crop tops and shorts, but now are the days of crop tops and jeans, as long as you don’t forget your trusty layers! Elevate your sweater and jeans combo by throwing a crop top over for that extra level of interest! Extra points if you’re top is coloured – something like blue or khaki would look fabulous with a combination like this as well! Of course, neutrals also work best when working with layering different pieces together. This is another great way to take the cami over white shirt layering technique to the next level this winter and stay ahead of the street style pack!

With three easy looks, every morning should be a no-brainer when it comes to layering! Whether it be dinner, a movie or just a weekend with friends, each look will make sure you never have that “I don’t know what to wear!” feeling this winter. The best part about being able to wear your summer clothes in the colder months is the feeling of having a whole new set of pieces to experiment with. Layering is, after all, the most enjoyable when you’re ready to have fun with it, so don’t be afraid to try new and bold combinations with some of your other favourite summer pieces! Happy layering!

Fashion Designer and Stylist – Sprinkle

Name: Sprinkle

 

Occupation: Fashion designer

 

Describe yourself in three words: Playful, quirky, loyal

 

When did you first become interested in fashion?  

For as long as I can remember I have always had a love of clothes.   My parents were both very stylish people and I’m sure their flair had an impact on me.  I also started out as a performance artist and costumier and then evolved into fashion.  I’m curvy and tall and found it very difficult to find stylish clothes that looked good on me…so I started making my own.

 

Who introduced you to fashion?  

My family in London and Rome were involved in the fashion industry since the 1940s but I grew up in Australia and I wasn’t exposed to that.  However I was able to sew from a very young age…I believe it’s genetic and passed through the bloodlines.

 

How did you get to where you are now in your career? (Study, past experiences)

I actually never studied fashion but have been sewing since I was about 10 years old.  My experience has come through more than 25 years of hands on creating, trial and error and the belief that if you truly love something, you will succeed in the long run.   I have also worked tirelessly in an endeavour to be a self sustaining artist.  Something that I’m very proud to have achieved.

What brands or people have you worked with?

As a costumier I have worked with the iconic Australian band TISM, cabaret performers The Town Bikes, Yana Alana & Die Roten Punkte.  I’ve also had my fashion on a variety of Australian television shows.  Cyndi Lauper has also worn my garments on a number of occasions whilst in Australia.

 

What is your dream job?

To be able to travel the world searching for the most exquisite fabrics and adornments, so I can create incredible masterpieces without having to be restricted by budgets and conservatism.  I would still want to ensure my garments are created ethically and designed to flatter.

 

If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be?

I’d luv to work with Grace Coddington….I think she is a styling genius!    If Alexander McQueen was still alive, I’d also love to work with him.  He was so incredibly creative.

 

What is the proudest moment of your career to date?

Opening my boutique in 2007 was pretty amazing!  Still being around 10 years later is also a pretty incredible feat being retail is so up and down.

 

What is the most fun part of your job?

When I’ve decided on a theme for a new collection, all the fun stuff starts from there… There’s lots of gathering of inspirational images, searching for fabrics, and creating new designs.  

I also love being in my boutique and helping out my customers so they feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.

 

What is the most challenging part of your job?

Mass manufacturing and big department stores who constantly go on sale, have made it very difficult for small designers to be sustainable.  As a small designer you are also constantly time poor, and have to be able to ride the wave of inconsistent cash flow.

 

Is styling/ designing a profitable industry to participate in?

It ebbs and flows…Sometimes it can be profitable and other times you are struggling to make ends meet.  I’m not in this business purely to make money.  It is a passion of mine and something I’ve dedicated many years of my life to.  I always wanted to be a self sustaining artist, and I’ve definitely achieved that.

 

As you are in an industry that is currently facing stores closures, liquidations and financial stress, globally. How do you plan to avert their financial misfortunes and keep positive, mentally and financially?

I’m constantly thinking of ways to make money, bring in new customers, keep my old customers happy and so on.  I’m generally a positive thinker but consistent quiet days can still get you down. It’s important to take time out or yourself (even if it’s only 1 day a week).

Social media and being in contact with your customers is very important to a small creative business.

 

How do you feel about the growth of online stores in relation to your line of work?

I suppose it was inevitable that online stores would become quite prominent, but it doesn’t beat coming into a boutique, being greeted by a welcoming face, having the ability to try the garments on and having someone to give you personalised styling and fashion advice.

 

What is your opinion on the merging of fashion and technology?

I’ve got more of an old school approach to fashion….but I also think it’s great there are creative innovators who have access to that type of technology.

 

Who is your style icon?

Sophia Loren….elegant, sexy, curvalicious

 

What is your favourite style/ trend?

To be honest I don’t really follow fashion trends….I prefer to dress to flatter my curves.  Being I’m cello shaped, I like tailored cuts and vintage inspired garments that taper in at the waist. I also like to wear contrasting textures and prints. You also can’t go past a funky pair of shoes and chunky jewellery.  

 

Favourite item of clothing?

Silk Satin wrap blouse (one from my collection).   You feel like you are wrapped in silk sheets…very sexy!

 

Describe your style in three words.

Curvalicious, Funky, Tailored

Do you have a fashion regret?

Wearing mesh singlets in the 1980s….I have totally left the 1980s behind now 🙂

How do you stay up to date with trends?

I don’t worry about what are the up to date trends.  I design and wear garments that I love, not ones that are based on the latest trends.

What skills or qualities do you think are most important in this line of work?

Time management, honesty, creativity, ability to think rationally, passion, ability to design and construct a garment.

What is your creative process like?

It can be a bit random at times.  Sometimes I gather fabrics over a  long period of time (I have a storage unit full of fabrics) until enough of the fabrics inspire me to think of a new collection.  Then I start checking out inspirational images.  Next I talk to my pattern maker about design ideas…eventually a first draft pattern is created.  It gets sampled and we make changed from there.  It can be quite a lengthy process to get the right look and fit.

What materials/ textiles are your favourite to work with?

I love beautiful wools and silks.  I also work a lot with jerseys as they often have a wonderful drape about them. When jersey is cut the right way it can be very flattering on curvy women.  I make many wrap dresses and tops from jerseys which women just love.

How do you overcome creative blanks?

I check out the internet…see if anything inspires me.  It could be fashion, flowers, buildings, animals…it could really be anything that sparks an interest.  I also just sometimes put it all away and just not think about it…sometimes the best thing to do is take some time out.

How do you stay organised and productive?

I have a great team around me.  I also have the ability to start something and finish it….I can take many detours along the way to get to the finish but I always get there in the end.

Best piece of advice that you can give to aspiring stylists/ designers?

Get in the industry because you have a passion for it.  Stay focused and believe in yourself.   Be open to taking advice and treat people as you would want to be treated.

What is up next for you?

More designing and creating of garments that make women feel beautiful.  I’d also like to increase my social media presence.  And of course continuing to keep happy, be ethical and smile.

Website – sprinkle.com.au

Merrin Schnabel – Stylist, Fashion Blogger, Social Influence

Name:

Merrin Schnabel

Occupation:

Stylist, Fashion Blogger, Social Influencer

Describe yourself in three words.

Creative, Driven, Fashionista

When did you first become interested in fashion?

For as long as I can remember I have always had a keen eye for impeccable style and design. So much so that as a young girl brothers gave me the nickname Maj as in Majestic because of my taste for the finer things in life.

Who introduced you to fashion?

The two most important role models in my life, my Grandmother and Mum always had immaculate taste, even if they were picking me up from school – I was always so impressed by their outfits.

How did you get to where you are now in your career? (Study, past experiences)

During my teens and twenties it wasn’t unusual to find me making my way up and down the catwalk during Melbourne Fashion Week, modelling the latest fashion range in front of the camera or on the TV screen which included cameos on Neighbours, blue heelers and numerous TVC’S

I also completed studies at Cindy Newstead’s Professional Styling Academy. Cindy is one of the industry’s most successful personal stylists, it’s an amazing course and I definitely learnt a lot about what it means to bring personal fashion styling services to the everyday person.

What brands or people have you worked with?

I have worked with a number of brands over the years  and just wrapped up a week working on the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival that exposed me to so many wonderfully creative and talented designers.  

What is your dream job?

I feel like I am doing it now – with the fashion styling aspect of my business progressing well with a growing client base, I am now focusing my efforts on becoming an Influencer in the space. With over 5K Instagram followers and a healthy readership of my fashion blog, I am amassing a global following of people who are really into the fashion and style content I am curating and posting. This online following has led to a number of discussions with big brands and influencer platforms about collaborations in 2017, super exciting time ahead!

 

If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be?

I really admire local Melbourne boy that’s celebrated on the global stage Toni Maticevski, he just has this sixth sense about how to dress the female body. Whether he’s creating graceful costumes or designing and creating his ready-to-wear label – he’s a super talent and one we can be proud of.

What is the proudest moment of your career to date?

Like many others in my field, I put my dreams on hold (still keeping abreast of the latest fashion trends and following my role models) while I got married and had my two boys, the most joyful experience of my life.

I am quite proud of not giving up on my dreams and finding the time, drive and courage to get back into my passion once the boys had grown up – they are truly my inspiration as I seek to get back into the swing of things. I’m also very lucky to have such a supportive husband who picks up the slack when times are busy.

What is the most fun part of your job?

Making my clients feel amazing and giving them the confidence to wear what they have always wanted.

What is the most challenging part of your job?

It may sound cliché but I am one of the lucky ones that loves my work, I guess I always try and challenge myself to build and grow my business but that’s always a fun challenge.

Is styling/ designing a profitable industry to participate in?

Yes, I believe so – if you are committed and do it well.

As you are in an industry that is currently facing stores closures, liquidations and financial stress, globally how do you plan to avert their financial misfortunes and keep positive, mentally and financially?

In any business you need a positive mind set from the get go as it’s brutal out there, couple that with relentless focus on creating revenue streams around digital, social, tech and online channels and I believe you can really take advantage of the transition we are currently seeing in bricks and mortar retailers. My advice to anyone still holding out hope for traditional retail is to embrace the digital disruption we are currently seeing with open arms and to adapt to the new world we live in.

How do you feel about the growth of online stores in relation to your line of work?

Clients will always want advice or a second opinion when it comes to fashion choices, whether they buy it online or in store – I‘m well prepared for both. Online chat apps such as Skype, Facetime, Facebook Messenger etc make it easy to maintain an intimate style session anywhere in the world without having to leave you’re the comfort of your own house.

What is your opinion on the merging of fashion and technology?

FashionTech is the future; I have been really impressed with startup companies such as Rent the Runway, Shoes of Prey, Stylitics, Glamazon etc – I am watching the space closely and will no doubt have a dabble in the area down the track.

Who is your style icon?

Miranda Kerr, she is just so elegant.

What is your favourite style/ trend?

Style = classic- you can’t go wrong.

Trend = painterly prints, corsets and sneakers.

Favourite item of clothing?

I’m currently vibing the graphic tee – wardrobe is full of them Gucci, Vogue, Calvin Klein, etc etc dress it up or down it’s so versatile.

Describe your style in three words.

Classic, Chic, Vibrant

Do you have a fashion regret?

Yes, have had a few, as have we all through the ages and different fads. Owning a number of Hypercolour t-shirts in the early nineties wasn’t my proudest moment.

How do you stay up to date with trends?

I consume fashion wherever I can, whenever I can – online, blogs, social, runways, friends, mentors.

What skills or qualities do you think are most important in this line of work?

Dead eye for style, getting in front of next trends, be creative, ambitious, passionate, think skinned and most of all just have fun.

What is your creative process like?

Giving myself the space and time to really focus and allow the creative juices to flow, for me this in an intimate process that I like to undertake on my own – much like meditation

What materials/ textiles are your favourite to work with?

I can’t pick a favourite – it really depends on the brief of the project at hand.

How do you overcome creative blanks?

Explore other creative disciplines, I might visit an art gallery, see a show/band or simply go for a soul nurturing stroll outdoors and try and capture the beauty of Mother Nature for inspiration.

How do you stay organised and productive?

This is hard with two young boys but I just need to be disciplined and create space and time dedicated to my work – loving what you do is a big part of being productive – when it’s not a chore, you can really get lost in it for hours on end.

Best piece of advice that you can give to aspiring stylists/designers?

Love what you do and have fun with it – life’s too short not too.

No matter how hard you might get knocked down or knocked back, never give up, if it is your passion – keep dusting yourself off and having another go at it.

Find yourself a good mentor who knows the fashion space – you will be surprised how much people like to give back in this industry.

What is up next for you?

Keep pursuing and building a global fashion empire, growing my brand, helping my clients feel good, engaging the new technology frontier as much as I can. I am off to do a study tour of the New York fashion tech scene in September – this will be a lot of fun and will no doubt give me a lot of ideas to come back to Australia with.

 

How to Look Effortlessly Chic with Lucinda King Jewellery

By Elisabeth Rilatt

“Less is More”

I’ve always been a lover of the simple, classic and ‘clean’ look and this applies to all areas of my life.   My home is very classic in style with simple clean lines and muted colours.  My wardrobe is minimalistic mix of whites, blacks, greys, camel and navy blue with my shoe and bag collection mirroring that! The plus side of this? Everything mixes and matches and I find it very easy to put outfits together.

There are occasions where I long for a little flash of colour (and I have been planning some purchases going into Spring and Summer to satisfy this craving – watch this space!) but on the whole I prefer to stick to classic items of clothing that fit well and are timeless and I will spend more on these, opting for items that I see as an ‘investment’.  I will occasionally follow a faddy trend but for this type of thing I’ll purchase from the likes of ASOS, Zara, Topshop or Missguided.

Jewellery and accessories are another area where I apply the ‘less is more’ mantra…

“…encapsulates my style perfectly”


Now I don’t wear a lot of jewellery and for me to fall in love with something it can’t complicate my ‘minimalistic’ approach to dressing.  My watch is plain and classic in design and I only every wear small diamond studs in my ears day to day (these may get switched up for a night out on a rare occasion!)

So I guess you could say I’m a bit of a fussy cow when it comes to jewellery!

However….

I’ve recently discovered Lucinda King, a Welsh jewellery line that encapsulates my style perfectly.  The designs are dainty, clean and contemporary and very in keeping with my style.

The Designs

When you think of classic items of clothing that everyone should have, what do you think of? For me it’s a pair of comfortable blue jeans that you can dress up or down, the perfect white shirt, a classic black handbag, a pair of nude high heels, a fitted blazer – do you catch my drift?! Staple items that will last you a lifetime. 

Lucinda King designs are the jewellery ‘equivalents’ of these items.  

A mixture of both silver and rose gold (next on my list!) with delicate and simplistic designs.  Think pretty hearts, stars and sparkling tiny set-stones that you can wear alone or stack without looking ‘overdone’. 

“Clean, contemporary and elegant designs”

Jewellery designer Sam, who founded ‘Lucinda King‘ and used to work for Clogau as a Creative Designer has ventured out on her own creating a unique collection of clean, contemporary and elegant designs.  I’m really drawn to the whole range as a result, I love the brand and the concept and can’t wait to see how it evolves. With Spring around the corner we will all be showing a little more flesh in the months to come and these designs are the perfect way to enhance this! 

I also must mention the packaging before I leave you to browse through the website because I’m one of those people who appreciates good quality when I see it! We are talking sturdy, expensive feeling jewellery boxes here and would make a perfect gift for someone (including yourself!!!) 

www.lucindaking.com