The Curious Case of the Lost Hat

Whilst longingly scrolling through the photos from New York fashion week 2013 (*insert biggest sign known to mankind*) I was surprised at the large number of hats propped upon the heads of those lucky enough to be at New York fashion week. This was particularly surprising as each morning of New York fashion week I jumped onto my computer to read all about up and coming soft palates, pastels and frills; the last thing I was expecting to see on the streets was boho chic! Image

SPOTTED: The boho hat appears at New York fashion week

I have a huge amount of respect for hats as there have been many days where these little treasures have covered up my miserable bed hair and the fact that my hair is in serious need of a little tender love and care. Not only do hats fend off any judgmental eyes they are great protectors from the sun and here in Australia with summer approaching and the sun stronger than ever, a broad brim is just what the doctor ordered (..literally people).

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In my rush to pull my beloved floppy felt hat on top of my locks, it occurred to me that I haven’t seen this hat since my trip to Italy last year! The devastation hit me like a ton of bricks, have I really lost my all time favourite hat!? In the hope of finding my hat I have planned the perfect outfit to entice my floppy friend back, round Celine sunglasses, a tiny leather shoulder bag, printed t-shirt dress, brown leather clogs (I recently bought myself a pair of these and they are bliss in a shoe ladies) and hopefully my hat! (RETURN TO ME PLEASE)

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LAST SPOTTED: The Amalfi Coast… yes this was just an excuse to share a holiday piccy, hehe enjoy!

Let me know what you think of the boho hat making a comeback!

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Beat Your Boyfriend: How To

Boyfriend jeans. It seems that everywhere I turn, a pair of boyfriend jeans are right there staring back at me. I purchased my beloved pair on a weekend trip to Melbourne and have been living in them ever since.

Now ladies, these are not your typical pair of baggy jeans, the boyfriend jean has an amazing versatility to be worn practically all year round. So for someone like me, who withholds a serious obsession this is exciting news! However, as Spring has sprung here in Australia I will definitely be wearing my boyfriend jeans one of three ways..

Kicking off at number one, a minimalistic pair of heels with a boyfriend jean is the definition of relaxed chic. This is perfect for a sunny spring brunch with your girlfriends, movie dates with your boyfriend and everything else in between.

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At number one for sheer practicality and comfort, boyfriend jeans and sneakers are a match made in heaven. This combination is perfect for long days of shopping (in my case, shopping marathons), spring trips to the beach and warm bike rides with friends.

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Finally at number three, boyfriend jeans and statement flats are perfect for those events where you’re not exactly sure on the dress code. This can be either dressed up with a blazer, clutch and rose gold necklace or dressed down with a baggy T-shirt and a messy bun.

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Let me know your favourite way to wear your boyfriend jeans, I would love to hear!

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Floral Flurry

Here’s one for all you daring fashion girls out there! A two piece floral suit is definitely a statement piece and isn’t for the faint hearted.

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The key to pulling off the floral suit is balance, do not over do the look! For example if you were sporting a floral suit with yellow undertones don’t opt for a statement pair of fluro yellow shoes or a heavily embellished top. Instead subtly compliment the yellow under tones with something else yellow like a ring or necklace, such as the necklaces below. Necklaces such as these subtly accentuate the colour without making the outfit over-the-top.

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Wearing a floral suit is all about confidence, without it you have no hope of pulling it off! Be bold ladies and embrace your inner fashion monster because without it we’d all be wearing potato sacks! Pair the suit with a pair of minimalist black heels and a shoulder bag of your choice, then accessorise to your hearts desire! After all, fashion should reflect who you are.

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Anybody attempted the floral suit? Let me know your thoughts!

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The Welcoming of the Stripes

Exciting news everybody the blog has undergone a slight renovation! To celebrate and welcome the blogs chic new look I have dressed in matching attire..

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I hope everyone in the small ‘Chloe’s World of Fashion’ community enjoys the makeover. Let me know what you think, I would love to hear any further suggestions!

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The Leopard Loafer

Leopard print loafers have been a much loved member of my wardrobe for the past few seasons (and hopefully more to come)! Yes you heard me, I’ve kept the same pair of leopard print loafers for more than one season… Scandalous you say? Well if anything was to remain in my wardrobe for a prolonged period, these babies would be one of my top choices.

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My leopard lovelies have had a comfortable spot to call home in my closet for many seasons due to their very flexible versatility. Whether it be the bitter days of Winter or the sweltering nights of Summer my leopard print loafers add just that extra bit of ‘chicness’ to my outfit. I discovered just how versatile they are on a 3 week trip to Itay where they toughed everything from the cobblestone streets of Rome to the sandy beaches of the Amalfi Coast.

In winter leopard print loafers are great to wear with your favourite pair of jeans. Rolled up baggy distressed boyfriend jeans and faux leather jeans look equally amazing if you are looking to dress the loafers up or down. Miranda Kerr styles the loafers in what I like to call a ‘never fail outfit.’ A never fail outfit is perfect to store for those days where you really can not be bothered putting any effort into how you look as it is literally effortlessly chic. This requires hardly any hair or makeup styling and goes perfectly with an oversized pair of cats-eye sunglasses to cover any tired eyes!

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In summer leopard print loafers look great with almost anything and everything. They are my go to shoe instead of the iconic Australian thongs or flipflops for those of you who don’t know what they are! Leopard print loafers are cool (literally) and and have the ability to take an outfit from hot to extraordinary! Check out some ideas below for some summer leopard loafer inspiration.

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Let me know what you think about leopard print loafers! Anybody got themselves a pair?

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The Fur Jacket

It’s winter here in Australia and my god is it cold! Although we don’t get snow where I am (yes laugh if you must as I have just complained about icy weather when we don’t even get snow) I am feeling the cold immensely! On extremely bitter days there’s nothing I feel like doing more than leaving the house in my holey trackies (or sweats for all you abroad folk!) This is where the fur jacket comes in to save the day; it’s chic, stylish and very very warm.

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Fur coats have been around for centuries and I mean centuries! My Great Grandmother often tells me the stories of her floor-length mink coat which my Nunnu (great grandfather) bought for her whilst he was at war in Italy. She says ‘that coat was so beautiful, there was nothing quite like it. One day I got very drunk -she giggles- and got sick on the coat, Nunnu got so cross, but he took a bar of soap and scrubbed each soiled spot. That coat came out as good as new, that’s how you know what beautiful quality it was.’ Sadly when floor length coats went out of style, my Great Grandmother cut it in half!

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Nothing says high fashion quite like a fur jacket. Worn by the biggest names in fashion the fur coat is an iconic fashion item. If you are against real fur, faux fur coats are no less brilliant! They often come in a wider variety of colours, styles and patterns as fake fur is much more versatile in regards to dying and styling.

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For those of you out there who don’t have a fur coat I would recommend purchasing one at some point as they are incredibly warm and a reoccurring statement in the fashion world. A classy black fur jacket is perfect and out of all my fur I would probably say it’s the easiest to wear, this is because it doesn’t over power the outfit but still makes a statement as it’s fur. My second go to fur jacket would have to be white. White fur is classy yet chic and tends to go with a lot of things, the only problem with this is keeping it clean! The two above are my favourite fur jackets (they are fake of course!)

For those of you who hate fur (real or fake), here’s a piccy for you.. Made me giggle!

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Let me know what you think about fur, be it faux or fake!

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Top Ten of Jacobs

Marc Jacobs is the go-to-guy for never fail watches, every season Jacobs produces the chicest goods. In my opinion these are by far his top ten, I hate anything with diamonties despite my embellishment obsession so apologies to anyone out there who loves Marc’s diamontied watches! By the way, take note please people I will be expecting great Jacobs inspired birthday presents this year!

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This is great if you want to add a subtle splash of colour to your watch without over empowerment. This is also perfect for corporate workers or school students who follow uniform but are allowed some leniency to show off their inner fashion god.

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A Marc Jacobs classic. This is a great staple watch to have as it goes with every outfit and won’t be going out of style for a long while yet.

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Absolutely timeless (get it, cause it’s a watch!?), this is one of my all time favourite Jacob’s watches. It has the ability to catch somebody’s eye yet does not have the tendency to be ‘flashy’ and over the top. If you’re brave enough to bare a white watch (not me, I dirty anything and everything white leaving all my white things to be a grubby eggshell) i would definitely recommend this one!

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Another Jacobs classic. This watch is slightly bigger than the rest so it’s great if you want to draw attention to or accentuate your watch (cause this baby deserves it)!

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Slightly different to the other watches I have chosen so far. When I first saw this I wasn’t a fan but once I imagined it on somebodies arm with a slick of black nail polish I couldn’t resist.

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A modern spin on a classic watch, Jacob’s has done this one right! I love the old leather band which has been brought into the now with the gold writing on the face. This would be perfect with a bohemian dress, clog sandals and plenty of layered necklaces.

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Coming in at number 4 this one may be a little bit surprising.. I’m definitely not one to shy away from something fun so when I saw this I couldn’t resist! Not only is this adorable but completely individual, I love it immensely!

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I couldn’t decide which colour I loved the most so I picked my top three! I love this style because it is brilliantly vivid. If I was richy rich I would buy all three colours and wear them in reflection of my mood.

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Finishing up in second place this watch is stunning. The vibrant pink of the face is very chic and adds something extra to the watch without over powering the outfit or the watch itself.

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Although number one may not be entirely practical I absolutely love it! The luminous  colour of the watches face and band is brilliantly captivating. These watches are incredibly contemporary with the use of bright colour being balanced out by the classiness of the rose gold and sterling silver.

Any of you out there lucky enough to have one of these babies? Let me know, I would love to hear your opinions!

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The Rise of the Overalls

Or ‘Dungarees’ for all you international folk! Overalls are being welcomed back with open arms by everybody from high end designers to celebrities and I couldn’t be happier! What I love most about overalls is that they are a ‘pull on and go’ item, with little fuss needed to make them look good.

In comparison to the 90’s when overalls were last popular, the approach to overalls is now mature and much more chic. Rather than pulling on a pair of wellies, tossing your hair up in a scrunchy and walking out the door, overalls now require a little more thought. There is a huge variety of overalls and so many different ways to wear them, but some of my favourites are definitely leather, oversized distressed denim and of course classic denim overalls.

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Opt for flat shoes if you’re after a casual look, I love the vibrant pair of brogues worn by this New Yorker. If brogues aren’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with a pair of converse or canvas shoes but personally I think a pair of jelly sandals would look amazing! To dress up full length overalls wear and an over-the-top necklace, this also looks great with leather overalls.

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Cropped Overalls

There are so many different ways to wear cropped overalls, it really depends of how you want to wear them and where you’re going. If it’s a warm sunny day short overalls are great with with a plain white tee and your favourite jewellery items.

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Alexa Chung picked the perfect pair of heeled espadrilles to wear with overalls, giving her a slightly girly yet grungy look. This would be perfect for a picnic, day at the markets or perfect for a holiday somewhere warm (Greek Islands anyone)!?

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I searched high and low to bring you the perfect pairs of leather overalls. Leather overalls look incredible when worn right. From experience I have concluded that tight leather overalls is not what you want, they grab in all the wrong places and hardly flatter anybody. Take a look at these leather overalls for the right idea..

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Full length leather overalls tend to be easier to wear because they are slightly more versatile. However a short pair of short leather overalls would look great with an oversized embellished stone necklace and a round pair of sunnies. I love the brown pair shown on the far left because it is something completely different and worn so right with that amazing necklace and shirt!

It was uber difficult to cram all the ways you can wear overalls into one post but hopefully you have been inspired to slide on a pair of these all-in-one wonders!

Let me know what you think about overalls, any favourite ways to wear them?

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The Callous Wardrobe Essential

For those of you who have not yet guessed, I’m talking about the iconic LEATHER JACKET.

Leather is one of those rare eternal factors of style which periodically comes back into fashion, and for a good reason! Leathers ability to be effortlessly dressed up or down on the likes of both celebrities and us mere mortals (I bet some of you could give Kate Moss a run for her money when it comes to styling leather) is what makes leather such an exceptional member of your wardrobe.

A leather jacket is the ultimate fashion staple in both men and women dating back decades. Long gone are the days where leather jackets belonged to gang members and bikies, fashion icons have been sporting leather jackets from the mid sixties, take the Beatles for example.

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There has always been a ‘bad ass’ image associated with leather jackets, this rebel image has clung to the leather jacket right up to the 21st century where classic ‘biker chic’ originates from the biker gangs who actually wore leather jackets. For the ultimate leathered delinquent, think Danny Zucko in Grease.

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By taking a leather jacket and pairing it with a dress, you have instantly fabricated a brusque ‘I’m chic but rebel’ look. A frequent member of the Street Style clan, leather jackets are often spotted on fashionistas attending shows as they give an edge to dresses.

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Quilted Leather
Often neglected and overlooked quilted leather has the potential when worn right) to look effortlessly sophisticated. But you have to be careful when sporting the quilted leather trend, you don’t want to look like a walking Chanel handbag. Avoid this by keeping the rest of your look relatively casual, don’t try and over do anything as the jacket speaks for itself.

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Embellished Leather
I had to put it in there, I love embellishment too much to forget it! Although this may seem completely over the top for some, I say bring it on with open arms! An embellished or studded leather jacket is the definition of badass  as you have the imperishable look of the leather accentuated with the piquant gleam of the embellishment. Embellishment haters look away now!

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Mens Leather
It should be written in the laws of physics that there’s something about a guy in a leather jacket that draws girls in like a magnet. I’m not sure whether it’s the ‘bad boy’ image or the suave look it gives a guy but every man should own a leather jacket at least once in his lifetime. A black leather jacket is generally the way to go if you’re unsure, but look around and find what suits and makes you feel best.

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For those of you who have not yet found your ideal leather jacket, take your time. The leather jacket is a reoccurring trend and will set up camp in your wardrobe for years to come, so it’s better to look around and find your perfect leather jacket.

Still unsure how to style your leather jacket? Don’t stress! You will soon find what works best for you and what you like wearing your jacket with best. Be open minded when trying new leather jacket looks, experiment and have fun with it!

Let me know all about your leather jackets, I would love to hear your stories!

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