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The Suit of all Suits – My Experience with Institchu

posted by Teagan West November 22, 2016 0 comments

Let me start by saying that when I say “my experience with Institchu” I am largely speaking writing on behalf of my partner Matt. In saying that, it was a pretty darn good experience for the both of us, he’s just the one that gets to wear the suit!

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Brisbane Weddings: What The Guys Need | Brisbane Threads
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Brisbane Weddings: What The Guys Need

posted by Cassandra Catsoulis May 5, 2016 1 Comment

Everyone loves a wedding, but organising one can be one heck of a headache. So, we’re helping to make Brisbane weddings less stressful, and more enjoyable, especially for the happy couple themselves.

Over the next three weeks, we’ve got your go-to guide for everything you need to know about getting married in Brisbane. From suits for the guys and flowers to bespoke stationery and THE dress, we’re covering the best of the best when it comes to everything you will need for the big day! First and Foremost: What The Guys Need.

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Spotlight On: My Ringuet by Benjamin Ringuet

posted by Sophie Catsoulis March 31, 2016 1 Comment

This week for Spotlight On we are going to shed some light on Benjamin Ringuet, the man behind the increasingly successful and ever gorgeous Brisbane based label, My Ringuet. I’m sure by now everyone has caught a glimpse of his vibrantly coloured and intricately patterned designs, whether you’ve seen them on the likes of high profile beauties such as Carrie Bickmore and Rebecca Judd or just a girl you follow on Instagram, one things for sure – they’ll definitely leave a lasting impression.

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Must Have Winter Jackets | Brisbane Threads
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BT Style: Must Have Jackets For Winter In Brisbane

posted by Ilinca Solomon July 16, 2015 0 comments

Most fashion gals crave the winter season for the seemingly endless layers they can add to their stylish everyday outfits. Here at Brisbane Threads we are no stranger to the waiting game when it comes to the winter months and our favourite coats, jackets and vests. And now, smack bang in the middle of winter, we can finally strut the streets as if we belong in the pages of Vogue (we think so anyway). It’s finally time to layer up, and I can hardly contain my excitement! If you’re not as eager as us, we’re here to give you a helping hand and styled 6 must have jackets that will keep you cosy and in good company through the chill of the coming weeks. Which jacket is your go-to style for winter? 

DENIM JACKETS – The denim jacket is my everyday go to jacket – so incredibly versatile, especially when you pair it with jeans for a bit of a hipster double denim look. Perfect for your Saturday morning errands, from breakfast and a visit to the markets to lunch ladies and a shopping trip. Pair it with a bold coloured shift dress, a bold lip a la Taylor Swift and don a pair of ankle boots and your multipurpose outfit is sorted. For the night crawlers, this jacket continues to work its magic, whether it be a girl’s night out, dinner and a movie or par-tay! Keep the bold lip and ankle boots, slip on a leather skirt and a chiffon blouse and voila, minimum change for maximum effect!

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LEATHER JACKETS – Leather jackets are the nice girls guide to being bad-ass. Try an olive hue or charcoal black to make it more of an everyday statement piece and rock it from day to night. Wear it draped over your shoulders with black or white jeans, a tee and flats for a chic day time look and when the sun sets, switch to an audacious, bold fitted dress that will make jaws drop and traffic stop.

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FUR COAT – Channel your inner Cruela DeVil, minus the streaked hair and vengeance and vengeance against all things cute and cuddly and rock the soft (faux) fur coat this winter! It truly feels like leaving the house while being tucked up in a cloud of warmth! I pair mine with ripped denim, silk blouse and black ankle boots for a casual Friday work outfit because its perfect for those occasions when Friday knock-off drinks turn in to dinner with the gals and a night on the town! This is the ultimate outfit to take you from day to night in ultra chic style. This coat is also perfect for cocktail and formal occasions throughout winter. Whether the dress is long or short, couple your faux fur with a nude lip for an afternoon soiree and shift to red by night and you’ll be ready to take on the world. Just be careful not to wear too much jewellery, remember less is more, and this jacket definitely screams MORE.

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BLAZER – AH the trusty blazer. As if you could make it through a winter without this staple wardrobe piece. A blazer is the perfect transition from work to play in the seconds by swapping your work flats to pumps and lip gloss to lip stick. Pair it with a pencil skirt and blouse for tailored office attire, or for a more casual look, opt for a pair of boyfriend jeans and a printed scarf. No matter how you like it, long, cropped, collared, with pockets, stripy, classic or as bold as can be, this jacket is fabulous (and you probably should have 10 of them!).

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VESTS – Whether fur, puffer or cotton, vests are the perfect layering addition to any outfit, especially for us lucky Brisbane folk who can get away with it more than others. It’s a way to have fun with an outfit, and they’re the best kinds of outfits! A vest transforms a regular ensemble to a fashion-forward look faster than you can say Chanel. You can tailor this bold piece to suit your style, whether that be casual or a bit more fan-cy with embellishments and texture. Try a fur vest with a leather skirt and a t-shirt, or a puffer vest with converse and ripper jeans for the ultimate model-off-duty look.

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TRENCH COAT – Ah the trench, the building block to a great outfit! Whether you pop your collar, tie the front straps or leave it buttoned for the ultimate ‘I’m rushing somewhere but looking fabulous’ look, this is the coat to get you places and feel warm while you’re doing it. Team it with your staple LBD for a classic dinner look, or throw on a pair of skinny jeans, a blouse and a pair of boots for a more casual and chic feel.

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Now it’s over to you guys… what’s your must-have jacket for winter in Brisbane? 

May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads
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May Instagram Diary

posted by Teagan West June 1, 2015 0 comments

 

I know we say this a lot, but how the heck is it the first day of June? And also – what is with this beautiful weather Brisbane!? We had a crazy busy month over here at Brisbane Threads HQ, with lots of events, fun collaborations and exciting things happening here on the blog. So here’s a recap if you missed anything.May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

A sneaky shot of me on set of a special fashion collaboration that is coming soon to the blog! May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

We were charmed and informed by interior guru Neal Whitaker at Coco RepublicMay Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

A night of creative talent at RAW Brisbane’s Sensory showcaseMay Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Brisbane’s annual Paniyiri Greek Festival rolled around, and we rolled out of Musgrave Park full of haloumi, honey puffs and a serve of gyros.May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Oh sweet honey puffs – don’t they look glorious? We can hardly wait for Paniyiri 2016!May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Breakfast at one of our favourites – Deedot Coffee House in Holland ParkMay Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Winter is here. I repeat winter is here (occasionally anyway).May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

We laughed our pants off at Judith Lucy’s ‘Ask No Questions Of The Moth’ show.May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

A seafood sensation at Gambaros for the launch of their Italian inspired winter seafood menuMay Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

We can’t resist a flatlay or two with some of our favourite thingsMay Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Our leading lady Danielle spoke at Westfield Garden City’s Fashion Forum event alongside Kate Waterhouse & Alyce Cowell. This was the gorgeous setting!May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Twinning with our doughnutsMay Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Westfield Chermside hosted Crafternoon complete with all things craft beer and cider, burgers, wings, chips and of course, more doughnuts.May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

My monthly mantra – so many great things to come and I’m excited about the possibilities of every day.May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

We ate lots of breakfasts, including this colourful chia pudding from newbie on the block Little Loco. If you need some breakfast inspo and love a bit of Bircher with your morning coffee, head over here for our round up of Brisbane’s Best Bircher. May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

We were totally inspired and motivated more than normal this month, thanks to the 11 amazing guest speakers at The League Of Extraordinary Women’s Run The World event here in Brisbane. May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Daily mantra – what are you waiting for!May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

We road-tested new dumplings from Happy Little DumplingMay Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

And then tried to escape at Brisbane’s new Escapism. Check out all of the details over here.May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

Getting giddy at Run The World May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

More eating, more breakfasts. This glorious egg and avo smash is from Picnic Cafe in Camp Hill. May Photo Diary | Brisbane Threads

H&M opened its second Brisbane store, this time on the south side at Westfield Garden City. We stocked up on winter knits and cute basics for the working week.

So there we have it, the month of May in 22 pics! What was your favourite blog post from May?

Thanks for joining us on this stylishly delicious ride! Join us on Instagram @brisbanethreads for all things Brisbane, and don’t forget to tag your pictures with #BTinsidertip so we can see what you’re up to, and regard our favourites every week.

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Want A Beginning Boutique Discount Code? We’ve Got One!

posted by Teagan West May 4, 2015 1 Comment

I got you when I said discount code didn’t I?! It wasn’t a trick though, we most certainly have a fabulous Beginning Boutique discount code for all of our lovely readers to enjoy (it’s 30% off!).

We partnered up with Beginning Boutique in the fashion chapter of our first edition of the Insider’s Guide to Brisbane to give all our beaut readers a little treat. And while we were at it, we styled some of our favourite pieces from the BB exclusive collection (see here) to tempt you even further.

The BB exclusive collection has something for everyone – there’s backless playsuits, frilly shorts, structured skirts, the beloved maxi, a bounty of crops and a collection of oversized shirts, all in exclusive BB prints.

The best part though, is that each piece can be worn a number of different ways, and is the perfect foundation for an It-Girl ensemble. Take a patterned shift dress for example. Wear it with tights and a blazer for a chic work look, and then on the weekend, swap the structured pieces for ankle boots, a chambray overshirt and a felt hat for the ultimate Sunday style.

We picked our favourite pieces from the BB exclusive collection and styled them how we would wear them to give you some inspiration, however the possibilities are endless (perhaps we should do a “one piece three ways” post?). Here’s our favourite staple pieces, and coincidently, all are under $40!

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The Deviation Dress Red Plaid ($35 with discount code), Sherlock Trench ($39 with discount code) and hat (from $28 with discount code). We love this bright shift pair with camel hues and ankle boots for a fashionable Autumn look. beginning boutique fashion

The Deviation Dress Black Floral ($35 with discount code). We love this floral number paired with a knee-length cape and strappy sandals when the sun is out, or a black blazer and tights for the cooler months.

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The Siren Playsuit ($39 with discount code). We love OTT stripes when paired with a splash of chambray, boots and a structured hat for a fun weekend look. Swap boots for sandals and overshirt for your bikini for a stylish day at the beach. beginning boutique fashion

The Faithful Top Navy Floral ($35 with discount code). Wear this cute top with your denim cut-offs or ripped denim for an edgy weekend look. For the office, pair it with a pencil skirt and your favourite heels for weekday cool.

And now for that sneaky discount code I know you’re begging me for… head over here and pop in your name and email address to receive a free copy of the Insider’s Guide To Brisbane in your inbox. Download the guide, flick through to page 8 and you’ll find the code. It’s a treasure hunt! Enter the exclusive Brisbane Threads code at the checkout from now until August 31 to receive a whopping 30% off all orders over $60 (you’ll also get free shipping!). I’ve already used it once (coming to the blog soon!), and there’s no doubt I’ll be plugging it in again soon – especially because BB have new pieces every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We’d LOVE to see what you buy from BB with the discount code, so don’t forget to tag #bbxbt on Instagram for your chance to be featured on Brisbane Threads! 

Photography and styling: Teagan West; Model: Cassandra Green, Mystique Model Management.

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Ted Baker Spring / Summer 2015 Showcase

posted by Aimee Moy April 23, 2015 0 comments

I see chiffon with stripes

Crisp white too

I see bathers with blooms

For me and you

And I think not really to myself

This collection really rules

I see sets that match

And sets that clash (stylishly so)

I see sequins on jackets

Worth every bit the cash

And I think to myself

I hope no one can see me drool

The colours and the prints

Completely unique, it’s true

Everything that’s graphic

Only Ted Baker can bring to you

I see delicate detailing

Saying “let me look good on you”

They’re really saying,

“I love you”

I see structural pieces

Cinched in the right places

I see varying lengths

For any kind of paces

And I think to myself

Is this a dream come true?

Yes, I reassure myself

This is a dream com trueeeeee.

 

^ Is precisely the little musical montage that occurred in my mind as I entered Ted Bakers breakfast and showcase on Tuesday morning. Trying ever so hard to calmly and collectedly weave my way through the Spring Summer 2015 collection. If you’re looking for diversity in one place, you’ve found it.

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Bathers, for the first time are making an appearance in the stand-alone Indooroopilly shop. There are boxy cuts, loose and comfortable cuts; there are pieces cinched in all the most flattering places, and there are more structural pieces for those daring souls. Full of prints and graphics the collection has a mix of symmetry and asymmetry. Graphics are large and there is good use of negative space on textiles to really make them pop! Accessories aren’t omitted from this fabulousness; most of the bags for the coming season include a compartment at the very front just for phones, how convenient is that? No more endless digging for the slippery blighter. Skirt shapes range from pencil, to A line, to mini, and full circle. I must press that there really is something for everyone amongst this collection, and it’s arguably Ted’s best one yet!

The menswear collection is equally as fun, with heaps of loud prints on short and long-sleeved button ups. Ted Baker always caters for those who prefer the more understated and muted tones too. Light cable knits make an appearance, which is perfect for spring. A pop of fun print out the top of a light sweater? Yes please Gents. Pants are cropped, which is the perfect opportunity to show off those statement socks. The patterns and colour trickled down into accessories and shoes too. If there’s one thing Ted Baker is trying to tell you for this coming season it’s COLOUR, clash it, play with it, and don’t be afraid of it!

Ps. all of the prints in this collection are entirely unique to Ted Baker, so you’ll never have to worry about someone having the same patterned outfit as you (unless they too are Ted lovers, which is celebration not a casualty)

Oh, and a little shout out to Caxton Street catering who put on the degustation, but breakfast style. Stupendously kawaii, think all things breakfast, but then downsize that to a doll size tea party. I ate a tiny ham cheese sandwich shaped as a butterfly and French toast the size of a tim tam, I can rest assure that won’t happen again anytime soon.

Anyway, don’t just take my word for it peoples, get in store, check it out, and let us know what you think!

 

Fun fact: Every Ted Baker store has a theme privy to its location. The Brisbane theme is astronomy to relate to Sir Thomas Brisbane’s love of such.

Find Ted Baker at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre or online.

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#SGHRunway

posted by Danielle Lewis April 14, 2015 0 comments

If you’ve been following along the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) fuss that’s currently taken over Sydney you might have noticed the Sunglass Hut campaign #SGHRunway.

The team at Sunglass Hut have hand picked the season’s most popular styles and set them up at Carriageworks in a purpose-built sushi train! Fashion influencers can drop in and borrow a style for the show they are attending in exchange for a social post tagging #SGHRunway.

For those of us missing fashion week this year, you can follow the fun on Instagram here.

And lucky for us there are plenty of Sunglass Hut stores in Brisbane so you can snap up a pair for yourself.

Find them in Brisbane here:

Brisbane CBD

136 Queen Street, Brisbane

Indooroopilly

SHOP 3058 Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly

 

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A luncheon for the fashion obsessed.

posted by Aimee Moy April 13, 2015 0 comments

Westfield Garden City’s new lavish towns square was the LA-esque back drop for Fridays fashion luncheon hosted by Sara Hatten-Masterson. Sara, Westfield Garden City’s head stylist accompanied by previous Vogue editor Kirstie Clements spoke exclusively about affordable autumn trends and what we can expect to love for the current season.

The Palms hosted the two-course event and they did not disappoint, the delicious fashionable food was only second to the fashionable attendees. A few words with Brad Jolly, the owner of The Palms, informed of his interest in combining the retail side of Westfield Garden City with the fine dining that is now on offer. Wishing to evoke the whole experience for shoppers; after all who isn’t a little famished from pounding the shopping centre hallways? If comments like “How did they get that beetroot rectangle?” and “everything on this plate begins with the letter P,” doesn’t entice you, it should!

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After devouring a delectable entre and refilling our flutes, the affair was off and runwaying, pun intended. Kirstie on her upcoming book “Impressive, how to have a stylish career” spoke of being thrilled to chase other endeavours and how she wants to bring to light the misconception that many people have of the fashion industry. Sara and Kirstie banter about the current trends walking from the paved streets of Europe to the cemented ones of Brisbane. The first model sashays through the tables in a hippie-lux ensemble with light layering; clashing snakeskin print against a very 70s colour palette. Inspired from the runways of Balmain and Pucci, think 70s gypsy vibe with a modern edge. The shirt-dress is a key shape for this trend and light layering makes it easy to factor in the Queensland weather. The second outfit consists of knitwear, which naturally is huge for autumn. Wearing a knitted funnel neck tunic over skinny jeans and a thick knit scarf loosely hung around the neck the model showcases inspirations from the Celine and Chloe runways. Kirstie and Sara agree that the tunic and funnel neck styles are versatile enough to be worn over a skirt, or if daring enough over some relaxed culottes. There’s a lot of grey scale knit floating around this season and again with the 70s vibe, don’t be afraid to try the bell-bottom or flare pant shapes, which are very relevant right now. Double denim still exists people, don’t be afraid to clash denim tones either, or include some playful patchwork. Leather jackets are always a staple, but again the 70s inspired colours have leather leaning towards burgundy and browns. Stripes are staying around too, the third outfit showcased a pencil skirt and cropped top combo. Lengths appropriate enough for almost all occasions; if you’ve got the bod why not tactfully show a little strip of skin here and there? RED, in capitals because Kirstie is adamant that fashionable Europe is flooded with the colour at the moment, all we must do it wait! Pair red with muted greens and mild prints so it stays that focal point and feature item. The final look in display was the sleeveless coat knee-length over a mini-skirt. There was a mix in texture too with a faux fur stole wrapped around the shoulders.

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As a wrap fashion for Autumn is focussing on less complicated clothing. The simplicity of normcore to the authenticity of print clashing: play around with the lengths of tops and the lengths of bottoms. Layering is your best friend this season, instead of that large coat have a go at incorporating a few smaller layers that can be casually dispatched when the weather is unpredictable and wrapped around the waste for a super causal feel. Kirstie pushes that for every budget we should aim to buy the best products we can in our price range. This means quality of Quantity, and natural fibres over synthetics.

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Nothing Quite Like a Quality Shirt

posted by Alice Duffield March 21, 2015 0 comments

I’m not a conservative dresser, but there are some classic, conservative pieces that I can’t go past. One is a quality shirt that buttons right to the top and drapes perfectly. These shirts are like a blank canvas to me, ready for me to style in whatever way I choose. I like to purchase a few classic pieces each season that I can wear to death and work in at least three different ways. This season my classic shirt is from Hawes and Curtis. Note: Please excuse my VERY non-model like pose. SO natural, I know.

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Hawes and Curtis are originally a UK brand. They offer several classy collections, providing classic and quality pieces for both men and women. My handsome husband Scott and I were lucky enough to be gifted our choice of shirts from H&C. They’ve got a really extensive range, so choosing just one shirt was quite hard! We were both really pleased with the beautiful packaging and exquisite quality. Each detail was flawlessly finished.

I chose this ivory pin-tuck blouse. Like I said ealier, I love to be able to style a silky shirt like this in a number of ways. This shirt arrived a week before we were set to leave for the UK. Using our upcoming trip as inspiration, my first instinct was to deck out Brit style. I pieced this beautiful shirt with my brogue knee high black leather boots, black jeans and a chunky necklace. If the weather was cooler I would have added a crisp blazer but alas we took these photos on one of those stinking hot Brisbane days that I’m already missing here in chilly-willy London.

My next approach was using the same core pieces – the shirt and black skinny jeans – but to adopt a more casual look with slightly more streetwise accessories. I teamed this outfit with my Chelsea style Doc Martens and a vintage bolo tie from France. Scott says this bolo tie is actually part of a uniform worn by high achievers in the French version of the Stonemasons – I love a piece with history! The end result was classily casual or casually classy, and I think it is my favourite look!

Of course I would also wear this silk top for a corporate look, which I’m sure is its proper destined purpose. I would team it some fitted black work slacks, black points and a slick blazer. Perfect for the office!

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Scott loves to casual-his shirts down where possible. He’s lucky to not work in a corporate environment, but does like to have a few classy button up shirts like this one in the wardrobe for client meetings, weddings or really special meals out. The H&C men’s shirts are perfect – they can be worn with a corporate suit and tie or with jeans, sleeves rolled up and some nice leather loafers. Scott chose this shirt if you’re wondering. We were really impressed with the range of cuts and sizes on offer online. Scott’s a big guy, and the shirt he chose was actually somewhere in the middle of their range.

Overall we were stoked with our goodies from Hawes and Curtis. Have a gander through their collections on their site and choose your classics for this Autumn / Winter in Brisbane!

More from Hawes and Curtis on Facebook and Twitter.

 

** This post was written in collaboration with Hawes and Curtis. While the clothing was gifted, opinions are my own!

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How To: Autumn Trends

posted by Teagan West March 18, 2015 2 Comments

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

Today we’re talking A/W trends and how you can make them work, here in Brisbane, for the (slightly) cooler Autumn and Winter months. Sure it’s unreasonable to purchase a cozy jacket and winter layers, but there’s no reason we can’t make the trends work for us. After all, that’s what style is all about!

Here’s the trends to try and love this season.

THE FLARE

While the skinny jean will always be a wardrobe staple, followed closely by the relaxed boyfriend style, this season is all about the flare with a nod to the 70’s. Flares work best with a chunky heel, an arm full of colourful bling and a floral blouse (pussy bow blouses are in this season) or a fitted top in Autumn’s go-to shade – mustard.

THE SCARF

This season, it’s all about the belted scarf. Instead of wrapping it around your neck (also cool), wear the scarf long and use a skinny belt to hitch it in at the waist to create a completely new look. This one works best with a statement patterned or textured scarf and a neutral pants and top combo. Hint: a cute winter hat never goes astray.

ADD SOME COLOUR

Who said florals are just for Spring? Add a pop of colour and pattern to your winter look with a bold, statement blazer. It’s great for a night out and weekend hangs, and it can also be styled for the working week with a black pencil skirt.

THE CULOTTE

We talked about the culotte in this post, but we love it some much we couldn’t leave it out here! Work a pair of culottes in the office with a business shirt and fitted blazer and on the weekend pair them with a basic tee and statement necklace for a more casual look. Culottes work best with a heel because it elongates the leg and brings the look to a point.They’re a great alternative to jeans and the traditional business pant.

Now for the best part – remember we said there is a HUGE giveaway to celebrate Autumn fashion in collaboration with The Myer Centre? Well here it is! Enter below and sign up to The Myer Centre newsletter and go into the draw to win a $200 gift voucher to spend at any of the retailers in The Myer Centre! Yep – a $200 voucher to spend on the latest trends will be all yours!

You can enter by filling out your name, email address and phone number below to score one entry. If that’s not enough follow the prompts to our Facebook and Twitter to score an additional 4 entries! Be quick though, the competition closes next Wednesday, March 25!

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All clothes courtesy of The Myer Centre retailers. Model: Cassanda Green  at Mystique Model Management. Photography and Styling: Teagan West. See www.myercentreshopping.com.au for more Autumn fashion.