Ginger & Smart have always been about structure, with extreme attention to detail in the finish. It’s a popular choice for the fashionable corporate warrior with suiting, fitted dresses and well executed trousers as go-to pieces.
Question: Does a LBD have to be all black? If you are a traditionalist or a Coco Chanel enthusiast I suppose the answer is yes. But it’s 2017 and I think a twist here or there is ok don’t you?
And that’s what fashion’s all about, isn’t it? An ability and preparedness to style-up an outfit with pieces of varying origins, in a way that perfectly suits your own style.
If you’re new to wearing vintage frocks or aren’t sure how to style them, here’s my tip: always make sure you have up-to-date heels and accessories so the dress sits within a modern context.
The perfect blush dress, with a nod to lingerie (but definitely not a nighty!), this frock is the kind of thing you could throw…
Sometimes you find a dress, or for that matter any piece of clothing, which is just easy. You feel good in it because either it’s comfortable…
‘Hey Lady Melbourne would you like to fly to the Melbourne Cup Carnival?’ Well. Would I?! This was a first for LM, I can’t…
Traditionally, it’s black and white to Derby Day, which is a far cry from the colours of Mumbai where Siyona have their factory and…
I love a gorgeous boho dress for spring and summer, but rather than white I thought I’d try something in a darker tone that…
This is the ‘Moni’ dress from Privacy Please, quite the statement piece don’t you think? Something you could wear to a beach wedding, or a garden party,…
Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River used to get a bad rap, if you can believe it. Years back, even as recently as the early 90s,…
Stevie May is such an awesome Aussie label, and I discovered recently it’s not the only j’amaze brand stocked at Enstyle Boutique.
Closet London is a label produced entirely in its namesake city, London. We had an unseasonably warm day recently so I chased the sunshine in this frock and don’t the colours just shine!
Wow. Almost three weeks between blog posts. Long exhalation. Where have I been you might want to know? Well, having a baby seems to…
Autumn is my favourite time of year, mainly because here in Melbourne we still get summery weather but with cooler evenings and nights. Warm…
Somehow I ended up with two of these gorgeous dresses from Chicwish.com, with one being considerably shorter than the other. Even with my pregnant…
I’ve enjoyed wearing this dress so much during pregnancy, but like a lot of clothes I’ve bought I’ve tried really hard to steer clear…
If you’re Australian you’ll probably know what a Peach Melba is, if not let me mansplain for you. ‘Peach Melba is a dessert of peaches…
Last week, I was chatting to a friend who told me they didn’t shop online because they couldn’t try the clothes they fancied on….
Just a very quick outfit update today with a new favourite in my wardrobe. I’ll buy pretty much anything with embroidery on it, and this dress is no exception!
From Australia, France and Scotland here’s some great labels who are still independent but making waves globally.
Ahhh spring: glorious weather and hideous hayfever. Such is life in Melbourne at the moment but with the changing seasons brings the opportunity to step out in dresses like this beauty from St Frock.
The sun was most excellent last Sunday, so I took the opportunity to don this embroidered number and some light sandals and hit the local park.
Latest wardrobe addition: this beautiful ‘Adeline’ wrap maxi dress from St Frock. It’s such a good feeling to find clothes that make me feel like ‘me’ while fitting in my growing bits and pieces!
I did some shopping online recently and picked up a few pieces I hoped would see me through the pregnancy ‘growth spurt’ and beyond. This Cynthia Rowley dress was one such piece, and I’m looking forward to wearing it to the opening of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) later in the week.
I do love wearing bright colours and sparkly jewels in Autumn. I wonder, do you?
Vintage Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton will all be on sale at the Hawkeye Vintage fashion pop-up event in Melbourne on March 27th-29th. This dress…
Remember the gum leaf print dress from St Frock that you all loved? Well here’s the exact same style but in a red rose…
This is the turquoise version of the ‘Oceana’ dress by St Frock. It’s a simple design but the detail around the collar and the colour are really what makes the dress. I don’t mind shooting things like this in an urban environment, but you could just imagine it on a white sandy beach couldn’t you?
This is one of my favourite frocks – and lo and behold, I realised it hasn’t appeared in a while. And why not? I’m…
I realise things have been a little bit quiet around here lately, and not because there isn’t a lot going on behind the scenes,…
Well here we are again for another year and what a smashing start to the main days of racing for the spring carnival here in Melbourne.
My little secret for spring racing outfits the past couple of years has been Aussie online store Will Hope Love.
Grecian, goddess, toga – call it what you will but a draped, jersey dress is flattering to most figures not to mention easy to…
A wardrobe staple that continues to be reinvented year after year, the little black dress never goes out of fashion. Coco Chanel is credited with its invention in the 1920s, and since that time women the world over have embraced it as the answer to so many different occasions.
I wore this gum leaf print dress to MSFW recently and people loved it. Was it the print that sparked some sort of national pride I wondered? A lot of people loved the neckline as well, and I think it’s a shape that would flatter most figures.
I spied this dress on I Heart Bargains instragram account and when I found out it was something like $54 I could hardly believe my eyes.
In a recent blog post, I pondered whether when in doubt we always reach for a style or type of clothing we know will fit well and look good.
Always looking for sharp, natural light with a film-like quality, I realised I do the same in my photography.
Last time I wore one of of Limedrop’s ‘Tent’ dresses on the blog was when I went to Hong Kong last year. They are a staple of the label in cut, however each season you will find them in the signature print of the collection.
What’s your favourite thing to wear? And I’m not talking about a Snuggie or no-pants-are-the-best-pants attitude. Is there an item of clothing or style that you go back to again and again?
I love black lace in summer and winter, and while the leaves are turning golden and the days getting colder here in Oz, this type of dress is one of those trans-seasonal pieces you can wear across the seasons.
One area that shines on Pinterest is the DIY section, be it for clothing, crafts, home repairs, hair dos- you name it. I happened upon a tutorial to make your own tassel or fringed heels that was easier than I could believe.
I’ve never been a slave to labels, rather always looking for good quality fabrication and cut. It doesn’t matter to me whether something is op-shop, high street or designer, I’m more interested in whether the garment is a natural fibre, how it’s cut and where it’s made.
On the hunt for simple, modest and fashionable clothing to take with me on my recent trip to Jordan, I stopped into Sussan and found this shift dress that ticked all of those boxes.
I’ve been preparing for the spring racing carnival for weeks, and ahead of the race dates approaching I thought I’d share what I’m going…
Do you like this green chilli dress? I love my clothing with a good dose of humour, so went I visited Fashiondacci last week to see what Kurt had in store, this dress jumped off the rack and said, ‘shoot me!’
I bought this Mexican, embroidered dress on Etsy some time ago but it is still absolutely one of my wardrobe favourites.
These photos are actually from this blog post about it, but I thought it was worth re-posting because I really love everything about them. The sunlight, the shadows, the vintage Valentino bag.
There will be another blog post all about this INCREDIBLE Gold Coast label that I’m discovered while I’m up here for ProBlogger 2013 but until such time here is a quick post on Casey Tanswell Designs.
I loved the colours in this dress, and while I’ve styled it here with quite tough accessories, I think a pair of lavender, suede heels would look great with a slim, silver belt.
Or maybe you can give me your suggestions on how you’d wear it?
The day I tried on this dress in New York, it was 30 degrees and humid. It was hard to imagine that it was going to work on a winter’s day, but I’m glad now that I bought it.
I featured it in a post I did on why people love New York but it only got hotter and hotter and it sat at the bottom of my suitcase for the rest of the trip.
Have you ever sailed around Manhattan? I hadn’t considered it before my trip and I really didn’t want to end up on some boat or ferry crammed full of tourists (because you never consider yourself a tourist when you actually are just that) but my brother found this wonderful old topsail schooner called ‘The Clipper City’ run by Manhattan by Sail.
Having travelled half way around the world however from a city where you can literally have four seasons in a day, there has been an adjustment period while I’m here. You can leave the house wearing the same clothes…..all day? You don’t need layers? I don’t need to bring a jacket/sweater/scarf/insert extra layer of your choice, just in case?
I walk past here quite a bit in the East Village. It’s my dream street full of the prettiest stoops and apartment buildings.
You should most definitely consider a visit to The High Line while in New York, if for no other reason than because of the historical significance of the area to the city, and because of what it has become.
There are times when you need a special frock and some jewels for an occasion, for some people it might not happen that often, for others every other weekend is an excuse to dress up.
On my quest to really uncover local Hong Kong based designers, I discovered S.Nine by Susanna Soo located on Hollywood Rd in Central….
I shot in my new studio today for the first time and these photos are the result. There is still plenty to happen in the space and I’m looking forward to sharing all of my DIY projects I’ve got going.
How beautiful are these ‘Morning Glory’ flowers? I was driving past with The Gardener and was like, ‘Stop the car!’
We were down the coast for the Australia Day long weekend and there were quite a few of these vines, and the white flowers you see below, of which I have no idea of their name.
No matter, they make for a spectacular back drop!
On my visit to Fashiondacci I purchased this clutch amongst a couple of other items yet to be seen on the blog, partly because they are winter wear. This clutch however could be worn all year around and I think it’s a nice little colour pop to add to any outfit.
I’m not sure I could think of a more perfect dress for the festive season that is about to start: a hot little red, one-shoulder number from Button n Thread boutique.
Tuesday of this week saw me attend the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse wearing Bretty Morley’s signature piece from his current collection.
I recently did an edit for ASOS of my top 5 picks for the spring racing carnival, here tis!
You may remember from this post I prepared earlier that ASOS recently launched their new SS 13′ campaign here on Australian shores. This dress is from the collection and knew that it had to be mine the minute I laid eyes on it.
St Frock is an amazing online retailer who have also just opened a new store in Union St, Pyrmont Sydney so if you are that way I insist that you check it out.
As it’s racing season I found myself in my natural habitat last weekend: trackside at Caulfield Guineas Day.
I bought this dress to wear in spring/summer but Melbourne being Melbourne and spring, the weather may not be warm until Christmas time.
So we’re well and truly into Frocktober but I still need your help to raise funds!
So what do you wear to the races when you are expected to look chic, modern and stylish in classic race wear….and its 10 degrees?
I was going to start this post with some tired, old, cliche about how every woman should own an LBD, but then I got thinking, does everyone actually own one or have the need to?
The blog has had a little face lift, can you tell? I like to think of it as a little refresher, a little botox,…
This is my fourth year doing Frocktober an I have to say that it is you the Lady Melbourne reader that spurs me on to participate each year. In my first year I think I raised about $50 from memory, last year? Just over $1500.
For me, there is something so perfect about soft, cotton 70s dresses for summer. I love the Laura Ashley look too, you might remember I recently blogged about a new season Laura Ashley skirt.
These need some small alterations, to be cleaned and pressed but I can’t wait to share them with you as the months get warmer.
I thought it might be worth revisiting one of my favourite blog posts of this year. I love this dress, I love the belt, shoes and the way the wind creates a movement through all of the photos.
What a weekend! On Friday night The Gardener and I went to the opening night of Bild Lilli at the Malthouse theatre and stayed over night at Vibe Hotel in Carlton indulging in the Look Polished package. A little stay-cation if you will.
Vintage dresses, Miss Fox Artisan manicure, Samantha Wills jewellery. This post has it all.
A couple of weeks back I went to a rather fancy affair at the invitation of The Gardener. Usually it’s me producing the invitations but this time around it was he who asked me to attend the annual Blue Mountains Winter Ball.
Do you have clothing that you wear for sentimental reasons? I have a wardrobe full of dresses and the like that I’ve kept over the years because of the meaning it holds for me.
Last year I included an amazeballs dress from Australian online store St Frock in my Christmas Gift Guide.
What to say about this gorgeous Leona Edmiston dress? I went out for a pre-Christmas drink with Kyra and she had it on, I think that’s when I fell in love with it
The latest edition of Fashion Trend magazine has dropped and guess what? This month they’ve done a little feature about the blog. To celebrate I’m giving three copies away to y’all, first give away for the year!
I’m still living in my Diane Freis dresses, perhaps it is a phase but they are suiting me quite well this summer.
I’ve become quite taken with the Hong Kong based designer Diane Freis of late and this dress is the latest addition to my collection of her dresses (now numbering 3 and growing)
Well it’s come to an end: Frocktober and my campaign to wear a dress every day and raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research. I am absolutely thrilled to report that through your donations and my frock wearing efforts we’ve raise $1530 dollars. WOW!!
The eternal, Grace Kelly
I bought a new dress today and have made some recent purchases that I’m now awaiting to arrive and I CAN.NOT.WAIT!
I am a day behind with Frocktober frocks but you’ll get to see what I’m wearing in some make up posts on the weekend. This frock comes courtesy of Velour Vintage on Barkley St in St Kilda.
This dress belonged to Mother Melbourne who bought it in the late 60s here in Melbourne. It’s sat in my wardrobe for possibly 10 years and I’ve never worn it. Until today.
This dress has been in my ‘winter wardrobe’ and I’ve not worn it for about 6 months. Frocktober coupled with a sunny day saw it revived from the back of a rather full collection of clothes (read: wardrobe full of hoarded vintage dresses).
I’ve had a really lucky weekend to kick off Frocktober- it’s been full of events where I would naturally wear a dress and the races is certainly no exception.
If there is one trend I feel comfortable embracing this coming spring/summer it’s colour blocking. I’ve never really liked bold prints, smaller more subtle floral prints yes but I feel like I’m looking at ‘mess’ with prints sometimes.
It was off to Bendigo for me over the weekend so that I could attend the opening of the White Wedding Dress exhibition.
…or brains are sexy, so says The Gardener.
I thought that was quite funny because we all read don’t we but it is nice to talk about what’s on our current reading lists.
I bought a whole heap of new clothes recently, and when I say new I mean brand new and not second hand or vintage.
It certainly makes my job easier when you come across back grounds that compliment your outfit, particularly when it’s cold and the light is low.
Just when things were getting sun shiny and happy on the blog I accidental produced these rather dark pictures but have decided to post them anyhow. I had a different idea in mind for these, in that I wanted a lot more light on the dress but as we’re in the middle of winter I don’t get a huge choice about natural light each day.
The way I figure it, something is better than nothing right? So even though this particular image hasn’t been seen on the blog, this outfit has. Forgive me but outfit posts are proving a little difficult this week with my sprained ankle. However, I am determined that it will not elude me and have some outfit related content not far away that is brand spanking new.
So I haven’t updated it almost a week! No excuse! No notification! I am sorry to those of you who check in each and every day and I’ve heard from some of you asking where I am. Well I’m here, I just needed a little break.
As silly as it sounds, I made a decision at the end of 2010 to wear more blue. I’ve been a huge fan of…
While I was out I got chatting over a cocktail about how Melbourne women seem to lug around tote and shoulder bags full of everything from flats/heels to umbrellas. I did a quick inventory of my own accessories closet and found that pretty much all of my bags were on the medium to large size. Why?
L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is coming up shortly so I’m starting to think about what I’m going to wear. This DVF dress that I picked up on Etsy should go down a treat. I might have to re-think my heels because, er, I can’t walk in them. I don’t really fancy being fashion road kill outside the parades- although it would make for a hilarious blog post. Ha!
I remember this photo being taken but I wasn’t really sure where it was going to turn up. Thanks to the wonders of Facebook…