In a world of fast fashion and a world where people think you can only wear things once, I want to prove that you can invest in some beautiful pieces and wear them more than once. I am even going as far as – gosh, horror – posting pictures on instagram wearing the same pieces more than once.
I always advise my clients that if they are spending more than a couple of hundred dollars on an item of clothing or an accessory, that they should picture themselves wearing the piece at least 2-3 times so they get value for money. In order to practice what I preach I have been doing this a few times lately and if a stylist can do it, you can too!
I fell in love with Mariam Seddiq’s bridal collection a few months back and since I am now happily married for 11 years, I can’t see myself in a wedding dress again any time soon so I asked Mariam to make me a top in one of her designs. I wanted to wear the top as a race wear look to go with my yellow pants which I have worn a few times now too. We toned down the volume of the sleeves compared to her original design, she made the neckline higher and the waist lower (to avoid too much cleavage or a midriff). She custom made the top to fit me perfectly.
The first fitting trying her top - I'm clearly not a size 6 model (photos on my iphone)
I styled my first look wearing this beautiful Mariam Seddiq top with pants by Paper London, a stunning couture wide brim and open crown hat made by Jane Stoddart (originally inspired by a piece by Sophie Beale), a bag from the store Shag in Melbourne which I loaned from my friend Viera from Get Racy, Basque earrings, a Marc Jacobs ring and Tony Bianco heels. I wore this look to the Myer Fashions on the Field in Sydney.
Images from fotf.com.au
To change the look up but to keep the yellow trend, I wore the top with a beautiful Rachel Gilbert skirt, a couture Genevieve Ren Millinery pillbox hat with a bow, the same shoes and bag. I wore this look to the Moet and Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day at Royal Randwick where I made the finals of the Harrolds Fashion Chute.
Images by Wendell Teodoro
I also see myself wearing this top with high waisted jeans and heels to a non-racing event.
The Genevieve Ren hat I wore to the races, I also wore with a red Rotate dress a couple of days earlier to the ATC TAB Everest lunch. I wore my hair down with the hat to make it less formal too.
Images by Wendell Teodoro
I also wore this Rotate dress a few weeks earlier at the Tour de Cure charity lunch and I took up the hemline and sewed the fabric around a headband.
Image taken on my iphone
The point of this article is to always look inside your wardrobe and see what you have and see how you can change things up to create a new look. It’s kinder on the environment and kinder on your bank balance if you can re-wear and re-work pieces that you have.
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