Let's Play Dress Ups

Readers of this blog will know that among my many loves are: supporting NZ designers and businesses, and making up outfits (the latter is obvious, otherwise why would I have this blog?).  With the beginning of a new season comes a surge of new designs – but unfortunately there is a limit to what one woman can reasonably purchase.  Despite the fact that I’m not about to drop the thousands of dollars required to fit myself out with everything in this post, I thought I’d put together four outfits using items from NZ companies.  I hope this inspires you!

Weekend in Wellington

Ruby - Nyne - Pedro's Bluff

I love a good navy/white combo, and I can imagine myself in this on the weekend, sipping a flat white and strolling the streets of Wellington.  I’d pair with some fresh sneakers and a pair of over the top sunglasses for a look that’s classic but with a bit of personality.  This tshirt from Nyne is everything my tshirt dreams are made of, and would look equally great in the office under a blazer, while these Ruby jeans are a comfortable update to denim for 2017.  Finally, an understated but deliciously luxe bag from Pedro’s Bluff is big enough to hold all the essentials for a day out, without taking over your look (or hurting your shoulder).  All this needs now is a cone of fresh lemon sorbet and a few rays.

From Bunnings to Ballet

Tuesday - World - Kowtow

Girl, you know I love a cami, and this red lace number from Tuesday is calling to me (except I already own a red cami. But it isn’t lace so…?).  Paired with these wide legged pants from Kowtow, this is the perfect outfit for a Sunday spent getting things done, or a barbecue with some mates.  The red pops against the beige, and a pair of loafers (or mules, why not) creates the perfect casual vibe without you looking like you just rolled into a set of whatever this morning.  Jazz it up for evening with this INCREDIBLE blazer from World, which I love very much and which would also work across seasons.  Worth saving up for!  A pair of high heels in a coordinating colour and a bit of a smudgy, smoky eye, and you’ll be going from an outing to Bunnings to an outing to the ballet in no time!

Showers in Paris

Wilson Trollope - I Love Paris - Staple + Cloth

Apparently on this day it’s going to rain but also I’m wearing suede mules?  This feels entirely accurate for New Zealand’s “four seasons” approach to weather, so whatevs.  I love the punchy colour of these mules, which combine two big trends (yellow, mules) for this season, and you can imagine wearing them with…everything?  A bright coral polish on your toes will give this even more tropical punch, while a subtle taupe or grey will keep it in the impossibly chic world of cool French girls.  I’m always on the look out for a raincoat that’s lightweight but stylish, and this one from Staple + Cloth might just be the one.  It comes in a variety of prints and colours, and that hood tucks away to create more of a trench coat effect.  Perfect for the unfortunate dash to meetings in the rain.  Keeping with the Parisian theme of blue and white stripes, this Mariette dress from Wilson Trollope is firmly on my “to buy” list.  The poppers add a cool twist to the simple shape of this perfectly tailored dress.

Busy as a Bee

Salasai - I Love Paris - Stine Goya

If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m hoping for a fancy rooftop party to wear this dress, but since my day to day life is more “office work” than “fancy soiree”, I need a way to make it daytime appropriate.  Print-mixing is life, and this Stine Goya bee jacket from Wanda Harland is a delight and a treasure – bees are one of my favourite motifs, and the belted style means this will nip in the Salasai dress.  I’ve paired it with these shoes from I Love Paris, in a continuation of the modern vibe of this dress – it’s summer, so once it heats up, this outfit needs to work without the jacket.  A hot pink lipstick and a simple black earring will have you looking perfectly quirky.

(Dress in cover image is Twenty Seven Names – buy one pair of red shoes and thrash this dress all summer long.)