5 Trends Not to Copy

5 Trends Not to Copy

It’s tempting when we see our fave influencers and celebs wearing the latest looks fresh from the runway to want to jump on board. Beware! Here are 5 “It Girl” trends that shouldn’t be followed blindly. Why? Read on…

1) The Tent Dress

Making frequent appearances at fashion weeks around the globe, the tent dress is not for everyone! In fact, it’s best left to those who are 6 foot 5 and stick thin, or those who are size 18 plus with an oval body shape. Those of us who sit anywhere in between – my advice is to steer well clear of the tent.

If you have a triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle or hourglass shape (check out That Style Chick App to find out your shape for free) it is a big faux pas to swamp your frame and hide your waist under a glorified sack, no matter how on trend it might be. You will look your best in dress styles that complement your waistline. Putting it bluntly, wearing a shapeless tent style will make you look the size of a tent! Not sure about you, but for me that’s a big “no thank you”!!

2) Square Toe Shoes

90’s fashion is definitely having a come back and square toes are back with a vengeance. As tempting as it is to jump on board (there are some beautiful square toe strappy sandals and boots around), I ask you this… Do you wish your legs looked longer or shorter? If you’re pining for pins that go on forever, the square toe is not necessarily the best option for you. Point toes are usually more slimming and elongating.

It’s also important to understand your proportions when deciding on the best shoes. If your top half (crown to hips) is longer than your bottom half (hips to floor) a square toe is probably not going to be your friend. If your torso is on the short side, a square toe could work in your favour as it may help create more balance between top and bottom halves.

3) The Dad Sneaker

Much to my dislike, it seems the Dad sneaker is sticking around. You can find them everywhere, from the high end to the high street.

As with the square toe, the Dad sneaker does not always do legs favours. The chunky nature of many styles can make legs look wider and shorter than they are. I’m not sure about you, but the short chunky leg is not a look I aspire for. If you’re blessed with long, slender legs, by all means invest in a chunky kick as you are more likely to pull it off. Everyone else, proceed with caution. At the very least, opt for a less chunky variety.

4) The Hoodie

We live in an era where it is socially acceptable to call hoodies “fashion”. Does this mean we should all rush out and buy one? Not necessarily! Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should!

Firstly, most of us, particularly us Mums, are doing our damnedest to get ourselves out of activewear more often. Let’s not slide backwards and buy more of it under the guise of fashion. Let me be clear, I am not bagging activewear as the choice of daily attire. Motherhood is an extreme sport and sometimes we need to dress for it accordingly. If wearing activewear day-to-day helps reduce stress and make life easier and more joyful,  then by all means embrace it. Invest in more hoodies if you so desire.

If you are in the group who finds themselves in activewear more often than they would like and who secretly wishes they could look more pulled together for the school run, you don’t need more hoodies!!

My main reason for not advocating hoodies as fashion – most hoodies are over-sized and shapeless. Like the tent dress, they can make us look bigger than we actually are. …even if worn with a fab leopard mini skirt and cute little ankle boot. Whilst Marissa of @twiceblessed_ can definitely pull it off and make a hoodie look chic, in my stylist opinion, hoodies are generally best kept as active wear. That us unless they are somewhat streamlined and give some level of waist definition. Or unless you cleverly tuck and style them, as Marissa has.


5) The Unstructured Blazer

There are lots of great blazers around at the moment; some beautiful checked fabrics and also a selection of block colours. There is also a trend toward oversized and unstructured tailoring.

By now you’re probably getting the idea that for many body shapes, swamping the figure with oversized styles is a no no. Once again, I’m not saying don’t go for an unstructured blazer. I’m just saying be smart about it. Maybe you’re better off choosing a style that has more waist definition. There are also some options for styling an unstructured blazer, which can help flatter rather than swamp a waistline.

For example, you could define your waist underneath the blazer, by choosing a more fitted top, and/or by tucking it into your pants or skirt. If you’ve got the abs for it, wear a bralette under your oversized blazer.

A belt worn underneath a blazer is also a great waist-defining accessory. Belts need not be limited to underneath your blazer. You could also wear a belt over the top, to cinch in your blazer at the waist (or even try a belt bag if you’re feeling fashion forward).

In Conclusion

So there you have it! I’m not saying don’t embrace these trends. What I’m saying is that’s important to understand your body shape and your own style preferences and stay true to that. Make choices that flatter, not make you look frumpy. As they say, fashions come and go, style is forever. It’s also so important to choose pieces and outfits that you love; that make you feel fabulous. If you feel a million dollars in a piece that breaks your body shape style rules, go ahead and wear it. Love trumps rules – always.

Side note: If you’re unsure of your body shape or signature style, you can find out for free by taking your free Style Consult in That Style Chick App.

How to Style Your Bump

How to Style Your Bump

The good news is you can still look fabulous at every point in your pregnancy (even if you don’t feel it). …without sacrificing comfort!

It feels like there has been quite a bit of baby fever going around. With friends’ pregnancy news, influencers putting together gorgeous (and comfy!) outfits and watching beautiful journeys to parenthood (how magical were @annstreetstudio photoshoots?), I wanted to put down some thoughts about maternity dressing.

At the start of my pregnancy, I browsed through many blogs and articles for maternity outfits inspiration (and created a Pinterest board of course). I discovered that many women I turned to for ideas did not shop for maternity-specific pieces but rather experimented with their regular pieces.

I am a firm believer in making my wardrobe work for a variety of situations and occasions, and that approach seemed great. Pregnancy was another style challenge I was up for! When thinking back to my style choices during pregnancy, I found it helpful to break it down into trimesters.

First trimester – Disguise the bloat

While you might not be showing, there is a chance that you are not feeling all that great. Morning sickness, new aches and pains, and a crazy sense of fatigue are the new normal.

You also have to get used to a different pace of things and your changing body. You might find that your breasts have gotten bigger and you have to do some emergency underwear shopping (me!), or you can’t be bothered dealing with high-maintenance outfits, so crease-free, fuss-free basics have to come to the rescue (also me!).

At this stage, you can make your regular wardrobe pieces work, but opt for those that make you feel comfortable. Your body has enough to contend with that chances are the last thing you feel like is squishing yourself into restrictive tops or diggy-in (new term!) pants that drive you crazy long before 5pm.

Wrap dresses could be in heavy rotation at this time, particularly during sticky summer! The good news is, you can continue to wear these throughout your pregnancy, especially if you opt for styles that can tie above your bump and have some stretch.

Images credit: theoutnet.com

Second trimester – hello maternity jeans

You typically feel better (not always!), and your bump is starting to show. It’s such an exciting time. You have probably shared the news with your friends and family at this point and have a lot of plans for this next chapter. I found myself reading stacks of books on pregnancy, baby’s first month, breastfeeding and many more. You might be designing the nursery and be wrapped up in all the things it entails.

This is a great time to invest in a pair of maternity jeans. Your regular jeans will feel stiff and uncomfortable, whereas maternity ones have an internal elastic tummy band that can be adjusted as your belly grows.

Buy a few flowy tops from your favourite brands: you could make them work post pregnancy by wearing them tucked in or with a belt to cinch in the waist.

Additionally, recovery shorts can help with pregnancy back pain but have the added bonus of acting a bit like shapewear under your everyday looks. Mine were by SRC, but there are other brands out there. SRC shorts are also great post pregnancy to help your body get back in shape, especially if you have a C-section.

Images credit: theiconic.com.au

Third trimester – Show off the bump

Your maternity pieces are in full rotation by this stage. Invest in t-shirts that can stretch over your bump, some roomy tanks and a blazer that has some movement or stretch in the fabric.

Your pregnancy tees can be worn tied up to get longevity out of them post-pregnancy. If you have to dress for a corporate job, a bodycon dress or a maternity skirt paired with a blazer would serve you well.

Pregnancy is one of the only times I confidently embraced tight fitting tops and dresses. Usually I dress to cleverly disguise my lumps and bumps, but during pregnancy the goal is to highlight the bump, especially in the third trimester.

Images credit: popsugar.com.au, target.com.au, glowmama.com.au

I found that no matter how prepared you think you are, there will still be things during your pregnancy that you didn’t expect – that’s life. I hope these tips for maternity style will help you make one area of your pregnancy easier and stress free.

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My All-Time Style Hero

My All-Time Style Hero

If there’s one piece that’s the hero in my wardrobe it’s the ever-reliable navy blazer. It’s such a staple wardrobe piece. It’s the piece that works hardest (along with its close cousin the black blazer) and can complete a look for the office, the weekend, a romantic date or a girls’ night out.


The navy blazer is the perfect middle ground between classic and modern. Navy works for all skin colour types (unlike black, which isn’t as great for warmer or fairer skin tones), and is a versatile colour in that you can match it with lots of other colours and styles. 


The best part? There are lots of navy blazer options for different body shapes. Whatever your size, the navy blazer has you covered. From double-breasted with wide-lapels (great for triangles, aka pear shape bodies), to lapel-less (great for inverted triangles, aka carrot shape), to cinched-in structuring through the waist (great for hourglass and rectangles, aka banana shape), to ‘boyfriend style’ or duster coats (great for ovals, aka apple shape).


A few years ago Kate Middleton’s sighting in the Smythe navy blazer caused it to repeatedly sell out. While some might say ‘it’s just the Kate effect’, a quick search brings up hundreds of other celebrities rocking a navy blazer.  Even the Wall Street Journal calls it a no-nonsense building block of the wardrobe and ‘a new beacon in the sometimes stormy and hyper-trendy sartorial waters. Now I don’t think I need to convince you any longer. Here are a few of my favourite ones to shop now.


This Theory Gabe stretch wool blazer is a perfect example of this wardrobe staple. It’s very understated and would be on heavy rotation in your office outfits. Wear it with jeans and runners and you’ve got yourself an easy off-duty look.

This ASOS luxe for less number is a lighter shade of blue, which makes it more trans-seasonal. The padded shoulders add volume on top so this blazer is a great option for triangle shapes.

The gold buttons on the Mossman Signature Blazer are a throwback to the blazer’s history, as it was transformed from military uniforms. If you choose to wear it unbuttoned, make sure you accentuate your waist under the blazer.

Finally, my personal favourite; the Camilla & Marc Marguerite Blazer in ink.

With such a variety of cuts and shades of blue, you will be sure to find something that works for your body type and colouring. Comment the link to your favourite blazer below and tell me why you love it!

Main image credit @martinyorkboutique


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