Pantone Colour of the Year 2013: EMERALD

Emerald. It’s what gave the capital city of Oz its signature tint, Elizabeth Taylor her sparkle and Roman emperor Nero improved eyesight. Every year, Pantone polls designers and brands about colours they’re featuring to aid in its decision for what hue will tinge the next 12 months. For 2013, the company has bestowed the distinction of Colour of the Year on Emerald Green, described as “the colour of growth, renewal and prosperity”.

 When having coffee with a designer/copywriter friend of mine I was discussing the serious case of writers block I have been suffering with lately when it comes to finding inspiration for Fashion Rich Money Poor. Or in this case: Bloggers Block.

If I may be so bold: my friend is one of the most stylishly ‘on-trend’ people I know and I draw a lot of my inspiration from her…she also (conveniently) reminds me of the fabulous Elle Fergusson, fashion blogger for the exceptional ‘They All Hate Us’ blog. Her inspiring suggestion was given to me in one word: EMERALD.

One of my favourite Australian chain stores that are doing this trend particularly well (in my own modest opinion) this season is Witchery, and below are the reasons why.

I am COVETING the silky goodness of their strapless maxi dress in a ‘geometric watercolour’ style print…my god I want it! But in the more practical section of the wardrobe spectrum is their emerald Cut Work Back Tank which has a gorgeous cut-out pattern across the back but is still classic enough to be casual chic, then of course you break it down to your everyday basic Space Dye Pleat Back tank which has just enough tailoring in the shape and cut to be basic but fabulously so.

I would be pairing anything emerald back with your classic neutrals (think chic white like the zip detailed White Skort below, nude, or even a glamorous metallic twist with silver – so hot right now!) and also with gorgeous navy blue – such as the Cheeky Patterned Shorts.

Emerald is the sort of beautiful balanced shade that looks stunning against ivory skin as well as striking with a tanned complexion, the colour itself symbolically brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.

So let’s get on board with Emerald ladies…after all…the merry old Land of Oz loved it, why shouldn’t you?

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Trending Now: Monochrome Mania

One of the major recurring trends for any winter season worth its salt is M O N O C H R O M E.

Let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t need to steer away from a classic, if it’s been (successfully) around this long then why deviate from a winner? Year after year we see variations on monochrome to suit the season and what’s coming off as “hot on the runway”…but if you are savvy about it you can invest in pieces now that will be ‘in style’ year after year after year.

This is the lesson I have learned this year.

I’ll come clean now, I am a compulsive spender. I see it, I want it, I MUST HAVE IT! But these compulsive purchases have often left me with clothing that has been worn once, twice or a handful of times then never looked at again. Why? Because it’s not always affordable to ‘compulsive spend’ on trends that will not last longer than one season….actually…it’s never affordable to plump out your wardrobe in this manner.

Which is why I have started ‘shopping savvy’…or as my partner would call it: ‘being smart’.

Below are some of the pieces that I have ‘invested’ in this season. Most of them were purchased on sale and will (hopefully) never go out of style, the only exception to the “on sale” rule was the Twice Shy bomber jacket from Sass & Bide…this was a serious investment piece (i.e. something I was willing to spend big dollars on because of the wearbility of it once the current winter trends are long forgotten. Let’s face it, a good quality, well styled jacket that actually keeps you toasty warms is NEVER out of fashion).

All-in-all I think monochrome is one of those recurring trends that you can invest in to suit your wardrobe, your personality and, certainly, your budget. Just remember: think CLASSIC.

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(PS: classic means: no ‘fad’ prints, no quirky hemlines or shapes and certainly no eccentric beading or accoutrements. Plain, well-cut, flattering styles will always be your friend!) 

Leopard Chic

So in my previous post I mentioned the dilemma I encountered when I started putting together outfit ideas for a ‘smart casual’ social event I have coming up…well this one is my absolute favourite! I love the combination of on-trend leopard print with a classic neutral jumper, the great new take on the ever-present black heel as well as chic chain store accessories which really finish off the look!

Being an Australian girl I love all of our talented Aussie designers and we have so many affordable and up-to-the-minute fashion chains that you really don’t have to break to bank to change up what you already own with a few statement accessories. Here I have featured a few of my absolute favourites: ‘The Dark Cloud’ jeans and ‘Good Enough To Eat’ cashmere knit by Sass and Bide, ‘Topper’ heels in black by Wittner, gold rings and necklace by Sportsgirl and clutch by Colette Hayman.

So please – if you like this leave me a comment because I am dying to know if I should wear this! :Leopard Chic