Summer is fast approaching here in Australia and being stuck with a wardrobe full of Winter clothing and ill fitting Summer bits (thanks to so sneaky weight-loss Yay!) I thought that it was about time I bought a few new pieces to not only suit the soon to come scorching weather but my new figure too. So what am I digging? Flowing sleeveless dresses; Y.A.S at ASOS have some amazing prints and loose fitting cuts which won’t cost you a week’s wages either. Summer means festival time and Australia is renown for Summer storms which often make festival day not only a day of fun and music but mud. This is when a pair of Wellingtons comes in handy. These babies are less than $50 and perfect for any muddy festival! Finally nothing beats a cute pair of leather sandals. I usually opt for black but this coral colour is too pretty to pass up. What do you think? What are your favourite pieces for the warmer weather?
PUT SPRING INTO YOUR STEP!
With Spring hitting Queensland in full force I thought it was about time I tried something different and got onto the whole Floral Trend. I usually opt for solid colours in darker shades or pieces with block-colouring rather than bright bold prints. Frankly the whole girly thing is a bit intimidating to me and because of this I am defintely not one to deck myself out in some huge flowery number. Having said this some pretty floral shoes are something I could work with, without feeling like I look like Grandma’s couch. Here are a few of my faves. What do you think? Are you planning on trying something new this season?
CHECK OUT YOUR WARDROBE
Lately I cannot get enough of checker patterned clothing. In particular checkered pieces of a monochromatic theme. Because of this I thought it would fun to put together a little list of my favourite check patterned pieces. All under $50! What are your favourite trends of the moment? Do you like the checker trend?
ASOS ONLINE STYLIST REVIEW
** WHAT’S THE DEAL? **
I have been a huge fan of ASOS for years now and am not exaggerating when I say about 3/4 of my wardrobe is from their online store. When I thought ASOS couldn’t get any better I discovered their “Chat to a Stylist” feature. After a bit of hesitation I decided to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised. The whole idea of the ASOS’s online stylists is to assist customers in sorting out any fashion dilemmas they encounter. They also give helpful advice when it comes to finding the perfect garments for ones size, shape and budget. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a tad sceptical at first. The cynic in me thought that outfit requests would be automated and generic and in no way tailored to suit each individual request. Boy was I wrong and will happily eat humble pie. Like most women on the hunt for a new outfit I like to ensure it that it a) suits the occasion (if there’s one), b) suits my style and body shape and c) fits my budget. This were all aspects I wanted to ensure that the ASOS stylist I spoke to addressed and she did!
The stylist I spoke to was super friendly and I got the impression she was having fun with what she was doing. In a way it was like fashion gossip pre-party with a girl friend. I decided to enlist her help in finding an outfit for an upcoming concert and after party I am attending at the end of this month. To put this feature to the test I set a few guidelines to ensure the suggestions suited me and the occasion perfectly.
** THE GUIDELINES **
- I wanted something practical for the gig (no heels, skirts, dresses etc.) that also would be nice enough to wear to the after party. (I am traveling via train to the event(s) and don’t wish to carry another outfit with me or go home and change.)
- Suited my shape and size. I also noted that I don’t like clothing to cling around my tummy when I drink, which I intended on doing (Beer belly plus tight fitting clothing is never a good combo haha!)
- My budget: I set a budget of $200AU for the entire outfit, including shoes and accessories.
After a few questions and a lot of chatter here’s the outfit we came up with:
** THE RESULTS **
The chosen outfit wasn’t something that I would usually go for in it’s entirely but overall I was happy with the stylist’s choices and it fit my budget. The jeans in my opinion are perfect and a bargain at $50. Once she linked them I knew they would be mine! The top isn’t something I would normally wear (frills aren’t usually my thing) but the Stylist explained how the cut would allow room for movement which would not only be comfortable when dancing but be flattering. I took her word on this and bought the top (as well a the jeans and boots) and she was right! The top was far less maternity-looking than I expected and I actually liked the style, frills and all. I can see myself freely dancing it, beer belly and all! The boots are super cute and look great with the chosen jeans but I after a bit of thought decided that they are entirely practical for the gig as I will be on my feet all night and wedges tend to give me sore arches if worn for a prolonged period of time. Instead I decided to opt for something covered and flat but will get a lot of use of the suggested boots this coming winter as I really do love how they look with jeans. The necklace was the only suggestion I chose not to buy. Although I really do like it, it is something I already have in many designs and at $41 I thought it was a tad too expensive.
The Verdict? I found the ASOS Stylist very helpful and it was a fun experience interacting with her. Because of her advice and suggestions I was (mostly) able the find what I was after and bought something I usually wouldn’t and loved it (the frilled top). Overall I believe ASOS’s online Stylists are a great addition to the website and are well worth the time it takes to register for a consult. If you have any fashion concerns or questions or like myself are simply curious I highly recommend taking the time to speak with one. You won’t be disappointed.
Have you spoken to an ASOS Stylist before? If so, what was your experience like? I am really curious to hear about it so feel free to email me or comment below.
(Images 1, 2 & 4 from ASOS Blog)
(This post was not sponsored or in accordance with ASOS in any way)