How to Choose Women’s Coats for the Coming Autumn

When summer ends and autumn season starts, women search for various outerwear options to help keep them warm. If you need a perfect autumn season coat, which will be helpful in beating the cold without sacrificing style, then you do not need to worry we’ve created this handy post to help you choose!

As there are a large number of different women coats available in the market for the coming autumn season. There are a few strategies available which will really help you to select a coat that will give you more for your money and which will look good on you. There are many different types of coats available such as the trench coat, windbreaker, Woolen coats, parka coats, classic outer coats and many more!

Women usually prefer wearing coats in autumn and winter seasons. Before purchasing a coat, it is important to search available options and then decide which one is perfect for purchasing. For selecting a perfect coat according to your style, you need to be clear about the shape, colour, length and other details, which will compliment your body figure.

houglass body shapeBefore you select a coat, you need to look at your body scale as well as shape. Different body shapes are listed below which will surely help you select a coat which will suit your body.


If you have an hourglass body shape then you will have to select a coat, which will help you to show-off your perfect waist. You can go for a belted coat, wrap coat and any number of shawl coats and jackets, which are available with nipped waist. You should avoid straight-line coats, which will make you look boxy. You must look for a drapey fabric.

pear shape coat inspirationPear

For the pear body shape, rounded collar coats with a cut is perfect as it will clearly define your waist. Pear body shaped women need to draw the attention of viewer away from wide hips by forming curves on top. You can also go for coats that feature breast pockets and puffed shoulders.

inverted-triangle-shapeInverted Triangle

women with an inverted triangle body shape need to make their shoulders appear wider while making their hips look narrower. You need a coat which will have more volume at the hem and minimal details on top, which is helpful in filling out narrowest parts of the body.



Apple body shaped women need to hide their tummy by selecting a coat which is helpful in drawing attention of the viewer onto chest and shoulder area. Apple shaped women should wear coats that are nipped, below bust area, which is helpful in concealing your middle area.

So did you figure out which body shape you are and which coat is right for you? Maybe you’ve got a shape we didn’t mention! Leave us a comment and let us know any tips or secrets you use to help choose the right coat! Need more help filling out your wardrobe? Check out our guide to building a stylish wardrobe!

Loud Print T-Shirt Designs Are Back This Festival Season

loud print lotus singletThe loud, boisterous print t-shirts are back this New Year with an even bigger bang! Unlike previous holidays where they were being sold seemingly exclusively to middle-aged men (particularly the stereo crowd), now all genders, age groups, and social classes adore, wear, and want to show them off at popular music festivals across the nation.

Several months ago I used to see people wearing dull and boring tees and single coloured polo knit shirts, however, from late November, all of a sudden, people begun wearing loud print T-shirts and designer singlets – Bring on summer! Below are some of the spotted one-of-a-kind printed tee designs we’re seeing at music festivals and in town.

The spectacular bright and bold collections unite festival goers and shout the theme of a music festival in chorus as revellers dance to the one beat in a technicolour show of free spirits and togetherness.

jellyfish festival singlet

Loud Print Singlets

This summer holiday one designer that people are loving is Fly Peacock. People are loving their super fresh summer line featuring unique natural flora and fauna settings in full colour such as lotus ponds, desert badlands and electric jellyfish, available as t-shirts and singlets.

To accompany the confidence with a musical festival theme, revellers are wearing the lotus that comes tinted with concentrated pink flower petals and is shaded in a vivacious green. From afar, the Plantoon print singlet stands out like crazy as the picture of emerging dark green reeds from a river on the front of the singlet are unmistakable. The jellyfish print singlet is a favourite among beach festival-goers as it ties in nicely with the beach theme.

Ravers are choosing to wear designs with a bright and light colours as they’re generally cooler than darker shades. This is important as we all know Australia pumps out some sweltering temperatures, and many festivals have limited shade. Light materials go hand in hand with light colours, and quick dry materials rather than traditional cotton based t-shirts are very popular.

parrot tails amnesia clothingShort Sleeve Tees

Not everybody loves singlets since exposing your whole arms to the sun all day is a risky move. With full understanding and appreciation of those of us who are solar challenged, designers have developed a range of short sleeve loud print t-shirts just for you. One scorching hot designer brand that is getting a lot of love on the socials at the moment is Amnesia Clothing. Their symmetrical designs inspired by nature use a combination of colours and patterns to great effect. We chucked a few of their shirts on as we walked around and interviewed people and found many people would get lost in a daydream when staring at the designs – very cool!


mexican inspired design amnesia clothing

At beach music festivals, revellers and ravers choose t-shirts with wild waves, jellyfish and surfers, enjoying the ride and equally matching them to the groove of the summer beat. Just like a surfer grabs the board and decides to hit a barrel, festival-goers grab the beat and dance like their life depended on it. An overpowering and joyful experience surrounded by a sea of people swerving, swinging, and dancing collectively as pyrotechnics, laser lights, and confetti flash to the music. It’s important for these hardcore dancers to look the part. So next time you head to a music festival, add to the rainbow of colours and rave in style with some of the brighter summer clothing lines now on offer.

Top 10 Stylish Ski Jackets for 2015

Most people would probably think that style plays no role in ski jackets. Well, you’d be surprised at how much thought is put in to making these skiing essentials both functional AND stylish. For the year 2015, there are several types of ski jackets which are all the rage. We’ve done our best to cover the latest styles of snow jackets on the market and provide a quick insight into what makes each snow jacket special. For more technical info on each jacket follow the included links, our judgements have tried to include both fashion and function.

3CS ski jacket maroon with chekered inside

3CS ski jacket

In number one we have the 3CS Brunswick Snow Jacket. Now this jacket is spot on when it comes to functionality. The conveniently placed pockets and sleeves make it different from your typical snow jacket. The designer scores points for the checkered print lining. Who else can say that they own such a wickedly themed ski jacket?

Tiffany coloured Snow Jacket

Scott Quorra Snow Jacket

Second place goes to the Scott Quorra Jacket style. Now this jacket is your classic, simple but sturdy snow jacket. These kinds of jackets can get you through whatever weather comes your way. it features GORE-TEX fabric and Thinsulate insulation, making it perfect for the Australian ski season as its really thin but super warm. Comes in a beautiful Tiffany blue colour too ladies!

Helly Hansen Loke Jacket is our third choice. Who can resist adding this jacket to the list with that colourful design? It boasts a Promaloft Silver insulation and H2flow temperature airflow regulator. It was also designed to be waterproof, wind-proof, and water-resistant.

Fourth place goes to the Patagonia Super Cell jacket. This simple but sturdy jacket boasts all the features of a Patagonia jacket minus the hole-in-your-wallet price tag. Comes in 4 base colours including blue, black green and a very fashionable orange. Made with GORE-TEX this bad boy will keep you warm and dry all day long.

bright pink ski jacket

Pure Snow Chamonix jacket

Halfway through the list comes the Pure Snow Chamonix jacket. This jacket has a soft feeling fabric which provides comfort as well as protection. It’s available in pink and purple so if you want to stand out and stay warm, this is the snow jacket for you!

Number six is awarded to the Olympic halfpipe silver medalist jacket. Torrah Bright loves rocking the Roxy Quinn Jacket. It is highly rated for waterproof protection and looks fancy as hell to boot. Featuring some nice faux fur around the collar, this stylish number will have you looking the part as you come down the pipe!

Seventh place goes to the Helly Hansen Squamish CIS jacket. It is made of a two-way stretch fabric which enables it to move freely to the shape and contour of your body.

Second to the last is the Marmot Zermatt Jacket. The color scheme and design is very simple yet the appeal is there. It’s very cool and light to the eyes. It also provides the basic protection that all ski jackets provide with its waterproof MemBrain fabric as its most notable feature.

And finally, we have the Spyder Gem Jacket. The Spyder Gem Jacket is a new addition to the Chris Davenport’s White Spyder collection. Its notable features are it’s shoulder reinforcement, reflector, and 360 degree stretch fabric. But because of the price of this jacket, we had to put it last (nearly $400 more than the #1 pick!)

Aside from these top ten, there are numerous other jackets that any skier can choose from. The fun is in picking which one feels and looks right for you! If you need advice, there is a pretty active community on Google+ that are always happy to help, you can access it here:

What’s Trendy in Bags this Season

An outfit isn’t complete without a handbag or clutch to go with it. Bags can be used to accentuate aspects of your shoes or belt, or level out some of the tones in your dress. They can be slung around your shoulder or casually primed in front of your waist, showing off your pristinely polished nails.

Handbags have, and always will be, an essential part of any woman’s wardrobe. They are one of those items that serve both an aesthetic and practical use. Can you imagine carrying your wallet, mobile phone, lipstick, comb, car keys, face powder, perfume, and other toiletries in your pockets? Definitely not. Bulky pockets are a major fashion faux par.

For the year twenty fifteen, some noticeable trends in designer handbags have already become apparent. We have bucket bags and flower designs making their way back in vogue. However, some handhelds have also been popular, elbowing their way back into the limelight. Sling and saddlebags are also joining the race towards the most popular styles in ladies handbags this season.

a collection of bucket bagsBucket Bags

You can go to any fashion shop and you’ll see their display cases lined with bucket bags of different colors and designs. During the earlier part of the year, big bulky bucket bags were all the rage. The appeal comes from the ease of which they can carry numerous items as well as their light design. This design is perfect for moms, teachers, days at the beach and depending on the design, even for business women.

More recently, smaller bucket bags have been stealing the show. These offer the same style and almost as much as carry space as their larger sibling, but in a much more practical and versatile size.

Floral designs

Perky designs and vibrant colors define one of the dominant trends in bags this year. Flowers have always been used to symbolise women, virility and femininity, so it comes as no surprise why there is such a buzz for bags that come with flower designs this year.

Another pull factor of flower designs comes from the fact that they can easily be paired with almost anything. They can be used with casual wear and outings. They can also be used to add a little fun to a professional look. Remember, downplaying is always okay if you are doing it the right way.

a bright leather boho sling bag

A sling bag from Lokoa


Ah, the classic. A symbol of style and sophistication. Handhelds are usually associated with formal events, but there is a growing market that seeks perky and colorful handhelds. We like the selection of leather clutches and wallets at The Freedom State, but you can also find a wide variety of different styles and designs at many other online designer fashion stores.

Sling and Saddlebags

If you are looking for a more casual look, then sling or saddlebags are the way to go. Simply grab ‘em, sling ‘em and go! Leather bags with donning vibrant colours seem to be all the rage this season, take a look at the wonderful collection of boho bags at Lokoa, which we all adore! These bright bags can be used for both casual wear as well as semi-formal to formal events, either way you can be sure they’ll be a taking point.

If you’re looking for something a little less bohemian and wild, take a look at the latest releases from your favourite handbag and accessories stores for some 2015 fashion inspiration. Whatever your style might be, there’s a bag out there that is perfect for you, find the right style, mix it with the right outfit and make this your year to shine!

The Main Trends So Far in 2015

The emerging trends in women’s clothing styles each season is something that fashion-conscious females are always looking forward to. Given this, it is not uncommon to find that many fashion designers have prepared their creations much in advance. Obviously, this is to provide the fashionista population a glimpse of what the fashion world has in store for them as the year progresses.

At this early stage, the trend in women dresses for 2015 is almost complete with the unveiling of the Fall-Winter collection last February at the New York Fashion Week. Briefly, it would appear that nostalgia is the overwhelming theme of the collection with many of the women dresses showcasing designs that were popular during the ’70s.

fallwinter2015A similar theme was emphasized during the Spring fashion show, and a number of experts in the scene agree that this has lingered on. This was quite obvious in the recently-held Autumn-Winter catwalk shows and clothing line launches.

In line with the ’70s look, the layers for the dresses this season are a bit longer than usual with the waists set a little higher at the same time. Pants for women on the other hand tend to be more fluid and likely carrying flared designs.

Emphasis has been given to the waist area especially as the more relaxed pants variety begins to become more visible. This will be underscored further when the lower pockets are designed with eye-catching flaps and complemented with patent belts. The use of bespoke jackets is also seen as another means of giving emphasis to the waist area.

Even though many of the waists on catwalks this year are adorned with such attractions as patent belts, a popular trend in women dresses is also to carry a militarized approach by underscoring the utility concept. As such, the color combination for many women pants will veer towards navy, olive, and forest green hues.

Fashion ideas from the 1970sIf the highly-stylish woman finds these colors a bit limited, she can look forward to a more extensive listing in the coming months. Presently, designers are considering the use of more neutral tones for the pants that includes chalky white. These colours contrast to the long skirts that can be seen in generally richer colors like blood orange, saffron, and cognac.

Interestingly, the trend in women dresses for 2015 is hardly restricted for female adornment only. Many of the colors are found to be somewhat androgynous so it should not come as a surprise if the fashion-conscious males find the emerging designs for females suitable for their attire as well. As Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantene Colour Institute noted, the palette use in the Fall Collection is multifaceted that the accompanying sophistication should work well for both men and women.

Indeed, that ’70s feeling is alive and well and should be the main trend in women dresses for 2015 at least until the Autumn season. Nevertheless, even with conservatism in the atmosphere, many designers who attended the fashion show observed that many of the women dresses also carried a slightly liberal touch. In other words, sleek and sophistication has effectively matched up with old-style fashion.

The basics of building a stylish wardrobe

We can all get confused by the myriad of clothing options available to us. Do you want to be trendy or stick to the basic conservative style? It’s all too easy to be attracted to the decadence of designer items or the thrill of thrift shopping. You might be an amazing bargain hunter, always happy to check from shop to shop or be addicted to the click of online shopping.

Most people; especially women, with all these shopping options; find themselves with a huge wardrobe of clothes and sadly absolutely nothing to wear. Here are a few tips to guide you on building a stylish wardrobe that you will love and want to wear.

highwaistDress for your body type

We are all built differently and ensuring you are dressed for your body type regardless of the trends will keep you on the well dressed list. They are plenty of magazines and online resources that can guide you and keep you stylish. Simply learning whether you are an apple, pear, hourglass or tube will allow you to zero in on what you should stock for your wardrobe. Try out the helpful shape calculator below.

Flaunt your best feature

We all have something we love about ourselves and this makes us feel confident and happy. Flaunt this feature without feeling guilty, as our clothing is an extension of ourselves and by showing our best features we present the best of ourselves to the world. This in turns makes us confident and elevates what we are wearing.

Fit! Fit! Fit!

These three letters can make even the drabbest outfit very forgiving. Regardless of your size, well fitted clothes give an elegance and confidence to the wearer that can be spotted and appreciated.

Dress for the body you have and not the body you want

While a New Year’s resolution to get slimmer is commendable, it is highly advised to dress stylishly for the body you have now. This will in-fact get you to your goal much happier and build your self-esteem which can be crushed by trying to squeeze into tiny clothes.

alernative modern outfitEmbrace the trends that work for you

Not every highly coveted and praised trend will work for you especially keeping in mind our different body types. If you still love a trend, an easy solution would be to wear accessories showcasing that trend and be able to stick to what works especially as trends are ever-changing.

Constantly de-clutter your wardrobe

While we are working on building your wardrobe, we know all too well that we end up with far too many clothes. This is natural as your style evolves, a trend eventually passes or we over indulge in our purchases. Make it a rule to always remove unused clothes after 3 months, to keep your wardrobe fresh and updated. In turn these clothes can be given away as gifts or sold to help you buy a much more valued item.

Style is meant to build your confidence, empower you and bring out your amazing unique personality. It takes time to build a stylish wardrobe, so have fun with it and feel free to make a few mistakes while embracing you true authentic self.

Festival Fashion for an Epic Summer

The summer festival season is upon us, bringing new levels and additions to your wardrobe. Festival fashion is really the brain child of many existing styles, you’ve got hits of sci-fi peaking underneath sleek 70s silhouettes, bodycon, faded denim, bold prints, bohemian maxis, crotched crop tops…. The list really is endless. Mix and mingle with the aforementioned styles and you have yourself the ultimate festival get-up. But with so many choices it is hard to know where to start, luckily we have a combo of super cute outfits to inspire your enviable festival #ootd. Handy hint: layer up and experiment with hybrid styles to really let your personality shine.

Outfit #1: Country girl meets city chic Country Meets City Chic Look

The feel: Casual, trendy, approachable, easy-going and naturally gorgeous without the effort

Hair: Tousled softly and kept out or loosely braided

Makeup: Fresh and natural. Defined brows but not too arched, a little bronzer, neutral lippy with a touch of gloss and warm eyeshadow

Accessories: Wide-brimmed straw hat, minimal jewellery such as charmed wrap-around bracelets or dangly earrings

Tops: flannelette or denim overshirt, body-hugging t-shirt or above-knee dress

Bottoms: high-waisted denim shorts, boyfriend jeans, any faded/torn denim bottoms

Shoes: converse, boots, high-tops or sandals

bohemian styled festival lookOutfit #2: Bohemian Goddess

The feel: free-spirited, unique, charming, magical

Hair: crown braids, messy buns, free-flowing hair with natural waves

Makeup: Natural, dewy foundation with a gentle honey-glow-bronzer, earthy toned eye shadows, accentuated brows, nude matte lips.

Accessories: Wrap-arounds, head bands, anklets, chunky rings, natural materials such as wood, metal, beads, cotton, feather, leather etc. The more the merrier. Try hand making some accessories for a fun hobby activity and unique get-up

Tops: Loose blouses, crop tops, crotched, patterned, beaded, neutral colours and splashes of bolder colours. Flowing top-layers and customised embroidered jackets are other elements you can consider

Bottoms: Patterned maxi-skirts, hippy pants, denim or crotched shorts

Shoes: sandals, worn boots

cute vintage doll lookOutfit #3: Vintage Doll

The feel: Classy, classic, feminine, nostalgic

Hair: Voluminous bobs, victory-rolls, smooth curls…. lift that hair and bring it to life!

Makeup: Matte finishes, winged liner, soft or bold plump lips, pink cheeks

Accessories: cat-eye sunnies, pearls, fine silver and gold jewellery, hair bows and ribbons, flowers

Tops: Play suits, jumpsuits, sweet-heart tops, high-neck tops with polka dots, floral prints, lace edged, frills, collars, buttons, stripes and checkers

Bottoms: High-waisted skirts/shorts/pants and flare skirts/pants

Shoes: rounded or pointy ballet flats, oxford shoes

alt modern geekOutfit #4: Alternative modern

The feel: Quirky, sci-fi, modern, different

Hair: sleek high ponies, teased, wild locks with crazy colours

Makeup: pale foundation, arched brows, bold lips/eye makeup, experiment and play around with colours, shapes, combinations etc.

Accessories: bright-rimmed sunglasses, chokers, hair accessories, rings, layers

Tops: tight crops, loose jackets, bright, bold, unusual prints

Bottoms: torn, ripped skinny jeans, frayed shorts, plaid skirts

Shoes: boots, converse, unmatched socks, high-knee socks

retro styling queenOufit #5: Retro Queen

The feel: Classy, quirky, trendy, reminiscent of fashion icons like twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor

Hair: sleek hair, puffy fringes, high buns, tight ponies

Makeup: glowy foundation, red lips, cat-eye winged liners, heavy mascara, arched brows

Accessories: bright-rimmed curved sunglasses,head scarves, stockings, belts, thick bangles, and chunky statement jewellery, odd-shaped hand bags,

Tops: high-neck blouses, buttons, polka dots, suede, velvet, silk, block colours, contrasting colours

Bottoms: High waisted skirts/shorts/pants, flare pants, flare dresses that are fitted to the waist

Shoes: ballet flats, boots, oxford shoes, high-tops, lace-edged socks

Ageless and Age-Appropriate For the more Mature Ladies

No matter your age, dressing stylishly, elegantly and attractively is not only easy to accomplish but incredibly beneficial for boosting self-confidence and improving relationships and social life. fashion for over 50 doesn’t have to be boring and women’s clothing is an area that continues to develop and evolve, and now, in an era of much diversity and acceptance, fashion is really limitless and few can dictate its rules. The oft heard “but there are never any nice clothes for the older ladies!” is now dead and completely untrue.

Looks, outfits and personal styles can be played around with to suit certain circumstances. If you’re short on money, invest in items with the utmost versatility so over-wearing is not an issue. Important staple items include a white blouse, a jacket and black pants. Now, some handy tips on how to continue looking fabulous as you age:

colourful flower lace jacket


Michele Obama has shown us all that bold colours really differentiate one amongst the crows. It is not uncommon for the more mature lady to stick to black, but as trendy as it can be, it can also be draining. The suitable bright colours really add life, vitality and youth to the wearer, making one seem more energised and approachable than a dull black or grey may. When choosing a colour, select one that can complement your natural complexion to give off a ‘glowing-skin’ appearance. We found these beautiful chiffon jackets from Just4You to be the perfect splash of colour.

If you’re an all-black kinda gal, try changing things up a bit with neutral tones like ivory, sand and beige colours which go with practically everything. You can add colour through your makeup by donning a bright lippy, coral/scarlet/magenta or adding brightly coloured accessories. Go for colours you feel confident in.


flower pattern chiffon top

Items which reveal your neck and legs are great ways to add length and lean out your silhouette. We don’t mean deep-plunges, but rather, boat/v-necks tops or a few buttons undone from the top of your blouse. Such tops are well partnered with knee-length pencil skirts and nude heels that can blend in with your skin to give the appearance of added leg length. The illusion created by stretching the opposite ends of the body is one of lean length.


Layering clothing when done correctly can add a thought-out chicness to your outfit. Keep an eye on not getting too carried away and ending up looking sloppy instead. Balance out the fabric according to weight, length, colour and textures. For the upper half of your body, wear the the thinnest fabric which has the most length inside and get thicker as you move out. For example, a long tank top beneath a v-neck with a vest/cardi/jacket on the outside revealing the variations in length. This look is well balanced with a fitted bottom half, so try tight jeans or leggings.


Dresses are go-to outfits, there is no need to put items together or worry about separate pieces. Dresses can be easily played up or toned down to suit a particular situation with variation in shoes, accessories and/or had & makeup. Resurrect those dresses hidden within your wardrobe and get them taken in/out to really flatter your current figure.

monochrome mature lady fashion


Contrary to common believe, breaking the line of your body at either the hips or waist with contrasting colours (e.g. black/white) is not the best slimming option. Remaining within the same colour scheme actually creates a vertical line which is sleeker and more aesthetically appealing. Items do not necessarily have to be the exact shade to pull off this illusion, just within that group, e.g. dark and darks.


Belts add just the right amount of definition to enhance the bodies natural curves in the most appealing way. Skinner belts actually produce a better effect than their larger counterparts as the space between busts and hips is increased, maintaining the length of the torso and preventing it from looking squashed. Always make sure your belt is worn on the narrowest area of your waist for the best effect.