Staples | Leopard Print Shirt

Leopard is a print that struts down the catwalk season after season. The magazines try to sell it to us as a trend, but I think we can all agree it’s a staple!

Pictured: Gene Tierney in the 1940’s

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In 1925, American film actress Marian Nixon created quite a sensation in the fashion world by matching her new fur coat with her pet. She was seen parading a pet leopard on a leash down Hollywood Boulevard.

Christian Dior’s muse, Mitzah Bricard, was fascinated by leopard print. Dior was the first to use leopard as a print (and not fur) in his 1947 spring-summer collection. Leopard print represented the post-war return to glam and provided a welcome reprieve from fabric rationing after World War II.

Pictured: Mitzah Bricard

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Wearing leopard print was synonymous with great sophistication and elegance. No woman’s ensemble was complete without a touch of leopard. Iconic screen sirens like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Barbra Streisand firmly linked leopard print to luxury as they wore it through the next few decades.

Pictured: Barbra Streisand in the 1960’s

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Italian designer Roberto Cavalli first came onto the fashion scene in the 1970’s and has used leopard print in every collection which has brought him great success.

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The wild side of animal print appeared in the mid-1970′s. The Punk Rock movement saw leopard print worn with ripped denim and motorcycle jackets. Rebellious music paired with the wild print created an illusion of being sexy and dangerous.

Pictured: Blondie

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The 80’s brought leopard print back into glamour mode, worn with diamonds, fur and sequins. This decade of fashion lacked much ‘sophistication’ but leopard print was a symbol of wealth and style.

Pictured: Joan Collins in Dynasty

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In the 1990’s leopard print took a fatal turn to trash-town. The print’s rebellious sexiness of the 70’s was mashed with its over-the-top glamour of the 80’s, which resulted in leopard print becoming a symbol of overt sexuality. Characters in TV and film wore leopard print to convey their ‘sexiness’, pop stars turned to leopard print to establish their ‘sex status’.

Pictured: Christina Aguilera

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Pictured: Fran Drescher in The Nanny

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Since the late 2000’s we have seen leopard print regain its allure and today the print stands for sex, sophistication and luxury in equal parts.

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I love leopard print on anything and everything: shoes, bags, skirts, pants, jackets, scarves…anything! However a classic leopard print shirt is something I believe every gal should have in her closet.

This one by Equipment is my favourite:

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A leopard print shirt can be dressed up or down, worn with boyfriend jeans or a pencil skirt. The options are endless as leopard print is made up of neutral colours and so is a neutral itself.

Here is some styling inspiration.

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Staples | Leather Pants

There’s nothing sexier than a pair of leather pants. They are a bit rock-star but still sophisticated.

I believe every woman should have a pair in their closet. They are the luxe version of your classic blue jeans – comfortable, versatile and will never go out of fashion.

Leather pants are not cheap, but just remember they are an investment piece that will last you a lifetime.

Here are my top picks of leather pants available to purchase right now.

J Brand Super Skinny Leather Pants, AU$1,126.49

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Sass and Bide Checking In leather pants, AU$790

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Diesel black L-Rimmon Leather Pants, AU$581.15

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If you’re not keen to part with a lot of cash, but still love the look of leather pants, there are hundreds of leather-look pants and leggings available right now. These won’t cost you more that $100-$150.

Now for some styling inspiration, let’s see how the cool kids on the street are doing it.

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– CS

 

Staples | Grey marle jumper

Winter dressing can be difficult, but having a grey marle jumper in your closet will make outfit decisions much easier when the temperature is heading towards zero.

Jumpers are great layering pieces and grey marle is a neutral colour that has both sophistication and edge.

These are my top three picks:

1) Sass and Bide ‘The Epoch’ asymmetrical jumper

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2) Witchery ‘Merino Ribbed Front Jumper’

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3) Asos ‘Cropped Rib Detail Jumper’

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Here is some inspiration for styling a grey marle jumper into your existing wardrobe.

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How would you style your grey marle jumper?

– CS

Staples | Basic Black Beanie

Now that the chill has set in, it’s time to think about covering up and no wardrobe is complete without a basic black beanie.

Here are my top picks:

1) ASOS Short Turn Up Beanie $11.70

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2) Vans Mismoedig Beanie Hat $28.42

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3) Sportsgirl Tokyo Dry Beret $19.95

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If you’re wondering how you can style this key winter accessory into your wardrobe, here is some street style inspiration.

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How will you style your black beanie?

– CS

Staples | White Shirt

Today is OCRF White Shirt Day, so I am dedicating this post to the most versatile piece of clothing in your closet.

I don’t know one woman who doesn’t have a white shirt in her wardrobe. When I think white shirt I think Katherine Hepburn, Calvin Klein and Risky Business.

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The shirt dates back to the middle ages, when it was worn as underwear or a nightgown. From the 16th century the shirt became outerwear for men. The collar grew into enormous proportions and was decorated with frills, ruffles, embroidery and lace.

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Until the end of the 19th century, the white shirt was considered to be a symbol of wealth as it was worn by men who didn’t work. This is where the term ‘white collar worker’ was derived.

It wasn’t until the 20th century that women began wearing shirts. Famously in the 1920’s Coco Chanel discarded her corset and wore the white shirt loose for the first time.

In the 1950’s the pin-up style was trending so the shirt was worn with rolled sleeves, popped collars and tucked into a high-waisted skirt. Think Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

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But by the 70’s with the feminist movement, the white shirt turned into an androgynous piece. Think Diane Keaton in Annie Hall and punk rock artist Patti Smith on the cover of her album Horses.

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One of the most iconic white shirt moments was in 1992 when Anna Wintour put nine supermodels in the same GAP white shirt for the cover of US Vogue’s 100th anniversary issue.

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Over time a garment that was once a nightgown, has cemented itself as both a fashion and Hollywood icon.

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The Witchery OCRF White Shirt Campaign is an initiative designed to raise awareness of and fund research into the disease which kills one woman every 10 hours.

1200 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year and with most diagnosed in the late stage, early detection is the key to changing the statistics.

100% of gross profits from the sale of pieces from the Witchery White Shirt collection are donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, who are striving for the development and implementation of an early detection program for ovarian cancer.

A great cause and an even better reason to buy the ultimate wardrobe staple!

These are my two picks from the collection:

OCRF Silk Hardware Shirt, $149.95

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OCRF Tab Detail Shirt, $149.95

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– CS

Information sources:

http://www.tailorstore.co.uk/history-of-bespoke-shirts

http://www.vogue.it/en/magazine/editor-s-blog/2011/08/august-10th

http://www.more.com/fashion/clothes-trends/classic-white-shirt