Reinventing “The Classics”

When it comes to wardrobes, I have a very strong policy about capsule collections where all styling clients are encouraged to invest in good quality basics before splurging on statement trends. Key items such as a blazer, a button-down shirt and a printed dress (or co-ord set in this case) are essential to our day-to-day dressing and ensure we always look sophisticated. The trick is to reinvent classic fashion items to suit your own personal aesthetic with accessories, shoes and certain styling techniques differentiating your capsule wardrobe from the rest.

For those who need help updating their basics, this blog is for you where I take three timeless looks and add a sartorial twist to kick them into S/S21. The best part? All garments can be purchased from a mixture of my favourite high-street Wintergarden boutiques with some outfits topping no more than $100 in total. Now THAT’S worth a trip into the city!

Print on Print

An easy and fun way to reinvigorate the classic “shirt and shorts” combo is to invest in a print where stripes, spots and animal print offer a myriad of styling options. This H&M stripe set is perfect for beach trips through to long lunches where a simple accessory swap can cater to the occasion. For casual outings style with a chunky sandal, hip bag and aviator frame. By night, add a heel, clutch and statement earring. Layer with singlets, crop tops, basic tees or even swimwear for variety.  The “Printed Set” replaces the “Printed Dress” as it essentially serves the same purpose but can be mixed and matched to create alternate outfits… and who doesn’t love a multi-style philosophy?

 Pop of Colour

This S/S season is all about colour where the brighter and bolder the better. For those who prefer to play it safe, pair neutral toned items such as this H&M beige suit with a trendy neon singlet for an instant update that doesn’t break the bank. I’ve kept the accessories monochromatic and simple to ensure the statement top does all the talking. The same technique can be applied to handbags, belts, shoes and sunglasses where high street stores offer the best variety and value for money. This particular outfit allows me to invest in my capsule wardrobe (the beige suit) and play with trends (the pop-coloured singlet) ticking all of the fashion and budgeting boxes.

Go Oversized

Another easy and cost-effective way to update staple items is to continue purchasing classic pieces but size up for a relaxed, edgy and on-trend feel. Oversized silhouettes are very Insta-worthy and allow you to play with current fashion movements without completely changing your style. The button-down shirt is the perfect starting piece where the flowy nature allows you to wear it unbuttoned, uncuffed and undone without revealing too much. Not to mention it is perfect for those extra balmy Queensland nights! Baggy palazzo pants or jeans are another fun wardrobe addition, fusing comfort and fashion in the most practical of ways. This blue stripe shirt and cream jean are Uniqlo staples and can be purchased in a variety of different colours ways and prints.

There you have it: three simple styling hacks to update your wardrobe where everything you need can be found within the fabulous Wintergarden precinct. If you stick to what suits your body shape and play into trends via prints, colour, accessories or shape, you will find your shopping experience becomes a whole lot easier.


GET THE LOOK: Linen Ditsy Midi Dress, $149.95; Straw Shoulder Bag $89.95, Ava Bucket Hat, $49.95; Seed Heritage

GET THE LOOK: Moss Leopard Asymmetric Dress, $379.00; Moss Leopard Hat, $110.00; Veronika Maine

Annabel Falco is a Brisbane-based fashion Stylist, Journalist and Blogger.  As National Fashion Editor and Stylist for NewsCorp and Fashion Ambassador for Brisbane City/ Queen St Mall, she has worked with everyone from celebrities, new mums, corporate figures, brides-to-be, grooms, Dad’s and retirees to refine, restructure and reinvigorate wardrobes.  Having worked with Australian and International fashion heavy-weights such as David Jones, Sass & Bide, Aje, Seed Heritage, Dior, Burberry and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, Annabel has styled across many fashion platforms including celebrity, catwalk, studio, location, flat lay and personal styling.