Sunday, 24 June 2018

Caring for your Woollen Sweaters

It always irks me whenever a sales consultant tells me that you cannot  hand wash woollens and to follow the directions on the label. For years, I have been hand washing my knitwear and ignored the care label reading 'Dry clean'. The majority of my sweaters are made by high end designers, such as Ralph Lauren Collection and Burberry, and because they have been taken care of, still look brand new. 

Here's what I do to keep my sweaters looking fabulous. If the sweater is 100% cashmere you need to fill a small tub of lukewarm water using a small amount of Wool Mix. I ALWAYS use Martha Gardner, Eucalyptus. I wash the sweater by gently moving the garment through the water and gently squeezing the sweater, but never pulling or tugging. Then I leave the sweater in the water to soak for about five minutes (not always needed-do skip this step if the garment is not heavily soiled). Afterwards, I rinse the sweater in lukewarm water until the water comes out clear. Do not lift the sweater out of the water to rinse. Leave it in the water and let the water rinse the garment gently. If you pull the garment when it is wet, it will stretch and lose its shape. Next, gently squeeze excess water and  spin the sweater on the gentle/slow setting in the washing machine. I used to use a towel and roll the sweater up in the towel to dry it, but found it most annoying because then I'd have to dry the towels! Lay the garment flat to dry on a sweater rack/flat on a clothing rack will do too.

If you have a sweater to hand wash that is 100% merino wool, always use cold water to wash it or it will shrink. Believe me, I am talking from experience.  Use the exact same Wool Mix to wash the garment in. Follow by rinsing in cold water and setting the washing machine on gentle/slow spin to remove excess liquid. Lay garment flat to dry.

Now onto the tricky part. If your sweater is a combination of wool/fabrics, such as 80% cashmere 20% wool, always look at the biggest percentage and clean according to this. For instance ,with the before mentioned combination of cashmere and wool, there is more cashmere in the sweater, so wash the exact same way as you would a 100% cashmere sweater. If the sweater has a higher percentage of silk for instance,  wash the same way as you would cashmere. However, if the sweater is 80% wool and 20% cashmere, always wash this in cold water, following the guide for woolen sweaters to avoid shrinkage. 

I have always followed these guidelines every single time I hand wash my sweaters. I have heard that dry-cleaning over time can break down the fibers, changing the feel and texture of the wool. The only time I would ever dry-clean a sweater would be if it was stained. 

Hope this has helped you in some way to feel more confident to hand wash your woollen sweaters.

Let me know how you go with my tips and tricks!

Yours in style,
Suzi x


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Burberry Classic Style







It seems Burberry is not all about the raging 80s and 90s. I am so relieved to say there are some classics beginning to filter in. Thank God! 

Seriously, I am really not that thrilled about fluorescent trims, nor am I that excited when it comes to graffiti prints; two trends that Burberry have taken on with a vengeance.

The reason I am so against these so called 'trends' is because I've already seen, lived and worn those trends back in the 80s and 90s. If I'm totally honest, I am pretty happy to see the back end of them. 

Classics-give me them any day, any year, any season. Classics never go out of fashion. One of my favourite new season pieces by Burberry has got to be the short-sleeve wool/silk shirt dress in off white. Very reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Vintage inspired, this dress would flatter any figure. 

What do you think about designers going back to the 80s and 90s? Would you prefer to see more classic pieces in your favourite designer capsule collections?

Yours in style,
Suzi x


images courtesy of Burberry

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Moncler S/S 2018 My Edit
































I am absolutely loving the new Spring Summer '18 collection by Italian fashion designer label, Moncler. The preppy French chic style really appeals to my more casual side. Think fabulous clothes you can wear on a day off or on a weekend.  

I love the way Moncler have put together their looks for the new season to give a very relaxed, chic, effortless feel. 
Clever integration of the trademark Moncler puffer jackets, sees the Italian fashion house stay true to the very essence of the brand. 

Colourways of red, khaki, and beige keep the collection preppy. The use of stripes evokes a very French-chic feel and prints keep things young and flirty. Black, cream and navy is used to keep the collection classic and sophisticated.

I love every look in the Spring Summer '18 collection. I think I would be hard-pressed to choose my favourite, since I pretty much adore everything! 

Do you have a favourite look from the collection? Would love to hear what you think!

Fabulous news for the stylish peeps of Melbourne is that you can all enjoy this new collection as Moncler is now available at Chadstone Shopping Centre! How fabulous is that?

Yours in style, 

Suzi x

Pics from official website https://www.moncler.com/gb/catalogues/moncler-women-ss18/














Saturday, 26 May 2018

Update on Ralph Lauren in Australia

Most of you guys know how very fond I am of Ralph Lauren clothing, particularly the runway womenswear Collection label. I have published multiple posts showcasing this iconic American brand. The impeccable quality, fit and style of the Collection label is second to none-the creme de la creme, shall we say. I think the Ralph Lauren Purple Label for women, now named Collection, has the best slim fit cashmere sweaters on the luxury designer market today. I own several pieces. But now that's about to change. 

Why, you ask? Because Ralph Lauren Melbourne, Australia, is no longer going to carry the luxury Collection label. That's right folks. You heard it right. 

On a recent birthday stay in Melbourne earlier on in May, I visited the Ralph Lauren's Flagship Store on the Paris end of Collins Street. I had saved up my hard earned money to purchase another slim fit 100% cashmere sweater in Lux Tan. I looked around in the store eager with anticipation, hoping to find the sweater in question, but to no avail. I could not see ANY Collection label, ANYWHERE!! At first I thought I was going completely bonkers, but soon realised that the entire womenswear department was now filled with clothing from the lower end label, Ralph Lauren Polo! You have got to be kidding!

I asked the sales consultant whether the cashmere Collection label sweaters had come in yet (I had called a month prior and was told they would arrive in May/June) and she told me that the Collection label for women is no longer going to be available in Australia. I can understand that it is on the higher end of the market, therefore may not sell as fast, but in my opinion, certainly worth the investment. After years of stocking this luxurious label, why change? I was in total shock and confusion.

Ralph Lauren, I doubt whether you'll ever gaze your eyes upon this blog post, but if you do please reconsider this decision. Australians are most deserving of your high end product. Melbourne, in particular, is at the epicenter of style and fashion and to remove this label completely is absolutely ludicrous. At the bare minimum, at least consider stocking the Iconic range. Another option would be to make the Collection label accessible online with shipping to Australia. At the moment, Australians are unable to purchase anything from ralphlauren.com

I AM ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED.

Who's with me? Will you miss the Ralph Lauren Collection label as much as I will?
Would love to hear how this change will affect you.

Yours in style,

Suzi x







Saturday, 10 February 2018

Little Black Skirt (LBS)



Skirt in ribbed faille



Skirt in ribbed faille



Skirt in ribbed faille




One of my favourite labels is Max & Co, the trendier, youthful label of MaxMara, an Italian brand which has been in operation since the early 1950s.

During a recent visit to Max & Co, I was on the lookout for a skirt I could wear for both casual and formal occasions. While perusing their gorgeous garments from Max & Co's Spring/Summer 2018 collection, I came across a Little Black Skirt (LBS) in ribbed faille. The fit was so flattering on my petite frame and I absolutely loved the pockets, so I just had to purchase it right then and there! 

I am hoping to wear my new LBS on Valentine's Day. My husband and I are going out for lunch to a fancy Italian restaurant. I think I will pair it with a silk navy blouse and black patent pumps. 

Have you had any really great fashion purchases recently? What are you doing for Valentine's Day?

I'd love to hear from you, so please add your response in the section below. 

Yours in style,

Suzi x

Thanks to Max & CO for the images shown above 
https://world.maxandco.com

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Burberry September 2017
















For years now, Burberry has been one of my favoured British design houses. Led by Christopher Bailey at the design helm, the collection for September, 2017, is edgy, contemporary and yet very eclectic. With the addition of tartan, this collection stays true to British history and tradition.
Of course, I am most partial to the tartan skirt. I have two in my arsenal.

Enjoy your week!

Yours in style, 

Suzi x

images https://au.burberry.com/women/





Saturday, 1 July 2017

Ralph Lauren Collection Pre-Fall '17








In my eyes, no other designer does it quite like Ralph Lauren. I guess what appeals to me the most is the timelessness of the garments and  the sheer fact the garments are classics, which means they will still look fabulous in years to come. 

Of course, a designer must know what looks best on the woman's figure. I love the way Ralph Lauren garments skim a woman's curves and highlight the most flattering areas. 

My absolute favourite piece from the new Ralph Lauren Collection for Pre-Fall '17, consists of a two piece tweed jacket and pant ensemble, the Helene Jacket which highlights the shoulders and pants skimming the hips. So chic, so classic and timeless. 

What is your favourite piece from this collection?

Yours in style, 

Suzi x

images c/o Vogue