Styling Story : Work Lunch By the Bay

Styling Story : Work Lunch By the Bay

Summer is the season of work functions. There are more events than usual to attend and just for fun, they all have different dress codes.

I was invited to an end of year lunch by a business I have worked with for a few years. Also invited was my 'Director of Content, Curation, Graphics, Photos, Online Marketing and Research' (who is also my grown-up daughter). On this sunny day in Melbourne's Williamstown we took a detour through the waterside gardens to take some photos of this look I put together for the lunch. I started with the perfect blank canvas - my favourite dress from my range - the Take to the Floor wrap maxi dress in jersey (I am wearing a 12).

Being an end-of-year function, I wanted to incorporate some sparkle (although I CAN find an excuse to add sparkle to any occasion, to be fair) so I chose silver as my accent colour. I started with this Carolina leather wrap belt (a Japanese style obi-belt) which, because of the width, is great for body types like mine where you want to cinch your waist (I'm a pear.. big booty, small on top and small waist). I wrapped a long strand of jewels to around wrist (I’m starting to think I have a thing for things that wrap..) which I snapped up in the Christine-is-moving-location sale, and Ipenema sandals with a spot of bling. Oh - and I slipped on some gorgeous silver drop earrings I got from a recent evening market.

Always keen on a pop of colour, I was inspired by my electric blue nails. I am sure the style-afficionados would say I should have stopped at the metallic accents, but I couldn't help myself -  I grabbed the blue graphic pouch from my DVF bag to use as a wristlet/clutch and my blue framed sunnies. My favourite Panama hat (also from Carolina) tied it all together for a comfy, jazzy, professional summer look.

Chanel said: 'Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off. It is always better to be underdressed.' So I added a necklace at the last minute, looked in the mirror, took that off and shot out the door!

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