I love me a good trend (did I mentioned I’m addicted to statement pants? Ad.Dic.Ted… remember this?). Peplums, neon and floral prints have also all made their way into my wardrobe already this Spring…. BUT there is also something to say for classic style. A well cut blazer, a pretty, girly frock and an amazing pair of heels are ALWAYS welcome in my style books and are often the first things I recommend my clients have in their wardrobe.
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I remember as a kid, always begging mum (remember Mum?) to take me to the charity stores to try to find clothes on the cheap (see, I have always been a bargain hunter) but I guess as I got older, the novelty wore off and new, shiny stores started to attract my attention a lot more! Now I have friends who are FIERCE charity-store shoppers! They come home with the most incredible finds, but most of us don’t think we can do that right?
Wrong! You know that saying “what is old is new again”, well it really is in today’s blog post! I am lucky enough to be involved in the Lifeline “So You Thing You Got Style“ competition that is running on the Lifeline Stores facebook page at the moment. The girls behind the page are trying to encourage ALL of us to think about shopping at Lifeline’s retail stores for NEW additions to our wardrobe, not just giving our old ones away!
Kirstine O’Donnell (one of the girls behind the competition) and I recently visited a Lifeline Store to see what we could see…. the VERY FIRST DRESS that I saw in the window was none other than a fabulous SACHA DRAKE frock from a few seasons ago – I kid you not (is this the look of a face that would lie to you) and guess what ladies! It was only $30! You can’t even get a SACHA DRAKE dress on eBay for that!! Bargain!
So my initial excitement on finding the SACHA DRAKE dress didn’t war off as I looked through all the amazing clothes on the racks of Lifeline Lutwyche. Top Shop, Cue, Saba, Nine West, Levis just to name a few. There was heaps from Katies, Rockmans, Crossroads and Sussan too – ALL from that one Lifeline Store.
What she is wearing:
Outfit 1: Just Jeans jeans – $9.50, Tempt top – $5.50, K-Mart shoes – $6.50, Accessories – $2 each, Sabine bag – $8
Outfit 2: Katies maxi-dress – $15, Belt – $2, Lipstick shoes – $7.50, Bag – $4
Outfit 3: Ellen X dress – $15, Shoes – $20, Clutch purse – $1
Outfit 4: Tempt skirt – $7.50, Jeans West blouse – $8.50, Belt – $5, Shoes – $10, Cabrelli bag – $7.50
Outfit 5: Katies top – $9.50, Just Jeans jeans – $10, Target shoes – $10, Rockmans singlet – $5.50, Just Jeans belt – $2.95. Accessories – $2 each/10c
So you think YOU got style?!?
Do you think you can get it from Lifeline?!
Enter the competition and show us how much style you can get from Lifeline.
Here are the instructions for entering:
- Snap a photo of yourself wearing your purchase from a Lifeline shop
- ‘LIKE’ the Lifeline-Shops Facebook page here
- Post the photo to the Lifeline-Shops Facebook page under the ‘So You Think You Got Style Competition’ page (down the left hand side)
- Get your friends to vote for you by sharing it on your wall
- The photo with the most votes wins!
- See the terms and conditions for more information
** Don’t forget to keep your receipt as proof of purchase to be eligible to claim the prize
That’s awesome, I hear you say, but what do I win?
Well that is the best part (if I do say so myself!)
The winner will win a $100 Lifeline Shops voucher and the following with Brisbane stylist, Caitlin Harrison (Oh! I KNOW her!)
- A 2 hour styling session in a Lifeline store (valued at $160)
- A body shape analysis
- Be featured on the Chasing Cait blog in their own ‘retro-dressing’ photoshoot
How cool is that?! So hurry up and get your stylish butt to a Lifeline Retail store near you. Click here for a list of stores.
Chasing Cait is proudly supporting:
Well ok, do. But don’t judge a store by who you think their customer is supposed to be! My mother often jokes that I can find something to spend money on no matter what shop I go into! This is a habit of mine that distresses her but I think it’s a great skill to have! (One that has led me to become a stylist as a career in fact!).
If you don’t want to look like everyone else on the street then this blog is for you. The stores that you never walk into are a treasure-trove for finding those unique and interesting pieces that help you make up your own personal style so here are a few stores that I bet you never thought to check out!
Ok, if you are under 30 (or a size 6) maybe you have visited Supre recently, but for many of us that have crossed the 30-barrier, the though of walking into Supre is daunting! The girls working there are so tiny! If you are size 10 or bigger you end up going into the L and the XL sizes plus the music is sooooo loud! (am I sounding like a nana yet?) BUT there are still some great basics and work pieces to be found! Supre also will fit up to a size 14-16 (just don’t look at the XXL on the tag!) As a size 12, I can normally wear a M – L depending on the garment.
This pussy-bow blouse is one of my favourite finds from Supre recently. It is classy, covered and totally work-appropriate. Pair it back with one of the basic camis underneath and a HOT pencil skirt from Cue, Witchery, Saba or the like and you have a smoking, feminine look.
I know right?! Total opposite to Supre, but I just bagged some great short for summer, much to my surprise! The same also applies to Katies, Millers and Sportscraft – shops you think your mum might shop in, but there are some really nice styles that are actually cut to fit women! High rises on the jeans and shorts, enough darting in the bust on shirts, and hems that cover what you had for breakfast that day!
How hot is this tailored dress? It has enough shape to flatter an hour-glass or pear shape (the cap sleeves are puuuuuufect for our pears our there) and the belt with help define a waist for a column shape or our lovely apples!
Roger David (and other associated boys shops)
Unless you are shopping with your man, I bet you walk straight past there stores when you are indulging in a spot of retail therapy right? Well don’t! Mens stores are great for accessories (and if you are a lucky column shape, you could even pick up a pair of jeans or a fitted button-up shirt!)
So I can be a bit of a slave to fashion and my new favourite look is the wayfarer frames as glasses…know what I mean? (Here is one of my fashion-idols Sarah Wilson rocking the look)
I looked everywhere for these frames and stumbled upon them in Roger David when shopping with my boy. Yay! Trend-piece sorted after looking in every, single girls shop from Sportsgirl to CottonOn to Target for a pair!
So the moral of this little tale ladies, I can spend money ANYWHERE! No, sorry, that’s not it. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort-zone when you shop. If you can’t find what you are after in all the usual haunts, visit some un-usual ones.
Until next time, happy shopping!!
Have you found an amazing piece somewhere unexpected? Where is your ‘secret’ place to shop for something different?
This post was originally written for WeHeartLife – ChasingCait is the fashion and beauty writer for WeHeartLife. Click here to visit the site