—— 28.04.12 | travel ——

one item three ways

With less than three days left to vote in the ASOS Future Stylist Finals, I’m here to share with you another one of our styling challenges. This challenge revolved around us spending 45 minutes at the infamous ASOS sample sale to select eight pieces to style into three looks. The catch was that one of the items had to be worn in all of the looks – from casual to office – to party. Under the pressure of fellow staff members watching us on, waiting for their turn to visit the sale, we hurried around frantically looking for pieces to use. I couldn’t quite find the perfect piece to wear three ways – I had in my mind a pastel blazer but as things always turn out, I couldn’t find one. So! I chose this polka dot red blouse instead and this is what I came up with:

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Day: I was originally going to wear it with a skirt but the skirts I chose didn’t quite fit right. So instead, I went with these trousers. I opted to put on a jumper to balance out the heels and keep it comfy/casual. I also felt that the canvas backpack really gave an element of a typical day look and decided to include it as a fun, playful touch. With the belt I had chosen, I decided to have it tucked in under the jumper to give it a more laidback look.

 

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Office: For the office look, I decided to pair this blouse with these trousers and lose the jumper. I went with a metallic clutch this time to make it feel more dressed up. For this look, I don’t think I would see it in an accountant’s office or anything, but I could definitely see it in a fashion office or a creative office. I thought that by choosing a shirt and trousers, but playing with the prints and colours used, it would be suitable for a working environment.

 

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Going out: I thought that by adding a pair of superbly sequinned leggings would do well at turning this top into a going out top. These leggings were exciting and eye catching and I guess if I paired it with something just as crazy on top it would be too all over the place. So in a way, the shirt was also versatile for wearing out as well. I chose to use the metallic clutch in this look as it was definitely a party piece over anything not sparkly :)

Once again, I would more than love it if you could vote for me today here. The winner will be announced in just under three days, after the competition ends. So it would be absolutely fabulous to have your votes <3

—— 26.04.12 | travel ——

ASOS FUTURE STYLIST GRAND FINALS – III

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Wearing: ASOS Revive backpack, ASOS sequin top, ASOS matelasse shorts and ASOS current/new season

For my second look for the ASOS Revive styling challenge, I chose this white sports inspired backpack. When I first picked up this backpack, I thought: there’s no way to make this not look sporty. It’s got the big zip, the meshy stuff and just screams ‘take me (stylishly) to the gym’. Given that the collection was designed by the head designer of the Stella McCartney for Adidas range, I guess I had to expect sporty elements to the pieces! So I guess the challenge here, was to attempt to incorporate this into a more wearable sort of look. As soon as I saw the crisp white, I knew this was an open invitation to clash everything else to my heart’s content. So from our challenge rack, I searched and found these metallic floral shorts, this crazy top with plastic cut outs sewn on and a floral cut out blazer. For the shoes, I went for some casual canvas peep toe heels. I quite liked this look though the top does look a tiny bit baggy and long on me because it was a couple of sizes too big :) There are now just over four days left to cast the remaining daily votes for me so I would love it if you help me and vote here :) Thank you!

—— 25.04.12 | travel ——

ASOS Future Stylist Grand Finals II

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One of my favourite challenges in this competition was to style two occasionwear looks – an outfit to wear to a wedding and an outfit to wear to a  Queen’s Jubilee street party. I fell in love with this challenge as soon as I saw the rack we had to work from. It was packed with bright colours and prints – and you know what I feel about bright colours and prints! The shoes were just as celebratory. I spotted among the crowd, one of my favourite pairs of heels on the ASOS website which I’ve had saved in my wishlist for ages – a pair of criss-cross strap pointed court shoes. I first saw them in an issue of the ASOS magazine and seeing them in real life in this challenge really lifted my spirits!

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Street party for the Queen’s Jubilee: I have got to admit that when I first read the brief and saw ‘street party’ and ‘Queen’s Jubilee’, I thought: what?! Although Australia is a part of the Commonwealth, I swear I have never heard anyone talk about Queen’s Jubilees.. ever. The same goes to street parties. I don’t think they’re very common here but at least that was somewhat self-explanatory. Anyway so a quick Google did help send me the right direction and I decided to go for a casual outfit  and chose out jeans. However I also wanted to give the impression that someone actually thought about the outfit since it is for a nice little party, so I worked in some quirky little pieces like this ice-cream print, lilac sunglasses, a very cheery yellow bag (perfect for some spare change, little camera and phone). I really like the overall pastel combination of the look and would definitely wear it myself!

ASOS Future stylist connie cao 2012 australia 5 ASOS Future Stylist Grand Finals IIWedding look: For the wedding look, I wanted to go with something that was classy, dressed up but not so much a ‘fashion statement’. I feel like for weddings (not that I have attended many – I’ve only been to one), the outfit should not be too out there or else it sorta draws too much attention to you and the wedding’s supposed to be about the people getting married! So the safe option I went with was this beautiful floral dress, which also has a gorgeous sheer mesh panel on the top (not sure if you can see it). For the extra layer on top, I went for an unbuttoned blouse. I’m not sure if many people wear blouses like this but I have to put it out there, that I absolutely love it! I think it must be because that a lot of the (vintage) blouses I own are a couple of sizes too big for me and sometimes look a bit silly and wide buttoned up but when you wear it like this, you can hardly tell. It just looks like a loose jacket. I went to shoe heaven when I saw this pair of heels and knew instantly they had to be incorporated into one of my looks. And the croc skin clutch felt like the perfect way to pull it all together.

You can vote for me daily again here and be in the chance to win £500 & don’t forget to enter my ASOS giveaway as well. Thank you!

 Studio photos by Greg @ ASOS, wideangle photos by Niran Vinod