Support & shop local

Support Local Series #2

The second instalment of the Support Local Series is full of outfit inspiration beyond pyjamas, trackpants and gym gear. Each outfit will keep you looking polished as well as comfortable during your time in isolation or working from home, it’s all about bring that street style to the home (home style, new trend for 2020?)

Of course this blog being about supporting local includes not only outfit inspiration but also where to get the look from local businesses. The best news? All pieces featured are under $250, with many of the stores listed below offering further discounts when you shop online (see discounts at the bottom of the page), perfect for those that need a retail therapy boost but are on a strict budget.

Technically you could rock with look with your nightgown but as a stylist and for your own mental health & productivity I highly encourage you actually get changed & maintain a normal morning routine. That being said is there anything comfier than a slip dress. To keep it work appropriate dd an oversized blazer. Why oversized? It automatically gives the outfit polish yet a sense of ease, pretty much the kind of look you want to achieve when working from home. Plus the oversized fit means less restriction when typing on a computer all day (just push the sleeve up to keep from looking swamped).

Pssst… if a blazer isn’t a natural oversized fit buy 1 or 2 sizes above your normal size to achieve the same look.

Get the look 1: Chachi Boutique Keepsake Midi Dress $179.00 | 2: Perlu Moonbeam Dress $249.00| 3: Perlu Paloma Blazer $229.95 (on sale) | 4: Ms Demeanour Amal Blazer $89.95

Take inspiration from Hailey Bieber and team a chunky knit with straight leg slouchy pants for comfort without restriction. Tuck the knit and add a belt to stop the outfit from feeling too shapeless. Keeping the outfit tonal will make the look feel more polished & luxe.

Get the look 1: Style Me Peachy Gallery Knit $230.00 | 2: Ginger Owl Amour Knit $169.00 | 3: Chachi Boutique Natural Jean $159.95 | 4: Kristin Magrit Raised Trouser $220.00

Who says graphic tees can’t be work appropriate? It’s a great way to add personality and intrigue to any outfit. When comfort is key to working at home a slim fitting (not skin tight) or slight a line skirt is a great option when you don’t want to wear track pants for the fourth day in a row. A midi skirt length is also more appropriate when sitting down all day. Got a Zoom or Skype call? Add a blazer (like the options above) for extra polish.

Get the look 1: Empire Rose Wash Your F*kn Hands tee $110.00 | 2: Harry & Gretel Better Balance tee $99.00 | 3: Milk Fashions Helena midi skirt $59.95 (on sale) | 4: ILKA Family Shop Dora Skirt $119.00

A tapered cargo or jogger style pant is the perfect for sitting at a desk (or couch) all day and the ideal in between of a tracksuit pant and tailored work pant. Pair with a collared white shirt to keep the outfit Skype conference appropriate.

Get the look 1: Out With Audrey Kaitlyn Shirt $65.00 | 2: Meg & Wally Milan Shirt $99.95 | 3: Out With Audrey Benny Cargo Jogger $69.00 | 4: Picnic Clothing Utility Pant $159.99

Shoe options: for those that want to dress top to toe or take their look for their one weekly grocery shop go a flat shoe or low heel for comfort. Below are a few suggestions.

1: James Smith Poseidon Slide $149.00 (on sale) | 2: James Smith Café Society Mule $147.00 (on sale) | 3: HyperLuxe Superga Leopard Sneaker $139.95 | 4: Hunter Store Ocelot Flats $150.00

Discounts at time of post:
Empire Rose: 25% off full price with SMILE25
Perlu: 25% off full price with SHOPLOCAL25
Meg & Wally: 30% off clothing & footwear with SHOPSMALL30
Harry & Gretel: 30% off storewide with SALE30
Picnic Clothing: 50% off everything
Ginger Owl: 40% off storewide with TAKE40
Style Me Peachy: 30% off storewide with thankyou30


Lastly if you don’t have the means to support local by purchasing it’s completely understandable at a time like this. Why not engage with local boutiques, labels & brands via social media? Or share their posts, you never know what your reach could do to positively impact someone. Knowing we are all in this together can be powerful in feeling less isolated and reducing anxiety.

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