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    The Style Edit

    BABY BLUES - Incorporating Hues of Blue into your Summer Style

    BABY BLUES - Incorporating Hues of Blue into your Summer Style



    For new Style inspiration we reached out to amazing stylist & photographer Janine Ninique from Ninique Photography & her gorgeous model muse, Talya Perin. What they came up with is a range of ways to show you how to incorporate BLUES into your summer style. Check out the Style Inspo & video below. 









    When you think of Summer what are the first few words that come to mind? For me, summer stands for Sun. Beach. Warmer weather. Holidays. And most importantly, colourful, flirty clothes. Think party time, poolside with cocktail in hand,

    I have to stop there because my mind wanders endlessly when summer is around the corner.

    When it comes to summer, your should also be about comfy, fun & multi-use outfits that you can just slip on and slip off with ease. Its that Beach to Bar kind of vibe, where you can pretty much wear the same thing by day & then give it a little spruce up for more glamorous evening occasions.  Styled over a bikini by day and glam it up at night with heels, statement earrings & handbag to transition into the evening without even skipping a beat! 

    Alicante Maxi Dress

    Kaftan dresses, tops, and playsuits have become an indispensable items that have the power to take you through summer to autumn and beyond. Kaftans has evolved from being a flimsy bit of fabric designed to be thrown over a bikini to so much more, and I have seen so many fashion influencers, stylists who use the bright pops of colour as a modern, trendy summer staple.

    So this summer, I have treated my wardrobe with these Kaftan staples from swank store> Here are my picks for the season

    1 The Golden leopard Gypsy top: 

    This top is perfect in all sense, as its versatile and can be worn in different ways, you can wear it with the sleeves out or the sleeves tucked in as a cami top and can be worn with shorts, maxi skirt, jeans, etc. the possibilities are endless with this top. Oh did I mentioned that the colour would make it a workhorse in your wardrobe this summer?


    The flowing maxi dress, this dress can work equally well as a pool cover-up as will do in the city/evening.

    The Moroccan Romance dress is also my favourite, if you are like me always daydreaming about what you might pack to wear when you finally book a trip to Morocco, then this dress is the perfect holiday wear for you.

    I have to add the cute playsuits in the SwankStore.com.au collections  to the mix because you can even style it up as cami top tucked into a maxi skirt, or I can wear it for an evening event paired with some gorgeous heels

    These are my picks for the season - But i highly recommend you  check out swankstore and see what kaftan style you will be getting for a play this summer.

    Love Always, Sonia



    To learn more about the latest fashion trends & news from talented Fashion Blogger, Stylist & Fashionista SonishSpace go to www.sonishspace.com & have a click thru… you WILL be impressed! 



    I always get asked how I pull off tricky colour combinations, or should I say mixed bright, colourful pieces.

    My response is always, be playful with it and dont be afraid to experiment with new colour combos & clashing print styles. 

    So today I will try and get rid of the myth about combining bright colours. You will never say ' I can't pull that colour off' because you can and you should. Add some colour to your life baby girl!

    Seriously what's the worst that could happen?

    Get out of your comfort zone and discover for yourself what bright colour can do for your every day style & for your mood too!

    I once read that there is a Psychological effect in wearing colours which affect your mood in a positive or negative way. Bright colours enhance your happy emotions for the day! 

    For those who may not be too adventurous with colour combo's, you can still pull it off, and the secret is to keep it simple, light and playful.

    I found out that the best way to test the waters is with a silk kaftan dress, a sleeveless drape, or even the summer playsuit.

    These go-to summer pieces are already in vibrant, fun colours, especially those from www.theswankstore.com.au and trust me… Once you go colour, there is no other!


    I know what you are thinking right now about Kaftans?

    It’s no longer strange that pure 100% silk Kaftans are not just  for luxury resortwear styling only worn at the beach or on holidays anymore. Luxury silk kaftans can be rocked for any occasion and have been around as a modern fashion trend for years now.

    If you are saying how and when did this whole kaftan trend happen? I was the same too... always late on trends, buts it’s never too late to get on board with this modern, fashionable style.

    So are you ready to know my big secret?

    Ok, sit tight and take notes on this lecture... What I find is the easiest way to wear any colour is to obviously, keep it simple……

    Do you really think there was some magically steps to take?

    Just keep it simple, and you will ooze sophistication and class with a colourful one-peice kaftan from TheSwankStore.

    Now… Let me define simple. Simple means let the colourful piece you are wearing communicate the loud noise and the supplement the bright colourful piece by incorporating plain or neutral colours into the mix.

    For example, I am wearing the new season Moroccan Romance Overlay Cape Dress

    so I pair it with my tan coloured heels to balance it out. The result is simple and classy and the luxurious silk just flattering on your skin with all the lovely colours.


    If you feel like it, and depending on the occasion, you can add accessories like a flat sandal, and a floppy hat, remember to keep the dress casual and effortless, and ready for anything.

    You can also add a handbag & earrings as the dresses to compliment the dresses from SwankStore's beautiful embellishments, so you won't need any necklace at all except if you want to really go the extra mile.



    I hope you are now ready to try colours, and as I mentioned earlier, Kaftans and the wide range of silk pieces is the way to start, and by so doing you will find what works for you and also try different colours at once.


    Always remember that sometimes the best look involves almost nothing at all except you and your confidence in wearing anything you choose to, and that means bright and vibrant colours.

    Love Always, Sonia 



    Sonia is a noted fashion stylist & blogger. She is a regular contributor the TheSwankStores Style File blog. Follow her amazing daily journey through style, effortless fashion & all things on trend on instagram or read her amazing up-to-date blog by clicking on this link here -> Sonishspace.com 










    Personally, I am open to the increase of workplaces adopting a more relaxed approach to their employee dress code. One of the main reasons includes not having to spend money on separate office attire. And another reason is being able to show off more of my style throughout the working week!

    Now, I do understand that this flexibility varies between workplaces, Job types and industries. Also, there are items of clothing that probably will not get the approval of your boss (so perhaps keep those thongs and high cut denim shorts for the weekend).

    One style of clothing that I believe is an underrated item for the workplace is the modern day resortwear kaftan! These gorgeous pieces often come with eye catching graphics, beautiful embellishments and endless ways to be styled due to its versatility. Yet, we often keep our kaftans for the weekend, summer getaways or special occasions.

    I decided to make it my challenge to incorporate a kaftan or kaftan linked piece into each of my 5 days of work outfits


    As mentioned, the best part about silk kaftans are the versatility that comes with most pieces. I tucked the PANAMA cross front mini dress into a pair of tailored black pants and slightly rolled up the cuffs of the ankles. Adding a simple pair of black pointed heels adds a more professional feel making you ready to tackle the working week.


    Kaftans for work

    The CABO SAN LUCAS Cold Shoulder Top incorporates so much colour and vibrancy, it’s a fantastic print to inject colour to a normally dull workwear outfit. I tucked it into a leather pencil skirt for a modern feel and added a simple white blazer to polish up the outfit. For shoes, simple and professional is key when dressing for the workplace. A pair of flats or heels in a neutral tone is the go-to option.



    Print dresses are a fantastic option to wear to work. However, it can be tricky to make sure you still look polished and not about to hit the dancefloor at 9am in the morning. The best way to evoke professionalism is breaking up the print with solid pieces. Using a leather jacket, the outfit becomes more subtle, which I have finished off with a pair of black lace up point flats. A blazer is another alternative for this.



    Does this print look familiar? Well that’s because I am wearing the PANAMA cross from mini dress in its original form-a dress. The print is gorgeous and definitely eye catching. It’s quite a summary dress so I decided to pair it with an oversized tailored black vest to take from ‘weekend’ to ‘workplace’. Pair it with black ankle boots or a pair on heels if you want to dress it up a bit more.




    Friday has arrived! Usually this means a more relaxed approach to your work outfit. I have always been obsessed with black ankle boots as it adds an edge to any outfit (which is why they often make an appearance ion my outfits for a range of occasions). Teamed with a plain grey cotton dress, I now have a foundation outfit to add a pop of colour. Here I have used a flowing pink sleeveless robe kaftan. This head turning piece is both stylish and comfortable-the perfect final touch for your Friday outfit.




    Ellie D Is a fashion, Food & Lifestyle Blogger – Follow her daily journey on instagram by clicking here & following here -> https://www.instagram.com/_elianadee/