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It was one of those dresses I looked at suspiciously on the rack: horizontal stripes, stretchy material, sleeveless. I’ll just try it, I thought.
As soon as the dressed slipped over my head to the rest of my body, I immediately knew I loved it. I’m talking about this dress by Aussie designer Peter Morrissey for Big W.
Dressing for My Life
In a usual day, I can go from a business meeting, to house cleaning, to the shops, (sometimes I even sneak to the beach), to the school pick-up so I look for clothes that are easy to wear and adapt. Below is my priority list:
- Minimal ironing/easy care
- Classic cuts/style
- I enjoying wearing it
- Good quality/reasonable price
See, right at the top there is easy care because I know clothes will sit in my cupboard if they need special care. I like to wear everything I have — not worrying too much about keeping things special — because I figure clothes are there to wear and enjoy. This dress ticks all of the boxes.
Peter Morrissey Interview
To celebrate Spring and the new range of affordable and stylish clothes from Peter Morrissey for Big W, I’m interviewing the designer. I adore how Peter makes it less about the clothes and more about the people who wear them. He’s inspirational like that. Plus there’s another $200 giveaway on offer.
Kelly: Peter, love the new range! If I had to sum it up in a line, I would say this: the range displays an amazing combination of wearability and elegance. Where do you find inspiration for each new season?
My inspiration is always Fashioning the Life of men and women and offering them needs, wants and desires in the collection.
As I say, “If you wear the look you live the life”. I have stuck to a classic palette in this collection, so it’s easy to mix and match the pieces and create several looks for your wardrobe.
I have the floral sleevless top.
Kelly: Do you have a favourite piece?
I am not lying when I say every piece is a favourite for a different reason based on why I designed it for the occasion in a woman’s life – from dressing for dinner to dressing to pick your children up from school.
Kelly: Does easy-care factor into your designs? I ask because I look at many of the pieces and go: Peter knows I hate ironing!
Time is our greatest luxury and fashion should enhance our lives not torture it!! So yes I like to say I am VERY USER FRIENDLY!!
Wearing: Peter Morrissey Sunglasses. I love the sleeve line of the dress as it comes just a little over the shoulders which is both flattering and comfortable.
Kelly: As mum to four small persons, time for myself in the mornings is premium. Can you give me three tips on how to co-ordinate clothes so dressing for the day can be done quickly and confidently?
It’s how you feel that is most important because when you feel good in an outfit, you wear the outfit; it doesn’t wear you.
- Keep it simple: pants, top or shirt, jacket
- Pencil skirt, twinset or sweater
- A great dress that looks good with flats or heels
Kelly: How can fashion and personal style bring enchantment to the everyday?
Dress like you’re embracing life, not hiding from it.
If you wear the look, you live the life – so dress to express you, not worrying about dressing to impress.
Kelly: Can you recommend a go-to outfit for those “I don’t know what to wear” days?
Black pants, white shirt, good bag and sunglasses as it always looks sharp, chic, whispers elegance and has a proudness about its look.
Kelly: Five essential wardrobe items?
- A Little Black Dress
- Black Jacket
- White Shirt
- Great Pair of Sunglasses
Kelly: If there is one thing you want women to feel when they wear your clothes, what would it be?
That people tell them that they look beautiful before they ask them where there clothing is from or who designed it.
The new season Peter Morrissey collection is available now in store and online at Big W.
It’s become my favourite go-to dress. I just may be wearing it too much!
1. All glammed up
2. More casual with Mox flats and a beige belt
3. On a still-cool day with my Bared boots & cream Emerson cardi
4. To the beach with a straw hat, Peter Morrissey sunglasses and aqua Emerson cardi
Just a little video celebrating the first of many beach visits this Spring.
To celebrate Spring, I’m giving away another $200 Big W voucher you can spend on anything in-store. To enter, use the rafflecopter form below. There are 2 chances to enter (you can do just one, or both): 1. I would love to hear about your top 2 priorities when you look for clothes (leave a comment below); Tweet the giveaway.
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