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An inexpensive way to style your wardrobe

by Lisa Lyford
An inexpensive way to style your wardrobe

Accessories are a great way to refresh your wardrobe, and it needn’t be expensive.


I just bought this necklace. It was a steal at $16.99!  It ticks all my boxes:


  • The colour is within my palette and helps to lift black, a staple colour in my wardrobe.
  • It’s interesting and different which is important to me.
  • Cost per wear:  $16.99 / 30 wears = $0.56 (to be honest, I think I’ll wear it loads more than 30 times.)



Here we take a basic winter essential, the wool merino knit and dress it up. There are loads of fab coloured merino knits to choose from this season, and they’re so reasonably priced.




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Many of you are already in love with scarves, they add colour, interest and texture to your look, and of course comfort and warmth.


Scarves are also great if you have a big bust. They help to break up the area and are also handy if you have a bigger tummy, wearing them longer can disguise the tum.


Consider wearing a necklace also with the scarf to add a little shimmer and colour. Also a bracelet, multiple bangles or a wrist cuff.  


These items are quoted at full price but many are now on sale.


1. The Warehouse - Maya Merino, colour Eggplant - $35 

2. Max - Bird on a Branch Scarf - $39

3. Jacqui E - coloured crinkle scarf $29.95 - colours:  chartruse (shown), china blue, fuchsia and tangerine

4. EziBuy - leopard print scarf - $24.95

5. Equip - charm cluster necklace - $9.99

6. EziBuy - Fur Scarf - $49.99

7. Equip - 3 layer stretch bracelet - $12.99





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Perhaps you’re not a scarf person like me. Necklaces are my thing.


Add some colour through your jewellery. The big trend at the moment is chunky chain necklaces and bracelets. The chunkier the better.  Another trend is layering up several necklaces and bangles/bracelets, one on top the other. Ensure they complement each other.


Avoid looking like a Christmas tree by over accessorising.  Less is best. Getting the balance right is a key part of styling.




1. The Warehouse - Maya Merino, colour Eggplant $35

2. Equip - Diamante Crucifix Necklace - $9.99

3. Equip - Charm Cluster Necklace - $9.99

4. Equip - Long Crucifix Necklace - $14.99

5. Equip - Beaded Braid Necklace - $14.99 - orange & turquoise

6. Equip - Chunky Layered Necklace - $16.99 - this is what I bought

7. Equip - Chunky Chain Necklace - $16.99 - gold & silver

8. Equip - Shimmer Faceted Ring - $9.99





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To complete the look, wear jeans with your merino knit, dress trousers or a skirt. The dress trousers would look fab with a heel and jeans with either a heel or flat. Add a jacket for warmth and completeness of the look.



1. The Warehouse - Maya Merino, colour Eggplant - $35

2. Jacqui E - Stripe Ponti Jacket - AUD $149.95

3. Max - Essential Classic Long Black Pant - NZD $99

4. Max - Essential Ponti Skirt - now $79

5. Max - Straight Leg Jean - $99

6. Mi Piaci - Citron Ankle Boot - NZD $310

7. Shoe Connection - Bresley Dermott Ankle Boot - NZD $219.99

8. Mi Piaci - Edna - red or black suede - NZD $230

9. Shoe Connection - DV8 Kaptive - $129.99

10. Overland Footwear - Regina grey ankle boot - NZD $269.90

11. Shoe Connection - Human Premium Regan - NZD $129.99

12. Overland Footwear - Rhemy - NZD $179.90 - gold or black

13. L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Beyond Blushing RRP $25.99

14. L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Vernis in Dating Coral RRP $9.99

15. Revlon ColorBurst™ Lip Butter - colour TuttiFrutti - RRP $24.50

16. Revlon Just Bitten™ Kissable Balm Stain - colour Lovesick - RRP $20.50

17. Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick - colour Perfect Peony - RRP $29.95






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