May 21st, 2017

How I Choose My Fashion Week Outfits

From the looks, to the lipsticks and more.

Preparing for fashion week is like getting ready for a special event – five consecutive days in a row.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (aka MBFWA) involved a lot more than attending shows for me this time around so time (and sleep!) were very limited. This meant I needed to be extremely organised with a well thought-out schedule and outfits at the ready.

To plan my fashion week wardrobe, I started by deciding what ‘vibe’ I was in the mood for this year, and ‘laid back elegance’ was the G O.

Next, I decided on a colour palette. I wanted it to feel like my normal day-to-day style – but elevated. Black, white, denim and injections of dusty pink made-up 90% of my looks for the week, and lipstick added the finishing touch to every look.

Lipstick has become my favourite accessory – I literally never leave home without wearing it. I love how it helps to tie everything together and it can completely change the overall feel of an outfit.

A beautiful nude shade like Estée Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in ‘Raw Sugar‘ (pictured left) or ‘Naked City‘ (seen below in video) is my go to. I smudge it just beyond my lip line by pressing my lips together which instantly creates the illusion of fuller lips.

A great outfit is all about balance – so if I’m wearing sneakers, I’ll add statement drop earrings to dress it up.

If it’s heading into the evening I usually go for a deeper lipstick shade like ‘Love Object‘ (which I wore to the Dion Lee show and dinner on opening night of MBFWA – see below!).

Finally, if I’m still not 100% sure about my outfit, I’ll take a picture on my phone in the mirror to check – it’s way easier to tell if your outfit’s lacking something (like earrings or a statement lip!).

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Carmen x

Pure Colour Love Lipstick in 'Raw Sugar'

Oscar de la Renta
Crystal teardrop earrings

Pure Colour Love Lipstick in 'Love Object'

Dion Lee
Silk Blouson Parka

Pure Colour Love Lipstick in 'Burning Love'

Romance Was Born
Billowing Silk Dress

Pure Colour Love Lipstick in 'Naked City'