It was during a whirlwind weekend trip to Sydney with 5 girlfriends (that involved lavish amounts of food and alcohol) that I managed to sneak in a quick shopping trip. Amongst all the tempting spring summer sartorial choices, a Viktoria + Woods relaxed blazer in silk was one of many exciting purchases. I was also able to try on and review a few other favourite pieces from the label with you, my reader, in mind.
The Ethical Clothing Australia accredited Viktoria + Woods, has expanded its range to offer silks and viscose crepes in addition to their famous cotton basics and knits. These lightweight fabrics are great for spring summer and the free-flowing mini and maxi dresses are especially ideal for warmer weather. For something a little more dressy Viktoria + Woods have a selection of clothing in one of my favourite prints of the season, Paradis. Overall their range is casual lux with a dollop of dressy pieces – not to mention it is a great collection for layering or wearing on its own. (Shop Style AND Tonic story below by clicking on the description)
I love the Paradis print. It’s fresh and reminds me of many tropical holiday destinations however it is not limited to resort wear. The Paradis print is also elegant, timeless and understated so that it can be worn in any city and for any occasion. The relaxed blazer has already been on my wardrobe rotation several times and it’s only a week old! I’ve worn the blazer with dark and light denim jeans, as well as a crepe knit mini dress. The possibilities and colour combinations are endless. The print also comes in a short and a shift dress.
I’m also a big fan of ‘hankerchief’ style assymetric maxi dresses. With oversized pockets and racerback I find this dress style very flattering. You’re only one shoe style away from going casual to dressy. Pair with plain sneakers, ballet flats or sandal for a daytime ensemble. Alternatively, throw on some tan coloured wedges or thick heeled sandals, a statement bangle and clutch and you’re ready for an evening adventure. The shift dress is also very cute. Contrast the short flowy shift with a structured blazer or leather jacket and you can create several perfectly stylish outfits.
Fringed Knit | Pant | Dress
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m totally biased when it comes to fringing so it’s no surprise the fringed knit made it on my list. Even though they don’t suit me (but look amazing on Sarah) I love a relaxed pant so if this style works on you, try the Stella print as shown below. It’s another staple that can be worn with virtually any top, jacket or shoe, depending on the occasion.