Sunday, March 04, 2012


Most people enjoy a challenge. When it involves clothes and the opportunity to represent your home country, I guess it's a whole other ballgame in itself. The team behind UK leader fashion retailer Next have invited Your Only Black Swan to take part in their current styling challenge, where 10 Aussie bloggers battle it out with 10 UK bloggers by styling a piece from their SS12 Collection.

Amongst the shortlist of Spring/Summer pieces, I decided to choose the floral "Ditsy Print Capri Trousers" - a fancy pants number I immediately thought would be fun to style with, yet still a challenge in proving capri pants can be just as fashionable as they were back in the 90s. Most floral pieces are instinctively included in summer dressing, though here I wanted to show just how versatile this pants are when it comes to transeasonal dressing.

To combat the rainy weather and grey skies that have taken over Sydney, I have opted for a fully-layered ensemble comprised of a chunky cable knit and collared shirt. When it comes to cable knits, there is a fine line of looking like they've been knicked off Grandma, but this piece offers a modern spin with it's cropped fit and subtle bat-wing sleeves. Teamed up with a linen collared button-up shirt, this combination adds structure and contrast in texture. Crocheted socks add a touch of school-girl charm thought the inclusion of these Dee leather ankle booties by Vagabond toughen up the look along with the interesting texture of the basket weave bag.

A chic, yet casual comfy outfit which can easily be styled for the warmer months with a low-sleeve razor back tank, lace bandeau bra and tribal flats.

Wearing: Ditsy Print Capri Trousers by Next , chunky cable knit sweater by Lee, collared shirt by GUESS?, socks by Rubi, vintage bag, Marc Jacobs chronograph watch and Dee Booties by Vagabond via Solestruck Shoes

To see how other participating bloggers have styled there chosen Next pieces, head over here and if you would like to show your support,
please "like" my styled look on Facebook.

Many thanks! x Lauren

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  1. love the way you styled them! the sweater is gorgeous!

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  2. congrats! you've got my vote hun!

    - There's always next year, I reckon you should take the week off in advance for LMFF13 :)
    Hopefully I can get to BMFW in April though! xx

  3. Such a beautiful photos!


  4. such a quirky but stylish outfit, love the cable knit jumper

  5. congrats!
    it's a very cute outfit!
    you look amazing!

  6. Photos turned out great, no blurry in sight, yay me! ;)
    See you sooner rather than later. And good luck.



  7. You look so cute in these trousers and I love your necklace

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  8. Cute pants!:)


  9. You look extremely gorgeous!!!! I love your capri trousers and the shape of your sweater!!!

  10. Ooh! I'm so into floral pants right now, so I love this look! Your boots are great also. Fantastic job!!

  11. Love the pants and the booties!

  12. aw i love your pants, they are adorable!! great outfit, you look so cute!!

  13. Styled those beautiful pant to perfection Lauren! The shape of that jumper is so cute. And rad rad rad graffiti - these photos look incredible x

  14. looove how you styled the trousers Lauren, and your gorgeous smile in these photos!

    the sydney girl

  15. Such a great outfit!

    Can't work out if I love the shoes, pants or jumper most! I think I'll just say all 3!