I’m happy to start a section titled “Women of Style”on my blog www.abitofstyleicon.com.
I always knew that this blog would not be only about me. My goal is that Abitofstyle will also become a window for other women who don’t have a blog to be seen and heard thru their style as well. I like to empower women. Every month, I’m going to let different women talk about their style in their own words on my blog. Excited about my first “Women of Style”.
Please, meet Rebecca Ebelt.
In January of 2015, I found myself shopping at the Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur, taking advantage of the end of season sales. After giving my credit card a workout in Coach and H&M, I headed to DVF to try and find a jumpsuit that I had been eyeing off for months. In the change room next to me was an incredibly beautiful woman with an engaging personality, a quick wit and a fabulous outfit. I instantly loved her. We fell easily into conversation, debating jacket selections from DVF and Alexander McQueen. After playing in DVF for some time, we went to lunch together to talk about diverse subjects and of course, about fashion and style. Our connection was strong and we remained in contact upon my return to Australia. This lady was the inimitable Diane Conquest, the creator of Abitofstyle.
I am exceptionally flattered and honoured to be featured in abitofstyle, especially as Diane became one of my style icons upon us meeting, and continues to inspire me through her blog and Instagram.
I find it a little strange to write about style and fashion, because although I love clothes and think about style, outfit selection and love seeing new collections each season, I’ve never considered myself particularly stylish. I’m a secondary maths Teacher, and find myself writing mainly about education and numbers instead of clothes. So, I decided to write about style by writing about my pieces and outfits that I love and why I wear them.
As an example – outfit selection! Always one of my favourite parts of waking up! This morning I woke up with a giant smile on my face, with the sun shining brightly through my window. It was such a bright and happy start to the day! I dressed to match my mood, I love to walk around feeling amazing in my outfit, and I always try to wear how I feel or improve my mood by looking and dressing more fabulous than I feel. I often wear dresses as they make me feel beautiful and feminine, and I have a great assortment of jackets and cardigans to pair with my outfits. In the photo above, I wore a gorgeous coral lace dress by Colette Dinnigan for the opening night of Strictly Gerswin by the Queensland Ballet in Brisbane. Sadly the Australian designer has ceased trading. The shoes from Nine West provided a bright accompaniment.
I will wear anything that makes me feel inspired and happy, and makes others smile around me. I’m not afraid to experiment with different looks. I try to buy a few wonderful, trans-seasonal and quality items from mid (Gorman, Coach, Burberry, DVF) to high (Prada, Stuart Weitzman, Giuseppe Zanotti, but Dior is my favourite), local and international designers and mix them with a few cheaper items from places such as Topshop, H&M, Witchery, French Connection or Zara. I love items that fit perfectly, and I believe that no matter your size or shape, you can look incredible with the correct cut and fit, no matter your budget. I want to look classy, elegant, fun and quirky all at the same time, and always feel pretty! At the same time, it’s important for me to dress to my shape. I am curvy and tall. In the photo above, I was wearing a silk shift dress that I bought at a small boutique in Fitzroy. I finished my look with chunky white sandals from Gorman, and a small white Coach bag.
In the photo below I was touring Bondi Beach, Sydney! It was a bright summery day, so I paired my Witchery shorts with a cute crab top from H&M. I kept sun safe with a hat from a vintage shop in Bondi and my constant, my Ray Ban aviators. Completing the look is my coach handbag and my Adidas hi-tops. Perfect for summer strolling in a casual yet stylish area!
As I have become more comfortable with who I am as a person, my style changed to reflect my evolving self-knowledge. Wearing clothes is a visual statement of who you are, and it is the easiest way for someone to see a reflection of your personality before you even make eye contact. I try to show the world that I am fun and confident, yet practical and intelligent, and unafraid to take the occasional risk. I like to make people smile with my outfit before I can make them smile with my sunny personality!
For a recent gala, I was wearing a long cocktail frock and felt incredible. I experimented with my jewellery and wore an ear cuff, which I really enjoyed as a look. Red is such a strong and confident colour, and it makes you feel feminine, strong and beautiful! Your style is who you are, and you can never imitate.
The more you dress to your personality and become confident to be yourself in how you dress, the more stylish I believe you will become! below are some of my favorite shoes.
*Giuseppe Zanotti* These are so edgy!