Busy mum Ginette Chittick shows you how to embrace bright prints and newseason textures for vibrant confidence.
"On Ginette: T-shirt, $36.90, from Topshop. Vleeda skirt, $399, from SocietyA. Shoes, $53.90, from Charles & Keith. On Luella: Dress from Chateau de Sable. On Shawn: Pullover from Loro Piana. Jeans, $59.90, from Uniqlo. Shoes, Shawn’s own."
Everyone has 24 hours in a day, but some people know how to stretch their time out and make the most of it, and Ginette Chittick, 41, is one such woman. Between training young minds in her position as Programme Leader of the Diploma in Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts, dropping beats behind the DJ booth, singing and playing bass for her band Astreal and tapestry-weaving, Ginette still finds time to balance her roles as a mother and wife at home.
On the style front, Ginette has never been one to shy away into the background. She injects every outfit she wears with a cool-girl vibe, favouring edgier pieces over saccharine designs, and she’s game to try out anything adventurous – be it a daring silhouette or an interesting fabric. Joined by her husband Shawn Lee Miller and her adorable daughter Luella, Ginette takes on this season’s most eye-catching textures and prints, and talks fashion, art and motherhood with us.
Describe your style for us?
“I’m all about edgy, rock ‘n’ roll-inspired pieces, but I like to tamper them with frou-frou details as well!”
Being a working mother, how has this changed the way you dress up and shop?
“I gravitate more towards sensible shoes like flats, mules or sneakers these days. They make it easier to pick up and run after my very energetic toddler! Honestly, I think I dress better now. I am more adventurous in the way I dress, and dressing up in the mornings for work is one of the ways I destress. So I wake up early to devote a good amount of time to selecting my clothes, and put on my favourite Netflix show as I make up my face. It’s a ritual for my ‘me-time’.”
What’s an item in your closet you cannot live without?
“My collection of bandanas. I love those for a quick change-up to my daily look. Just putting one on instantly says ‘bring it on!’”
What’s a typical day like for you?
“I wake at 6.45 am, take a leisurely hour to get ready and have my breakfast. Then, I wake my three-year-old Luella up, get her ready and send her to school. My mother drives us there on her way to work. After this, I get into work and it’s beastmode all the way. If I have a gig or rehearsal, I’ll inhale my dinner quickly, then go. Sometimes I manage to squeeze in a late dinner with girlfriends after all that is done. At times, I’ll come home and Luella’s already sleeping, but usually I am home every night for dinner and to put Luella to bed.”
"This tee-and-dotty skirt combo is the perfect embodiment of my style. It’s flirty, fun and still a little edgy."
Amp up your mood with a bright yellow kimono inspired robe and fuchsia accessories.
Earrings from H&M. Robe, $159; and Jeans, $96.90, both from Topshop. T-shirt, $29.90, from Warehouse.
Get business ready in a glossy crinkled skirt worn over a wrap-style striped shirt.
Shirt, $89.90, from Topshop. Skirt, $190, from COS. Shoes, $530, from Tory Burch.
"The pearl embellishments on this jacket are out of this world! A fantastic juxtaposition between cool and feminine."
Break up an all-white outfit with a graphic floral print and a cool denim jacket.
Jacket, $835, from Sandro. Top, $190, from Bimba Y Lola. Skirt, $175, from COS. Rings, $399, from Swarovski.
A gingham t-shirt dress offers fuss-free elegance. Just add earrings.
On Ginette: Earrings, $105, from Bimba Y Lola. Dress, $2,890, from Loewe. On Luella: Top from Le Petite Society.
Featuring different metallic and mirrored embellishments, ground your statement skirt with flashes of clean white.
Earrings, $29.90, from Charles & Keith. T-shirt, $14.90, from Uniqlo U. Skirt from Bottega Veneta. Shoes, $269, from Pedder Red.