Pint-sized shoulder bags are a winter must-have. They’re ideal for a night out as they leave your hands free for juggling canapes and cocktails, and for all day as a compact way of carrying your (smaller) essentials.
If you want to elevate a look, the addition of a gilded accessory is a guaranteed way to make something look luxe. Team this bag with a classic top-to-toe black ensemble for the ultimate in effortless chic.
MIMCO’s Trance Mini Hip (in Black/Alabaster) packs a sartorial punch with the combination of mirrored details, metal studs and a beautiful scalloped strap. It’s an eclectic mix but when worked back with muted tones such as black and grey it’s striking rather than overwhelming.
Every girl should own a neutral bag that she can easily pair with numerous looks. This bag works for a simple day of errands, as well as for the transition to an evening event. Whilst it can easily remain in regular rotation in your wardrobe, the rose gold finishes keep it from being boring.
The first show of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia was Dion Lee, and as a huge fan of his designs I wanted to show my support so opted for a sweater and pleated skirt from his label. I went for a full navy look but worked in different textures in order to break the outfit up and avoid the colour looking too overwhelming. Also the weather was quite cool so it was great to be in a knit to keep warm as the show took place outdoors on the Opera House forecourt. I wanted to wear statement jewellery to add some punch to my outfit so opted for rose gold earrings and a smattering of cocktail rings. My Bulgari bag was also in navy so was in keeping with the colour palette of the day, whilst the Mimco bag/wallet added a touch of colour. And of course one of my favourite Alaïa heels had to cap off the look and my round frame Miu Miu sunglasses added a touch of fun to my ensemble. Bring on the rest of the week!
When it comes to winter dressing I like to mix it up between moody, dark styling and light, bright looks so my accessories have to be able to follow suit. Here’s how I do it…
Moody and dark
Wearing a head-to-toe black look can sometimes look a little too intense so I like to break it up with contrasting prints such as this oversized houndstooth coat and a sprinkling of accessories. I like to keep my accessories in subdued tones but love to be able tap into the season’s biggest trends. For this particular look I’ve opted for Mimco’s mini chain strap bag (if it’s a big day out I’ll swap it out for a big black tote to be able to carry all my essentials) and a black timepiece and simple jewellery. This is my go-to when I’m after a look that’s classic but with a few contemporary touches.
Light and bright
If I’m doing an outfit in lighter tones I like to opt for more vibrant accessories to build on the pared back palette. In this instance a pair of Mimco statement earrings, oversized sunglasses and a block colour envelope clutch (love the burgundy accent) are the ideal way to bring this particular outfit to life. I usually keep my accessories in similar tones to help tie the look together from head to toe, but in doing so I can afford to mix various styles from the art deco inspired earrings to a modern clutch without it looking haphazard.
I’ve always been a fan of a head-to-toe white ensemble – it’s chic and elegant and really makes quite an impactful style statement. I don’t often wear suits but I couldn’t resist this ensemble. Double breasted jackets have experienced a resurgence of late but in a more modern incarnation – the boxy cuts are gone and in its place is a more streamlined silhouette which makes for a more flattering fit. I love that this jacket is also really versatile and can work easily with the rest of my wardrobe whether thrown over a dress or teamed with jeans. If there’s one thing that goes beautifully with a crisp white outfit it’s gold accessories. In this instance I’ve opted for gilded statement earrings to complement my look. With the addition of a neutral oversized clutch and simple black heels I’m ready to conquer the day ahead.
Now that the weather has started to cool down it’s the perfect time to start introducing luxe winter fabrics into my wardrobe. This metallic jacquard skirt by Life with Bird is the ideal statement piece from which to work back the rest of my look. I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit quite simple and elegant so I opted to team the skirt with a black ribbed knit funnel neck top and black accessories to allow the skirt to take centre stage. A simple oversized clutch is large enough to fit all my everyday essentials and is work and event appropriate, whilst my Mimco strappy heels are perfect for taking me from the office to a function with ease.
Black dresses have always been one of my go-to wardrobe staples . This Ginger and Smart dress is one of my favourite recent off-the-shoulder wardrobe additions. I’ve teamed the dress with my strappy Mimco heels. The muted tones of my shoes keep my look paired back. I haven’t added in any extra colour so that the gold strap of my dress really pops. I decided to stick to the one hue and wear an oversized Mimco clutch with the outfit. Scroll below to shop or steal the look
When it comes to my work life I’m constantly on the go…a day in the office, interviewing someone at a stylish lunch venue, or attending an evening cocktail event. When I get dressed I need pieces that can take me effortlessly from day to night. My wardrobe philosophy is all about finding pieces that are versatile and that can be styled for work, the weekend and everything in between. I’ve collaborated with MIMCO to showcase how you can take three key accessories from desk to dinner.
If you want one key piece to nail this trend, an oversized clutch is the way to go. The clutch has always been an evening favourite, but let’s be honest…they usually only fit a lipstick and your phone! With a larger style, all of your daytime essentials will fit.
THE STATEMENT EARRING
Statement earrings are not just for the evening, they can also bring suiting to life as they add a soft, feminine touch. But of course, they are also the perfect addition when dressing up for a formal affair.
Statement heels are my must-have…I team them with all my looks. People often think they are only reserved for a night-time affair, but when they’re paired with muted tones during day your outfit will pop.