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What I Wore: Myer Spring 17 show

23rd August, 2017

I always look forward to seeing the latest trends every new season so I was excited to attend the recent Myer Spring ’17 show in Sydney. Given it took place at a beautiful property by the water I wanted to wear something light and airy but still appropriate for the cooler temperatures in Sydney so I finally settled on this long-sleeved shirt dress by Anna Quan. A crisp white dress is always guaranteed to make a statement but this frock is taken to the next-level by its balloon sleeves and exaggerated cuffs and the Victorian-style high neck collar which give it a dramatic flair. I love to add a pop of colour whenever I’m wearing white so I opted for my gold Gucci sandals which also added a luxe touch. I wanted to keep the rest of my ensemble quite pared back so I paired it with a mini Loewe bag in a neutral shade and a simple, classic black sunglasses.

Credits: Shirt dress, Anna Quan; Heels, Gucci (similar); Sunglasses, Chloe; Bag, Loewe (similar)

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What I Wore: The trench coat

10th August, 2017

Along with a classic coat which I wrote about here I think a trench coat is a fashion staple that can work in so many different ways. It constantly features on many a fashion magazine’s round-up of key wardrobe pieces to have due to its timeless look and enduring style appeal. And no wonder—it can be paired with virtually everything and instantly adds a chic touch to even the most casual of outfits. In this instance I’ve gone for a relaxed day look by teaming it my favourite leather pants, a simple white tee and my go-to Gucci slides. I’ve made it a little more on trend by wearing the sleeves rolled up and tying the belt in the back which also gives it a more nonchalant feel. I can see this trench coat being easily popped on over a dress for the evening or with jeans and a button-down shirt for an elevated take on a casual ensemble.

Credits: T-shirt, James Perse; Jacket, Nice Martin; Leather pants, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Givenchy; Slides, Gucci

Photographer: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: The Classic Coat

8th August, 2017

The perfect neutral winter coat has been on my wish list for awhile. Finding one with just the right colour, cut, and finishing details is all important to me so when it all perfectly comes together in the form of a double-breasted coat in just the right shade I had to snap it up! There are key investment pieces in my wardrobe and a gorgeous winter topper definitely falls into that category. I think every girl should own at least one versatile coat, of the best quality she can afford, that can work with myriad looks and will last for years to come. I can see this Chloe number having many outings as its camel tone makes it so easy to pair with virtually any outfit. For this particular ensemble I wanted to play with elements of light and shade so I opted for bold accessories in dark shades to really allow the neutral hue to pop.

Credits: Coat, Chloe; Clutch, Michael Kors; Boots, Balenciaga; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Mike Belkin

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What I Wore: Weekend Casual

3rd August, 2017

When it comes to my down time I like to keep things comfortable yet polished. One of my go-to combinations for weekend dressing is a great pair of jeans and a white shirt—a classic pairing that always looks effortless. The key to to elevating this look is all in the details. This Karen Walker peasant top with pintucks and tassels elevates this casual piece into a stylish weekend staple. The straw boater and clutch add some natural textures to the look whilst the black Bassike sandals add a bold element and provides a striking point of difference to the neutral tones of the rest of the ensemble. I’ve found this outfit is ideal for a day of doing everything from grabbing a coffee to hanging out with my family without compromising on style.

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Credits: Shirt, Karen Walker; Jeans, J Brand; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Sandals, Bassike

Photography: Sophia Athas

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

2nd August, 2017

When my wardrobe is leaving me less than inspired a quick scroll through Instagram can often spur an outfit idea or two. If you’re in the same boat and could use an injection of a little outfit inspiration then here are 12 ready-to-go ensembles to help you pull together one killer look after another.

Need to inject a bit of personality to an outfit? Enter the statement belt. It’s an easy addition to make to a look that can work with everything from skirts to jeans.

The denim skirt is a great off duty wardrobe staple but it can definitely stretch its use even further. Add a blazer and a pair of ankle boots and you’ve got yourself a look that’s dressy yet relaxed.

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For those days when you want something easy and effortless consider an all-in-one such as a jumpsuit or boiler suit. Just add a pair of killer heels and you’re done.

A pair of vibrant sunglasses is one of my favourite ways to change up a look. Frames in a bold, block colour can make an impact especially in a rich tone such as forest green.

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A neutral trench is a classic style staple. To give it a fresh spin, pair it with a dress or shirt in a kaleidoscope of colours to help both pieces pop.

Give your jeans a break this weekend and opt for a pair of printed cropped pants. When teamed with casual staples such as a tee and sneakers it looks polished and modern.

Allow white denim to shine by pairing it with a black top and accessories for a monochromatic look that is stylish and sexy.

A tan double breasted blazer can veer into overly 70s territory but here’s how to do it right: pair with pants in similar tones and you’ve got a look that’s cohesive and ultra chic.

A simple chambray shirt can do so much. It’s easily paired with everything from jeans to leather pants but throw it on over a classic black dress for a look of relaxed elegance.

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If you live in jeans consider experimenting with a new style of denim this month such as a pair of cropped panelled jeans. Opt for a light denim which pops when worked back with a strong piece such as a black leather moto jacket. Heels help elevate this look and make for a dressier vibe but it can work just as well with a pair of white sneakers.

Invest in a long length blazer for a wardrobe addition that’s truly versatile. This particular style works well with a mini dress for a polished look or a pair of jeans and a tee for an elevated take on smart casual.

Mix different styles to inject some new energy into your look. Slouchy denim and a white t-shirt is urban casual to a tee but looks instantly fresh with the addition of a printed long length kimono and vibrant slides.

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What I Wore: Button up

25th July, 2017

One of the best things about fashion is being able to experiment with different looks and and working with interesting pieces and putting my own spin on them. The moment I saw this bustier and pants set by Christopher Esber I envisioned it being able to echo the silhouette of a suit by layering the bustier over a mesh skivvy with statement cuffs. With a little experimentation with layering I was able to completely rework the vibe of the outfit and is testament to the fact that it pays to sometimes throw unexpected combinations together as it may lead to an unexpected new look. I love the oversized buttons on the bustier as it really gives the ensemble a point of difference and adds a touch of playfulness to the edgy tailoring of the outfit. Versatility is always important to me and I love the fact that each of these pieces can work separately as cohesively as it does as a set. From top to toe it can transition from now right through to summer, becoming the lynchpin for many a different look.

Credits: Top, Christopher Esber; Mesh skivvy, Christopher Esber; Pants, Christopher Esber (skirt version); Sunglasses, Local Supply

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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How to wear a suit in a modern way

13th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse Max Mara suit

I think every woman should own one great suit. They’re a staple in a corporate environment but the suit can extend beyond the office with the right accoutrements and silhouette. Banish thoughts of the 80s power suit from your mind and instead think sleek, sophisticated and just a little bit sexy. Here’s how to nail suiting so it looks on point and super chic…

Invest in good tailoring

An ill-fitting suit is a big fashion no-no. If you’re going to wear a suit be sure to have it tailored absolutely perfectly to fit. If you need to, have the jacket taken in, have the pants taken up so the hem sits perfectly with your shoe to ensure the silhouette looks polished.

Think beyond the shirt

A classic button down shirt is, of course, always going to be a no-brainer pairing with a suit however by switching up what you wear underneath you can create a look with an entirely new vibe. You could opt for a turtleneck for a look that would work in a corporate environment but has a slightly more relaxed feel. There’s also the option of wearing a loose t-shirt a la The Gucci Shirt That’s Everywhere for a look with attitude or a bodysuit for an evening ensemble that looks sleek and sexy.

Be adventurous with silhouettes

There are so many different silhouettes when it comes to the suit these days. You could opt for a boyfriend blazer that’s a little more billowy and has a slightly tougher, more masculine feel to a tapered leg for a look that screams sleek. I also love a flared pant and a long length blazer for an outfit that has a slightly Jane Birkin vibe.

Keep shoes streamlined

When it comes to the suit the shoes you wear should be quite pared back. If you’re going to do a boot it needs to be an ankle boot that’s tapered to the leg. You don’t want anything too loose around the ankle as it can affect the fit of the suit and can look a little clunky. You could also opt for a sleek stiletto or if you want to wear flats a pair of pointy slides works well.

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What I Wore: Think Pink

11th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse kowtow dress dusty pink

It was the gorgeous dusty pink hue of this dress that first caught my eye. I was in the mood for an ultra feminine look and this dress provided the perfect foundation. I wanted to give the dress an unexpected twist so I decided to layer it with a sheer cuffed Christopher Esber shirt which in turn gave it a slightly more fashion forward feel. To give the look a more daytime casual vibe I paired it with silver Gucci sneakers to help ground the outfit. I wanted my accessories to have some interesting detail to it so I opted for a half moon shaped Helen Kaminski clutch and my POMS sunglasses which is adorned with a crystal attachment on the arms for a truly unique feel.

Credits: Dress, Kowtow; Top, Christopher Esber; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Sunglasses, POMS

Photography: Sophia Athas 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

10th July, 2017

If you’ve been feeling less than inspired by your wardrobe of late then it’s time to hit refresh and inject some new energy into your style. Scrolling through Instagram can often result in an outfit idea or two so when you’re dealing with 12 of the ‘Gram’s best looks in the one spot then you can bet that inspiration is guaranteed to strike.

This heavenly Chanel jacket does all the right things but even if you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spare to nab a similar piece you can bet that you can still source some inspiration from this look. A pair of casual cropped wide leg pants can look dressed up with the addition of a long length tailored jacket (note: anything in a gorgeous cream shade instantly looks elegant and oh-so chic).

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A button down shirt dress makes for the perfect off duty look when it sports an off the shoulder neckline. The checked print gives the look some pep while simple white sneakers help ground the look.

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This is a lesson in how vibrant colour can instantly elevate a look. A simple pair of jeans and black top can look less everyday attire when it’s paired with a vibrant cape (you could even substitute this with button down maxi dress) and a golden bag that immediately makes a statement.

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Transition one of last summer’s most popular looks of a slip dress and white tee by swapping it for some winter appropriate variations instead. Swap the short sleeves for a long sleeved shirt and instead of a dress echo a similar silhouette with a black cami or alternatively a jumpsuit with spaghetti straps could work just as well.

If you don’t yet own a statement belt then now is the time to make it a must-have. A black belt with a bold buckle can turn a simple piece such as a denim skirt (or jeans) from good to great.

A pair of pointed mules is a sophisticated alternative to heels this season. It can instantly turn a casual outfit combination of a white shirt and jeans into something classic and polished. Try venturing from trusty black and try a pair of mules in jewelled tones such as navy and burgundy to really make an outfit pop.

Camel tones look great when paired with denim a la Olivia Palermo. Also this winter why not explore a pair of statement jeans to turn an style staple into something that’s a little more of the moment.

The bomber jacket is a popular winter topper so it’s definitely one way to inject a bit of zest to a look. When in an eye-catching print it becomes the centrepiece of an outfit and is an easy way to turn an otherwise ordinary look into something special.

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A simple dress can instantly be elevated with the addition of strong accessories. In this case whilst the bag and shoes both provide a point of interest, keeping them in the same colour palette helps keep the look cohesive whilst simultaneously making the look pop.

Think outside the box when it comes to wearing a winter knit. In this case pairing it with a ruby red pleated skirt makes for a cosy, yet elegant combination.

Over the knee boots are one of the popular shoe trends of the season (I live in mine) and whilst it can easily look dressed down there’s something to be said about going all out and pairing it with a dress with a strong silhouette and having a real look-at-me moment.

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Consider this your casual uniform. A crew neck tee tucked into a pair of straight leg high waisted jeans is the kind of look that can have you feeling pulled together without compromising on comfort.

 

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What I Wore: Off duty staples

4th July, 2017

When it comes to my leisure time the only must when it comes to what I’m wearing is that I’m comfortable. I’m usually spending time with my family so I like to feel relaxed, yet still pulled together. This is why my go-to is always a great pair of jeans. It’s one of my key off duty staples so I like to invest in a sturdy pair which I know will last. A simple white button down shirt is also an easy, effortless way to complement denim and whilst it’s comfortable, it always looks polished no matter what the day throws my way. I love the fact that sneakers have become a style staple. I’ll always opt for a pair of sneakers as I find they’re easy to match with virtually anything. My favourite pair at the moment is my Gucci sneakers as they’re understated and made for busy days but still add a bit of a luxe touch to any look. Even if I’m off duty I always like to elevate my ensemble with my choice of accessories. A great pair of statement sunglasses and a simple shoulder bag provide the perfect finishing touches to any type of weekend wear.

Credits: Jeans, J Brand; Shirt, Kate Moss for Equipment; Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Sneakers, Gucci

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