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.
Spring is almost upon us and if there’s one thing I’m definitely planning to add to my wardrobe it’s a gorgeous floral dress. It’s virtually a must with the warmer weather to come and the natural shift to a lighter, breezier look that comes with it. I love this particular dress by Zimmermann because it ticks all the right boxes—the print is subtle yet striking whilst the gorgeous ruffle detail throughout elevates it by giving it an interesting silhouette and the tasseled tie detail adds a bohemian feel. I can see myself wearing this with flats for a casual event and by switching up the footwear to a pair of heels, it can work perfectly for a work event or a special occasion such as a wedding. It’s a versatile piece that I know will definitely have plenty of outings over the next few months.
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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.
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.
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.
I was in the mood for a playful look on a recent day out so this Nice Martin polka dot skirt immediately came to mind. The spotty print adds a fun touch to an outfit whilst the monochrome colour scheme still keeps it classic. The wrap top is huge this season and with its ruffled sleeves this particular piece lends an ultra feminine touch to this look and works well with the high waisted silhouette of the skirt. Black and white always works beautifully with a pop of colour so I opted to pair this look with my burgundy Marco de Vincenzo heels and ombre pink Rebecca de Ravenel drop earrings to help liven up this ensemble. The rest of the look needed minimalist accessories so my black Dior chain bag and simple Chanel frames made for the perfect finishing touches without overshadowing the rest of the outfit.
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.
Walking around the busy city streets of Melbourne during a recent trip had me wanting to channel a look that was all about urban chic. I wanted to work with two distinct tones for an impactful look so stuck to fawn and black which also helped to tie the whole ensemble together. I felt a fitted bodysuit provided the perfect counterbalance to the flared silhouette of my A-line cargo style wrap skirt while a structured blazer gave the look a polished finish (and kept me warm in the chilly Melbourne weather!). If there’s one thing I’m wearing to death this season it’s my Balenciaga ankle boots. The close fit keeps helps to elongate the leg and it’s the perfect versatile shoe to wear throughout winter as it works with everything from pants to skirts and dresses. This look called for sleek accessories so I opted for a gold choker to add a point of interest to the outfit, classic black sunglasses by Dion Lee and a classic Chanel bag for the perfect finishing touch to my urban uniform.
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.
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.