Traditional suiting is beautiful and an eternal style staple but it doesn’t mean it can’t also be fashion forward when it wants to be. This suit is something I was planning to wear to Fashion Week this year for the very fact it turned the concept of a suit into something that had a little more drama, and had a little more impact. The ruching detail on both the jacket and cropped pants give it a distinct point of difference and really steers the suit silhouette into something more modern and contemporary. While the statement sleeves, with its voluminous silhouette once again adds an element of theatre to this whole look.
As I was already working with such a striking suit I knew that my accessories couldn’t be too over the top. They had to be strong but also not too overpowering. I decided on a vibrant red Dior bag to help add a further pop of colour and add a more classic element to offset the edgy nature of the pants and jacket. A pair of Bottega Veneta heels help ground the look while gold Rayban frames are the perfect full stop to this ensemble.
Pops of colour are one of my shortcuts to lifting my mood and also injecting a little energy into an outfit. This candy pink longline blazer by Aje is one such piece as the colour just screams fun. I love this particular look as it maintains an element of polish but still has a relaxed, playful sensibility to it. I’ve always found blazers to be a great way to lift a pair of casual jeans, and this particular combination, paired with boyfriend style Camilla and Marc denim strikes the right note for a work look or lunch with friends.
I opted to wear the blazer cinched in at the waist with a belt so I could wear it as a top as opposed to a jacket. It’s one way to really increase the versatility of a piece and gives a blazer a slightly different look and feel.
With such a striking colour already in play I wanted to keep the rest of my accessories quite pared back. In this instance simple monochrome Chanel flats help give this look an elevated feel without looking overdone.
The MVPs of my winter wardrobe are slowly presenting themselves as I find myself gravitating towards certain pieces time after time. I’ve been trying to find that line between feeling and looking polished while working from home, and still being comfortable. I think it’s a work in progress, but I’m loving experimenting with different silhouettes and colours. But above all, I’m finding denim still very much rules in my wardrobe…
Jeans and a white tank— you can’t really every go wrong with a combination such as this. This forms the basis for many a look for me as I can easily throw on a jumper or a blazer and it can instantly change up the vibe of the outfit, but also add a touch of polish. I’m loving relaxed denim silhouettes right now, and this pair by Camilla and Marc is really comfy.
These Levis jeans are the best wash—they look vintage and are easily paired with different top styles, and also pair well with most hues. Loving this button down knit by Viktoria and Woods as it has the look of a shirt, but the comfort factor of a knit.
I am seriously loving Aje at the moment, particularly this top (which I’ve also got in black—see below!). Love the voluminous silhouette which works great with a more streamlined pant. I’ve found it works really well with a statement coat, and simple white pumps help finish off the look.
The hue of this Aje skirt is such a good shade for winter. It’s the perfect pop of colour to add a little more energy to a winter look, plus worked back with a black smock top, it looks polished. I also like the fact that I can take this look into spring, which definitely betters the cost per wear of this look.
Matching sets have always been one of my shortcuts to looking put together and this Aje look definitely fits the bill. The rich raspberry shade is a great colour to wear when I feel the need for a little sartorial pick-me-up—there’s just something about bright shades that bring a vibrant energy to an outfit. This jacket and skirt can also be worn separately, making it a great cost per wear purchase. It could easily pair back with everything from a white shirt to denim, and is a fun option for wearing out to lunch out or if you want a slightly dressier option for a work from home look.
Adding dressy accessories to an outfit with a more casual vibe helps to achieve balance, and can make an ensemble more of a multipurpose look. I’ve lived in these Chanel flats for months now, as they’re comfy for wearing during the day, but have a polished vibe to them making it a great go-to shoe. While this white Bulgari bag, adds a polished element, and makes a day look feel that little more luxe.
I’ve been having fun playing dress ups with event looks of late — it’s a nice change from being in loungewear or casual gear all the time and has me excited for when things hopefully start resuming regular programming.
While classic tailored suits have a place in any woman’s wardrobe I also love it when the silhouette is reimagined, resulting in a fun, fashion forward look. This powder blue suit by Macgraw, is a modern interpretation of suiting and is such a great way to do such a look without it looking too formal. The bell sleeves adds a unique feature and a feminine touch, while the pearl buttons give it a softer vibe. With the jacket being such a statement piece, it was great to do the simple cigarette pant just to tame the look a little. I can’t wait to wear this to an event in the (hopefully) not so distant future!
This suit is so striking I wanted to pair it with accessories that also had a little bit of personality. Worked back with neutral mesh Bottega Veneta heels, it helped lift the outfit without overwhelming. While I couldn’t think of a cuter addition to this ensemble than a mini Miu Miu bag. Simple, elegant and diminutive—the ideal finishing touch.
I’m a big fan of buying designer and also supporting Aussie labels, for the design but also the quality. The trade off however is that they often have price tags to match. So how do I reconcile this? I do my research on pieces I want to buy, and then snap them up during sale time,
I went to the recent Aje sale with stylist Jess Pecoraro (see video above) and thought it was a great opportunity to show you how I shop sales. Jess and I not only share our fave sale picks from the brand, but also our top tips when it comes to buying things on sale.
Some of the key things to remember are:
Snap up basics and statement pieces
It sounds like a contradiction, but sale time is the perfect opportunity to snap up quality basics and also statement pieces. The former because you definitely need to be well stocked in that department, and why not just buy them when they’re a fraction of the price? The latter, because special pieces are great to dot through our wardrobe to help elevate outfits, but key statement pieces like dresses and jackets are often quite expensive so it’s a great idea to wait until they’ve been discounted.
Focus on the building blocks of your wardrobe
I always hone in on the key building blocks of most of my looks during sale time, so I know that what I’m buying will work through the rest of my wardrobe. Some things I always try to get at sale time are: coats, jackets, blazers, denim, shirts and everyday tops.
White shirts are always a winner
One failsafe buy, and also something a wardrobe can never have enough of is a white shirt. They’re a forever style staple, and are a great item to pick up at a sale.
Search for separates
Look for great separates such as skirts and pants during sale time. They’re the perfect mix and match piece and you are able to get multiple looks out of your one purchase.
Pick up pieces you’ve had your eye on
While I was at the Aje sale, I spied that they had this beautiful ballerina inspired dress discounted, and it was one of my favourite pieces from Aje’s collection. I went back and forth about buying it when it was full price, but when I saw it was on sale I had to snap it up. If you ever find a statement piece but it’s out of your budget then you can often pick up at sale time.
Black and white is always a winner
If you’re worried about buying pieces that will quickly date, opt for black and white pieces. Monochrome will always be a classic.
Look for versatility
Trenches and coats are always great to pick up at sale time. A trench in particular is also versatile and can be worn as a dress
Denim is always a good idea
Denim is also something to try and pick up at a sale. As it’s an every day piece so you’ll get a long way with your cost per wear.
Aussie brand Aje has become a firm favourite because of their interesting silhouettes, playful details and all round statement-making pieces. I love this pink jumpsuit for all those reasons. How fun is it? It’s a great utilitarian style while the soft pink shade softens it and gives it a really feminine feel. The gathered puff sleeves, a signature style of the brand’s, adds a striking feature. Jumpsuits are also one of the comfiest things you’ll wear, so it’s the a great option for days when you want to feel dressed up but don’t want to compromise on style.
I wanted to keep a similar thread going through this look and work in accessories that have a little extra personality and these shoes by Bottega Veneta are just that. The mesh style and square toe offer a strong style point of view. The structured white Bottega Veneta bag offers a sleek element with its serpent clasp and crisp white colour.
While we’re still navigating our way through this new normal, I’m bookmarking this look for future events—it’s one look I definitely can’t wait to wear out and about.
There are some dresses which evoke playfulness and fun and this Aje number is definitely one of them. The bubblegum pink shade makes a bold statement, while maintaining a carefree youthfulness. The silhouette of the dress with its subtle cut-out and the balloon sleeves help give it a pretty, feminine feel. But my favourite feature would have to be the oversized stitching detail. It really helps to add another dimension to the dress and gives it a unique point of difference.
Given the look and feel of the dress, with its softer details and shape, I wanted to incorporate some stronger accessories into the mix. I opted for a structured Bottega Veneta clutch in a great metallic pink shade. While I couldn’t resist pairing the dress with my mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta. They’re a modern style, and adds an on trend element to my ensemble.
An Aussie brand that’s firmly made it onto my must-have, go-to, list is Aje. There’s just something about the way that they play with interesting silhouettes and sublime finishing details that make their pieces so fresh and modern. I’ve worn the brand several times and just when I think I’ve found a fave I end up falling in love with something else as each new collection drops.
At the moment I’m really loving their take on statement sleeves, with many of their pieces from dresses to shirts featuring a blouson sleeve that adds a beautiful feminine touch. While their current suiting options features some great contemporary details such as an open back and a relaxed, roomier silhouette.
I wore this look on a shoot at the beautiful Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley and fell in loved with its modern take on Victorian style. The Aje blouse (one of my fave Aussie brands right now) has a classic feel to it but with the blouson sleeves, the silhouette feels modern. Also crisp white shirts are a staple in my wardrobe so I love how this shirt taps into that versatility but still manages to give a fresh take on it.
I’m always a fan of a monochrome colour palette as it’s always guaranteed to be a chic combination so I opted to pair the shirt with white leather pants. Leather leggings also have great contemporary feel and work beautifully with everything from a white button down or a t-shirt or sweater. In keeping with the rustic feel of my surroundings, I worked a pair of riding boots into my look which provides a great contrast to the more dressy feel of my outfit.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Credits: Top, Aje; Pants (similar), Camilla and Marc