I have a newfound appreciation for a great staycation given border restrictions right now so I was thrilled to be invited to check out the newly opened Crown Sydney in Barangaroo. With a luxe holiday feel, it was the the ideal time to try a few resortwear looks.
The one thing I always do whenever I’m on holiday is embrace a simple colour palette that can be mixed and matched. I went for crisp white and warm neutrals in this instance, wearing some great new pieces from Viktoria and Woods. The white pants I’m wearing below have been such a great addition to my summer wardrobe. They go with virtually anything and can easily be dressed up or down (I’ll definitely bookmark them for when the time comes when we’re able to do overseas trips again).
What’s a holiday without being able to get dressed up for a nice dinner? We were lucky to roadtest one of the new restaurants at the Crown so an LBD seemed the ideal starting point. I opted for a sleek Aje dress with a subtle cut-out and and Bottega Veneta sandals.
While poolside, I embraced one of my fave trends of summer: wearing a one-piece swimsuit with pants. I wore a one-shoulder Bondi Born swimsuit with lightweight wide leg pants by Monday Swimwear, which easily took me from sitting by the pool to being able to grab a bite to eat without missing a beat. Sleek and simple – my fave way to do holiday dressing, near or far.
While I love soft, feminine looks, there’s also fun to be had in dabbling with edgier styles. Especially when it comes to outfits that are made for after dark dressing. This duo by Bec and Bridge is big and bold. The top with its crossover straps and open back makes a statement, while the ribbed midi skirt offers some balance with its slightly more conservative feel. I often like to choose one major focal point with any look and in this instance I wanted the top to take centre stage.
Whenever I’m looking for accent pieces to pair with black I always revert to gold. There’s something so sleek and sophisticated about black and gold and both work beautifully in contrast with each other. I paired this look with drop earrings by Aje to add a dusting of glam. While my ever so mini bag by Oroton with its gold accent adds another gilded element to my outfit. To finish things off if was all about my leather Bottega Veneta sandals. The delicate straps are in keeping with the vibe of the top, which ties together the look nicely.
Credits: Top and skirt, Bec and Bridge; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Earrings, Aje; Bag, Oroton
First day of summer! Having just emerged from a heatwave in Sydney, it’s nice that the weather is going to get back to milder temperatures this week. I’m particularly excited to break out this look. It’s a casual denim outfit but has a polished feel to it which I love. This jacket and skirt by Acler is the kind of thing that works perfectly together but even better apart. I can see myself wearing this skirt throughout summer and the denim jacket will come in handy for cooler summer nights.
I can’t think of a better hue to pair with denim than a nice crisp white. I love a trusty white button down shirt to add a dressy element to a look, and the roomy, slightly oversized silhouette of this Anna Quan shirt has a relaxed feel which is a great way to achieve some balance.
Paired with some fun accessories, this look is definitely going to be bookmarked for many an outing. These white Bottega Veneta slides are the latest addition to my summer wardrobe and I’ve already found them to be really versatile and easily work back with so many other pieces in my closet. A pair of classic RayBans and a cylindrical bag by Strathberry are the final finishing touches — both have a classic feel but still have fashion forward elements that elevate them.
Credits: Denim jacket and skirt, Acler; Shirt, Anna Quan; Slides, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses, Ray Ban; Bag, Strathberry
Having spent much of this year in more relaxed, lounge wear style clothing, one of the things I missed wearing was a great suit. There’s something about a sharp suit that just adds an extra layer of polish to a look, and gives me a healthy dose of confidence whenever I’m wearing it. I have loved how tailoring has evolved into more modern, and slightly sexier silhouettes. This Rebecca Vallance suit is ultra flattering with the nipped in waist of the jacket and the cropped fitted trousers. Also I love the fringed edging on the jacket and the pants seams—it’s a little extra detail that makes for a great finishing flourish.
Working with a checked pattern, I wanted to keep things sleek and simple with the rest of my accessories. I decided to go for white Bottega Veneta pumps (as an aside, these shoes have been such a great investment—I’ve been able to wear them on so many occasions and highly recommend them) which add a bold touch without clashing with the pattern. While a black Prada bucket bag adds a fun touch, with the bag’s contemporary design offering a great contrast to the classic look of a suit.
Wearing a Barbie pink dress means that it’s almost compulsory to have fun in an outfit and you can’t get more playful than this Rebecca Vallance number. I’m a fan of long-sleeved dresses for battling tricky transseasonal weather as it helps to navigate that “Is it hot enough or cold enough to wear [insert] outfit today?” conundrum. When you throw in a classic polka dot print, it makes it the ideal piece to navigate spring/summer. Additionally I’m a fan of ruching on a dress as it instantly creates a flattering silhouette and adds a point of interest too.
When working with such a striking print and colour I knew my accessories had to be a little pared back, but not without its own personality too. So I went for a white pair of Bottega Veneta heels which are a great versatile shade to complement such a bold colour. A structured Mehry Mu bag adds a a classic ladylike touch while my slimline Poppy Lissiman sunglasses add a little edginess to offset the sweetness of this ensemble.
Playing with volume is always a great way to dial up the drama of a look and it’s especially the case with this Aje look. This ruffled off the shoulder number is a playful, feminine piece and is the ideal focal point to my outfit. The combination of the puffed sleeves, ruching and vibrant green hue, makes it the ideal statement piece for long summer days.
Working with a voluminous piece, I think you either have to scale it right down and go for a super slimline option to pair with it or embrace the volume and go big. I opted for the latter. This tiered skirt, also by Aje, works within the same green colour family, but adds a little extra depth with the moss green shade. It’s also an interesting silhouette to play with, with the asymmetrical ruffle feature giving it a little extra character.
As far accessories go, I don’t think there’s a better pairing than gold and green, so I went for a pair of drop earrings in the metallic hue, which also adds a little extra to my overall look. I played with striking elements with this outfit and wanted to continue it in my choice of footwear so I opted for beige mesh heels by Bottega Veneta. They’re such a fashion forward style that I felt they helped elevate this ensemble even further, and add the perfect finishing flourish.
The chance to dress up is always a welcome distraction from everything going on in the world right now. While event dressing is on pause right now, I still couldn’t go past this beautiful dress from Camilla and Marc‘s new range. I’ve always found navy to be such a sleek alternative to an LBD. It’s a slightly more unexpected shade for occasion wear and always looks elegant. What really elevates this dress is the strong design features. The cowl neck is sophisticated and chic neckline, while the split sleeve and the pleated asymmetrical skirt and the belt works together to create a modern silhouette. It also moves really well when on — always a tick in the right box when a dress has fluidity when you walk.
I wanted to incorporate some strong contrasting elements to this outfit and went with crisp white pieces. Bottega Veneta slingback pumps help ground the look and the strong shape is a great contrast to the delicate, finer finishes of the dress.
A structured white bag by Christian Dior adds a great finishing touch to this look. It has an understated simplicity that works well with the detailed nature of the dress. It’s also such a versatile piece as I can wear it with the strap as a crossbody bag or without and use it as a clutch. Dior always does such elegant designs but I always love accessories that work that little bit harder for you.
Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Christian Dior; Shoes, Bottega Veneta
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.
Working with varying hues of a single shade can result in a really striking look, and is such a modern way to play with colour. When I saw this Manning Cartell look in varying shades of tan I knew it was the perfect opportunity to do it. And while all three play really nicely together, the beauty of working with neutral pieces is that they also work well separately. I could easily wear this coat, knit and pants with other pieces I already own, making them versatile options throughout winter.
I wanted to continue the colour thread in my accessories, so it was the perfect opportunity to incorporate my Bottega Veneta mesh heels. While the rest of the look is quite classic, these heels are a little punchier in its design, so is the perfect counterpoint. I have had this Gucci bag for a few years and it was the ideal option for this outfit. Just the right shade, look and feel made it a no-brainer option. I finished this look off with black Poppy Lissiman sunglasses, which also added just a hint of contrasting colour.
The next time you want to pull together an impactful look, consider working with a monochromatic colour palette. It’s easy to do but oh-so effective at making a statement.
One of the things I love about 90s dressing is without a doubt the slip dress. I always associate them with Kate Moss, who rocked one in various forms throughout the 90s, and always looked effortless and cool. So, I was thoroughly on board with this particular dress by Auteur. The brand created by Aussie model and photographer Lucinda Taffs, has several pieces I immediately loved and one of them was this dress. The simplicity and clean lines make it so utterly wearable, while the midi length and the taupe shade make it versatile.
I needed a little hit of colour to give the neutral shade of the dress a little spark and decided on a baby blue coat, also by Auteur. It’s a great pairing, as the dress is the perfect canvas to offset with a pop of a pretty pastel shade.
I wanted modern accessories with a little edge given the style of the dress is so simple. It was the perfect look to pair with my Bottega Veneta heels, which are also in a similar colour family to the dress, while the mesh and chain detail give it added interest. My crisp white Bulgari Serpenti is the ideal piece to punctuate this look as it adds a classic and elegant touch.