British fashion is steeped in history but is there anything more iconic to British style than the 166-year-old house of Burberry? I’ve been a longtime fan, and have always loved its polished, refined approach to design. One thing that has definitely stood the test of time, and always makes the list of forever style staples is a Burberry trench. It’s unbelievably chic, but so understated in its design that it’s the kind of thing that can be passed down from one generation to the next and it will still look as on trend as it does today. I’ve always loved the classic cotton gabardine style in the beige hue with the signature check lining, as it so easily goes with everything and is timeless in its appeal. I could wear it over a dress or jeans and a tee and it would work seamlessly each time.
On this particular occasion (I was on my way to a party) I paired it with a simple black Bec and Bridge mini dress to keep my look quite pared back, but went with sky high Gucci Mary Janes to inject some fun and give the look more of an event vibe. I finished off the look by accessorising with what else? A Burberry bag, of course. This particular top handle bag had a great textural element, and featured the iconic checked pattern. The chain strap also meant I could wear it myriad ways, whether on my shoulder, crossbody or tucked into the bag to wear it as a clutch. I truly appreciate this kind of versatility when it comes to occasion wear as I like being able to change things up according to where the evening takes me.
Credits: Trench and bag, Burberry; Dress, Bec and Bridge; Shoes, Gucci
It’s still all about winter dressing but this week in Sydney we did experience what felt like a glorious spring day which was a nice reprieve from the cold weather. I’m still embracing so many winter warmers in my closet and am having fun rediscovering that part of my wardrobe again after my holiday break. I had a few appointments and meetings this week so I embraced a lot of dressy, elevated looks but luckily I was still able to incorporate some casual ensembles in the mix. Here’s what I wore this week.
Back into winter gear and loving tonal ensembles. I’ve always found layering varying shades but in a similar colour family achieves a really impactful look. I layered a few earthy pieces here and found it added some warmth to my outfit. Also, I’m not sure about you but I loved the break from constantly wearing pants or jeans throughout winter by doing a midi skirt/boots combination. I highly recommend it for keeping warm, but taking your outfit in a different direction.
Doing another take on the skirt/boots combination with this head to toe look from Seed. I wore this look to host an event for Seed earlier in the year and found it be a great go-to look for when I’ve got a meeting or event to attend. Once again I’m embracing tonal hues, but I also love doing crisp whites in winter. It’s a little more unexpected as far as winter hues go and it adds a level of freshness. Loving the resurgence of the knee high boot, it’s definitely a great way to dress up many an outfit.
Credits: Jumper, coat and boots, Seed
This outfit ties into my motto of ‘off duty wear but keep it polished’. Jeans and a white shirt have always been my go-to when it comes to casual wear, but I wanted to take it up a notch so paired it with this Camilla and Marc trench. It’s comfy yet chic and something I do quite often whenever I’m doing a jeans and tee pairing throughout the cooler months. I went for a simple pair of white sneakers and added a Louis Vuitton top handle bag to help me carry all my essentials around for the day.
Credits: Trench, Camilla and Marc; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans, Slvrlake; Bag, Louis Vuitton; Sneakers, Burberry;
This was a shoot day and I felt in the mood to dress up a little so went with this puff sleeve top by Aje and an Anna Quan mini. I’ve worn both pieces so many times and have really managed to maximise the cost per wear on both of them. Being on my feet most of the day, I went for flat Chanel slingbacks to stay comfortable but polished at the same time.
Credits: Top, Aje; Skirt, Anna Quan; Slingbacks, Chanel
Another busy week meant a range of looks. I’m often juggling work events with school pick up so I try to keep that in mind whenever I’m pulling a look together as I don’t want to be overly dressed up to fetch the girls! Luckily, a lot of my wardrobe is quite simple and classic so sometimes all it takes is a shoe change here and there to make it ready for the transition into mum mode. Most of the time it’s all about a great pair of jeans and a nice top, matched with comfy shoes. While I love dressing up, I do enjoy the simplicity of my casual looks. Here’s what I wore this week…
Sometimes all you need is a pop of colour. This all white ensemble (rest assured I wasn’t on mum duty as the kids were at school!) had a fresh feel to it, enhanced by the corset top and wide leg silhouette of the pants. I knew I needed to enhance the look a little so it was all about this sky blue Acler trench. The addition of a bright hue actually allowed the features of this outfit to stand out as it provided a little contrast. I added a navy Bulgari bag to keep the look within the same colour family, and achieve a gradient effect.
Credits: Trench, Acler; Top, Dion Lee; Pants, Viktoria and Woods; Bag, Bulgari; Heels, Tony Bianco
I do an interation of this combination most weeks, this week it was all about a tailored shirt and denim. I love the billowy sleeves of this top which works well against the fitted silhouette of the jeans. While I accessorised with a forest green Dior tote bag to primarily carry all my essentials but also to add an accent colour to work against the more muted colour palette of the shirt and jeans. I added neutral Gucci slides to help tie the look together.
Credits: Top, Viktoria and Woods; Jeans, Slvrlake; Bag (similar here), Dior; Slides, Gucci
Told you I loved this combo! This time around, same jeans but with a different top. This Good American muscle tee with shoulder pads elevates my usual white tee option and gives it a more fashion-y spin. My ever reliable Ducie sandals and Dior tote were the perfect accessories for the day as they were both on trend yet functional. Banbe sunglasses from my friend and stylist Jess Pecoraro’s collaboration with the brand were the ideal frames to work back with this pared back ensemble.
Think pink! I love a good suit, and this look from Manning Cartell is a lot of fun. I wore the double breasted jacket done up so I could wear it almost as a top, while the bubblegum pink hue makes a statement. Meanwhile the neutral Burberry bag and heels allow the suit to take centre stage. Both are great pieces to have in my closet as they’re so easy to pair with multiple looks.
The last few days have been busy, and with a few events up my sleeve it meant that I was lucky enough to have the perfect excuse to wear some truly beautiful pieces. I was on hosting duties for Lexus, then a fun American Express event, and a family brunch, so I was able to explore the full spectrum of my wardrobe, from casual to occasion dressing. I love being able to play with different looks, so weeks like these are so great when they pop up. Here’s what I wore this week.
When it came time to host a Lexus event, what better option than a suit… but make it make it sporty. This Burberry look was so much fun to wear. The bomber/blazer hybrid is a a more fashion forward take on a traditional suit jacket, while the pleated tapered pant added a polished element. Also the colour! I love wearing vibrant hues to energise myself for the day ahead.
Credits: Suit and bag, Burberry
I wore this black tie look for another Lexus event and carried the blue theme again into my look. This Bianca Spender dress is such a sleek design, with the ruched neckline and cap sleeve making for a bold silhouette. I chose black accent pieces including the most gorgeous tie-up Christian Louboutin heels and a mini Louis Vuitton chain handle bag.
Credits: Dress, Bianca Spender; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Bag, Louis Vuitton
I wore this strapless camel hued dress by Sir the Label to the launch of American Express Delicious Month Out in Sydney and fell in love with its simplicity. The clean lines and the unfussy design makes for an elegant option for event wear. I accessorised this with black tie-up heels again, this time by Aje and a Louis Vuitton shoulder bag and a touch of gold with Manning Cartell earrings.
Having brunch with my family and I decided to pull out this Camilla and Marc midi skirt, which has been the perfect neutral skirt to have in rotation. It just works with so many different pieces. I went for a black top to provide a little contrast, but neutral sandals to continue the silhouette. While my forest green Dior bag added a nice hit of colour to brighten up my ensemble (it’s also quite roomy so I can take everything I need with me).
Summer dresses don’t always have to be of the light and bright variety. This black dress by Camilla and Marc is a departure from the airy styles I’ve been wearing and it’s been a nice change to embrace a summery silhouette that has a sophisticated edge. The cold shoulder detail is perfect for this time of year and makes for a fun, statement neckline. Also in keeping with the aesthetic of the brand, the sleekness is tempered by feminine touches such as the puff sleeves, ruching and cut-outs.
I wanted to keep the entire look quite sophisticated and classic and I couldn’t go past the simplicity of my black and white Chanel slingback shoes. They’re a step up from regular flats with their look and feel, but not too dressy that they’d look out of place being paired with a daytime dress. While I appreciate the timelessness of wearing black, I also didn’t want this outfit to seem flat and heavy so I wanted to add a pop of colour with my other accessories. This structured bag by Burberry features a vibrant orange accent colour which add a fun, energetic touch to this ensemble. A pair of gold hoop earrings and slicked back hair completed this look, which has definitely been a fun alternative to my usual summer colour palette and style.
Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Burberry; Shoes, Chanel
I’m a firm believer in the high-low mix and the right pieces can make the simplest of outfits feel luxe and special. You can usually find me in jeans and a white tank a lot of the time and one way I love to elevate it is with statement pieces that can give an outfit a little personality. It’s also the perfect blank canvas to take an outfit in any direction. This Camilla and Marc tank and relaxed jeans, are a great option for the off duty style, and have found it to be particularly great for loungewear too.
I’ve always found trench coats to be the ultimate style staple and the Burberry trench is one of the most iconic, classic iterations of it. The British brand has always produced beautiful, timeless trenches which I’ve always loved, but this version features a few modern touches that give it an on trend feel, and takes the style in a more fashion forward direction. It’s also such a great piece to pair back with denim, as it adds a touch of polish in an effortless way.
Accessories that are slightly different and have a unique feel are always a plus, and this Burberry bag with its circular shape and logo feature is such a fun addition to any look. I’m also a fan of crossbody bags as it allows me to go hands-free, while still allowing me to carry all my essentials.
Credits: Coat and bag, Burberry; Tank and jeans, Camilla and Marc
Photography: Sophia Athas
This post was produced in collaboration with Burberry
I’ve always loved the quintessential British label, Burberry. While they’re most well known for their iconic trench coats, I’ve always been a fan of their ready-to-wear and accessories collection. There’s something quite classic and simultaneously cool about their aesthetic.
I immediately gravitated towards this shirt dress by the brand, which for me, ticks all the boxes. The autumnal rust-coloured hue is striking without being over the top, and manages to subtly make a statement. The beautiful design features also help complete with look. With its nod to the trench coat, featuring the storm flap at the shoulder and the raglan sleeves, it’s a great nod to the roots of the brand.
The bag, also by Burberry adds a touch of fun to the look. The circular shape is a little bit quirky and different and I love the bold typography and the nod to the logomania trend. It’s the kind of accessory that has the ability to lift any outfit and is something that I know I’ll be able to use to accentuate any outfit.
I wanted to keep it classic and simple with my shoes as the rest of the look was already so strong. I didn’t really want to take away from it with anything too over the top, and you can’t really go wrong with Chanel flats. I’ve worn these shoes so much and can attest to their versatility—definitely worth the cost per wear.
I’m on reporting duties for the Caulfield Cup today and it was the perfect opportunity to rock one of my favourite trends this spring racing season—a beautiful, vibrant suit. This Rachel Zoe pants and jacket combination in a punchy bold hue is event appropriate and features a great silhouette including bell bottomed pants and a double breasted jacket and sophisticated finishing touches like an accent lapel.
A bold look requires some fun accoutrements. I decided on a small black bag by Rixo which is enhanced by a colourful beaded bracelet handle and gold shell clasp. The structured, boxy shape and patent leather finish make it the perfect piece to complement this look. Whilst a monogrammed Burberry scarf worn as a hair accessory elevates this look and gives it a classic feel.
A gorgeous winter coat is one of my favourite purchases of the season. And this year I have my eye on an oversized winter coat that will be perfect for snuggling under once temperatures drop.
I think neutral colours are always a great option for coats and while black and navy are great failsafe standbys grey is also another colour to consider this winter. It’s easy to work back with multiple looks but it’s not as heavy as black. When purchasing a coat always try and invest in one made with a good quality fabric. The Joseph Sido Short coat (above) is a great wool and cashmere blend that will last you for seasons to come, similarly the longer Burberry coat (above) is also of a similar fabrication and would also make the ideal companion this winter.
If neutrals aren’t your thing a statement coat is also a great piece to have in your wardrobe. Whether you opt for a bold colour or interesting detailing such as this Alexander McQueencoat (above) the double-breasted silhouette with tonal-brown buttons is one that will have plenty of outings during winter. It’s also unlined so is perfect for layering over chunky knits during the cooler months.
Wearing the same coat throughout winter can sometimes get a little tired so to mix it up add finishing touches such as a sleek satchel bag or embellished sunglasses.
Whatever your budget there are plenty of coats on offer this season. And there’s a style to suit every bank balance. Shop some of my favourite picks below.
Miroslava Duma is digital powerhouse and an international fashion icon thanks to her celebrated street style. The Moscow-based fashionista, 30, is the founder of the popular Russian fashion and lifestyle website Buro 24/7 and was in Australia to launch the site’s Australian version. She told me about her time in Australia, who’s style she admires and the pressure of being a fashion icon.
What are you doing in Australia?
We’re super excited to be here and to launch our digital media platform called Buro 24/7. Honestly, I always thought that Australia is a distant land. We have this kind of misconception that it’s like a different planet, but it’s not. The people are just amazing here: very sweet, very nice, humble, chilled and relaxed. But at the same time very hard-working and professional. Every single person I came across from Australia just proves that it’s one of the best nations in the world … I could even potentially think that I could live here.
Is this your first time to Australia?
It is my first time and it’s super short. I hope that I’ll have a chance to come back very soon with my family, because I really want them to see it and I hope that we will visit often.
What did you get up to during your time in Sydney?
We [went] to the zoo. We [went] to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. I went to the Sydney Opera House and we [did] the bridge climb.
How did you get into this industry?
I used to do many things: write, style, worked as a producer … to just really understand how this whole process works from inside. I was always fascinated by fashion and maybe it’s because I come from a country where there was nothing. There was this kind of cultural/fashion stagnation for more than 70 years after revolution in 1917 because [of] the concept of Russian government … Creativity and creative people were pushed out of the country because government was afraid of creative minds [and that] they could be rebellious. So the concept was that no one was allowed to stand out. Basically, fashion, beauty and culture is about standing out, right? So, that is why all those things in fashion and culture in Russia started from, I think, late ’90s. And people there are kind of hungry for it.
How did you get involved in it?
Maybe for me coming from this country with this history, I’m very much enjoying this whole world of beauty, culture, fashion, because this is definitely something that makes us happy. Happier, at least … I just realised that there is not a single platform that I can go to and find [those] interesting things that are happening around the world.
You are an international fashion icon and many eyes are on you. Is there a lot of pressure and how much thought goes into your everyday outfits?
It’s different. Sometimes, if it’s like just a day in office, I can wear my jeans, Converse and, like, a motorcycle leather jacket. That’s it. Sometimes it’s something like this: fun, I dress up. For Fashion Week, it’s always very different. But yes, I definitely love it. I just enjoy it, this whole fashion situation. But honestly, sometimes now with [my] kids and with so much work, I just have no time to experiment as I used to do before. So sometimes it’s just something that I just see. I just grab it, take it and just run.
Who are some of your style icons?
I really always loved Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan. They were beautiful, extremely elegant and stylish. I also like different women like Tilda Swinton, Chloe Sevigny. They are not a classical beauty and don’t have classical style, but I enjoy looking at them and what they are wearing. They have completely different style [aesthetics].
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I spend time with my kids. This is the most fun and precious and best time in my life.
What’s your biggest career and personal highlight?
Well, as Napoleon used to say, “Dream impossible. You’ll get maximum.” So we’re dreaming impossible and we’re hoping to achieve maximum. For today, I think the biggest highlight is maybe the reputation – because I cannot draw beautiful painting, I cannot produce beautiful clothing, I don’t have that talent. I’m a bad cook. So I don’t really think that I’m a talented person. But what I can definitely say about myself is that I’m a good person. And people around me, people that work with me, my friends, they know that I’m always there for them literally 24 hours, seven days a week. If they call me at 3am in the morning, I will come. This is the vibes and this is the atmosphere that we have inside our team. We’re achieving things and goals through hard work. So this helps me sleep well at night.