Whenever I see the dress code smart casual it always gives me cause for pause as I’m trying to rack my brain of what I have in my wardrobe that fits the bill. Ultimately I think it’s all about working off duty style whilst still maintaining an element of polish. It’s about marrying the best of both worlds and merging casual pieces with elevated staples.
This Carla Zampatti jacket is one such piece that is right at home when worn back with dressy separates, but I can still pair it with denim and have it look cohesive. One of my favourite combinations is jeans and a white tee, which can be super casual but when paired with a sophisticated jacket it lifts the look into one that’s polished without being too fussy. Jeans have definitely become more accepted for events and relaxed workplaces, and when worked back with classic pieces it can easily be your go-to ensemble for those times you need to dress smart casual.
Great flats are essential for smart casual dressing which is why I am really loving my new Dior flats. They’re a classic shape, incorporate sleek details and as a bonus are super comfortable to be in all day. As for my accessories, a statement bag, with structure and extra finishes such as a chain strap or embellishments is the ideal option for elevating a look without being too overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your eyewear. These coloured Le Specs sunglasses add a modern touch, without compromising the overall vibe of my outfit.
Credits: Jacket, Carla Zampatti; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses (similar), Le Specs; Bag, Gucci; Shoes, Dior
Photography: Sophia Athas
Carla Zampatti kicked off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia last night with a glamorous and chic 2014/2015 spring/summer collection. The collection consisted of classic monochrome with sharp black tailored separates and beautiful white evening wear as well as bold coloured formal gowns in feminine silhouettes.
Dress: Carla Zampatti.
Jewellery: Hardy Brothers Diamantina 10 cluster earrings and solitaire ring.
If you are looking for formal wear or you are a soon-to-be bride you should definitely check out the Carla Zampatti & Bianca Spender bridal and formal wear studio sale on today and tomorrow! My bridesmaids wore Carla Zampatti on my wedding day so I am a huge fan of the label, especially for formal occasions.
There will be up to 75% off beautiful Bridal Gowns, bridal parties and wedding wear, stunning formal dresses and evening pieces. The sale is on today until 7pm and tomorrow from 10am-4pm. Located at 435a – 437 Kent Street, Sydney (in between Market and Druitt Street) Ph: 02 9260 9727.
Carla Zampatti bridal gown.
Last night I attended the fifth annual InStyle Audi Women of Style Awards at Carriageworks. The awards celebrate the achievements of Australia’s most inspirational women across nine fields, including: business, arts & culture, beauty, fashion, environment and more. Winners included Carla Zampatti (Fashion) and Nicole Kidman (Hall of Fame Inductee). Here are my standout looks from the red carpet.