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Chain store round-up: 10 pieces to add to cart

10th July, 2021

The chain stores are certainly stepping up their game this winter. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe then now is a great time to check out what’s on offer because whether it’s a casual sweatshirt or a beautiful blouse, you’ll find some affordable options that don’t scrimp on style. I’ve scoured a few of my fave brands and bring you my edit of winter and even a few spring/summer pieces that will be a welcome addition to anyone’s closet.


Cosy pieces are high on any winter shopping list, particularly when it’s a super affordable option such as this. This jumper is just the thing to wear when you’re in relaxation mode, and great for popping on over activewear too.

A great blouse is always a worthwhile addition to any wardrobe, and you can’t go wrong with a fun playful number such as this. The oversized collar and floral print make for a perfect pairing, and it can work back with so many different looks.

Basics with interesting finishes have the power to turn something ordinary into an elevated look. This top, with its oversized eyelets is a great example of that. It’s able to be paired with a variety of different styles but the design reads elevated.

Perfectly paired with slacks, this polka dot blouse adds a statement element to classic pieces. And the great thing about a spotted print is that it seamlessly works back with multiple looks.

You’ll wear a pair of culottes such as this all throughout spring/summer and it’s such a dreamy pairing with sandals and a bright pop of colour.

If there’s one thing that you’ll wear to death through winter it would have to be black leggings. They tick the comfort box, are easily worked back wth multiple looks and are such an easy piece to dress up or down.

Sleek, sophisticated and classic, this belted blazer is just the thing to add a smart touch to an outfit. Invest in the pants as well and you have yourself a suit that can take you can rely on to take you through many an event.

You can’t beat a shearling jacket for warmth, and this is one option that you can easily work back with a sporty ensemble, or wear it with jeans and a tee for a cosy off duty look.

Camel hues are having a moment and this jumper style is the kind of silhouette that you can wear out while grabbing coffee or pop it on after heading to the gym. The billowy sleeves are the ideal finishing touch.

Wide leg pants are majorly trending and this style is just the thing to tap into the trend. You could dress this down with a tee or dress it up with a a cami or button down and you have yourself a perfectly classic ensemble.


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Chain store round-up: 10 pieces to add to cart

25th June, 2021

I always love doing this edit because there are so many great pieces in store and online right now—the chain stores are really bringing their A-game. While it’s still all about cosy pieces such as an oversized cardigan and knit dresses, there are some lovely elevated buys such as a shirt dress in a jewelled shade and a denim dress made for Friday night drinks that are definitely worth snapping up. Here’s what’s worth checking out at your fave chain store this month.

I think an oversized cardigan is a necessary addition to any wardrobe during winter — it’s the perfect thing to cosy up in and can work back with so many different pieces, making for a truly versatile addition to an outfit rotation.

Pops of colour are one way to brighten up an outfit and these blush pink slingbacks are the perfect accent piece to a look. They’re classic yet fun and such a worthy addition to any wardrobe.

An oversized denim jacket is a staple piece of any winter wardrobe and so versatile, able to be worked back with multiple looks and can be dressed up or down.

These mom jeans are the kind of silhouette that’s comfy, and also easily paired back with everything from a button down shirt, to a tee or a jumper. In other words: you’ll get plenty of use out of it. Snap these up because they’re also now on sale!

I love the shape and colour of this puffer jacket. It’s cosy enough to keep you warm on even the coldest of winter mornings but also fashion forward enough to add a stylish element to any outfit.

A cream cable knit jumper is one of those classic pieces that can be paired with myriad looks. It has an old school charm about it, but a classic feel that adds an element of polish to any look.

Chunky winter boots are majorly trending and these are a great piece to add a touch of grittiness to a feminine look. They would be a dream pairing with a knit dress, but could work equally as well with denim.

Love the 70s vibe of this button down knit dress. The oversized collar and statement buttons elevate it, adding a point of interest, while the seafoam green is such an unexpected shade for winter.

Sophisticated and elegant, this teal shirt dress is just the thing to bank in your wardrobe for your next occasion. Worked back with heels, it could also make for a great addition to an office wardrobe.

The statement stitching on this dress is what makes it — it elevates the denim, making it pop. While the fitted silhouette and puffed sleeves are very now and is such a fun, feminine look.


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Chain store round-up: 10 great buys to add to cart

5th March, 2021

I always really like doing these posts at the start of a new season as it’s the perfect time to do a wardrobe update, and it’s great to see what’s out there. And I have to say, chain stores have really delivered on the trend front, ticking the boxes as far as what’s trending, but also weaving in classics that are great for topping up our evergreen wardrobe. Here’s what you should definitely add to cart this month.

Update your sneaker wardrobe with this multipurpose, minimalist pair. It’s the kind of style that will work back with several different looks, and can also be worn all through the year.

Denim jackets are a great wardrobe staple to have on hand, so I’ve always liked having it in different washes to ensure maximum wear. This black shade is equally as versatile as its blue denim counterpart, but just has slightly more edge.

It’s all in the sleeve detail for me these days. This balloon sleeve style in a baby pink hue is just the thing to brighten up any autumn/winter look, and it makes a statement all at the same time.

A neutral midi dress is the basis for so many different looks that it’s definitely something worth adding to your shopping list. Pop on a jacket or a blazer to dress it up, or wear it with a crisp white shirt knotted, or simply throw on a knit.

The simplicity of this shirt guarantees that it can be worn to death. You can wear it dressed up with tailored pants, or dressed down with jeans, with myriad other uses in between.

You can never have too much denim in your life. With the regularity most of us wear jeans, it never hurts to have a few pairs up your sleeve. And this style is just the perfect silhouette to see you through any season.

I tend to collect lots of basics at the start of every season to form the basis of many of my day to day looks. And I know that a top like this will get many outings as it’s a pared back style that can easily work back with most outfits, but with elements such as the ribbed texture and high neckline, it steers it away from being anything but boring.

It’s hard to resist a great dress, especially when it looks like this. It’s a great neutral hue and the cinched waist is a flattering finish.

It’s always nice to incorporate some coloured knits into your autumn/winter rotation as it can get a little monotonous wearing the same hues over and over again. This burnt orange shade is such a good one to weave into an outfit to give it an injection of personality.

Love this knit top for its classic feel. It looks great worn back with jeans, but I think it would also play nicely with everything from pants to skirts and shorts. Plus it adds a nice textural element to any outfit.

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Chain store round-up: 10 great pieces to add to cart

5th February, 2021

We’re at the tail end of summer now and we’re swiftly approaching transseasonal dressing time. Keeping this in mind, I’ve been hunting around for pieces that can easily be worn in hot or cold weather with a strategic adjustment or two. And the good news? There are plenty of great affordable buys out there. This month’s chain store round-up is all about versatile buys that are going to be able to take you through the change in seasons without missing a beat.

A denim midi skirt is a style that can easily be dressed up or down. Add a crisp white shirt for a classic, polished look or a white tee with a sweater to easily turn it into an ideal transseasonal outfit.

A neutral linen dress will see you through the last few weeks of summer. Pop on a trench or a cosy cardi and pair with sneakers for the ideal take on a classy, casual ensemble.

This short sleeved shirt can work with a pair of shorts while the weather is still warm but you can transition it into a winter look by working it back with jeans or wide leg pants.

I’m loving all things tie-dye right now and this tee is a great way to add a pop of colour to your fave looks. Easily paired back with jeans, sweatpants and more, it’s a great way to add a playful touch to a look.

Midi dresses are a star player in my wardrobe because they’re a great shortcut to achieving a polished look—there’s just something classic about them. This shirred dress is a silhouette that can easily be worked back with sneakers and a denim jacket when the weather cools, while it plays nicely with slides or sandals while summer is still in full swing.

White slides are a great versatile shoe to have in your wardrobe. It’s hue that can be worked back with myriad looks, and this particular style can be paired with pants just as easily as it can work with shorts and a skirt.

Start stocking up on sweats now because they’ll be huge this winter. This neutral shade makes it workable with a variety of different looks—you can get away with wearing this particular style out and about as easily as you can to the gym.

Bike pants are well and truly back. This pair comes in a variety of different shades and at an affordable price too, making it easy to work it into your activewear wardrobe, as well as your casual outfit repertoire.

You can’t go past black shorts when it comes to ultra wearable style options. This pair can work with sneakers or sandals and can be topped with a lightweight jacket to take it into autumn.

A comfortable pair of heels is a must and this pair ticks all the boxes—a great heel height and a modern silhouette making it an on trend addition to any look.

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Chain store round-up: 10 great pieces to add to cart

8th January, 2021

A brand new year often goes hand-in-hand with a new commitment to fitness, which generally also coincides with wanting to find some cute workout gear as added motivation. There’s nothing like being able to wear something nice while you train, so I thought I’d round up a few great pieces that you can add to your exercise outfit repertoire.

There are some great brands that are doing activewear that does the job but also adds an injection of style to any training session. I’ve rounded up a few pieces that will do just that, and they’re all available at your local chain store.

Scroll down to find some great pieces to add to your workout wardrobe.

This crop top comes in a variety of different prints and also has matching pants to finish off the look. At under $25, you can snap up a couple to have on rotation.

Love this tie-dye top as a way of adding a fashion element to workout look. And if you’ve often favoured plain black activewear, this is one piece that can easily add a pop of colour to your look without being too over the top.

This is a punchy print but doesn’t overwhelm, making it an ideal option for mixing and matching with existing pieces in your activewear wardrobe.

Who would’ve ever thought bike shorts would make such a comeback? Be prepared for them to become a staple of your training outfit repertoire, especially when they come in such eye-catching prints.

This old school classic sweat is a great one to pop on on your way to the gym, or to have in your bag to take you from spin to coffee. It also comes in a range of different colours so there’s one to suit every taste.

I love the textured element of this sports bra. It’s a great one to layer under a tee, and is such an interesting way to dress up an exercise ensemble.

A little animal print is of course, something that’s guaranteed to dress up any training session. This one makes a statement, but the dark hues allow it to be worked back with different pieces.

White jogger pants are the kind of comfy exercise gear option you never knew you always needed. It’s easily paired back with multiple looks and can also be incorporated into your casual wardrobe without missing a beat.

You can never have too many sports bras in the mix, and this one features an understated pattern, making it quite the style chameleon.

If you really want to jazz up your workout wardrobe, add a great print in the mix. This tie-dye jogger pant is the perfect pant to work back with a crisp white tee or a singlet.


Chain store round-up: 10 great buys to add to cart

4th December, 2020

Hello, summer shopping! It’s always fun at the start of a new season to shop around for a few wardrobe updates. Choosing strategically a few key pieces to add to your existing wardrobe can instantly refresh tired looks, and inspire you to create new outfits. Having checked out a few of the chain stores for this round-up, I can say that there are some great pieces out there to choose from.

This cropped top would work brilliantly with a pair of high waisted pants or shorts. The billowy silhouette and fresh print make it ideal for taking existing pieces into high summer territory.

I love this oversized shirt from Cotton On. The drop sleeve is just the right on trend cut while the ever so light blue hue makes this particular shirt so versatile.

A bias cut skirt is one of those staples that are great to have on hand. You can wear it with a simple white tee or the dress it up with a cami or blouson sleeve top. An off-the-shoulder blouse would also be a dream pairing.

Using colour to make a statement is one of the easiest ways to revamp a tired look. This fuchsia pink would be the perfect pop of colour to a summer outfit. Plus you can extend its wear all year round giving great cost per wear.

I’m seeing more and more one shoulder silhouettes popping up and this white top is both classic and elegant in its simplicity. Plus linen is just perfect for summer.

This is one of those beach dresses that can easily take you from a day on the sand straight to dinner or drinks. The tiered style is also something that would work for pretty much any body type.

Linen shorts are a great go-to for casual day wear and this particular style with its pinstripe pattern is the smart and sophisticated. Plus the neutral hue makes it ideal for mixing and matching with ease.

Off-the-shoulder tops are such a great summer piece to have as they can be styled in different ways. You could tuck this top into a skirt or alternatively leave it out. Also I love the finishing touches such as the ties on the sleeves.

If you’re looking for a cute addition to your summer wardrobe this playsuit would have to be it. It’s one of those no-brainer pieces that’s great to have on hand because you can just throw it on and not have to think about it.

A pair of minimalist heels like this will work back with so many different things, You could wear it with denim, with a dress, a skirt, wide leg pants… the list is endless. Plus in a white hue it’s so wearable and versatile.

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Chain store round-up: 10 great pieces to add to cart

6th November, 2020

Doing this round-up every month, I always end up finding some great gems in chain stores. There’s plenty of vibrant pieces around that will definitely brighten any summer wardrobe along with simple, classic accessories that will take you through the next few months. It’s actually difficult to walk away not having compiled a lengthy wish list. If you’re looking to update your current wardrobe, check out these great pieces.

So much to love about this dress. The one shoulder neckline is perfect for summer while the little details like the asymmetrical skirt and gathered cuffs finish it off nicely.

This dress is one of those simple styles that can easily be thrown on for virtually any occasion. The shirred bodice is ultra flattering while the tie-straps and tiered hem are pretty touches.

These are the kind of slides that make for a great long term purchase—you’ll be able to wear them throughout the next few months, whether it’s dressed up or down. Love the simplicity and elegance of this design.

I have a penchant for gingham prints as they’re such a versatile print. These pants can be worn with everything from a tee to a cami, according to the occasion, and the relaxed style makes them ultra comfortable too.

Linen shorts are without a doubt one of the key summer staples every woman should have in her wardrobe. The simple pinstripe and cuffed hem make the ideal smart casual piece to have on high rotation.

The bohemian style of this blouse makes it the perfect accompaniment to everything from your fave denim to shorts and skirts. The lace detail is a pretty finishing touch.

A denim jacket is a transeasonal wardrobe’s best friend and if you’re looking for an alternative—but equally as versatile—option then opt for black denim version such as this. The cropped style makes it particularly perfect for using as a topper with dresses.

If you truly want to make a statement, a dress in a Barbie pink is a great way to do it! The fun hue is balanced by the puff sleeves and bias cut which give the dress a sophisticated, polished feel.

Black blazers are a forever item in any wardrobe, but understandably it may feel a little too heavy or dark for summer. In summer, why not go for a blazer in a light hue such as this ever so light pastel pink. The cut maintains its polished feel but the hue is very much in keeping with the spirit of the season.

Whether you’re headed to the beach or out to lunch, these black crossover slides will get you there. You’ll certainly wear them to death, making them a great buy.


Chain store round-up: 10 great pieces to add to cart

9th October, 2020
Image: Country Road, DeCjuba and Glassons

After doing my round-up this month I can safely say the chain store game is strong right now. There are so many great pieces, plus lots of great lightweight, easy breezy staples for spring/summer. If you’re looking to update your wardrobe for the season ahead, you’re definitely going to be spoilt for choice. There’s plenty of luxe linen, cute dresses and versatile buys that will ensure you’re well-dressed, and ready to welcome the warm weather.

A long sleeved dress is perfect for transseasonal weather. This dress comes in different print variations so if you like the style, definitely consider snapping up another one.

Tie dye is still doing the rounds and this cropped sweatshirt is perfect for adding to your gym repertoire. Just the right punchy print to lift your fave tights and tee combo.

Gingham is such a great print for spring/summer—equal parts sweet and classic. A tiered dress is also perfect for throwing on over your swimmers on a trip to the beach or an easy go-to work from home look.

If you like the no-brainer convenience of a dress, a playsuit is a great alternative. Just pop it on and it’s a no-fuss outfit option that doesn’t require having to think about tops and bottoms. Also, the tie feature is an elevated touch.

Spring is the ideal excuse to jump on any floral dress number. This one has the kind of simple yet classic style and print that will allow you to take it out on many an outing.

It’s never too late to start a love affair with linen, and these crisp white pants are a great place to start. I’m a huge fan and have always relied on linen pieces during the summer months. It always looks elegant and it’s supremely comfortable too.

These navy cropped pants are the kind of staple every woman should have in her wardrobe. It’s so easy to pair it with a tee in summer or a jumper in winter and as you can see, works a dream with a denim jacket. Double ticks.

Snap up these shorts because they will honestly see you through the next few months. Both elegant and on-trend, it’s the kind of staple that will be on high rotation.

Love the structure of this linen midi dress. It’s chic and polished and just the kind of thing to throw on when you have an occasion that requires an effortless, nonchalance vibe to your look.

Slides are a worthy investment for spring/summer because they’re the kind of thing that can easily become the finishing touch to most of your spring/summer looks. Invest in a classic black pair like these and you’ll wear them to death.

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Chain store buys: 10 pieces worth adding to cart

7th August, 2020

It’s the last month of winter so this means we’re heading into prime transeasonal weather. Before we fully get into the throes of spring dressing (hello, easy breezy dresses!) we can still get some mileage from a few wintery pieces that can see us through the last few weeks of cool temperatures. So in the mix, I’ve rounded up a few on trend pieces, some classics to take you through to the end of the year and some handy staples to make dressing during that ‘it’s not hot but it’s not cold’ period much easier.

Embrace the wide leg jean trend now because it’s going to be here for awhile. If you’re a little unsure, this super affordable option is a great way to dip your toe into the trend.

This gorgeous rosy pink shade is just made for spring. But in the meantime you could easily pair it with a jacket and boots and make it appropriate for chillier weather.

This balloon sleeve cardigan is a slightly more fun iteration of a cardi. It also can be worn as a set, with a knit top that can be worn underneath. Both work great as layering pieces so they’re a handy thing to have at your disposal.

A denim jacket is one of those things that you should always have kicking around in your wardrobe. They’re great for popping on over dresses or worn with cropped pants and a tee, or you could go the whole double denim route. The options are endless.

A black midi skirt is a great piece that can be dressed up or down. But in a black denim like this, it feels a little more modern and fresh.

The tie-dye trend has been around for awhile and this jumper is a great way to add a touch of it to your look without it feeling too over the top.

A sweet addition to any spring/summer wardrobe, this top can be worn back with jeans and a jacket now, but paired with a great pair of shorts come warmer weather time.

White wide leg pants are a versatile piece to have around. They can be paired with a casual tee and sneakers, or a button down and slides for a more sophisticated feel.

Florals for spring are a given so why not stock up now? This midi dress is a great starting point to kick off all your spring/summer looks. In the meantime team it with a denim jacket and sneakers and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

A white shirt will get you through any season and this style will certainly be on high rotation over the coming months.

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Chain store round-up: 10 great buys to add to cart

3rd July, 2020

While designer buys are great, most of the time it’s all about finding pieces that are affordable and fashionable. And I firmly believe we’ve got such a great range of brands on offer in Australia that it’s quite easy to snap up something new to revamp a tired wardrobe without having to spend big. Chain store buys are often the building blocks of many wardrobes for good reason: they’re on trend, affordable and offer plenty of choice.

This is why this is the first instalment of regular round-ups I’ll be doing of what’s on offer in popular chain stores. I’m planning to highlight all the great pieces that are definitely worth adding to cart right now whether it’s a basic that can work back with multiple items or a statement piece to make a simple outfit shine.

If you’re in the mood for a wardrobe update but don’t want to spend a fortune, you’ve come to the right place. There are some truly great offerings in chain stores right now which are on trend, stylish and reasonably priced. Having perused what’s on offer, here are a few options that will instantly lift your winter wardrobe, but won’t break the budget either.

This beige Country Road wool skirt is such a good staple to have. Worn with boots, it’s perfect for winter and a great alternative to pants. But it’s also easily worn with a tee or cami in summer making it easily do double duty.

I always like to look ahead to the upcoming season and this is the perfect dress to wear into spring/summer. It also comes in another colour if white isn’t your thing. And billowy sleeves are such a great feature to really lift the look of a dress.

A slouchy navy knit can never go astray in one’s winter wardrobe. Love the shape of this and it’s the ideal colour to work back with multiple pieces. Such a great, versatile piece.

I’ve spoken of straight leg jeans being the denim silhouette to have right now and this pair from Seed is such a great way to adopt the style. The wash is also a great way to freshen up a winter look.

This bobble knit is such a pretty winter warmer. Love the ribbed cuffs and the fact it can also be worn slightly cropped with high waisted jeans. The earthy tone is also one of the big colours of the season, making it a versatile staple to have.

I love the practicality of this reversible coat from Seed. One side is a beautiful plain camel colour, the other a statement check. Both are great for winter and is such a good buy considering you get two coats in one.

A great shirt never goes astray particularly in winter and this black shirt from Cotton On could easily pass for a lightweight jacket which essentially doubles its use. You could easily pair it with jeans or casual pants, or a skirt or dress further down the track.

I’m a huge fan of high waisted pants. This wide legged number would work back with so many different pieces. The fact you can wear it casually with sneaker or dress it up with flats or a great sandal gets a huge tick.

Statement dresses are a fun addition to any wardrobe and this printed number, with its long sleeves and pleated skirt make it a practical and pretty winter wardrobe purchase.

Ribbed tops are a great way to elevate basics. The hue, cut and style of this Glassons top would make it the perfect partner to a variety of different pieces, plus it’s a great price.