I often tend to favour classic looks most days but there are some occasions in which I just feel like dialing up the glamour and embracing a look that’s bold and just a little vivacious. This sequinned top and skirt by Veronika Maine was just calling out to make its debut—it’s such a fun pairing that’s made for occasion dressing. Worn together it’s an outfit that’s definitely got wow factor but it doesn’t have to be relegated to events. Both pieces can easily be pared back by teaming it with more subdued pieces. A blazer worn over the top of the cami or a simple white shirt worn back with the skirt can easily make sequins daytime appropriate.
When your outfit is so striking I think you have to keep accessories to a minimum and let it take centre stage. My favourite black Alaïa heels fit the bill, helping to ground the look yet maintain it’s glam nature. Round Chloe sunglasses add a little punch to this ensemble without being over the top. I think the fact the frames are quite simple and without colour make them the ideal piece to pair with this sequinned set.
Photography: Ash Larden
This post was produced in collaboration with Veronika Maine
When the perfect colour just jumps out at you and you know you have to wear it… that’s exactly what happened when I saw this top and skirt by Maggie Marilyn. With the off-the-shoulder style taking centre stage the last few seasons this ruched top with its asymmetric neckline and butterfly sleeve seemed so fresh and different. It had a quiet understated polish that I really loved whilst still maintaining just a small hint of sexiness with a flash of skin. The skirt with its wrap detail helped give the outfit some depth, and added an element of drama that provided the perfect counterpoint to the ultra feminine feel of the top.
I really didn’t want to overshadow the rose hue of this ensemble so I made a point of keeping all my accessories in a neutral colour palette. My round frame sunglasses added a playful touch to the classic feel of the top and skirt. Meanwhile I knew I wanted to add a dramatic flair with my choice of shoes so it seemed fitting to incorporate my tie-up Aquazzura heels. They added just the right amount of edge to this look, helping to toughen up a look that’s sweet and soft. After all, my motto when it comes to how I dress is all about balance. That and when you see something in the perfect colour make sure you don’t pass it up.
Photography: Sophia Athas
With another full day of shows I wanted a look that was comfortable yet still managed to push style boundaries. If there’s one time to experiment with a new look it’s Fashion Week. I was attending the Macgraw show this morning so I wanted to centre my look around a top and skirt from their current collection. I loved the 60s feel of the crochet mini worked back with a statement button down shirt. There’s something about dramatic shirting that I’m really into at the moment and the finishes on this top from the ruffled collar to the puffed sleeves and sweet heart applique on the back, all combine to make a statement.
If there’s one piece in my wardrobe that has me excited at the moment it’s this Gucci trenchcoat. With a traditional feel at the front it’s livened up by the embroidered moth at the back and the cursive writing on the collar. It helped keep me cosy throughout the day and was a definite focal point to my ensemble.
After a few days of heels I opted for comfort today. These flat boots by Maje are not only great to hang out in all day when you’re on the go, the statement buckles at the front turn them into a striking outfit element. Round frame Chloe sunglasses and a classic Miu Miu blush clutch helped provide the finishing elements to my look and are the ideal subtle complementary pieces.
Photography: Sophia Athas and Ash Larden
We’re halfway through summer already and it’s at this point when your current season wardrobe can sometimes start to feel tired. The novelty of pulling out your warm weather clothes and rediscovering them again has worn off and you may feel the urge to buy something new to refresh you current looks. If you’re planning on indulging in a little retail therapy it’s a great idea to opt for pieces that you can get plenty of wear out of and can be transformed into several different ensembles. If you want to ensure you get maximum cost per wear, these five things definitely offer longevity and versatility.
The cold shoulder dress
The cold shoulder silhouette has cemented its place as one of the key trends of the season so it’s a great style to opt for when it comes to dresses. Grab one in a crisp white and you’ll definitely get plenty of wear out of it.
My pick: This Paxos number incorporates a few dramatic touches such as ruffles and bell sleeves, making it a standout piece.
High waisted denim skirt
A denim skirt should have a permanent place in your summer wardrobe simply because of its sheer versatility. Tees, singlets, button downs… the list of its possible pairings is lengthy.
My pick: Camilla and Marc’s high waisted skirt is just the right shade of blue and its raw hem gives it a little edge.
The black swimsuit
When it comes to swimwear I always go for neutrals and no prints as I find I always get more wear out them that way. A plain black swimsuit or bikini is a must but look for interesting finishing touches to inject a little personality.
My pick: Marysia do gorgeous styles in plain bold colours that more than stand out in a crowd. This top and bottom can be mixed with other pieces in the range if you want to change things up but they work so beautifully together that you’re guaranteed to have them on high rotation.
The colourful slides
Slides are the footwear of choice this season so why not have some fun with them? Look for bright colours, textured finishes and embellishments.
My pick: A bold colourway keeps these Sol Sana slides looking fresh whilst the wavy straps are a playful touch.
The statement sunglasses
Sunglasses can really make an outfit so find a pair that can still work back with the rest of your wardrobe but have standout elements such as coloured lenses, unique frames or fun finishes.
My pick: These Chloe sunglasses are a great stepping stone into embracing statement glasses. They’re unique without being too over the top.
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Spring is the ideal time for light and breezy styles and this white broderie anglaise dress is just right for days spent enjoying the sun. The intricate embroidery add to the classic feel of the dress whilst the chevron detail worked throughout add a layer of visual interest and give it a little depth. I’ve always found that anything in a crisp white is better worked back with understated accessories as it really allows the colour to pop. In this instance I opted for a mini structured bag in a mink shade and round sunglasses with a clear frame to complement rather than compete with the dress. I rarely leave home without a watch so I needed something that was quite streamlined and simple, and my Michel Herbelin timepiece seemed the perfect option. Whilst I do believe in keeping to a simple colour palette when working with white, I do love to always incorporate one bold piece into my look and in this instance it was my favourite gold Gucci heels.
Photography: Ashleigh Larden
This post was produced in collaboration with Michel Herbelin
I always look forward to seeing the latest trends every new season so I was excited to attend the recent Myer Spring ’17 show in Sydney. Given it took place at a beautiful property by the water I wanted to wear something light and airy but still appropriate for the cooler temperatures in Sydney so I finally settled on this long-sleeved shirt dress by Anna Quan. A crisp white dress is always guaranteed to make a statement but this frock is taken to the next-level by its balloon sleeves and exaggerated cuffs and the Victorian-style high neck collar which give it a dramatic flair. I love to add a pop of colour whenever I’m wearing white so I opted for my gold Gucci sandals which also added a luxe touch. I wanted to keep the rest of my ensemble quite pared back so I paired it with a mini Loewe bag in a neutral shade and a simple, classic black sunglasses.
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As we move into the cooler autumn weather and into winter you’ll soon find that the blazer will be an all important style staple to get you through the next few months. A great black blazer is a constant in my wardrobe and easily pulls together a look. Plus the hue is versatile and timeless so it’s easy to get plenty of wear out of it and also have it for seasons to come.
A great relaxed fit blazer like the one above by Chloe is the ideal cut to take you from work to the weekend. Team it with a structured bag a la the Givenchy Antigona and statement accessories like the above Karen Walker sunglasses and you’ve got yourself an eternally chic look. A single breasted jacket is always a safe bet, however if you’re after something slightly different try a double breasted option or look for interesting finishing touches such as gold buttons or a flared sleeve.
There are so many great blazers out this season. If you’re looking for an investment piece my favourite designer picks are the “Phoenix” by Bec & Bridge , this one by Rag and Bone, the “Boss Lady” by Bec & Bridge, plus this one by Dion Lee and this double breasted option by Camilla and Marc.
If you’re after a more budget conscious buy there are plenty of great options out there. The first and second looks are from Lavish Alice on ASOS and The Iconic also has another great look for $89.95!
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley steps out in London in a gorgeous Chloe blouse, Paige denim jeans and Aquazzura heels in a modern spin on bohemian dressing.
Photography: Vogue UK/Getty
While I’m all about classic, neutral tones sometimes it’s feminine and fun to be able to incorporate pink hues and pretty blush colours into an outfit. If you’re not usually one to wear pink in your wardrobe these style and steal items will soon have you changing your mind.
For a splurge I can’t go past these investment items (clockwise from left):
These Roland Mouret broderie anglaise shorts are a pretty and polished with just the right amount of intricate detailing to make them stand out from the crowd.
The Chloe shoulder bag is the perfect size to fit all the essentials. The soft leather and rounded shape is sleek and polished and can easily be worn day and night which makes it the kind of splurge item that will give you bang for your fashion buck.
Is there anything more classic than a pair of pearl earrings? These gold pearl earrings are versatile to fit both an off-duty and elegant look.
The Rupert Sanderson heels are the perfect statement shoe for everything from a wedding to a cocktail party. The soft hue will mean they will work season after season plus they are handcrafted to last.
Bringing pink into your life doesn’t need to be expensive. These picks will brighten up your life, without the big price tag! (clockwise from left)
I love stylish old school pieces and this pink leather card holder is just that!
Let your accessories do the talking by opting for a pop of pink. The above Rebecca Minkoff satchel is a great way to bring colour into any outfit.
Why hide your lingerie when it’s as pretty as this soft lace bralette by Pleasure State? Super comfortable yet oh-so sexy.
I have a collection of Christian Paul watches which work well with myriad outfits. The marble face on this is eye-catching and the pink band gives it a point of difference.