One of the things that I’ve found to be quite a versatile piece in my wardrobe is a statement top. Whilst there are some things that are just way too bold to achieve true versatility, I think there are definitely some elevated pieces that can still be styled in multiple ways. This cream Zimmermann top is one of them. With the elegant draping and dramatic sleeves it definitely has impact but I think the neutral tone means it can be easily paired with numerous colours and everything from a skirt to tailored pants and denim. For this outing I decided to pair it with a textured Isabel Marant tulip skirt with a metallic sheen. I think the futuristic vibe of the skirt provides the perfect contrast to the classic Victorian feel of the blouse.
As I was already working with some strong silhouettes in my outfit I kept my accessories quite streamlined and simple. My new go-to Dior bag and Balenciaga sock boots were the ideal finishing touches. A structured bag works well to contrast the fluid, and slighter softer textures of the blouse and skirt, whilst wearing boots instead of heels helped ground the look. Overall it was great to be able to work with contrasting pieces and find a way to give them some cohesion without losing their individuality.
Credits: Blouse, Zimmerman; Skirt, Isabel Marant; Clutch, Dior; Boots, Balenciaga
Photography: Danielle Castano
Whenever I head to Melbourne I always make sure to pack a few warm weather options as I never know what the weather will be like. This new Miranda Dunn faux fur coat is one such thing. It’s super cosy and is made of the softest fur — it feels like I’ve just popped out with my favourite blanket when I’m wearing it. I’ve also found it easy to pair back with myriad looks in my closet, but my current fave is wearing it with jeans and a crisp white tee. It’s casual yet elegant and is a great go-to for when I’m looking for comfort and want to maintain an element of polish.
I didn’t want any of my other accessories competing with the fur coat, but I did want to add a little colour for interest so opted for my Goyard tote. The burgundy shade works easily with cream coat and as a bonus it’s also super roomy, so it’s great for carrying on days when I’m out and about and need to take everything from my laptop to my kids’ essentials. As for my shoes, being comfortable is paramount so I couldn’t think of a better option than my Dior slingback flats. They’re sophisticated and sleek, but are also ideal for long days where a flat is a must. Paired with classic Celine frames, this look is the ideal runaround outfit with a classic finishing touches.
Credits: Coat, Miranda Dunn; Shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans (similar), Camilla & Marc; Shoes, Dior; Bag (similar), Goyard (personalised bags also available from The Daily Edited); Sunglasses, Celine
Photography: Danielle Castano
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
Co-ordinated sets really are my new favourite shortcut to looking super polished. I loved this checked jacket and skirt by Hansen & Gretel for its 60s feel and Jackie Onassis vibes. Also the check and vibrant orange really make it pop and make a statement. A skirt suit is always a great go-to for work or play, and I for one can attest to how easy this particular look is to wear to the office, a function or to a special lunch.
I wanted the rest of my look to echo the polish of the suit so I knew I needed sophisticated accessories to add as finishing touches. As far as shoes went I knew I wanted something dressy but stilettos would have been too much so a great compromise was my new slingback Dior flats. It maintains the polished feel of the jacket and skirt without me looking just a little too dressed up. I maintained the 60s aesthetic by opting for a structured top handle bag in a complementary orange shade which really added a fun touch to the whole ensemble. And what better finishing touch than a pair of cat eye sunglasses which was also a reflection of the era.
Credits: Skirt, Hansen & Gretel (not out yet); Shirt, Hansen & Gretel (not out yet); Bag, Espie Roche; Shoes, Dior; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman
Photography: Ash Larden
Date with Kates are always fun and a great excuse to pull out a new outfit. For my recent Date with Kate with Sabrina Carpenter, I wanted to go for something feminine and polished for our meeting at Sydney’s Hacienda. One look I’m really loving at the moment is layering slip dresses over a crisp white tee. I think this 90s inspired look is fresh and so easy to pull together. I wanted to add a formal element to the look so I opted to wear my Balmain blazer over the top.
I wanted to wear heels with this outfit but thought a stiletto would be too much so instead decided to pair it with my Balenciaga sock boots. The silhouette of the shoe is fitted and streamlined enough that it doesn’t look too bulky against the flowy nature of the dress, however it grounds the look at the same time.
As far as accessories go I wanted simple and classic so I decided that my Dior bag which with its structured shape and gold chain strap looks was the perfect addition the look. I’m still really into the small sunglasses trend and this pair by Poppy Lissiman is certainly getting quite the workout of late. I like the fact it manages to look both unfussy and dramatic all at the same time.
Credits: Blazer (similar), Balmain; Dress, Camilla & Marc; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Boots, Balenciaga; Clutch, Dior; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman
Photography: Ash Larden
There are pieces that I have in my wardrobe that are definitely more evening appropriate but that doesn’t mean that that should be their only purpose. Often looks that are for night events tend to be a little more expensive due to their style and construction, so to ensure that I’m able to make every fashion dollar stretch further I’ve taken to reworking them to be suitable for daywear. And it’s not at all hard or expensive to do.
One way I’ve been doing the night to day transformation recently is with the below Zimmermann top which is too pretty to relegate just for the evening so recently I’ve been teaming it with jeans to make it more suitable for casual wear. This is something that you can easily do with other pieces in your wardrobe. Often teaming something that’s a bit dressier with something more relaxed such as jeans can tone it down and make it appropriate for off duty style. I teamed this particular look back with a pair of slingback flats which are polished yet not too over the top for day and a mini crossbody bag. The end result was a laidback look but with just the right amount of polish.
If I were to wear the top at night though it’s a different story. In the evenings I tend to favour a look that’s a bit more feminine and formal. So in this instance I swapped the denim over for a midi skirt in a similar colour palette as the top. And switched out the casual crossbody bag for a structured clutch with a chain strap handle which definitely adds to the nighttime vibe. I’d also go for dressy heels and leave the flats at home. Overall what I was going for with this particular look was something that’s a little more sophisticated and dressed up, lifted up by chic accessories that have a modern feel.
I did the below transformations with just one top but you can do this with pretty much anything you’ve designated as ‘nighttime only’. All it takes is a few key choices that dial down it’s dressy feel for day, then swap it for elevated pairings at night and you’ve instantly got double the wear out of your wardrobe.
Credits: Daytime look: Top, Zimmermann; Jeans, Ksubi; Belt, Jimmy Choo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Shoes, Dior; Clutch, Ralph Lauren; Evening look: Top and Skirt, Zimmermann; Clutch, Dior
Photography: Sophia Athas
The Daytime Look
The Evening Look
I always look forward to the David Jones Spring/Summer Collection launch every year because it reminds me that gorgeous weather and long balmy days are just around the corner. It also never fails to get me really excited to plan my new season wardrobe as I watch each look come down the runway. I always mentally bookmark a few faves that I know I’ll want to check out in-store later on.
I always enjoy attending events with Luke so I was happy we were able to go to the show together this year. It’s also a fun excuse for the both of us to get dressed up and have the night off! I was in the mood for a big splash of colour and couldn’t go past the below metallic pink skirt by Camilla & Marc. It was a fun focal point to my look and was really in keeping with the mood of the evening. As I was wearing such a modern skirt I wanted to add a classic element so opted for a white button down with a frilled collar and wore the sleeves pushed up to give it a more relaxed vibe. The midi length skirt gave me the perfect opportunity to show off a pair of great shoes and I eventually decided on a pair of ankle strap Tony Bianco heels which had a slight metallic sheen. Adding a touch of Dior to a look is never a bad idea, right? I just loved the below Dior clutch and the bold logo nameplate on the handclasp and thought it was perfect for the night. Rather helpfully the bag can also be worn using the chain strap so it’s great for events that might require me to go hands-free in case I need to hold a glass or grab a canapé.
As always it was another great event by David Jones! Seeing Karolina Kurkova star in the show was a definite highlight as was seeing Aussie models Jessica Gomes and Victoria Lee. I walked away with far too many outfits that I’d fallen in love with and my spring/summer looks are now very much in planning mode.
Credits: Kate: Skirt (not available in store yet), Camilla & Marc; Shirt, Camilla & Marc; Shoes (similar here), Tony Bianco; Clutch, Dior
Luke: Jacket, Pants, Shirt; Calibre
Photography: Mark Metcalfe/Getty
If you want Bambi-esque lashes that look oh-so natural this is the mascara for you. Dior’s Diorshow Pump ‘n’ Volume mascara has some interesting new features that really set it apart.
Dior Diorshow Pump ‘n’ Volume mascara, $56
Once you find a mascara that works you want to shout it from the rooftops—so here I am doing just that! I’m sure most women are in the same boat as I am, in that they want a mascara that will make their lashes look thick and luscious. I’ve tried a fair few in my time but this is one product that really impressed me with the results I got. A few coats of Diorshow Pump ‘n’ Volume added a ton of volume to my lashes and achieve that abundant falsh lash effect.
Whilst the original Diorshow is quite the cult beauty product, don’t dismiss this version as just slightly newer incarnation. It’s got a few key differences that are really impressive. Firstly the tube is actually made of rubber which means it’s squeezable. Aside from being quite a novelty, by giving the tube a squeeze it’s said to warm up the formula inside. By doing this it allows the mascara to glide on a lot easier and really coat all the lashes. It also allows you to move the formula around inside so you don’t have to repeatedly pump the wand (a big no-no as it’s said to allow air in which not only dries it out but also introduces bacteria) to fully coat it.
A little coat goes a long way and really gives lashes a full effect that’s hard to achieve with a lot of other mascaras. Whilst a Dior mascara is a little pricier, the results you get are definitely worth it.
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I told you I’m all about the suit at the moment. And with it being the last day of Fashion Week for me I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear this beautiful Alexander McQueen blazer. The cut, the fit and what a colour! These Maggie Marilyn pants have a slightly sporty vibe about them and made the ideal contrast piece to the structured, polished feel of the blazer.
When wearing such a bold, vibrant colour I think it’s a good idea to keep accessories quite pared back. I kept to a simple black quilted mini top handle bag by Dior to carry all my essentials and Christian Louboutin bow heels to give me some additional height (this is also a must when wearing wide leg pants). Small frame Poppy Lissiman sunglasses rounded out my look and helped marry the sleek and fashion forward look I was going for.
Credits: Blazer, Alexander McQueen; Pants, Maggie Marilyn; Bag, Dior; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman
Photography: Sophia Athas