Printed dresses are the kind of one-and-done look that’s perfect for easy summer dressing. I’ve found that a dress with a striking print really doesn’t need much in terms of extra fixings to make it an outfit. This Husk dress, is one such example of how a great print can speak volumes. The ruffled neckline adds a feminine touch, and works well to strike a balance with the boldness of the zebra print. I’ve worn pieces by the brand Husk a number of times and they’re all great staples that have breezed into my outfit rotation without missing a beat.
I always tend to dial down my accessories when I’m working with an eye-catching print as I don’t want my outfit to be visually overwhelming, the print is enough! I stuck to an almost all black colour palette for this particular outfit (it helped tie everything together with the black stripes), adding my fave pair of Bottega Veneta heels and a classic mini Gucci bamboo top handle bag. Topped with cat eye Poppy Lissiman sunglasses, this is my definition of a go-to look for summer.
Shoes are obviously the kind of thing that you can’t leave the house without but for me there are certain kinds of shoes that cement themselves in my wardrobe as a staple. They range from flats to heels, casual to dressy, but there’s a core group that I’ll be guaranteed to be wearing most days. I’ve found this to be simply because of the ease in which the work back with any outfit. I like shoes that are effortless, that I can pair them with a number of different outfits and I know they’re pretty much guaranteed to work every single time. So, which have made the cut? These are the five that I’ve currently got on high rotation.
I’ve written about these Chanel slingbacks in the past and I still attest to how great they are. Not only are they ultra comfortable to walk in (this can sometimes be a problem with slingbacks when the strap keeps falling down) but they add a stylish touch to any outfit. The classic Chanel beige/black combination is always guaranteed to elevate any look, but is also a versatile colour pairing that works back with so many different ensembles.
Gucci leather thong sandal
These Gucci thongs have been in my wardrobe for a few summers now so have truly proven themselves in terms of cost per wear. A good white sandal is a summer staple as it’s able to anchor a number of different outfits, given how versatile the colour is. I’ve worn these with shorts, dresses, skirts, jeans, wide leg pants… I could go on, such is the frequency with which I wear them. These shoes seem to have become a core style for the brand, rather than a seasonal style, so they do go up in price every few months. If you’re interested in them, I’d snap them up now!
Camilla and Marc shearling slides
If ever there was a shoe that’s become an unexpected transeasonal dressing hero in my wardrobe it’s these shearling slides by Camilla and Marc. I know they’re a slightly quirkier shoe choice and not everyone loves a sandal that’s got such a standout textural feature, but I have worn these shoes so much. They help bridge that seasonal gap between when the weather goes from cool to hot and vice versa given the shearling lining. Plus they’re just downright really comfortable.
Bottega Veneta heels
Party shoes are a necessity in my wardrobe as I’m often at numerous events throughout the year and these were definitely worth the splurge. They’re not cheap so I was determined to get maximum use out of them and I’m pleased to say I have. They’ve been with me to lunches, launches, the races, weddings, work events, you name it. That’s always the sign of a worthwhile spend, when something sees you through so many different occasions and they become your go-to shoe.
Chanel dad sandals
You either love dad sandals or you don’t and I fall into the former camp. Can’t get enough of them. I bought these almost a year ago and they’re such a good wardrobe addition. Not only are they unbelievably comfortable to walk in but they’re great for casual and even slightly dressier looks. Everyone’s been talking about the wrong shoe theory of dressing, where you pair an unexpected shoe with an outfit to create some interest and personality and I’d have to say these fall into that category.
Tell me—what shoes are you currently loving in your wardrobe?
Zimmermann is up there as one of my all time favourite Australian designers with their ultra feminine designs. From florals to flirty flounces and intricate finishes, there’s definitely a signature look to the brand that really resonates with the vibe of Oaks Day. As the ladies day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, it’s the day that calls for feminine ensembles, and Zimmermann definitely fits the brief. You can imagine how taken I was by this dress which is just a work of art. It’s a gorgeous lightweight silk linen which drapes beautifully, and is elevated by the doily applique and the crinoline ruffles. With the floaty skirt and flouncy sleeves it has beautiful movement too.
With a high neckline, I opted for an up do for a clean finish. A simple bun with a white bow by Ezara/J provided a sleek contrast to the theatre this dress evokes. I needed to opt for footwear that would ground the look as the dress has such a floaty, whimsical feel to it so simple black Gucci heels were ideal. Plus I always love the colour combination of black and white. A Dior clutch was the final piece of the puzzle, adding a touch of contrast against the clean, pared back ivory hue of the dress.
One of the great trends to emerge in the last few years has without a doubt has been the matching set. It makes effortless dressing unbelievably easy as there’s no fussing around with mixing and matching separates, it’s just a co-ordinating top and bottom and you’re done. Love that! A set can also appear on the full spectrum of fashion whether you want something that’s super casual for weekend wear, or a duo like the below which is definitely dressy and more elevated. This vest and skirt combination is from Husk which is a great boutique near where I live (they also have a number of locations around Sydney and Melbourne and they’re online) and is part of the current range. Vests are really having a moment so I love the fact this set taps into that trend, but gives it a more polished spin with the knee length A-line skirt. It’s also something that can be worn separately if you want, which is perfect for cost per wear. You could wear this set to the office, an event or just out to dinner and it would work, making it a great option for those days when you need to look put together but kinda just want to get dressed on autopilot.
Working with a crisp white canvas as far as outfits goes is always fun as you can take your accessories in so many different directions. It’s a hue that works with pretty much everything so there’s not much to worry about in terms of getting everything absolutely spot on, most colours will just work with it. Once again, effortless dressing to a tee. I opted for some slightly bolder tones with a caramel-hued pair of sunglasses by Pared and chartreuse heels by Billini to provide some contrast. The finishing touch was a teeny Gucci Jackie bag, which I have to say, for something that is so diminutive it has really become a bag that I’ve come to rely on a lot simply because it holds my essentials but still looks small enough to be a bit more of an elevated bag than an everyday grab-and-go style.
Getting dressed some weeks, I can clearly see a trend emerging and this week it was all about a monochrome colour palette. Some weeks, it’s easiest to just lean into colours that I know are guaranteed to work and black and white are two hues that are foolproof. I mixed and matched throughout the week, and it was all really effortless – I highly recommend when it’s a busy time and you just need to get dressed on autopilot. Here’s what I wore this week.
Love this Rachel Gilbert tee and it’s cheeky design which is raising funds for the Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. Also, the Anna Quan tailored pants are still going strong! I’ve worn these the last few weeks and can’t get enough of them. Great cut and fit and they go with everything. These Camilla and Marc slides with the shearling trim is such a great transeasonal shoe—I can keep my feet warm without overheating when the temperature gets warmer later in the day.
I technically packed this while I was away but didn’t manage to grab a pic this week but it’s so good I wanted to share it. It’s a such a simple, streamlined design and works well with heels and sandals so it’s a goodie for travel. I’ve had these Gucci slides for several years now and they’re always in rotation because they go with everything. A good one to keep in mind in case you’re on the look out for a splurge shoe.
Keeping a look tonal is a great way to do a casual look outfit but with an elevated finish. These Viktoria and Woods jeans are a good wide leg cut that works with flats or heels or sneakers. They’re easily dressed up or down making them ultra wearable. Also, I shared this Joslin jumper in another post as part of a set but it works equally as well on its own.
Another tonal look (and outing for the Anna Quan pants!) with this all black ensemble. I needed something dressy so these wide leg pants and top plus heels made for an easy outfit. Also, I’m loving the size of this quilted Chanel bag, it’s a good one for carrying my essentials but not overly big so I can wear it in place of a clutch to an event.
Credits: Top, Bec and Bridge; Pants, Anna Quan; Heels, Aquazzura; Bag, Chanel
As part of a partnership with QANTAS, I was lucky enough to spend a few nights on the sunny Gold Coast recently. Even better was the fact I was able to be joined by some friends during the trip. We explored a lot of the area, checking out some great dining spots, and also indulging in some relaxation by the pool and at the spa. It was a great way to unwind after the craziness of the school holidays! Whenever I’m on a trip, I enjoy planning my wardrobe as much as I do my activities as I find it’s all part of the novelty of being away. So, here’s what I packed with me for a few days in Queensland.
This is a great LBD from Scanlan Theodore. It’s such a simple, sleek design that can be dressed up or down and can easily be transformed or reworked according to the occasion. The strapless neckline and subtle flare give it a glam feel, and it’s so pared back that I could go all out with my shoes. Mach & Mach are known for their embellished, elaborate designs, and this pair certainly brings all the sparkle.
Yes, I am a big fan of quite a few things in Scanlan Theodore’s latest collection because this dress is also new addition to my wardrobe. For a boat day, I wanted something comfy yet classic and this taupe maxi with its flared skirt and belted waist definitely fit the brief. I finished this look off with some of my fave necklaces and cat-eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman.
For a day at the spa/pool, I threw on this cover up by Sir. It’s a great chocolate brown colour and the mesh fabric works beautifully with a high waisted style bikini. I glammed it up with a mini bamboo handle bag by Gucci and my trusty white Gucci slides.
There’s something about an off-the-shoulder neckline that I can never resist. I love the knotted straps on this maxi, and they drape at just the right spot – not annoying like some off-the-shoulder styles. I went with a pop of colour via my amber sunglasses to help lift the chocolate brown hue.
Credits: Dress, Sir; Sunglasses, Bec + Bridge x Pared
I’m a big believer that when you find a great style that works for you, get it in another colour. Hence, this Scanlan Theodore dress, which is a similar silhouette as my black dress, but in a vibrant yellow. It’s a great hue for summer and works well against a pair of metallic sandals.
I saw this Gucci shirt with the interlocking horsebit print and immediately this look came to mind. The blouse has a bit of a 60s vibe to it, so I decided to pair it with an A-line skirt to keep the look in line with the decade. I liked the contrasting pussy bow detail, but instead of tying it into a bow I decided to just leave it to sit more like a necktie. It was a simple styling switch but I felt it kept this look from becoming too saccharine.
When it comes to accessories, Gucci always brings its A-game. I wanted to add a belt as I felt the skirt needed an additional finishing touch so I went for a webbed style in the iconic green and red colour scheme. It lifted the outfit and added some extra contrast against the blue wash of the skirt. A pair of sky high platform loafers with the wooden heel was a little more 70s than 60s but they were a bold shoe that worked against the ultra feminine vibe of the rest of my outfit. To finish things off, I added a mini bag with instantly recognisable bamboo handle that has become synonymous with the brand. This look was a fun take on 60s dressing but with a modern spin.
I’ve posted a few of these looks on my Instagram, but I’m playing catch up with sharing the outfit details for the blog so I thought I’d do a round up of some of the dressier outfits I’ve been wearing of late. What I am really enjoying about dressing up for events lately is that there are so many options. I’ve gone down the path of wearing suiting a fair bit because I love that it always looks so sharp and polished. Plus it’s a little more of an unexpected option when you’re required to look more elevated. That said, I still love a good frock! I had the opportunity to wear a gorgeous, vibrant gown for a shoot recently and there really is something lovely about being able to wear a gorgeous dress. So, heres what I wore this week.
They’re usually my go-to when I’m after something ultra feminine, but this suit by Zimmermann is so good. I love the subtle pinstripe and the cream has such a fresh feel to it. The matching bustier also takes this suit in a different direction, giving it a slightly sexier vibe. Worn back with black pumps, this outfit cements my love of suiting even more.
This sleeveless suit has such a cool feel to it, and taps into the vest trend too. The double breasted silhouette but sans sleeves is an unexpected touch and gives this entire outfit a modern feel. Also the crisp white colour makes it perfect for spring and summer, and both pieces can be worn separately and fashioned into other looks which I love. I added a crossbody bag in brown, complemented by heels and sunnies in a similar colour palette to add a touch of colour but still maintain cohesion for the whole look.
As you can see I can’t resist a great suit, and Aussie designers are really excelling in this department. This suit is by Manning Cartell and has a lightness to it that makes it the perfect option for transeasonal weather. I added some metallic pumps for some edge.
It’s spring racing time and as part of a shoot I did for the Australian Turf Club, I had the opportunity to frock up in this stunning fuchsia gown by Velani. The oversized flower motif is channelling Carrie Bradshaw’s striped Sonia Rykiel top in Paris and adds such a fun, playful feel to the dress. The thigh high split adds a dramatic touch, and the vibrant hue is so great for spring. I actually had to ride the horse as part of the shoot, so I’d count this as one of my most glam horseriding outfits to date!
Little black dresses are an essential to most wardrobes. It’s definitely an integral part of mine. I find a great LBD is a lifesaver during those times where you’re a little unsure about what to wear but you just need a failsafe option that will deliver. This mini dress by Bayse is all kinds of perfect for that reason — it’s an ultra sleek design with clean lines making it a bit of a style chameleon. You can dress it up or down, but I’ve always found a long sleeved black dress to be a shortcut to looking chic. The mini hemline however gives it a bit of sexiness, making it perfect as an after dark look. I’ll definitely be bookmarking this for party season, and it’s an easy go-to for event wear. I like the fact I can add a different shoe or pop on some extra accessories and I can change up its look and feel.
Speaking of accessories, I went for simple as I liked the minimalist vibe of the dress. I added a pair of Bottega Veneta heels to elongate my frame (a mini plus heels = looonger looking legs) and level up the dress for an event. A diminutive structured bag by Gucci complete with the iconic bamboo handle helped to add a bit of a statement piece to this look, and give it a little extra personality. I topped it off classic black frames to make this outfit day ready, but it’s certainly ready to head into a night time event without missing a beat.
I’m incredibly lucky to be gifted some beautiful things in my job and this new gem from the Gucci Bamboo 1947 line is my latest obsession. As far as bags go this one is a definite keeper — it’s a great size for when I want to travel with just the essentials but level up my outfit, plus the structured style and the decorative bamboo handle make it a standout. Also in a patent black, it’s the kind of thing that can add a fun touch to any outfit, dressy or casual.
In this instance I decided to go Gucci all the way with this dress from their current new season line. The lace finish gives a great textural finish while the classic Gucci two tone featured on the collar add a sporty touch. It’s a nice balance between the two and helps this maxi dress with all its intricacies from becoming a little too fussy — the collar gives it a more relaxed feel making it perfect for dressing up and down. A pair of black, strappy peep toe heels were the ideal finishing touch, complementing the bag and tying the whole look together.