While we may all be spending a lot more time at home these days, I’m still trying to inject a little fun into my wardrobe everyday in whatever way I can. Fashion’s always been such a huge part of my life and wearing a beautiful piece (even if I’m just going to staying inside) is one thing that helps me maintain a little normality in my routine.
I had this coat bookmarked for many an outing throughout autumn/winter, from meetings to events to the races and while those events may be put on hold right now, I’m still trying to work it into my wardrobe as best as I can. This checked coat by Viktoria and Woods is such a great statement piece to pop on top of a casual look to add a dressy element. The pattern, the cut and the contrasting details give it an elevated feel.
My collection of jeans has definitely been getting much more of a workout than usual. It has been interesting trying to find pieces in my closet that are comfortable enough for a day spent at home but also maintains a polished feel. This is where a crisp white shirt is ideal. It strikes just the right vibe but isn’t overly fussy.
The combination of a crisp white shirt and jeans is a blank canvas for so many different types of accessories. White slingback heels and a classic black bag make this look appropriate for myriad occasions. It’s definitely one outfit I’m bookmarking for future use.
I always go through phases with my wardrobe but at the moment I’m gravitating towards bold prints as I find they’re such a great statement piece and will always lift any outfit. This top and shirt by Kate Sylvester is such a fun look— the playful print and bright hue is great for the wearing during the day for a polished casual vibe but it can easily be dressed up for the evening with the right shoes and accessories. Additionally as they’re separates I can easily work them with other pieces in my wardrobe giving them a different spin.
While it’s easy to dress this co-ord set up or down, I opted for a smart off duty look that could easily transition to lunch out or a meeting depending on where my day is taking me. I bought these white Gucci sandals last summer and have found them to be such a worthy investment. They go with virtually everything in my closet and are also really comfortable so are ideal for when I’m on the go. This Prada bag ticks the boxes in my book as it can be worn in different ways, either using the top handle or utilising the strap to go hands free. It’s also a great size for housing all my essentials around but not so big that it’s cumbersome to carry around. I can see myself coming back to this look time and time again and if there’s one thing that can never go astray it’s a failsafe outfit that’s guaranteed to always work.
On a recent girls’ trip to Orange, we had quite a varied itinerary from checking out vineyards one minute to dinner and drinks the next so I needed to take the kind of pieces with me that could work for different occasions. Enter this checked Hansen and Gretel dress. The fitted silhouette and maxi length meant it looked quite polished and on the dressier side, but when I paired it with a pair of sneakers all of a sudden it had a more casual feel. As a bonus it was comfy enough to ride a bike in! I’m definitely on board with any dress that’s so versatile.
I think accessories are key when you want to dress a look up or down and in this instance I opted for silver Gucci sneakers. They’re casual being sneakers and all but in a metallic shade I think they’ve got a more elevated feel. By incorporating some of my go-to jewellery, particularly my absolute fave gold necklace, I feel that it helped tie the look together and give it a polished vibe.
Credits: Dress, Hansen and Gretel; Sneakers (similar here), Gucci
I favour neutrals a lot in my wardrobe because they’re so wearable and versatile. They’re the building blocks for many a look. That said, I’m growing to see them as a fashion powerhouse on their own. Working neutrals together can often equate to a chic ensemble that still packs a sartorial punchiness that can’t be ignored. This Camilla and Marc look has become a favourite because of just that. The cream top and beige skirt, work together to lift one another but separately they can also blend seamlessly into an outfit. This season shades such as beige and caramel will be huge so no doubt I’ll be welcoming a lot more pieces like this in my wardrobe.
I think wearing neutrals does require dialling it up a little in the accessories department. This vibrant orange Espie Roche top handle bag is the perfect pop of colour to lift this look and add a fun element. Meanwhile round frame Chloe sunglasses add a playful vibe and simple Gucci slides are a sophisticated (and comfy!) footwear choice.
I can see this look taking me to so many occasions from work, to a meeting to a catch up with friends so no doubt it’s going to get quite the workout in the weeks to come.
Photography: Sophia Athas
Shop the look:
Top: Sarina Crew in Lemon by Camilla and Marc
Skirt: Faith Midi Skirt by Camilla and Marc
Sunglasses: Round scalloped Sunglasses by Chloe (in pink)
Shoes: Marmont logo-embellished leather sandals by Gucci
As a long time attendee of David Jones’ incredible events I was so excited to attend their new season launch on location in Tasmania. The event that took place over two days was hosted at the Museum of New and Old Art (MONA) and included being able to get up close and personal with David Jones’ fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.
I wore this outfit to lunch on the first day where we were invited to a dine at MONA’s The Source restaurant. The menu on the day was designed by MONA’s Chef Vince Trim which showcased a lot of David Jones’ Tasmanian suppliers local providores, winemakers and distillers. In one word: amazing. The food and location was just next-level.
I wanted to go for something quite feminine with my look so I decided on a floral top and skirt by Lover. I loved the understated Forget Me Not flower print but also the finishing touches such as the subtle split in the skirt and the ruffles and button detail.
Sticking with the colour scheme of the dress, I opted for a few gold accessories to pick up the yellow flowers in the print and my longtime favourite Gucci heels and cat eye sunglasses by Lucy Folk fit the bill. A summer outfit wouldn’t be complete without my current favourite Poolside bag—it’s just the right texture and vibe for such an event.
A great pair of tailored shorts is always a handy summer staple to have. I like having a dressier pair of shorts in my collection that’s a bit more elevated than a pair of denim cut-offs, and one that I can wear everywhere from the office to a function. This high waisted pair from Zimmermann are the ideal mixture of a classic shape but with playful finishes such as the bauble trim (it also comes with a corsage belt that I wasn’t wearing on this day). With the shape and colour of these shorts, it’s easy to mix and match them with various tops such as a cami or a tee, but I decided to go for a Zimmermann floral appliqued blouse. The beautiful peach colour provided the perfect accent piece to the crisp white colour of the shorts and it had some great finishes such as the blouson sleeves and exaggerated cuffs.
As there was already so much going on with the top and shorts, I decided to stick to a pair of white Gucci sandals so as not to overwhelm the outfit. A transparent Staud bag added an on trend touch, whilst my marble Lucy Folk sunglasses added a little bit of fun to my overall look.
There’s no better time than now to embrace bright pops of colour. Summer just lends itself to fun, playful shades so it seemed fitting to embrace this bubblegum pink Rebecca Vallance dress. The colour is great and I love the bow straps and the subtle tiered ruffled hem which give it a feminine silhouette.
I wanted to keep the colour going throughout my ensemble so I opted for this transparent bag by Staud. The PVC and leather tote adds an on trend touch to my outfit, whilst still carrying the girly vibe into my accessories.
Most of my outfits aren’t complete without a pair ofsunnies and this particular look called for something punchy so I opted for a pair of marbled cat eye sunglasses by Lucy Folk. I wanted to keep my footwear quite simple and my white Gucci sandals make for the ideal classic finishing touch.
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.
For my recent Date with Kate with Poppy Delevingne I honed in on a look that was light and airy and a fun colour palette of green and white. It was a refreshing change from a lot of the heavier looks I’ve been wearing during winter and what better excuse to embrace a little colour than lunch with one of my favourite models/actresses.
I am always easily won over by a long sleeved dress—there’s just something about the silhouette and the way it always looks chic and polished that I love. However I also couldn’t look past all the design finishes on this particular Maggie Marilyn dress (who by the way is quickly becoming one of my favourite designers). The cutout neckline, the sweet oversized bow and the ruching all work together to achieve a look that’s sweet without being too saccharine.
I wanted to have fun with my accessories so it seemed the perfect time for my embellished Gucci Dionysus bag to come out to play. My floral Gucci slides added a statement element to the rest of my look and pink sunglasses made for a vibrant finishing touch.
Credits: Dress (not in store yet), Maggie Marilyn; Shoes, Gucci; Bag (similar), Gucci; Sunglasses (similar), Gucci