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Commit this The Row outfit to memory—it’s going to be your new go-to look

9th June, 2021

 

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Every so often an outfit comes along that’s just so simple in its execution that you know it’s going to be copied the world over. Because while this look from The Row’s latest spring/summer collection may be pared back, it evokes style by the bucketload. Kendall Jenner wore the above head-to-toe look from the brand while out and about in New York City and it has now been dissected and analysed by major fashion outlets and no doubt screen shotted in abundance. Why? The beauty of this outfit is that it’s so damn accessible.

If you looked in most people’s wardrobes you’d be able to source most if not all of Kendall’s ensemble. Everyone has a white tee, most people would have a white shirt and beige pants are the kind of thing that you don’t have to move heaven and earth to find, nor completely max out your credit card to buy (well, unless you’re actually buying the same pair from The Row!). And the accessories of minimalist sandals and a black belt, are easily sourced, and so great for working back with other existing looks in your wardrobe. It’s all about a high end look that’s so incredibly wearable.

Also, don’t be afraid to take the basic principles of this look and replicate it with other pieces you have in a different colour palette. You could pop on a white shirt virtually over any coloured pant, while you could eschew beige and go for something darker or go all the way to a crisp white (Kendall was also spotted in such a look). As long as you’re doing a shirt nonchalantly thrown over a white tee and worked back with tailored trousers and wholeheartedly evoking a minimalist aesthetic, you’re good.

And let’s not forget just how comfy this look would be to wear! It’s unfussy, and also who wouldn’t want to be rocking a white tee and relaxed trousers, all day, everyday. Think of it as servicing your lockdown loungewear addiction but with a way more stylish twist. I don’t know about you, but if I can wear an outfit that’s polished, but would be comparable to my fave relaxation pieces (yes, even the sandals are a really low heel and so walkable)  in terms of wearability, you can bet I’m going to give it a five-star rating.

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How to elevate your date night outfits

16th May, 2021

Heading out for an evening to ourselves is something Luke and I try and do every so often. I think when you have been together for awhile, especially when kids enter the picture it’s nice to be able to reconnect and remember what it was like during the early days. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy the process of pulling a great outfit together and getting all dolled up! Here are a few of my tips on how to elevate your next date night outfit.

Push your boundaries

I always like to make a point of wearing something that’s just a little more special than what Luke would normally see me in. That could be something such as a great dress that I’ve been wanting to wear or just an outfit that I would never usually wear when I’m just in everyday mode. Also it’s a great time to experiment with a new look — if there’s a particular trend you’ve been wanting to try or something that you’ve been eyeing but haven’t found the occasion to wear it, why not do it during date night?

Pay attention to your accessories

When I’m looking after the girls, simplicity and comfort is key. I don’t have time to fuss around with earrings or bags because kids just don’t wait for things like that! So I always like to make an effort when it’s date night. Statement earrings are always a great option to consider but it’s also the perfect time to introduce a new bag into the mix or a beautiful necklace. I know it’s easy to stick to your tried and tested pieces but consider this the perfect time to do something a little different.

Throw practicality out the door

Date night is the perfect excuse to wear something that’s a little bit sexy and yes, completely impractical. That means letting your fave silk blouse out for the evening or wearing your favourite skyscraper heels—it’s the time to just focus on feeling and looking great and not if you’re going to be able to run after a toddler in your outfit.

Wear amazing shoes

I think wearing a killer pair of shoes is always a guaranteed way to feel great. If you’re always in flats or sneakers then the next time you head out, take it up a notch and let your beloved statement heels take centre stage. Think of it as a way of getting more out of your wardrobe too.

Spend time on your beauty look

Don’t let your look down by forgetting about your hair and makeup. Date night’s actually the perfect reason to stop and take your time with your beauty look. Try a new hairstyle or do a smoky eye or statement lip and enjoy the process of getting all dressed up.

Fashion

How to… elevate neutrals

14th February, 2021

If there’s one thing that I think every wardrobe needs it’s a great assortment of neutrals. They’re ideal for mixing and matching and are ultra versatile, but because of this, they might be considered a little flat or boring. But I think they’re anything but. In fact I think they’re the ultimate workhorses of any wardrobe because not only can they be treated as a blank canvas but they can also be quite impactful by employing accessories or various textures into the mix.

The benefit of working with neutrals is that it provides the perfect base to start with and allows you to elevate them easily with a few simple style tricks. Here’s how to elevate neutrals with ease.

Mixing textures

A great way to bring neutrals to life is to mix textures. By bringing a tactile element into your look whether it’s mixing a soft cashmere with a luxe linen in a neutral shade, you can instantly add a little depth to your look. Also incorporating things like denim and leather into your outfit can easily amp up any neutral tones.

Accessorising

As always accessories are key. Given that neutrals tend to be quite pared back, they can easily be lifted by adding strong accoutrements like jewellery, shoes or bags. This will also allow you to incorporate a few contrasting colours and textures into the mix making for a more impactful outfit.

Colour is a great way to increase the impact of a neutral piece

Adding touches of colour

The beauty of neutral tones is that it acts like a blank canvas and you can easily incorporate touches of colour into it. Choosing strong shades like punchy pinks or deep blues act as the perfect complementary hues, instantly lifting a palette featuring beiges, creams, tans or whites.

Block and ombre styling

Playing with a neutral colour palette and its various shades makes for an eye catching look. You could try working similar neutral shades together for a colour blocking effect — something that was quite prominent at this year’s Fashion Week. Another alternative is working with one neutral colour and incorporating varying shades of it for an ombre effect.

How do you elevate the neutral tones in your wardrobe?

Fashion

How to get more wear from your event wardrobe

4th November, 2020

While event wear is a lot of fun to wear, it’s also usually the kind of thing that can end up collecting dust in the back of the wardrobe as you wait for the next event to roll around. And it’s such a waste. Event wear is usually extra beautiful because it’s designed to be worn for special occasions, and it can be expensive as a result. The problem with this is that the cost per wear plummets if it’s just going to sit in your closet until a wedding invitation arrives or the next milestone birthday rolls around.

So, it’s time to let them come out and play on a more regular basis. The key is what to pair it with so you don’t feel ridiculously overdressed. I’ve managed to collect a lot of dressy pieces because of the races and other events so, I’ve had to learn how to re-use and recycle. If you’re not entirely sure where to begin, below are my tried and tested methods for turning event wear into day wear.

Mix with casual items

If you’ve got a closet full of dressy pieces such as cocktail dresses and suits, never fear, you can definitely still wear them in your weekly rotation but you just need to temper their dressiness with casual pieces. So for example you could take a pair of suit pants and wear it with a tee and sneakers for a smart casual look. The same goes for a glitzy top which can be worn back with denim, or a dress which can be paired with sneakers or slides.

Layer with other pieces

Layering is a really valuable styling tool because it can instantly transform a look. Wear a denim jacket over a cocktail dress and it tames its event vibes. The same goes for wearing a suit blazer with a denim. Or popping on a white shirt over a dress and knotting it, to achieve an effortless, yet polished look.

A basket bag like this is a great way to dress down event wear
Add natural textures

By incorporating more relaxed textures into a dressy ensemble you dial down its glam factor. So if you want to take your fave LBD out for a spin during the day, pair it with a wicker basket to give it a more casual spin. While pairing a linen shirt with dress pants can make it slightly less dressy and far more everyday wear.

Dress it down with flats or sneakers

Your choice of footwear is everything, so if you want to tame an event look, ditch the heels and pair it with flats or sneakers. The beauty of this is that shoes like slides, sneakers and sandals are so commonplace now that you can get away with wearing them in virtually any setting. A midi dress usually designated for fancy dinners can all of a sudden be work appropriate by pairing it with a pair of leather slides and a lightweight jacket. While a skirt you’d reserve for a night out can be dressed down with a plain tee.

Tell me—how do you recycle your event wear?

Fashion

How to do biz-leisure

6th July, 2020

One of the best things to come out of living in iso for so long was that loungewear has become a legitimate option for workwear. Enter biz-leisure, a trend recently highlighted by US Harper’s Bazaar which sees the amalgamation of business wear with comfortable loungewear.

Plenty of us would be quite familiar with this way of dressing. It’s the kind of style that’s made for Zoom calls which often involves working dressy pieces with more relaxed options. Think a blazer and shirt worn back with leggings and sneakers. It’s polished but isn’t overly so and strikes a nice, comfortable balance.

If you’re finding yourself slowly emerging back into the workplace, and straddling working from home punctuated with days at the office then here’s how to master this trend.

Balance is key

As great as tracksuit pants are, it’s likely you won’t just get away with wearing your trackies to work and declaring that you’re doing biz-leisure. It’s still important to strike the right balance between relaxed pieces and work-appropriate items, so be sure to incorporate polished separates into the mix like blazers, button down shirts, luxe knits and tailored pants.

Choose polished loungewear

Believe it or not, not all loungewear is created equal. While your fave hoodie from year 12 may be as comfortable as it gets, it’s probably not the kind of thing that you can get away with wearing as office wear. Opt for matching sets, go for fabrics such as wool, cashmere, silk and cotton and make sure that at least one element maintains a structured silhouette to avoid it looking unkempt.

Blazers and shirts are a key addition to any biz-leisure look

Go for neutral pieces

A colour palette that involves neutral shades such as beige, white and cream along with classic hues like navy, black and grey are ideal for workwear, and also so versatile for a casual look. Pieces such as this ensure longevity and allow you to create so many different looks.

Sneakers are key

If there’s one thing you absolutely need in your biz-leisure wardrobe it’s a pair of white sneakers. If you want to keep them work-appropriate, opt for a minimalist option that’s plain white, with minimal, if any embellishment or decoration.

Opt for classic and neutral palettes

Keep it comfortable

The beauty of biz-leisure is that it’s designed to be comfy. So embrace relaxed pieces such as buttery soft silk pants or a cosy wool knit. The silhouettes shouldn’t be too rigid, but evoke an understated nonchalance.

What do you think of biz-leisure? Will you embrace it?

Fashion

How to style longer hemlines for autumn racing (and beyond)

5th March, 2020

I am a huge fan of longer hemlines. There’s something so elegant and classic about wearing a gorgeous dress with a midi or ankle length hem. However I know it can be a little daunting to wear it, particularly if you’re not used to dealing with the extra coverage and fabric of a longer dress or skirt. Don’t let that deter you though because with the right styling techniques you’ll be well on your way to truly embracing this trend.

I was recently interviewed by Channel 7 about this particular trend (which is going to be huge for autumn racing) and shared all my tried and tested tips for working longer hemlines into your fashion repertoire. I promise it’s really easy!

Check out the video below, and scroll down to shop some of my favourite dresses befitting this trend.

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

The beginner’s guide to wearing brights

14th November, 2019

Bright, vibrant colours are perfect at this time of year but for some it can understandably be quite daunting. If you’re usually a neutrals girl or favour dark hues then rocking a punchy shade of yellow or red can feel a little unfamiliar. However if you want to dip your toe into a little colour but are not sure where to start, then read on for how to make it your friend…

Use it as an accent

If you don’t want to jump straight in with bright clothing then try incorporating a colourful accessory into your look as a first step. You could wear a colourful head band, a pair of vibrant heels or a bold hued bag. It will instantly lift your outfit but it’s not such a huge leap that you’ll feel uncomfortable.

Work it back with neutrals

If you don’t usually wear colour make it a little more wearable by pairing it with neutrals. Think shades like white, cream or grey which allow a bright hue to pop.

Try it with denim

The thing with denim is that you can wear it with everything — particularly bright shades. Whether you wear a skirt or your fave pair of jeans, treat denim as a neutral and pair it with a colourful top for a look that you’ll feel instantly comfortable and confident in.

Don’t wear it from head to toe

As a beginner you may be tempted to throw caution to the wind and just go all in with colour. The thing with brights is that you need do it with some restraint to avoid it from being too overwhelming. Wearing a bright orange from head to toe can feel a little over the top rather than look fresh and modern.

Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: Day to Night

28th August, 2018

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