My casual wardrobe gets a pretty regular workout, given I spend most of my time looking after Sophia and Grace and need to be comfortable at all times. However this leaves me with an entire section of my wardrobe that doesn’t get nearly enough use: my dresses. More specifically those that are on the slightly dressier side and are more appropriate for a work event or classy lunch than preschool drop- offs and playground outings. I’ve always been about having clothes that are easily dressed up or down so I’ve now taken to dipping into that particular section of my cupboard a lot more and have set myself the challenge to have them feature more frequently in my everyday looks.
Take the below dress by Karen Millen; I’m a huge fan of crisp white dresses as they’re generally a lot easier to transform into either a daytime or nighttime look given their blank colour palette. In this instance to help bring the dress into casual wear territory, I found my choice of accessories was key. By pairing it with a candy pink hued bag it added a fun, playful element to my overall look and gave it a slightly more relaxed feel. Flats are often the secret to changing the overall vibe of a dressy piece and by pairing the dress with white sneakers helped to ground the outfit and make it appropriate for a day of running around. The right accoutrements can often steer an outfit into an entirely new direction, and is one of my favourite styling tricks to employ when I need to change up an existing item in my closet.
I’m always experimenting with what’s in my wardrobe so this has been a useful discovery of a great way to double the use of what I already own. This weekend why not set yourself the challenge to turn your dressier pieces into casual wear—you may be pleasantly surprised at the new looks you’ll uncover.
There’s something about a seaside location that always has me wanting to wear something that’s light and airy. This was definitely the case when I recently attended the La Mer World Ocean Day lunch at Sydney’s Bondi Icebergs. I opted for a white Christopher Esber dress with a sheer overlay—the hue was great for the beachside location but the ankle length and long sleeves kept it winter appropriate. I paired it with my favourite camel coloured coat by Karen Millen and my black studded Alaïa heels provided a great contrast to the neutral hues of my outfit.
Credits: Coat, Karen Millen; Dress, Christopher Esber; Heels, Alaïa
Oaks Day is all about feminine silhouettes and styling so it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace your girlie side. Pastels are a great go-to colour for Oaks Day as not only is it quite pretty and soft, it also acts as a neutral and is a great blank canvas for different accessories. I paired this dress by Karen Millen with a bold headband to help give the outfit a touch of drama.
The first big event on the spring racing calendar is Derby Day and it’s all about monochrome. However if you’re not in the mood to wear a dress why not try a two-piece matching set? I’d wear this Karen Millen top and Karen Millen skirt to the races but it’s also great as I can wear each piece separately later on with other items in my wardrobe. The Nerida Winter headpiece also helps give this otherwise demure outfit an edgy touch.
There’s no better time than winter to embrace quality luxe fabrics and this winter I’m all about luxe leather. When it comes to leather I think a skirt and jacket are two pieces that will never go astray in your wardrobe. I am loving Karen Millen at the moment and found this great skirt from their winter collection. I also fell in love with this Karen Millenleather jacket which will be so versatile over the coming months as it can be dressed up or down. A definite wardrobe staple.