It’s the first day of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) and it’s so nice to be back! After having the event cancelled last year, it has been great to see everyone, from friends to colleagues, and most importantly to check out some of my favourite designers. I was off to the Rebecca Vallance show today so I wanted to throw my support behind the brand, by wearing this suit dress from the label. I’m a huge fan of suiting in general, but I think a suit dress is always such a classic and feminine way to do it. This pink Legally Blonde-esque number is equal parts sophisticated and playful—how could it not be in such a great shade of pastel pink. I also love the textural elements of this dress, from the fringing detail to the pearl buttons.
I wanted to dial it up a notch for a day spent celebrating fashion so I was looking for a glam accessory to complement my dress. These perspex heels by Billini definitely fit the brief. The pointed toe is sleek, while the diamante straps and bow add a bit of drama to the shoes. And sunglasses during Fashion Week are an absolute must. These oval Le Specs tortoiseshell glasses are a simple design that allow the rest of my look to do the talking. That’s day one of AAFW almost done—the rest of the week (and more looks) to go!
UK brand Rixo have always been synonymous with a great party dress for me—all sequins and high octane glam. But they’re offering when it comes to casual dresses is something I’m definitely turning to more and more. So when I saw this dress, it immediately caught my eye as it’s such a departure from the aesthetic I usually associate with the label. I am quite partial to a great floral dress most of the time, but what I love about this particular style is the print. The oversized flowers and the green and pink palette work really well to add vibrancy to this dress, which is also a juxtaposition to the more demure aspects of the dress such as the Peter Pan collar, the midi length and frill detail. I could wear this easily during spring/summer while I’m out and about, but it also works well an occasion dress, which really allows me to maximise its versatility.
Pairing accessories with this dress, I was searching for things that were a little playful, but also had some strength and boldness to it to help balance the more softer, feminine style of the dress. So I went for a great pair of rectangular frames by Le Specs (they’re super affordable too might I add) which added a little attitude to my overall look. I also added a gilded element in the form of gold Aquazzura star sandals. I felt pairing sandals with this look as opposed to a heel, was a great way to take this outfit in a different direction, one that marries a little playfulness with a ladylike vibe.
There’s something about the universally uplifting feeling of yellow that is always guaranteed to put in me in a great mood, so when it comes in the form of an Aje dress, I’m all about it. I’ve been in love with the Aje aesthetic for quite sometime, and I’m particularly a fan of their bold, puff sleeves and cut out detail, which both feature on this dress. This is the ultimate in summer dresses as it scream sunshine and fun times.
Whenever I’m wearing bold hues I always like to keep my accessories quite simple to really let the colour do its job, and that’s to be the focal point of an outfit. So in this instance, I went for an ultra adorable mini Gucci hobo bag. I love the Jackie mini style as I can wear it as a top handle bag but it also comes with a strap so I can wear it as a crossbody bag, which means extra versatility—something that’s important to me when it comes to anything designer. For the finial finishing touches it was sleek and classic black, with my Bottega Veneta heels, and tortoiseshell sunglasses by Le Specs to cap off the look.
The great thing about using black as one of the anchor points of an outfit is that you’re able to take it in virtually any direction because you’d be hard pressed to find anything that doesn’t play well with black. I have had these Aje jeans on high rotation over the last few months and one of my fave ways to wear it is with pops of colour. This cropped top by Silvia Tcherassi is such a fun piece to pair with a variety of different hues and silhouettes (it’s also on sale right now!). What I love about it is the print and colourful palette. It’s such a good way to brighten up a look, and the puff sleeves add a dramatic touch which really lifts this entire ensemble.
Working accessories into this look meant finding a balance between complementing it with other hues without making it too over the top. This one of the reasons why I opted for a pair of black Bottega Veneta heels, but also having the same colour shoe as my pants gives a more elongated effect which is a plus.
I finished this look off by layering some colourful pieces by Chaumet. I’m always a fan of stacking necklaces and bracelets, and in this instance I really like the colourful effect it achieved. I also stacked a few beautiful rings from the range to add another interesting point of interest. The final finishing touches were my go-to Dior bag with gold hardware and a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses by Le Specs.
I’ve been embracing simplicity a lot this summer—my outfits have tended to be unfussy and uncomplicated. I love easy, effortless dressing most days and this Camilla and Marc look is just that.
I’ve really loved nothing more than a simple tank paired with a great skirt or pants and it’s quickly become one of my go-to outfit combinations. This tank is one that I’ll be able to pair with the majority of my wardrobe which is great for versatility. I love anything that I can repurpose over and over again. While the midi skirt is one that’s got a little more character, it’s definitely the kind of style that I can wear with other tops to steer it in different directions. Plus I like the fact it’s a classic style, but the pocket detail gives it a little edge.
I went with a Dior Book tote in a bottle green to add a touch of colour (and also rather practically, it’s a great size for carrying around on a busy day as it fits everything). When working with neutrals, I always like to inject a bold hue to give it a little extra personality. While a pair of Le Specs tortoiseshell sunglasses and my fave black sandals helped tie the look together.
I have a newfound appreciation for a great staycation given border restrictions right now so I was thrilled to be invited to check out the newly opened Crown Sydney in Barangaroo. With a luxe holiday feel, it was the the ideal time to try a few resortwear looks.
The one thing I always do whenever I’m on holiday is embrace a simple colour palette that can be mixed and matched. I went for crisp white and warm neutrals in this instance, wearing some great new pieces from Viktoria and Woods. The white pants I’m wearing below have been such a great addition to my summer wardrobe. They go with virtually anything and can easily be dressed up or down (I’ll definitely bookmark them for when the time comes when we’re able to do overseas trips again).
What’s a holiday without being able to get dressed up for a nice dinner? We were lucky to roadtest one of the new restaurants at the Crown so an LBD seemed the ideal starting point. I opted for a sleek Aje dress with a subtle cut-out and and Bottega Veneta sandals.
While poolside, I embraced one of my fave trends of summer: wearing a one-piece swimsuit with pants. I wore a one-shoulder Bondi Born swimsuit with lightweight wide leg pants by Monday Swimwear, which easily took me from sitting by the pool to being able to grab a bite to eat without missing a beat. Sleek and simple – my fave way to do holiday dressing, near or far.
I love working with a great statement top to anchor an entire look, such as this Hellessy top. The gorgeous puff sleeve silhouette is right on-trend and such a fun piece to work with. And the teal shade is just the right amount of freshness for a spring look. While the cold shoulder detail and the ruching finish on the sweetheart neckline all add just the right amount of drama to really elevate this look.
To allow the top to take centre stage I paired it with a white pair of Bec and Bridge jeans. These pants have been on high rotation as I love the fact they’re so easy to pair with most things, but the little touches like the subtle pintuck details helps give it a little extra depth.
I decided to venture down the path of bold accessories. In this instance it was all about a crisp white, structured Bulgari bag to add a touch of elegance. While blush pink Le Specs sunglasses added a funky and playful touch.
Credits: Top, Hellessy (via The Outnet); Jeans, Bec and Bridge; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Bag, Bulgari, Shoes, Bottega Veneta
Photography: Sophia Athas
This post was produced in collaboration with The Outnet
Sometimes you just have to have a fun colour moment and this great skirt suit by Bec & Bridge is definitely one to do it. The mint shade is great for this time of year where everything is about light and breezy silhouettes and fabrics, and dabbling in beautiful bright hues, particularly soft pastels. I also love the textured effect of both the longline blazer and skirt which gives it just the right relaxed feel for the season. While I opted for a long sleeved ribbed top, you could easily pair this with a tee or a cami and instantly dress it up or down.
While I love the overall laidback feel of the suit, I wanted to elevate the look with my accessories. My Prada leather shoulder bag is both dressy but unfussy enough that it doesn’t make my look feel too “done” and is the perfect size for carrying everything I need for the day. I also opted for minimalist Giuseppe Zanotti heels which with its crystal heel feels a little more glam. Topped with playful pink Le Specs shades, I’m ready to tackle the day ahead.
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.
The suit is no longer just a corporate wardrobe staple. This mainstay of many an office look has become quite the trend, with more options for modern, fashion forward suiting available. Bright, vibrant suits in shades of everything from red to the sky blue one I’m wearing below have become a great go-to for those times when you need a dressy look. Plus for those wanting to do something a little different a suit has also become a sleek alternative to wearing a dress.
Whilst suits can vary in price point, a good quality one can be quite expensive. For this reason I am loving this Iris and Ink option from The Outnet. As the in-house label of the online destination it’s an affordable, well-made option for those wanting to dip their toe in this trend. I am also loving the hue which is striking without being too over the top.
If you’re planning to wear this suit somewhere that’s a little more conservative then definitely add a blouse or cami underneath. However wearing the blazer as a top can be a sexy option for those times when you want to wear something with a little more edge.
As I was already opting for a colourful look I wanted to continue theme into my accessories. Pink sunglasses provided the ideal complementary colour to this suit and add a touch of fun. Star shaped earrings by Holly Ryan give this look a youthful teach and is the ideal finishing touch for such a bold, striking look.