Looking for your next cocktail dress? This could be it. The first thing that I noticed about this dress was the striking citron colour. You don’t often see dresses in that vibrant yellow shade, and it really sets it apart from its other cocktail dress contemporaries. The design also taps into my growing love for a one shoulder neckline (I’ve been embracing it in everything from tops to swimsuits and dresses) but I particularly love the delicate execution of the style, with the simple thin strap. Also the twist detail, with the interesting contrast between the matte and shiny fabric. The midi length is usually my go-to for events, but you often have to strike the right balance between it looking chic and slightly frumpy. The split hem injects just the right amount of sexiness and boldness to have it sitting firmly in the chic camp.
Working with bold colours usually requires a measured approach to accessories as you don’t want to do something that’s too overwhelming. I rediscovered these Aquazzura beauties and knew immediately they’d pair perfectly with the dress. The snakeskin offers just the right amount of contrast, while the tie feature adds some grit and gives the overall look some edge. A mini chain strap bag by Oroton and cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman were the perfect accoutrements to finalise the look. Bring on the next event!
It’s one of my fave times of year again as Australian Fashion Week is here! I always find this entire week to be a lot of fun, and so inspiring (also, good or perhaps not so good for my shopping list!) as I am able to support my fave designers but also discover up-and-comers. I always bookmark looks for events and race days at Fashion Week so it’s a good way to find out what’s going to drop in the coming months. It’s always a hectic time and I spend most of it running from show to show, but it’s also a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends along the way which is always nice. Of course, outfits for every day are always high on my priority list for the week, and this year is no different.
I always like to work with stylist Jess Pecoraro (pictured below) for my Fashion Week outfits as it’s quite a busy time for me. Pulling together looks for the shows as well as the various associated events is quite the undertaking, so it’s nice to leave it in the hands of an expert. Jess knocked it out of the park with this look for day one. I adore suiting of any kind, and what better way to kick off the week than with this Gucci ensemble. The suit, shirt and shoes are all by the brand and what I love about is the beautiful lines and tailoring. The simple yet impactful details such as the visible stitching on the jacket elevate this look, and add some character. Also the greige colour is so perfect for this time of year, and when paired with the sky blue shirt it allows each colour to pop.
Of course, I have to up my accessories game when mingling with some of the most fashionable women and men in the industry. This mini Chanel bag in burgundy velvet is the perfect accoutrement to add some colour. I also like that it’s not the usual shape and colour palette for Chanel — I like unexpected details like that. I capped off this look with patent Gucci shoes with an ultra on trend chunky heel, and cat eye Poppy Lissiman sunglasses to add a playful touch.
If there’s one thing I’m thankful for it’s the fact sneakers have become such a bonafide fashion staple. I love the fact I’m able to be in sneakers most days and can pair them with virtually everything in my wardrobe. While white sneakers are always a core piece of my outfit repertoire, I do love incorporating more fun styles into my closet. Case in point: this purple and orange pair from Tod’s! They’re a great shoe to add a little injection of colour into any look and is such a playful statement piece. One of my favourite combinations is a sneaker with a dress, it’s feminine and utilitarian all at the same time plus it’s the perfect look for a busy mum on the go.
I’ve got a healthy range of dresses in my closet as I love them so much but the one style I can guarantee works for myriad occasions is a shirt dress. I like this particular style by Acler as it features an A-line skirt and the silhouette makes the dress feel a little more playful. I wore this during the day but it’s a versatile piece that can work beyond that. I could easily pair this dress with heels for night and it’s the perfect look for an occasion.
Accessorising this look was all about adding some statement pieces to work against the pared back colour palette of the dress. What better option than this timeless Tod’s top handle bag. The punchy red really helps to lift this look, and the structured style makes it such an elegant piece that is versatile enough to work back with other things in my closet. I’m never without a pair of sunglasses and this pair by Poppy Lissiman has such a modern, almost futuristic silhouette that is helps to cut through the softer, more feminine aspects of this look.
Sometimes all it takes to turn a classic silhouette into something decidedly more modern is the detail. Case in point: this Good American dress. While ribbed dresses have been around for aeons this style feels decidedly more edgy with the in-built corset detail. I like the fact it helps give the dress an added element of interest but it doesn’t overwhelm. I think a dress like this is something that you can have in your closet to wear for various occasions. It can be dressed up for an event, or worn back with sneakers for an elevated off duty look. Plus the neutral hue makes it really versatile, and easy to dress up or down. In this instance I styled it in a dressy way, making for the ideal understated dress option for an occasion.
Working with neutral hues when it comes to your outfit opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to accessorising. For this look, I went with the latest addition to my bag collection, this tiny structured Apede Mod bag. The chunky chain handle dresses it up, but also makes it the bag ultra practical as it can then be worn crossbody style. To pick up the gold in the handle, I went for chunky gold statement earrings, and a pair of fun cat-eye Poppy Lissiman sunglasses to finish off the look.
Wearing a Barbie pink dress means that it’s almost compulsory to have fun in an outfit and you can’t get more playful than this Rebecca Vallance number. I’m a fan of long-sleeved dresses for battling tricky transseasonal weather as it helps to navigate that “Is it hot enough or cold enough to wear [insert] outfit today?” conundrum. When you throw in a classic polka dot print, it makes it the ideal piece to navigate spring/summer. Additionally I’m a fan of ruching on a dress as it instantly creates a flattering silhouette and adds a point of interest too.
When working with such a striking print and colour I knew my accessories had to be a little pared back, but not without its own personality too. So I went for a white pair of Bottega Veneta heels which are a great versatile shade to complement such a bold colour. A structured Mehry Mu bag adds a a classic ladylike touch while my slimline Poppy Lissiman sunglasses add a little edginess to offset the sweetness of this ensemble.
I’ve been slowly working more spring/summer pieces into my wardrobe repertoire and it’s been such a refreshing change from jeans and jumpers! I’m loving this dress by Aussie brand Leo & Lin for myriad reasons but I couldn’t go past this gorgeous baroque print. It’s elegant in look and feel, and the intricacy of the print gives it an elevated vibe. The shirt dress silhouette also keeps it classic, while the different design features such as the sharp collar and the handkerchief hem give it a little personality. I often feel that it’s all in the detail when it comes to any ensemble and this is one style that definitely wins in that department.
Working with a black and white colour palette, I wanted to keep the theme going throughout with the rest of my accessories. So I opted for a white Bulgari Serpenti bag. A crisp white accessory adds to the sleekness of this look, but doesn’t overwhelm. While small frame Poppy Lissiman sunglasses in black add a fun feel to this look.
The midi skirt is often one of those pieces that can seem tricky to wear at first but it’s a style that’s quickly become a staple of my wardrobe. This cream skirt by Camilla and Marc is an ideal piece for winter because it’s such a great textural piece to work with, and adds a little depth to a cool weather look. I also love the simple yet elegant seam detail which just adds a point of interest.
While beige could easily work back with so many different hues, I wanted to keep things quite tonal and work with a neutral colour palette. This slimline turtleneck was the perfect option to work back with the skirt, helping to balance the proportions of this look. I also appreciate small, yet impactful finishing touches and I particularly like the white piping on this top which helps lift it and avoid it looking flat.
Ankle boots are a tried and tested winter staple and I had the perfect pair in mind. These Louis Vuitton boots helped ground the look, and the monogram adds a fun touch. I wanted to keep the logo theme going and opted for a Louis Vuitton Speedy with an oversized monogram. It’s a slightly different vibe to the classic LV logo and has a slightly more modern feel. I always finish a look with sunglasses and these small frame Poppy Lissiman sunnies add a fierce and funky touch.
Credits: Knit and skirt, Camilla and Marc; Boots and bag, Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman
Working with varying hues of a single shade can result in a really striking look, and is such a modern way to play with colour. When I saw this Manning Cartell look in varying shades of tan I knew it was the perfect opportunity to do it. And while all three play really nicely together, the beauty of working with neutral pieces is that they also work well separately. I could easily wear this coat, knit and pants with other pieces I already own, making them versatile options throughout winter.
I wanted to continue the colour thread in my accessories, so it was the perfect opportunity to incorporate my Bottega Veneta mesh heels. While the rest of the look is quite classic, these heels are a little punchier in its design, so is the perfect counterpoint. I have had this Gucci bag for a few years and it was the ideal option for this outfit. Just the right shade, look and feel made it a no-brainer option. I finished this look off with black Poppy Lissiman sunglasses, which also added just a hint of contrasting colour.
The next time you want to pull together an impactful look, consider working with a monochromatic colour palette. It’s easy to do but oh-so effective at making a statement.
Now that school holidays are over it’s time to officially get back into work mode. I wanted to set the tone for the year with a new office look and couldn’t go past classic black and white.
I’ve always been a fan of monochrome outfits, particularly for work because they’re always guaranteed to look polished and professional. Of course working in fashion allows me to play with cuts and silhouettes a little more than a corporate setting and loved that this Bec and Bridge look had a modern sensibility but maintained the sharp, sophisticated feel of a black and white colour palette.
The beauty of these pieces is that while they work beautifully together I can easily pair them with other pieces already in my wardrobe. I can easily dress the skirt down with a tee, while the shirt could go with denim. I love plenty of versatility when it comes to any new additions to my closet.
I decided to stick the the same colour palette with my accessories. So white pumps by Bottega Veneta and simple black sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman were the perfect complementary additions to this ensemble. Now, I’m officially ready to throw myself into a busy new work year!
Co-ordinated sets really are my new favourite shortcut to looking super polished. I loved this checked jacket and skirt by Hansen & Gretel for its 60s feel and Jackie Onassis vibes. Also the check and vibrant orange really make it pop and make a statement. A skirt suit is always a great go-to for work or play, and I for one can attest to how easy this particular look is to wear to the office, a function or to a special lunch.
I wanted the rest of my look to echo the polish of the suit so I knew I needed sophisticated accessories to add as finishing touches. As far as shoes went I knew I wanted something dressy but stilettos would have been too much so a great compromise was my new slingback Dior flats. It maintains the polished feel of the jacket and skirt without me looking just a little too dressed up. I maintained the 60s aesthetic by opting for a structured top handle bag in a complementary orange shade which really added a fun touch to the whole ensemble. And what better finishing touch than a pair of cat eye sunglasses which was also a reflection of the era.