One of the best things about athletic wear going mainstream is that it allows for looks that are not only on trend and ultra comfortable at the same time, but I can get much more wear out of the casual pieces I own.
I wanted to wear a colourful Zimmermann skirt recently and thought that I could rework it into a more off duty look by pairing it with sporty pieces. I wanted the riot of colour on the skirt to take centre stage so I kept the rest of my look quite pared back. I opted to match it with a black singlet to offset the dressy nature of the skirt and really allow the vibrant colours to pop.
I kept my accessories in a similar vein. I went with a black Prada bag which while classic in style can also look a little sportier when paired with certain pieces. Also I couldn’t wait to take my new Chanel sneakers on an outing. The black and white colour palette make them so easy to work back with multiple looks and they’re as comfy as they are chic.
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.
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.
What I love about fashion at the moment is that there are so many different iterations of casual. Case in point: this white two-piece set by Hansen and Gretel. Whilst visions of an off duty look usually involve denim of some sort, I love the fact that this skirt and top combination is equally as comfortable but is just that little more polished. As an added bonus both can also be worn as separates with other pieces in my wardrobe which extends the wear of this set.
Who else loves the fact that sneakers are the go-to shoe for myriad occasions? Whilst the Chanel pair I’m wearing below are a little dressier than other sneakers I have in my closet, there’s no doubt that they are equally as comfortable. Plus I love the pink shades which soften the overall silhouette of the shoe.
For an on-the-go outfit, I like to incorporate a bag that allows me to go hands-free so I decided on my Prada bag with crossbody strap to pair with this particular look. I finished it off with white Emma Mulholland frames and layered statement necklaces—adding a stylish touch that’s understated and works for a relaxed look.
I’m really feeling dresses at the moment and loved the boho feel of this sheer silk dress by Lee Mathews. Anything translucent can be tricky but I think when paired with the right pieces it can be a really striking look. I decided to wear a black slip and a lace bralette underneath the dress which provides just the right amount of coverage but also adds a touch of sexiness to my outfit. Layering pieces can often be a great way to create an entirely new look—and give it a new look and feel. I love the contrasting textures of sheer and lace too, as it breaks up the all black look and softens it a little.
I thought that the dress needed a little grounding with a strong shoe so I opted for a pair of pointed Mary Janes by Jimmy Choo. They’re a great shape and style and made for the ideal complementary piece to my dress. Keeping to the all black theme, I wore black cat eye Miu Miu sunglasses and accentuated my ensemble with a black and gold Dior clutch and choker.
Photography by: Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Dress: Emily Silk Gathered Short Sleeve Dress by Lee Mathews
I think it’s important to push your fashion boundaries and explore different looks and as I tend to favour neutrals and subdued prints more often than not I was in the mood to do something a little different recently. Enter this red, leopard print co-ord set by Veronika Maine which most definitely fit the bill. The vibrant, fiery red worked back with such a striking print really made me stop and take notice. There’s an element of fun with it but I also like the fact that the shirt and skirt are such a classic silhouette that it provides some balance to the overall look.
Black and red are such a great combination that I knew that I wanted to keep the colour scheme throughout, including with my accessories. I opted for a pair of triangular cat-eye sunglasses which I think ties in well with the edgy vibe of the print and colour of my outfit. I wanted a slightly more modern looking bag and a really cute option came in the form of this diminutive Prada bucket bag. It also ticks another box for me, which is versatility, as I can carry the bag by its handle or alternatively use the bag strap to go hands free. Topping off my look were these sleek Aquazzura heels. I love the simple, streamlined silhouette but with a ladylike bow at the back to help soften the look. A definite welcome addition to my wardrobe.
I wore something quite classic yesterday but today I wanted to mix it up a little. My look today is a little edgier and all about playing with different textures. Usually my outfits start with a single piece and in this instance it was all about the cropped Prada denim jacket. The feathered collar really upped the glam factor and seemed so fitting for the occasion. I also loved mixing relaxed denim with the dramatic nature of the feathers for a truly striking centrepiece to my look.
With such a statement piece already in place, I thought I could take it up a notch even more by opting for a black polyurethane Georgia Alice skirt. I thought it provided the perfect contrast piece to the softer and more playful nature of the jacket.
As far as shoes go I decided on simple black heels to temper the dramatic nature of the rest of my outfit. But I think you can always afford to have a little fun with your accessories! With the current trend towards sunglasses with smaller frames I gravitated towards these Poppy Lissiman sunglasses. Sharp with a slightly futuristic vibe I thought they went perfectly with the rest of my ensemble. My trusty Gucci Dionysius bag can always be called upon to add a fun feature to any look and in this instance it was the perfect fashion full stop.
I am all about a wardrobe that can work virtually all year round so when I saw this dress from Bec & Bridge‘s latest collection (in-store now) I could see myself wearing it now and through to summer. I love the little details on this dress such as the cutout detail and draping and I am always on board with anything in monochrome! While the weather is cooler I’ll be wearing this dress with my leather jacket and come summertime, it will be ideal for long lunches in the sunshine.
I’m a big fan of monochrome – I think anything in black and white is very chic. I think even though this dress has a plunging neckline it’s very feminine with the flower detail and also the polka dots. I wore this dress to lunch with friends but I also think it could be perfect for a wedding or going to the races, especially Derby Day because it’s black and white.