Chilly winter days have me reminiscing about looks like this! This sweet Rebecca Vallance dress is definitely bookmarked for the spring/summer. What I love about crisp white dresses is that they always look so fresh and polished. And this particular style has so many playful features such as the triple tie detail, drop waist and ruching at the back. Also I really love how the textured fabrication gives it a little extra personality, and elevates it from just any ordinary white dress.
One of my fave colour combinations is white and gold. Gilded touches just work so well against a white backdrop and really pop. These sunglasses have been such a good addition to my collection as they can be paired with so many different outfits, and have a nice streamlined vibe which makes them a bit of a style chameleon. While my white and gold Apede Mod bag, is the perfect finishing touch. It’s petite silhouette and chain strap, make it the perfect on trend accessory to work as an accent piece against this look.
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!
Another week of school holidays, and another mixed bag of looks. I’ve been in and out of Sydney, so I’m in farm mode one minute, city styling the next. I’ve been embracing a lot of co-ord sets this week, which is just about one of my fave shortcuts to achieve a polished look. While I reverted to one of my fave outfit combinations when I wanted an easy breezy look. Here’s what I wore this week.
I love a matching set because they’re so wearable and look instantly put together. This look by Manning Cartell works so well as a duo, but I’m also able to wear it separately which means double the wear. And let’s not forget the fact it’s super comfy which is always a bonus in my book.
Acler have been doing such beautiful pieces of late. I love this matching set with the statement buttons, it’s just a fun little number with playful touches, but it also looks put together which is always the kind of vibe I love for any outfit.
Wanted to dress comfy but still feel like I’d made an effort so this look was the ideal compromise. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a white tee and jeans. I’m really loving more relaxed cuts recently, and it works really well with a statement shoulder as the silhouette looks cinched in at the waist, which makes for an instantly flattering shape.
Went for a run but why not support my fave designers while I’m at it? I’ve been loving the athleisure pieces Aussie brands such as Camilla and Marc and Rebecca Vallance have been doing. It’s a great way to do a workout and look presentable enough to go do some errands straight after. Plus I’ll never complain about wearing something supremely comfy like a hoodie and leggings.
Credits: Jumper, Rebecca Vallance; Leggings, Camilla and Marc; Sneakers, Asics
When they say ‘a touch of pink’ well, I go all out! I do love wearing this particular hue, so if I can wholly embrace it then I absolutely will. While on hosting duties for Chandon Ladies Day last weekend, the dress code called for pink, so it was a great excuse to wear this gorgeous Rebecca Vallance dress. It’s a true statement dress in every aspect, from the hue to the silhouette, but without a doubt the best bit was the back detail. The open back, and the oversize bow was the ideal striking finish. I had so much fun wearing it as it was so playful and fun.
I wanted to carry the pink theme further so I went for accessories in varying shades of it. The headband by Anna Shoebridge was a great way to extend the bow feature, and it was the kind of unfussy headwear that wouldn’t compete with the dress. While the pink Bottega Veneta Jodie bag added an on trend element, and was the right kind of shape and style to work back with the rest of my look.
Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Headband, Anna Shoebridge; Bag, Bottega Veneta; Heels, Stuart Weitzman
Having spent much of this year in more relaxed, lounge wear style clothing, one of the things I missed wearing was a great suit. There’s something about a sharp suit that just adds an extra layer of polish to a look, and gives me a healthy dose of confidence whenever I’m wearing it. I have loved how tailoring has evolved into more modern, and slightly sexier silhouettes. This Rebecca Vallance suit is ultra flattering with the nipped in waist of the jacket and the cropped fitted trousers. Also I love the fringed edging on the jacket and the pants seams—it’s a little extra detail that makes for a great finishing flourish.
Working with a checked pattern, I wanted to keep things sleek and simple with the rest of my accessories. I decided to go for white Bottega Veneta pumps (as an aside, these shoes have been such a great investment—I’ve been able to wear them on so many occasions and highly recommend them) which add a bold touch without clashing with the pattern. While a black Prada bucket bag adds a fun touch, with the bag’s contemporary design offering a great contrast to the classic look of a suit.
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.
A chilly family day out at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on the weekend required having to rug up, so it was the perfect opportunity to snuggle up in this Rebecca Vallance checked coat. Whenever I’m opting for quite a simple outfit, I like to incorporate a statement piece to elevate it and give it a little extra personality. The print on this coat is quite striking so it was the perfect thing to pair back with the classic combination of jeans and a white top.
When I’m after an outfit that’s guaranteed to work I always opt for tried and tested formulas, in this case denim worked back with a white skivvy. This has become a go-to combination of mine during winter and when classic Levis are in the mix, it’s a time honoured fashion combination that forms the foundation for many a look in my wardrobe.
A big day of walking around is all about comfy shoes and these sneakers by D.O.F definitely ticked that box without scrimping on style. I particularly love the athletic vibe of these shoes and the fact it still has a sleek and stylish sensibility. As the final piece of this outfit puzzle, I went with white sunglasses to add a modern finishing touch, and help tie the entire look together.
Everyone’s routines are so varied and different right now I wanted to get an insight into what different people are up to. Whether it’s juggling home schooling and working from home, to what’s getting them through each day and the things they’re looking forward to. Here designer Rebecca Vallance reveals her current quarantine routine.
What does your day currently look like?
5.00am: I wake up and start the day by answering overseas emails
6.30am: I make breakfast for the kids and I
7.00am: I get my children dressed and ready for the day
9.00am: My eldest Matthias, starts home schooling
9.30am: My office work begins with a team catch-up, followed by emails, calls and design meetings and for the rest of the day I try and balance working from home vs. home schooling. It’s not easy!
I always end the day with exercise. It’s the only time I can squeeze it in.
What’s your current favourite way to start the day?
Cuddles with my children. They are so young and sweet; it’s a very precious age.
What are your current self-care practices?
My La Prairie skin care regime
Laying on the grass in the garden with my kids
Ordering weekly delicious deliveries from ‘Katering at Home’ — I genuinely look forward to every delivery!
What are three non-negotiable things that you need to do to get through the day?
1. Exercise – I do a spin bike riding class with Shelter Double Bay each day
2. Red wine!
3. A moment alone to clear my head
How do you wind down at the end of the day?
Once our children are in bed asleep, my husband and I sit in the lounge room with a glass of pinot and talk about our days. We’re also watching Fauda on Netflix at the moment, which is a pretty great distraction.
How do you stay productive while working from home?
I absolutely love doing what I do everyday, so therefore my job alone is my motivation. There is always so much to be done, more so now than ever, which keeps me busy and productive throughout the day.
What’s the current highlight of your day?
The highlight of my day is seeing my children’s little faces each morning when they run into our room. It’s adorable.
I’ve also loved seeing pieces from our new Pre-Fall collection arrive; it’s definitely my favourite collection to date.
How do you separate work time from down time while isolating?
Once I’m finished for the day, I put my phone away to ensure I’m present with my husband and kids.
What’s your current go-to WFH outfit and relaxation outfit?
I like to change my look each day, going from relaxed to professional depending on what I have on. My relaxation outfit is always a Rebecca Vallance knit and a pair of jeans.
There’s something about contrasting prints that makes for a really strong look. It’s always a little unexpected and sometimes working really different prints against each other helps each one stand out a little more. This dress by Rebecca Vallance is a great example of this, working a fun spotted print with a floral collar. The midi length is just right to work the dress for different occasions, particularly a work event or party. Also the long sleeves mean it will be able to extend into the cooler months, ensuring it has a lot of longevity.
To keep the look polished, I opted for classic Tods leather loafers. The simple style makes it a comfortable shoe option for days when I’m on the go, and the ‘T’ logo plaque helps to elevate it into something a little more special. I wanted my bag to provide a contrast feature so I opted for a tan leather bag with top handle. The structured style has a classic vibe while being roomy enough to carry a day’s worth of essentials. A pair of fun triangular shaped frames is a more modern take on classic black sunnies and helped to add an interesting finishing touch to this look.
I’ve got a roster of Aussie labels that I always turn to for events and special pieces and Rebecca Vallance is one of them. I’ve worn the brand countless times—from weddings to launches and the races and have always found it to hit the mark every single time. I love the beautiful use of colour, the feminine yet modern silhouettes and the flattering cuts. I’m always on the hunt for the next piece to wear, and in my search these are the 10 things I think are definitely worth checking out right now.
As we head into trans-seasonal weather a long sleeved dress will become the ideal piece to get you through the unpredictable weather. The subtle print, the long sleeves and the tiered hemline all work together to create a dress that’s versatile yet fun.
Event jumpsuits are a great alternative to a dress. The elegant look of this jumpsuit, with its strapless metallic bodice and flared pant work together for an easy and glam option for your next occasion.
There’s something great about a blouse that has elements of interest from front to back. The voluminous sleeves make this top on point, but the open back feature with the bow really make it the kind of thing that will elevate any look.
The vibrant shade make this turtleneck sweater the ideal piece to add a punchy element to myriad outfits. If you want your look to stand out in a crowd, this is one top that’s worth adding to your collection.
Leather pants are a constant in my wardrobe and whilst black is high in versatility, this chocolate brown pair make for a great alternative. The colour’s still ultra wearable but has a slightly different vibe.