There’s something about starting to farewell winter woolies that has me gravitating towards bold, bright hues. It was a glorious day so what better reason to wear this sunshine yellow ensemble by the brand Sea. It’s a such a joyful colour and I can’t wait to wear it throughout the coming months.
I particularly love this top for its interesting silhouette and finishes—the voluminous sleeves, the button cuffs and the statement shoulders are quite bold but with out being over the top (and you definitely want to strike the right balance when you’re working with an acid yellow hue!) It’s also the kind of blouse I could pair with other more subdued items in my wardrobe, and utilise it as the focal point of my look. The coordinating shorts are also a lot of fun with its paper bag waist and button tabs. I could also easily see them working with a crisp white tee or ribbed singlet once the weather gets warmer and it’s well and truly shorts weather.
Working with bold hues, I always like to keep the rest of my look pared back so I went for black sunglasses to finish off this ensemble. These Bottega Veneta sunglasses are an exaggerated cat eye shape that add a funky touch to the rest of my outfit and work so well against a vibrant yellow. If there’s more outfits like this on the horizon, I truly can’t wait to welcome more balmy, sunny days.
Morning coffees are sacred for me—I can’t start the day without one and now that we’re starting to get warmer days I’ve really been enjoying basking in the sun while I have my daily dose of caffeine. And seeing as I’m in ultimate comfort mode I’ve found the ultimate loungewear set to do it in. This set by Vince is just the kind of stylish yet comfy outfit option that’s made for relaxing in the sunshine. I love the ribbed texture and the crew neck, both features that take this knit top into classic go-to in my book. Of course I couldn’t resist the matching pants! If there’s one thing synonymous with #lockdownstyle it’s a matching loungewear set. The cream hue is fresh and perfect for spring, and I can’t rate it highly enough in terms of how comfortable it is. But it’s also something that I could wear out and about quite easily, making it really versatile.
I love starting a new season with a pair of sunnies and couldn’t resist these frames by Bottega Veneta. The exaggerated cat eye is such a fun way to make a statement, but simultaneously, black frames are so easy to pair with everything making it the perfect style chameleon. I’ll definitely be wearing these sunglasses to death over the coming months—the style is just the perfect piece to inject a little fun and energy into my spring wardrobe.
If there’s one trend that’s been doing the rounds of late it’s the resurgence of the chunky combat boot. I remember they were a 90s staple but now they’ve made a comeback and they’ve become a firm fixture everywhere from the runway to Instagram. These days there a few different style iterations from the Chelsea style boot to lace-up Doc Martens style but either way it’s all about going big and bold. But how to style the combat boot that feels like you’re wearing it not it’s wearing you? They can be tricky to work with as you’ve really got to balance volume and proportions given the boot is the kind of style that’s more of a statement piece. I’ve recently added a pair of Stella McCartney boots to my autumn/winter wardrobe and I’ve been having fun experimenting with different looks. In the process, I’ve discovered a few things about styling them and key points to remember.
My Stella McCartney Chelsea style chunky boots
If you’re wanting to jump aboard this trend, I’m sharing a few of my tips below and some great examples of the boots being worn and worked back with different pieces. The main thing to remember is to have fun with it and don’t be afraid to go big and bold!
This style of boot is designed to be the focal point of a look so it works really well with shorter pieces. This look is sophisticated with the crisp white and tweed pieces but is instantly grounded with the boots. Also, experiment with what you pair them with. Working them back with shorts is unexpected but strikes the right balance between a look that’s slightly softer but has added edge in the form of the black boots.
You can wear these boots with jeans and pants but make sure the length is quite cropped so you showcase the shoes. I think they work better when they’re able to shine and be the focal point. I think there’s also something quite fresh and contemporary about wearing a cropped pant with a bold choice of footwear.
Don’t be afraid to pair these shoes with slightly more feminine pieces or polished styles. I like the juxtaposition of the boots with a delicate, satin slip dress. The height of femininity with a little bit of edge. I think it’s also a great way to temper really classic styles and make them a little more modern. I wore mine with a beautiful belted coat and loved the contrast it provided.
Shop my edit of combat boots
Will you be jumping on this trend? How have you chosen to style your boots?
If Fashion Week taught me anything it’s that shirt dresses are going to be one of the big trends to look out for in the coming months. And this shirt dress by Aliette is such a great take on the style. While certain shirt dresses can sometimes veer into corporate territory, I think this dress feels a little more fashion forward because of key design elements used to give the design a more contemporary twist. The bell sleeves add a 70s vibe, while the bib feature adds an interesting layered effect and avoids the dress looking too ‘done’. When in a crisp white it’s also a chic outfit option that can be worked for day or night, work or play.
Working with white I often like to add contrasting pieces when wearing white, or I like to go in the opposite direction and layer white on white pieces to achieve a really clean and fresh feel. I opted for the latter with this look and decided on a mini Apede Mod bag to complement the dress. The gold chain handle makes for a great contrast element, while these geometric style Karen Walker sunglasses add a bold accent to this outfit—making for a great contrast to the simple lines of the dress.
Effortless pieces that come together without much fuss are a staple of mine—I need to get out the door fast most days and it’s great to have go-tos that I can quickly throw on. This is why this Staud knit set caught my eye; not only does it look polished, it’s comfy like loungewear which makes it perfect for being on the go. Also, as it’s in black, it works beautifully as separates, making this set a truly versatile look that can work back with so many other aspects of my wardrobe.
I can’t think of a better pairing than black and gold, so I wanted to add a gilded touch to this look, and opted for a pair of Aquazzura star sandals. These sandals are a few seasons old, but I come back to them again and again, as they add such a playful element to an outfit but are also so easily paired with myriad outfits. To finish off this outfit, I added a black Prada bucket bag, and a pair of classic Le Specs sunglasses—the final touches to the perfect easy, breezy look.
I’m not sure whether it’s emerging from a life lived working from home for several months, or not being quite ready to relegate my fave loungewear to just the weekend, but my look has become a way to do dressy, without compromising on comfort. I’m gravitating towards mixing my fave casual staples with pieces that are definitely made for doing an elevated look. I think this is how this look came together.
This corset top by Dion Lee is just perfection. It’s got the precision styling that the brand is known for, with edgy touches such as the exposed boning and the crop feature in the bodice. My mind immediately went to these baggy Camilla and Marc jeans, to pair with it. It’s a classic white top and denim pairing, but the play on volume, from the slimline silhouette of the top, to the more relaxed fit of the jeans achieves just the right balance.
Accessories were key here. I wanted effortless accoutrements but with personality. My fave Bottega Veneta black heels were the obvious choice, adding a great contrast to the baggy look of the jeans, but still polished enough to finish the look off. I added a simple white Apede Mod bag with chain strap to add an on trend touch, and classic black sunglasses to carry me through the day.
Cosying up in some of my favourite winter pieces this week has been fun as I’ve been able to unearth a few faves from last season and pair them with some new additions to my closet. But, the weather in Sydney this week has been mild enough that I’ve been able to wear a few summery pieces, and give them another outing. Here’s what I wore this week.
I wore this with a blazer last week but decided to keep it a little more casual so I switched out the jacket for a knit. It works with the jumper draped over my shoulder for when the weather is still a bit warmer during the day, and then I can easily just pop it on if temperatures drop. It’s a great trans-seasonal option.
This look is a riot of colour and I love it! It’s a great mood booster and the print is so fun and striking. It’s a set which means it’s such an easy outfit option because I don’t have to fuss around with pairing tops and bottoms. I simply added a pair of Gucci sandals to finish it off. And I can always rely on my trusty Loewe bag to help my carry all my essentials around.
I can’t emphasise enough how comfortable this Staud look is. It makes for a great travelling outfit as it’s polished, but it’s also a great go-to for busy days where you don’t have much time to be fussing around with an outfit. I went for an all black colour palette and added a pop of colour with my emerald green Dior bag.
All my fave jeans are coming back into rotation, including this black pair from Aje. They’re a great cut and are high waisted, which I really like. A sweater for unpredictable temperature changes, and a roomy tote make this a great look for when I’ve got a busy schedule to contend with.
Credits: Top, Camilla and Marc; jeans, Aje; Shoes, Ducie; Jumper (similar here), Bec and Bridge; Bag, Loewe
One of my favourite sales of the year is when Shopbop does it’s spend and save! It’s a site that stocks so many of my favourite designers like Staud, Cult Gaia and Aje that I always try and take advantage of it when it comes around as I can pick up so many beautiful piece at a fraction of the price. I highly recommend it if you’ve had your eye on a designer piece for awhile or you simply need to refresh your wardrobe or stock up on basics. It’s worth the effort as you can stretch your fashion dollars further. And if you’re going to splurge, it’s definitely worth doing during a Shopbop sale.
I’ve been trawling the site over the last few days trying to pinpoint pieces worth snapping up. And I’ve built up quite the list! The sale ends tomorrow but it’s definitely not too late to pick up a bargain. And the more you shop, the bigger the discount so it might be worth strategically picking up some things that you’ll need throughout the year, whether it’s an event dress or updating your work outfit repertoire. Grab a glass of wine, and spend the evening perusing what’s on offer—there’s definitely plenty of things worth adding to your wardrobe.
I love Aje’s blouses for the fact they always have beautiful finishing touches. This blouse is great for the puffed sleeves and the pretty yet subtle button detail. I could see this working with so many things from denim to skirts and shorts.
The cute swallow print on this shirt will dress up any outfit. I love the oversized pointed collar and the puffed sleeves, too. It’s definitely the kind of shirt that can also be dressed up or down making it extremely versatile.
Minimalist shoe silhouettes are very much still on trend. These shoes are well worth investing in as they can be paired back with a variety of different outfits, dressy or casual, and the low heel makes them comfy too. Plus if you’ve not yet discovered the versatility of white shoes, you definitely have to jump on the bandwagon.
With winter just around the corner it’s not too early to snap up some beautiful knits. The off the shoulder neckline on this makes it the ideal thing to dress up a pair of jeans, and the neutral colour means it’s easily worked back with almost every hue you may have in your closet.
Looking for a statement look? Look no further than this dress. The black and white colour palette and the tiered ruffled skirt, along with the dramatic sleeves make it just the thing to wear to an event, whether it’s a wedding or just a special night out.
How gorgeous is this clutch? The beaded trim adds a playful touch, while the snakeskin is bold and dramatic. I like the balance it strikes and it’s the kind of talking piece that can really elevate a look.
I particularly like the blue hue of these heels, it’s such a fun colour and would make a great accent piece to a more pared back ensemble.
Sometimes, some things are just worth snapping up simply because you know they’re the kind of thing that is just going to instantly make a statement. This dress, with the cut-out detail and forest green hue is a great piece to brighten up your outfit rotation.
It’s never too late to stock up on looks for the rest of the year. This silhouettes is a great summer dress option as it’s easily elevated with a pair of dramatic heels, or dressed down with a beautiful pair of slides.
I was stopped mid-scroll when I saw these shoes. I mean, how could you resist that heel? It’s all kinds of pretty and so playful too. The pastel hues are perfect for spring/summer and I like the transparent strap for a modern touch.
Mini-sized ladylike bags are kind of always on my shopping list these days. They’re just so hard not to want to snap up. This bag is such a great alternative to a clutch. It’s super polished and has a classic feel that means it won’t date.
As one of the most popular go-tos for all things on trend, Shopbop is definitely a one-stop shop for getting a great fashion fix. Stocking everything from shoes and accessories to casual staples and dressy evening wear, you can cater to every fashion need with just one click. However with so many options it can make choosing overwhelming! So to help make it easier, I’ve rounded up some great buys that you definitely won’t regret adding to cart.
Kenny Bag, Staud
There’s something so elegant and polished about a structured bag and this gem by Staud is no exception. This can work for the office, a night out or a lunch with friends which makes it the kind of versatile buy that’s hard to resist.
Tori Velvet Headband, Jennifer Behr
Hair accessories are most definitely having a moment right now so jump aboard the trend with this headband. It’s such a beautiful shade and bonus points for a lovely textured finish.
Hoop La La Earrings, Rebecca De Ravenel
Update your spring/summer wardrobe with a bold splash of colour. These earrings will certainly lift any look and will see many outings this season and beyond.
Lonny Dickey Jacket, Veronica Beard
If you can’t get enough of pink in your wardrobe then consider welcoming this blazer into your collection. A great fit and such a fun shade to help elevate any look.
The Crew Tee, Hanes x Karla
When it comes to basics I’m all about sleek and simple design. This t-shirt is the kind of wardrobe staple that will work back with so many outfits that it will be on high rotation permanently.
Terra Crop Top, Hemant and Nandita
Incorporating a fun, bright hue and beautiful floral print, this is one top that will instantly become the focal point of any look. Work it back with everything from denim to simple slacks and you’re done.
Alia Mules, Cult Gaia
If you want the kind of versatile shoe that will work back with virtually everything you own, these mules are it. A great wearable colour and an elegant shape make it the perfect finishing touch to almost any outfit.
Phantos Round Sunglasses, Ray-Ban
Ray Bans are a forever staple accessory and this pair with its great shape will work back with all your favourite spring/summer looks.
Number 7 Pleated Dress, Rotate
Not only is the shade all kinds of perfection, the textured finish and flowy silhouette make this the perfect go-to dress once the weather warms up.
Gaugun Dress, Beaufille
Whilst navigating trans-seasonal weather it helps to have a long sleeved dress at the ready. This classic style is so versatile and can easily be dressed up or down according to your choice of accessories.