What better way to celebrate the fact it’s Friday than take advantage of the Black Friday sales. That’s right, if you’ve had your eye on something for awhile now might be the perfect time to snap it up for a fraction of the price. I’ve rounded up a few of the best sales online so all you need to do is get ready to add to cart.
If lockdown had you embracing a new love of exercise, or you’ve been a longtime workout fan but simply want to start updating your activewear wardrobe there’s no better time than now. After all there’s nothing like new exercise gear to help motivate you to hit the gym. And the best bit? There are plenty of options to suit every style. You could opt for sleek separates in black and white, go crazy with prints and patterns or add a pop of colour a la Gigi Hadid. Now, all you need to do is get ready to train up a storm.
Update your activewear wardrobe with a few key pieces…
Who’s in the mood for a wardrobe update? With the festive season just around the corner, and summer almost upon us, you might be searching for a fashion fix. And whether you’re after a great dress to kick around in the sunshine all through the holidays, or the perfect pair of party shoes for Christmas drinks with the girls, I’ve rounded up some great buys. And the best bit is, they’re all under $100.
Snap up this dress immediately because it’s the kind of staple that will take you through summer. You can easily pop this on for a day out with flats or take it up a notch with heels. Either way it’s cool and comfy.
A crisp white summer dress is a summer staple and a classic style such as this will get plenty of wear over the coming months.
I’m a huge fan of shirt dresses because they look so effortless and sophisticated. The striped print is smart and polished, while the design is simple enough to transform it into so many different looks.
A comfy shoe that you can wear to different social gatherings is important and this style, with its sleek, streamlined design and fun metallic hue is perfect.
Denim shorts will take you through most days in summer so it’s important to have just the right pair. This style is a great cut and length, and would easily work back with a tee or button down, according to your style.
These classic espadrilles are a great way to achieve a resort wear vibe with a summer outfit. Pair it with a beautiful dress to have you feeling like you’re holidaying in the south of France.
A ribbed skirt like this can be dressed up or down (great for pregnancy, too) and will instantly make any outfit feel more elevated.
If you don’t yet have a pair of great tan slides in your wardrobe, rectify it immediately with this affordable pair. It’s a great style, and so versatile too.
Textural accessories are such a great way to change the vibe of an outfit. This raffia bag with its single bangle-style strap is the perfect accompaniment to many a look.
If you’re looking for ways to refresh old favourites in your closet, why not try adding a headband to your outfit? This style is elegant, but still a lot of fun.
I can’t live without denim. It’s a key part of my wardrobe all year round so it’s key to find the perfect pair. I buy a lot of stuff online but I think jeans are one thing that you really need to go in store to try on to make sure the cut, fit and colour all work well. My key criteria is that it works with my body shape, has some flexibility and isn’t too stiff, isn’t too hipster and is generally high-waisted and has to be of a good quality so it lasts. When you find the perfect pair of jeans you just know! If you’re in the market for new jeans, follow my foolproof plan to find The One. Here’s how to buy jeans that are the perfect fit and style…
Buy the right size
It may sound obvious but I’ve been caught out before by the whole “it will stretch” claim. I’ve learned that you should always just buy a size that’s firm but not super tight. It should feel comfortably snug but not so much that you feel like you can’t breathe!
Take the time to try things on
Yes, you may have a pair of old faithfuls that have served you well but it pays to try on different cuts, styles, washes and brands when you’re buying jeans. It can be a tedious process, I know, but taking the time to actually try things on outside of your denim comfort zone may help you unearth a pair of jeans you never knew you always wanted.
Identify your go-to style
I used to favour skinny jeans over every other cut, but lately I’ve started embracing a high waisted straight leg. Occasionally I’ll still wear a skinny silhouette but I’m definitely favourite straight more and more. However your perfect match might come in the form of a wide leg or a boyfriend cut. The key is to try on as many different styles as you can and once you’ve found the perfect pair invest in a few different washes.
Know your denim
A heavier denim has more durability than a lighter denim. So if you’re after a pair of jeans that will last a few seasons, it pays to go for something a little thicker. Also a heavier denim will generally offer better support than lighter, thinner denim which can be a little less forgiving. However if a stiff denim isn’t for you, look for a pair that is made up of around two per cent lycra and 98 per cent cotton—it’s got enough give to be really comfortable but is able to hold you in where you want it to.
Expand your denim wardrobe
I love light denim jeans but I also like black denim and white denim. I find that having all three shades in my wardrobe covers all the bases and allows me to have options for plenty of different outfit combinations. Also, know that some washes will show wear and tear a lot sooner than others. For example dark denim will show obvious “whiskering” a lot sooner than lighter denim so keep that in mind when choosing the colour of your next pair.
Don’t be a denim snob
I’m not too stuck on brands—I’ve bought jeans from ASOS and loved them as much as a designer pair, but the most important thing is how it fits. I’m picky when it comes to the colour or the cut but apart from that I’ll happily wear any denim label. Even if you’ve got your go-to brand, it’s a good idea to try on a few different brands each season in case you find another one that works better for your body. There’s SO much new denim each season that you need to keep on top of what’s out there in case there’s a new range that would perfectly suit you.
If you’re getting jeans hemmed, bring heels with you
If you’re going to get jeans tailored it should only ever be the length that you alter. You should keep looking until you find a pair that fit you around your bottom and your legs rather than trying to do anything with the waistband or legs. I’m not that tall so jeans can be quite long for me so I’ll take them to be professionally altered. I like my jeans to sit on my ankle bone. When I’m getting them hemmed I’ll normally take the heels I’d wear the most with them to the alterations place so I can be sure to get the correct length. I think if you get the right length for high heels they can work with sneakers, flats and most other shoes quite fine.
Doing this round-up every month, I always end up finding some great gems in chain stores. There’s plenty of vibrant pieces around that will definitely brighten any summer wardrobe along with simple, classic accessories that will take you through the next few months. It’s actually difficult to walk away not having compiled a lengthy wish list. If you’re looking to update your current wardrobe, check out these great pieces.
So much to love about this dress. The one shoulder neckline is perfect for summer while the little details like the asymmetrical skirt and gathered cuffs finish it off nicely.
This dress is one of those simple styles that can easily be thrown on for virtually any occasion. The shirred bodice is ultra flattering while the tie-straps and tiered hem are pretty touches.
These are the kind of slides that make for a great long term purchase—you’ll be able to wear them throughout the next few months, whether it’s dressed up or down. Love the simplicity and elegance of this design.
I have a penchant for gingham prints as they’re such a versatile print. These pants can be worn with everything from a tee to a cami, according to the occasion, and the relaxed style makes them ultra comfortable too.
Linen shorts are without a doubt one of the key summer staples every woman should have in her wardrobe. The simple pinstripe and cuffed hem make the ideal smart casual piece to have on high rotation.
The bohemian style of this blouse makes it the perfect accompaniment to everything from your fave denim to shorts and skirts. The lace detail is a pretty finishing touch.
A denim jacket is a transeasonal wardrobe’s best friend and if you’re looking for an alternative—but equally as versatile—option then opt for black denim version such as this. The cropped style makes it particularly perfect for using as a topper with dresses.
If you truly want to make a statement, a dress in a Barbie pink is a great way to do it! The fun hue is balanced by the puff sleeves and bias cut which give the dress a sophisticated, polished feel.
Black blazers are a forever item in any wardrobe, but understandably it may feel a little too heavy or dark for summer. In summer, why not go for a blazer in a light hue such as this ever so light pastel pink. The cut maintains its polished feel but the hue is very much in keeping with the spirit of the season.
Whether you’re headed to the beach or out to lunch, these black crossover slides will get you there. You’ll certainly wear them to death, making them a great buy.
For anyone who loves designer items, shopping and the challenge of unearthing a needle in a haystack, Gab Waller’s job might just be your dream come true. The Sydney-based personal shopper, with clientele such as Elle Macpherson, Kourtney Kardashian and Hailey Bieber has made a hugely successful business from sourcing virtually impossible to find designer items—whether it’s a sold out Prada bag or a Chanel shoe in a colourway you can’t find anywhere, Gab will be able to find it. From how she does the seemingly impossible to what’s going to be at the top of everyone’s wish list in the coming months and her own philosophy to shopping, meet the woman who’s quickly becoming known as fashion’s best kept secret.
Tell us about how you got your start… I hear Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was involved!
“I started the business back in June 2018, with a handful of Australian clients. Little to no one knew my name, but I was determined from day one to build on the idea that I had. The original vision and goal was to source internationally, only for Australian clients. I never expected or think that I would one day have a global client base. Fast forward six months, I was connected to Rosie through a mutual friend, and after she reposted the [Celine] coat that I found in January, that is when the business exploded.”
How did you grow your business to what it is today?
“It has been built purely from word of mouth. In the very early days, I didn’t have budgets for PR or marketing, so I knew that word of mouth was all that I had. I worked non-stop, 7 days a week, to grow my client base locally within Australia. To this day, I haven’t gone down the PR route, opting to instead use word of mouth as my one and only marketing tool.”
What’s a day in the life of Gab Waller?
“It is hectic and non-stop from the moment I open my eyes, I stick to a very strict routine to ensure that I’m connecting daily with the correct contacts at the correct time, depending on where they are based globally. I’m constantly on calls, in meetings, and liaising with contacts via WhatsApp, however the real joy is speaking with clients. On any day, I’m speaking with over 100 clients and organising/fulfilling their requests. I wouldn’t be able to manage that without the support of my team.”
Can you talk us through the process of what happens from start to finish when a customer comes to you with a request?
“Yes absolutely – the business is run predominately through Instagram. Almost 90 per cent of our sourcing requests come through via Instagram DM, with the remaining 10 per cent via email—which my assistant Ayesha manages. We receive the request, log it in our database, and from there, the hunt begins. Once the item has been located, I touch base with the client to let them know it has been found, and we organise payment and dispatch. It is extremely fast paced and is managed 7 days a week over a 24-hour time period.”
What’s it like dealing with such beautiful things day in and day out?
“To much surprise— as a lot of the items are sourced internationally and shipped directly to the client—I very rarely physically see the item. I admire it from afar! I do love to regularly visit the boutiques here in Sydney though, it’s important for me to constantly keep my finger on the pulse for what is currently in store.”
What’s your approach to shopping for your own wardrobe?
“My philosophy for my own personal wardrobe is built purely on investing in key pieces, that I will wear and treasure for many years to come. I don’t buy a lot, each piece I do purchase I have thought out well. I’m a very strong believer in ‘cost per wear’, if I know that I will be able to style that particular piece over and over multiple ways, I will happily invest in it.”
What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
“My vintage Chanel jacket purchased earlier this year jumps to mind straight away. It was purchased from a beautiful online boutique called Kern 1, Tami the owner is a walking Chanel encyclopedia. Her knowledge is incredible, it made purchasing it even more special.”
What’s currently on high rotation in your wardrobe?
As I write this, it’s suddenly turned quite cold again in Sydney. Being a Queenslander, I don’t do too well in the cold, so I’m rugged up right now with multiple layers on. The coat that I keep coming back to is my one from The Row, it is black and classic, the perfect timeless piece. Styled back with my Chanel ‘dad’ sandals, they have been on very high rotation in the past few weeks.
What are some of the most popular items people are currently requesting?
If there’s one thing that should be front and centre in your summer wardrobe it’s anything and everything linen. The lightweight, breathable fabric is about as perfect as you can get for dealing with balmy, summer days. And the added bonus is, it looks effortless and chic which is a major plus when dealing with soaring temperatures which can leave you feeling hot and bothered.
Given the prevalence of linen in most brands’ collections this season, the only difficult part is trying to decide how you’re going to embrace it. Will it be via a flowy slip dress? Crisp and classic linen pants? Perhaps a tailored white top that will accompany any summer look effortlessly? To help get you started I’ve rounded up a few pieces that will kickstart your love affair with linen. Be prepared though, once you wear it, you’ll definitely be a repeat customer.
Wide leg pants in that so-perfect-for-summer oatmeal shade should be high on your wish list. These pants can be worn dressed up with a cami or thrown on over your swimmers to take you straight to after beach drinks.
With its classic shape, you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of this top. Wear it back with denim for that perfect balance of smart casual or team it with a skirt for an outfit with a soft, feminine vibe.
A loose, flowy top like this is made for warm days. Pop it on over pants or shorts and it instantly gives it a slightly dressier feel.
The colour is striking but the simply, understated slip dress will be something that blends seamlessly into your summer wardrobe. Worn back with sneakers for a day of running around, or slides for a long lunch, you’ll get plenty of wear out of this piece.
These tailored shorts are just the perfect crisp white shade to take you through summer. The best bit is you’ll be able to pair it with so many different pieces, and easily dress it up or down.
If there’s a puff sleeve involved I’m there. It’s one of my favourite trends this spring/summer, and this crop with its sweet floral print and shirring is the ideal way to lift any outfit.
A simple staple that you’ll wear non-stop this summer is a midi skirt. In white, it’s just made for enjoying afternoon drinks, barefoot whilst soaking up the sun.
Blazers should be a constant in any wardrobe simply because it’s such an easy way to dress up an outfit with minimal effort. While some jackets might feel a little heavy in summer, a linen version is the perfect way to wear one when it’s warm out.
Apart from the fact this dusty rose shade is perfection, the classic shape of these shorts is the ideal way to this summer staple in a more polished way. Team it with a white tee and sneakers or slides and you’re set.
Linen doesn’t always mean neutrals, you can also go for truly beautiful pastels or vibrant shades. This baby pink skirt is just the kind of thing to wear when you’re wanting something a little more playful and fun.
If you’re a forever fan of sleek black pieces then these wide leg linen pants are about to become your new best friend in summer. Worn with bold colours, prints or simple neutrals, bookmark this piece to be on high rotation.
How cute is this linen jumpsuit? The shirring and the puff sleeves combo is always a winner and such a chic way to do linen this summer.
It’s summer so why not wholeheartedly embrace vivid colours? The turmeric shade of this dress is just the right amount of drama to truly lift any ensemble while the finer details such as the puff sleeves, crossover bodice and sweetheart neckline are the perfect full stop to this dress.
Candles aplenty at the Jo Malone “Just Because” dinner I hosted earlier this year
If there’s one thing my house is never without it’s a beautifully scented candle. I love having one burning in the background as there’s something quite luxurious about a gorgeous fragrance filling up your home (note: this is why I always have one burning when I have visitors over). A candle also adds warmth to any space which makes it a simple way to decorate a room. There’s no shortage of wonderful candles out there. And there’s definitely one to suit every taste and budget.
Check out some of my top picks below…
Tip: Candles usually come poured into a perfectly re-usable glass or metal jar so when you’ve used one up be sure to repurpose its home; you can use it for everything from a makeup brush holder to a vase.
To clean out the jar simply pop it in the freezer so the wax hardens. Once frozen take it out and scrape out the excess wax and wick which should leave you with an empty jar. If you’re removing the label, using a hairdryer, blast hot air over the jar to melt the glue, peel off the label then run it under hot water to clean off the sticky residue.
If there’s one thing that I can attest to it’s that having a solid supply of basics in your wardrobe makes getting dressed so much easier. Having the right tees and tops and shirts at your disposal means you have the building blocks of a look sorted and the rest is just what you want to pair it with according to your mood on the day. I’m always on the hunt for a good basics brand (let me know your faves!), trying and testing to find staples that are a good fit, good quality and at a good price. These are a few of my current faves.
I can’t tell you how much I love Uniqlo for basics. Over winter I always live in their Heattech tops to stay warm and love their basic t-shirts. The quality of their garments is great and stands up to constant wear (an important criteria for basics), they come in a huge array of colours and are reasonably priced.
Bassike is a tad bit pricier, but I’ve found that their garments do have longevity. They’re my go-to for tanks and t-shirts, but they also have a great range of button down shirts which are ideal for pairing with everything from denim to skirts and shorts.
I stock up on a range of tees in different colours from General Pants. They do a great bundle deal most of the time which means I can grab a few shirts for a fraction of the price. The colours they do are the staples everyone should have in their wardrobe — think grey, white, black and navy so are ultra wearable.
What I like about Seed’s basics is that they’re plain and unfussy — everything a basic should be. They do a great camis, tees and lightweight sweaters in cotton, linen and wool which makes their garments perfect for wearing on its own or layering.
Investment purchases often have a few more zeros in the price tag than your average chain store buy but when you factor in the longevity and its cost per wear you’re definitely getting a bargain. I’ve spoken in the past about my approach to buying designer goods that you won’t regret, but there are definitely certain pieces that will forever remain stylish. Add these to your wardrobe and I promise you’ll have a long and happy relationship.
If you’re going to splurge on a trench coat make it one by Burberry. The coat was designed by Thomas Burberry for military personnel in World War One to keep officers protected against wind and rain and the design has been around ever since. The hardware and fabrication are of course top notch but one glimpse of the iconic checked lining sets this trench above the rest. I promise a trench coat is one purchase that you will get plenty of use out of all year round. Plus if you’re after a unique touch, Burberry now offer a personalisation service that allows you to monogram the inside of your coat.
Everyone knows the quilted 2.55 bag by Chanel and whilst its ubiquitous it’s also one of the few designer bags that will not only appreciate in value (research has shown that the bag has increased in value by 70 per cent over the last six years) it’s also the kind of bag that will not date, will go with virtually everything you own and will always be a classic staple that you’ll be proud to carry. It’s a hefty investment I know, but if you’re going to splurge on a designer bag this one is definitely worth considering.
The ultimate in wrist candy the beautiful Cartier LOVE bracelet first came to prominence in the 1970s and has only grown more popular since its inception. Available in a variety of metals including yellow gold or rose gold plus if you’re really looking to splurge there’s also a version studded with diamonds this is one piece of jewellery that you’ll remain in love with.
I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years and its still the kind of piece that has remained in constant rotation in my wardrobe over the years. The perfect moto style jacket is ideal for wearing with everything from dresses to denim. I particularly loved Balenciaga’s design but designers like Saint Laurent, Tom Ford and Acne have all released their own versions of this jacket style. A major splurge it may be but one feel of the buttery leather, the sturdy metal hardware and the perfect fit will inspire instant love.
Ballet flats will always be a wardrobe staple but add a pair of interlocking Cs and you venture into try style classic territory. Whilst they’re not the type of shoe that you’d wear daily to run errands (they’re definitely a bit more special than your average ballet flat) they are an easy and stylish footwear option for those days when you just want to take a casual look up a notch. A close runner up in the shoe departmet would be the classic Gucci horsebit loafer. Over 60 years on and it’s still going strong.
First released in 1953, the Gucci loafer has been around for 65 years and whilst it has never ever really gone away it has experienced a huge resurgence in popularity. Whilst the range now encompasses everything from floral print to an array of colours, fur trim and a version with a collapsible heel, this style is a forever shoe. Translation: if you invest in this you’ll be wearing it for the next few decades without it ever dipping in style cred.