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8 wardrobe basics that can instantly make styling an outfit easier

23rd August, 2020

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Wardrobe basics are the lynchpin of your look. I find that owning a few key pieces can in turn make everything else you own just that little more wearable as you can start with the below items and then build an outfit around them. Each person obviously has their own unique style so some of the pieces below might require substituting here and there but overall I think they’re the kind of staples that can be worked in so many different ways. Versatility is key when it comes to a look and having the right wardrobe basics in your closet can really ensure that you are able to take your style repertoire in several different directions. I’ve narrowed down a few key things that I think every woman needs…

Kate Waterhouse wardrobe basics stacked jeans

Jeans are a key part of my off duty wardrobe

1. Jeans

It’s imperative to find yourself a pair of jeans that fit you ridiculously well and are ultra flattering. My go-to styles are skinny jeans or straight leg as they work with my body shape but be sure to find the right style for you.

2. Leather leggings

I’m already looking forward to transitioning to my autumn/winter looks and one of my can’t live without staples is a pair of leather leggings. I can wear them dressed up or down and as a bonus they’re so comfortable. When buying a pair be sure to try on a range of different styles from different brands as the fit can vary.

3. Comfortable t-shirt

A plain white t-shirt is the kind of piece that will be in constant rotation. I love a crew neck style and wore one here, however a v-neck tee is equally as good. Start with white, however shades such as black, grey and navy and a good stripe are also a great addition to any wardrobe.

4. Button down shirt

There’s a reason why a classic white shirt is at the top of most wardrobe basics lists — it’s just so wearable and can add a stylish touch to any look. One styling trick I like to employ is opting for a slightly looser fit when it comes to shirts as visually it can make your frame appear smaller.

5. High waisted skirt

A high waisted skirt is a go-to when it comes to office wear but it can also easily transition to your off duty wardrobe. Opt for a simple black or a fun print and pair with a tee or shirt for an easy, out-the-door-fast look.

6. Quality knit

Invest in at least one quality knit in a quality fabric (cashmere is luxe, but oh-so long lasting) and opt for colours such as grey or black as they’re easily paired with multiple items in your wardrobe.

7. Blazer

You can wear a blazer to work or out to dinner on a Saturday night and is such a must when it comes to wardrobe basics. Popping one on can easily dress up a look give it a stylish touch.

8. Scarf

A scarf is the ideal trans-seasonal piece to add to your wardrobe. I have one that I like to wear when I’m travelling as I can use it as a wrap when the temperatures are slightly chillier.

Tell me—what are some of the wardrobe basics you can’t live without? Have I missed any on my list?
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Cool Father’s Day gifts to spoil dad

21st August, 2020

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you’re probably on the hunt for just the right gift. I’ve always loved shopping for my dad an and Luke as it’s my opportunity to spoil them and show them how much the kids and I appreciate everything that they do, and the wonderful fathers they are.

I’ve rounded up some great gifts at every price point and a present to suit every kind of dad. Whether you’re buying for a dad who loves being sporty, a fashion-loving dad who’s into gorgeous accessories, or dad who loves nothing more than being outdoors, there’s a gift to put a smile on their face.

To all the dads out there—Have a great Father’s Day!

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Best buys under $100

14th August, 2020

A quick whip around a few of my fave shopping haunts has unearthed so many great buys. I definitely think there’s plenty to add to cart this month, particularly pieces that will work well for spring next month. So if you’re in the mood for a fashion fix, here are a few that are worth checking out.

I fell in love with the old school packaging of these lip salves. They’re such a handy size and I think it’s always great to have a few of these on hand to have at home, in one’s bag and at work.

This jacket is lightweight and a great option to have when battling trans-seasonal weather. I like the tie around the waist which always gives a flattering fit.

A great print and a smart addition to any work or smart casual look. It’s also the kind of jacket that’s handy to have around when you’re faced with a last minute Zoom call and need to quickly look polished.

Simple minimalist slides are always a welcome option to any spring/summer wardrobe. I love that these are a metallic as they’re still easily mixed and matched but add a pop of colour to a look.

Add a touch of cuteness to any ensemble by accessorising with this headband. So great for making an outfit feel dressy and more put together.

Hats are a must, particularly during summer, so why not snap up this beauty just in time for the warmer weather to arrive. It’s such a classic style and can easily worn everywhere from the beach right through to brunch.

Statement earrings are a shortcut to livening up many a look and the jade hue gives it an elegant and vibrant feel.

A beautiful clutch that has a slightly more relaxed vibe is such a great thing to have in you closet. It’s perfect for day time events, but can also turn a casual ensemble into something a little more polished.

A crisp white dress is always a good idea. And this one is such a bargain it would be criminal not to snap it up!

One of my favourite hues to work with is varying shades of pink. This blush hued number is so great for pairing with jeans to add a feminine touch.

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What I will never scrimp on in my wardrobe

9th August, 2020

My wardrobe is an eclectic mix of different pieces at various price points but there are definitely special pieces that I have splurged on. I have always believed in being a discernible shopper and not just purchasing things on a whim so I’m quite strategic in my approach to shopping. I always do my research and will keep an eye out for sales both in store and online as there’s nothing quite like getting a piece you’ve been coveting at half price! That said, there are certain things that I will never scrimp on simply because these pieces are the workhorses of my wardrobe and need to be the best quality possible.

Shoes

Given how much time we spend in them I think shoes have always been a worthwhile investment. Finding good quality shoes will mean that they stand up to the daily wear and tear we put our footwear through and won’t require replacing or repairing as often. I’ve often rationalised that buying a slightly more expensive pair of shoes will often be better value for money than buying several cheaper pairs that will need to be replaced sooner.

Bags

I don’t buy them often so when I do I make sure that a bag is well made, from quality materials and of a style that will remain a classic for years to come. I’m all about quality not quantity in my wardrobe so I’d rather hang out for a slightly more expensive bag that I know will have plenty of longevity than go for an of-the-moment fix. For example I have a Chanel bag that I have had for years and that I still wear regularly and is still in great shape simply because of the craftsmanship that has gone into it. The same goes for my Givenchy bag (above) which I use all the time and I know because it’s so well made I’ll be able to wear it season after season.

Coats

I’ll happily scrimp on things like t-shirts and jeans but outerwear is something I will always willingly splurge on because of the number of times I’ll wear each item. Coats in particular are something I like to purchase each season and will wear throughout the cooler months so I always make sure it’s a classic style, made from a quality fabric such as wool as I will wear it day after day.

Jackets

I regularly wear jackets so I will make sure to buy the best quality that I can as I wear them so often. I have a Balmain blazer that I remember trawling the internet for for years before I finally snapped it up on sale but it’s the kind of strategic purchase I don’t regret one bit as I wear it to death. And yes, it’s definitely more expensive than your average blazer but I often think of things from a cost per wear basis and have definitely got value for money out of this particular buy.

What are some things in your wardrobe you’ll never scrimp on?

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Chain store buys: 10 pieces worth adding to cart

7th August, 2020

It’s the last month of winter so this means we’re heading into prime transeasonal weather. Before we fully get into the throes of spring dressing (hello, easy breezy dresses!) we can still get some mileage from a few wintery pieces that can see us through the last few weeks of cool temperatures. So in the mix, I’ve rounded up a few on trend pieces, some classics to take you through to the end of the year and some handy staples to make dressing during that ‘it’s not hot but it’s not cold’ period much easier.

Embrace the wide leg jean trend now because it’s going to be here for awhile. If you’re a little unsure, this super affordable option is a great way to dip your toe into the trend.

This gorgeous rosy pink shade is just made for spring. But in the meantime you could easily pair it with a jacket and boots and make it appropriate for chillier weather.

This balloon sleeve cardigan is a slightly more fun iteration of a cardi. It also can be worn as a set, with a knit top that can be worn underneath. Both work great as layering pieces so they’re a handy thing to have at your disposal.

A denim jacket is one of those things that you should always have kicking around in your wardrobe. They’re great for popping on over dresses or worn with cropped pants and a tee, or you could go the whole double denim route. The options are endless.

A black midi skirt is a great piece that can be dressed up or down. But in a black denim like this, it feels a little more modern and fresh.

The tie-dye trend has been around for awhile and this jumper is a great way to add a touch of it to your look without it feeling too over the top.

A sweet addition to any spring/summer wardrobe, this top can be worn back with jeans and a jacket now, but paired with a great pair of shorts come warmer weather time.

White wide leg pants are a versatile piece to have around. They can be paired with a casual tee and sneakers, or a button down and slides for a more sophisticated feel.

Florals for spring are a given so why not stock up now? This midi dress is a great starting point to kick off all your spring/summer looks. In the meantime team it with a denim jacket and sneakers and you’ve got yourself a winning combination.

A white shirt will get you through any season and this style will certainly be on high rotation over the coming months.

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Luxe home buys for less than $150

24th July, 2020

Want to update your home? It doesn’t require having to spend a fortune. Given we’re all spending more time at home these days, it’s not uncommon to start looking at things with a more critical eye and seeing where different areas might need updating. Doing so however doesn’t mean having to make big changes— you can often change up a space by making simple, cosmetic tweaks. And one of the best ways to do that is with a handful of great accessories.

I’ve always found small updates can be really impactful. Adding a beautiful vase of flowers around your home or creating a stack of gorgeous coffee table books or updating the cushions on the sofa can all work together to freshen up a room. You can also work new pieces within your existing decor, moving things around to create new combinations that can instantly make a tired room feel brand new.

So, if you’re in the mood to spruce up a space, here are a few great pieces to consider.

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Best buys under $100

10th July, 2020

There are so many great sales on right now which means there are plenty of bargains to be snapped up. The good thing about scoping out luxury sites such as Matches Fashion and Net-a-Porter during sale time is that there are some gorgeous luxe items that are a fraction of the price. Also, if you’re in the market for new basics or just something to brighten up your wardrobe then definitely shop around right now because there are plenty of cute options to be snapped up.

In trawling through some of my fave websites of late I’ve stumbled upon the below edit, with a mixture of chain stores buys to great accessories and some truly wearable pieces that are destined to be worn on high rotation.

Smythson produce ultra chic stationery and this notebook would make a welcome addition to any WFH desk situation.

These sunnies are on trend and at such a miniscule price tag, it makes sense to add it to your accessories collection now.

Keep your head toasty with this Alexander Wang beanie. The dove grey shade also makes it a versatile piece that can work with myriad looks.

I’ve found that statement accessories are one of the easiest ways to really elevate a look. These Rebecca de Ravenel earrings do just that.

White sneakers are a forever staple and with biz-leisure dressing now very much a thing, you can now wear them casually or (if your office dress code allows) at work.

One of the things I really valued during iso was having special pieces dotted around my home to brighten up my day. This Anya Hindmarsh candle is a great reminder that there’s always a rainbow around the corner.

Exercising outdoors just got more chic with this sleek C&M baseball cap. And even if you’re not planning on working out, it’s still a great addition to any casual look.

This cute top is so perfect for wearing with everything from jeans to shorts and skirts. Love anything that can be worn in so many different ways.

Another great pair of sunglasses destined for your future summer wardrobe. The slimline profile make this such a sharp way to finish off an outfit.

Loungewear options that are also stylish enough to be worn out and about get my tick of approval. These drawstring linen pants can be worn doing everything from the school run to grabbing a coffee.

I like the old school feel of this striped top from Country Road. A comfy addition to any WFH wardrobe or weekend outfit rotation.

I saw this top and thought of how many different ways it could be worn. When you have the right basics it can make getting dressed so much easier.

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How to buy a winter coat that will last for seasons

8th July, 2020
A statement coat can help to elevate a look

Winter coats are the kind of thing that you’ll end up wearing every season so it pays to choose the right kind for longevity. The range of coats available every season is virtually endless so it can be hard to narrow down just the right type. Do you want a statement piece? Are you after classic trench or a cute double breasted pea coat? There are definitely plenty of things to consider to ensure you make the right kind of purchase. Here are my tips on how to buy a winter coat that will last.

How much to spend

Coats can vary in price, according to the brand, what fabric it’s made from and even the kind of style it is. I think the best way to choose is to buy the best quality you can afford, particularly if it’s something that’s going to be worn quite regularly. It’s often worth spending a bit more to ensure that your coat is something that can be pulled into rotation every year and can withstand the constant wear.

Look for a style to suit your shape

There are so many different silhouettes to choose from when it comes to coats. You can get everything from a roomy cocoon coat to a belted style to a trench so it really does pay to try on a few different styles to determine what works for your height and shape. The way coats are cut can really vary so do a little IRL reconnaissance mission to check out what silhouette could work for you.

You can’t get more classic than a Burberry trench

Think of the rest of your wardrobe

As always versatility is key, especially with a pricey purchase such as a coat. Look at the rest of your wardrobe and see what outfits you’re likely going to need to pair the coat with. If you tend to favour really simple pieces, perhaps a coat with a print or pattern could work to lift your existing outfits? If you’re all about sharp tailoring then maybe a trench would be the ideal fit for your look? Remember it’s all about cohesion so do take into account what other things your coat will need to play with.

Choose quality fabrics

From a practical perspective choosing a fabric such as wool will not only look great, but it’s also great at keeping you warm when required and ultra breathable so you won’t feel like you’re overheating. Try and go for natural fibres as they tend to sit and look better over a period of time.

Opt for a wearable colour

Colour choice is critical when it comes to outerwear and once again this is all about what’s currently sitting in your wardrobe as much as it is about personal style. You can never go wrong with colours such as black, grey, navy, tan and cream as they’re ultra versatile. However you could also go for a brighter, more vibrant shade if you’re looking to make your coat a statement piece.

What’s your go-to coat style?

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Chain store round-up: 10 great buys to add to cart

3rd July, 2020

While designer buys are great, most of the time it’s all about finding pieces that are affordable and fashionable. And I firmly believe we’ve got such a great range of brands on offer in Australia that it’s quite easy to snap up something new to revamp a tired wardrobe without having to spend big. Chain store buys are often the building blocks of many wardrobes for good reason: they’re on trend, affordable and offer plenty of choice.

This is why this is the first instalment of regular round-ups I’ll be doing of what’s on offer in popular chain stores. I’m planning to highlight all the great pieces that are definitely worth adding to cart right now whether it’s a basic that can work back with multiple items or a statement piece to make a simple outfit shine.

If you’re in the mood for a wardrobe update but don’t want to spend a fortune, you’ve come to the right place. There are some truly great offerings in chain stores right now which are on trend, stylish and reasonably priced. Having perused what’s on offer, here are a few options that will instantly lift your winter wardrobe, but won’t break the budget either.

This beige Country Road wool skirt is such a good staple to have. Worn with boots, it’s perfect for winter and a great alternative to pants. But it’s also easily worn with a tee or cami in summer making it easily do double duty.

I always like to look ahead to the upcoming season and this is the perfect dress to wear into spring/summer. It also comes in another colour if white isn’t your thing. And billowy sleeves are such a great feature to really lift the look of a dress.

A slouchy navy knit can never go astray in one’s winter wardrobe. Love the shape of this and it’s the ideal colour to work back with multiple pieces. Such a great, versatile piece.

I’ve spoken of straight leg jeans being the denim silhouette to have right now and this pair from Seed is such a great way to adopt the style. The wash is also a great way to freshen up a winter look.

This bobble knit is such a pretty winter warmer. Love the ribbed cuffs and the fact it can also be worn slightly cropped with high waisted jeans. The earthy tone is also one of the big colours of the season, making it a versatile staple to have.

I love the practicality of this reversible coat from Seed. One side is a beautiful plain camel colour, the other a statement check. Both are great for winter and is such a good buy considering you get two coats in one.

A great shirt never goes astray particularly in winter and this black shirt from Cotton On could easily pass for a lightweight jacket which essentially doubles its use. You could easily pair it with jeans or casual pants, or a skirt or dress further down the track.

I’m a huge fan of high waisted pants. This wide legged number would work back with so many different pieces. The fact you can wear it casually with sneaker or dress it up with flats or a great sandal gets a huge tick.

Statement dresses are a fun addition to any wardrobe and this printed number, with its long sleeves and pleated skirt make it a practical and pretty winter wardrobe purchase.

Ribbed tops are a great way to elevate basics. The hue, cut and style of this Glassons top would make it the perfect partner to a variety of different pieces, plus it’s a great price.

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Cosy cardis that are made for snuggling up in

26th June, 2020

Winter is all about dressing in your cosiest, softest clothes and without a doubt a cardigan is at the top of this list. The beautiful thing about cardigans is that they can be incorporated into your casual wardrobe, dressing up a pair of jeans and a tee, or alternatively they can seamlessly work into your favourite loungewear look. The best thing is that they’re so warm, comfy and cosy and are just made for chilly winter days.

Cardigans come in such a great range of different styles, cuts and colours that it’s easy to find one that will fit with most of your go-to looks. It’s fun to experiment with bright bold colours like pink and yellow to liven up a look but neutrals are equally as important. Stock up on colours like navy, black, grey, tan and cream and you can easily incorporate them with most of your wardrobe with minimal fuss.

So, if you’re looking to get a comfy, cosy look happening look no further than the below pieces. Happy shopping!