The one trend I’ve been really loving of late is a cut-out dress. This Staud number, is called the ‘Calypso’ and it’s a new addition to my wardrobe and it has to be one of the comfiest dresses I own. The silhouette on its own would be quite simple but with the addition of the metal ring and the cut-out panels, it instantly feels modern and elevated. The colour is also not something I wear all that often (the brand calls is ‘caper’), but I have been slowly gravitating towards slightly earthier tones more. It’s a surprisingly versatile hue to wear, almost as easy to mix and match as traditional neutrals. The ankle length hem also means that I could wear it as daywear or easily pair it with heels for night—or just do both like what I did for this shoot! Plus the best bit? It’s made from recycled tissue-weight nylon fabric which is a huge tick for me.
As for accessorising, I thought it was the perfect time for this adorable Apede Mod bag to make an appearance. I wrote about it a few weeks ago and mentioned it was on my radar, and it was been such a fun accessory to add to my collection. It’s quite cute as it’s so small and I can wear it during the day but it’s also quite diminutive enough that I can easily wear it at an event or out to dinner. My black Bottega heels have been such a worthy purchase because I wear them non-stop, I think the cost per wear on them at the moment has made them a great investment piece.
With autumn upon officially upon us, I’m not complaining that we’re still getting some last minute summer weather making an appearance. This has meant I’ve been able to extend my warm weather wardrobe just that little but further, and I was glad for the excuse to wear this Camilla and Marc dress. This particular design has been one of the standout pieces from the brand’s latest collection, and I’ve already worn it to a racing event, and will continue to do so until it’s time to officially transition into jumpers and coats. I love the simplicity in design of this dress, with the elegant midi length, and feminine finishes such as the puff sleeves and ribbon ties. The deep V-neck also gives it a touch of edge, and helps to avoid it from looking too saccharine. Plus, I’m on board with anything in a crisp white.
Choosing my accessories for this piece, I wanted to go for hues that would contrast well with the colour of the dress so naturally I gravitated towards something black for a monochrome effect. My Bottega Veneta heels have served me well over the last few weeks and have been the perfect event shoe, and fit the brief for what I was looking for. When it came to bag choice, I went for a dusty pink Staud bag. It has that soft, relaxed shape that’s trending right now, and worked well to complement the slightly more structured feel of the dress. As a final finishing touch I went for white sunglasses to add a hint of dramatic flair.
Credits: Dress (similar here), Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Staud (via The Outnet); Sunglasses, Valentino
A great pair of tailored shorts is always a handy summer staple to have. I like having a dressier pair of shorts in my collection that’s a bit more elevated than a pair of denim cut-offs, and one that I can wear everywhere from the office to a function. This high waisted pair from Zimmermann are the ideal mixture of a classic shape but with playful finishes such as the bauble trim (it also comes with a corsage belt that I wasn’t wearing on this day). With the shape and colour of these shorts, it’s easy to mix and match them with various tops such as a cami or a tee, but I decided to go for a Zimmermann floral appliqued blouse. The beautiful peach colour provided the perfect accent piece to the crisp white colour of the shorts and it had some great finishes such as the blouson sleeves and exaggerated cuffs.
As there was already so much going on with the top and shorts, I decided to stick to a pair of white Gucci sandals so as not to overwhelm the outfit. A transparent Staud bag added an on trend touch, whilst my marble Lucy Folk sunglasses added a little bit of fun to my overall look.
There’s no better time than now to embrace bright pops of colour. Summer just lends itself to fun, playful shades so it seemed fitting to embrace this bubblegum pink Rebecca Vallance dress. The colour is great and I love the bow straps and the subtle tiered ruffled hem which give it a feminine silhouette.
I wanted to keep the colour going throughout my ensemble so I opted for this transparent bag by Staud. The PVC and leather tote adds an on trend touch to my outfit, whilst still carrying the girly vibe into my accessories.
Most of my outfits aren’t complete without a pair ofsunnies and this particular look called for something punchy so I opted for a pair of marbled cat eye sunglasses by Lucy Folk. I wanted to keep my footwear quite simple and my white Gucci sandals make for the ideal classic finishing touch.