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What I Wore: The Winter Dress

22nd May, 2018

I wear dresses non-stop during summer as they’re about as easy and as comfortable as you can get in an outfit. So it’s always nice to find one that is cool weather appropriate and can take me through the next few months. This striped ribbed dress by Zimmermann is such a great winter dress. It’s a heavy knit so is definitely nice and warm, whilst the sunny yellow and white stripes give it a light feel which is a nice break from the darker tones of my winter wardrobe.

In this instance I opted to go a little dressier by pairing the dress with my black Alaïa heels. However I’m planning to swap out the heels for sneakers when I wear this dress when I’m in casual mode. It’s such a versatile dress that I think it could work with myriad shoes depending on the occasion.

A simple Gucci clutch was the perfect complementary piece for this outfit. The colour tied back to my shoes while also being a great accent piece. I kept things simple with clear sunglasses to cap off my look. Who says winter dressing has to be heavy and dark?

Credits: Dress, Zimmerman; Heels, Alaïa; Clutch, Gucci, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Sophia Athas

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

21st May, 2018

If you’ve been feeling a little lacklustre in the wardrobe inspiration department then fear not—here are 12 stylish looks to help you style up a storm. From standout coats to cosy up in this winter to striking colour palettes that are sure to make in impact, prepare to feel very inspired.

A casual weekend look that still maintains an element of polish. A pair of cropped wide leg pants teamed with sneakers and a tee make for a comfortable look for relaxing.

Who can resists this gorgeous shade of pink? Embrace an ultra feminine look and incorporate a spot of pink in your wardrobe.

Autumn/winter is all about layering and this is a chic way to embrace it. Layer tailored shirts with a knit for a preppy look that’s also (as a handy bonus) cosy too.

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I’m all about a great knit during the cooler months and this is one look to bookmark. A colourful statement coat teamed with a knit dress looks chic whilst still keeping you rugged up.

A relaxed take on suiting makes for a comfortable and stylish ensemble. An oversized blazer and wide leg pants looks chic without looking dressy like a traditional suit.

Embrace a little textured outerwear in your wardrobe this season! A jacket like this will keep you on trend whilst protecting you from the elements.

An all black outfit is a winter staple but it can sometimes feel a little flat. To liven it up, add a printed long length coat which is guaranteed to add a striking element to your look.

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Blazers are a favourite for those times when you’re looking for an easy shortcut to a polished look. Whilst hues like black and navy are timeless, why not be a little adventurous and opt for a bold colour instead?

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A little animal print worked back with a bright hue such as red makes for a fun, fashion forward look. Don’t be afraid to mix prints with colour for a look that’s truly striking.

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Love the high-low mix of this look. A casual outfit can instantly be elevated the right accessory—in this case, a Gucci chain strap bag.

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I love wearing tonal looks simply because as a package it really packs a punch. The different blue hues in this outfit complement each other for an outfit that truly stands out.

A printed blouse worked back with neutral wide leg pants is understated chic at its very best. This outfit can be used as an easy go-to for those days when you want a look that’s polished without being fussy.

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2018 Day 3

15th May, 2018

With another full day of shows I wanted a look that was comfortable yet still managed to push style boundaries. If there’s one time to experiment with a new look it’s Fashion Week. I was attending the Macgraw show this morning so I wanted to centre my look around a top and skirt from their current collection. I loved the 60s feel of the crochet mini worked back with a statement button down shirt. There’s something about dramatic shirting that I’m really into at the moment and the finishes on this top from the ruffled collar to the puffed sleeves and sweet heart applique on the back, all combine to make a statement.

If there’s one piece in my wardrobe that has me excited at the moment it’s this Gucci trenchcoat. With a traditional feel at the front it’s livened up by the embroidered moth at the back and the cursive writing on the collar. It helped keep me cosy throughout the day and was a definite focal point to my ensemble.

After a few days of heels I opted for comfort today. These flat boots by Maje are not only great to hang out in all day when you’re on the go, the statement buckles at the front turn them into a striking outfit element. Round frame Chloe sunglasses and a classic Miu Miu blush clutch helped provide the finishing elements to my look and are the ideal subtle complementary pieces.

Credits: Trenchcoat, Gucci; Shirt, Macgraw; Skirt, Macgraw; Boots, Maje; Sunglasses, Karen Walker; Bag, Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas and Ash Larden

 

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2018 Day 2

14th May, 2018

I wore something quite classic yesterday but today I wanted to mix it up a little. My look today is a little edgier and all about playing with different textures. Usually my outfits start with a single piece and in this instance it was all about the cropped Prada denim jacket. The feathered collar really upped the glam factor and seemed so fitting for the occasion. I also loved mixing relaxed denim with the dramatic nature of the feathers for a truly striking centrepiece to my look.

With such a statement piece already in place, I thought I could take it up a notch even more by opting for a black polyurethane Georgia Alice skirt. I thought it provided the perfect contrast piece to the softer and more playful nature of the jacket.

As far as shoes go I decided on simple black heels to temper the dramatic nature of the rest of my outfit. But I think you can always afford to have a little fun with your accessories! With the current trend towards sunglasses with smaller frames I gravitated towards these Poppy Lissiman sunglasses. Sharp with a slightly futuristic vibe I thought they went perfectly with the rest of my ensemble. My trusty Gucci Dionysius bag can always be called upon to add a fun feature to any look and in this instance it was the perfect fashion full stop.

Credits: Jacket, Prada; Skirt, Georgia Alice; Heels, Maje; Bag (similar), Gucci; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Sophia Athas and Ash Larden

 

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What I Wore: Aje Garden Party

10th May, 2018

Whenever I attend a fashion show I always like to show support for the brand by wearing one of their pieces. I was lucky enough to be able to wear the below Aje dress before it has dropped in stores and it was the perfect vibe for their show which took place in Sydney’s Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden.

The gorgeous colour perfectly complemented the lush surrounds but I was all about the beautiful silhouette of the dress. The exaggerated flounces on the skirt and sleeve had great movement and it was just one of those pieces that’s just fun to walk in! The tie front added a sweet and feminine touch. I can see this working for everything from a work event to a wedding so it ticks the versatile box for me.

As the dress is already so striking I wanted to take it up a notch even more and opted to pair it with my Marco de Vincenzo heels. The braided style and the raspberry colour provided the ideal contrast piece whilst being strong enough to make their own statement.

Credits: Dress, Aje (Los Luna Dress not in store yet); Shoes, Marco de Vincenzo

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: A Fresh Approach

8th May, 2018

I love the fresh look of an all white outfit and don’t get to wear it nearly as often as I’d like (two kids and white = potential disaster!). However I couldn’t pass up this top and skirt by Hansen and Gretel. I’ve worn the skirt in a different shade previously and loved it so much that I had to try the white option. It’s still got a slightly bohemian flair, with the shirring and front tie details but I find this version feels a lot more dressy. In keeping with the vibe of this particular ensemble I opted to carry the shirred effect throughout and this top was the perfect option. The puffed sleeves add a touch of drama and tie back with the slightly ruffled hem of the skirt.

Whenever I wear white I like to go for interesting accessories—whether it be a textured finish or embellishments. I found this bamboo clutch by Heidi Klein was the ideal option as it added some depth to the look, however it’s neutral tone meant it didn’t clash too much. My favourite white Gucci sneakers meant I was able to keep the colour scheme going from top to toe. Minimalist  gold frame Ray Ban sunglasses and a pair of playful star earrings by Holly Ryan round out my look, and give it a slightly more modern, up-to-the minute feel.

Credits: Top, Hansen and Gretel; Skirt, Hansen and Gretel; Sunglasses, Ray Ban; Clutch, Heidi Klein; Sneakers, Gucci; Earrings, Holly Ryan

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Scarlet Fever

5th May, 2018

There are times when the occasion dictates my outfit but sometimes it’s the other way around and an outfit just appeals to me. As was the case with this Camilla and Marc dress. I first fell in love with the colour. The bold hue is striking and just has a confident vibe to it—I think that’s the case for anything red! And then I saw the beautiful intricate lace and it was game over—I knew I needed to wear it. It adds some great texture while also being quite a striking feature that really lifts the entire dress. The bell sleeves also gave it quite a romantic sensibility which made it perfect for a luncheon I was attending.

As far as my accessories went, I think gold is always a great colour to pair with red as they both lift each other. Keeping this in mind I opted for my favourite gold Gucci heels with pearl detail. I kept the rest of my look quite simple with a simple black velvet Gucci clutch with gold insignia and cat eye sunglasses.When wearing such a standout colour I think it always pays to dial down the rest of your accoutrements to allow it to take centre stage.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Alaia; Clutch, Gucci.

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Relaxed Suiting

1st May, 2018

I’ve spoken of my love of a power suit before but I’m also equally as enamoured by its relaxed counterpart. This suit style is a little less structured and has a more laidback feel, however it definitely doesn’t compromise in the style department. This set is by one of my favourite Australian designers Michael Lo Sordo and I think the design really nails relaxed suiting. The blazer is still polished but the wrap belt gives it a more fashion forward feel. The wide leg pants have a tailored sensibility but the split at the bottom gives it a little edge. When matched with the wraparound jacket, with its exaggerated sleeves it steers into more modern territory.

One way to really let your outfit talking is wearing a vibrant colour, especially a beautiful red. This particular hue is a showstopper and is the kind of colour to consider when you really want to make a statement.

With such a strong look going on I knew I needed to balance it with the accessories I chose. I decided to stick with simple, unfussy jewellery such as my favourite watch and bangle. The sunglasses I chose were a simple shape but their pink hue was the perfect contrast piece against the red of the suit.

Credits: Blazer, Michael Lo Sordo; Pants, Michael Lo Sordo; Sunglasses, Le Specs;

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Tie Details

24th April, 2018

Since the weather in Sydney insists on remaining balmy then I figure, why not squeeze in a few more summery looks to take advantage of it? This top and skirt by Hansen and Gretel has a polished yet slightly bohemian feel that’s perfect for weekend dressing. The broderie anglaise ruffled top with exposed back and tie detail works well with this skirt but could transition to work with other pieces such as a culottes or high waisted pants. I absolutely love the ruching on this skirt as it helps give it some texture along with a great fitted silhouette. The sweet lace up feature adds an element of interest and really lifts this piece.

I wanted to dress this look up so I opted for lace up heels (there’s a common thread to this whole look!) to add a bold element to my overall ensemble. I love having fun with sunglasses so I decided to embrace a bit of colour with my choice of eyewear—a vibrant pink to be exact. These oval shaped frames in a bubble gum hue offered a playful touch and is in keeping with the trend towards downsizing sunnies. My favourite Miu Miu clutch featuring a striking herringbone pattern remained in the understated neutral colour palette I’d chosen for the top and skirt, whilst adding a polished feminine touch.

Credits: Top, Hansen and Gretel; Skirt (in Sage), Hansen and Gretel; Heels, Aquazzura; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Clutch, Miu Miu

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: The Shirt Dress

17th April, 2018

A white shirt is an enduring wardrobe classic simply because it’s so versatile and looks great without having to do much at all. It always looks polished and classy. So it stands to reason that a white shirt dress would fall into the same category. There’s something about the structured style of a shirt dress that makes it look elegant but there’s also scope to have a bit more fun. This Rebecca Vallance shirt dress is one such style. Whilst it still maintains the button down, collared silhouette of a traditional shirt, it also features beautiful ruched, bell sleeves that give it a more fashion forward feel.

While a shirt dress can easily be quite casual or dressy, I chose to go down the slightly more dressed up route with this particular ensemble. Against crisp white, black and bold pops of colour work equally as well so I decided to go for both! In this instance I opted to wear my favourite, go-to Alaïa studded heels and a bright and fun, Poppy Lissiman clutch. The red metallic and the eye print really adds some energy to my overall look and is a definite talking point. Simple cat eye sunglasses with a vintage feel help round out my ensemble and give it a touch of glam.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Sunglasses, Poms; Heels, Alaïa; Clutch, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Danielle Castano

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