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What I Wore: Stark Contrasts

13th November, 2018

One of the things that I’ve found to be quite a versatile piece in my wardrobe is a statement top. Whilst there are some things that are just way too bold to achieve true versatility, I think there are definitely some elevated pieces that can still be styled in multiple ways. This cream Zimmermann top is one of them. With the elegant draping and dramatic sleeves it definitely has impact but I think the neutral tone means it can be easily paired with numerous colours and everything from a skirt to tailored pants and denim. For this outing I decided to pair it with a textured Isabel Marant tulip skirt with a metallic sheen. I think the futuristic vibe of the skirt provides the perfect contrast to the classic Victorian feel of the blouse.

As I was already working with some strong silhouettes in my outfit I kept my accessories quite streamlined and simple. My new go-to Dior bag and Balenciaga sock boots were the ideal finishing touches. A structured bag works well to contrast the fluid, and slighter softer textures of the blouse and skirt, whilst wearing boots instead of heels helped ground the look. Overall it was great to be able to work with contrasting pieces and find a way to give them some cohesion without losing their individuality.

Credits: Blouse, Zimmerman; Skirt, Isabel Marant; Clutch, Dior; Boots, Balenciaga

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: 2018 Stakes Day

10th November, 2018

Of all the days in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stakes Day is the most relaxed so I wanted to change things up a bit and veer away from dress territory. I couldn’t resist these pastel yellow pants and dramatic top by Jacquemus. The colour is fun and vibrant — perfect for a spring racing event. The top with its asymmetric silhouette and statement tie also adds a touch of drama to the look.

I was immediately sold when I saw these Ferragamo heels, most especially the gold column heel which adds a glamorous detail to such an understated design. In keeping with the trend for all things raffia, I opted for this Miu Miu clutch which has a light, summery feel and provided the perfect complementary accessory to the suit.

With such a strong outfit, I wanted to add some slightly softer pieces when it came to my jewellery. The pendant and bracelet from Chaumet features an adorable bow design, whilst the ring (which I also wore to Melbourne Cup) features a sweet floral design, all pieces that I think add a distinctly feminine, yet still understated feel to my look. To top off my look I went for a simple black straw hat by Nerida Winter—a sleek design that was the perfect finishing touch.

Credits: Pants & Top, Jacquemus; Bag, Miu Miu; Shoes (in black), Ferragamo; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

5th November, 2018

In the craziness of spring racing of late, I’ve needed to look for a bit of fashion inspo for my  everyday looks. When you’re caught up in a whirlwind of fascinators and Cup Day looks and deciding what look goes with which dress code, it can be easy to forget that yes, your regular wardrobe needs a bit of love too. And now that we’re finally transitioning into warmer weather in Sydney I’ve had to rethink my looks a little. I can finally start moving into dresses and sandals territory and put my jumpers and coats into hibernation. If you’re in the same trans-seasonal boat then you’ve come to the right place, because coming up are style ideas a plenty.

 

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Do a one colour look

Whilst colourful looks are great there’s something impactful about wearing one shade throughout. Look for lighter tones which are softer and easier to work with.

 

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Rock an animal print skirt

You may be familiar with this silk leopard print Realisation Par midi skirt which is everywhere at the moment and for good reason: it’s such a wearable piece. Paired with a simple white tee and sneakers or sandals this will quickly become an outfit go-to over summer. There are plenty of options available of this style so definitely consider adding it to your wardrobe this season.

 

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Do a shorts suit

A suit is definitely one of the key trends right now so try adopting this warm weather take on it. A pair of tailored shorts with a lightweight blazer makes for a polished look that’s also directional.

 

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Cropped jeans with mules

It’s a simple pairing but it’s so good. Team your favourite pair of cropped jeans with a pair of coloured mules and you have a fresh look for summer.

 

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Try a pinstripe blazer

A black blazer is a no-brainer but if you’re looking for a new take on it then consider a navy pinstripe blazer. This take on man-style suiting works brilliantly with jeans and a white tee for a look that’s understated and chic.

 

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Tap into a cream and white colour palette

Summer is all about light and breezy fashion so what better colour combination than white and cream? Linen and a white tee is a dream pairing. Add a pair of white sandals and earthy accessories and you’re ready to roll.

 

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Layer your dresses with a white shirt

A white tee is a great option for wearing under a dress so work off the same principle but sub in a white shirt instead. It looks modern and fresh and is so easy to do with existing pieces in your closet.

 

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Add statement earrings

It’s an oldie but a goodie because it works. Channel your inner Real Housewife and go for a pair of knockout earrings to instantly elevate an outfit.

 

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Invest in tan sandals or slides

If there’s one thing that will get a decent workout through the warmer months it’s a pair of tan sandals or slides. The colour is so wearable and will work with virtually every outfit in your closet.

 

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Carry a structured bag

There’s a big trend towards structured boxy bags and they’re perfect for adding a ladylike touch to even the most casual of outfits. Try one in a cute pastel to add a sweet element to your look.

 

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Belt it up

For an on trend hands-free look then why not invest in a belt bag? Try pairing it with an unexpected outfit such as a suit for a look that says you’re  ahead of the curve.

 

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Fun print with white sneakers

Don’t put your fave sneakers into winter hibernation. Team them with a printed dress for a look that’s stylish and oh-so easy. A great shortcut on those days when you’re dealing with an ‘I have nothing to wear’ situation.

What trend are you loving right now?

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What I Wore: Textural Play

30th October, 2018

Whenever I head to Melbourne I always make sure to pack a few warm weather options as I never know what the weather will be like. This new Miranda Dunn faux fur coat is one such thing. It’s super cosy and is made of the softest fur — it feels like I’ve just popped out with my favourite blanket when I’m wearing it. I’ve also found it easy to pair back with myriad looks in my closet, but my current fave is wearing it with jeans and a crisp white tee. It’s casual yet elegant and is a great go-to for when I’m looking for comfort and want to maintain an element of polish.

I didn’t want any of my other accessories competing with the fur coat, but I did want to add a little colour for interest so opted for my Goyard tote. The burgundy shade works easily with cream coat and as a bonus it’s also super roomy, so it’s great for carrying on days when I’m out and about and need to take everything from my laptop to my kids’ essentials. As for my shoes, being comfortable is paramount so I couldn’t think of a better option than my Dior slingback flats. They’re sophisticated and sleek, but are also ideal for long days where a flat is a must. Paired with classic Celine frames, this look is the ideal runaround outfit with a classic finishing touches.

Credits: Coat, Miranda Dunn; Shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans (similar), Camilla & Marc; Shoes, Dior; Bag (similar), Goyard (personalised bags also available from The Daily Edited); Sunglasses, Celine

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: Smart Casual

16th October, 2018

Whenever I see the dress code smart casual it always gives me cause for pause as I’m trying to rack my brain of what I have in my wardrobe that fits the bill. Ultimately I think it’s all about working off duty style whilst still maintaining an element of polish. It’s about marrying the best of both worlds and merging casual pieces with elevated staples.

This Carla Zampatti jacket is one such piece that is right at home when worn back with dressy separates, but I can still pair it with denim and have it look cohesive. One of my favourite combinations is jeans and a white tee, which can be super casual but when paired with a sophisticated jacket it lifts the look into one that’s polished without being too fussy. Jeans have definitely become more accepted for events and relaxed workplaces, and when worked back with classic pieces it can easily be your go-to ensemble for those times you need to dress smart casual.

Great flats are essential for smart casual dressing which is why I am really loving my new Dior flats. They’re a classic shape, incorporate sleek details and as a bonus are super comfortable to be in all day. As for my accessories, a statement bag, with structure and extra finishes such as a chain strap or embellishments is the ideal option for elevating a look without being too overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your eyewear. These coloured Le Specs sunglasses add a modern touch, without compromising the overall vibe of my outfit.

Credits: Jacket, Carla Zampatti; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses (similar), Le Specs; Bag, Gucci; Shoes, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

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How to wear a suit in a modern way

15th October, 2018

I think every woman should own one great suit. They’re a staple in a corporate environment but the suit can extend beyond the office with the right accoutrements and silhouette. Suiting now works equally as well as a way to do day wear with extra polish or adopt a different silhouette from a traditional dress or skirt for big events. It’s had a major style rejuvenation and is definitely a key trend worth investing in.

Banish thoughts of the 80s power suit from your mind and instead think sleek, sophisticated and just a little bit sexy. Here’s how to nail suiting so it looks on point and super chic…

Invest in good tailoring

An ill-fitting suit is a big fashion no-no. If you’re going to wear a suit be sure to have it tailored absolutely perfectly to fit. If you need to, have the jacket taken in, have the pants taken up so the hem sits perfectly with your shoe to ensure the silhouette looks polished.

Think beyond the shirt

A classic button down shirt is, of course, always going to be a no-brainer pairing with a suit however by switching up what you wear underneath you can create a look with an entirely new vibe. You could opt for a turtleneck for a look that would work in a corporate environment but has a slightly more relaxed feel. There’s also the option of wearing a loose t-shirt a la The Gucci Shirt That’s Everywhere for a look with attitude or a bodysuit for an evening ensemble that looks sleek and sexy.

Be adventurous with silhouettes

There are so many different silhouettes when it comes to the suit these days. You could opt for a boyfriend blazer that’s a little more billowy and has a slightly tougher, more masculine feel to a tapered leg for a look that screams sleek. I also love a flared pant and a long length blazer for an outfit that has a slightly Jane Birkin vibe. And the suit I wore above, is another example of experimenting with silhouettes. The style is a little more relaxed, with its kimono style jacket and wide leg pants.

Keep shoes streamlined

When it comes to the suit the shoes you wear should be quite pared back. If you’re going to do a boot it needs to be an ankle boot that’s tapered to the leg, something like a sock boot is ideal. You don’t want anything too loose around the ankle as it can affect the fit of the suit and can look a little clunky. You could also opt for a sleek stiletto or if you want to wear flats a pair of pointy slides will work well. If you’re wearing a skirt suit like the one I’m wearing above, it works equally as well with boots as it does with heels and flats so it scores bonus points for versatility.

Embrace colour

A black, navy or grey suit has long been a workplace go-to but these days suiting is available in a rainbow of colours. Wearing a suit has never been so much fun! If you’re planning to wear a suit as day wear or to an occasion definitely consider dabbling in one in a vibrant shade for a look that’s bold and will stand out in a crowd.

What are your thoughts on the suit? Love or loathe?
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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

1st October, 2018

A brand new month calls for a fresh round of outfit inspiration. If you’ve been finding it tricky to battle the trans-seasonal weather at the moment then you’re not alone because I’ve found it hard to lock in my outfits too as temperatures keep going from winter one minute to spring then summer the next. On the bright side however it means I can experiment with a few of the cool weather pieces in my wardrobe that little bit longer. If you’re facing a looong week of trying to wade through what you might find to be a lacklustre wardrobe at the moment then never fear because there’s plenty of style ideas up ahead.

 

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Colourful sneakers

White sneakers are of course a wardrobe must but sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort zone a little. A pair of bright trainers will liven up any look.

 

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Just add stripes

A classic striped top is honestly one of the easiest things you can wear as it goes with virtually everything. It’s looking particularly chic in this incarnation when paired with a white skirt and a structured bag.

 

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All white everything

You can’t go wrong with all white, especially when you have the killer combination of stylish separates and accessories in the tone.

 

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Dress up denim

Denim shorts are a casual go-to but when they look so good dressed up, how can you resist? Pair your trusty cutoffs with a dressy top and dainty bag and you’ve instantly got an elevated look that maintains an effortless sensibility

 

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Give white shorts a go

If you’ve yet to discover how versatile a pair of white denim shorts in then you’re seriously missing out. Invest in a pair this summer and match them with a plain white tee and a blazer for a sophisticated look that’s got a relaxed appeal.

 

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Try a statement skirt

A skirt in a bold print is one of my favourite things at the moment simply because of how wearable and easy they are. Just pair one with your favourite tee, cami or sweater and you’ve got yourself a killer look.

 

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Have one striking top in your collection

Find an incredible, statement-making top this season and you’ve got yourself a shortcut to making everything else in your wardrobe whether it be a pair of pants or a skirt look amazing.

 

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Dabble in denim

If you live in denim pretty much all year round then be sure to find yourself a trusty denim skirt to cruise around in over the next few months. A great pencil skirt style like the one above or a classic A-line are both versatile options that will quickly become a fave.

 

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Tie it up

A scarf or bandana fashioned into a headband is the ideal way to keep cool whether you’re heading out for a day of errands or hanging out at the beach.

 

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Bow down

You may not have worn a bow in your hair since primary school but it’s time to break them out again. If you’re looking to turn an ordinary ponytail into something a little more chic, simply tie a bow around it and watch it go from so-so to stylish.

 

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Clash polished and casual

Sometimes it’s good to take two totally different styles and meld them together for a look that’s just a little different. Pair jeans and a tee with upmarket accessories for a look that’s modern with old school appeal.

 

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Turn up the colour

If you have traditionally shied away from a bright colour palette then it’s time to rethink that. Have some fun with colour this season! Think strong and vibrant colours that pop, for a look that perfectly reflects the fun, easy vibe of this time of year.

 

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What I Wore: Orange You Glad

25th September, 2018

Co-ordinated sets really are my new favourite shortcut to looking super polished. I loved this checked jacket and skirt by Hansen & Gretel for its 60s feel and Jackie Onassis vibes. Also the check and vibrant orange really make it pop and make a statement. A skirt suit is always a great go-to for work or play, and I for one can attest to how easy this particular look is to wear to the office, a function or to a special lunch.

I wanted the rest of my look to echo the polish of the suit so I knew I needed sophisticated accessories to add as finishing touches. As far as shoes went I knew I wanted something dressy but stilettos would have been too much so a great compromise was my new slingback Dior flats. It maintains the polished feel of the jacket and skirt without me looking just a little too dressed up. I maintained the 60s aesthetic by opting for a structured top handle bag in a complementary orange shade which really added a fun touch to the whole ensemble. And what better finishing touch than a pair of cat eye sunglasses which was also a reflection of the era.

Credits: Skirt, Hansen & Gretel (not out yet); Shirt, Hansen & Gretel (not out yet); Bag, Espie Roche; Shoes, Dior; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ash Larden

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6 ways with sunglasses

23rd September, 2018

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One of the quickest ways to update your look is with a pair of sunglasses. I never leave the house without a pair and have built up quite the collection simply because they’re one of my favourite accessories to finish off a look. My style goes from classic to retro cat-eye to an on-trend small frame style and I love mixing it up according to the outfit I’m wearing each day.

If you’re as enamoured with good eyewear as I am then never fear because this spring/summer we’re definitely spoilt for choice as far as sunnies go. There’s a style to suit every face shape, every style and every fashion whim. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour, shapes and over the top finishes as I think a pair of standout frames can really act as the full stop to any look. So whatever the outfit or occasion there’s definitely a pair of sunglasses that’s guaranteed to match perfectly.

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Round sunglasses have definitely cemented their comeback. If you want frames that are on trend yet can still easily work back with myriad outfits then try this shape. It’s worth trying on a few different round styles as some face shapes tend to suit a chunkier frame whereas some require a slightly more slimline style.

embellished cat eye sunglasses

Want to make a statement? Try a pair of embellished sunglasses. This jewelled pair is a great way to make your eyewear the focal point of an outfit. It’s the ideal style for those who love to be a little more adventurous with their accessories.

mirrored sunglasses

Mirrored glasses are popping up on every ‘it’ girl to fashion blogger this season and there’s a reason why —they work no matter what your style is. They give an outfit an edgy touch, but they’re also quite versatile, you can wear them with a slightly dressier blouse or worked back with a bikini at the beach.

cat eye sunglasses poppy delevingne

Poppy Delevingne wore these classic cat eye sunglasses at Paris Fashion Week and immediately sent them at the top of many women’s shopping lists! Every girl needs a pair of classic black sunglasses but a cat eye gives it a slightly retro feel. If black isn’t for you, this shape would also work in tortoiseshell or coloured frames.

rimless-rayban

Semi-rimless glasses a la this classic pair by Ray Ban are a great alternative to Wayfarers. They’re modern, work with virtually every face shape and are the ideal style for those who want something that’s right on trend.

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Who better to steal some style inspiration from than Vogue’s uber stylish fashion director Christine Centenera? These flat top sunglasses by Celine are a great way to update oversized sunnies. These frames are clean, simple and elegant and are the perfect style to take you through summer and beyond. There are plenty of brands doing this particular style so if you want a pair minus the designer price tag keep an eye out in your local chain stores are they’re guaranteed to be doing their own interpretations this season.