One of my favourite things about summer is being able to do relaxed, resort style dressing every day. While I love the laidback element of this, I also like to maintain a polished feel to my looks which is why co-ord sets are perfect. A matching set evokes a sleek and pulled together vibe and makes for an easy go-to when I’m looking for an outfit that’s easy and unfussy.
This crop and matching pants set is made of a gorgeous lightweight silk which makes it ideal for warm, balmy summer days. It also maintains a little edge to it which I like. I decided to pair this with a wide brimmed straw hat which offers the practical purpose of providing very necessary sun protection while also adding an elegant touch to my ensemble.
Whenever I’m in resort style mode I always like to keep my accessories quite simple and pared back. I stuck with some of my favourite classic jewellery options in this instance with my much beloved coin necklace and gold earrings and bangle rounding out my look.
A black dress is one of those things I can’t live without. It can be the cornerstone of many a look and is so versatile, wearable and has longevity. This Camilla and Marc dress is so effortless in its design—a sleek silhouette, simple yet interesting detailing and a flattering fit. It feels very modern while maintaining the eternally classic appeal that’s synonymous with the LBD.
The beauty with black dresses is that you can take them any direction you choose. You can dress them up to be something that feels quite formal or keep them casual with understated accessories. I love the freedom that that affords me and also it’s a great way to maintain a tight edit on pieces that I own as I can utilise one item in so many different ways.
I opted to keep this look quite sleek and simple. Worn with minimal jewellery and a relaxed hairstyle it evokes a polished vibe that doesn’t feel overly ‘done’. I can see myself wearing this look for many a work function or event but it also would be a quick go-to during my down time. And that chameleonic nature is what the LBD is all about.
Photography by Sophia Athas
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Dress: Faith Topstitch Twill Dress, Camilla and Marc
A silhouette I’m really loving this summer is a classic wrap dress with blouson sleeves. I’ve always found wrap dresses to be really flattering as they help accentuate the waist and and the v-neck is a neckline that works for virtually everyone. It’s a feminine style, that depending on the print and colour can be casual, dressy or somewhere in between. I particularly love the voluminous sleeves on this dress. Playful and fun, they help soften the overall feel of the dress.
This Kate Spade dress is a great go-to option this season as the colour palette is just made for long days spent enjoying the sunshine. Orange and pink is an unlikely colour combination that just works—the bright shades play nicely against each other while still holding their own.
I was going for a more polished vibe on this day so it was all about sleek accessories that helped elevate the dress. I opted for an orange structured bag as it worked with the similar tones in the dress and provided a strong contrast to the softer elements of the frock. A white heel is such a great shoe option to have in your closet because it’s so easy to work back with virtually everything. Case in point: the Tony Bianco shoes I’m wearing here which I’ve worn several times since I got them. Paired with cat eye frames, this is the ideal look for the a dressy lunch or an upcoming event.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
Credits: Dress, Kate Spade; Shoes, Tony Bianco; Bag, Espie Roche; Sunglasses, Vogue; Phone/Phone case, Huawei/ The Daily Edited.
When you need to liven up an outfit a statement shoe is always a great place to start. Killer shoes are like the full stop to any outfit: the perfect finish.
A slip dress is a summer staple but this goes to show that you can easily dress it up or down (and even take it into the cooler months with you). Adopt one in a striking print and it makes the perfect starting point to any look.
This is a prime example of how less is more when it comes to nailing stylish and polished dressing. An understated colour palette, pared back separates and a relaxed, elegant silhouette make this a blueprint for any time you want an elevated look.
Want to know the shortcut to a chic casual look? Channel your inner Parisian with a combination of stripes and denim. It’s a no-brainer and guaranteed to work every single time.
Sometimes it pays to dial up the drama, particularly if you’re having one of those days where you just need a quick fashion pick-me-up. A punchy red, a patterned shoe and edgy leather ensures you tell the world you mean business.
Denim shorts lovers will love the fact that you can take your summer go-to and instantly dress it up with the right accompanying pieces. Throw on your fave tee, top with a blazer and you’ve got an edgy look that’s still achingly cool.
Colour, colour, colour is always a great style mantra to have at this time of year as it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace bold, bright dressing. A delightful pink that pops worked back with simple pieces will ensure that you’re anything but a wallflower.
Sequins shouldn’t just be relegated for night time outings and party attire. You can definitely rock a sequinned piece during the day — just pair with classic staples such as a button down shirt and polished heels and you’re set.
There’s something quite special about unexpected detailing. Don’t forget that sometimes the best way to make a statement is when you’ve got your back turned! This oversized bow is oh-so sweet and just perfect paired with denim.
Suiting is alive and well and showing no signs of waning in popularity. The best thing about it by far is that you can do a suit any way you look. If the traditional silhouette isn’t your thing, look to rework it — in this instance culottes and a cropped jacket take the place of the classic long pant and jacket combination.
Repeat after me: neutrals aren’t boring. In fact, they can make for a striking look without having to do much at all. Wide leg pants, a cropped top and a hat with a metallic accent piece ensure this ensemble holds its own.
There’s something so gorgeous about cornflower blue, and in this instance working the hue in slightly different shades makes for a look that has cohesion but instantly feels elevated. Pair with crisp white and you’ve got yourself an eternally stylish combination.
Whoever said neutrals are boring never met a dress like this. This Camilla & Marc dress is a subdued hue but the sleek and elegant silhouette elevate it into something that can be worn throughout summer, making it the ideal look for warm days and balmy nights. The twisted halter neck design is sleek and adds a subtly sexy touch while the ruched back gives the dress an interesting feature but as a bonus, makes it ultra comfortable too. Also, I’m a fan of any dress with pockets (utilitarian and a great design feature) and the midi length is flattering and fun.
I wanted to wear toned down accessories with this look and something quite tonal too. So I opted for monogrammed Louis Vuitton ankle boots which has a subtle logo design so it doesn’t overwhelm the look, but a good boot helps ground the look. This look doesn’t call for fussy pieces so I went for a simple hat. Just the thing to complement this minimalist dress, and in the same colour family, it helps pull the entire look together.
I’m a firm believer that Aussie brands do summer clothing like no other. Our relaxed lifestyle really lends itself to inspiring plenty of designs that are just made for days spent enjoying the sun. One of the standout brands who do this so well is without a doubt, Zimmermann. I always find myself falling in love with so many things in every collection they do, and love how they always incorporate beautiful prints, intricate detailing and soft textural features into their clothes.
When I saw these shorts I could already see them becoming an integral part of my summer wardrobe. The 60s style print and the warm colour palette make them a definite cornerstone of any look. Also they work beautifully with neutrals as it really allows the shorts to pop. I wanted to add another statement piece to this look, but didn’t want to overwhelm my entire outfit, so this blouse was the perfect fit. The gorgeous silhouette with its mutton sleeves and the broderie anglaise are striking, but the crisp white allow it to still work back nicely with a colourful piece.
Accessorising this look was all about maintaining a simple and relaxed aesthetic. The white hat makes an elegant and practical addition to my look, while the straw bag and white slides maintain a resort vibe. Topped with white sunglasses that are in keeping with the 6os vibe of the shorts, this is one summer ensemble that’s going to have plenty of outings this season.
Printed dresses are a wardrobe staple of mine as they’re so wearable and a simple outfit that I can easily throw on without having to fuss around too much—perfect for a busy mum. Aje have been doing some really beautiful pieces of late, and this dress is no exception. I love the interesting greyscale check print which is bold and modern and something that allows the dress to stand out. Also a midi length is always flattering and something that I can wear both for off duty wear, in the office or to an event. One way I love to change up my fave dresses is by adding a belt. I popped a black Gucci statement belt over this dress to cinch in the waist and give it a little more structure, but as the style is so versatile, it’s definitely still great without it.
I decided on accessories that worked with the graphic feel of the dress. My Chanel cap toe flats in contrasting shades worked well against the grey and is just the thing to maintain a polished vibe but are shoes that I can also wear all day. I’ve also found that this dress can work back with so many different bag styles. Below I’ve paired it with a black Dior chain strap bag and also a roomy tote—I can change it up depending on what my day holds.
I love it when my favourite brands move into my local neighbourhood so i was so excited to check out the new Viktoria and Woods boutique in Mosman. The space is stunning and such a good place to spend time in for a spot of shopping—especially for popping things on your Christmas wish list!
I was so excited to check out what’s in store and immediately fell in love with this pink snakeskin co-ord set. The soft pink shade is just perfect for this time of year, while the print gives it a bit of edge and makes it ideal for events. The short sleeved wrap jacket with tie, worked back with the wide leg pants evoke an effortless vibe that is just made for summer, and worn together achieves a really striking effect.
This look was all about keeping it simple so I opted for the pared back accessories. I gravitated towards white accoutrements to pick up the white in the snakeskin print and gave the look some cohesion. The slip on mules and minimalist jewellery that included a necklace and drop earrings were the just the right finishing touches — understated yet able to stand out.
There’s something about contrasting prints that makes for a really strong look. It’s always a little unexpected and sometimes working really different prints against each other helps each one stand out a little more. This dress by Rebecca Vallance is a great example of this, working a fun spotted print with a floral collar. The midi length is just right to work the dress for different occasions, particularly a work event or party. Also the long sleeves mean it will be able to extend into the cooler months, ensuring it has a lot of longevity.
To keep the look polished, I opted for classic Tods leather loafers. The simple style makes it a comfortable shoe option for days when I’m on the go, and the ‘T’ logo plaque helps to elevate it into something a little more special. I wanted my bag to provide a contrast feature so I opted for a tan leather bag with top handle. The structured style has a classic vibe while being roomy enough to carry a day’s worth of essentials. A pair of fun triangular shaped frames is a more modern take on classic black sunnies and helped to add an interesting finishing touch to this look.
I always go through phases with my wardrobe but at the moment I’m gravitating towards bold prints as I find they’re such a great statement piece and will always lift any outfit. This top and shirt by Kate Sylvester is such a fun look— the playful print and bright hue is great for the wearing during the day for a polished casual vibe but it can easily be dressed up for the evening with the right shoes and accessories. Additionally as they’re separates I can easily work them with other pieces in my wardrobe giving them a different spin.
While it’s easy to dress this co-ord set up or down, I opted for a smart off duty look that could easily transition to lunch out or a meeting depending on where my day is taking me. I bought these white Gucci sandals last summer and have found them to be such a worthy investment. They go with virtually everything in my closet and are also really comfortable so are ideal for when I’m on the go. This Prada bag ticks the boxes in my book as it can be worn in different ways, either using the top handle or utilising the strap to go hands free. It’s also a great size for housing all my essentials around but not so big that it’s cumbersome to carry around. I can see myself coming back to this look time and time again and if there’s one thing that can never go astray it’s a failsafe outfit that’s guaranteed to always work.