I’m currently compiling a mental list of outfits I really want to wear once everything goes back to normal and this look is one of them. My current routine of home schooling, working from home and Netflix sessions doesn’t quite require this level of dressiness so until then, I’m remembering this shoot fondly.
This Camilla and Marc blazer-style mini dress is just the right balance of sophisticated and classic, but with a hint of playfulness that avoids it from feeling or looking too stuffy. It’s also such a versatile piece as it can easily be worn with bare legs but worked back with pants once temperatures drop. I love the textured finish from the fabrication to the detail on the pockets, and the contrasting buttons add a punchy element that allows the look to pop.
I wanted to wear simple accessories with this look and couldn’t go past my two-tone Chanel slingback flats. They’re a comfortable option for when I need a slightly more dressy shoe to go with my outfit and I’ve found them to go with so many different pieces in my wardrobe and can easily be worn with casual ensembles too. As the final finishing touch I opted for a sleek structured Gucci shoulder bag with a chain link feature. The colour makes it really versatile while the elegant design elevates it into something special.
Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Chanel; Bag, Gucci
Hello, autumn! The start of a brand new season is a great time to take stock of your wardrobe to see what pieces you need, and also how to refresh your look. The transition to cooler temperatures is the perfect opportunity to embrace textural pieces, layering and also working interesting accessories and punch colours into the mix. Let these looks inspire you…
Love this great mix of tailoring with something soft and feminine. Team a printed skirt with a great jacket or button down shirt and instantly change its look and feel.
Head to toe black doesn’t have to be boring. Incorporate texture such as leather and incorporate finishing interesting finishing touches such as a tie-up detail.
Navy and white is a great go-to colour combination for chic yet comfy lounge wear. Also they’re both pieces that can be incorporated within other looks making them so versatile.
We’re heading into coat season so why not invest in one that is the a vibrant shade to help elevate any winter look? It’s one of my favourite ways to really pull an outfit together and offset any moody colours, which often need a little lift.
I’m a huge fan of gorgeous (faux) fur coats during winter, because not only are they ridiculously warm, they’re also so easy to work back with pieces in my wardrobe. This is one way to do a casual, off duty ensemble while still incorporating the glam element of a gorgeous coat.
This a a great take on man style tailoring. Cinching in the ankles (a micro trend I’ve been seeing at the overseas shows) is such a great way to change up the silhouette of a pair of pants, and worn with a classic blouse and standout accessories, you have yourself a winning autumn/winter look.
Simplicity is always a great way to go when it comes to transseasonal dressing. Pair your favourite black jeans with punchy accessories in vibrant shades and pieces with a sleek, pared back silhouette and you’re guaranteed to have a winning outfit every time.
If you’ve not got a trench coat in your wardobe, you need to remedy that this season. Not only is a trench a forever staple, it is also one of the most wearable things you can own. Pop it on over any outfit and you will look polished and put together every time.
This outfit is a great lesson in mixing up textures to create a really strong look—and they’re all pieces that most people will have on hand. Denim teamed with textural pieces such as wool and suede will give a richness and depth to an outfit.
You can’t beat the elegance of an all white ensemble, especially when it comes to an off duty look. A chunky sweater and jeans, is the ideal look to cosy up in, while looking chic at the same time.
There are so many elements of this look to love. The colour-on-colour layering, the patterned jacket in a striking hue, the gorgeous heels… it makes for a great look for a night out or special event.
Where do I begin with this Zimmermann look? It’s really the stuff of sartorial daydreams, but then again I wouldn’t expect anything less from one of my favourite brands.
The gorgeous hue of both the shirt and shorts is the most delicate shade of pink and really gives this ensemble a feminine touch. However it never becomes overly saccharine, with the strong silhouette of the button down and shorts.
This set is further elevated by the little accents and finishing touches. The broderie anglaise detailing, the statement belt and the oversized cuffs with buttons bring it to life, giving it more depth.
When it came to adding the ideal final touch, I couldn’t go past a structured basket bag by Sparrows Weave. It’s got the ideal relaxed yet polished vibe to perfectly complement such a pretty set, and also adds some great texture to my entire look.
It’s always so exciting to work with brands that I really love and Seed Heritage is a constant in mine and my daughters’ wardrobes. So it was fantastic to be able to host the preview of their new autumn/winter range held at Sydney’s The Apollo restaurant (which is also one of my fave dining spots — check out the others on the list here).
Having been lucky enough to check out the collection, be prepared for all things tonal this season. I wore a look from the brand that incorporated warm, chocolate tones and it had me immediately wanting to start snapping up more pieces in that colour palette. The great thing about wearing shades in a similar colour family is that it ties your whole look together and also adds some interesting depth with the play on graduating shades.
I often turn to Seed as they have contemporary pieces that have a classic feel. I loved this caramel coloured A-line leather skirt with the below the knee hemline as it looked polished when worn with dressy pieces, but could also be dressed down with more casual staples. I decided to team it with a beige sleeveless turtleneck and a chocolate hued mules (which as a side note featured a block heel which made them super comfy to be in for hours). Overall the look was definitely in autumn/winter territory with the slightly more muted but warm colour palette, but if this is anything to go by, I definitely can’t wait to start working on the rest of my new season wardrobe.
There are some dresses which evoke playfulness and fun and this Aje number is definitely one of them. The bubblegum pink shade makes a bold statement, while maintaining a carefree youthfulness. The silhouette of the dress with its subtle cut-out and the balloon sleeves help give it a pretty, feminine feel. But my favourite feature would have to be the oversized stitching detail. It really helps to add another dimension to the dress and gives it a unique point of difference.
Given the look and feel of the dress, with its softer details and shape, I wanted to incorporate some stronger accessories into the mix. I opted for a structured Bottega Veneta clutch in a great metallic pink shade. While I couldn’t resist pairing the dress with my mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta. They’re a modern style, and adds an on trend element to my ensemble.
If there’s bold florals and a vibrant shade of pink, I’m there! This is the kind of ultra feminine dress that’s all kinds of fun to wear, not only because of it’s larger-than-life pink colour but also the finishing touches. Bec and Bridge certainly know how to produce a showstopper of a dress and this number is no exception with its puff sleeves, ultra flattering ruching and pretty sweetheart neckline. I’ve got this particular beauty bookmarked for event dressing, simply because it makes such a statement.
I wanted to continue the pink throughout the rest of my look so I opted for this metallic pink by Bottega Veneta. I always like to add unique pieces to my looks and loved the great hue and the geometric, fashion forward shape. It’s the ideal contrast piece to the softer, feminine feel of the dress. Meanwhile mesh heels, also by Bottega Veneta add another bold element while adding an on trend accoutrement to my look.
Now that school holidays are over it’s time to officially get back into work mode. I wanted to set the tone for the year with a new office look and couldn’t go past classic black and white.
I’ve always been a fan of monochrome outfits, particularly for work because they’re always guaranteed to look polished and professional. Of course working in fashion allows me to play with cuts and silhouettes a little more than a corporate setting and loved that this Bec and Bridge look had a modern sensibility but maintained the sharp, sophisticated feel of a black and white colour palette.
The beauty of these pieces is that while they work beautifully together I can easily pair them with other pieces already in my wardrobe. I can easily dress the skirt down with a tee, while the shirt could go with denim. I love plenty of versatility when it comes to any new additions to my closet.
I decided to stick the the same colour palette with my accessories. So white pumps by Bottega Veneta and simple black sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman were the perfect complementary additions to this ensemble. Now, I’m officially ready to throw myself into a busy new work year!
As we head into the official last month of summer, it’s the perfect time to start considering pieces for autumn. And while the weather is definitely still warm enough to keep our summery pieces out for a little longer, it’s a good idea to start thinking of outfits in preparation for when the weather cools down. Keep scrolling for inspo for now, while bookmarking a few looks for later…
Casual dressing takes on an edgy feel with relaxed pieces worked back with a statement piece. A touch of animal print lifts this look while a tee and sandals make for the ideal low-key pairing.
A long sleeved maxi dress is the ideal transseasonal piece making it a great piece to wear now and wear later. Pop on a cardi or jacket when the weather cools down while still staying cool during the day.
Play with volume this season as an easy way to change the look and feel of existing outfits in your wardrobe. A top with a great statement sleeve is one way to rework an ensemble.
If your jeans are feeling a bit tired consider experimenting with the silhouettes that you pair with it. In this instance a top with a power shoulder instantly reinvigorates the look and feel of skinny denim.
Speaking of jeans, don’t forget about how chic a wide legged style can be. What you can pair with it is endless—a cute jumper, a simple tee or button down shirt can all be worn with this cut. Pop on some great accessories and you’re set.
Don’t forget that blazers are a forever wardrobe staple. If however your current collection is in need of a revamp, consider a more cutting edge style like the one above. The two tone colour palette and strong shoulder give it a distinctly modern feel.
Don’t be afraid to layer textures and prints. Leather worn back with tweed and silk make for a truly luxe ensemble. Adding a pop of colour via animal print heels is just perfection.
Jeans and a striped tee should be a go-to in any woman’s wardrobe because of its sheer simplicity and oh-so chic feel. Whether you wear it with a punchy coloured blazer or a classic trench, this is one combination that will never fail you.
Sometimes keeping it simple is really the only way to make an impact. This pared back dress with elegant finishes touches is the kind of style that can be worn in so many different ways. Accessories in rich tones complete the whole look.
Extend the wear of long sleeved dressed into autumn (and even winter) by pairing with boots. In the meantime, enjoy wearing it with beautiful sandals or heels.
If you’re scared of being swamped by a tailored wide legged pant, this is a prime example of how you can still elongate your frame and create a cinched in waist. A knotted shirt is subtly sexy but maintains its classic feel. If you don’t want to bare skin, simply pop on a white singlet underneath.
Tailored pieces in earthy tones look modern and classic at the same time. You could switch the turtleneck for a cami or tee now and go for a long sleeved option later.
Prints are always a fun way to make a statement and this orange paisley print dress by Zimmermann is fresh and vibrant, making it the ideal option for a strong summer look—or simply if you’re in the mood to really have some fun with colour.
I love the pretty details on this dress, from the blouson sleeves with elasticated cuffs to the row of knot-ties on the front and the subtle cut-outs, it elevates a simple A-line silhouette into something more.
I didn’t want the rest of my look competing with the dress, making it look too busy so I opted for classic white accessories. A pair of Gucci thongs and a structured mini bag by Strathberry added elegant touches while my Poppy Lissiman sunglasses added a bold element that helped offset the ultra feminine feel of the rest of my ensemble.
When I think of Aussie style, it’s often synonymous with words like effortless, relaxed and understated. We often do resort style dressing beautifully, cultivating a look that works with our laidback lifestyle. That doesn’t mean we don’t do fashion that’s modern, fashion forward and polished. The wonderful thing about Australian fashion is that it’s also a scene that allows for plenty of room to explore overseas trends while giving a distinctly local vibe. So what better time than Australia Day to shine a light on the homegrown women who have wardrobes to die for.
As the fashion director of Vogue Australia and co-founder of Wardrobe NYC, Christine Centenera has the kind of innate style that demands attention. Favouring sleek, fashion forward pieces incorporating minimalist accessories with edge, she never fails to deliver outfits that are intriguing and just a little envy inducing.
Lara Worthington’s style has evolved over the years from beach girl to glam and now into its current minimalist iteration, which works for her like a dream. Simple, streamlined cuts, muted colour palettes and the occasional print all work together to produce a wardrobe that’s oh-so effortless and inspires at every turn.
As a an influencer and founder of beauty brand Elle Effect, Elle Ferguson has the kind of boho meets beach style (always perfectly accessorised with beachy waves and golden glow) that perfectly encapsulates the vibe that Australia is known for. With a penchant for natural textures, pieces with an edge and stunning designer accessories, her style is one that’s coveted with every outfit she wear.
Nicole Warne Shadbolt
From fronting major fashion magazines to her exquisite custom Valentino wedding dress and on point style at every major fashion event she attends, there’s no doubt that Nicole Warne Shadbolt has style in spades. And with her recent announcement that she’s expecting her first child, prepare for amazing maternity style like you’ve never seen before.
Mama-to-be Jesinta Franklin often favours cutting edge pieces while maintaining a feminine vibe and that aesthetic hasn’t waned at all throughout her pregnancy. She’s not afraid to push boundaries and often embraces vibrant hues, unique silhouettes and bold accessories that all work together to create a strong look that’s made for serious #ootd inspo.
Founder of Chronicles of Her, fashion blogger Carmen Hamilton has a style that’s polished but adds edge and grittiness with fashion forward silhouettes and striking accessories sprinkled with gorgeous textures and the occasional print. She has the kind of style that you just can’t help but be intrigued by what she’s wearing.
As a close friend of Nadia’s I’ve always loved her wardrobe and playful approach to style. Favouring prints, vibrant colours and beautiful feminine tailoring, her aesthetic is the epitome of what can happen when you have an approach to dressing that’s not afraid to have fun.
Deborah Symond ONeil
There’s a distinctly feminine approach to Mode Sportif founder Deborah Symond ONeil’s wardrobe. With a love of pretty prints, beautiful detailing such as frills and ruching and playful accessories, her wardrobe is one that’s always polished and perfectly pulled together.
As a bonafide Hollywood celeb, Chanel ambassador and glossy magazine fave, Margot Robbie often never puts a foot wrong. She’s also a style chameleon. She can go from edgy one minute to ultra feminine the next without skipping a beat. And in her down time, she lets her laidback Aussie roots shine through favouring relaxed pieces that inject her off duty looks with plenty of personality.
Camilla Freeman Topper
As the creative director of one of my favourite Australian brands, Camilla and Marc, it’s no surprise that Camilla Freeman Topper just oozes style. With a discerning eye, she curates a wardrobe that’s unique, modern and adventurous all at the same time without ever looking anything but polished. An apt description for the brand she helms wouldn’t you say?