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What I Wore: Date with Kate with Sabrina Carpenter

18th September, 2018

Date with Kates are always fun and a great excuse to pull out a new outfit. For my recent Date with Kate with Sabrina Carpenter, I wanted to go for something feminine and polished for our meeting at Sydney’s Hacienda. One look I’m really loving at the moment is layering slip dresses over a crisp white tee. I think this 90s inspired look is fresh and so easy to pull together. I wanted to add a formal element to the look so I opted to wear my Balmain blazer over the top.

I wanted to wear heels with this outfit but thought a stiletto would be too much so instead decided to pair it with my Balenciaga sock boots. The silhouette of the shoe is fitted and streamlined enough that it doesn’t look too bulky against the flowy nature of the dress, however it grounds the look at the same time.

As far as accessories go I wanted simple and classic so I decided that my Dior bag which with its structured shape and gold chain strap looks was the perfect addition the look. I’m still really into the small sunglasses trend and this pair by Poppy Lissiman is certainly getting quite the workout of late. I like the fact it manages to look both unfussy and dramatic all at the same time.

Credits: Blazer (similar), Balmain; Dress, Camilla & Marc; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Boots, Balenciaga; Clutch, Dior; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ash Larden

 

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What I Wore: Spot the difference

11th September, 2018

Polka dot prints are always such a great option when going for anything patterned as it’s such a classic print. An skirt suit is the ideal go-to when I want to look polished and professional, however when in a spotted print it looks more fresh and fun. This Hansen and Gretel blazer and skirt works beautifully together however I like the fact they can also stand on their own when worn separately. I could see myself wearing the jacket with jeans and pointed pumps whilst the skirt would look amazing with a simple white tee and sneakers.

I wanted to ground the outfit a little and think it needed more than a delicate heel so opted for my Balenciaga sock boots. They provided the height that I was after but added a little grit to the look at the same time. I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of my new Dior clutch recently as it’s just the right size and colour to wear with almost everything in my wardrobe whilst the handy chain strap makes it easy to transition it to a shoulder bag when necessary. I can’t go out without a pair of sunglasses handy and my trusty Poppy Lissiman frames were the perfect match for this look.

Credits: Blazer, Hansen & Gretel; Skirt, Hansen & Gretel; Clutch, Dior; Shoes, Balenciaga; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ash Larden

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal: the dress edition

10th September, 2018

I’m a big believer in the effortless wardrobe staple that is the dress. If I’m having one of those days where I don’t really want to have to think about pulling an outfit together I’ll often go for a dress as it requires minimal styling. I don’t have to worry about matching tops to bottoms and all I really have to do is pick out my shoes and accessories and I’m done. This spring/summer we’re going to be spoilt for choice as far as dresses go. From the sleek slip dress to dresses with statement sleeves or a relaxed, boho vibe there’s definitely a frock option to suit everyone. To get you inspired here are a few stylish Insta-options that you’ll definitely want to add to your fashion repertoire.

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This spotted wrap dress is perfection. Anything featuring a polka dot print is guaranteed to become a classic in your wardrobe.

A slinky slip dress is always a great go-to for day and night. The cowl neck on this style gives it a point of difference and the print gives it a touch of sweetness.

If you’re looking for a dress style that you’ll live in this summer this is it. The colour, the stripes, the ruffles all give it relaxed vibe.

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A maxi dress is one way to make an impact especially when it features a split and a super flattering cinched in waist.

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Broderie anglaise is always guaranteed to look chic and polished. When in a crisp white such as this dress it’s absolute heaven.

A classic white dress is a great option for warmer weather but add a splash of colour and it looks modern and fresh.

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A cute button down dress is an easy outfit for days where you might be heading from beach to bar – easy to pop on and off, you’ll be ready for cocktails in no time.

A simple midi dress is a handy option to have in your closet because it’s so easy to change it up. Pair it with a great blazer or denim jacket or a tied up shirt like the above outfit and you can instantly change the entire look and feel of it.

The great tie-up sleeves on this particular dress make it an ideal LBD—a streamlined style but with just a touch of interesting detail to make it stand out in a crowd.

I love the corset feature of this particular dress and how it’s perfectly balanced by the short balloon sleeves, giving it just the right amount of volume.

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A blazer dress is a business/party look all rolled into one. Love the polished meets sexy feel of this particular ensemble.

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A crisp white dress that borrows elements from a traditional kaftan make this one style that’s definitely work bookmarking for when temperatures start to rise.

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What I Wore: Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange

3rd September, 2018

I love designer collaborations that are stylish, affordable and classic. It’s always nice when you can buy something from a collection that’s not instantly identifiable as being from a particular collaboration and can just fit seamlessly into your wardrobe for a few seasons to come. This is why I fell in love with the new collaboration between Uniqlo and French designer Ines de la Fressange. The designs are the epitome of Parisian chic and even better is the fact they have a kids range too, and as expected with all things French, every piece feels timeless.

The launch of the collection was the perfect excuse for Sophia and I to have fun playing around with some pieces from the range recently. What I really liked is the fact that there were some beautiful understated prints like polka dot and houndstooth in both the children’s and the adult range and there were also some vibrant pieces that helped provide the perfect accent to each look.

Whilst I opted for some sweater and skirt combinations (which by the way is such a great shortcut to looking dressed up instantly) and a beautiful spotted dress, there are also lots of great pants and blouses to play with, not to mention a gorgeous selection of coats. I love the kids range because the designs were a little bit different to standard children’s wear. The cut, the look and feel and the finishing touches all looked decidedly French and had a really classic sensibility.

This was a great way to get a touch of Paris at home, and at a really great price point that makes it tempting to snap up the entire range!

Credits: All outfits Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange; Kate’s shoes, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Uniqlo

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What I Wore: Day to Night

28th August, 2018

There are pieces that I have in my wardrobe that are definitely more evening appropriate but that doesn’t mean that that should be their only purpose. Often looks that are for night events tend to be a little more expensive due to their style and construction, so to ensure that I’m able to make every fashion dollar stretch further I’ve taken to reworking them to be suitable for daywear. And it’s not at all hard or expensive to do.

One way I’ve been doing the night to day transformation recently is with the below Zimmermann top which is too pretty to relegate just for the evening so recently I’ve been teaming it with jeans to make it more suitable for casual wear. This is something that you can easily do with other pieces in your wardrobe. Often teaming something that’s a bit dressier with something more relaxed such as jeans can tone it down and make it appropriate for off duty style. I teamed this particular look back with a pair of slingback flats which are polished yet not too over the top for day and a mini crossbody bag. The end result was a laidback look but with just the right amount of polish.

If I were to wear the top at night though it’s a different story. In the evenings I tend to favour a look that’s a bit more feminine and formal. So in this instance I swapped the denim over for a midi skirt in a similar colour palette as the top. And switched out the casual crossbody bag for a structured clutch with a chain strap handle which definitely adds to the nighttime vibe. I’d also go for dressy heels and leave the flats at home. Overall what I was going for with this particular look was something that’s a little more sophisticated and dressed up, lifted up by chic accessories that have a modern feel.

I did the below transformations with just one top but you can do this with pretty much anything you’ve designated as ‘nighttime only’. All it takes is a few key choices that dial down it’s dressy feel for day, then swap it for elevated pairings at night and you’ve instantly got double the wear out of your wardrobe.

Credits: Daytime look: Top, Zimmermann; Jeans, Ksubi; Belt, Jimmy Choo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Shoes, Dior; Clutch, Ralph Lauren; Evening look: Top and Skirt, Zimmermann; Clutch, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

The Daytime Look

The Evening Look

 

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How to elevate work wear

27th August, 2018

Good or bad, our office attire is often one of the major things that people use to judge us in the workplace. So it goes without saying that there’s no harm in looking the part with a sleek, polished wardrobe that screams professional.

When I used to work a nine-to-five job I was always looking for ways I could rework my looks without having to splurge on something new all the time, as working as a fashion editor, it was almost written into my job description that I had to look on trend. Even now with a more varied schedule that takes me from my desk to a function to a shoot on any given day, I still try to maintain a certain level of polish whilst still incorporating elements of what’s trending at the moment; and that requires having to think strategically about what’s worth investing in. That said, trust me when I say that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a complete revamp. It’s all about identifying the key pieces that will take your workwear next-level. Here are a few staples that I think can elevate any look whether you work in a corporate environment or a creative space…

Statement bag

It’s pretty much a given that you’ll always have a work bag with you so given how heavily it features in your office wardrobe it pays to go for something that’s chic and classic, with some detail that helps give it a little personality. I find a tote or a structured top handle bag is always a safe bet but you could also try a shoulder bag with a longer strap if you’re not one to carry a lot of things on a day to day basis. Look for extra details such as a gorgeous clasp or handle style, metal hardware or a textured finish. This is one thing I’d recommend looking to buy the best quality you can afford given how often you’re wearing it.

Quality blazer

You’re guaranteed to get so much use out of a blazer as you can pop it on over a dress, wear it with a shirt and a skirt or pair it with slim pants, so once again go for one that is a good quality. Black is always a good choice as it can pretty much work back with anything but if you want a touch of colour a beautiful navy is another sophisticated choice.

Statement shoe

It’s a good idea to have a pair of really amazing work shoes in your collection. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pair of black pointed pumps. However if you want something a little different you could always try a slingback style for a shoe that’s on trend and guaranteed to get plenty of use.

Understated accessories

I’m all for bold accessories but work is one place where it’s a good idea to dial it down a notch. I don’t think you can go wrong with a pair of simple studs or a delicate necklace. If you’re a watch person, a beautiful timepiece is an outfit addition that will feel right at home in the workplace .

Quality staples

I don’t think you need to spend an absolute fortune on your work wardrobe but I would look to invest in the workhorses of your office looks. Pieces like a pair of black pants, a white button down shirt, an A-line or pencil skirt and a wool or cashmere sweater are all things that would be on high rotation so therefore it stands to reason that you’d invest a little more in them to ensure their longevity.

What are some of your favourite ways to elevate your work wardrobe?

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What I Wore: A True Classic

21st August, 2018

I’m a fan of trying new labels but I’m also loyal to enduring brands that produce classic pieces time and time again. A black suit has always been in style but the gorgeous tailoring of this jacket and pants by Brooks Brothers makes it a cut above. The tuxedo jacket is ideal for dressy events with the slim cut giving it a sophisticated and sexy feel whilst the pants are flattering and the ideal streamlined silhouette.

There are some styles that are the signature pieces of a brand and in Brooks Brothers case its their madras tie, non-iron shirt, navy blazer and the Oxford shirt I’m wearing below. In true testament to the longevity of a classic white shirt, the style was actually first released in 1900 and is still going strong today. Considering Brooks Brothers celebrated their 200th anniversary earlier this year it goes to show that when you get the design right, it can really last the test of time.

As the look was already so traditional I wanted to add a few modern touches punctuating the look. Small frame sunglasses add just the right amount of attitude whilst a bright pop of colour in the form of my Espie Roche bag added a little sunshine to my monochrome ensemble.

Credits: Jacket, Brooks Brothers; Pants, Brooks Brothers; Shirt, Brooks Brothers; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Clutch, Espie Roche

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Brooks Brothers

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What I Wore: Nine to Five

7th August, 2018

I’ve talked about my love of suiting before and it shows no signs of waning. I’m really starting to appreciate the appeal of a great suit. It really does impart a sense of confidence with its ‘I mean business’ vibe and it always looks polished no matter the occasion. Whilst I’ve been wearing pants suits a lot, I decided to change it up a little with this jacket and skirt by Camilla and Marc. It takes the traditional office suit and modernises it with the statement buttons on both pieces and the cinched in, double breasted style blazer. The mini also makes it look less corporate and a little more on trend whilst the white tee is a slightly more relaxed alternative to a button down shirt.

To help ground the outfit I chose to pair it with my favourite Balenciaga sock boots. I felt heels would be a little too delicate in this instance so opted for ankle boots help toughen up the look a little and give it a more fashion forward feel.

In keeping with the classic feel of this ensemble I chose to pair it with an oldie but a goodie—my black Chanel bag. It’s the kind of piece that’s been so great to have with my wardrobe as it can work back with virtually everything I own and really elevates any outfit. My Poppy Lissiman small frame sunglasses add a little edge and gives the whole look a truly modern feel.

Credits: Blazer, Camilla & Marc; Skirt, Camilla & Marc; Shirt, Uniqlo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, Chanel; Shoes, Balenciaga

Photography: Sophia Athas

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6 ways to wear a pleated skirt this week

4th August, 2018

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I’m quite fond of wearing skirts on days where I’m after a look that’s ultra feminine which is how I’ve stumbled across the versatility of a pleated skirt. They’re ultra wearable as they can be paired with so many different top styles whether it’s a t-shirt or a button down shirt or cami meaning you can create multiple looks out of one skirt.

A pleated skirt’s soft, floaty effect is offset by its crisp knife pleats which makes it ideal to dress up or down. It can be worn for a day at the office just as easily as a day out with the girls. A knee length or midi length skirt is flattering and can easily work back with heels, flats or sandals. This trend is understated and polished and is right on trend with this season’s feminine silhouettes.

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A pleated skirt in a fun vibrant hue can instantly give an outfit a striking point of difference. The bubble gum hue of this skirt works well with the more subdued colours of the rest of the outfit—the black crop top, bag, sunglasses and pointy pumps help balance the look.

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You can’t go wrong with anything in a crisp white – especially when you work it back with black. The Celine black trio bag and black textured top help add the finishing touches to this monochrome outfit.

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The more relaxed pleating on this skirt work well with the grid pattern and the grey hue. Adding a bright sunny yellow bag and block sandals give this 50s inspired look a modern edge.

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A pleated black skirt can be worn virtually a million and one ways. It’s a style staple. Team it with a crisp button down shirt and add a statement heel to take it from conservative to contemporary. You could also team it with a cami or a simple white tee and it would work equally as well.

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This is great outfit option for trans-seasonal dressing. Add a lightweight jumper and a pair of pumps for those days when the weather’s still slightly chilly. Working your skirt back with a top in the same tonal family helps give it a polished edge.

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You don’t always have to opt for a knee length or midi length skirt. A pleated maxi skirt in a neutral tone can work well as an alternative to a dress for an occasion that requires slightly more polish. Try adding interesting accessories such as a panama hat for more casual events.

Tell me—What do you think of the pleated skirt trend?

Photography: She Comes in Colours, Street Peeper, Just the Design, Pinterest, Clochet

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What I Wore: Bright and Bold

31st July, 2018

When you find statement pants this good how can you resist? I love the blue, white and red colour scheme of these Maggie Marilyn pants which is classic and vibrant whilst the striped pattern gives it some punch. Also vertical stripes elongate the body so bonus points for that!

I knew I wanted to work with one of the colours incorporated in the pants when it came to my top and this red tie-up cami also by Maggie Marilyn seemed the perfect pairing. I loved the sweet ribbon detail on the shoulder and the ruffle around the bust which help to give it a point of difference.

When your ensemble is so bold already I think it pays to keep your accessories quite streamlined and simple. My black Alaïa heels and helped to dress up the look whilst my Oroton navy bag with its chain shoulder strap and structure silhouette add a layer of understated simplicity, providing the perfect contrast to the colourful and strong vibe of the outfit.

Credits: Pants, Maggie Marilyn; Top, Maggie Marilyn; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Heels, Alaïa; Clutch, Oroton

Photography: Sophia Athas