A chilly family day out at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on the weekend required having to rug up, so it was the perfect opportunity to snuggle up in this Rebecca Vallance checked coat. Whenever I’m opting for quite a simple outfit, I like to incorporate a statement piece to elevate it and give it a little extra personality. The print on this coat is quite striking so it was the perfect thing to pair back with the classic combination of jeans and a white top.
When I’m after an outfit that’s guaranteed to work I always opt for tried and tested formulas, in this case denim worked back with a white skivvy. This has become a go-to combination of mine during winter and when classic Levis are in the mix, it’s a time honoured fashion combination that forms the foundation for many a look in my wardrobe.
A big day of walking around is all about comfy shoes and these sneakers by D.O.F definitely ticked that box without scrimping on style. I particularly love the athletic vibe of these shoes and the fact it still has a sleek and stylish sensibility. As the final piece of this outfit puzzle, I went with white sunglasses to add a modern finishing touch, and help tie the entire look together.
Pops of colour are one of my shortcuts to lifting my mood and also injecting a little energy into an outfit. This candy pink longline blazer by Aje is one such piece as the colour just screams fun. I love this particular look as it maintains an element of polish but still has a relaxed, playful sensibility to it. I’ve always found blazers to be a great way to lift a pair of casual jeans, and this particular combination, paired with boyfriend style Camilla and Marc denim strikes the right note for a work look or lunch with friends.
I opted to wear the blazer cinched in at the waist with a belt so I could wear it as a top as opposed to a jacket. It’s one way to really increase the versatility of a piece and gives a blazer a slightly different look and feel.
With such a striking colour already in play I wanted to keep the rest of my accessories quite pared back. In this instance simple monochrome Chanel flats help give this look an elevated feel without looking overdone.
Matching sets have always been one of my shortcuts to looking put together and this Aje look definitely fits the bill. The rich raspberry shade is a great colour to wear when I feel the need for a little sartorial pick-me-up—there’s just something about bright shades that bring a vibrant energy to an outfit. This jacket and skirt can also be worn separately, making it a great cost per wear purchase. It could easily pair back with everything from a white shirt to denim, and is a fun option for wearing out to lunch out or if you want a slightly dressier option for a work from home look.
Adding dressy accessories to an outfit with a more casual vibe helps to achieve balance, and can make an ensemble more of a multipurpose look. I’ve lived in these Chanel flats for months now, as they’re comfy for wearing during the day, but have a polished vibe to them making it a great go-to shoe. While this white Bulgari bag, adds a polished element, and makes a day look feel that little more luxe.
I’ve always loved the quintessential British label, Burberry. While they’re most well known for their iconic trench coats, I’ve always been a fan of their ready-to-wear and accessories collection. There’s something quite classic and simultaneously cool about their aesthetic.
I immediately gravitated towards this shirt dress by the brand, which for me, ticks all the boxes. The autumnal rust-coloured hue is striking without being over the top, and manages to subtly make a statement. The beautiful design features also help complete with look. With its nod to the trench coat, featuring the storm flap at the shoulder and the raglan sleeves, it’s a great nod to the roots of the brand.
The bag, also by Burberry adds a touch of fun to the look. The circular shape is a little bit quirky and different and I love the bold typography and the nod to the logomania trend. It’s the kind of accessory that has the ability to lift any outfit and is something that I know I’ll be able to use to accentuate any outfit.
I wanted to keep it classic and simple with my shoes as the rest of the look was already so strong. I didn’t really want to take away from it with anything too over the top, and you can’t really go wrong with Chanel flats. I’ve worn these shoes so much and can attest to their versatility—definitely worth the cost per wear.
One of the things I’ve always invested in when it comes to my wardrobe is quality bags. I wear them so often and are such a key accessory to every look that I will largely save up for designer pieces and splurge on them occasionally as opposed to buying lots of pieces here and there that might not have such longevity. The construction and materials used in a designer bag ensure they’re incredibly well made which means I will have them for many many years to come.
I’ve got a few favourite brands that I always come back to but I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Bulgari’s Serpenti bags. The classic style is a great size for carrying my daily essentials and the structured design guarantees it always looks polished. One of my favourite parts is the serpent clasp. It’s a statement feature and so iconic that it really makes the bag. I was a bit daring with this option and went for white which while it requires a bit more care really does go with virtually everything in my closet. I also really like the double chain straps which adds an elegant touch.
To ensure that any designer purchases I make go the distance I always opt for permanent features of a particular brand’s range and this design has been a constant. I highly recommend this as a buying strategy as it ensures that a bag doesn’t look dated, which is what can happen with designs that are tied to a particular season. And really who wouldn’t want a beautiful bag that lasts a lifetime?
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.