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?
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.