What I love about fashion at the moment is that there are so many different iterations of casual. Case in point: this white two-piece set by Hansen and Gretel. Whilst visions of an off duty look usually involve denim of some sort, I love the fact that this skirt and top combination is equally as comfortable but is just that little more polished. As an added bonus both can also be worn as separates with other pieces in my wardrobe which extends the wear of this set.
Who else loves the fact that sneakers are the go-to shoe for myriad occasions? Whilst the Chanel pair I’m wearing below are a little dressier than other sneakers I have in my closet, there’s no doubt that they are equally as comfortable. Plus I love the pink shades which soften the overall silhouette of the shoe.
For an on-the-go outfit, I like to incorporate a bag that allows me to go hands-free so I decided on my Prada bag with crossbody strap to pair with this particular look. I finished it off with white Emma Mulholland frames and layered statement necklaces—adding a stylish touch that’s understated and works for a relaxed look.
I’m well and truly in the midst of spring racing now which means I’ve got a packed calendar of events over the next few weeks. This weekend I attended the Colgate Optic White Stakes Day at Sydney’s Royal Randwick whose ‘splash of red’ dress code allowed me to embrace a classic look with some vibrant touches including a red hat and a bold lip.
It’s also been the week for some fun fashion! I went from a baby blue floral pants and blouse set one minute to earthy tones whilst shooting for Lexus at the dreamy Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley the next.
Long sleeved dresses are a chic staple that I think every woman should have in her wardrobe. The below Colovos dress is a great new addition to my closet and it’s proven itself to be ultra wearable, and so versatile too. I love the cosy feel of a rib dress, which ticks the a major box as I’m all about comfort dressing, but it also looks polished which makes it perfect for wearing to a variety of different occasions. What I do love about it however is the colour blocking pattern. The blue tones work great against each other and really add a striking touch. Whilst the handkerchief hem gives it an interesting silhouette.
I wanted to add some refined accessories to this outfit so opted for pieces that were sleek and simple. The top handle bag by The Daily Edited is big enough to house my essentials but small enough to look ultra polished and I love the fact that its shape is really modern. Whilst simple strappy shoes by Gianvito Rossi help finish off this ensemble, adding an elegant element that’s also right on trend.
We’ve officially welcomed spring and that means warmer days ahead! I love this time of year as it means it’s almost time to put into hibernation my winter woolies for another year and it’s time to embrace some easy breezy fashion. However it also means that we’re still poised to navigate the dreaded trans-seasonal weather up ahead so it’s time to bear in mind looks that will work for warm days and slightly cooler nights. With that in mind, here are a few stylish looks that are worth copying and pasting into your own wardrobe.
A crisp white shirt is a wardrobe must-have but it can sometimes seem a little too formal. So, why not dress it down a little by tying it up? Worn this way, it’s easily worn with everything from shorts to skirts.
Never underestimate the power of a striped shirt! You can utilise long sleeved shirts during trans-seasonal weather by pairing it with a skirt or lightweight pants for the ultimate in looks that will work through a range of temperatures.
Want an easy way to update any outfit? Invest in a straw/basket bag. It’s very of the moment and will work perfectly over the next few months of light dressing.
If you own a pair of strappy sandals this is one way to inject some new life into it. Try tying the straps around your pants for a fun way to give it some freshness.
Sequins during the day? Why not! This is a perfect example of how to work traditionally night time appropriate pieces and dress them down to wear during the day. Find your most fabulous dressy pieces, pair them with a tee and you’re set.
This is one way to wear a midriff top without flashing too much skin. Pair a cropped top with a pair of high waisted pants for a look that’s flattering and surprisingly elongating to the figure.
Embed this in your mental styling files as it’s another great trans-seasonal look. Pants and a long sleeved shirt worn back with slides is a polished autumn look that’s still weather appropriate.
A jumpsuit is such an easy outfit option, as much like a dress, you don’t have to worry about having to match tops and bottoms. Also the addition of a pair of high top trainers makes it an unexpected look that works dressy and casual.
Don’t pop your boots into storage just yet. A white top and denim cutoffs worn with boots is one way to dress up a casual look and give it a bit of an edge.
A knitted co-ord set is a great example of textural play at work. It looks dressy but is also lightweight enough to work through spring/summer. Plus you can easily wear both pieces as separates, increasing their versatility.
The bermuda short is back! If you’re after a bit more coverage this summer but also want to be bang on trend, incorporate one of these into your wardrobe.
A bit of double denim action is one way to wear this most versatile of fabrics. Plus the cropped denim jacket is a different way to wear one of my go-to pieces for this time of year.
Hamilton Island is one of the most beautiful places in the country so I was thrilled to be invited along with Luke to attend Hamilton Island Race Week (HIRW). The week long sailing regatta is always a lot of fun. The schedule is often filled with amazing events and activities to enjoy from dinners to live performances so I was looking forward to our time away. Plus escaping to a bit of gorgeous sunshine is always a welcome way to spend a few days.
One of the standout perks of attending HIRW is without a doubt being able to stay at Qualia. It is undeniably one of my favourite resorts ever. It’s picturesque, serene and an unbeatable location. We were invited to attend a few different events over the course of a few days, with each accompanying dress code differing greatly, so I had fun playing with a few looks ranging from resort casual to dramatic and moody. Here’s a recap of my island experience, one outfit at a time.
Private Lunch at Pebble Beach
It’s always lovely being able to catch up with friends at these big events. My friend Nadia Fairfax and I had absolutely wonderful time enjoying this lunch at Pebble Beach. This took place on our first day in Hamilton Island so I decided on something easy, breezy and beach appropriate. This jumpsuit by The Upside has an oversized silhouette which basically made it just about the comfiest thing I’ve ever worn! The deep V neckline gave it a little bit of an edgy touch and made it a little dressier.
Credits: Jumpsuit, The Upside; Sunglasses, Le Specs
The dress code for the Paspaley lunch was ‘elegant white’ so I wanted to wear something that was fresh yet still dressy. I love matching sets as event wear and this top and skirt by Camilla and Marc fit the bill. It had a flowy silhouette with a sheer effect which is perfect for a beach event, and I particularly loved the billowy sleeves of the top. I teamed it with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti heels to add a dressy touch, whilst a diminutive Louis Vuitton cylinder bag added a fun detail, particularly with its unexpected shape. I topped off my look with scallop edged Chloe sunglasses—a playful finishing detail but utilitarian too!
This was a beautiful dinner with young Australian artist Sophie Cape and art identity and gallery owner Tim Olsen. The dress code was dark earth tones so I opted for a dramatic black Zimmermann dress. If you can’t dial up the drama when it comes to an evening such as this when can you do it?The detail on the dress is gorgeous—from the blouson sleeves, to the lace and frilled neckline it certainly fit the bill for the evening. I paired this look with the same Giuseppe Zanotti heels I wore to the Paspaley lunch (I like to pack light!) and an elegant Louis Vuitton clutch.
Credits: Dress, Zimmermann; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti; Bag, Louis Vuitton
I’ve been after a skirt suit that’s sharp but not too dressy to take me through spring. I knew I wanted it to be the ideal go-to look for everything from a work meeting to an event so I was quite particular about the colour and shape. This neutral set by Camilla and Marc definitely fits the brief. The double breasted jacket with contrasting buttons is just the right vibe to be versatile whilst pairing it back with a skirt gives it a feminine feel.
Given the suit is quite pared back I decided to dial up the boldness of my accessories. I knew I wanted a statement bag with this ensemble so this logo Fendi tote was the ideal option. It’s just the right size to take me through the day and punchy enough with the classic Fendi Fs. I also like the fact it looks professional but still has a fashion forward feel.
When it comes to my shoes I decided on strappy Giuseppe Zanotti sandals with a crystal heel. The interesting heel really gives it a modern and glam touch. Whilst the final finishing touch was a pair of skinny Poppy Lissiman sunglasses. I found the thin profile really adds a contemporary feel to an otherwise classic look.
As you know I’m a huge fan of neutrals for their versatility and wearability. However every so often a neutral garment is elevated into something more by its finishing details. Case in point: this Fendi blazer. Not only is it a beautiful cut, the subtle white trim throughout gives it a dramatic touch, but the piece de resistance is the bow at the back. I love pieces that feature a statement back detail as generally it’s so unexpected. It’s a great element of surprise.
There’s no other better pairing with a blazer than a crisp white shirt. This smart button down number (also by Fendi) features a simple embroidered logo near the hip, which I think is a quirky touch that differentiates it. For this occasion, I decided to cut through the dressiness of my ensemble by pairing it with jeans. I think a touch of denim adds a relaxed vibe that is the perfect counterpoint to sleek, polished pieces.
I don’t usually go for matching pieces but I couldn’t resist the oversized tote in the same hues as my blazer. I like the inverse colour palette and the fact that it’s roomy enough to fit all my essentials and any extras that may pop up. Finishing off my look, are my black Aquazzura heels and slim Poppy Lissiman cat eye sunglasses.
We’re really spoilt for choice as far as suiting goes these days and I’m loving all the different silhouette variations I’ve been been seeing in my ongoing quest for the perfect suit. Whilst you can get everything from a relaxed suit to one that’s perfect for a dressy occasion, I tend to gravitate towards the styles that have a little personality, whether it’s a great print or an interesting cut. This suit by Bec and Bridge ticks both boxes. The checked pattern gives it a certain energy and vibrancy, whilst the flared, bell bottom pants give it a fun, 70s feel. I could easily see myself wearing this suit to an event or out to lunch with my friends or even a meeting, so it’s definitely a versatile addition to my wardrobe. Underneath I popped on a simple white ribbed top, complementing the hints of white on the suit.
Working with such a busy pattern, I wanted to let the suit take centre stage so opted for accessories that were a little more pared back whilst also staying within the colour palette of the check print to give my outfit some cohesion. I went for a black quilted Dior bag with chain strap and minimalist cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman. I always like to wear heels whenever I’m wearing a suit so I paired this particular look with Giuseppe Zanotti heels with the most amazing crystal covered heel—elegant but glam all at the same time.
Weekends are super important to me so everything is about comfort especially since I’m always on the go with my family. I also know that sometimes my work wardrobe can start encroaching into my weekend wardrobe so it can be nice to have pieces that are solely dedicated for relaxation. If you’re looking for stylish yet practical pieces to wear during your down time, make sure to add these to your shopping list…
I like to update my shoe wardrobe at the start of each season and a pair of great sandals is always at the top of my list when spring/summer comes around. These flats with metallic detailing add a touch of edge to an outfit and will definitely be perfect for a quick breakfast at your favourite café or running errands on a Sunday afternoon.
Cropped flared jeans
For those who want to add a bit of flair to their usual weekend wardrobe look no further than a pair of cropped flared jeans. Whether you opt for a simple black or a lighter shade of denim, you can easily pair them with a tee or singlet for an on trend look that’s oh-so easy.
Straight leg jeans
Skinny jeans will always have a place in our wardrobes but lately it seems jeans have been getting a little more relaxed in fit. Straight leg jeans have been having a moment and are quite flattering when cropped at the ankle and paired with a slightly more streamlined top.
If you’ve yet to add a pair of white kicks to your wardrobe then it’s high time you introduced them to your style repertoire. Not only are they the ideal footwear for a busy weekend they’re also really easy to pair back with everything from a dress to jeans and a tee, so they’re an easy go-to shoe option.
Moto leather jacket
The leather jacket is an easy cover up on weekends. I know I’ve always lived in mine as something I can throw on over a dress or jeans and a tee and know that I’ll look pulled together. It’s also the perfect piece to transition from day to evening wear so it’s definitely a purchase you’ll get plenty of wear out of.
You can’t beat a simple dress for ease of getting dressed as you simply have to throw it on and you’re ready to go. I’m a fan of the shift dress as it’s quite a polished silhouette and when in a neutral colour or simple pattern such as a trusty stripe it’s an outfit that’s easily paired with sandals or sneakers for the ultimate in laidback cool.
This is a slightly different option for outerwear that veers away from a cardi or coat but it’s oh-so versatile that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. Opt for a dark or neutral shade for maximum wear or alternatively have some fun with a printed or patchwork version to make your outfit stand out in a crowd.
When I’m off duty I’m all about comfort. I have to spend a lot of my working life getting dressed up so when it’s time to unwind, I like to ensure that whatever I’m wearing is easy and relaxed. Leisure wear is all about an unfussy silhouette which I love, but my style still maintains a polished feel no matter whether it’s for work or play so I always keep that in mind for any off duty looks. I like to know I can easily go from a day spent lounging at home to a quick trip to the shops without too much fuss. When it comes to dressing for comfort here are the rules I stick to….
Go for quality fabrics
To avoid looking dishevelled I make sure I buy basics in good quality fabrics. For example I love to wear beautiful cashmere knits or a great linen shirt just to make sure everything looks polished. If you are planning to wear these pieces regularly, investing in quality fabrics will make sure that they last longer. My favourite brands for leisure wear include Bassike and C&M as I find they make great relaxed pieces that are quite fashion forward at the same time.
Stick to a specific colour palette
I refine it down to neutrals such as black, white and grey when it comes to leisure wear. It’s easy to mix and match pieces with that colour scheme and straightforward is what you want when it comes to off duty style. That said, I’ll often add a pop of colour with a scarf or another accessory just to give the outfit a little injection of personality.
Sneakers are a key part of leisurewear (it also makes running after kids easier!)
Opt for dressier shoes
Your choice of footwear can often help dress up an otherwise casual look. For example I love slouchy, baggy pants with a drop crotch and when teamed with a pair of slides or loafers or a dressy pair of runners it looks considered and put together—but still super comfy.
Mix with quality accessories
If I’m wearing a really simple outfit such as slouchy pants with a tee, often the addition of certain accessories can help pull it together and dress it up a bit. A leather jacket or a handbag are easy additions that give it a touch more polish. By doing this I’m still comfortable but maintain a stylish vibe at the same time.