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My year in outfits

31st December, 2018

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of another year. I’ve been so lucky to have had so many great events, work commitments and holidays throughout 2018 and as a result had have the opportunity to wear some truly amazing looks. From this Steven Khalil ball gown at the NGV Gala to this a crisp white Rebecca Vallance look watching the ballet on the beach at Qualia Resort and my favourite time of year—Melbourne Cup it’s been an awesome 12 months for fashion. Here’s to an exciting, eventful and stylish 2019 for everyone!

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What I Wore: Island Getaway

19th December, 2018

During our recent trip to Hawaii, I packed a wardrobe that was light and perfect for the heat but also incorporated lots of fun, vibrant pieces. These lightweight silk Tory Burch pants were perfect for wearing during the day but when paired with a dressy top and heels at night it made for a great outfit for dinner. I loved the print and the punchy colours which were perfectly in keeping with the easy and relaxed vibe of my whole holiday wardrobe.

I paired these pants with the two-piece black Tory Burch swimsuit I had for a day of checking out the local sights. The bandeau top served the dual purpose of being a crop top but it also meant I had a swimsuit ready to go in case I wanted to go for a quick dip during one of our walks.

When it came to my accessories I wanted to stick to natural textures and this straw We Are Poolside bag had a real tropical feel to it. It was just the perfect size for carrying my essentials (wallet, hotel key, sunglasses and the like) and also came with a detachable strap in case I wanted to go hands-free (which I often did with the girls in two). My gold Aquazzura sandals were comfortable enough to walk in all day but added a glam touch to the rest of my look. And what’s a beach holiday without a great pair of sunglasses. I’ve been wearing these small-frame cat eye sunglasses by Poppy Lissiman to death as I love their modern, slightly futuristic vibe.

Credits: Pants, Tory Burch; Top, Tory Burch; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, We Are Poolside, Sandals, Aquazzura

This post was produced in collaboration with Tory Burch

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

10th December, 2018

In the flurry of events and general busyness at this time of year, it’s easy to be faced with one style crisis after another. After all, having to think of ways to keep your wardrobe fresh is probably the last thing on your to-do list. So what to do? Well it pays to have a big dose of fashion inspo at your fingertips—just keep scrolling for new outfit ideas a plenty.

 

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All-white looks

There’s no doubt that an all-white look is made for this time of year. It looks fresh and is the ideal go-to when you want to look chic but really can’t be bothered having to tinker with colour combinations. Add natural accessories for a dream pairing.

 

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Go casual with a dressy skirt

A beautiful printed skirt worked back with a pair of crisp white sneakers is an effortless look that’s an ideal style shortcut on days where you’re struggling with what to wear.

 

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Belt it up

Cinch in a blazer with a belt bag for the ultimate in on-trend looks this season.

 

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Dress up overalls

Fans of overalls can give this look a go for a different take on this casual piece. Elevate your favourite pair by teaming them with a white button down and a cute headband.

 

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Add a scarf

It’s an oldie but a goodie but using a scarf as a hair accessory is still as adorable and chic as ever. Plus let’s face it, it doesn’t get more simple than tying a scarf around your hair for the ultimate in resort wear looks.

 

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Simple and chic

This is one of those simple outfit formulas that’s always guaranteed to work. High waisted pants, a tee and statement shoes are a stylish pairing.

 

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Easy breezy fabrics

Lightweight fabrics such as linen (especially in a co-ord set) is the ideal outfit for long, balmy days enjoying the sun.

 

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Go wide

A pair of wide leg pants worked back with a tee and heels is a great outfit combination for a more casual office environment. Swap the heels for a pair of slides and you’ve got a winning look for your next BBQ or picnic.

 

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Work with volume

A voluminous top worked back with a pair of streamlined bottoms such as denim cut-offs makes for an achingly cool bohemian look.

 

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Go print crazy

A standout print is always a good idea in summer where fashion is all about having fun. The colour of this co-ord set is also made for this time of year.

 

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Adopt bold accessories

You can easily dress up an existing dress in your wardrobe by working it back with striking accessories. A bag with bold finishes and a standout jacket are both additions worth trying.

 

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Go for a jumpsuit

A boiler suit is one of the emerging trends to look out for. It’s also the ideal option for those times when you want a no-fuss, I-need-to-walk-out-the-door-now look.

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What I Wore: Stark Contrasts

13th November, 2018

One of the things that I’ve found to be quite a versatile piece in my wardrobe is a statement top. Whilst there are some things that are just way too bold to achieve true versatility, I think there are definitely some elevated pieces that can still be styled in multiple ways. This cream Zimmermann top is one of them. With the elegant draping and dramatic sleeves it definitely has impact but I think the neutral tone means it can be easily paired with numerous colours and everything from a skirt to tailored pants and denim. For this outing I decided to pair it with a textured Isabel Marant tulip skirt with a metallic sheen. I think the futuristic vibe of the skirt provides the perfect contrast to the classic Victorian feel of the blouse.

As I was already working with some strong silhouettes in my outfit I kept my accessories quite streamlined and simple. My new go-to Dior bag and Balenciaga sock boots were the ideal finishing touches. A structured bag works well to contrast the fluid, and slighter softer textures of the blouse and skirt, whilst wearing boots instead of heels helped ground the look. Overall it was great to be able to work with contrasting pieces and find a way to give them some cohesion without losing their individuality.

Credits: Blouse, Zimmerman; Skirt, Isabel Marant; Clutch, Dior; Boots, Balenciaga

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: 2018 Stakes Day

10th November, 2018

Of all the days in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stakes Day is the most relaxed so I wanted to change things up a bit and veer away from dress territory. I couldn’t resist these pastel yellow pants and dramatic top by Jacquemus. The colour is fun and vibrant — perfect for a spring racing event. The top with its asymmetric silhouette and statement tie also adds a touch of drama to the look.

I was immediately sold when I saw these Ferragamo heels, most especially the gold column heel which adds a glamorous detail to such an understated design. In keeping with the trend for all things raffia, I opted for this Miu Miu clutch which has a light, summery feel and provided the perfect complementary accessory to the suit.

With such a strong outfit, I wanted to add some slightly softer pieces when it came to my jewellery. The pendant and bracelet from Chaumet features an adorable bow design, whilst the ring (which I also wore to Melbourne Cup) features a sweet floral design, all pieces that I think add a distinctly feminine, yet still understated feel to my look. To top off my look I went for a simple black straw hat by Nerida Winter—a sleek design that was the perfect finishing touch.

Credits: Pants & Top, Jacquemus; Bag, Miu Miu; Shoes (in black), Ferragamo; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

5th November, 2018

In the craziness of spring racing of late, I’ve needed to look for a bit of fashion inspo for my  everyday looks. When you’re caught up in a whirlwind of fascinators and Cup Day looks and deciding what look goes with which dress code, it can be easy to forget that yes, your regular wardrobe needs a bit of love too. And now that we’re finally transitioning into warmer weather in Sydney I’ve had to rethink my looks a little. I can finally start moving into dresses and sandals territory and put my jumpers and coats into hibernation. If you’re in the same trans-seasonal boat then you’ve come to the right place, because coming up are style ideas a plenty.

 

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Do a one colour look

Whilst colourful looks are great there’s something impactful about wearing one shade throughout. Look for lighter tones which are softer and easier to work with.

 

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Rock an animal print skirt

You may be familiar with this silk leopard print Realisation Par midi skirt which is everywhere at the moment and for good reason: it’s such a wearable piece. Paired with a simple white tee and sneakers or sandals this will quickly become an outfit go-to over summer. There are plenty of options available of this style so definitely consider adding it to your wardrobe this season.

 

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Do a shorts suit

A suit is definitely one of the key trends right now so try adopting this warm weather take on it. A pair of tailored shorts with a lightweight blazer makes for a polished look that’s also directional.

 

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Cropped jeans with mules

It’s a simple pairing but it’s so good. Team your favourite pair of cropped jeans with a pair of coloured mules and you have a fresh look for summer.

 

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Try a pinstripe blazer

A black blazer is a no-brainer but if you’re looking for a new take on it then consider a navy pinstripe blazer. This take on man-style suiting works brilliantly with jeans and a white tee for a look that’s understated and chic.

 

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Tap into a cream and white colour palette

Summer is all about light and breezy fashion so what better colour combination than white and cream? Linen and a white tee is a dream pairing. Add a pair of white sandals and earthy accessories and you’re ready to roll.

 

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Layer your dresses with a white shirt

A white tee is a great option for wearing under a dress so work off the same principle but sub in a white shirt instead. It looks modern and fresh and is so easy to do with existing pieces in your closet.

 

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Add statement earrings

It’s an oldie but a goodie because it works. Channel your inner Real Housewife and go for a pair of knockout earrings to instantly elevate an outfit.

 

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Invest in tan sandals or slides

If there’s one thing that will get a decent workout through the warmer months it’s a pair of tan sandals or slides. The colour is so wearable and will work with virtually every outfit in your closet.

 

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Carry a structured bag

There’s a big trend towards structured boxy bags and they’re perfect for adding a ladylike touch to even the most casual of outfits. Try one in a cute pastel to add a sweet element to your look.

 

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Belt it up

For an on trend hands-free look then why not invest in a belt bag? Try pairing it with an unexpected outfit such as a suit for a look that says you’re  ahead of the curve.

 

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Fun print with white sneakers

Don’t put your fave sneakers into winter hibernation. Team them with a printed dress for a look that’s stylish and oh-so easy. A great shortcut on those days when you’re dealing with an ‘I have nothing to wear’ situation.

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What I Wore: Textural Play

30th October, 2018

Whenever I head to Melbourne I always make sure to pack a few warm weather options as I never know what the weather will be like. This new Miranda Dunn faux fur coat is one such thing. It’s super cosy and is made of the softest fur — it feels like I’ve just popped out with my favourite blanket when I’m wearing it. I’ve also found it easy to pair back with myriad looks in my closet, but my current fave is wearing it with jeans and a crisp white tee. It’s casual yet elegant and is a great go-to for when I’m looking for comfort and want to maintain an element of polish.

I didn’t want any of my other accessories competing with the fur coat, but I did want to add a little colour for interest so opted for my Goyard tote. The burgundy shade works easily with cream coat and as a bonus it’s also super roomy, so it’s great for carrying on days when I’m out and about and need to take everything from my laptop to my kids’ essentials. As for my shoes, being comfortable is paramount so I couldn’t think of a better option than my Dior slingback flats. They’re sophisticated and sleek, but are also ideal for long days where a flat is a must. Paired with classic Celine frames, this look is the ideal runaround outfit with a classic finishing touches.

Credits: Coat, Miranda Dunn; Shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans (similar), Camilla & Marc; Shoes, Dior; Bag (similar), Goyard (personalised bags also available from The Daily Edited); Sunglasses, Celine

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What I Wore: Smart Casual

16th October, 2018

Whenever I see the dress code smart casual it always gives me cause for pause as I’m trying to rack my brain of what I have in my wardrobe that fits the bill. Ultimately I think it’s all about working off duty style whilst still maintaining an element of polish. It’s about marrying the best of both worlds and merging casual pieces with elevated staples.

This Carla Zampatti jacket is one such piece that is right at home when worn back with dressy separates, but I can still pair it with denim and have it look cohesive. One of my favourite combinations is jeans and a white tee, which can be super casual but when paired with a sophisticated jacket it lifts the look into one that’s polished without being too fussy. Jeans have definitely become more accepted for events and relaxed workplaces, and when worked back with classic pieces it can easily be your go-to ensemble for those times you need to dress smart casual.

Great flats are essential for smart casual dressing which is why I am really loving my new Dior flats. They’re a classic shape, incorporate sleek details and as a bonus are super comfortable to be in all day. As for my accessories, a statement bag, with structure and extra finishes such as a chain strap or embellishments is the ideal option for elevating a look without being too overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your eyewear. These coloured Le Specs sunglasses add a modern touch, without compromising the overall vibe of my outfit.

Credits: Jacket, Carla Zampatti; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses (similar), Le Specs; Bag, Gucci; Shoes, Dior

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How to wear a suit in a modern way

15th October, 2018

I think every woman should own one great suit. They’re a staple in a corporate environment but the suit can extend beyond the office with the right accoutrements and silhouette. Suiting now works equally as well as a way to do day wear with extra polish or adopt a different silhouette from a traditional dress or skirt for big events. It’s had a major style rejuvenation and is definitely a key trend worth investing in.

Banish thoughts of the 80s power suit from your mind and instead think sleek, sophisticated and just a little bit sexy. Here’s how to nail suiting so it looks on point and super chic…

Invest in good tailoring

An ill-fitting suit is a big fashion no-no. If you’re going to wear a suit be sure to have it tailored absolutely perfectly to fit. If you need to, have the jacket taken in, have the pants taken up so the hem sits perfectly with your shoe to ensure the silhouette looks polished.

Think beyond the shirt

A classic button down shirt is, of course, always going to be a no-brainer pairing with a suit however by switching up what you wear underneath you can create a look with an entirely new vibe. You could opt for a turtleneck for a look that would work in a corporate environment but has a slightly more relaxed feel. There’s also the option of wearing a loose t-shirt a la The Gucci Shirt That’s Everywhere for a look with attitude or a bodysuit for an evening ensemble that looks sleek and sexy.

Be adventurous with silhouettes

There are so many different silhouettes when it comes to the suit these days. You could opt for a boyfriend blazer that’s a little more billowy and has a slightly tougher, more masculine feel to a tapered leg for a look that screams sleek. I also love a flared pant and a long length blazer for an outfit that has a slightly Jane Birkin vibe. And the suit I wore above, is another example of experimenting with silhouettes. The style is a little more relaxed, with its kimono style jacket and wide leg pants.

Keep shoes streamlined

When it comes to the suit the shoes you wear should be quite pared back. If you’re going to do a boot it needs to be an ankle boot that’s tapered to the leg, something like a sock boot is ideal. You don’t want anything too loose around the ankle as it can affect the fit of the suit and can look a little clunky. You could also opt for a sleek stiletto or if you want to wear flats a pair of pointy slides will work well. If you’re wearing a skirt suit like the one I’m wearing above, it works equally as well with boots as it does with heels and flats so it scores bonus points for versatility.

Embrace colour

A black, navy or grey suit has long been a workplace go-to but these days suiting is available in a rainbow of colours. Wearing a suit has never been so much fun! If you’re planning to wear a suit as day wear or to an occasion definitely consider dabbling in one in a vibrant shade for a look that’s bold and will stand out in a crowd.

What are your thoughts on the suit? Love or loathe?