You can’t get more summer than a crisp white dress and this Anna Quan dress manages to amalgamate fashion forward design without losing the light and bright nature of summer dressing. I also love the nod to traditional suiting with the split sleeves and oversized cuffs. While the cut-outs are a statement feature that elevates this dress into a look that’s modern and elegant.
The great thing about a white dress is that it’s essentially a blank canvas, and you can have a lot of fun with bold accessories. This quilted Tods bag is like sunshine. The vibrant marigold yellow is just the right hit of colour to really lift this look and the shoes in the same hue, really tie the look together while at the same time adding points of interest to my overall ensemble. I went for a classic pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses to add the final finishing touch. It’s a simple piece with understated elegance, and when it comes to summer ensembles, a great pair of sunnies is a must.
Credits: Dress (similar here), Anna Quan; Shoes and bag, Tods; Sunglasses, Le Specs
There’s something about contrasting prints that makes for a really strong look. It’s always a little unexpected and sometimes working really different prints against each other helps each one stand out a little more. This dress by Rebecca Vallance is a great example of this, working a fun spotted print with a floral collar. The midi length is just right to work the dress for different occasions, particularly a work event or party. Also the long sleeves mean it will be able to extend into the cooler months, ensuring it has a lot of longevity.
To keep the look polished, I opted for classic Tods leather loafers. The simple style makes it a comfortable shoe option for days when I’m on the go, and the ‘T’ logo plaque helps to elevate it into something a little more special. I wanted my bag to provide a contrast feature so I opted for a tan leather bag with top handle. The structured style has a classic vibe while being roomy enough to carry a day’s worth of essentials. A pair of fun triangular shaped frames is a more modern take on classic black sunnies and helped to add an interesting finishing touch to this look.
Is there anything more fun than wearing anything in a bubble gum pink? I’m a huge fan of the colour for its playful and feminine vibe so I was immediately sold on this midi dress by Steele. Not only is a midi length frock the right balance of classic and polished, the rest of the design with its rolled cuffs, cinched waist and oversized pockets is right on trend and gives it a slightly more edgy feel.
With a dress such as this I think it’s only fitting to let the colour do the talking. Whilst I wanted accessories that still popped, I didn’t want it to compete too much with the main attraction so I kept to a similar colour palette with a metallic pink Bvlgari bag. A pair of classic Tods loafers added a dressy touch, with the shoes also offering a nice contrast the feminine vibe of my ensemble.
When it comes to playing with colour I think vibrant shades are always a great way to lift an outfit and make a statement. And how can you go wrong when such a fun hue is involved?
This post was produced in collaboration with Steele
I was excited to fly down to Melbourne this week, to attend the launch of the new TOD’s store in Chadstone shopping centre. I’ve always loved the classic TOD’s aesthetic and was so interested to see in person, how they create their iconic driving shoe. So much craftsmanship goes into turning the buttery soft leather into a pair of shoes which explains why they’re the kind of addition to your shoe wardrobe that will last the test of time.
To attend the event I was lucky enough to choose a piece from the TOD’s range and decided on a blush pink leather dress. Leather is such a luxe fabric to wear and so comfortable so I knew the dress was the perfect choice. My favourite thing about it was the knotted back detail. I’m always a fan of dresses with amazing detailing at the back as it’s so unexpected and really gives it a point of difference. I wanted to keep things nice and simple to allow the dress to take centre stage so I paired it with a black pair of Aquazzura shoes and The Slow Mode Cleopatra earrings. Classic and simple.
Amal Clooney is by far the chicest uni lecturer I’ve ever seen! The human rights lawyer is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York and she wasted no time wowing everyone on campus with this winter whites ensemble. The printed Oscar De La Renta heels and Tod’s bag provided the perfect colour accents to this look and I am loving the gorgeous coat.