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Transseasonal dressing 101: how to dress when the weather won’t behave

21st September, 2020
Dresses with longer sleeves are a great go-to during this inbetween period

I did a What I Wore post that touched on this very topic and with the past couple of days in Sydney going from sunny and warm one minute to torrential downpour the next, never has it been more obvious that the time for trans-seasonal dressing is now well and truly upon us. As far as fashion goes it’s sometimes hard to decide what to wear when the weather is temperamental but there are a few things I do to help get around it…

Layer, layer, layer

If I have a few layers to my look it’s easy to add or subtract pieces according to the weather. I find that bringing a jacket with me now is a good idea but it’s not really the time for a winter coat anymore so I will use a denim jacket instead. It’s not too heavy, not too light and as a bonus it’s right on trend. I will usually pop one on over a slip dress with a tee underneath and I am set. If it warms up a bit it’s easy to push up the sleeves and leave my arms partially exposed.

Add sleeves

I think dresses are still weather appropriate this time of year but it might start to get a bit too cool to leave arms and shoulders uncovered. In this instance I find things like long sleeved dresses or layering a tee underneath a dress would be ideal as it keeps me warm without being overly rugged up.

Kate Waterhouse wearing long sleeved Zimmermann dress

Sleeves are great, especially when they’ve got next-level detail

Introduce textures

I will start to add lighter fabrics slowly as the weeks go by such as a linen or a lightweight cotton. Right now it’s great to utilise breathable fabrics such as cashmere or wool for those days when it might start out cool but get a little warmer later in the day. 

Swap closed shoes for sandals

It’s still possible to get away with wearing closed toed shoes but the further we get away from winter the more likely it is that temperatures will warm up during the day. As such I am starting to swap my loafers or sneakers for sandals. Even if I’m a little more rugged up in my clothing, having open shoes often helps balance it out.

A shirt that can be rolled up is perfect for battling transseasonal weather

Wear tops that can be rolled or pushed up

If I’m not quite sure what the weather is going to be like I’ll pop on a long sleeved shirt or lightweight knit. This gives me option of being able to roll up my sleeves or push them up if the weather is a little bit warmer. When paired something that leaves a little leg exposed such as a midi skirt then I will be quite comfortable and won’t get too hot or cold.

Tie it up

A big trend at the moment is to tie a denim jacket or knit around the waist which makes for the perfect set up for a trans-seasonal outfit. I love having the option to leave the jacket tied around my waist or popping it on if I’m feeling chilly. It also means I don’t have to deal with the hassle of lugging around a jacket.

 
Tell me—What are some of your trans-seasonal must-haves?
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This top style is the new season update your wardrobe needs

28th August, 2020
Image: @aimeesong

New season wardrobe updates don’t have to entail a huge splurge on entirely new outfits. Sometimes all it takes is pinpointing a few strategic pieces that will take your existing wardrobe into on-trend territory. By doing this, you can easily tap into what’s now, without ending up with a closet full of things that may or may not last beyond this season.

As we head into spring/summer, consider making one key addition to your outfit repertoire. The 70s inspired polo top which has been doing the rounds of late and is definitely one of the key on-trend pieces this season. It’s quite minimalist in style which makes it a versatile piece to have on hand, and can easily be worked back with everything from jeans to shorts and skirts. It’s also quite polished making it an easy go-to for those days when you need to take your outfit game up a notch. There’s a range of styles available, but if you’re going to snap one up, definitely go for a ribbed style which is a great way to add some texture to a look.

I’ve rounded up a few great options at varying price points, so updating your looks for the coming months is now oh-so easy.

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What I Wore: To Dye For

21st July, 2020

Tie dye has been a really huge trend of late and while it works well in casual pieces such as sweats and tees, what I love about this dress is that it’s such an unexpected print for a fashion house such as Dior. The silhouette works classic elements such as a crisp pleating and the tailoring of a shirt dress but adds a huge hit of vibrancy and punchiness in incorporating splashes of tie dye.

Working with such a busy print I knew I needed to incorporate accessories that were simple and elegant to offset such a bold statement piece. So I opted for a classic cream Dior bag with clean lines and a pared back vibe. For the final finishing touch I couldn’t go past a pair of black vintage cat eye sunglasses to add a fun feel to my overall look.

Credits: Dress and bag, Dior; Sunglasses, vintage

Photography: Sophia Athas

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How to do biz-leisure

6th July, 2020

One of the best things to come out of living in iso for so long was that loungewear has become a legitimate option for workwear. Enter biz-leisure, a trend recently highlighted by US Harper’s Bazaar which sees the amalgamation of business wear with comfortable loungewear.

Plenty of us would be quite familiar with this way of dressing. It’s the kind of style that’s made for Zoom calls which often involves working dressy pieces with more relaxed options. Think a blazer and shirt worn back with leggings and sneakers. It’s polished but isn’t overly so and strikes a nice, comfortable balance.

If you’re finding yourself slowly emerging back into the workplace, and straddling working from home punctuated with days at the office then here’s how to master this trend.

Balance is key

As great as tracksuit pants are, it’s likely you won’t just get away with wearing your trackies to work and declaring that you’re doing biz-leisure. It’s still important to strike the right balance between relaxed pieces and work-appropriate items, so be sure to incorporate polished separates into the mix like blazers, button down shirts, luxe knits and tailored pants.

Choose polished loungewear

Believe it or not, not all loungewear is created equal. While your fave hoodie from year 12 may be as comfortable as it gets, it’s probably not the kind of thing that you can get away with wearing as office wear. Opt for matching sets, go for fabrics such as wool, cashmere, silk and cotton and make sure that at least one element maintains a structured silhouette to avoid it looking unkempt.

Blazers and shirts are a key addition to any biz-leisure look

Go for neutral pieces

A colour palette that involves neutral shades such as beige, white and cream along with classic hues like navy, black and grey are ideal for workwear, and also so versatile for a casual look. Pieces such as this ensure longevity and allow you to create so many different looks.

Sneakers are key

If there’s one thing you absolutely need in your biz-leisure wardrobe it’s a pair of white sneakers. If you want to keep them work-appropriate, opt for a minimalist option that’s plain white, with minimal, if any embellishment or decoration.

Opt for classic and neutral palettes

Keep it comfortable

The beauty of biz-leisure is that it’s designed to be comfy. So embrace relaxed pieces such as buttery soft silk pants or a cosy wool knit. The silhouettes shouldn’t be too rigid, but evoke an understated nonchalance.

What do you think of biz-leisure? Will you embrace it?

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Why the trench coat will be your favourite style staple this season

9th March, 2020

As the temperature starts to drop in the coming weeks a coat will become a must. I’m a firm believer that a coat plays a crucial role when it comes to an outfit and should be considered as much as a dress or shoes. The right coat can pull a look together and is also one way to make a statement.

While I’m a fan of different coat styles, I’ve always found that one of the most versatile coats any woman can own is a trench coat. The shape is eternally stylish and suits virtually everyone. It’s also easily thrown on over everything from a dress to jeans and a tee or a sleek blouse and trousers.

This season you’ll find that trench coats will come in a range of shades so there’s definitely one to suit every wardrobe. I’ve always found the traditional khaki a great pick if you want just one coat that’s guaranteed to take you through the season. However if you want something a little different you could always explore a classic navy, a beautiful forest green or an on trend grey.

If you want more tips on how to style this classic staple check out the video below, and scroll down for some of my top trench coat picks.

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How to style longer hemlines for autumn racing (and beyond)

5th March, 2020

I am a huge fan of longer hemlines. There’s something so elegant and classic about wearing a gorgeous dress with a midi or ankle length hem. However I know it can be a little daunting to wear it, particularly if you’re not used to dealing with the extra coverage and fabric of a longer dress or skirt. Don’t let that deter you though because with the right styling techniques you’ll be well on your way to truly embracing this trend.

I was recently interviewed by Channel 7 about this particular trend (which is going to be huge for autumn racing) and shared all my tried and tested tips for working longer hemlines into your fashion repertoire. I promise it’s really easy!

Check out the video below, and scroll down to shop some of my favourite dresses befitting this trend.

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Dreamy linen pieces your summer wardrobe needs

6th February, 2020

If there’s one thing that every wardrobe could welcome right now (mine included) it’s anything made from beautiful linen. There’s something quite effortless and elegant about anything made from the lightweight fabric that makes it a reliable go-to during the summer months and even into the early weeks of autumn.

The beauty of linen is that it’s breathable, meaning it’s a pleasure to wear when faced with a warm day as it keeps you looking stylish while also keeping you cool.

I don’t think there’s anything more wonderful than a great linen dress but given linen’s appeal, it’s also making its way into accessories such as hats and shoes and also separates and on trend pieces like jumpsuits. It’s everywhere! And we should be thankful it’s being embraced so warmly because I think it’s one of the most gorgeous options to have when you want something that’s chic and wearable that doesn’t require any fuss at all.

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Go bold and embrace animal prints

8th November, 2019

Embracing your wild side has never been easier with the current love being shown for all things animal print. And whilst it’s often the case that you’re either a fan of this trend or not, you might find yourself a convert with the range of accessories and clothing in everything from leopard to zebra print in store right now. So whether you want to go big and rock a statement coat or do a subtle nod with a stiletto or bag, there really is no better time to take on this trend and unleash your inner animal instinct.

Scroll down to shop my edit of animal print pieces below

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Everyone’s carrying basket bags

2nd August, 2019

Whilst a buttery soft leather bag is a beautiful thing I also like experimenting with different handbag styles to change up the look and feel of an outfit. One trend I’m really loving at the moment is the basket bag. Incorporating natural textures into a look adds a relaxed vibe and makes for an unexpected accent when paired with dressier ensembles.

I’ve favoured the top handle style the most as I like it’s classic feel but there are plenty of other options from crossbody versions to a chic simple clutch. Also look out for interesting pairings such as wicker and resin which makes for a thoroughly modern accessory that’s punchy and cool.

Whilst the basket bag has been popping up on many a winter look, be prepared to see it everywhere come spring/summer. And if you fancy feeling like you’re on a tropical holiday every day then this trend is definitely for you. Scroll down the check out my edit of great basket bags to wear with everything from an off duty casual outfit to an after dark look.

Sara Leather – Trimmed Rattan Bag, Mark Cross

Straw Box Bag, Serpui

Mini Kuai Tote, Wicker Wings

Raffia Logo Bag, JW Anderson

The Betty Bag, Poolside

Pineapple Cane Bag, Serpui

South Beach Exclusive round straw bag with detachable cross body strap

South Beach straw bucket bag with resin link handle and linen tie

The Ashleigh Bag, Poolside

Accessorize Straw Effect Basket Tote Bag

Straw Shoulder Bag, Serpui

The Mak Bag, Poolside

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The one skirt you need in your life

19th July, 2019

If there was one skirt that was seemingly everything last year it was the Naomi leopard print skirt by Realisation Par. The 90s inspired slip skirt in silk satin was a common feature of many a street style pic. And for good reason. The midi crop and ever so perfect animal print was the versatile dress up or down style staple of our dreams.

It should come as no surprise that the skirt has made its way into the mainstream, with iterations of the satin slip skirt now becoming a feature in many a chain store’s current drop. The beauty of this skirt is the silhouette makes it an elegant and modern piece that can be worked back with everything from a white tee to a slouchy sweater and button down shirt. With such versatility, you’ll definitely want to make this addition to your wardrobe now because if there’s one thing that’s certain, you’ll definitely be seeing it everywhere come spring/summer. Pair it with a floss heel and that’s your signature look for the next few months. sorted.

Shop my edit of satin skirts below