I am heading off to Daydream Island for a family holiday which has got me in a serious resort wear vibe. And whilst it’s been fun playing with lots of layering now that winter’s here, I’ve always got a soft spot for easy breezy summer dressing. There’s just something about effortless, laidback looks that’s always so great to shop for. So here’s a peek at what I’ve been wanting to snap up for my trip—and for a head start on my summer wardrobe.
These shoes are everywhere at the moment and I’ve been stuck for which colour to get. I’m leaning towards this beautiful pink shade to add a hint of playfulness to a look. And let’s face it, a comfy heel is always a good idea.
Off the shoulder styles are super flattering so I’m always drawn to them whenever I’m trying to pull together a holiday wardrobe. Love the cut and voluminous sleeves on this particular dress. I can see myself wearing this from the beach to the bar.
Wrap skirts are perfect for vacation wear and I love how sophisticated this particular piece is. The elegant draping and moss green shade work beautifully together and would be a dream with a cami or even a relaxed tee.
With winter officially here it’s time to into cosy dressing mode. I love winter because it’s a great opportunity to play with lots of layering along with mixing and matching textures. Also there’s plenty of accessories to play with. From a great pair of ankle boots to a beautiful scarf and a luxe shoulder bag, there are so many ways to add an interesting element to a look. And if winter’s not your thing and you’re stuck for ideas on what to wear, never fear because these outfits are sure to inspire.
Denim is a girl’s best friend but it can sometimes look a little too casual. Enter a statement jacket. Fringing, patterns, embellishment… as long as the jacket is a little bit extra it can turn a pair of jeans into something special.
Extend the wear of your favourite denim skirt by pairing it with sheer stockings a la Brooke Testoni. Simply pair with a punchy shirt and heels and you’ve got yourself a chic winter look.
Suede is one of those luxe textures that’s made for winter. A pair of suede boots is an easy way to incorporate it into a look but you could also opt for a beautiful coat or a skirt.
Update your denim wardrobe this season with a pair of cropped wide leg jeans. It’s a fun alternative to a skinny leg style and it works beautifully with a great pair of flats.
Knits are without a doubt a winter wardrobe staple so this season why not mix it up by working a few interesting styles into your repertoire? A crossover ballerina style jumper such as this is a versatile option for day or night.
Have a little fun with your winter coat and look for one that incorporates texture. A fluffy coat such as this is an effective way to dial up the impact of any outfit.
If you don’t have a classic trench in your wardrobe yet you don’t know what you’re missing out on. It’s a versatile style staple that will instantly add a sophisticated touch to any ensemble.
I’m all for a blazer, and this season I’m loving one in a fun vibrant shade. This bubblegum pink number is ideal for elevating an outfit.
Who says your skirts have to go into hibernation? Work it with a button down skirt and boots and you’ve got yourself a seriously sophisticated look for work or play.
Playing with earthy shades this season is must. A beautiful rust colour worked back with beige is one way to do this colour palette in an on trend way.
What’s winter if you don’t have at least one all black ensemble? Whilst it’s a shortcut to looking chic, wearing it from head to toe can sometimes look a little flat. Add some great accessories such as crossbody bag or a headband to give it a little lift.
A printed skirt is a great outfit option no matter that time of year. You can easily change the look and feel of this ensemble by switching out a shirt for a tee and vice versa. Add a jacket and you’re done.
One of the great things about attending Fashion Week every year is the neverending fashion inspiration. From the shows to all the insanely stylish people everywhere you look, there’s always someone or something to inspire a look or two.
I was so lucky to be invited to attend the shows of a few of my favourite designers so I was really spoilt for outfit ideas this year. From Dion Lee to Bec & Bridge and Carla Zampatti, I walked away from every show having sparked an idea for an ensemble or a beauty look. The great thing about seeing all the brands I love show their collections is that they’ve all got such different aesthetics so I find there’s always something to suit a particular event or occasion. From relaxed beachwear to glamorous event dresses and sharp tailoring for the office, I found that for every aspect of my wardrobe I had something new that I wanted to try. For someone who is time poor, I was also thrilled that I could find all the looks I wanted at David Jones, so I can jump aboard these trends with a single shopping trip.
Post-Fashion Week I’ve got a plethora of new outfits I want to do based on everything I saw, but these five in particular stuck out for me. Steal them for yourself, I guarantee your wardrobe will thank you for it.
Neutral colour blocking
I saw this look come down the runway at Aje and immediately bookmarked how elegant and strong an outfit was. Working beige and cream in the one ensemble could be boring but in this instance I think the colours work beautifully together. Offset by elevated details, I think this is a new way to work neutrals in a really striking way.
High waisted with a cropped top
Alice McCall’s show was full of fun looks but I particularly loved the one below. I was really into the high waisted pants worked back with a cropped statement top, which is such a good look for a party or event. You could easily take this outfit combination and wear it numerous ways by incorporating other cropped and high waisted pieces from your wardrobe.
Bec and Bridge’s 70s inspired collection (complete with shag pile runway!) was so much fun and I immediately gravitated towards these floral bell bottoms. I think paired with a great blouse, it looks sleek and contemporary but most of all has a playful touch that I really love. Also, I love the print on print—a definite way to add a bit of energy to a look.
Hansen and Gretel’s show was filled lots of relaxed, feminine pieces and the one thing it really inspired me to do is to embrace the cropped jacket. Whether worn on its own or as a layering piece, I think it’s an easy way to add a fresh update to an existing look.
Blazers are a go-to of mine and I wear them to events all the time. However this made me desperately want to own a sequinned jacket. It’s such a showstopper piece and will instantly elevate any after dark look.
I’m not normally one for matching my entire outfit from head to toe but I spotted this look at the Thurley show and loved how it was a subtle take on a matchy look. The print on the dress was the same as the ankle ties and visually and sartorially it made a great pairing. I’m going to bookmark this ensemble as I think it’s a great way to play with accessories and have a cohesive theme flowing throughout. If you can’t find the exact same match head to toe you can always just incorporate the colours into your shoes to complete this look.
I am all about a print but after seeing this oversized polka dot look at the Lee Mathews show I am making a point of incorporating it into more of my outfits. I also love the sheer blouse. Both paired together makes for a sophisticated look with a fun vibe.
Photography by: Sophia Athas, Hatrik
This post was produced in collaboration with David Jones
I’ve watched several shows this week and one of my favourite things about seeing all the collections is that I can get a sneak peek at upcoming trends—and pinpoint the ones I really like ahead of time. There were a few different looks that I saw come down the runway that I definitely mentally bookmarked and a lot of trends that I saw that I know will certainly be popular come spring/summer time. I think resort collections are always really great to watch as they’re a great reminder of balmy days enjoying the sunshine. And when these collections drop in the coming months, expect to see…
I spotted voluminous sleeves come down the runway for Lee Mathews and Aje and I think that we’re definitely going to be seeing them everywhere. There’s just something about a beautiful, bold sleeve that can really make a look stand out in a crowd.
It’s all about a relaxed fit judging by what came down the runway at a few suchs. I saw a few relaxed silhouettes, particularly oversized shirts at Bec and Bridge so I think we’ll definitely be welcoming them into our wardrobes.
Do florals every really go away? I loved the soft feminine florals at the Thurley show and floral flares at the Bec and Bridge show expect them to be a staple trend during spring/summer.
Sleek and simple lines
At the opposite end of the spectrum, expect clean lines to be everywhere which is ideal for the minimalist fans out there. Bondi Born showcased swimsuits with simple lines and shapes whilst the Matteau show was about restrained elegance. Everything from the crop tops to the maxi skirts sent down the runway were sleek and uncomplicated.
A little excess
The Alice McCALL show was a celebration of all things just that little bit extra. It was all about feathers, sparkles and everything glamorous. It’s just made for the party season that personifies spring/summer in Australia.
It’s time to officially farewell summer and say hello to autumn but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying to squeeze in a few last summery purchases. That said it’s the also the perfect time to start prepping my new season wardrobe. I’m embracing warm, earthy tones of tan and beige along with vibrant shades of burgundy and red. If you’re on the hunt for some great new pieces, check out my wish list for a little inspo…
PVC shoes have become quite the thing but as a whole might be a little too much for me. Which is why I love these T-bar heels. The subtle PVC detail is a nod to the trend without being overwhelming and I like the elegant strap.
I don’t need to carry a proper baby bag much these days but I discovered this and couldn’t resist. Lots of compartments for organisation and it looks understated and sleek. If you’ve got a baby shower coming up, this little number is well worth considering.
What’s on your list of favourite things this month?
It’s always refreshing to compile my wish list at the start of each year. I’ve done my big wardrobe purge, have scoped out all my fave stores having just emerged from Christmas shopping and checking out the sales and I’m in the right mood for a big style update. So what’s caught my eye this month?
I’m so conscious of protecting myself in the sun these days that I’ve been drawn to shopping for an assortment of different hat styles. This is a great visor to have on hand when I’m just quickly popping out for coffee or picking up something from the shops.
I don’t really do prints when it comes to swimwear and much prefer block colours so these get a definite thumbs up from me. The emerald green shade and the tortoiseshell ring detail make this a fun, yet elegant option for the beach.
Have you started planning your spring/summer wardrobe yet? I’ve been planning my checklist for awhile now and I’ve noted a few key staples that I’d like to add to my closet to welcome the warm weather that’s about to descend upon us. Before doing this I think it’s always a good idea to do a little reconnaissance mission of what’s in store and online so you know exactly what pieces you’re going to be snapping up. It also allows you to pick the best of the bunch and get a really great deal on key items that you know you’re going to be investing in for your new season looks.
I’ve been keeping an eye on everyone from my favourite celebs, to my stylish friends and checking out my go-to blogs and magazines over the past few weeks to pinpoint what’s going to really update my outfits for this time of year. If you’ve yet to compile your list, here’s what I think you should definitely be adding to it.
Dresses are one of the most wearable, stylish things you can add to your spring/summer wardrobe. Opt for one in a gorgeous print that will take you through many a sunny afternoon looking effortlessly chic.
A Co-ord set
A co-ordinating set is an easy way to look polished without really trying. There’s something about a matching top and bottom that just screams stylish whether it be a blouse and shorts or a skirt and slip, there are so many different sets to shop this season you’ll be hard pressed to limit yourself to just one.
Summer calls for at least one trusty pair of sandals or slides that you can easily slip on. I’ve really started gravitating towards slides as I like how wearable they are, however it really depends on what feels comfortable—some people like the support a sandal gives. You can always go for classic colours such as black, white and tan however I think the sunny weather at this time of year is a great excuse to embrace vibrant shades that will pop against any outfit.
A straw bag
If you’re going to buy one bag this season make it a straw one. Whether it’s a satchel, top handle or bucket style there’s definitely a trend towards embracing natural, earthy materials as far as bags go.
I think there’s nothing better than a pair of linen trousers to keep cool during spring/summer. They’re also super easy to pair with everything from a button down shirt to a plain white tee so you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of them.
Don’t step outside without a pair of great sunglasses by your side. I think now is the perfect time to push the boundaries a little—think coloured frames or interesting embellishments for a little fun.
A statement skirt
I am loving bright printed pleated midi skirts at the moment as they’re seriously easy to wear whether I’m off to work or on mum duty. However if midi’s not your style, there are still plenty of options whether it’s a knee length wrap skirt or a cute mini. Just don’t be afraid to go bold!
A pair of trusty sneakers always has a place in any wardrobe, whatever the season. Chunky dad style sneakers are in at the moment but if they’re not your scene, you can always turn to a pair of classic white trainers. Whether they be from classic French brand Superga to urban-ready Adidas or a designer pair by Gucci or your favourite go-to brand you’ll be guaranteed to be turning to your sneakers multiple times a week.
If there’s one thing this time of year is known for it’s the cluster of parties and occasions that seem to happen in quick succession. From the office Christmas party to big family get togethers, we’re often faced with one party invite after the next but our wardrobes can’t quite keep up! If you’re currently on the hunt for a festive look or two to take you through the next few weeks then look no further. I’ve rounded up some great pieces that will make putting together your next ensemble a cinch.
There are so many amazing things around right now that it was almost impossible to compile this list. Each month I fall in love with a few things especially hard so instead of keeping it to myself, I thought I’d share in case it’s something that might put a smile on your face too.
Lulu Vintage Wicker dolls pram
As you can imagine my daughters are at the age where they’re heavily into dolls and there’s nothing they love more than looking after them, often role playing the things I do as a mum. A doll pram is something they’ve been really wanting and I couldn’t resist the Lulu Vintage range that I found on a great store called Little French Heart. Not only is it beautifully made, the design is so cute and they come in a range of colours. The dolls in our house have been having a great time in them!
Image via Little French Heart
J Bronze fake tan
It’s that time of year again where everyone wants to look sun-kissed. I don’t like baking in the sun so to get a golden glow I’ve been using the J.Bronze fake tan range at home and I’m seriously loving it. It’s really easy to use, comes in a range of shades and is available in a mousse, spray or cream so there’s a type to suit everyone.
Image via Couturing
We Are Poolside The Ashleigh + Mirror
Natural textures are huge this summer and this raffia bag is a new fave of mine. It’s a great size for carrying around my essentials but not overly big and it comes fully lined with a mirror in the lid which makes for easy makeup touch ups on the run (especially when I’ve just come from the beach). It also ticks a box in that it comes with a strap so I can either carry it or wear it crossbody style which is something I tend to look for when it comes to any bag I own.
Image via We Are Poolside
Mara and Mine Sagittarius slippers
I always gravitate towards pieces that are able to have a personalised touch especially when it comes to my accessories. This is why I really liked these Sagittarius slippers by Mara and Mine. They’re a great shape and I liked the subtle embroidery, plus I can wear my star sign loud and proud. I think they’d make a particularly great gift.