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My fave brands on a budget

3rd July, 2019

Whilst I’m all for investing in certain pieces in my wardrobe that I want to have longevity such as bags, shoes and coats, I tend to scrimp on trend items that I know may only last a season or two. It’s fun to update my look with a few key of-the-moment items but it doesn’t make sense to me to spend loads on them. Australia has a great selection of chain stores of local and overseas brands so I’ve learnt that you can easily snap up trendy pieces that won’t break the bank. Here are a few of my go-tos when I’m looking for an inexpensive fashion fix.

Zara

Who doesn’t love Zara? They’re great for runway inspired pieces so you can often find some really up-to-the-minute looks at a fraction of the price. I also like that their designs are often on trend, but interpreted in such a simple, unfussy way that they can easily be worked back with pieces you already own.

H&M

Whilst H&M is great for simple basics like tees and jeans, I also like the fact that they have some really contemporary designs that are fun. If I’m ever looking to dabble in a trend that I know won’t last beyond a season, I’ve found that snapping up something from H&M will often allow me to do so without breaking the bank.

Seed Heritage

Seed often stock a lot of really beautiful pieces that are classic and polished, which is exactly what draws me to this brand. They often feature most of the popular trends in their range, but you can also find dressy pieces for work and after dark at an accessible price point.

Witchery 

Witchery‘s great for classic pieces that are ultra wearable. They often have quite understated designs which makes most of their range quite versatile. Also they stock things such as blazers, slacks and jumpers which look upmarket and expensive but are at a far cheaper price point than taking the designer route.

Uniqlo

I’ve got several pieces from Uniqlo in my closet that are still going strong. And I think it’s because they do simple really well. From t-shirts to knits, pants and dresses, everything is really understated which extends the wearability of anything from their range. I also like that they incorporate natural fabrics such as wool, cotton and even cashmere into their range but price it quite reasonably.

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10 things worth checking out from…Uniqlo

30th May, 2019

I’ve worked with Uniqlo in the past because I love how they do practical, wearable basics. I’ve often said that good basics are the building blocks of a functional wardrobe and that’s something that Uniqlo do really well. Their designs are simple which means that they’re easily worked back with numerous looks. And one thing I particularly love is that they stock everything in several different colours, so if you find a particular piece that you like then you can easily get it in different shades. If your style repertoire could do with an update, here are a few pieces to considering adding to cart this month.

Ultra Light Down Vest

Puffer vests are great at this time of year as they keep you warm but aren’t overly bulky like a jacket can be. I’ll often throw on a puffer vest over my activewear and I can happily run around in that for a day where I have multiple errands to run.

Cable Long Sweater

I love the texture that a cable knit sweater adds to an outfit. It’s a classic pairing with jeans or a skirt, and it’s also super cosy to boot.

Vintage Wide Belt

Belts are one of those handy accessories to have. Add them to an outfit and you can easily change up its look or feel by cinching in a silhouette or accentuating a particular aspect of an outfit. This one has a nice vintage look to it.

Rayon Long Sleeve Blouse

These blouses are ideal for work or play. A button down makes for a sophisticated addition to an office ensemble, but pair it with jeans and you have yourself a polished casual look.

Cashmere Scarf

I often carry a cashmere scarf when I’m travelling as it’s unbelievably cosy. It’s a luxe way to keep warm and it’s so soft you’ll wonder how you ever did without one.

Mercerized Cotton A Line Mini Dress

This is one of those building block pieces that’s great to have in your wardrobe. Throw on a cardi or a denim jacket and you have yourself a polished off duty look.

High Waisted Tuck Wide Pants

High waisted pants are a great work look that’s easily changed up by adding a different blouse or throwing on a jacket. It’s also an all year round type of piece so you’ll get plenty of wear out of it.

Denim Jersey Skirt

A white skirt looks effortlessly chic and this is an affordable way to add one to your wardrobe. It’s also easily paired with numerous colours making it a versatile piece to have.

Linen Cotton Wide Cropped Pants

Linen pants are so unbelievably comfortable and this style is really on trend right now. Pop on a tee and throw on some sneakers and you’re ready for whatever the weekend throws your way.

Blocktech Soutien Collar Coat

Love the neutral hue of this particular coat as it makes it so versatile. Also the hood is a cute feature.

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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

Photography: Danielle Castano

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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

Photography: Sophia Athas

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The one thing I’m doing to freshen up my wardrobe this winter

19th April, 2018

I’m the first to admit that when it comes to winter I tend to get stuck in a cycle of wearing dark colours. Rich hues just seem perfectly suited to the colder, at times drearier weather that comes when temperatures drop. However this winter I’m trying to change all that. I’m making a pledge to myself to embrace lighter, brighter shades and not just relegate them to my spring/summer wardrobe.

This outfit by Uniqlo is a great example of how a great winter look can incorporate fresher shades. A pair of crisp white jeans and an off white cashmere crew neck work perfectly together, as the varying shades mean the outfit doesn’t look too stark. Incorporating neutral colours in an all white look helps lift it without being too overwhelming. This beige coat is a perfect example of this at play. The slightly lighter lining helps to avoid the coat looking too heavy, whilst still being a great complementary piece.

The good thing about lighter hues is that they make the perfect backdrop for darker accessories. My black Dior bag against white jeans and an off white sweater adds a bold touch and is an effective accent piece to my ensemble. Metallic round frame sunglasses add an element of fun and are perfectly in keeping with the breezier vibe of my outfit.

While I’m most definitely going to be wearing plenty of black, navy and grey this winter, I think I’ll definitely be incorporating a fresher colour palette into my wardrobe. Even if the weather may be chilly, I can still wear an outfit with a sunnier outlook.

Credits: Sweater, Uniqlo; Pants, Uniqlo; Coat, Uniqlo; Sunglasses, Chloe; Bag, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Uniqlo

 

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What I Wore: Cool Blue

10th April, 2018

Always elegant and sleek, navy is one of those versatile, reliable hues that will always equate to a chic look whenever you wear it. It’s probably one of the reasons why it features quite prominently in my wardrobe. It’s even better when the look is anchored in quality pieces at a reasonable price. Case in point: this lightweight Uniqlo sweater is cashmere and it retails for significantly less than what you’d expect to pay for such a piece. One hundred per cent cashmere! And the great thing about Uniqlo is that they stock an extensive range of colours so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find the ideal hue. I opted for navy simple because it would seamlessly work back with most pieces I own.

I recently spoke about my love of wide leg pants so you can imagine why I couldn’t pass up this high waisted style, also from Uniqlo. I really love the tie-up ribbon feature and the knife pleats at the front which give them a sophisticated touch. I’ll easily be able to add this to my work wardrobe repertoire and can easily switch up how I wear them simply be swapping to different style tops.

To keep the look tonal I decided to pair it with my navy Bulgari top handle bag and my Le Specs sunglasses with coloured blue lenses. The cool tones complemented my ensemble and helped tie the whole outfit together.

Credits: Sweater, Uniqlo; Pants, Uniqlo; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Bag, Bulgari

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Uniqlo

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My go-to labels

3rd March, 2016

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I love discovering new up and coming designers but I also have a tried and tested stable of labels that I know I will always have something that will suit my style and aesthetic. Here’s who I turn to when I’m after…

Basics

It goes without saying but Bassike is at the top of the list. I love them for staples such as tees, singlets and casual pants. I also love Uniqlo for inexpensive but quality tees and Jac+Jack who do some really gorgeous basics that are a great quality.

Cardigans and jumpers

Winter is just around the corner so I will be stocking up on lots of jumpers and cardigans to layer throughout the cooler months. I love Uniqlo once again, this time for their cashmere knits which are a great quality but also reasonably priced; Skin and Threads for knits especially cardigans; and Jac + Jack also do really great jumpers. When it comes to jumpers, I find if I spend a bit more and invest in quality woollen and cashmere pieces they will last me season after season.

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A standout dress from camilla and marc

Work, formal and party wear

Work and evening events often transition from one to the other for me so I like to make sure my office attire will also work for an after work event such as a party or dinner. I always turn to Australian designers such as camilla and marc, Scanlan Theodore, Dion Lee, Bec & Bridge and Lover. While Bec & Bridge do a great party dress, I can’t go past Dion Lee for fashion-forward pieces and Scanlan Theodore for beautifully made items for the office such as blouses, dresses and pants. Lover do amazing dresses and camilla and marc are my favourite for everything from casual items such as jeans to dresses, to skirts and camis for a night out.

Statement heels

I buy at least 1-2 pairs of statement heels per season so I often splurge on a shoes that I know are of a great quality as opposed to buying lots of shoes that I know will have a limited shelf life. I opt for designers such as Aquazzura (these shoes are my current faves), Gianvito Rossi, Alaia, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Celine. Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and David Jones always have a really great selection.

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My trusty Adidas sneakers

Casual shoes

I’m all about sneakers at the moment and I find the classic Superstar style by Adidas works well with most of my wardrobe (Stan Smiths are also a great option) and simple black Nikes are able to extend from active wear when I’m going for walks to casual day wear. If I’m after dressy flats I’ll turn to Me and Her for brogues and Mara and Mine for cute, quirky flats.

What are your favourite labels?