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What I Wore: Dusty Rose

17th July, 2018

When the perfect colour just jumps out at you and you know you have to wear it… that’s exactly what happened when I saw this top and skirt by Maggie Marilyn. With the off-the-shoulder style taking centre stage the last few seasons this ruched top with its asymmetric neckline and butterfly sleeve seemed so fresh and different. It had a quiet understated polish that I really loved whilst still maintaining just a small hint of sexiness with a flash of skin. The skirt with its wrap detail helped give the outfit some depth, and added an element of drama that provided the perfect counterpoint to the ultra feminine feel of the top.

I really didn’t want to overshadow the rose hue of this ensemble so I made a point of keeping all my accessories in a neutral colour palette. My round frame sunglasses added a playful touch to the classic feel of the top and skirt. Meanwhile I knew I wanted to add a dramatic flair with my choice of shoes so it seemed fitting to incorporate my tie-up Aquazzura heels. They added just the right amount of edge to this look, helping to toughen up a look that’s sweet and soft. After all, my motto when it comes to how I dress is all about balance. That and when you see something in the perfect colour make sure you don’t pass it up.

Credits: Top and Skirt (not in store yet), Maggie Marilyn; Sunglasses, Chloe; Shoes, Aquazzura

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Weekend Dressing

14th July, 2018

I savour weekends and love being able to stop and recharge my batteries. If I’m in off duty mode comfort is everything. On Saturday and Sunday my uniform usually comprises of jeans and sneakers however sometimes I just want to dial it up a notch and that’s when a beautiful dress is a great option. This shirt dress is one such example of an easy outfit that requires minimal styling. I don’t have to think about matching tops to bottoms and I can just focus on my accessories. The punchy print also makes it a fun option for a day of chilling out and spending time out in the sun.

When working with a statement print it’s always important for me to be able to strike the right balance. I want to incorporate strong accoutrements into my look without it being too overwhelming. In this instance my round frame sunglasses added a playful touch. I wanted something quite soft and textural to add to my ensemble and a round wicker bag with leather straps adds just the right on trend finishing touch.

Credits: Dress, Brooks Brothers; Sunglasses, Chloe; Bag, Country Road

Photography: Sophia Athas

 This post was produced in collaboration with Brooks Brothers

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What I Wore: On Track

10th July, 2018

The word tracksuit doesn’t immediately conjure up images of a chic ensemble suitable for your next event but it’s time to turn that notion on its head. Enter this gorgeous forest green set by Camilla & Marc. The pants and jacket both have a distinctly athletic vibe however both have a refined aesthetic that make them look appropriate for a slightly dressier occasion.

The key to dressing up something that’s quite sporty looking and making it work for a function is your accessories. In this instance, this tracksuit definitely called for a statement heel to elevate it. I have rediscovered these Aquazzura heels recently and couldn’t resist pairing them with this outfit. The snakeskin adds an edgy touch whilst the straps give them a strong focal point and provide the ideal contrast to the simplicity of the jacket and pants. A simple pair of classic sunglasses seemed the perfect choice so as not to overwhelm the look whilst I kept my jewellery to a minimum, sticking to a lone gold bangle to add an elegant finishing touch.

I love being able to push the boundaries as far as my outfits go and in this instance, taking something that seems at first to be quite casual and turning it into an unexpected go-to for dinner or a work party. I think fashion is always about experimentation, playing with trends and learning to put your own spin on outfits—even when it comes to the humble tracksuit!

Credits: Jacket, Camilla & Marc; Pants, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses, Karen Walker; Heels, Aquazzura

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Matching Pair

3rd July, 2018

A touch of linen is always a welcome addition to my wardrobe as it’s so comfortable and understated yet with a luxe feel. This co-ordinating set by Hansen & Gretel has a suit-like feel with the wrap blazer and tailored pants but is a little more relaxed, making it work for everything from a day at the office to a work event.

I’m a huge fan of all things neutral and I like the fact that this set can easily be dressed up or down and is not too distinct in design that I can wear it to multiple occasions quite easily. A quick change of accessories and I could instantly transform it, making it one of those amazing multi-purpose go-tos that I love having in my closet.

I didn’t want to overpower the beautiful pared back sand hue of this suit but I also needed strong accessories to provide some contrast. My favourite navy Bulgari top handle bag added a dressy element to this look whilst the colour worked well with the neutral palette of my outfit. My round frame Chloe sunglasses provided a fun touch, maintaining a laidback yet polished vibe.

Credits: Blazer (not in store yet, similar here), Hansen & Gretel; Pants (not in store yet, similar here), Hansen & Gretel; Sunglasses, Chloe; Bag, Bulgari

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Date with Kate with Poppy Delevingne

30th June, 2018

For my recent Date with Kate with Poppy Delevingne I honed in on a look that was light and airy and a fun colour palette of green and white. It was a refreshing change from a lot of the heavier looks I’ve been wearing during winter and what better excuse to embrace a little colour than lunch with one of my favourite models/actresses.

I am always easily won over by a long sleeved dress—there’s just something about the silhouette and the way it always looks chic and polished that I love. However I also couldn’t look past all the design finishes on this particular Maggie Marilyn dress (who by the way is quickly becoming one of my favourite designers). The cutout neckline, the sweet oversized bow and the ruching all work together to achieve a look that’s sweet without being too saccharine.

I wanted to have fun with my accessories so it seemed the perfect time for my embellished Gucci Dionysus bag to come out to play. My floral Gucci slides added a statement element to the rest of my look and pink sunglasses made for a vibrant finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (not in store yet), Maggie Marilyn; Shoes, Gucci; Bag (similar), Gucci; Sunglasses (similar), Gucci

Photography: Ash Larden

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Logo sweaters to add to your wardrobe this season

29th June, 2018

If you’re going to be wearing sweaters all winter then you may as well have fun with them. This season it’s all about the logo sweater. Whether it’s an understated feature or a striking print throughout, pledge your allegiance to your favourite brand and wear it loud and proud.

One of my favourite ways to wear a logo sweater is with a great midi skirt and sneakers. It’s a reliable off duty outfit as it’s got a casual on trend feel whilst still looking polished—my two musts when it comes to my weekend wear. However you can easily pair it with jeans, a sleek black trouser or slouchy lounge pants and take your outfit up a notch with the striking design.

This season the selection is endless with pared back monochrome designs and vibrant splashes of colour at your disposal. I think the key with this trend is to let the sweater take centre stage and tie the look back to the rest of your outfit by choosing a key colour to take throughout. By doing this you’ll bring cohesion to your look without it being overwhelming.

And the beauty of this trend is that anything goes. You can opt for oversized lettering in a sleek black and white print or embrace fun finishes such as quirky fruit and animal prints or textural elements such as the pom pom design below. And for all the typophiles out there you’re spoilt for choice—from playful script to vintage style block fonts, you’ll be able to get your typography fix on the go!

 

 

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What I Wore: Classic Tweed

26th June, 2018

When I think of classic looks anything tweed is instantly top of mind. There’s something about it that’s so luxe and sophisticated. I couldn’t resist this set by Camilla & Marc mainly because I love that it straddles old world glamour with a distinctly modern vibe with the standout pattern, textural element and the longline cut feeling so contemporary. The gorgeous buttons are the ideal finishing detail and really elevate the look. Meanwhile the flared cropped pants add a playful touch and give this set and it’s suit-like silhouette a relaxed feel.

I wanted to ground the look with my choice of footwear so boots seemed the ideal fit. When it comes to pairing boots with a busy trouser, I think fitted sock style boots are the best option. The slim look works well with the flare detail and the pointed toe give it a little edge.

When it came to accessories for this outfit, I wanted to stick to black to complement the dark tones in the jacket and pants. My cat eye sunglasses added a on trend element, whilst my Chanel bag is one of my favourite go-tos when I want to punctuate a look with something I know is understated and always stylish.

Credits: Jacket, Camilla & Marc; Trousers, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, Chanel; Boots, Balenciaga

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: The Winter Slip

19th June, 2018

Slip dresses are so versatile in summer that I wanted to extend their wear into winter. But how to deal with the temperature factor? It’s easy to slip on a jacket over the top but that can admittedly be a little chilly on cooler winter days. So to up the warmth factor I decided to layer dresses! I took this Pereira Fitzgerald dress and popped it on over a red Bec & Bridge ribbed mini dress. The long sleeves and turtleneck of the mini dress helped keep me warm and as it’s longer than a top it provided little extra coverage. Win-win!

Being able to utilise dresses in winter is a great way to extend the wear of my wardrobe and allow pieces I’d usually wear in spring/summer to stay in rotation. I’m all about versatility when it comes to what’s in my closet so I’m always happy when I can wear something all year round.

I also love the contrasting colour scheme of red and black. It has a bold feel and looks really strong and modern so I wanted to maintain the same colour palette throughout. I decided to pair my outfit with studded Alaïa heels to give it a dressy feel and maintain a polished look. With heels, I could easily wear this outfit to a function or a work event but with flats, it can transition to a weekend appropriate ensemble. As a finishing touch I decided to throw on a pair of cat eye sunglasses for a classic feel.

Credits: Dress, Pereira Fitzgerald; Turtleneck dress, Bec & Bridge; Sunglasses, Poms; Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Chanel

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Checked Out

12th June, 2018

I can always count on Camilla and Marc for a really great dress. The colour and checked print is so appropriate for this time of year and has just the right look and feel for winter. I’m guaranteed to fall head over heels with anything with an off the shoulder feature as I think it’s so flattering. What I love about this frock is that it ticks so many boxes. The midi length is polished and classic, whilst the features such as the ruching down the front and the draping gives it a sophisticated feel that still maintains an effortless feel.

In keeping with the colour scheme I opted for my raspberry Marco de Vincenzo braided heels as it picked up the similar tone in the dress. As for my favourite finishing touch to an outfit, my sunglasses in this instance are fun and relaxed incorporating my go-to cat eye shape and modern clear frames.

I am planning to wear this to a lunch or event as it’s the perfect colour and style for such an occasoin. And best of all it’s able to maintain an element of polish whilst still being quite striking in its design.

Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Marco de Vincenzo; Sunglasses, LeSpecs

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: The New Suit

5th June, 2018

The suit is no longer just a corporate wardrobe staple. This mainstay of many an office look has become quite the trend, with more options for modern, fashion forward suiting available. Bright, vibrant suits in shades of everything from red to the sky blue one I’m wearing below have become a great go-to for those times when you need a dressy look. Plus for those wanting to do something a little different a suit has also become a sleek alternative to wearing a dress.

Whilst suits can vary in price point, a good quality one can be quite expensive. For this reason I am loving this Iris and Ink option from The Outnet. As the in-house label of the online destination it’s an affordable, well-made option for those wanting to dip their toe in this trend. I am also loving the hue which is striking without being too over the top.

If you’re planning to wear this suit somewhere that’s a little more conservative then definitely add a blouse or cami underneath. However wearing the blazer as a top can be a sexy option for those times when you want to wear something with a little more edge.

As I was already opting for a colourful look I wanted to continue theme into my accessories. Pink sunglasses provided the ideal complementary colour to this suit and add a touch of fun. Star shaped earrings by Holly Ryan give this look a youthful teach and is the ideal finishing touch for such a bold, striking look.

Credits: Blazer, and Pants, Iris and Ink; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Earrings, Holly Ryan

Photography: Sophia Athas