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What I Wore: Date with Kate with Sabrina Carpenter

18th September, 2018

Date with Kates are always fun and a great excuse to pull out a new outfit. For my recent Date with Kate with Sabrina Carpenter, I wanted to go for something feminine and polished for our meeting at Sydney’s Hacienda. One look I’m really loving at the moment is layering slip dresses over a crisp white tee. I think this 90s inspired look is fresh and so easy to pull together. I wanted to add a formal element to the look so I opted to wear my Balmain blazer over the top.

I wanted to wear heels with this outfit but thought a stiletto would be too much so instead decided to pair it with my Balenciaga sock boots. The silhouette of the shoe is fitted and streamlined enough that it doesn’t look too bulky against the flowy nature of the dress, however it grounds the look at the same time.

As far as accessories go I wanted simple and classic so I decided that my Dior bag which with its structured shape and gold chain strap looks was the perfect addition the look. I’m still really into the small sunglasses trend and this pair by Poppy Lissiman is certainly getting quite the workout of late. I like the fact it manages to look both unfussy and dramatic all at the same time.

Credits: Blazer (similar), Balmain; Dress, Camilla & Marc; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Boots, Balenciaga; Clutch, Dior; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ash Larden

 

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What I Wore: Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange

3rd September, 2018

I love designer collaborations that are stylish, affordable and classic. It’s always nice when you can buy something from a collection that’s not instantly identifiable as being from a particular collaboration and can just fit seamlessly into your wardrobe for a few seasons to come. This is why I fell in love with the new collaboration between Uniqlo and French designer Ines de la Fressange. The designs are the epitome of Parisian chic and even better is the fact they have a kids range too, and as expected with all things French, every piece feels timeless.

The launch of the collection was the perfect excuse for Sophia and I to have fun playing around with some pieces from the range recently. What I really liked is the fact that there were some beautiful understated prints like polka dot and houndstooth in both the children’s and the adult range and there were also some vibrant pieces that helped provide the perfect accent to each look.

Whilst I opted for some sweater and skirt combinations (which by the way is such a great shortcut to looking dressed up instantly) and a beautiful spotted dress, there are also lots of great pants and blouses to play with, not to mention a gorgeous selection of coats. I love the kids range because the designs were a little bit different to standard children’s wear. The cut, the look and feel and the finishing touches all looked decidedly French and had a really classic sensibility.

This was a great way to get a touch of Paris at home, and at a really great price point that makes it tempting to snap up the entire range!

Credits: All outfits Uniqlo x Ines de la Fressange; Kate’s shoes, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Uniqlo

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What I Wore: Day to Night

28th August, 2018

There are pieces that I have in my wardrobe that are definitely more evening appropriate but that doesn’t mean that that should be their only purpose. Often looks that are for night events tend to be a little more expensive due to their style and construction, so to ensure that I’m able to make every fashion dollar stretch further I’ve taken to reworking them to be suitable for daywear. And it’s not at all hard or expensive to do.

One way I’ve been doing the night to day transformation recently is with the below Zimmermann top which is too pretty to relegate just for the evening so recently I’ve been teaming it with jeans to make it more suitable for casual wear. This is something that you can easily do with other pieces in your wardrobe. Often teaming something that’s a bit dressier with something more relaxed such as jeans can tone it down and make it appropriate for off duty style. I teamed this particular look back with a pair of slingback flats which are polished yet not too over the top for day and a mini crossbody bag. The end result was a laidback look but with just the right amount of polish.

If I were to wear the top at night though it’s a different story. In the evenings I tend to favour a look that’s a bit more feminine and formal. So in this instance I swapped the denim over for a midi skirt in a similar colour palette as the top. And switched out the casual crossbody bag for a structured clutch with a chain strap handle which definitely adds to the nighttime vibe. I’d also go for dressy heels and leave the flats at home. Overall what I was going for with this particular look was something that’s a little more sophisticated and dressed up, lifted up by chic accessories that have a modern feel.

I did the below transformations with just one top but you can do this with pretty much anything you’ve designated as ‘nighttime only’. All it takes is a few key choices that dial down it’s dressy feel for day, then swap it for elevated pairings at night and you’ve instantly got double the wear out of your wardrobe.

Credits: Daytime look: Top, Zimmermann; Jeans, Ksubi; Belt, Jimmy Choo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Shoes, Dior; Clutch, Ralph Lauren; Evening look: Top and Skirt, Zimmermann; Clutch, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

The Daytime Look

The Evening Look

 

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How to elevate work wear

27th August, 2018

Good or bad, our office attire is often one of the major things that people use to judge us in the workplace. So it goes without saying that there’s no harm in looking the part with a sleek, polished wardrobe that screams professional.

When I used to work a nine-to-five job I was always looking for ways I could rework my looks without having to splurge on something new all the time, as working as a fashion editor, it was almost written into my job description that I had to look on trend. Even now with a more varied schedule that takes me from my desk to a function to a shoot on any given day, I still try to maintain a certain level of polish whilst still incorporating elements of what’s trending at the moment; and that requires having to think strategically about what’s worth investing in. That said, trust me when I say that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a complete revamp. It’s all about identifying the key pieces that will take your workwear next-level. Here are a few staples that I think can elevate any look whether you work in a corporate environment or a creative space…

Statement bag

It’s pretty much a given that you’ll always have a work bag with you so given how heavily it features in your office wardrobe it pays to go for something that’s chic and classic, with some detail that helps give it a little personality. I find a tote or a structured top handle bag is always a safe bet but you could also try a shoulder bag with a longer strap if you’re not one to carry a lot of things on a day to day basis. Look for extra details such as a gorgeous clasp or handle style, metal hardware or a textured finish. This is one thing I’d recommend looking to buy the best quality you can afford given how often you’re wearing it.

Quality blazer

You’re guaranteed to get so much use out of a blazer as you can pop it on over a dress, wear it with a shirt and a skirt or pair it with slim pants, so once again go for one that is a good quality. Black is always a good choice as it can pretty much work back with anything but if you want a touch of colour a beautiful navy is another sophisticated choice.

Statement shoe

It’s a good idea to have a pair of really amazing work shoes in your collection. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a pair of black pointed pumps. However if you want something a little different you could always try a slingback style for a shoe that’s on trend and guaranteed to get plenty of use.

Understated accessories

I’m all for bold accessories but work is one place where it’s a good idea to dial it down a notch. I don’t think you can go wrong with a pair of simple studs or a delicate necklace. If you’re a watch person, a beautiful timepiece is an outfit addition that will feel right at home in the workplace .

Quality staples

I don’t think you need to spend an absolute fortune on your work wardrobe but I would look to invest in the workhorses of your office looks. Pieces like a pair of black pants, a white button down shirt, an A-line or pencil skirt and a wool or cashmere sweater are all things that would be on high rotation so therefore it stands to reason that you’d invest a little more in them to ensure their longevity.

What are some of your favourite ways to elevate your work wardrobe?

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What I Wore: Holiday Dreaming

25th August, 2018

I always love putting together a holiday wardrobe. I think it’s because of the fact I know I’ll always be in a great mood in whatever I’m wearing and it will remind me of that particular getaway whenever I pull it out of my closet again at home. During my recent family trip to Thailand I wanted to bring pieces that were light, easy and also with an element of polish. I never really steer too far from my usual look when I am away, I just tweak it a bit so it’s a little more relaxed.

One of the first things I look for in any potential outfit for a holiday wardrobe is its versatility. I liked the fact that the below skirt and cami could be worn together and as separates, which allowed me to get more wear out of it while I was away. It was also perfect for the warm weather and I could wear it out to dinner without feeling too dressed up. I think that’s the thing with a tropical island getaway — you want to be able to wear pieces that look great but also don’t look too fussy or overdone as the whole vibe of the destination is so relaxed.

I spent most of my time away sans shoes or in sandals or slides as it was just easier, plus it was ideal for the weather. I brought the below pair of pink slides with me and pretty much lived in them. They were comfortable but the bow detail and the velvet fabrication made it look and feel a little more luxe. I’ll definitely be wearing them throughout summer, but every time I do I’ll always be reminded of the great family holiday we had.

Credits: Skirt and Cami, Camilla & Marc; Shoes, Ancient Greek Sandals

Photography: DDEN Studio (Trisara Resort, Phuket)

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What I Wore: A True Classic

21st August, 2018

I’m a fan of trying new labels but I’m also loyal to enduring brands that produce classic pieces time and time again. A black suit has always been in style but the gorgeous tailoring of this jacket and pants by Brooks Brothers makes it a cut above. The tuxedo jacket is ideal for dressy events with the slim cut giving it a sophisticated and sexy feel whilst the pants are flattering and the ideal streamlined silhouette.

There are some styles that are the signature pieces of a brand and in Brooks Brothers case its their madras tie, non-iron shirt, navy blazer and the Oxford shirt I’m wearing below. In true testament to the longevity of a classic white shirt, the style was actually first released in 1900 and is still going strong today. Considering Brooks Brothers celebrated their 200th anniversary earlier this year it goes to show that when you get the design right, it can really last the test of time.

As the look was already so traditional I wanted to add a few modern touches punctuating the look. Small frame sunglasses add just the right amount of attitude whilst a bright pop of colour in the form of my Espie Roche bag added a little sunshine to my monochrome ensemble.

Credits: Jacket, Brooks Brothers; Pants, Brooks Brothers; Shirt, Brooks Brothers; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Clutch, Espie Roche

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Brooks Brothers

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What I Wore: David Jones Spring Summer 18 Collection Launch

18th August, 2018

I always look forward to the David Jones Spring/Summer Collection launch every year because it reminds me that gorgeous weather and long balmy days are just around the corner. It also never fails to get me really excited to plan my new season wardrobe as I watch each look come down the runway. I always mentally bookmark a few faves that I know I’ll want to check out in-store later on.

I always enjoy attending events with Luke so I was happy we were able to go to the show together this year. It’s also a fun excuse for the both of us to get dressed up and have the night off! I was in the mood for a big splash of colour and couldn’t go past the below metallic pink skirt by Camilla & Marc. It was a fun focal point to my look and was really in keeping with the mood of the evening. As I was wearing such a modern skirt I wanted to add a classic element so opted for a white button down with a frilled collar and wore the sleeves pushed up to give it a more relaxed vibe. The midi length skirt gave me the perfect opportunity to show off a pair of great shoes and I eventually decided on a pair of ankle strap Tony Bianco heels which had a slight metallic sheen. Adding a touch of Dior to a look is never a bad idea, right? I just loved the below Dior clutch and the bold logo nameplate on the handclasp and thought it was perfect for the night. Rather helpfully the bag can also be worn using the chain strap so it’s great for events that might require me to go hands-free in case I need to hold a glass or grab a canapé.

As always it was another great event by David Jones! Seeing Karolina Kurkova star in the show was a definite highlight as was seeing Aussie models Jessica Gomes and Victoria Lee. I walked away with far too many outfits that I’d fallen in love with and my spring/summer looks are now very much in planning mode.

Credits: Kate: Skirt (not available in store yet), Camilla & Marc; Shirt, Camilla & Marc; Shoes (similar here), Tony Bianco; Clutch, Dior

Luke: JacketPantsShirt; Calibre

Photography: Mark Metcalfe/Getty

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What I Wore: Nine to Five

7th August, 2018

I’ve talked about my love of suiting before and it shows no signs of waning. I’m really starting to appreciate the appeal of a great suit. It really does impart a sense of confidence with its ‘I mean business’ vibe and it always looks polished no matter the occasion. Whilst I’ve been wearing pants suits a lot, I decided to change it up a little with this jacket and skirt by Camilla and Marc. It takes the traditional office suit and modernises it with the statement buttons on both pieces and the cinched in, double breasted style blazer. The mini also makes it look less corporate and a little more on trend whilst the white tee is a slightly more relaxed alternative to a button down shirt.

To help ground the outfit I chose to pair it with my favourite Balenciaga sock boots. I felt heels would be a little too delicate in this instance so opted for ankle boots help toughen up the look a little and give it a more fashion forward feel.

In keeping with the classic feel of this ensemble I chose to pair it with an oldie but a goodie—my black Chanel bag. It’s the kind of piece that’s been so great to have with my wardrobe as it can work back with virtually everything I own and really elevates any outfit. My Poppy Lissiman small frame sunglasses add a little edge and gives the whole look a truly modern feel.

Credits: Blazer, Camilla & Marc; Skirt, Camilla & Marc; Shirt, Uniqlo; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Bag, Chanel; Shoes, Balenciaga

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Bright and Bold

31st July, 2018

When you find statement pants this good how can you resist? I love the blue, white and red colour scheme of these Maggie Marilyn pants which is classic and vibrant whilst the striped pattern gives it some punch. Also vertical stripes elongate the body so bonus points for that!

I knew I wanted to work with one of the colours incorporated in the pants when it came to my top and this red tie-up cami also by Maggie Marilyn seemed the perfect pairing. I loved the sweet ribbon detail on the shoulder and the ruffle around the bust which help to give it a point of difference.

When your ensemble is so bold already I think it pays to keep your accessories quite streamlined and simple. My black Alaïa heels and helped to dress up the look whilst my Oroton navy bag with its chain shoulder strap and structure silhouette add a layer of understated simplicity, providing the perfect contrast to the colourful and strong vibe of the outfit.

Credits: Pants, Maggie Marilyn; Top, Maggie Marilyn; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman; Heels, Alaïa; Clutch, Oroton

Photography: Sophia Athas

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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