One of my favourite things about summer is being able to do relaxed, resort style dressing every day. While I love the laidback element of this, I also like to maintain a polished feel to my looks which is why co-ord sets are perfect. A matching set evokes a sleek and pulled together vibe and makes for an easy go-to when I’m looking for an outfit that’s easy and unfussy.
This crop and matching pants set is made of a gorgeous lightweight silk which makes it ideal for warm, balmy summer days. It also maintains a little edge to it which I like. I decided to pair this with a wide brimmed straw hat which offers the practical purpose of providing very necessary sun protection while also adding an elegant touch to my ensemble.
Whenever I’m in resort style mode I always like to keep my accessories quite simple and pared back. I stuck with some of my favourite classic jewellery options in this instance with my much beloved coin necklace and gold earrings and bangle rounding out my look.
A black dress is one of those things I can’t live without. It can be the cornerstone of many a look and is so versatile, wearable and has longevity. This Camilla and Marc dress is so effortless in its design—a sleek silhouette, simple yet interesting detailing and a flattering fit. It feels very modern while maintaining the eternally classic appeal that’s synonymous with the LBD.
The beauty with black dresses is that you can take them any direction you choose. You can dress them up to be something that feels quite formal or keep them casual with understated accessories. I love the freedom that that affords me and also it’s a great way to maintain a tight edit on pieces that I own as I can utilise one item in so many different ways.
I opted to keep this look quite sleek and simple. Worn with minimal jewellery and a relaxed hairstyle it evokes a polished vibe that doesn’t feel overly ‘done’. I can see myself wearing this look for many a work function or event but it also would be a quick go-to during my down time. And that chameleonic nature is what the LBD is all about.
Photography by Sophia Athas
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Dress: Faith Topstitch Twill Dress, Camilla and Marc
A silhouette I’m really loving this summer is a classic wrap dress with blouson sleeves. I’ve always found wrap dresses to be really flattering as they help accentuate the waist and and the v-neck is a neckline that works for virtually everyone. It’s a feminine style, that depending on the print and colour can be casual, dressy or somewhere in between. I particularly love the voluminous sleeves on this dress. Playful and fun, they help soften the overall feel of the dress.
This Kate Spade dress is a great go-to option this season as the colour palette is just made for long days spent enjoying the sunshine. Orange and pink is an unlikely colour combination that just works—the bright shades play nicely against each other while still holding their own.
I was going for a more polished vibe on this day so it was all about sleek accessories that helped elevate the dress. I opted for an orange structured bag as it worked with the similar tones in the dress and provided a strong contrast to the softer elements of the frock. A white heel is such a great shoe option to have in your closet because it’s so easy to work back with virtually everything. Case in point: the Tony Bianco shoes I’m wearing here which I’ve worn several times since I got them. Paired with cat eye frames, this is the ideal look for the a dressy lunch or an upcoming event.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
Credits: Dress, Kate Spade; Shoes, Tony Bianco; Bag, Espie Roche; Sunglasses, Vogue; Phone/Phone case, Huawei/ The Daily Edited.
Whoever said neutrals are boring never met a dress like this. This Camilla & Marc dress is a subdued hue but the sleek and elegant silhouette elevate it into something that can be worn throughout summer, making it the ideal look for warm days and balmy nights. The twisted halter neck design is sleek and adds a subtly sexy touch while the ruched back gives the dress an interesting feature but as a bonus, makes it ultra comfortable too. Also, I’m a fan of any dress with pockets (utilitarian and a great design feature) and the midi length is flattering and fun.
I wanted to wear toned down accessories with this look and something quite tonal too. So I opted for monogrammed Louis Vuitton ankle boots which has a subtle logo design so it doesn’t overwhelm the look, but a good boot helps ground the look. This look doesn’t call for fussy pieces so I went for a simple hat. Just the thing to complement this minimalist dress, and in the same colour family, it helps pull the entire look together.
I’m a firm believer that Aussie brands do summer clothing like no other. Our relaxed lifestyle really lends itself to inspiring plenty of designs that are just made for days spent enjoying the sun. One of the standout brands who do this so well is without a doubt, Zimmermann. I always find myself falling in love with so many things in every collection they do, and love how they always incorporate beautiful prints, intricate detailing and soft textural features into their clothes.
When I saw these shorts I could already see them becoming an integral part of my summer wardrobe. The 60s style print and the warm colour palette make them a definite cornerstone of any look. Also they work beautifully with neutrals as it really allows the shorts to pop. I wanted to add another statement piece to this look, but didn’t want to overwhelm my entire outfit, so this blouse was the perfect fit. The gorgeous silhouette with its mutton sleeves and the broderie anglaise are striking, but the crisp white allow it to still work back nicely with a colourful piece.
Accessorising this look was all about maintaining a simple and relaxed aesthetic. The white hat makes an elegant and practical addition to my look, while the straw bag and white slides maintain a resort vibe. Topped with white sunglasses that are in keeping with the 6os vibe of the shorts, this is one summer ensemble that’s going to have plenty of outings this season.
I wore this look on a shoot at the beautiful Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley and fell in loved with its modern take on Victorian style. The Aje blouse (one of my fave Aussie brands right now) has a classic feel to it but with the blouson sleeves, the silhouette feels modern. Also crisp white shirts are a staple in my wardrobe so I love how this shirt taps into that versatility but still manages to give a fresh take on it.
I’m always a fan of a monochrome colour palette as it’s always guaranteed to be a chic combination so I opted to pair the shirt with white leather pants. Leather leggings also have great contemporary feel and work beautifully with everything from a white button down or a t-shirt or sweater. In keeping with the rustic feel of my surroundings, I worked a pair of riding boots into my look which provides a great contrast to the more dressy feel of my outfit.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Credits: Top, Aje; Pants (similar), Camilla and Marc
What a year! This post is always such a great way to look back over the last 12 months and relive everything I’ve been up to—from places I’ve visited (big trips to Paris and the US this year!) to brands I’ve worked with and all my street style shoots, not to mention all the great events I’ve been lucky to attend, I’m able to reminisce one outfit at a time.
As always autumn and spring racing afforded me the opportunity to embrace some truly beautiful looks. From the pastel pink Macgraw look I wore to Melbourne Cup to the lip print dress I wore to Oaks Day and this bold red suit whilst on reporting duties for 7 Racing, every year, racing season is always a sartorial playground for me.
So here’s the year that was. Farewell to this decade and bring on the next…
Sometimes you just have to have a fun colour moment and this great skirt suit by Bec & Bridge is definitely one to do it. The mint shade is great for this time of year where everything is about light and breezy silhouettes and fabrics, and dabbling in beautiful bright hues, particularly soft pastels. I also love the textured effect of both the longline blazer and skirt which gives it just the right relaxed feel for the season. While I opted for a long sleeved ribbed top, you could easily pair this with a tee or a cami and instantly dress it up or down.
While I love the overall laidback feel of the suit, I wanted to elevate the look with my accessories. My Prada leather shoulder bag is both dressy but unfussy enough that it doesn’t make my look feel too “done” and is the perfect size for carrying everything I need for the day. I also opted for minimalist Giuseppe Zanotti heels which with its crystal heel feels a little more glam. Topped with playful pink Le Specs shades, I’m ready to tackle the day ahead.
Printed dresses are a wardrobe staple of mine as they’re so wearable and a simple outfit that I can easily throw on without having to fuss around too much—perfect for a busy mum. Aje have been doing some really beautiful pieces of late, and this dress is no exception. I love the interesting greyscale check print which is bold and modern and something that allows the dress to stand out. Also a midi length is always flattering and something that I can wear both for off duty wear, in the office or to an event. One way I love to change up my fave dresses is by adding a belt. I popped a black Gucci statement belt over this dress to cinch in the waist and give it a little more structure, but as the style is so versatile, it’s definitely still great without it.
I decided on accessories that worked with the graphic feel of the dress. My Chanel cap toe flats in contrasting shades worked well against the grey and is just the thing to maintain a polished vibe but are shoes that I can also wear all day. I’ve also found that this dress can work back with so many different bag styles. Below I’ve paired it with a black Dior chain strap bag and also a roomy tote—I can change it up depending on what my day holds.
An all white ensemble is hard to beat which is why it’s always one of my go-to outfits. It’s always looks sophisticated and fresh and is perfect for those times when you want an impactful look. Recently, I checked out the new Viktoria and Woods store in Sydney’s Mosman and uncovered a new ensemble that I love. I’m always endlessly pleased when a fave of brand of mine opens locally and with such a great collection in store right now, I found it hard not to compile a lengthy wish list.
The below look ticks the versatility box, which is key for me whenever I’m considering an outfit. Separately I think the blouse, pants and corset are able to be worked back with other pieces in my closet and can easily be dressed up or down. Even the corset, which at first may seem limited to only certain occasions, can be worn with a simple tee for a look that’s casual yet elevated. Worn together I think it’s sophisticated and modern and maintains a classic sensibility.
To really allow the entire look to pop, I went for all white accessories too. Crisp white cat eye frames and white mules were the bright and fresh accoutrements needed to finish off this look.