Dresses are always an easy option simply because it requires zero further thought in terms of having to think of what top will match with which bottom. Whenever I wear one I just throw on accessories and I’m done.
This Maggie Marilyn dress is particularly great as I love that it manages to combine a few interesting finishes in one with out it being over the top. The simple slip dress silhouette is elevated by the mixture of statement stripes in candy shades along with the ruffles along the top (if you like this here’s another way to combine the stripes and ruffles, I also like this look) which all add up to a dramatic, yet wearable style.
It’s really a must to let a dress such as this to be the focal point of an ensemble so I opted to keep things quite simple. Metallic Maje slides are the ideal complementary colour whilst neutral accessories in the form a blush Mimco bag and black sunglasses are understated and don’t overwhelm such a standout piece.
Tell me—are you a fan of statement dresses? Do you like mixing different finishing details such as stripes and ruffles?
Credits: Dress, Maggie Marilyn; Bag, Mimco; Slides, Maje; Sunglasses, Mimco
Photography: Sophia Athas
The David Jones Autumn Winter 2018 launch recently took place in Sydney and it had me seriously excited for the cooler weather to arrive. There are so many amazing trends to look forward to and I’m already inspired to start planning my new season looks. In the meantime however I’m making the most of the remaining days of warm weather and roadtesting summer ensembles. I love the futuristic meets sporty vibe of this top and skirt combination by Sportmax, and offset by simple accessories such as my go-to Alaïa heels and Dior bag, it made for the ideal fashion forward look for such a big event.
Credit: Top, Sportmax; Skirt, Sportmax; Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Dior
During a recent trip to Melbourne I was in the mood to wear something quite feminine and bold so I ended up taking this Rebecca Vallance top and skirt combination with me. I love the nautical striped pattern on both, which gives a relaxed, resort wear vibe. The ruffled neckline and sleeve on the top give it a dramatic flair and gives the outfit a point of interest as the rest of the look is quite streamlined and simple. These were also the ideal pieces to take on a trip, as they’re able to be styled into two separate looks, giving me more options to choose from.
I wanted to dress this ensemble up a bit so I opted for my studded Alaïa heels, however I’ve found that it could work easily with a pair of sandals to give a slightly more casual feel.
My ever reliable Chanel bag always comes with me when I travel as it can go from a crossbody bag to a clutch quite easily, and in this instance it was the ideal bag to take to dinner. It’s small enough to carry my bits and pieces but not so big as to look cumbersome.
I never head out with a pair of sunglasses and for this outing, I wanted to stick to a classic black pair. However the charms on the sunglasses’ arms help give it a glam touch and is often a talking point as it’s such an unexpected detail.
Credits: Top, Rebecca Vallance; Skirt,Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Alaïa; Sunglasses, POMS; Bag, Chanel
Photographer: Sophia Athas
Every year, I love heading down to Melbourne to check out the Australian Open. The atmosphere is a lot of fun and there’s always plenty to see and do. This year, I was invited by Country Road to check out the tennis so what better opportunity to rock an outfit from their new season collection to head courtside. I love gingham prints so this wrap skirt with subtle split was a comfortable and stylish option for the day. I paired it with a classic white crew neck tee, whose simple, streamlined design worked perfectly with the busy print of the skirt and is the kind of versatile style staple that post-event can work with the rest of my wardrobe. I kept to a blue colour palette with the rest of my ensemble, opting to pair it with my navy top handle Bulgari bag and cat-eye sunglasses with mirrored lenses. It was the ideal understated look for a casual day out.
Credits: T-shirt and skirt, Country Road, Bag, Bulgari; Sunglasses, Le Specs
This post was created in collaboration with Country Road
It’s a colour combination I don’t often wear together but this outfit may have just convinced me that I really need to wear pink and red more than I have in the past. The clashing effect really makes the shades pop, without being too over the top. With such vibrant hues in play, I had to be conscious not to let the rest of the outfit become too overwhelming so I wanted to ground the look with a pair of black Balenciaga sock boots. The sharp silhouette of the shoes make for a great contrast to the soft frills of the skirt, whilst the dark colour helps to dial back the intensity of both pieces. I’ve been really loving the new The Last Lolita cat eye sunglasses from the Adam Selman x Le Specs collab, as the clear frames and mirrored lenses really make for a striking pairing. It’s a fun final touch to such a playful confection of colour.
Credits: Top and skirt, Maggie Marilyn; Boots, Balenciaga; Sunglasses, Le Specs
Photography: Sophia Athas
Luke and I attended a friend’s wedding over the weekend and it was a great excuse to take this top and skirt combination by Rebecca Vallance on an outing. I’m really loving wearing bright, bold colours for weddings as they’re always such fun, happy occasions that it seems fitting to have the accompanying colour palette to match!
This top and skirt worn together looks almost dress-like but I love the fact that I can wear them separately, in a more casual way, beyond this occasion which unfortunately is one of the downsides of having a dress specifically for an event–it’s often difficult to take them out again unless you’ve got another big function to go to.
With such a striking colour, I had to be careful with the complementary colours I chose otherwise I risked the entire outfit looking too overwhelming, so opted for gold. Metallic colours are often great paired with poppy shades as they contrast without competing and in this instance my favourite gold Gucci made for the perfect pairing. I kept my accessories in the same colour family and stuck to my favourite gold medallion, watch and bangle.
Credits: Top, Rebecca Vallance; Skirt, Rebecca Vallance, Shoes, Gucci
Steal the look:
I’m a firm believer that off duty style doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice looking polished. Don’t get me wrong—super casual lounge wear definitely has a place in my life but sometimes when I’m out and about I want to adopt a considered look without sacrificing comfort. This is when I rely on a great dress. This Camilla and Marc number is unfussy, with a simple silhouette, making it a blank canvas from which to build an outfit, but the exposed shoulder detail gives it a point of interest. Adding touches of colour are great when working with white so I opted for my metallic Maje knotted slides and classic monogrammed Louis Vuitton backpack. Given backpacks have now had a stylish reboot, far far away from the bag you may remember carrying to school, they’re a great option on days when you’re on the go and have a million things to do. They’re especially a godsend for mums—free hands are a necessity when wrangling little ones. I never leave the house without a pair of sunglasses so my Poms black frames are a must.
Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Shoes, Maje; Backpack, Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses, Poms
Steal my look:
When it comes to my wardrobe I generally tend to favour lots of neutrals and muted tones. I gravitate towards shades that can easily be worked back with the rest of my wardrobe seamlessly but every so often I’ll want to wear a vibrant hue. This navy jumpsuit has a classic feel from the silhouette to the colour, but for a day look it was calling out to be paired with a bold pop of colour to give it a more casual feel. A simple tote is one of my go-tos when I’m out and about and in a bright red it gave my ensemble a fun touch. When working with such a intense colour, I wanted to let it take centre stage so I chose simple accessories. My favourite white Gucci sneakers and black sunglasses seemed the right fit whilst the addition of a pair of drop earrings help to lift the entire ensemble. When it comes to days where I’m out and about, I always like to make a point to turn a casual off duty outfit into something with a little polish without sacrificing comfort and in this instance, a little colour really went a long way.
Credits: Jumpsuit, Camilla and Marc; Bag, Oroton; Sunglasses, Bec and Bridge, Earrings, Atelier Romy; Sneakers, Gucci
Photography: Sophia Athas
You could go a little texture…or a whole lot for a striking finish that suits summer to a tee. I’m a big fan of the label Maggie Marilyn and this dress from their latest collection pulls out all the stops – a crisp white shade, an abundance of ruffles, and a red and white striped accent all make for just the right amount of statement-making detail to make this a go-to for events and special occasions. Nothing works better against white than a beautiful tan shade and this bag from Gucci is a versatile colour that will the see it work back with many outfits. I love the bag’s simplicity but the signature gold interlocking Gs and exposed stitching give it a bit of extra personality. Meanwhile my Gucci loafers with painted flower detail and candy pink sunglasses add a fun feminine touch without competing with the rest of the ensemble.
Credits: Dress, Maggie Marilyn, Shoes and bag, Gucci, Sunglasses, Pared
Photography: Sophia Athas
Now that it’s officially the time of year in Australia where everyone’s in the mood to go out and enjoy a few cocktails and make the most of balmy summer nights I’m once again drawn to this Rebecca Vallance jumpsuit. I took it with me to Paris during my last holiday and loved that it felt so right for evenings out, making the most of the gorgeous weather. I’d usually associate gold lamé with more of a party look but the style of the jumpsuit, with its culotte style leg, square neckline and sweet waist tie keep it looking polished without losing any of its glam factor. The colour is so gorgeous that to continue the gilded theme I opted for my gold Gucci heels and favourite Eddie Borgo choker. To punctuate the head-to-toe metallic I went with a little black Dior bag with chain strap to carry all my essentials and leave my hands-free should I wish to enjoy a drink or two!
Credits: Jumpsuit, Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Gucci; Bag, Dior; Choker, Eddie Borgo