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What I Wore: White Out

15th June, 2021

Chilly winter days have me reminiscing about looks like this! This sweet Rebecca Vallance dress is definitely bookmarked for the spring/summer. What I love about crisp white dresses is that they always look so fresh and polished. And this particular style has so many playful features such as the triple tie detail, drop waist and ruching at the back. Also I really love how the textured fabrication gives it a little extra personality, and elevates it from just any ordinary white dress.

One of my fave colour combinations is white and gold. Gilded touches just work so well against a white backdrop and really pop. These sunglasses have been such a good addition to my collection as they can be paired with so many different outfits, and have a nice streamlined vibe which makes them a bit of a style chameleon. While my white and gold Apede Mod bag, is the perfect finishing touch. It’s petite silhouette and chain strap, make it the perfect on trend accessory to work as an accent piece against this look.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Bag, Apede Mod; Sunglasses, Finlay

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: True Blue

8th June, 2021

The oh-so classic combination of a crisp white shirt and jeans is something I often turn to when it comes to my fave tried and tested looks. I’ve worn it in so many different iterations, just swapping the shirt for different styles and the jeans for alternative cuts and washes but it always works out regardless. So I decided what better way to wear this Aje shirt than with my fave Levis? This shirt has been such a welcome addition to my wardrobe. I’ve always loved the signature Aje silhouette with the puff sleeves and the statement button at the neck, but I like the fact this is a short sleeved version which makes it easy to wear throughout winter or summer. And these are the jeans the pair that I shared a few months ago that I get so many DMs about. They’re still going strong, and I’m still getting messages about them! They’re such a great fit, the perfect length and juuust the right wash. These are my second pair because I wear the other pair so much I wanted to get a back up.

When it comes to a look such as this I think accessories could be taken in so many different directions. In this instance I went for simple pieces that complement rather than stand out, as I wanted the outfit to be the focal point of this look. So, I opted for a Chanel backpack, one of my most beloved bags simply because it ticks both the form and function box, to add a hit of metallic to quite a pared back colour palette. While my white Bottega Veneta slingbacks work well to carry the hue into another element of my outfit, while still being a standout piece on its own. Plus they’re so comfy. It’s one of the reasons I wear them so often as heels that are comfortable are so hard to find. For a look that’s all about the timeless pairing of white and denim, adding a few modern accoutrements certainly gives it a more contemporary spin.

Credits: Shirt, Aje; Jeans, Levis; Bag, Chanel, Shoes, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Orange County

5th June, 2021

Neutrals are a constant part of my wardrobe every day of the week, but sometimes, you just have to go big and bold and embrace a vibrant hit of colour. Enter this Miu Miu dress via one of my fave luxury retailers, Cettire. The site has quickly become a fave as not only do they stock my fave brands, but they have some other smaller labels which have some really interesting pieces. It was during one fateful online shopping trip, I spotted this splash of orange and knew immediately it was something that I needed.

This dress has personality to spare, but also has an elegance to it which balances out the entire look. When wearing a such a bold hue as orange, I think it’s important to have some elements which are pared back and classic, and the shift style silhouette of this dress is something that I wear often for those two reasons. I also love the cut-out and the scalloped hem, finished by the sweet black waist bow. While it still allows colour to take centre stage, those finishing touches make a great supporting act.

Whenever I’m embracing boldness in my outfit, I may a point of keeping the rest of my look quite simple to avoid it looking too overwhelming. So I couldn’t look past my black Bottega Veneta heels. They have an understated simplicity, married with a modern vibe and they were the ideal shoe to pair with such a showstopping look.

Credits: Dress, Miu Miu (via Cettire); Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Day 5

4th June, 2021

What a week! It was the last day of Fashion Week today and I decided to go for something a little more relaxed for today’s look. And what better option than embracing denim all the way. These jeans by Isabel Marant are such a great fit, and they’re just the right crop (important when you’re petite). Also whenever I wear anything high waisted it’s important that it’s just the ideal level of firmness around the waist and hips for the most flattering fit, and these jeans ticked both those boxes. To tie into the light blue wash of the jeans, I went for a paisley sky blue top, also by Isabel Marant. I wanted a streamlined silhouette so I decided to opt for a waist belt to cinch in the top, making for a more flattering fit.

My outfit embraced a slightly softer colour palette so I wanted accessories in more understated hues. I decided on a structured fawn Fendi bag to add a ladylike touch this look. While my white Bottega slingbacks made for the ideal accompaniment to the slightly more casual nature of denim, giving it just the right hint of dressiness to achieve balance. For the finale of one of my fave events of the year, this combination was just the right ensemble to see out the week.

Credits: Top, pants and belt, Isabel Marant (via David Jones); Bag, Fendi; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week Day 4

3rd June, 2021

I’ve always been a fan of classic tailoring. It forms the backbone of a lot of my outfits, and while classic is great, I do like pieces that have a bit of a twist. An unexpected point of difference that takes a tailored piece into a different direction. And it’s one of the reasons why I was so excited to be wearing this look today. Each piece in this outfit is a classic silhouette but with a modern touch. The classic white shirt I was wearing today  had these amazing finishes such as the metal trim at the neck and the oversized cuffs. I found it took a forever staple like a button down white shirt and gave it a slightly more fashion forward feel. While tailored black pants are always a failsafe option, what I loved about this Camilla and Marc design is the contrasting stitching, which gave it a little extra lift, a little extra personality. And what’s better than a trench to tie a whole look together? This Esse trench is the epitome of sleek, sophisticated outerwear, and when thrown over a shirt and pant pairing, it instantly just makes this look feel extra considered, and so polished.

I’ve been having fun with accessorising this week, but I’ve also discovered just how good my go-to pieces really are. These white Bottega Veneta slingbacks for example have been a welcome addition to my closet for a few seasons and they’ve had quite a few outings this week simply because they’re so versatile. Also I love that it takes a classic slingback silhouette, and makes it more modern with the sturdier heel and strap. I couldn’t pass up this buttery leather Fendi bag, which is just the perfect relaxed shape to provide a counterpoint to the more refined nature of the rest of my outfit. And with a few late nights this week sunglasses were a must! These crisp white Pared sunglasses are a little mod, and proof that even the smallest of accessories can make a big difference.

Credits: Trench coat (via David Jones), Esse; Shirt and pants (via David Jones), Camilla and Marc; Heels, Bottega Veneta; Sunglasses, Emma Mulholland for Pared; Bag, Fendi

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

 

 

 

 

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Afterpay Australian Fashion Week: Day 1

31st May, 2021

It’s the first day of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) and it’s so nice to be back! After having the event cancelled last year, it has been great to see everyone, from friends to colleagues, and most importantly to check out some of my favourite designers. I was off to the Rebecca Vallance show today so I wanted to throw my support behind the brand, by wearing this suit dress from the label. I’m a huge fan of suiting in general, but I think a suit dress is always such a classic and feminine way to do it. This pink Legally Blonde-esque number is equal parts sophisticated and playful—how could it not be in such a great shade of pastel pink. I also love the textural elements of this dress, from the fringing detail to the pearl buttons.

I wanted to dial it up a notch for a day spent celebrating fashion so I was looking for a glam accessory to complement my dress. These perspex heels by Billini definitely fit the brief. The pointed toe is sleek, while the diamante straps and bow add a bit of drama to the shoes. And sunglasses during Fashion Week are an absolute must. These oval Le Specs tortoiseshell glasses are a simple design that allow the rest of my look to do the talking. That’s day one of AAFW almost done—the rest of the week (and more looks) to go!

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Shoes (similar here), Billini; Sunglasses (similar here), Le Specs

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Flowerbomb

25th May, 2021

UK brand Rixo have always been synonymous with a great party dress for me—all sequins and high octane glam. But they’re offering when it comes to casual dresses is something I’m definitely turning to more and more. So when I saw this dress, it immediately caught my eye as it’s such a departure from the aesthetic I usually associate with the label. I am quite partial to a great floral dress most of the time, but what I love about this particular style is the print. The oversized flowers and the green and pink palette work really well to add vibrancy to this dress, which is also a juxtaposition to the more demure aspects of the dress such as the Peter Pan collar, the midi length and frill detail. I could wear this easily during spring/summer while I’m out and about, but it also works well an occasion dress, which really allows me to maximise its versatility.

Pairing accessories with this dress, I was searching for things that were a little playful, but also had some strength and boldness to it to help balance the more softer, feminine style of the dress. So I went for a great pair of rectangular frames by Le Specs (they’re super affordable too might I add) which added a little attitude to my overall look. I also added a gilded element in the form of gold Aquazzura star sandals. I felt pairing sandals with this look as opposed to a heel, was a great way to take this outfit in a different direction, one that marries a little playfulness with a ladylike vibe.

Credits: Dress, Rixo; Shoes, Aquazzura; Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Fancy Free

18th May, 2021

Effortless pieces that come together without much fuss are a staple of mine—I need to get out the door fast most days and it’s great to have go-tos that I can quickly throw on. This is why this Staud knit set caught my eye; not only does it look polished, it’s comfy like loungewear which makes it perfect for being on the go. Also, as it’s in black, it works beautifully as separates, making this set a truly versatile look that can work back with so many other aspects of my wardrobe.

I can’t think of a better pairing than black and gold, so I wanted to add a gilded touch to this look, and opted for a pair of Aquazzura star sandals. These sandals are a few seasons old, but I come back to them again and again, as they add such a playful element to an outfit but are also so easily paired with myriad outfits. To finish off this outfit, I added a black Prada bucket bag, and a pair of classic Le Specs sunglasses—the final touches to the perfect easy, breezy look.

Credits: Top and pants, Staud; Bag, Prada; Shoes, Aquazzura, Sunglasses, Le Specs

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Flounce and Finery

11th May, 2021

Every once in awhile I get to wear an outfit that’s all about making a statement, like this one. When something involves dramatic feathery detail and a whole lot of flounce, I’m most certainly here for it. This Ferragamo look with the finest, softest feathers is so theatrical and feminine all at the same time. The earthy hues are perfect, as they help ground the softer nature of the dress, and help strike a balance. Given the dress is quite busy, I thought it needed another element to tie it together so I opted to belt it to give the overall silhouette some shape, and to offer a structured counterpoint to the more untamed nature of the feathers!

Also, I think when you’re going all out with a dress like this, it pays to dial everything back a little to ensure it’s not too over the top. Enter the most perfect black flats for winter. The Ferragamo Viva slingback is a classic design making them the ideal piece to pair with so many different looks. Plus the signature Ferragamo bow adds a sweet touch, and is the perfect detail to complement the pointed toe design of the shoe. I’ll definitely be wearing them to death this season.

Credits: Dress, belt, bracelet and shoes, Ferragamo

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Fine Lines

4th May, 2021

I’m not sure whether it’s emerging from a life lived working from home for several months, or not being quite ready to relegate my fave loungewear to just the weekend, but my look has become a way to do dressy, without compromising on comfort. I’m gravitating towards mixing my fave casual staples with pieces that are definitely made for doing an elevated look. I think this is how this look came together.

This corset top by Dion Lee is just perfection. It’s got the precision styling that the brand is known for, with edgy touches such as the exposed boning and the crop feature in the bodice. My mind immediately went to these baggy Camilla and Marc jeans, to pair with it. It’s a classic white top and denim pairing, but the play on volume, from the slimline silhouette of the top, to the more relaxed fit of the jeans achieves just the right balance.

Accessories were key here. I wanted effortless accoutrements but with personality. My fave Bottega Veneta black heels were the obvious choice, adding a great contrast to the baggy look of the jeans, but still polished enough to finish the look off. I added a simple white Apede Mod bag with chain strap to add an on trend touch, and classic black sunglasses to carry me through the day.

Credits: Top, Dion Lee; Jeans (similar here), Camilla and Marc; Sunglasses, Le Specs; Bag, Apede Mod; Heels, Bottega Veneta;

Photography: Ashleigh Larden