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What I Wore: Textural Play

30th October, 2018

Whenever I head to Melbourne I always make sure to pack a few warm weather options as I never know what the weather will be like. This new Miranda Dunn faux fur coat is one such thing. It’s super cosy and is made of the softest fur — it feels like I’ve just popped out with my favourite blanket when I’m wearing it. I’ve also found it easy to pair back with myriad looks in my closet, but my current fave is wearing it with jeans and a crisp white tee. It’s casual yet elegant and is a great go-to for when I’m looking for comfort and want to maintain an element of polish.

I didn’t want any of my other accessories competing with the fur coat, but I did want to add a little colour for interest so opted for my Goyard tote. The burgundy shade works easily with cream coat and as a bonus it’s also super roomy, so it’s great for carrying on days when I’m out and about and need to take everything from my laptop to my kids’ essentials. As for my shoes, being comfortable is paramount so I couldn’t think of a better option than my Dior slingback flats. They’re sophisticated and sleek, but are also ideal for long days where a flat is a must. Paired with classic Celine frames, this look is the ideal runaround outfit with a classic finishing touches.

Credits: Coat, Miranda Dunn; Shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans (similar), Camilla & Marc; Shoes, Dior; Bag (similar), Goyard (personalised bags also available from The Daily Edited); Sunglasses, Celine

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: Spring Racing launch dinner at Nobu

20th October, 2018

Earlier this week I hosted a dinner to kick off the Spring Racing Carnival at one of my favourite restaurants, Nobu at the Crown Resort in Melbourne. It was a small gathering of 30 people, comprising of family, friends and a few local media and I wanted the evening to be relaxed, fun and a great way to lead into one of my favourite (and busiest!) times of year. For such an event, I knew I wanted my outfit to be sleek, directional and incorporating a few elevated touches.

I worked with a good stylist friend for this particular occasion as my schedule was so frantic in the lead up to it that I knew I would need a little help pulling a look together. The standout piece of this ensemble was definitely the Maticevski skirt. I wish I could have shown you all in person, as it really is a knockout. The intricate detail, the elegant ruffles, the beautiful lace all combined made for a really striking effect. The addition of the cummerbund provided a strong contrast to the glamorous, feminine nature of the skirt. We decided on keeping the rest of my outfit quite simple so we simply paired the skirt with a white button down shirt from my closet—classic and elegant.

Given the monochrome colour palette, the ideal shoe came in the form of a pair of crossover strap heels from the recent collaboration between Off-White and Jimmy Choo. They were black and white (box ticked!) and had tiny writing on the straps which given my shoes were on show definitely gave them an interesting point of difference. The shoes were the perfect full stop to the rest of my look.

I often like having an outfit pulled together for me as it allows me to explore different looks, push my fashion boundaries and give my style a refresh. This look in particular, I think, was ideal for the occasion and had some great details that lifted it and gave it an edge.

Credits: Shirt, own shirt (similar here); Skirt and cummerbund, Maticevski; Shoes, Off-White x Jimmy Choo

Photography: Danielle Castano

 

 

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What I Wore: Smart Casual

16th October, 2018

Whenever I see the dress code smart casual it always gives me cause for pause as I’m trying to rack my brain of what I have in my wardrobe that fits the bill. Ultimately I think it’s all about working off duty style whilst still maintaining an element of polish. It’s about marrying the best of both worlds and merging casual pieces with elevated staples.

This Carla Zampatti jacket is one such piece that is right at home when worn back with dressy separates, but I can still pair it with denim and have it look cohesive. One of my favourite combinations is jeans and a white tee, which can be super casual but when paired with a sophisticated jacket it lifts the look into one that’s polished without being too fussy. Jeans have definitely become more accepted for events and relaxed workplaces, and when worked back with classic pieces it can easily be your go-to ensemble for those times you need to dress smart casual.

Great flats are essential for smart casual dressing which is why I am really loving my new Dior flats. They’re a classic shape, incorporate sleek details and as a bonus are super comfortable to be in all day. As for my accessories, a statement bag, with structure and extra finishes such as a chain strap or embellishments is the ideal option for elevating a look without being too overwhelming. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your eyewear. These coloured Le Specs sunglasses add a modern touch, without compromising the overall vibe of my outfit.

Credits: Jacket, Carla Zampatti; T-shirt, Uniqlo; Jeans, Camilla & Marc; Sunglasses (similar), Le Specs; Bag, Gucci; Shoes, Dior

Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Awards

13th October, 2018

Earlier this week I flew down to Melbourne with my family to watch my mum be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Attending the 34th Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner was a truly special occasion for us all, most especially for Mum. For such an event I wanted to wear something a little bit different, something with a strong silhouette, and the moment I saw this look by Maticevski I couldn’t see myself wearing anything else.

I usually tend to go for dresses for big events so it was great to be able to venture out of my comfort zone. This top is a showstopper—the one shoulder neckline, the subtle architectural ruffle and the incredible train all made it perfect for the occasion. The soft blush colour also worked beautifully with the white tailored pants and had a really strong, yet feminine vibe to it.

My outfit’s colour palette was quite soft, so I knew I needed to keep the theme going throughout the rest of the look, as anything too bold would have been a little bit jarring. This gorgeous clutch by Farrah and Sloane had just the right aesthetic. I loved the fringing and also the bangle handle, and the style held its own against my outfit without taking anything away from it. A pair of classic neutral Christian Louboutin pumps was the ideal shoe and worked well with the rest of the colours of my ensemble.

It’s always so fun to be able to get dressed up for events and wear gorgeous things, but this look will remain particularly special to me because of the occasion I wore it to. What an honour it was to watch my mum’s hard work and achievements celebrated on such a grand scale, I can’t think of a person more deserving of it.

Credits: Pants and top, Maticevski (available in select stores next month); Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Bag, Farrah and Sloane

Photography: Danielle Castano

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What I Wore: All That Glitters

2nd October, 2018

I often tend to favour classic looks most days but there are some occasions in which I just feel like dialing up the glamour and embracing a look that’s bold and just a little vivacious. This sequinned top and skirt by Veronika Maine was just calling out to make its debut—it’s such a fun pairing that’s made for occasion dressing. Worn together it’s an outfit that’s definitely got wow factor but it doesn’t have to be relegated to events. Both pieces can easily be pared back by teaming it with more subdued pieces. A blazer worn over the top of the cami or a simple white shirt worn back with the skirt can easily make sequins daytime appropriate.

When your outfit is so striking I think you have to keep accessories to a minimum and let it take centre stage. My favourite black Alaïa heels fit the bill, helping to ground the look yet maintain it’s glam nature. Round Chloe sunglasses add a little punch to this ensemble without being over the top. I think the fact the frames are quite simple and without colour make them the ideal piece to pair with this sequinned set.

Credits: Top, and Skirt, Veronika Maine; Sunglasses, Chloe; Shoes, Alaïa

Photography: Ash Larden

This post was produced in collaboration with Veronika Maine

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What I Wore: Orange You Glad

25th September, 2018

Co-ordinated sets really are my new favourite shortcut to looking super polished. I loved this checked jacket and skirt by Hansen & Gretel for its 60s feel and Jackie Onassis vibes. Also the check and vibrant orange really make it pop and make a statement. A skirt suit is always a great go-to for work or play, and I for one can attest to how easy this particular look is to wear to the office, a function or to a special lunch.

I wanted the rest of my look to echo the polish of the suit so I knew I needed sophisticated accessories to add as finishing touches. As far as shoes went I knew I wanted something dressy but stilettos would have been too much so a great compromise was my new slingback Dior flats. It maintains the polished feel of the jacket and skirt without me looking just a little too dressed up. I maintained the 60s aesthetic by opting for a structured top handle bag in a complementary orange shade which really added a fun touch to the whole ensemble. And what better finishing touch than a pair of cat eye sunglasses which was also a reflection of the era.

Credits: Skirt, Hansen & Gretel (not out yet); Shirt, Hansen & Gretel (not out yet); Bag, Espie Roche; Shoes, Dior; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ash Larden

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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

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