I’m in London attending Royal Ascot and as far as racing events go, you really have to bring your A-game when it comes to what you wear. Given it’s often attended by royalty, and the dress codes are quite strict, I definitely had to make sure that the outfits I’m wearing over the three days I’m attending are up to Royal Ascot standard!
For day one, I went for a demure, ladylike outfit all anchored by some beautiful Gucci pieces. I worked with stylist Jess Pecoraro to help pull this look together and it was all about this pleated cream skirt (below the knee of course!) worked back with a polished silk blouse. I went for a bold blazer, with statement shoulders and chain link to really tie this outfit together. While a classic pair of black Mary Jane style pumps added another feminine touch. I liked that the overall vibe was elegant without being too over the top and it shows the beauty in embracing simple pieces but working them together to create an outfit that still has presence and impact.
As far as accessories go, it was all about elegance and simplicity—but with some subtle statement making elements woven in. This gorgeous Nerida Winter raffia headpiece with veil added a dramatic touch yet the raffia fabric kept it understated. While a simple monogrammed bar clutch by Gucci added a gilded element and just a touch of glam.
I love nothing more than sharp tailoring and you can’t look past a suit to achieve that look. I’ve really embraced suiting of late, and have discovered the beauty and versatility in a suit for a variety of different occasions. Also, they come in all sorts of iterations now that you really can find a suit to work with your personal style. I teamed up with local brand Saba to put this look together and think it really typifies elegant winter wear. The suit comprised of a houndstooth double breasted jacket and cropped pants is able to work together but also separately which ensures I can get more wear out of it. I wore the jacket on its own and buttoned up to look more like a top and it’s something I’ve been doing a lot with other suits in my collection as it feels modern and fresh. The pants that go with this jacket are also cropped which for petite ladies, is actually just the perfect length —no need for alterations which I really rate. Given the cooler weather, a coat is most definitely a must. This midi length herringbone coat is such a classic option for winter. The pattern is something that is forever in style and can be worked back with multiple looks. It also has a slightly A-line silhouette which feels very feminine, but the peak lapels keep it looking slick.
When you’re wearing a suit, I think you really have to pay attention to what you do in the accessories department as you don’t want to completely overwhelm the look with accoutrements. As the colour palette of this look is all about black, white and grey I wanted the rest of my accessories to complement it. So in this instance, I went for a great pair of Bec and Bridge sunnies which I have been wearing non-stop—they’re a classic frame but have a few contemporary touches which achieves a great balance. I also went for Aquazzura pumps to finish off the look — you can’t go past a sky high heel to add a feminine touch to such a strong ensemble.
Gwyneth Paltrow wore an interation of this suit in the 90s when Tom Ford was still at the helm of the house of Gucci. So it seems fitting now in our 90s/early aughts fashion revival that this style has been revisited by current creative director Alessandro Michele. The suit is sharp and ultra cool with its sleek silhouette and luxe red velvet fabrication. Suiting is very much a trend right now and they are are quickly becoming a tried and true staple in my closet. It’s always particularly fun when I get to wear one that’s a little outside the box. Red velvet is just about as glam as you can get and this one, with its peaked lapels and pointed shoulders makes me feel a little bit like a rockstar! Also the matching wide leg pants with the tuxedo stripe are elevated and fun. I do like the unexpected colour contrast of the sky blue shirt against the red, it feels very fresh and modern. I think that’s often the best way to do looks that are inspired by previous generations– honour the concept but add a slightly more contemporary feature or spin.
I wanted to keep the rest of my look pared back given I’d embraced something bold with the rest of my outfit, so I opted for a classic black Jackie Gucci bag. It’s a simple and classic design and works well with a pared back outfit comprised of neutrals equally as well as it does with a bolder ensemble. Also, I couldn’t look past black pumps for this particular suit. The colour and texture already makes such a statement, I knew I could afford to go for a slightly more pared back style of shoe to complement it.
Multiple outfit changes aren’t so bad when you get to change into a great after dark look such as this. I am loving the fact that trousers are majorly trending. They’re comfortable, but they look oh-so chic! They are also perfect for an evening look and such a great alternative to a dress, which is often my go for evening events. I love the masculine touch juxtaposed against sky high pumps. There’s a great balance there. The textured animal print top also add a more glam element to this ensemble, but without being overwhelming. The great thing is, I could absolutely wear the trousers in the daytime and get double the use out of them. It’s all about versatility.
I adore trench coats of any kind and Camilla and Marc can always be relied upon to do a beautiful cut. This trench is perfection. The length is great, the drape relaxed but not overly so and it becomes an integral part of the look as opposed to something I’ve popped on just to keep me warm while I get from A to B. If there’s one coat that’s definitely worth investing in this winter, it’s a trench. I didn’t want to do anything overly fussy with the shoes so these black pumps were the ideal choice in footwear. They add a sexy touch and help elongate my frame, but are also understated and elegant.
Credits: Pants, David Jones; Trench, Camilla and Marc; Heels, Aquazzura
I like to mix it up on each day of Fashion Week and given I wore a suit yesterday, I went the opposite direction today and opted for a fun, feminine look. I went for stripes on stripes with this Altuzarra ensemble. Clashing prints is always fun, but there’s always something interesting about working essentially the same pattern but with a slightly different take on it. The horizontal stripes on top work well against the busyness at the bottom, with the multicoloured stripes almost giving an illusion effect. There’s also a flirty thigh high split to balance the midi length hem. Given it was quite chilly, I needed a jacket to get me through the day and this Emporio Armani dark denim blazer was the perfect complementary piece to the rest of my outfit. It’s got a classic, polished structure but the denim gives it a fashion forward feel, plus it works great against all that colour.
I fell hard for today’s Fendi bag. The crescent shape is fun, but what I liked is the oversized Fendi embellishment underneath. It’s logomania but done in a really subtle way. I also liked the pop of pastel pink to work against the bolder hues of the skirt. I went for sky high heels with this strappy pair by Billini, which incidentally I also have in nude and really rate. It’s the perfect heel to work against so many different looks. The second busy day of Fashion Week definitely required great sunglasses and this Bottega Veneta pair with its exaggerated cat eye silhouette was the perfect final touch.
Credits: Blazer, Emporio Armani; Top and skirt, Altuzarra; Bag, Fendi; Sunglasses, Bottega Veneta
I recently hosted a beautiful Mother’s Day event for Seed Heritage and I was lucky enough to not only have the girls there but my mum too! Seed have always done some gorgeous things and I fortunate to be able to wear some stunning new pieces from their latest range. Autumn always has me wanting to adopt cosy pieces given the temperatures are a bit cooler, so I opted for cosiness that incorporated textures and a neutral colour palette. If there’s one type of knitwear that’s guaranteed to get a consistent workout in my wardrobe it’s a crew neck jumper in a neutral shade. The cream colour is versatile enough to work with multiple pieces while the rounded neckline is elegant and classic. I could wear this sweater with a skirt as easily as I could with jeans which earns it top marks in my book.
Midi skirts and boots are always a sophisticated pairing, particularly when it comes to autumn attire as it helps bridge the tricky transseasonal weather issue of being hot one minute and cold the next. This crisp white skirt is understatedly elegant, but the split offers a flattering break in the skirt to flash an ever so slight hint of skin, helping it to look modern rather than matronly. The great thing about this piece is that it could transition into spring/summer quite easily by swapping out the boots and sweater for a cami and slides. I’m loving knee high boots for winter and this cream pair is a great alternative to black and tan. It also works well to keep the entire outfit tonal, something that looks sophisticated and fresh.
I love supporting Aussie designers and one brand I can always rely on to do a great event dress is Aje. I wore this dress to a function and with such a strong silhouette, it was only fitting that it was called the Admiral Butterfly Sleeve Midi Dress. There’s something quite commanding about it don’t you think? I do enjoy a statement sleeve moment, and Aje have wholeheartedly made it a part of their design DNA. The butterfly sleeve feature on this dress achieves a striking effect. When worked back against the simple fitted shape of the dress it achieves balance, while still injecting a whole lot of wow factor into the look. Also it’s an interesting take on an LBD, taking a classic style but giving it a dramatic flourish.
Accessorising this look, I could’ve gone down the path of a shoe with slightly more drama but in the end, I opted for a sleek pair of Bottega Veneta heels. This black heel has been such a workhorse in my wardrobe and it’s always guaranteed to be on high rotation. It’s the sign of a good investment purchase when the cost per wear has plummeted from such frequent use!
Who else is with me when I say that there are some days where I just can’t be bothered thinking about what to wear. It’s those days when a few go-to looks up my sleeve comes in really handy because a) I’ve already tried them before so I know they work and b) I can go into autopilot. While I’m all for experimentation and reworking outfits I do like knowing that there are just some outfits that are guaranteed to look good and don’t require much finessing.
Everyone’s fave combinations will be different according to their style but I’ve managed to hone in on four pairings that are comfortable, look good and can easily be pulled together. These are looks that work for me and what I generally have scheduled most days. I regularly have these clothes sitting in my closet so there’s no drama in having to unearth specific pieces to pull each outfit together. I think that’s the key in this instance, it’s knowing that when you look in your closet various iterations of these pieces are sitting there so it’s easy to grab and go.
These are a few of my favourite looks…
Mini dress with sneakers
This is without a doubt one of the comfiest looks I can wear and I think it looks put together too. I love wearing dresses so I have a number of favourites in my closet that all work back with any of the sneakers in my closet. I always go for a slightly shorter hemline as it works for my height and frame, but this is easily tweaked according to your own shape. You may be more of a midi or maxi girl, but either way I think virtually any dress can be worn with a pair of crisp white sneakers.
Jeans with white t-shirt
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that you can’t get much better than jeans and a white tee when it comes to a look that’s timeless and is always guaranteed to work. This outfit equation works with any style of jeans and any style of white t-shirt so it’s really one of the best autopilot looks you can have up your sleeve. Also pretty much everyone has a fave pair of jeans and t-shirt making it one of the more accessible pairings. If you want to switch it up just change shoes from heels to flats and you’ve instantly got a different vibe.
Tracksuit co-ord set
Thank goodness for the tracksuit trend because it’s given me a great reason to wear this combination time and time again. I have a few sets comprising of matching jumpers and tracksuit bottom and it’s just about the quickest and easiest thing I can throw on. It’s one of my fave mum-on-the-go shortcuts because it’s comfortable and can withstand whatever the day throws at me, whether it’s a trip to the park or doing the school run.
I know there are some people who think workout gear should just be relegated to well, working out but I’m in the camp that believes they’re great at any time of day! With the great athleisure looks available now (my fave designers like Aje and Camilla and Marc in particular are doing some amazing elevated versions of exercise wear) I think you can get away with wearing your training clothes for the day and still look on trend.
I loved this look from a few weeks ago and realised I never posted on here, so here we are! I flew down to Melbourne for a David Jones show and knew I needed something elegant and dressy, and this Camilla and Marc dress came to mind. One thing I always take into account when planning an evening look is texture, as some fabrics are definitely made for dressy events. This navy stretch velour drapes beautifully, and the crushed effect changes the look of the dress according to the light I’m in. Perfection for an occasion that requires something a little extra. There’s also something about long sleeves for events that I really love. It always looks so polished and ultra chic. But of course, there has to be a hint of sexiness with any occasion dress, and in this instance it was the deep V neck, side cut-outs and tie straps. It’s the detail that can often make or break a dress.
I was channelling an old Hollywood screen siren with the vibe of this outfit, so naturally it was about soft curls and a deep side part when it came to my hairstyle. Accessories are of course key! So, I went for a pair of rhinestone drop earrings which added a bit of wow factor. I considered a few bags but went for this silver Jimmy Choo pouch. I liked the fact it was such an interesting silhouette for evening wear—there’s something slightly unexpected about such a relaxed style at night. Plus the rhinestones and silver worked well against the deep navy of the dress.
There are times where I’m in jeans and a tee, and there are other times where I feel like dialling up the glam tenfold. This is one of them. These black suede pumps by Jimmy Choo inspire nothing but feelings of wanting to embrace luxe fabrics, decadent embellishments and an excuse to get all dolled up. I think every girl needs to have a pair of heels in her closet that are not only a work of art to look at, but also decidedly un-daywear. These heels, with its crystal ankle strap and sky high heel are made for evening dressing and will turn any outfit into something special. They’re a statement piece through and through and are made to be shown off — so I kept that in mind with my choice of dress.
This chocolate brown satin dress by Bec and Bridge is simple and is all clean lines because I wanted the shoes to take centre stage. In this instance a loud print or lots of embellishment just wouldn’t work. I’m a huge fan of evening gowns that aren’t too over the top, a simple spaghetti strap and a thigh high split are often enough to make your mark at any event as long as you pair it with the right accoutrements. Plus I love the unexpected hue for evening wear, it’s not often that I wear a shade of brown for an event, but in this instance it felt elegant and decidedly luxurious.
Accessorising this look, I wanted some accessories with a hint of drama, something that worked with the shoes. Jimmy Choo once again came through with this evening bag. The pouch style is an interesting silhouette for occasion wear, but works simply because of the satin and crystal net combination, plus the statement chain strap. These details steer it into after dark territory, but I love that the shape feels relaxed and nonchalant. With my hair up, I needed a pair of chandelier earrings to balance the pared back hairstyle and these earrings by are bold, ultra glamorous and so very luxe.
Credits: Dress, Bec and Bridge; Shoes and bag, Jimmy Choo
Photography: Ashleigh Larden
This post was produced in collaboration with Jimmy Choo