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The wardrobe pieces I get asked about the most

9th August, 2021

Given a huge portion of my work involves sharing my fave outfits and pieces I am often fielding questions about what I’m wearing. Whether it’s a particular pair of pants or an item of jewellery, enquiries about what I’m wearing come with the job. What I’ve noticed however is that some items get enquired about more than most. There are a few key pieces that I always get asked about and it’s a combination of accessories, affordable finds, basics and a few special pieces thrown in. Here’s what I get the most questions about…

Levis 501 Skinny Jeans

I get DMs about these skinny jeans all the time. I don’t mind sharing these jeans far and wide because they really are the most perfect cut, fit and colour. Looking for jeans that are a flattering make has been part of my shopping repertoire for awhile but these Levi’s are as close as I’ve gotten to the Holy Grail of denim. The best bit is they are super affordable.

Gold coin necklace

My gold necklace is also right up there with my jeans as being something I get asked about a lot. I wear this necklace all the time as it has high sentimental value as it was a gift from my dad. He had an old guinea coin made into a necklace and it’s honestly one of my most favourite things in the world. While unfortunately there aren’t replicas of mine, I have seen similar styles here.

Chanel flats

These Chanel flats have been worth every penny. I love the slingback style and classic two-tone palette. I wear these quite regularly and with a variety of different looks that I share on my Instagram and blog so I get asked about them a fair bit. If you’re looking for an investment piece that you’ll get plenty of wear out of, I highly recommend these.

Cartier Juste Un Clou bracelet

I was gifted the Cartier nail bracelet for my 30th and I don’t really take it off so it features quite heavily in all my street style looks. Without fail I’ll get asked about it. All I can say is that I can attest to it being a versatile piece of jewellery, as along with necklace I also pretty much never take it off.

White t-shirts

I own a plethora of white t-shirts and they’re all from affordable chain store brands. My go-to brands are Cotton On and Uniqlo. The fit is always great and so is the price. Plus given I wear white tees weekly, I definitely love having a few on the go.

Ducie Sonia sandals

These Ducie Sonia sandals are without a doubt one of the most comfortable shoes I own. I have barely taken them off since I got them such is my attachment to them! I’ve worn them for work, travelling, on holiday, school runs… you name it, they’ve been there.

Ducie Saskia padded t-shirts

If you’ve yet to check out the UK brand, Ducie I highly suggest you do. They have some great pieces that are wearable and good quality too. I have these shirts with shoulder pads in two colours, white and black, and they go with everything. I wear them often and will get enquiries about them each time I do.

Henne ribbed tanks

Aussie brand Henne does great ribbed tanks. They’re good quality and have stood up to a lot of wear. I have them in different colours so they’ve appeared in a lot of my looks on the blog and Instagram and they’re still on high rotation.

Steele summer dresses

I have a collection of dresses by Aussie brand Steele and every time I wear them I get asked about where my dress is from. A great summer dress is such a handy thing during the warmer months and I love Steele because they always do great prints and their styles are feminine and fun. I have a few of them and wear them to death every time summer rolls around.

Camilla and Marc denim jacket

I love, love this jacket so much. This oversized denim jacket from Camilla and Marc (different colour available here) is my go-to when I need a lightweight topper for in-between weather, when it’s not too hot or cold. The relaxed fit is great and the wash is just the thing to work back with so many different outfits.

Do you have signature items you get asked about a lot? Tell me about them!
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What I Wore: Blue Jean Baby

3rd August, 2021

Denim is a mainstay of my wardrobe but I love being able to wear it in its different iterations—there’s definitely more to denim than jeans! I saw this denim boiler suit by AGolde and loved the relaxed silhouette (read: unbelievably comfy). It’s something that I can quickly turn to when I need an outfit that looks put together without having to fuss around with trying to pair separates. It’s the beauty in jumpsuits and dresses—instant look! I think the detail is also great, with the exaggerated cap sleeve and the cinched in waist which makes for a flattering fit. I’ll be wearing this look heading into spring, however it could easily be paired with jeans and a coat and become a go-to piece during the remainder of winter. Additionally, this jumpsuit is perfect for busy mums looking for an easy, comfortable outfit for a busy day with the kids or doing the school run (something I’ve always got at the back of my mind whenever I’m shopping for pieces).

The sun was shining so I went for open slides on this day, plus it gave me an excuse to get reacquainted with these Bottega slides again. I love white shoes as they’re so versatile and the signature quilted finish adds a on-trend touch. I can easily pair these shoes with so many different looks and as you can see, they work beautifully with denim. I went for simple gold frame Ray Bans to add a final finishing touch.

Credits: Boiler suit, AGolde; Slides, Bottega Veneta, Sunglasses, Ray Ban

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Coat of Arms

27th July, 2021

One thing that can really make or break a winter look is your choice of coat. While it’s primary purpose is most definitely to provide warmth, I think the kind of coat you wear has the power to act as the beautiful bow that ties an outfit together. There are so many different styles of coat to choose from, of course, but I’m always a huge fan of anything in a classic silhouette in a beautiful neutral hue. This Jil Sander coat from Cettire is the kind of style that can easily transcend trends and remain a forever fashion staple. The double breasted style with a belt feature is sophisticated and elegant and can easily be popped over many a look and instantly tie it all together. And the cream hue adds an extra old school glamour feel, but from a practical sense, it really is the kind of colour that could work back with virtually anything.

I’ve written about shopping for coats in the past, and my approach has remained the same. I think it’s important to buy the best quality you can afford—look for beautiful fabrics such as wool or cashmere which provide warmth but also breathe, allowing you to avoid the overheating effect that can often go hand in hand with many winter coats. Additionally I think colour is really important and anything in a neutral or darker shades such as navy, black or grey is a guaranteed winner. You can’t go wrong with those hues as they will pretty much work back with anything. Design and finishing details are also key. Look for clean lines, but also for finishes that can elevate a coat into something special. Consider elements such as belts, buttons, and embellishments which can all work to give a coat a point of difference. Ultimately however a coat has to be something you want to cosy up in, but also something that makes you feel great when you wear it. Once you tick both those boxes, then you’re most definitely onto a good thing.

Credits: Coat, Jil Sander; Sunglasses, Poppy Lissiman

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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This post was produced in collaboration with Cettire

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What I Wore: The Aisle Edit

22nd July, 2021

Even if right now I’m largely living in loungewear due to Sydney’s lockdown, in my head, I’m already wearing this dress to a summer soiree. Crisp white dresses and balmy weather go together like Nutella and a spoon—a match made in heaven. This dress from Dissh is actually bridalwear, believe it or not! It’s from the brand’s The Aisle Edit which is a limited edition collection which features some truly stunning dresses which would be perfect for everything from an engagement party, to a bridal shower to the big day itself and even a post-wedding recovery event. The designs are all sleek and understated, but still make a statement. I love this dress for its floaty, lightweight linen and the silhouette featuring a deep V neckline and the cut-out back feature. It’s such a perfect blank canvas to work with but the style can certainly hold its own.

Accessorising a dress like this is all about keeping it clean. It achieves a really elegant feel and allows the dress to do the talking. I opted for my go-to Bottega Heels for a monochrome effect and to add a little edgy touch to the softer, ethereal vibe of the dress. A swept back hairstyle and simple drop earrings complete the look and give this ensemble an effortless feel.

Credits: Dress, Dissh (The Aisle Edit); Shoes, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was produced in collaboration with Dissh

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What I wore this week (on location)

1st July, 2021

We’re still in Port Douglas this week so I’m still in resortwear mode. It’s definitely going to be weird going back to jeans and jumpers when we get back… I’ve been enjoying reworking the pieces that I packed, trying to create new outfit combinations, and I’m unearthing the standout pieces that are forming the backbone of a lot of my outfits — surprisingly swimwear is definitely right up there. I’m all about the importance of packing great accessories, because when you’re working with a capsule wardrobe, you need a few fun pieces to liven things up and give looks some personality.

Comfy and casual looks are on high rotation on this holiday and this is a go-to combination of mine. This top has been a great addition to my holiday outfit repertoir as it’s been a great piece to pair with multiple bottoms, from shorts to jeans and wide leg pants. I paired this with my printed Aje bucket had to add a little colour to this all black ensemble, and my trusty Louis Vuitton backpack is great for a busy day out wiht kids.

Credits: T-shirt and sandals, Ducie; Shorts, Nobody; Hat, Aje; Backpack, Louis Vuitton

We headed out for a refreshing dip and a little exploring, so I needed an outfit that could work for multiple activities. These denim shorts have been a great base for a lot of my looks on this holiday and this monochrome ensemble is something I wear often because it’s really wearable, but still looks right on trend.

Credits: T-shirt, Ducie; Shorts, Nobody; Backpack, Louis Vuitton

What I love about swimsuits is that I can wear them both as a pair of swimmers but also as a bodysuit which essentially doubles their wear. I popped these on with a pair of jeans and instantly had a look that I could wear out to lunch or for a day of sightseeing. My Loewe bag has been getting quite the workout this holiday; it’s roomy enough to fit everyone’s essentials, but always adds a chic touch to any outfit.

Credits: Swimsuit, Viktoria & Woods; Jeans, Ksubi; Bag, Loewe

Embracing a fun orange gingham dress seemed the perfect outfit option for a bike ride along the beach. This dress entered my wardrobe last summer and it’s honestly one of my faves because of its punchy colour and simple silhouette. A pair of white Gucci sandals to top it off and I’m set.

Credits: Dress, Steele; Sandals, Gucci; Bag, Loewe

Outfit repeats are a necessary part of any holiday wardrobe and this is one look I’m wearing again and again because of its simplicity and wearability. I’m all about this Monday Swimwear one piece at the moment because it’s easily paired with the other resortwear pieces I brought with me, and this stylish wrap is just the thing to pop on after a swim. Sunglasses are of course a must and these geometric Karen Walker frames have been such a great pair to finish off a lot of my looks.

Credits: Swimsuit, Monday Swimwear; Wrap (similar style here), Bondi Born; Bag, Loewe; Sunglasses, Karen Walker

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What I Wore: Shirting Around

22nd June, 2021

If Fashion Week taught me anything it’s that shirt dresses are going to be one of the big trends to look out for in the coming months. And this shirt dress by Aliette is such a great take on the style. While certain shirt dresses can sometimes veer into corporate territory, I think this dress feels a little more fashion forward because of key design elements used to give the design a more contemporary twist. The bell sleeves add a 70s vibe, while the bib feature adds an interesting layered effect and avoids the dress looking too ‘done’. When in a crisp white it’s also a chic outfit option that can be worked for day or night, work or play.

Working with white I often like to add contrasting pieces when wearing white, or I like to go in the opposite direction and layer white on white pieces to achieve a really clean and fresh feel. I opted for the latter with this look and decided on a mini Apede Mod bag to complement the dress. The gold chain handle makes for a great contrast element, while these geometric style Karen Walker sunglasses add a bold accent to this outfit—making for a great contrast to the simple lines of the dress.

Credits: Dress, Aliette; Bag, Apede Mod; Sunglasses, Karen Walker

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

 

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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 Tory Burch 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, Tory. Burch; Heels, Bottega Veneta

Photography: Ashleigh Larden