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My Favourite Way To Dress

28 Oct

My favourite way to dress is to combine pieces that are high/low, from near and far and old and new. .

For me it feels more creative than wearing head-to-toe current season (which I do do occasionally – but it doesn’t seem as interesting).

For this reason I think about building a wardrobe, rather than just having clothes in my wardrobe for a season. .

Here I’m wearing a vintage embroidered blouse, which I found in a local opshop (about 8 yrs ago) for $5. With it I’m wearing, my favourite Levi’s, (bought in Melbourne), a pair of Scanlan Theodore shoes, a Maje necklace I bought in Paris and a Clare Vivier bag my sisters gave me for my birthday (which they had shipped from either New York).

While this top only cost me $5, I liked it so much I thought it was worth spending the money to have it altered. When I bought it the sleeves were too long. I wanted them to sit above my wrist bone – so I took it to my tailor and he removed the embroidered strip, shortened them, and then replaced the embroidery. Much better!

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How I Make A Shirt Feel Feminine

19 Jul

How I Make A Shirt Feel Feminine

Shirts, particularly of the gingham variety, can feel a bit masculine. (Initially when I tried this one on – wearing my sneakers – I felt like somewhere between Farmer Brown and some of my old male colleagues at the bank on casual Friday’s) It would need some styling…

To make shirts like this work for me so that I feel feminine wearing them (which is important for me), I might do the following…

Show some skin. 
Add some delicate jewellery
Tuck in to something high waisted (to give me some shape)
Wear a pretty bra
Wear heels 
Maybe red lipstick

Not everything you try on in a change room will instantly feel like it works. It might need other bits and pieces to accompany it. The right shoe, accessory or clothing item. Or it might just need scrunching, rolling or even tucking.  #tweaking


Shirt – Muji
Jeans – Levis
Shoes – Jo Mercer
Watch – Daniel Wellington

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The Denim Jacket

23 Oct

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I get asked often whether denim jackets are still in fashion. A client might have one in their wardrobe, that’s been hanging unworn for years, because they’re unsure whether or not to let go of it or hold on to it.

My answer is always yes denim jackets are still in fashion however, like everything, shapes change and some can become outdated – particularly those that are made of treated denim (perhaps stone washed) or have zips, studs or rhinestones.  So if you have an old Sportsgirl version from 1995, chances are it may well be dated and either needs reinventing (if possible) or retiring.

Because I’m always encouraging people to try and work with what they already own before racing out and buying anything new, I thought I would talk about how you can determine whether your denim jacket is right for you and whether to keep it or not.


  • firstly, whether a denim jacket is your style.  It’s certainly a classic piece, but not for everyone.  Don’t just wear it because it’s there.
  • whether your particular jacket is flattering to your shape.  Is it too short and boxy or too long?  Is it too wide across your back?  Are the sleeves too full making your arms appear bigger than they are?  Is it making your shoulders and/or bust look broader/bigger than they are?
  • whether the denim is dated.   1980’s distressed denim and 2000’s distressed denim are not the same
  • whether it’s worth having it altered by a tailor to make it a more modern, flattering shape for you
  • whether the style is still current or if it’s dated. (ie. if it’s acid washed with bat-wing sleeves and suede fringes, unless your style is Eighties Rocker, I’d say it’s probably time to donate it)

…and in case you’re wondering, yes, denim jackets can be worn by all ages.  But just like anything, it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. For instance, unless you want to look like Dolly Parton, avoid wearing your rhinestone embellished denim jacket with your jeans of the same denim. Wear a dark denim jacket to lunch with a stripey tee, navy linen pants and espadrilles or throw one over your shoulders when you’re wearing a cool summer dress, while you’re on holidays.

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*You can see me wearing my denim jacket (a Levi’s Trucker I’ve had for about 18 years) here     *As you can see I’m wearing my denim jacket with denim jeans – but they’re a different color.

Here are a few pictures to give you some ideas for how you can wear your jacket.

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The Original Hem

9 Jul

Next time you have a pair of jeans taken up, instead of cutting off the bottom and creating a new hem, ask the tailor to keep the original hem and sew it back on.

The reason to keep the original hem is that you’re maintaining the distressed appearance, which is part of the look of the design of the jeans.

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