I wear this outfit all the time, and I freshen and change my look by using different accessories. It's a versatile outfit you can wear almost anywhere, and the clothes are ethical and sustainable, while still being chic. A.F.
Nobody (denim) - ethical, sustainable, and due to their outstanding fit and design they are also my favourite jeans label of all-time! I have been wearing Nobody since 2005 and have no intention of changing brands any time soon. Pictured here is the appropriately named "cult skinny" in black, a staple in my wardrobe.
bon label - since I discovered bon, it's all I want to wear. This tank top is incredibly soft and light, and the hem is raw so it doesn't create bulk when the top is tucked into jeans and shorts etc, just genius! Their green credentials are first-rate and every item I have tried has an excceptional cut which flatters the body whilst still being comfortable, un-fussy staple pieces. You need bon in your life. www.bonlabel.com.au
Aminah. Abdul. Jillil. A favourite of pinterest and instagram users who helped this style go viral, who could resist these beautiful shoes worthy of Cinderella? I treated myself to these blingy babies and love life every time I wear them. Why not?
Deadly Ponies - Mr Robin aka the handbag of my dreams! I ditched my big Marc Jacobs bag for this bad-boy and am so glad I did! The shoulder strap makes this perfect for when you're on-the-go (when is anyone not?), the size allows you to take all of the essentials but not heaps of extra crap (guilty!), and the quality and beauty of the bag make it a pleasure to use. These bags are not cheap, but they will last for many years and are definitely investment pieces.
The Marta sunglasses by Celine... need I say more? Delicious.
1. Develop a uniform
The secret to dressing with ease and confidence, is to wear what you know works. It sounds obvious, and yet many of us feel compelled to push ourselves to wear items that are different to what we would normally wear, as though a bold outfit guarantees a good outfit – but this is not the case.
The secret to creating a wearable wardrobe full of pieces that you can throw together, is to develop a uniform, or your own personal style that you can go to when unsure of what to wear, or when you simply don’t have time to put a new outfit together.
My uniform is a combination of skinny and flared jeans high waisted jeans (it’s all about flares right now), or denim shorts, black/white/grey tank tops, a leather jacket, with a few signature pieces of jewellery, my go-to sunnies (Wolves by Valley Eyewear), and boots or high tops.
These ensembles are chic, practical and comfortable, and I know that I can throw pretty much any tank top with any pants for a great, basic outfit.
2. Don’t buy what you won’t wear
That dress you bought on sale but haven’t worn because it doesn’t fit quiiiite right? You are never going to wear this item. That sweater that looked cute in the store but looks clumpy in the mirror? Burn it, before it takes all your confidence and runs away forever! Those heels that are beautiful, but are the wrong size? Why would you subject yourself to hours of pain for a shoe? Put them all on eBay immediately and enjoy the liberation that comes with less clothes!
Not only are you never going to use these items, but keeping them around makes it harder to see what you do have (that fits well), so de-clutter and feel the relief of a streamlined wardrobe. We often feel like more items means more choices, but when you are teased by pieces you like, but that don’t fit properly, the choice of what to wear only becomes more frustrating and confusing. Bin. That. Shit.
Be honest with yourself: “Really, are you actually going to wear that?” I didn’t think so, so put down the yellow backless dress and move on with your cash safely in hand! The less we waste on purchases that turn out to be duds, the more we have for big ticket items that are on our lust lists.
3. If you haven't worn it in 48 months, donate it
We all know this rule, and yet, when it comes time to act on it, we all struggle. “If you haven’t worn it in the last two years, get rid of it.” This is in fact, the cornerstone of the wearable wardrobe. Of course, there are exceptions, like vintage pieces or sentimental items, but the majority of your items should be worn or chucked – resists the temptation to keep items simply because you spent money on them.
Ask yourself: “Does this make me feel good?” “Does this make me look good?” “Would I wear this out of the house today or tomorrow?” If the answer to these questions is no, then throw it on the pile and set it on fire.
(NOTE: DO NOT set it on fire. Please sell or recycle or donate your clothes, the planet will thank you.)
4. Key Pieces Vs Trend Items
The 70/30 rule: The majority of your wardrobe should be Key Pieces, items that don’t date, and can be worn from season to season. For example black pants, white shirts, tank tops in solid neutral colours, blazers, all of these are classic or key pieces which you can wear anytime, and regardless of the current trends, these will look good.
Trend items should represent only about 30% of your wardrobe, and these can be mixed with key pieces or other trend items to create new looks and refresh old outfits. The quickest route to a wardrobe that looks dated and cheap is to wear and buy all trend items.
We all know that fashions fade, but style remains the same, and building your own personal style will help you to feel more organised and confident in many aspects of your life.
5. Don’t wait for a special occasion!
Today is special, life is special, and you should wear and enjoy your pretties now!
There have been times that I set aside a special dress or lingerie set, only to find that by the time the right ‘special’ occasion came, it no longer fitted, was no longer as beautiful to me, or worse, destroyed by time and silverfish etc.
What is the point of having beautiful things if we don’t enjoy them? Our closets shouldn’t be museums for our favourite items, waiting for one magical moment in the sun! They need to be worn and enjoyed, so enjoy them.
Saturday is the day I'm often out at shoots, meeting clients or attending events, so I need to be comfortable, yet look fashion-y.
I've been living in these amazing high-waisted jeans from ASOS. I'm not normally a fan of fast fashion, but I've been very impressed with the cut and quality of both the ASOS Rivington jegging (yes, jegging, they're not all horrendous crap from Supre) and the Ridley high waist jeans. They are comfortable, stretchy, and go with everything, plus you can select what length you want the hems to finish, so tall and petite alike can get the right length for them.
The wunderkind of Australian fashion, Dion Lee, is known for his avant garde, fashion forward designs, and his crop tops especially are inspired. Dion has the Midas touch and you can't waste money on one of his timeless yet edgy creations.
Acne, a stalwart of the RTW scene, have outdone themselves with this soft feel leather jacket in a stunning soft blue hue. This universal colour will be in for years to come, so invest in a classic that you can re-wear time and again.
These shoes are slightly cray cray, and completely awesome. The Jeffrey Campbell x Humans Aliens stiletto is the stuff high fashion dreams are made of, and they are surprisingly supportive and comfortable. If you've been dreaming of these bad boys, treat yourself <3
More known for his exquisite shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti makes accessories that are nothing short of amazing! The Giuseppe Zanotti shark tooth leather choker is a must-have item, and much like the thematically similar 'Theda'; choker by Mania Mania, this will be sure to sell out, so get in quick!!
Hannah St James
On Fridays I need to look professional during the day, but I also want something that's versatile in case I go out for drinks in the evening, or even, God forbid, end up at a party. I call this look 'Rock Chic', as opposed to Rock chick, which is slightly grungier, ripped jeans and boots etc.
My go-to item for every woman is a classic pencil skirt in a great cut. Ideally something high waisted and black, that finishes just above or just below your knee. This can be worn with a button up shirt for a feminine corporate look, with a jumper and boots for a chic yet relaxed feel, or with an embellished top and heels for classic glamour.
I have many pencil skirts, but if you look for quality fabric in a cut that suits your shape, you'll be able to wear it for years to come. Pair with boots for a relaxed, comfortable look, or with stilettos for a high fashion injection.
Throw on a leather jacket, gold accessories and some sunglasses and you have sartorial perfection.
In this flat lay I've paired a pencil skirt with this years hottest crop top, the Alexander Wang silk crop, the Mania Mania Solstice necklace (now on sale), lace up boots from Wantedshoes.com.au and sunglasses from Karen Walker Eyewear.
When you have key pieces like pencil skirts in your wardrobe, mixing items and creating looks become so much easier. Invest in good quality items that won't date, in colours you will actually wear.
Hannah St James.
By Wednesday morning I normally have a lot to think about and far less time to put into my outfit, so I tend to be less adventurous in my outfit choice.
My wardrobe staple is black skinny leg jeans, with a black tank top, a cardigan, and a leather jacket. Not particularly fashion forward perhaps, but reliably flattering and chic when I just can’t decide what to wear.
Another wardrobe staple, my gold manstyle watch gives the outfit a bit of life, and a low heeled boot is easy to wear while subconsciously straightening my posture (important on days when I’m more prone to slouching). These boots are from Wittner and are comfortable and chic, they were a real investment and are still in great shape after been worn regularly for the past few months.
I have a few different vintage rabbit-fur scarves and they are warm but also fun, and they cheer me up with their fluffy goodness.
On Mondays I’m generally running errands or working from home, so I go with a smart casual outfit that’s comfortable.
Right now I’m loving my A-Brand ripped boyfriend jeans, worn with cuffs rolled up.
Like many of you, I am slightly obsessed with Lonely Label Lingerie, and when I’m not in my professional role I wear my bras slightly visible under a white button-up shirt, or under tank tops for a fantastic layered look.
It’s pretty chilly here so I throw on a white cardigan or a grey jumper, and my cropped leather jacket which looks chic in almost any situation.
Wittner have a fantastic range of boots and I often take two pairs with me, a stiletto in case I have to be glam, and a lower, thicker heel for wheeling racks and running to the dry cleaner.
This gorgeous necklace is by Maniamania, if you haven’t already go and check out their website immediately, although you may have to hide your debit cards first.
Hannah St James