What I do: Lawyer
Describe your Personal Style
My personal style is continually evolving but I think I always maintain an element of edginess and femininity in whatever I wear.
What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe?
In this cold Canberra weather – it would definitely have to be my All About Eve khaki trench coat and Tony Bianco leather boots.
What are your favourite labels, who are your favourite designers?
My favourite labels at the moment are Winston Wolfe, Asilio, Single White Female and Monki. With designers, I love brother and sister duo Camilla and Marc Freeman [Camilla and Marc] and Toni Maticevski.
How do you approach dressing?
Comfort and clothing that is flattering to my body shape are the most important things to me when it comes to dressing. I will never wear something that I don’t feel 100 percent in. In addition to that, I love layering clothes that are from a similar colour palette.
What pieces do you never wear but hold onto ‘just in case’?
I have a few leather jackets from my ‘skinny days’ that I have formed an unhealthy attachment to and can’t bear to part with. I’m holding on to them ‘just in case’ I miraculously drop half my body weight at some point.
How do you approach shopping for clothes and accessories?
I have this unspoken rule when it comes to shopping for clothes and accessories. I am more than happy to splurge on luxury accessories such as handbags, jewellery, and shoes, but always look for a bargain when it comes to clothing (unless it’s extraordinary or a once in a lifetime piece like a tweed Chanel jacket). I just can’t comprehend spending lots of money on a single piece of clothing that may be in one season and out the next. I think investing in a Saint Laurent clutch or a gorgeous pair of Chanel earrings is justified because they are timeless, and you could still rock them thirty years from now.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
I am an avid online shopper and rarely shop in-store unless its Kmart and Target (the two loves of my life). Online – I love love love: Farfetch, ShopBop, Asos, Nasty Gal, Net-A-Porter, Azalia Boutique, Asilio, and Runway Scout.
What is on your current shopping list?
Chanel espadrilles, the perfect leather motorcycle jacket, thigh high boots, some very cool epaulettes, a vintage double breasted camel coat… and puppies, lots of puppies.
What item do you dream of owning?
A Chanel Boy bag. Yes, they are ridiculously expensive and I would probably have to sell one of my kidneys – but I desperately want one!
Who’s personal style do you most admire?
Definitely Leandra Medine of Man Repeller. I love her cheeky distinctive dress sense. It surpasses the boundaries of ‘style rules’ and trends and speaks for it self, #girlboss right there. I love women who dress for themselves first and foremost.
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