What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
I just pick a piece I’m loving and go from there. Occasionally, I have to restrain myself from incorporating too many embellished pieces into one look, or too much color. (Is there such a thing?)
Do you start from the shoes and then work your way up, or clothes and then down?
I always start with the shoes. If I do the opposite, I end up confused and have to begin all over again from the bottom up. Plus, being comfortable is very important. If it’s a sneaker day, it’s a sneaker day.
How does living in Sydney influence your style? What about where you’re from or where you grow up?
I grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, where the locals wear black almost exclusively, probably because of the cold, windy climate. But as a child, my cute mum would sew me amazing bright outfits (think floral dresses with coordinating scrunchies), so color has always been a part of the way I dress. Now, living in such a warm, sunny climate, I can go all out with color and print.
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What do you like your outfits to say about you?
I hope they say something like, “Hey, I’m a fun-loving girl who doesn’t give a damn if you like my outfit or not!” But some days it’s probably more like, “I like jewels, I like jewels, did you hear me? Yeah, I like jewels.”
What’s your foolproof styling trick?
Take one part denim and one part embellishment, combine.
The one garment that never lets you down?
A denim mini skirt is my trusty go-to, rain or shine. I’m not a big skin barer, but I’m always happy to show a bit o’ leg.
What item of clothing makes you feel most like yourself? Why?
My Pared cat-eye sunglasses. They’re that perfect balance of retro vibe and cool color. I’ve got them in a trillion shades, most recently in pastel pink.
At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own in terms of personal style?
It was around when I turned 23, upon realizing I didn’t need to dress for anyone but myself. From then on, I changed the way I shopped and now I only buy super-special pieces. Understated is not a word I use often.
How do accessories change an outfit?
They’re that cherry on top, that extra bit of sass — and can change a look from being kinda meh to something spectacular. I go for a massive pair of earrings, a bright shoulder bag or multicolor shoes (often, all of the the above).
Why did you start styling?
I kinda fell into it. I was offered a work experience position at a mag called CLEO when I was 19. From there, I was asked to assist stylists, got a fashion assistant role, then a market editor position. Now here I am, hustling my way through the freelance life.
What are your favorite three places on the Internet to get inspired?
Sweetie @TamuMcPherson is my Instagram go-to. She’s so fun, plus gives the best fashion-girl fitness inspo. And I get so excited trawling the accounts of my talented friends: NZ photographer @imogenwilson_’s fun film shots, @danrobertsstudio’s street-style snaps and the uber-eccentric Anna and Luke of @Romancewasborn. Also, I just launched a site about models around the world (those girls give me serious inspiration) called CoolPrettyCool. Sorry, I know that’s more than three!
What about three favorite places in the city (or the world) to get inspired?
I went to Milan for the first time for fashion week last season, and boy is that one stylish city! I saw a girl riding her scooter in green, suede wide-leg pants, just wow… All the nonnas got really into my outfits, stopping me on the street to give compliments. Plus London and Tokyo are always amazing. I’m a chronic people watcher; it’s the best way to get inspired.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned in the last week?
I’m gonna live/work in Athens in April! I’ve never been to Greece so I’m more than a little excited for some ancient ruins with a side of Greek fashion.
Best song to get dressed to?