Fashion trends are fleeting — this much we know is true. But timeless, elegant and well-crafted silhouettes will always remain in style. Whether you’re refreshing a dull and tired wardrobe or building out a trans-seasonal capsule collection that you can mix, match and style your way, we’ve created a guide to picking the best outfits — so you can elevate your everyday style and stay ahead of the curve.
Save your money and quit shopping for every occasion
While it can be tempting to purchase a new outfit for every milestone occasion, more often than not, you won’t wear it twice. Instead of buying a distinct ensemble, opt for semi-formal pieces that offer versatility in styling. Go for simple and timeless classics you can build upon instead of fashion trend-led garments you’ll grow tired of quickly. Plus, when you accessorise well, every outfit looks brand new!
Invest in basic clothing — it makes for the best outfit foundations
While fashion trends come as quickly as they go, one thing remains constant — classic pieces in neutral colour ways provide a chic anchor to any ensemble. Whether you take a minimalist approach to everyday dressing or prefer to layer with statement-makers that fit the season's mood, every stylish woman knows that staple additions create the foundation of any well-edited wardrobe.
From all-purpose knitwear and a crisp pair of denim jeans to a boxy white button-up, a figure-hugging cami, a pair of tapered pants and a structured blazer, these pieces have transcended their stance as a momentary trend, becoming timeless must-haves.
Easy to throw on when you’re in a rush and heading out the door, basic yet fashion-forward additions to your wardrobe will balance your style, see you through every season and help you create a handful of timeless ensembles you’ll love to wear for many years to come.
Layering is key to a successful styling rotation
Some of the best outfit ideas are created by layering different textured materials to create purposeful volume and depth. Combining pieces like a timeless linen trench coat with a black silk camisole creates dimension, elongates your silhouette and adds definition amidst the layers. Plus, with Australia’s undeniably bizarre and ever-changing weather patterns, it can go from hot to cool in a matter of hours — layering is key to the comfortable, all-day-long wear of your favourite pieces.
Instead of the winter sweater and trouser combination, go for tapered pants, a form-fitting white or black t-shirt, and layer with a crepe jacket, long-line blazer or tweed coat over your shoulders. If you’re dressing for an after-dark event in the peak of winter, you could adorn a simple monochrome jumpsuit and add another proportion of intrigue with a panna cotta-coloured coat that cuts below the knee.
Regardless of your style, let layering be your guide to picking the best outfits that flatter your silhouette while keeping you comfortable and effortlessly stylish.
Find versatile shoes that complement your go-to pieces
When shopping for shoes, you want to find wearable, versatile silhouettes that meet the demands of the latest fashion trends while pairing perfectly with your best outfit ideas.
For sweltering hot summers, minimalism is key — so invest in easy-to-wear and easy-to-pair pillow slides, sporty rubber slides that are great to slip on poolside, and Birkenstocks that can handle just about any terrain you frolic along.
For balmy after-dark events on the dressier side, invest in a sleek slide with chunky gold hardware, quilted options or leather slip-on salads that are a fashion-forward take on women’s fisherman slides. If you love to live your hot-weather life in colour, choose a pair of mesh slides or puffy sandals in a bright hue that’ll draw your eyes with every step.
While slides with fluffy inner linings are a fashion trend pushing the boundaries this winter, investing in a sleek pair of leather boots will take your cool-weather style up a notch. Choose a simple, understated style that won’t break the bank, or invest in a polished and contemporary designer Chelsea boot that’ll last you for years — the choice is all yours. Whatever silhouette you select, your footwear can easily be your guide to picking the best outfits.
Shop superior quality pieces you can wear over and over
When you think of no-nonsense dressing inspired by timeless colour palettes and classic silhouettes, Carla Zampatti comes to mind. Every edit is carefully designed and curated to withstand everyday wear while providing high-quality pieces you can adorn in numerous ways.
From cropped black trousers that you can dress up or down to structured blazers tailored to provide an oversized yet form-flattering fit, investing in designer clothing guarantees superior quality threads that you can pair back with simple or statement pieces. While some of the best outfit ideas mean paying a little more in the short term, you’ll be able to achieve a low-cost-per-wear over time as Zampatti’s sought-after pieces become your new favourites.