So often the simplest outfits have the most significant reward when dressing in a tropical climate. I agree that it’s fun to put on your latest of the moment on-trend purchases and embrace bold-as-can-be pieces with enthusiasm. I like to think practically. I suggest it to be a lot easier to get out of the house when easy-to-wear pieces are in an abundance. The best part is that everything goes together, and there’s something timeless that comes with putting together wardrobe staples in neutrally highlighted tones. The key to a season is figuring out how to dress up casual clothes by hand-picking simple sartorial choices.

You may think that initially, this way of dressing is boring, to reach for the same simple piece’s week after week, but all it takes is a little preparation to work out your the formula of great basics. So, what are those items I am relying on to dress your basics at the moment?

Read on for the fashion-savvy tips and shop the edit of pieces you should be coveting this season.


Why bother worrying about putting together an outfit when you can use one of this season’s hottest trends, and wear matching separates instead? An unofficial style rule existed, for years, that being matchy-matchy was a major fashion faux pas, but designers have reinvented two-piece outfit and the results are pretty perfect! This is fit for you if you love fashion but don’t think you can pull off a trend. From a backyard barbeque to a night out with friends, wearing two items of the same print or even colour will give your look an instant chic boost!

Wearing: Santa Monica Top $109.95, Santa Monica Skirt $119.95, Impression Clutch $59.95, Hoop Earrings $19.95, Sheike and Neala Block Heel $169.95, Nine West, available at Wintergarden.


This curve-complimenting, neck-lengthening, waist-trimming dress has accomplished more for women than any other piece of clothing in its years of wardrobe fame. Other than the separate combination, the wrap dress is considered to be your wardrobe’s knight in shining armour. This dress embodies a self-assured woman who needs something practical, elegant, and sensual at the same time. With a tortoiseshell buckle or a simple detail, this style of dress is suitable for any occasion from the boardroom to wining and dining.

Wearing: Linen Wrap Front Dress $275, Cue, Mimi Handle Bag $49.95, Sheike and Toffee Pumps $159.95, Nine West, available at Wintergarden.


Bags are one of the simplest ways to upgrade a look, especially come summer when less clothing is more in a tropical environment. A circular style will bring a retro air, the vintage shape will fancify, the colour will add an iconic statement, and woven leather will add texture. With the trends above, I promise you’ll be the best-dressed person in the room. And all because you’ve added a new bag to the mix of a polished yet simple wardrobe?

Stock up on some of the easiest trends for the coming season at Wintergarden.

Christie Sutherland has quickly become renowned as one of Queensland’s fashion authorities. Hailing from South Africa, Christie started her career at Bauer Magazines and her eye for detail and hard work quickly saw her ascend to becoming the youngest ever Editor of Style Magazines. Presiding over innumerable photo shoots with international brands, photographers and models has lead Christie into an exciting new phase of her career a freelance professional, becoming fashion ambassador for Treasury Brisbane through to styling Ralph Lauren’s national season launches to name a few. Always the consummate professional Christie is at home hosting events, styling shoots and producing cutting edge content.