Seven to Shop: Including the Only Dress You Need For Work and Play This Spring
Each month, POPSUGAR Australia’s Lifestyle Editor Sangeeta Kocharekar shares the fashion pieces she’s eyeing or buying, and how she’s styling them in Seven to Shop. Note that POPSUGAR has affiliate and advertising partnerships so we might get revenue from your purchase.
Winter in Australia means that for many of us, our social feeds are filled with warm-weather content, mostly coming out of Europe, a peek at what’s likely to hit Aussie shores come our summer. And, from the looks of my feeds, it appears it’ll be ballet flats, see-through dresses and matching sets with waistcoats, as seen on Sofia Richie Grainge, pre-wedding in France.
While I’ve started dabbling in those trends — in fact, Richie Grainge’s much-shared white linen waistcoat outfit was by Australian brand Posse, so that trend actually originated here — none of the pieces I’m recommending this month include those. Instead, I’m sharing the only dress you need for work and play this spring, plus, six other pieces I’ve been wearing on repeat and that if you get too will last you for years.
I’ve been wearing this jacket constantly this winter, as it goes with nearly every outfit — I’ve even worn it over a fancy dress. It hits just above my waist and has a boxy fit. The toggles make it feel a little British.
By Billie Puerto Wrap Top, now $115, was $180
I like that this pale-yellow wrap top can be part of a relaxed outfit, with other linen pieces, or paired with black slacks and heels and worn to work. It comes with matching linen pants, but I didn’t get those because I have so much other linen already in my closet.
I came across this Sydney-based brand a couple years ago on Instagram. Even back then, like now, it was producing floaty, timeless tops that would work thrown on after an afternoon swim, or worn to work. The scalloped collar and bottom of this top make it ultra-feminine.
For years, I only wore a black, white or cream bag to the office, so bringing this one in was a big change at first. But I love that with its red and white woven material, it feels like it belongs in the Med. It fits my laptop and its charger, makeup bag and book I’m reading comfortably.
Auguste Mason Midi Dress, $229
I used to love fancy dresses, pieces that could only work for special occasions, like weddings and cocktail parties. But I probably go to those nice occasions once every four months, so most of the time, those dresses just hang in my closet.
Enter the multi-functional dress, like this one, a piece that can be worn to a party, but also to work and even for a day of sightseeing, like I recently did when I went to Vietnam. It’s made of soft viscose crepe, which feels like silk but a bit thicker. I wear it without a bra and add a black jacket over top of it if it’s chilly.
dref_by_d Camapri Dress, $259
With its collar and fact it comes past the knee, this summer dress is preppy, something I’d imagine Sofia Richie-Grainge to wear. I’ve been wearing it with Teva sandals and Havaianas thongs.
Being a lazy girl who doesn’t have the patience for a minute of tying shoelaces, I very much appreciate slides. I can pair these with most any work or weekend life admin day outfit, but I especially like the look of wearing them with a feminine dress — they add a bit of outdoorsy edge.