Does the blouse have sheer sleeves? Wonderful. I love her earrings as well. Anyone can wear a high-waisted skirt with the neutral black and grey combination, but the little details (and her beauty of course!) really make this look like something special.
Do you know how hard it is these days to find a skirt this length, JUST above the knees–when it clearly is so flattering & sensational, why don't more designers do this instead of the mini–sooooo much more easy going, professional and classy.
How clever to capture the typical city working girl. I was going to say perfect, but all Aussie business people are just that. She has a look of absolute comfort that wold not change were she on the trading floor, shopping at lunch time, in a bar after work or standing in a crowded commuter train on the way home. Just brilliant.
I was recently in Sydney and noticed many women in high waisted pencil skirs and chic blouses. She seems very representative of the young, working woman in the city. What I also noticed, is that no matter the size of the woman, most of them had well fitting clothes. It was very refreshing. Love the blouse!
I am really surprised this outfit is getting so much positive feedback! Obviously she is a gorgeous girl, but the outfit is pretty standard ( / sort of dated) for professional young woman in Australia, particularly as the weather warms up. (I should know, I am one!)
I'm a little bit confused by this outfit and the comments. Everyone seems to think she is wearing a high-waisted skirt. I think she's wearing a sheath dress, but I can't see how she has the blouse tucked or attached or tied overtop. She looks good but I think largely because of the earrings (lovely!) and bracelet and because she is a pretty woman. Not sure the outfit would show as well in person as in the photo. (And definitely some prettier heels would bump this up a notch.)
i think this outfit is fantastic. when i think of women's dress suits or even professional clothing, i am filled with dread. most have a boxy nature that i would reject. i am a woman and i want to feel like a woman even if i am in a man's world.
it hits every note: feminine, comfortable yet professional. as for the talk of her shoes: do we all have to look perfect. this outfit is great and as someone said earlier -what if they are her favorite pair of work heels. shoes are sometimes discontinued…
is that an Hermes enamel bangle? (one of the wide ones) I have the pink and gold, and I think they made a black and gold as well. The gold of the earrings and bangle with the grey and black work well, and are more of a surprise than silver. I have my doubts about the shoes as well!
I love the shoes. Simple, classic and understated sexy (no open toes at work, please!) I wouldn't want flashy shoes to detract from her face, outfit and legs – especially when this is a work outfit. Change to more flashy shoes for drinks and dinner after work.
Wow… this is (knees up) perfect…. the hair the make up the eyes…. the high waist skirt is just amazing… feminine…. the ruffles adds something bold yet not so different the lace around the neck is a plus….. her semblant is great too…. but…those shoes….. they are kinda worned out…pointy shoes on women are so dated… something higher… with a square tip.. a thick heel…. would be perfect for this outfit.. she is still gorgeous….
i think her outfit is nothing too special, it is what you see alot of in cbd melbourne, sure the bangle and earing add a little something extra and it is a well fitted outfit but i dont think the clothes themselves are amazing. but i dont think The Sartorialist is about clothes, it is about style, and she has plenty of that. it is the air of grace she has and the way her hair is so perfectly imperfect. you can not buy style.
I too think it's a very typical look for Sydney and therefore ho-hum. What brings her up a notch is a very pretty face, framed by soft hair and lovely earrings. I think too, that you can tell a lot about a woman by her shoes…and in this case her bracelet and those 2 little rings on her fingers.
I have often seen Sydneysiders in sun dresses and the like at the office, and somehow it just works. They're able to bring the big city and beach vibe together in a really modern way. I love how she looks like she works for a fashion magazine. Just because she's a stockbroker doesn't mean she can't have STYLE.
She is very pretty and looks nice, but nothing fashion-forward or partcularly interesting about the look. There are hundreds of girls like this in the Sydney CBD daily (which I guess is a compliment to Sydney generally…)
If I say this is full of curves, it sounds voluptuous which this is not. The straight seam down the thigh and the horizontal of the hem are contrasted to the curves of her hip, leg, waistband, sleeves, cheekbones, earrings, hair and even the way the shoe wraps her foot. I need to get back to work.
Her outfit really works for me. I love the colour combination here: very professional, and understated. Viewers are drawn to her beautiful face, eyes, chestnut hair (the colour of fine whiskey), earrings, and bangle.
I work in the same industry, and I can tell you that she looks better than 99% of the stockbrokers in my office.
gorgeous girl and nice outfit, but it's too cookie cutter. there's nothing shocking in how she's dressed. ideally, professional women would dress like her and look like her. i don't know why this is on here. this is entirely expected and predictable. i thought this blog's for unexpected, extraordinary things.
an attractive stockbroker who dresses well is nothing mind-blowing. she's not breaking any fashion barriers.
Like a few others have, I've noticed a remarkable similarity to the girl in the prior photo and can't get passed the thought: is she or isn't she (the same woman)??
I love the pussy bow blouse and the puffy short sleeve, and the slightly 'oriental' touch with the earrings and bracelet. The shoes are excellent – she can walk in them, fast paced if necessary, they're elegant while conservative (perfect for her workplace) and have a nice eighties feel to them. If this is her warm weather work attire, I say brava. It can hardly be improved upon.
How can she look so flawless and work such a stressful job as a stockbroker? It is a phenomenon! The outfit seems uncomfortable for a sit-all-day job. This slim fit doesn't leave room for constant snacks in the office, either. I applaud her for being amazing!
I love it when your posts are of people whose style is attainable. This look is clean, fresh and ageless. Any woman could achieve this look and take it extremely high to very low end! Options, we love options!
Very nice. She has a clean, polished no fuss look for a sunny day. She looks "smartly" dressed. Hair has flair but not in face. Earrings are sexy without interfering. High waist skirt accentuates the positive. Nicely done.
I must be out of the inner cool group of fashion people but what's wrong with her shoes?? She works in a conservative industry – those seem fine for everyday workwear to me. Is she supposed to be wearing crazy platforms?? I just don't get all the shoe comments.
High waisted pencil skirts with feminine blouses are my go-to "have to look professional" today outfit. Aaaamazing. And I like her shoes, darnit–and I like that they're a bit scuffed. Shows she gets things done instead of sitting around looking pretty.
This photo shows the clear problem with this type of skirt – you can't sit down at a computer without turning into a wrinkly mess. Even though she looks lovely, it is definitely a more 'real' loveliness than you usually photograph.
It helps that she's so pretty because this is a totally standard corporate outfit for sydney and even brisbane. I do like the bangle but the rest is pretty much what you'd see all around you every lunch hour.
I don't think those who are confused about this post fully understand the Sart's approach to selecting his subjects…
He's stated many times in interviews that his images aren't there to depict latest trends, or huge fashion statements, or the 'beautiful people', but simply to capture a look that the particular person is doing 'really well'. Outfits or styles that are well put together, whether they're boundary pushing or quietly chic. I love that about this blog.
This partcular image fits in perfectly as it fits the criteria: this young lady is doing the classy-corporate-woman-thing REALLY well. Although, yes, many people pull this look off every day, there are many who do not, and this image can be an inspiration to those who see their corporate position as a style black hole.
An another note, it was a joy to meet you last night at GPO Scott, you are a true gentleman! So friendly and polite, you made waiting in line very worthwhile. I hope you enjoy your time in Melbourne!
Love everything, from the gold earrings to the now-fashion combo high wasted skirt and romantic blouse, but the shoes………………….argh….! What was she thinking??? It almost blew the whole deal….. Good thing she is gorgeous and fit, and when you get to her feet you've seen enough beauty….! I would def have paired that awesome outfit with either some Sigerson Morrison black patent leather ballerina flats or a Louboutin nude colored mid heal pump!
Re: some of the shoe comments… As an american who's lived in Australia before… Shoes are very expensive there. They don't have the wide range of quality & range of pricepoints like we do in the States… At least not when i lived there and worked in fashion/ retail. An average price for a pair of shoes was about $149-179. Taking into account the exchange rate, of course, but still.
very polished look – quite typical of the city finance worker, she looks comfortable and elegant – as for her shoes, i agree that they arent the latest styles but imagine super high platforms in a financial office – not the right place me thinks…they go well with her pencil skirt
i disagree lucy – shoes are overpriced in australia, and i would say its incredibly difficult to find a GOOD QUALITY shoe for under $100.
i think she looks beautiful. yes, she does look like the typical australian young corporate worker (and ive just entered that world myself) and women dress like this in sydney, melbourne and brisbane.. but she's gorgeous and worthy of a photo! its the accessories that do it for me (great earings, bangle) and her hair looks fantastic.
10/10 from me! Love her shoes and she could wear round toe, mary janes, nudes, tan, slings from kitten height to high if she wanted to with this amazingly feminine outfit. LOVE BEST the way she's added the exotic style earrings and cuff to the mix. I think her hair and make up are natural yet groomed.
She's been quite clever with proportions as I think she actually has a long body and short legs but the high waisted straight skirt rebalances.
Most young, corporate women dress like this in Perth too! Skirt looks like Cue – the standard work-wear chain store for Australian women. Not a huge fan. But… as everyone has mentioned… she is gorgeous!
beautiful girl, pulls of corporate very well. while it's true you see many women dressed like this in the cbd of melbourne and sydney not all of them look so spectacular while doing it. i'm interested that so many people are intrigued by the way she wears her bangle on her forearm, it is the way most australian women do it.
effortlessly chic. The choice to pair this high-waisted skirt with a ruffled blouse and pleated sleeves was smart, adding some extra volume to her top half and balancing out the bottom. Cute accessories too.
Re: post by Georgina Kate about timelessness. This photo stopped me in my tracks as I had an identical dress (not skirt and blouse) in about 1959. Mine was ivory and rust, but otherwise exactly the same. I was only about 15, but even teenagers in those days dressed more formally than just about anyone does now.
I love what she's wearing! She looks gorgeous in her high waist skirt She is so stylish! And I don't see anything wrong about her shoes either Her clothes are fabulous and say everything There was nothing left to the shoes but to be simple!
For the people asking where her outfit is from – Anyone from Australia would know that her outfit is just from Cue. They're experts in making clothes with a corporate yet feminine look. Lovely outfit, but so many girls wear this, and it's not exactly original… (at least not in Australia anyway)
Hey I know her! Don't know why she's listed as a stock broker as opposed to marketing. The thing I dislike about living in Sydney is that it's situated in the Southern hemisphere… this means fashion trends tend trickle down here only when their seasons have already passed in countries in the northern hemisphere (as our weather seasons are opposite to those up north).