When it comes to fashion, many of us have fallen off the wagon this year. In my case, I’ve fallen, tumbled, tumbled some more, and then emerged to find myself stuck in a style rut. After months spent at home, dressed in a rather confusing mix of activewear and loungewear, I need a change...
Not only because I’m bored of wearing the same pieces day in and day out, but because the rest of my wardrobe is looking at me wondering when I’m going to give it some love again. Hi! Remember me? It’s a little like how my dogs look at me, actually. After our babies (as in, the human variety) arrived, the dogs never got the same attention. Like my pre-COVID wardrobe, they’ve been ignored (luckily my husband still showers them in attention). While loungewear is super comfy, the time has come to get dressed properly. And frankly, I’ve missed getting dressed to go to the office or to go and meet friends. I’ve missed that feeling you get when you’ve put on a great outfit. It’s also Spring. Hurrah! A new season signals change, and we could all do with a bit of that right now.
Which is why, here I am, in these photos, DRESSED. I did it. I got dressed for real. And I had Oroton to help me. The iconic Australian brand has only recently ventured into ready-to-wear. A quick history lesson – Oroton was founded in 1938 as an accessories brand and quickly became known for its outstanding craftsmanship and beautiful quality. If you follow fashion, you’ll know that in the 60s, Oroton’s mesh bag was the ‘must-have’ accessory for disco girls. It was when one of Australia’s most respected creatives Sophie Holt took over as the brand’s creative director less than two years ago, that ready-to-wear was introduced. Since then, there has been new life breathed into the heritage brand. The collections are still classic, but the colours and shapes are more modern. The ready-to-wear collection is filled with timeless, wearable pieces that fill gaps in your wardrobe. Name your style problem and Oroton will solve it. Searching for the perfect pair of linen trousers? Or a chic A-line skirt in a fashionable hue? A buttery soft leather skirt that you’ll pull out every season for years to come? A chic trench in a heavenly hue like mint. A dreamy linen dress? There’s something for all women.
And then there are the accessories. Chic bags in all shapes and sizes which feel modern, yet also call on the brand’s rich heritage. There are fun jewels to finish off each look with, sunglasses in fashionable shapes and printed scarves which are inspired by the brand’s 80-year heritage. The collections reflect what Oroton is known for: accessible luxury and a uniquely Australian sense of beauty. As Sophie says: “Wearing Oroton gives you a sense of confidence and style that looks effortlessly pulled together.”
On the new spring collection, Sophie looks at what it means to be in the moment: “Like so many, we have all been reflecting on special moments, the nostalgia of holidays in the sun, the idea of a warm escape, and what it means to go slow and be in the moment. This season, we imagined a vintage traveller and how that woman might dress, lounging in her tailoring, a little undone, pulling on oversized check blazers, layering pyjama shirts with wide pants and sandals, feeling at ease.” The design process led Sophie to her childhood in Northern Queensland where her family had a beach house in Bingil Bay. It was here, she recalls, there was a huge avocado tree at the door. “We’d drive up to it squishing all the fruit along the way. There’s something about those simple memories, the bliss of being in nature, the freedom. So we designed with a sense of optimism and lightness in mind, yet the shapes have a strength to them, a simplicity and modernity, all things that are very important to me.”
And right now, we could all use a little optimism. So here, I share my favourite pieces from the new collection. They are pieces you’ll call on for years to come, and they’re pieces which will inject new life into your existing wardrobe. Let’s go!
“ Wearing Oroton gives you a sense of confidence and style that looks effortlessly pulled together ”
“ We designed with a sense of optimism and lightness in mind, yet the shapes have a strength to them, a simplicity and modernity, all things that are very important to me ”
Photography: Julie Adams | Hair and makeup: Jess Diez | In association with Oroton