If you're not already acquainted with Paddo to Palmy, your wardrobe will thank you for this introduction. Known for their perfectly wearable dresses that are both bohemian spirited and seamlessly elegant, the brand is a staple in wardrobes across the globe.
Of course, one of those wardrobes is founder Heidi Carter, who has recently relocated with her family from Sydney to Singapore. Heidi kindly took us for a trip inside her wardrobe for a week, which – of course – featured a selection of Paddo to Palmy’s most coveted pieces. With an emphasis on high quality and easy-care natural fabrics, the label focuses on feminine and flattering silhouettes that make you feel comfortable and chic – the ideal summer wardrobe staples. Go to www.paddotopalmy.com.au Photography by: Laura Bell
What is your process like getting dressed every morning? Are you planned, or do you impulsively choose your wardrobe based on your mood in the day?
Since moving to Singapore it’s a lot easier to plan given that every single day it is 30C with a chance of rain! But no, I don’t think I have ever planned an outfit the night before (apart from a black tie function) so yes would definitely fall into the impulsive camp. I love wearing floaty maxi dresses – it’s a slight pear-shaped body thing, coupled with the fact that my legs aren’t my best feature – I feel more confident in a dress as it’s just a more flattering option for me. I don’t own anything black in my wardrobe apart from my Lululemon leggings and Decathlon jodhpurs! So it’s more a question of, “Shall I go for the dusty pink floral, the brown polka dot or the white linen?” It is definitely a predominantly feminine vibe going on in my wardrobe! Each morning I force myself to get into my workout gear (a very unglamourous short and cotton T-shirt combination) in preparation for my morning walk to the gardens with our dog.
How do your weekday outfits differ from your weekends?
Having your own business and working from home isn’t the most social existence, so I really find I have to make an effort to dress for myself. It just makes me feel better, otherwise, the PJ rut can easily set in! On the weekends, I do tend to go to a bit more of an effort as we have more social engagements to go to. There is also more time in the morning without the school rush. But outfit wise I wear the same kind of clothes – dresses!
Your pieces are fabulously versatile. How do you like to dress up or dress down your pieces?
I am all about designing timeless clothing that is flattering and can easily be dressed up or down. Changing your footwear from sandals to a wedge or heel and adding a statement earring can do wonders. And of course, the power of makeup – upping the eyeliner and adding a bolder lipstick.