Daily Style: Black maxi dress, sunglasses and coffee.

* Shoes from Trenery – these are my favourite ballet flats brand because there’s never toe cleavage. Toe cleavage makes me feel dirty. * Dress from a cheapie store in Moonee Ponds – last seen here in February 2010 worn the exact same two necklaces and very similar earrings. Weird. * Coin necklace from my grandfather * Wheelie Bin necklace by Tae Schmeisser * Silver hoop earrings from India * Sunglasses are Fiorelli from Myer * Sheer cardigan from eBay * Waist tie from a Metalicus dress *

Secret Ingredients

Experiment With Textures When Wearing All Black

I tried this dress with a solid knit cardigan and it was all too heavy. By adding a sheer cropped cardigan it added more light and shade to the ensemble and made me look slightly less Amish.

Wear A Matching Belt

This stretchy waist tie is from a Metalicus dress but I wear it almost every day. It’s perfect for adding a little bit of waist definition if one of my dresses is a little bit shapeless and I also use it to turn button cardigans into wrap cardigans. By wearing a belt or waist tie in the same colour as your dress it adds polish to your look with the added bonus of flattering monochroming. 

Break Up All Black Ensembles With Accessories

Whenever I wear a totally black outfit, I make sure that I wear a long necklace so there’s something to draw the eye away from the sea of black. Just a little splash of silver to break up the monotony and it makes me look less like I’m wearing some sort of weird uniform. 

This outfit was worn for a Sunday of bedside table cleaning, coffee getting, egg hard boiling, vlog writing and hanging out with my bestie and practicing our Chicago accents for the play we’re rehearsing. Melbourne peeps stay tuned! 

How do you spend your Sundays? And more importantly what do you wear?

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Kerri Sackville 3 years ago

    But… but… where was the coffee from????

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      De Clieu! It’s on the corner of Gertrude and George Street in Fitzroy. BEST COFFEE EVER. And the barista is looks like a Japanese doll and is covered in all the beautiful little tattoos.

  2. Oh I love this Smags … tips for how to do Melbourne black. x

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Ha! Thanks lady… You’ll have to put them into practice for when you come visit me! x

  3. Anonymous 3 years ago

    OMG am with you on the Toe Cleavage. Errk!

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I just can’t even. Makes me so sad.

  4. cilosophy.blogspot.com 3 years ago

    +1 for kerri – where was da coffee from?

    great outfit, perfect for the very strange weather we have been having here in melbs.
    cilla xx

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      De Clieu! Have you been there? It’s awesome! Our absolute favourite.

      And yes the weather IS being weird here at the moment.

  5. you look fantastic! <3 PS: the toe cleavage/dirty thing totally make sense!

  6. Nessbow 3 years ago

    I had to give you a round of applause for mix-and-matching that waist tie. So many people never think to swap their belts and waist-ties around. You can wear them with outfits other than the one they came with! I know, right? What a revelation!

    I spend my Sundays baking, reading and crocheting like a nana. I usually wear jeans and jumpers for this task, or floaty dresses in the summer.

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