The Life Aquatic

The ocean has always served as a source of inspiration and awe for poets and artists, and this season, it has caught the imagination of jewellery brands.

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The ocean has always served as a source of inspiration and awe for poets and artists, and this season, it has caught the imagination of jewellery brands. Dive into pieces that come in oceanic colours, such as marineblue crystals or seafoam sapphires resembling seaweed, and in a myriad styles including brooches and earrings. Either way, you’re bound for a chic new look.

Clockwise from top: Earrings, $2,300, from State Property. Ring, $599, from Atelier Swarovski. Brooch, $2,200, from State Property. Earrings, $498, from Carrie K. Rings (set of 3), $299, from Atelier Swarovski.


Dress from the feet up to ace your look for year-end celebrations

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Soften a tailored suit by donning a pair of floral satin flats.

Shoes, $309, from Ted Baker.

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A pair of white mules will add a casual twist to your midi dress.

See by Chloé shoes, $395, from Robinsons.

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Jeans and a fancy shoe make for an effortless cocktail-hour combo.

Tabitha Simmons shoes, $785, from NET-A-PORTER.

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Stay comfy in a loose knit, floaty skirt and funky sneakers.

Shoes, $139, from Aldo.



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It’s the time of the year to go dress shopping. But it could also mean splurging on one that you’ll probably get to wear just once. With her clothing rental service Rentadella, Ming Bridges is here to change that.

What motivated you to start Rentadella?

“Believe it or not, I’ve always wanted to have a business in sustainable fashion since I was a little girl!”

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Why should women use a rental service like Rentadella?

“To me, it’s a no brainer. Why spend tons of money on a dress you’d wear only once? By renting, you save money and get to wear a new dress each time. We bring in new dresses each season, so you get to keep up with the latest fashion trends without emptying your wallets. We are very hands-on with our recommendations. People book styling consultations with us because we care and we want you to leave our store feeling confident and ready.”

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We noticed that you stock a huge range of sizes. Is this deliberate?

“It was 100 per cent deliberate. Nothing sucks more than finding the dress of your dreams and then realising that it’s not your size. We try as hard as we can to find the perfect fit for you, and sometimes that means stocking different sizes per style.”

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How do you address your customers’ concerns on fit?

“For those worried about sizes, we have a showroom where we do personal styling appointments to make sure dresses fit our customers perfectly. If there are any concerns, we have a tailor on hand to help achieve the perfect, and most comfortable fit. For online orders, we offer backup dresses for $15. These dresses can be in the form of a backup size or style. We also do free exchanges if the fit isn’t quite right or the style doesn’t suit.”

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