When it comes to Australian fashion, do we have our own unique style…or do we just copy the catwalk trends of Paris and New York? Kellie Hush, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, says there is something distinctive about our overall sense of style. She says it’s lifestyle-driven and leans towards sporty more than smart or sophisticated. She also believes there’s a big difference between Sydney and Melbourne style.
“Melbourne people dress for the seasons. When you’re down there in winter people are wearing beautiful overcoats, scarves and hats whereas in Sydney you’ll find that people try to make do with whatever is in the cupboard to keep them warm,” Kellie said.
As for older women remaining stylish – Kellie believes it is important to dress in a way that is appropriate for your age and body type. That means no more baby doll dresses and skinny jeans.
“I think some women focus on wanting to look sexy and that can lead to them wearing revealing clothes. Elegance is what older women should strive for – and I believe sexy can come from elegance. You might be able to get away with a mini skirt that just covers your bum at 41 but the fact is, you’d probably look better in a simple pencil skirt,” she said.
At the end of the day, Kellie says women should feel confident and with what they choose to wear – and confidence often comes from being comfortable.
“That might mean something as simple as choosing a dress which has sleeves, or lowering a hemline in order to conceal your knees,” she said.
Before joining BAZAAR, Ms Hush was the editor-in-chief of GRAZIA Australia. It was here she launched an exclusive fashion collection with Target Australia, which grew from a single one-off capsule collection to six ranges.
Before taking on the editorship of GRAZIA, Ms Hush was the fashion editor for the Sydney Morning Herald for four years where she launched the online web series Essential Fashion and the broadsheet style section Essential Style.
In 2008 she published her first non-fiction book ‘My Body After Baby’ and she also is a regular fashion commentator on television, radio and in print media.