The style of Lara Bingle is something that has evolved over a short amount of time. I never paid much attention to her outfits in her early days of fame; it is really only in these recent few years that I have noticed her style significantly shift and shape into one which can be described as classic with a modern twist—think plenty of monochrome with hints of patterns or muted colours (such as khaki or camel) and interesting cuts and fabric textures. In this post, I'll be discussing some of my favourite outfits Lara has worn.
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K H A K I
Khaki is one of the few colours deviating from the monochrome palette that Lara employs in her wardrobe. It is a colour I find hard to pull off personally (although I do own one knit in a darker khaki that works with my hair colour), but her colouring works flawlessly with this coat. A long-line coat is an essential winter wardrobe piece—it is a timeless piece that can be just thrown on to add an instant style boost to any outfit. The addition of the caged black stilettos add a dressier vibe to the coat.
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S H A D E S O F G R E Y
This ensemble is by Bassike, with heels by Dior Amber Sceats jewellery. consisting of a neoprene boxy top and pencil skirt in contrasting tones of grey. The silhouette the overall outfit creates is one which is modern and flattering—pairing a loose fit top half with a fitted bottom balances out the outfit.
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S U I T S
Suits immediately conjure up images of work—9-5 office jobs, boredom and an inability to express oneself apart from the rest of the suit-dressed individuals. Lara's approach to the business suit is ultra-modern with the addition and removal of certain elements and the structure of the outfit. By pairing a simple white v-neck t-shirt underneath the slim-cut tuxedo, Lara updates the suit. Combined with classic black pumps, red lip and her ever-popular "lob" (long-bob), the look is business and party at the same time.
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B O L D L I P
While this jumpsuit seems quite simple and standard, it is made interesting with the deep side cutouts and plunging neckline. Lara pairs it with strappy stilettos and a bold wine-red lip. Red lipstick can be tricky to maintain over the hours, but it really dresses up any outfit and allows for you to keep the rest of your makeup simple.
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P R I N T P O P
Lara dons another suit in this outfit, but this one is more dressed up for the event, with the addition of a black button-up blouse. The satin lapels of the blazer jacket add to the night-time, dressy feel of the ensemble. However, the real show-stopper of this outfit is the choice of footwear—in this case, these leopard print ankle boots. Leopard print—when done right—is super chic and can update any simple outfit. I think that one statement leopard piece per outfit works really well in adding interest—but if you can pull off going all leopard a-la The Nanny then more props to you! By keeping the hair and make-up to a minimal, the shoes are free to do the talking.
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C O N T R A S T
Lara's 2012 Derby outfit is true to her simple monochrome style and I think is a classy outfit. It was the only outfit I remembered from this Derby Day, so it definitely made an impact on me! I love the pairing of the wide brim panama hat by The Hatmaker and the bright white Dion Lee peplum dress. Lara pulls off deep-v's so well. This hat really reminds me of Carmen San-Diego—actually, the whole outfit reminds me of her actually, but a more night-time/party Carmen rather than criminal mastermind Carmen. Once again, simple pointed black pumps tie the outfit together.
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S E T S
As I've mentioned many times previously, twin sets (two-pieces, matching sets etc..) will forever be one of my most worn pieces simply due to their effortless and ability to style. The outfit is by local Australian label Scanlan & Theodore, and love the mesh-like texture of the fabric—very sports-luxe but it looks comfy and cosy enough to sleep in! The semi-fishtailed skirt is combined with a matching boxy fit jumper to create a unified outfit, finished off with a pair of caged laced up heels, which always makes a statement.
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S T A T E M E N T P I E C E
This statement headpiece by Ryan Storer could be a hit or a miss depending on who you ask, but for me it is a definite hit!. The two-piece outfit—consisting of a Dion Lee deep v-neck long sleeve crop top and asymmetrical skirt—is balanced by the contrast made between the two pieces. Simple strappy heels complete the look. This outfit proves that even though all pieces used as black, interest and diversity is created out of the cut, fabric or style of the piece.
Until next time! x