The Melbourne-based graphic designer and Country Road model test drives two beautiful silk shirts outside of the studio.
Styling and words by Jena Hall
My personal style is relaxed yet elegant. I love soft, loose fabrics like silks, cottons, linens, both for their texture and the way they fall on the body. When I saw these two shirts in the CR studio I wanted to walk out the door with them!
I’ve been modelling for about seven years now, since I was sixteen, and I have my daily uniform down to a fine art — jeans or leather pants and one of the many shirts I have in my rotation, usually worn with a loose blazer. It’s all about comfortable, easy and beautiful silhouettes. I often wear a shirt and jeans with a flat boot or mule to shoots at CR, then simply throw on a blazer or coat, as well as a heeled boot if I’m heading out for dinner afterwards.
I like that we’ve moved into a new season now and so I can layer up pieces, and I think shirts provide the perfect outfit base. This time of year I always get excited about bringing out my coats, knits, and boots, as well as buying new ones!
The look works best on me when it’s a little bit looser and undone, usually with sleeves rolled up, unless they’re beautifully detailed or oversized like the black silk one here. If I’m wearing high-waisted pants I usually like to tuck my shirts in, and with mid or low rise pant I like to do a half tuck or just leave it out. Shoes are always a key part of my outfits and I’m loving the statement of an over-the-knee at the moment. Subtle hints of gold add a soft, feminine touch and finish an outfit nicely. I love the fine delicate pieces of gold jewellery in this month’s collection.
When I’m not at the CR studio, I’m a graphic designer – which to me is like art for practical purposes. I have always loved art and often paint in my spare time but I would never have dreamt that I could make myself a career out of it. I love the variety of working as a model and freelance designer, every day is so different. It means I have to manage my time properly but I’ve found they complement each other really well. Modelling gets me out of my design studio and working alongside other creative people while design stimulates my mind and satisfies my need to create.