Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage
When Nicole Warne isn’t travelling the world in search of the best vintage finds for her online boutique Gary Pepper Vintage or sitting front row at the most prestigious shows during Fashion Month, the Australian native is hard at work on another passion: updating her personal style blog with artfully assembled looks. Migrating from city to city for work, Warne has become a fashion chameleon of sorts, adapting the latest trends to her current landscape, but managing to make each outfit her own with the addition of personal touches. Whether she’s going bold with head-to-toe neon, embracing feminine florals, or test-driving winter whites, Warne’s classic-meets-modern approach to dressing is never one note. Today we turn the spotlight on seven of her most exciting looks, and get the scoop on Warne’s closet go-tos, favourite places to shop, and more with our exclusive Q&A.
Balance head-to-toe neon with a neutral top.
MSGM Coat; J.Crew sweater; Equipment shirt; Camilla and Marc trousers; Christopher Kon clutch; Kurt Geiger heels.
Similar Essentials: Unique by Topshop Yellow Blazer ($390); Forever 21 Essential Ankle Pants ($23) in Yellow; Comme Des Garcons Play Sweater ($435); J.Crew Double Cloth Lady Coat ($325) in Red; Reiss Daria Wide Leg Trousers ($240); Madewell Sweatshirt Sweater ($70) in Marled Slate.
Update your evening look with a pair of thin ankle socks.
Patricia Chang dress; ban.do hair clip; Mnologie perspex clutch; Charlotte Olympia heels.
Similar Essentials: Falke Family Ankle Socks ($22); Topshop White Glitter Ankle Socks ($6); MICHAEL Michael Kors Gideon Suede Pumps ($165).
Polish a casual romper with a Breton-stripe top and ankle-strap heels.
ASOS playsuit; Twenty Seven Names shirt; Celine bag; Zara heels.
Similar Essentials: Bruuns Bazaar Brina Neoprene Jersey Stripe Top ($206); Theory Stripe T-Shirt ($162); Etoile Isabel Marant Jason Short Overalls ($385); Topshop Elastic Back Playsuit ($84).
Break up a monochrome look with a contrast lapel.
Sportmax suit; Equipment shirt; Marc Jacobs heels.
Similar Essentials: Pencey Cocktail Blazer ($418); Nanette Lepore Yin & Yang Contrast-Trim Crepe Blazer ($238).
Take your look from day to night with a lucite clutch and statement necklace.
Viktoria & Woods top; Zimmermann skirt; Patricia Chong necklace; Mnologie perspex clutch; Charlotte Olympia heels.
Similar Essentials: BaubleBar Potpourri Bib Necklace ($36); Forever 21 Faceted Faux Stone Bib Necklace ($13); Charlotte Olympia Pandora Classic Clutch ($845) in Clear; Alice + Olivia Lucite Box Clutch ($295).
Transition your winter staples with a bright blouse and scarf.
Zimmermann top; J Brand pants; Louis Vuitton scarf; vintage belt; Charlotte Olympia boots.
Similar Essentials: Equipment Reese Button Down Shirt with One Pocket ($228); Love Quotes Linen Knotted Fringe Scarf ($89) in Malibu.
Go for a bold take on the floral trend with an oversized print.
Dolce & Gabbana jacket, skirt, and bag; Charlotte Olympia heels.
Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Desire Dress ($531); Christopher Kane Printed Dress ($436); ASOS Swing Dress in Large Floral Print ($47).
Similar Essentials: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Desire Dress ($531); Christopher Kane Printed Dress ($436); ASOS Swing Dress in Large Floral Print ($47).
Q&A with Nicole Warne
Please describe your personal style.
My style is a mix between classic and clean with a preppy and playful edge. I love mixing bold colo
urs, feminine prints, and interesting textures, and believe brighter is always better.
How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day style?
As I live on the coastline in Australia, we're always influenced by the warm climate and our laidback beach lifestyle, so layering is kept to a bare minimum. Naturally I like to keep my outfits quite simple as I believe in the saying "less is always more," but I feel I draw most of my inspiration from European cities, like Paris or the French countryside, and even the quirky Harajuku girls in Tokyo too.
What are some of your favourite current trends?
Two-piece suits have always been a timeless staple for every woman's wardrobe, yet masculine tailoring seems to be having a moment right now. I adore seeing these suits in crisp whites and bold colo
urs for a fresh take on such a classic outfit.
Who are some of your style icons and why?
I can't say I have just one, as they're always changing as I get older and my taste evolves. Instead, I like to draw inspiration from new experiences, the people I meet, and the places I see.
What’s the one go-to piece in your closet?
My Charlotte Olympia heels are always my most prized possessions. I can't pick just one, as my black kitty flats are the perfect balance between quirky and wearable. and my red satin heels are perfect for taking my outfits from day to night with a matching bold red lip. Charlotte Olympia's designs always keep me on my toes, that's for sure!
What are some of your favourite places to shop?
I buy a lot of my vintage jewellery and accessories from etsy.com, which is similar to eBay but only sells vintage and hand-made pieces from independent artists and designers. Brooklyn flea markets, Barneys New York, and J.Crew are essentials when I'm in New York and asos.com, shopbop.com, and NET-A-PORTER.com when I'm shopping online at midnight.
What are some of your fashion sites/blogs?
Studded-Hearts.com, Oraclefox.com, and Thecherryblossomgirl.com are my go-to blogs for inspiration. I respect the creative concept and effort that consistently goes into every single post and think of them more as visual diaries full of inspiring photography and life.