When Australia native Nicole Warne launched herself into the fashion world, first through a vintage shop and then with her blog Gary Pepper, she immediately established herself as one to watch. Seven years later, she's far from hawking her vintage finds on ebay—she's since graced several magazine covers and amassed 1.4 million Instagram followers (ourselves included).
As beautiful as her envy-inducing beach photos are (did you see her recent trip to Mykonos?), what we can't get enough of is her effortless, classic style. Here, we broke down a few of our favorite looks:
Lace can easily backfire into something dated or matronly. To keep it crisp and clean, do like Warne does and wear monochrome bright white or black. For an edgier look, combine the two with a black camisole or bra under a white lace top, as in the bottom-right photo.
The secret to Warne's retro looks are in the modern details—metallic stilettos, a studded rainbow clutch, or a short hem. Paired with a classically shaped dress, the result is sweetly feminine, but fresh.
If you've followed Warne for any amount of time, you're likely already aware of the power of a pleated midi (and occasionally maxi) silhouette. She wears them often with a large sweater, floaty blouse, or as a dress, highlighting the playfulness and versatility of the style - I, for one, can't stop staring at her pleated midi tube top/dress (bottom middle).
Warne's bold, patterned pencil skirts are among my favorite of her looks. She uses their traditional silhouette as a platform to play with other elements of her outfit, like a bright-red crop top, colorful trenches, and statement bags. The takeaway? Use traditional elements to ground less expected pieces.
At their best, primary colors can be overwhelming; at their worst, they bear a strong resemblance to Sloan's favorite things. But used sparingly for emphasis, they have the ability to create a memorable outfit from an otherwise neutral base. The top-middle oversized sweater with neon-yellow skirt is my personal favorite.
Off-the-shoulder tops are a summertime staple—especially when you have bronzed, just-back-from-the-Bahamas arms to show off. For more structured tops, Warne opts for their matching pencil skirts, but with loose tops she proves that it's okay to play around with culottes, linen drawstrings, or cut-offs.
Oh, hey power suit. Warne has the formula down: neutral (but sky-high) stilettos and a simple top are the way to go with a matching pant and jacket.
What do you think of her style? Check out all past Style Breakdowns here.