There’s nothing quite like a wardrobe refresh. Just one new piece can breathe life back into your sense of style, unlocking countless ways of styling your existing clothes and reigniting your excitement for getting dressed in the morning.
With the changing of seasons, there’s no better time to find that holy grail staple your wardrobe has been missing. But it has to be the right piece – one that’s versatile, seasonless and complementary to your personal style.
To help get you inspired, we asked six fashionable creatives to share their go-to staple this season and how they’re styling it. If you’re looking to follow their leads, you’ll find plenty of similar styles right here on The DOM – and score a great discount in the process.
Giulia says that ballet flats are back, and she has some handy advice about finding the right fit.
“I learned from my mum years ago that if you find something you really like, buy it in multiples as the investment always pays off in the long run,” explains Giulia, who recently scored two pairs – one tan and one black.
She recommends doing the research to find a style that ticks all the boxes, and admits she browsed over 100 pairs before coming across The One. “I opted to spend a little more time and money on finding the right pair. They’re made from butter-soft leather, have a more modern square toe, and creep up my foot just the right amount,” the Managing Editor at Fashion Journal said.
When it comes to styling, Giulia loves a ballet flat for its comfort and wearability. “Right now I’m wearing it with straight-leg jeans and oversized shirts, but they also go great with a tailored pant or shorts in summer.”
“I also plan on leaning heavily on them when it comes to wedding season. I’m over uncomfortable heels that dig into grass!”
Carlos Mangubat (
This season, Carlos is investing in a pair of Bottega Veneta boots –the Tire Chelsea, to be exact.
The chunky-soled ankle boot injects some new life into the classic Chelsea, available in an array of different colour combinations and heights (from low to knee-high).
Incredibly versatile, they’ve been spotted everywhere from the streets to front row at Fashion Week, worn by the likes of Hailey Beiber and The Kid Laroi.
At The DOM, we’re all about personal style and timeless basics, so we love a staple piece like the Chelsea boot that everyone can wear in unique ways. Now’s the perfect to time to get a steal on boots, plus they’re perfect for the transition into Spring.
Speaking of styling, Carlos is going for a casual everyday look. He’ll be wearing his with “long shorts, a vest and a cross body bag.”
Molly Johnstone (
Fashion and Personal Stylist
A lover of anything vintage, Molly’s got her eye on the Y2K-inspired Le Cagole Shoulder Bag from Balenciaga as “a timeless trans-seasonal accessory to take you from day-to-night.”
While Le Cagole is definitely an investment brand, you can embrace a similar vibe by seeking out half-moon shapes, some grungy statement hardware and slouchy leather.
The Wales Bonner x Adidas collaboration is also on Molly’s radar. “The low-tops have an old-school feel which is right up my alley,” she says. “They’re perfect to pair with denim, a white tee and a blazer… or anything Diesel.”
She’ll be styling these nostalgic pieces with vintage and thrifted finds – “Think white lace and denim midi skirts, long black and white socks or leg warmers and a statement belt.”
Rob Povey (
Freelance Makeup Artist
“Standing on my feet for a living for over 15 years, comfort is now king,” says freelance makeup artist Rob Povey.
As a result, Rob’s always loved a sneaker. But this season, he’s feeling a colour change.
“I’ve traded in the head-to-toe black for a little lightness, now favouring a bright white kick. From Adidas Ozweegos to Nike Air Jordans, the Salomon S/Lab and Balenciaga Triple S, I love 'em all,” he says.
Shaking up your colour palette might be just the thing your new-season upgrade is calling for, and it doesn’t have to be dramatic to be effective.
A self-professed “lifelong disciple” of the Melbourne aesthetic (“black on black on black,” he clarifies), a crisp white sneaker paired with an all-black ensemble is about as close as Rob will come to wearing colour.
“It’s a great way to break up all the darkness, lending a casual air to any outfit.”
When asked about his key piece for the season, Tom says that it would have to be wide leg carpenter pants. “The more pockets, exposed stitching and hardware detailing, the better!”
A must-have addition to the capsule wardrobe of anyone who loves the workwear aesthetic, he describes the style as “such a versatile pant that can be dressed up or down.”
Tom usually styles his with a tucked-in tee – “something with some super simple graphics” – before layering a short sleeve button-up over the top.
“On-foot we’d have something chunky, like a boot or a real tonal sneaker. Probably a Rollie Weekender, because comfort is a must.”
And, “for that little chef’s kiss detail”, Tom recommends finishing off your fit with colourful socks, a silver chain and some rings. Then you’re good to go.
Jade Leung (
Stylist Jade Leung is currently wearing her oversized blazer on high rotation. Scoring hers from Wardrobe NYC, she says that “it’s the perfect trans-seasonal layer to throw over a knit, T-shirt, or singlet while still looking put together.”
Because it nails the balance between practical and stylish, we at The DOM think that an oversized blazer is the ideal outerwear choice for those cooler days when you need to cover up without compromising your outfit.
A fan of its versatility, Jade will be styling hers with “a mix of oversized denim, bike shorts and leggings.”
Any outfit she wears this season will also be topped with an Acme De La Vie x LaLisa cap, because Jade’s a firm believer that there’s nothing more stylish than being sunsmart.