Maximal Secret

The last time I wore these perfect TOPSHOP trousers of mine, I was traipsing the cold in New York Fashion Week in all-red.

photos by Ash Myburgh

Secret Squirrel Maximal Top – TOPSHOP Wide Leg Trousers – DITA Corsica Sunglasses in Tokyo Tortoise – Alexander Wang Heels

The last time I wore these perfect TOPSHOP trousers of mine, I was traipsing the cold in New York Fashion Week in all-red. I have a habit of pigeon-holing my favourite statement pieces into specific looks, which often means that I don’t get as much wear out of it as I’d initially intended. So, when I picked up this perfect Secret Squirrel top (that’s on sale for $99 this week – winning), there was no question that these pants had to come out to play again. Had the red of the trousers exactly matched the red triangles of this print, the colour coordination wouldn’t have been nearly as casual, nor relaxed despite the breezy fit and wide legs – so unless you’re going to head-to-toe one colour, keep that in mind for your next matchy-matchy escapade.

Surely you’ve all realised by now that I’m hopelessly obsessed with tortoiseshell sunglasses – certainly my Karen Walkers have gotten a ridiculous workout in this corner of the internets, but this DITA pair is striking up some competition. They’re slightly narrower height-wise, and perhaps a little wider for a sleeker cat-eye, which I always appreciate.

What are your go-to brights? I’m clearing a few of my favourites for awesome prices at Shop By Three right now, if you happen to be geared up for Spring!



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Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese director, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Margaret’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for the past four consecutive years. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim.

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