Inside an interior designer’s capsule wardrobe

What are three essential garments in your wardrobe? A flattering dress that has pockets, a beautiful blouse and a cardigan.


Any reference gem? My wedding ring, a personalized Elvis et Moi necklace that has four gold medallions with my children’s initials, and a Cartier watch that was a 40th birthday gift from my family.

Can you remember a favorite outfit from when you were a child? My mother dressed me in early 1980s clothes: heavy velvet ruched dresses with Peter Pan collars.

And your worst fashion mistake? I don’t tend to think of what I used as bugs, just an older version of my style. Now I would never wear anything red, but there was a pair of red Alannah Hill boots with laces in the early 2000s.

What was your first fashion moment? About seven years ago we were about to embark on a tree change and I went through all the things in my house, everything I had collected; He just wanted to take what he truly loved and had a personal connection to. In my wardrobe I got rid of all the colorful and patterned clothes and everything I didn’t wear over and over again. Creating those restrictions was really liberating. I like the idea of ​​having a capsule wardrobe.

Is there something you would never use? Teva sandals.

What is at the top of your wish list? I’m obsessed with a pair of St Agni woven leather boots that are sold out everywhere. Also, a pair of brown RM Williams boots.

What shoes do you wear most often? I alternate between Blundstones, we live on a country property, St Agni slides and Veja slippers.

Natalie’s favorite looks come from movies like Picnic at Hanging Rock, starring Anne-Louise Lambert.Credit:Alamy

Who is your favorite fashion icon? The looks I love come from movies like Picnic at Hanging Rockor Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient and Meryl Streep in out of africa. Also the TV show. the Durrellswhich is a combination of clothes and house!

What’s your favorite casual, off-duty Sunday look? We’re going to the beach, so it’s a dress I can put over my bathing suit.

house by the sea (Hardie Grant) by Natalie Walton is out now.

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