Too cool…

It was a chilly but beautiful Autumn weekend in Melbourne and I hope yours was a good one! And with this onset of artic winds; the layering of the city of Melbourne begins…

Oh the challenge of keeping warm but looking chic;  it sure is tricky but you only have to look around to see that Melburnians all over are rising to the challenge and creating stylish workwear joy even where one might least expect it! I hope you’ll enjoy the chic shown by this week’s featurees… and hopefully over some mulled wine! xx Cheryl

Denise (Polished – with ‘tude)


jacket Target dress Portmans scarf & bag Witchery ring and earrings Diva boots ALDO

Delightful earrings add lightness and sparkle to winter layers...

Favourite shops for workwear: Country Road, Target, Cue, Witchery, Diva
Most hardworking accessory or item of clothing in your workrobe: Have to be my Target Hot Options Jacket.. I love it, and it’s quite handy and warm on a cold morning in Melbourne!

Boots are functional Melbourne winter-workwear, I'm loving the buckle detail on these babies

Skincare/cosmetics that work well for you? Murad skin care / Nars / and Nude Mineral Powder (god send)
Publications you like ? Vogue, Marie Claire and Grazia
Your favoured venue for deliciousness? Pizzette 242 Toorak Road South Yarra- Love it… Service Fantastic, food Yummy! Feel like you are in a little cafe in Italy when you enter the door. Totally Recommend The PIZZA



Dear Gentlemen, a veritable range of stylish wintercoats are out there… and their transformational power to make any work ensemble Polished is to say the least, immense.

Keep an eye out for well-tailored classic jackets like the one on the gentleman featured here whose details I have misplaced (I’ve misplaced my notebook).   Pockets are stylish but most importantly, functional and you’re luckier than the ladies in that your offerings have more of these functional features.. maybe if I had more pockets, I would not have lost my note book 🙁

I'm loving this black watch, still very classic but works well with this gentleman's winter workwear.

Regular readers of  BusinessChic will know that I’m making a concerted effort to detail the items through which a gentleman can show his chic. Watches are on this list. I’m liking this gent’s number – very classic but in an unexpected finish.  Also PS: if you’ve bothered reading this far, I hope to make it worth your while – another reason why you want a stylish and warm coat in a fetching fabric is that when on a date; when things are going well and you’re strolling down the street after the mid-week drink/meal etc.. you want a coat that is so cosy that they’ll simply want to snuggle a little closer. there. bonne chance !



sunglasses Prada earrings Vintage blazer Witchery dress vintage bag DKNY with an adjustable strap, so I can shorten when riding scarf cashmere &silk number from Colombo (Harrods) gloves BMX-style from Fox stockings David Jones boots eBay. ride Giant commuter helmut MET

A black blazer adds 'work' to a creative ensemble

I am going to be a cyclist soon. Not in the professional sense, but in the getting-fit-helping-me-train-for-RunMelbourne-sense. I find cycling to be one of the most enjoyable ways I have ever commuted to work. Well, there was this one time when I got hit by a car door when a careless passenger thought he’d suddenly jump out of the car… but I digress..

Cycling has its benefits but sartorially- and in a city of helmut regulations- is also one of the trickiest ways to commute to work in style. Which is why I love Kate’s cycle chic. As a creative, she’s able to wear flat boots and a vintage dress which is a lovely take on Smart Casual. Note how she’s made the vintage dress work appropriate by addition of a well-cut blazer and Melbourne-gal favourites, opaque stockings.


When getting around town en velo, layering materials in proper fabrics to create a wind barrier takes on even greater importance. Take heed of Kate’s gloves from Fox which are sporty yet made impossibly stylish by matching to her vintage dress. The cashmere & silk scarf is similarly a clever and welcome way to add extra warmth and non-chalant polish. Oh and Prada – Prada always helps 🙂

Kate is choosing her own adventure – click here to read all about it.

Joy in a No Standing sign 😛

Thank you Joyce -

Thanks to Joyce (featured in last week’s post, “Seedling”) for inviting me to the launch of her new online venture CycleStyle in the fabulous confines of the Eco Fashionista in Fitzroy. It was an outrageously stylish event, so readers I can vouch -if you are  femme or homme who wants to Cycle in Style,  get clicking on the cupcake!


  1. Love Denise’s outfit!

  2. Hi!!
    Just discovered your blog!! What fun! LOVE it!

    • busichic says

      Awww thanks all for your comments! Really appreciate your stopping by as I admire your work and hope you’ll pop around for another visit soon. Xx

  3. It was definitely an outrageously stylish event – gorgeous cycle accessories + bubbles + brunetti treats in a lovely showroom!! That’s my bike being rebellious under the ‘No Standing’ sign! Love love love your site too, wish I knew you were at the launch and said hello!

    Keep posting super stylish Melburnians doing their thing 🙂

  4. Thanks for the shoutout and fabulous photos of Kate! I’m impressed she managed to match her sporty gloves with her floaty dress.

    Joyce aka Miss CycleStyle

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