Melbourne Museum SmartBar

Greetings BusiChic!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged regularly but I’ve come across quite a few kind business chic folk recently which means that the daily office style inspiration is BACK – and if this makes you happy, please express by liking this post on facey or use your email / Twitter/ Pinterest to share with your friends as I could do with some encouragement 🙂

Each day this week I’ll be posting my photos of the stylish professionals I photographed at an afterwork event, SmartBar at Melbourne Museum.


Have a drink with this guy at SmartBar ~ a fabulous evolutionary step in Melbourne Museum’s public access program to attract the 20years+ market.

When was the last time that you went to a museum? For many of my friends and I, the answer was either “when I was at school” or “when I was overseas.” Are you the same?

Melbourne Museum has adopted a pretty clever idea (I think) to bring grown-ups like us back into the museum; open the museum after work + djs + licenced bar + quirky-fun-interesting talks and activities = SmartBar.

A fool-proof formula that makes for a great night – as I hope my photos will help capture over the coming week because I had SUCH a good time!

But I’m jumping ahead of myself! But I’m sure that you’ll now understand that I was pretty chuffed when the museum invited me along to cover the last SmartBar event that was themed around the Brain, Mind & Eyes.

Melbourne Museum host SmartBar events throughout the year as part of an education program targeted at adults-only. A clever, stylin’ and fun must-do, IMO.

On the program for the evening I attended were a series of talks (one on mitochondrial DNA which I loved if only because I was excited that I remembered what mitochondria are; I loved Biology at school!) and activities (lifedrawing!) but as I’d  *ahem* never been to Melbourne Museum myself before, I ended up being completely absorbed in the exhibitions on display which you will get to see as backgrounds to the BusiChics I showcase each day this week!

So without further ado, here are my snaps of Erin and Jessica who kindly allowed me to photograph their serendipitously-matching work outfits!

Great minds think alike: the stylish Erin and Jessica sporting different styles in the same palette as spotted at SmartBar.

What I love about Erin and Jessica’s outfits is how for me they are a great example of what those of us in Contemporary Business Wear environments can wear to the office then out to drinks. A mix of vintage and market finds that shows the wearer’s personality in a work-appropriate manner. Do you agree?

Erin, or "The Fuzz" was wearing the following:
Shoes - Nine West
Skirt - emerge, purchased through Ezibuy
Blouse - Zara
Clutch - Sussan
Banksy necklace - gift (I believe from Camden Market, London)

and Jessica was wearing:
Dress - Vintage Cue (circa 80s) purchased from ebay 

~ great colour but I’m particularly taken with the fabulous shape that Jessica pulls off so well! – Cheryl

Shoes - Wittner
Clutch - Country Road

I’ve photographed a lot of great backgrounds in my time as a streetstyle photographer but having a DINOSAUR behind two business chic ladies is blowing my mind just a little bit!

I was much taken with Erin’s necklace that features an image by graffiti artist, Banksy. A great way of bringing art/an element of escape into the workplace.

Seeking more ways to brighten up your work ensemble for an after-work event? I like this clutch-style wallet that’s easy enough to stash in one’s work bag by day and released once out-of-hours.

What do you think of Erin and Jessica’s style?

If you would like to know more about SmartBar and how it came about, start with this Melbourne Museum blog post.

Otherwise, stay tuned to see the after work style I spotted next at SmartBar; one night at Melbourne Museum !


  1. Sounds like a great idea for an event, and I really like both ladies outifts 🙂

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