Gold Coast Bulletin 50 Best Dressed Evening Wear – Manning Cartell

When you look good you feel good. Am I right? At Pacific Fair’s Vogue stylist luncheon, Queensland’s top stylists and fashion it-girls shared styling tips, the general consensus being, find a style that works for you and own that style.


How I feel good in my own skin:

  • embrace the body YOU are in;
  • look and feel fabulous everyday – without breaking the bank;
  • create YOUR most flattering silhouette;
  • ditch the overwhelm;
  • shop less – wear more; and
  • dress for the life YOU want….

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How to dress for your body type:

1. HOUR GLASS body shape: Big Bust x Small Waist x Short Waist x Generous Hips & Thighs

Dress: Wrap, empire line or classic 1950’s style dresses.

Skirts: Straight pencil skirts, A-line & fluted styles.

Shirts: Scoop or V-neck; empire line & wrap style.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jacket which cinches waist; hip length.

Pants: Straight leg or bootcut in a darker colour; mid-rise.

Dress: Wrap, empire line or classic 1950’s style dresses.x Double breasted jackets.

x Tops with frills & ruffles

x Turtleneck & polo neck tops

x Wide Belts

x Ankle straps & ankle boots

x Chunky knits

2. PEAR body shape: Small Bust x Long Waist x Saddlebags x Heavy Legs

Dress: Strappless, maxi, halter neck or classic 1950s style dresses.

Skirts: A-line, maxi or fluted style; knee or ankle lenth.

Shirts: Wide, slashed or cowl necklines; embellished; bright colours; puffed & ruched sleeves; horizontal stripes.

Jackets: Tailored, hip length jackets with shoulder pads or lapels.

Pants: Dark coloured bootcut or wide legged pants & jeans.

Tapered trousers

Skinny Jeans

Short, pencil or tapered skirts

x Ankle straps, kitten heals & thin healed stilettos

Pants with side pockets

Light coloured pants & faded denim

Pants with embellished detail & pleats

3. RECTABLE body shape: Shoulders & Hips Same Width x Average Tummy x No Waist x Flat Bottom

Dress: Empire line or wrap style dresses.

Skirts: A-line, tulip or fluted styles.

Shirts: Wrap or cross over style; empire scoop or V-neckline; 3/4 sleeves.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jackets that cinch or tie at the waist.  

Pants: Bootcut or flared pants or jeans; mid-rise. 

Shapeless garments

Boxy jackets

Double breasted coats & jackets

Straight dresses

4. APPLE body shape: Average Bust x Large Waist x Tummy Bigger Than Bust x Good Legs

Dress: Empire line which cinches under bust and slims tummy.

Skirts: Side fastening & flat fronted; pleats start below belly.

Shirts: Scoop, empire or V-neckline tops that cinch under bust & slim tummy; patterns or darker colours.

Jackets: A tailored single-breasted jacket worn open.

Pants: Wide or straight legged pants; side fastening and flat fronted.

Shapeless garments

Tight clingy t-shirts

Light coloured tops & peasant blouses

Pleated waists

Large prints

Puffa jackets & chunky knits

High necklines

5. PEAR body shape: Broad Shoulders x Large Bust x Slight Waist x Slim Thighs & Hips

Dress: Wrap style, cross over & empire line dresses; scoop, V-neck or sweetheart neck lines.

Skirts: A-line, tulip or fluted styles.

Shirts: Wrap or cross over style; scoop & V-neckline; peplum; darker colours.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jackets that cinch the waist.

Pants: Mid-rise straight or bootleg pants & jeans.

Double breasted coats & jackets

Shoulder pads

x Slashed necklines

Straight dresses

Chunky knits

Horizontal lines on top

Oversized collars & lapels

Tapered skirts


Portia Large interviewed by Sally Coates for Gold Coast Bulletin 50 Best Dressed





































Tell us about your evening wear outfit, and why you’ve put it together?

This striking matrix piece by Manning Cartell stands out amongst my wardrobe staples. Here I’ve offset the beautiful black and white, with an edgy choker and neutral jacket. With a pop of red lippy and minimal effort, I am good to go!

How would you describe your style?  

Uncomplicated. Equipped with the right wardrobe essentials, I am always ready to fuse everyday basics and recreate polished off-duty looks.

What is it you love about fashion?

I love that fashion fosters creativity and that you can communicate, without a word. When I dress well & feel well, I am unstoppable.

Tell us something interesting about your wardrobe?  

Staples account for at least 60% of my wardrobe – which I mix and match; the remaining 40% are statement pieces. For wardrobe longevity, staples should be high in quality, versatile and well fitted.

What do you think about the fashion/style on the Gold Coast?

The beach lifestyle is reflected in our fashion and as our shopping malls grow, so too does our desire to style it up!

Favourite label or designer?

I go out of my way to support luxury Australian labels like Manning Cartell and Megan Park. For shoes? Wittner Shoes.

Where do you find your fashion inspiration?

Pinterest is a great source for outfit inspo. Pinning is highly addictive and now you can shop the styles you collate thanks to the buyable pins feature.

Your favourite item of clothing?

The clothing you don’t get to see!




Turns out Ferrari’s, choppers and champagne are a winning combo! Yes, this time, the sun came out to play and our heels are intact! Having experienced the excitement and adrenaline of the sport, we aren’t surprised more than 77 countries now play polo. Once upon a time, the game was primarily played by Royalty and later cavalry; today, the sport has become more accessible and attracts a broader spectrum of society.

This year, I introduced the 90.9 Sea FM dash, encouraging women to free their feet for awesome prizes!


90.9 Sea FM Ladies Dash Winners:


At half time, polo player Andrew Fraser-Scott surprised his girlfriend of six years, Jessica Bamford with a proposal before scoring on the field. And to conclude, best-dressed guests were scouted and rewarded in the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion on the Field contest.

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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion On The Field fashionistas:

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After an incredible sunset, we kicked on at QT Hotel Stingray Bar. A huge thank you to event organisers, Elizabeth McMahon founder of E.M Studios for styling me in 10 minutes flat and Joe Mclnally photography! We didn’t see Prince Harry, but we love polo so much, we are already counting down for The VW Polo Los Loosa 2016 and other Polo in the City events Australia wide. Hair: Kiwi and Bull Salon | Romper & accessories: Miss Darcy Boutique | Clutch: Topshop.

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Pictured: Polo players and organiser Craig Barbour.


27 August 2014, we gathered at the iconic Brisbane City Hall in the heart of the CBD for the 9th Annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.

Every year the event grows to accommodate more designers and retailers, creating a media frenzy and stimulating the local industry.

The place was buzzing with leggy models, fashion fans and of course the latest spring and summer trends.

Fortunately, I was able to go back stage to see Lisa Browns newest range with my own eyes and to chat with her about her design transition from creation to catwalk.

We were seated in block A, front row with what was arguably the best view of the stage. We were blown away with the local talent, our favorite Australian designers and emerging artists.

Post show guests were invited to shop their favorite looks hot off the runway! A fantastic opportunity for designers and retailers to foster strong customer-business relations.


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