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!


Polo is one of the oldest sports in the world, as it dates back at least 2,000 years. Today, more than 77 countries play polo. Once the game was primarily played by Royalty and later cavalry, today the sport has become more accessible and attracts a broader spectrum of society. Over recent years, the growth of the sport across the globe has been substantial, and in Australia, the sport is being embraced by young urban professionals captivated by the excitement and adrenaline of the sport. The 2014 Polo by the Sea fashion on the field and entertainment expectations were definitely met! The only downer on the day was the weather, as some guests questioned if it was polo or water polo! None the less, I would not miss this event if I were you, it’s definitely the highlight of my social calendar.


It takes a healthy dose of Aussie flair to take something that could traditionally be seen as the elitist Sport of Kings and turn it into an extravaganza that introduces the sport of polo to a much wider audience, while promoting professional polo players and attracting new players to the game.  Whereas some polo events, such as the Cartier Queen’s Cup, are steeped in tradition and predominantly attended by the aristocracy and wealthy upper class, Polo by the Sea however positions itself at the other end of the spectrum by bringing us a typical ‘Hamptons vibe’. Introducing a casual front row beer garden dubbed the ‘Polo Lounge’ with live music and DJs, the popular ‘Fashion in the Field’ contest, swimwear fashion parades and bare-chested male therapists for complimentary shoulder massages, this definitely isn’t your typical polo event. Opulence, glamour and stylish entertainment are still perfectly executed though with seaplane transfers, front row VIP tables, designer briefed social photographers and a plethora of sponsors who are keen to partner up with this unique polo frenzy where the competitors mingle with the crowd.

Polo by the Sea actually is the sister event to the award winning Polo in the City, which is the brainchild of Ruki Baillieu (professional polo player) and Janek Gazecki (amateur polo player, polo journalist and former lawyer). They established Polo Enterprise Australia Pty Limited (PEA) back in 2005 and since its inception PEA has managed to significantly increase polo club membership across the country, while creating effective marketing platforms for performance and premium brands, as well as unique corporate entertainment opportunities. Not only is its Polo in the City flagship series considered as one of the best events of the year by many media outlets, but it was actually awarded ‘Best State Event’ at the 2013 Australian Event Awards.  That same year Polo by the Sea was first staged on the Gold Coast’s Main Beach, with the Palm Beach edition following in the gallop in January 2015, adding a competitive dimension by also creating rivalling teams in the process.

Both Polo by the Sea events are perfectly located with the upcoming Gold Coast fixture being based at Doug Jennings Park which lies at the North end of the Spit at Main Beach Surfers Paradise. As you turn onto the Spit, the first glimpse of the yachts on the water sets the scene for a glamorous and memorable day out.

Ruki Baillieu and Janek Gazecki have managed to create an extremely successful and engaging spectator sports’ event that is also proving to be very popular with a younger audience. With the ponies going at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour and being capable of stopping and turning on the proverbial sixpence, the crowds are guaranteed some seriously intense and extreme action. Visitors are often surprised and impressed when they first experience the fast-paced exhilarating game that polo actually is.

Where Polo by the Sea – and Polo in the City for that matter – are truly unique is in the way that spectators are constantly engaged not only by stomping the divots at half time, but also by being able to mingle and chat with the competitors or to go out on the field to pat the horses, which offers a refreshingly appealing experience when compared to most other sports. It is no wonder then that PEA’s events are quickly becoming part of Australia’s social calendar, attracting A-listers, celebrities and even royalty, in turn adding to the polo crowd watching appeal of this increasingly popular ‘spectator sport’.

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