Laura Stead-Churchill’s got the top picks for must-have travel fashion for those jet-setting off on a journey of stylish proportions…

Scanlan Theodore

One great coat can get you through a winter holiday in style when paired with neutral-toned layered basics. Black is an obvious choice but a tone such as this divine Scanlan Theodore option in dark green will set you apart from the pack.


Perfect for carry on luggage, Tilkah’s tote comes in tan, black and raspberry leather and has room for a couple of outfit changes.

Stone & Metal

Stone & Metal

Great accessories are key to finishing your holiday look and Stone & Metal’s Horn range is a perfect choice. Ethically-sourced cow and buffalo horn is crafted into earthy pieces designed by metal-smith Samantha Anderson. The pieces create a relaxed style to complete a travel ensemble for day or night.


Mela Purdie

Mela Purdie focuses on soft stretch fabrics and layering peices that can be mixed and matched as you traverse borders and cross climates. Available in sizes 8 to 18.


Keep your travel makeup and essentials tidy and safe in these affordable travel bags from Jimeale (airport bag RRP$35, makeup bag RRP$154). When choosing makeup for your travels, minimise your packing with double-duty products like Nars Multiple – a lip colour, eye colour and cheek tint in one, and don’t forget the makeup wipes, which are great when you’re on the go.

Got a style question you need answered by an expert? Write to Laura at

Dear Laura…

Q: I’m going on holiday to the Hunter Valley in April, what should I pack?

A: My holiday essentials always include light and comfortable layers and some accessories that will help me mix and match with my outfits, so I can at least aim to pack less clothes. The Hunter will be chilly in April so pack some leggings to wear under tunics and dresses – a great jersey wrap dress is perfect as you can whip it out of the suitcase and won’t need to iron it, and it can be dressed up or down for day or night.

Q: Can you wear a white dress to a smart-casual party in the evening, and if so, what can you do to make it after-dark worthy?

A: Absolutely. White is a beautiful option for evening and with so many choices in white available for winter this year it’s right on trend. The key is to keep accessories chic in metallic tones. Colour can be fun for day but tends to cheapen black or white, so jewellery in your chosen tones of gold, silver or gunmetal will keep you looking timeless and expensive.