When I lived in Australia, I’d dutifully trot off one week each April to check out show after show at Fashion Week in Sydney. Here, there are hundreds of street style outfits that I mentally copy and paste into my wardrobe each day, but I found that each season there was one woman’s wardrobe I most desperately wanted to raid: Editor and blogger Chloe Hill.
Hill’s refusal to name-check the cult-hit items other fashion girls religiously work like a uniform, and a complete aversion to anything that could be labelled as minimalist are what set her look apart—that, and her easy grin, and tousled, cropped locks. She’s the fashion market editor at Oyster and documents her own style—a fun concoction of personality-packed separates—at ChloeChill.com. Before working with Oyster, Hill was the fashion market editor at Instyle Australia.
If you’re also feeling fashion blogger fatigue, and just can’t handle looking at the same Gucci fur slippers worn with the same rainbow Valentino bag again, then you will love Hill’s legitimately distinctive style. Yeah, she might reference a trend–like fringing or denim—in her outfits, but she’ll also cleverly pull the pieces together will skill that can’t be copied by any old Instagram It-girl.
We caught up with the Sydney editor to dig a little deeper into her epic personal style.
How do you begin your day?
By checking my emails and social media accounts over breakfast.
How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
Through hundreds of hours of unpaid internships.
What does an average day at work involve?
PR showroom appointments, compiling shoots and shopping posts, and attending fashion launches in the evening.
What do you love most about your job?
That I’m doing something I absolutely love (also the perks are pretty amazing too)!
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Producing shoots; managing teams and working around schedules can be pretty tricky.
How do you describe your style?
Colorful and eclectic.
What’s the last fashion item you bought?
Vintage Prada mules from The Real Real.
What’s your signature scent?
Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge.
Is there anything you’d never be caught wearing?
Anything too of-the-moment like Céline prints or Alexander Wang bags, I prefer wearing things that are a bit unique.
Name one killer, up-and-coming Australian brand everyone should know?
Actually, I have to pick a New Zealand brand. I’m in love with Auckland label Eugenie; their beautiful designs are so strong, yet feminine.
What coat will you be wearing this winter?
Karen Walker’s fleecy green First Officer Coat ($398.78).
Where do you grab your morning coffee?
The White Wall—a little cafe on my street in Kings Cross, Sydney.
What’s the one thing you’ve learned about fashion since working in the industry?
Trends come and go so super quickly. It sounds cheesy but stay true to yourself, don’t get swept up in the latest fads.
Is there a fashion trend you just can’t get behind?
Anything minimal—you won’t see me in boxy monochrome looks anytime soon.
If money was no object, what would you be wearing?
Frothy floor-length couture skirts and all the embellishment! Probably a whole lot of Dries Van Noten and Gucci too.
How do you edit your outfit photos?
For my blog I use Photoshop and for Instagram my go-to is Afterlight.
What’s your failsafe Winter layering trick?
Turtlenecks under everything!