Kym Ellery on how to get the ‘cool girl’ look for summer without breaking the budget

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Designer Kym Ellery, of the label Ellery, is one of the Australian fashion industry’s biggest names.

Her clothes have been worn by every kind of it girl, from Hollywood actors Margot Robbie, Elle Fanning and Phoebe Tonkin, to supermodels Miranda Kerr and Karolina Kurkova.

Off the catwalk, Ellery’s personal style is about the classics, even if it’s a bargain T-shirt from Target.

“Sometimes you just need a really, really good white T-shirt, and it might not cost much, but you have to get it because it’s a perfect white T-shirt and it’s from Target or something,” Ellery said.

At the higher end of the scale, are the two most expensive items in her wardrobe — a Givenchy coat and a Chanel handbag. “When I travel to New York and Paris, I need a good coat. I did drop the bundle once on this Givenchy coat at the Paris flagship store,” Ellery said. “And I still love it. I don’t think you can spend too much money on a handbag because you wear the thing everyday. “My mum taught me cost-per-wear. I bought a Chanel bag in London about five years ago and I wear it nearly everyday. I did the maths on that recently, it was $5000 or $6000, really expensive, but over five years of wearing it, it turns out to be quite a bargain,” she laughed, sitting in her new InHabit retail pop-up store at Westfield Doncaster in Melbourne.

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