November 29th, 2012

Tulle, Prints and Peplums.

I remember when I bought my first Cue suit – my 22 year old self felt very grown up.

The Australian brand has long been a go-to for great corporate basics – blazers, knee length skirts, black pants – but it’s had a renovation in the last few seasons adding fashion-forward dresses, skirts and tops to the range.

I went in store this week to edit the new Spring/Summer 2013 collection and bought three things – I suspect you’ll want to too.

The Foolproof Outfit.

This dress and jacket combination is pretty much perfect for every body shape (if you’re shorter than me just take the hem on the dress up accordingly)

What I love the most about this look is that it’s appropriate  for every occasion – cocktail, dinner, parents house, bar, office Christmas party. You can wear it to work with a nude pair of heels then throw on a super high stilletto, drape the jacket over your shoulders, shake out your ponytail and Bam! – you’re a tall glass of water.

CLICK TO BUY: Cue Curved Neckline Dress, $189; Cue Black Cropped Edge to Edge Jacket C4892, $259 (in store only).

Double Peplum.

Look if you’re going to do it you may as well do it.

Peplums are the best body balancer (just make sure the shelf sits below not above your belly button). You can double the effect by wearing two. Make sure they’re in complimetary colours like the grey and white above and that one sits higher than the other.

This combo is super feminine and the long peplum cut on this jacket over the short peplum bustier elongates the body like you wouldn’t believe.

CLICK TO BUY: Cue Pleat Hem Jacket, $295Cue Stretch Satin Peplum Top, $169; Cue Black Skinny Pant with Orange Piping C2413, $215 (in store only).

The A-Line Skirt.

A flat fronted, flat backed, on the knee A-line skirt is a wardrobe must. A must I tell you. And I haven’t seen one like this in years.

It’s particularly fabulous because it’s in a white drill denim – doesn’t crush. Dress it up (like I have here) or you can easily throw on a striped tee and thongs for school run, weekend, mufti. The flat front will also give the illusion of a flatter tummy.

CLICK TO BUY: Cue Diagonal Pleat Sleeveless Shirt, $89.95Cue Zip Detail Skirt, $225Cue Contrast Strap Clutch, $225.

Love the pop of purple in this clutch. And the handy strap. Whack it up your arm and it stays put under your arm pit. Genius.

 Your Christmas Day Dress.

This looks like a dress but it’s a tutu – an you know how I feel about tutu’s.

The genius thing about these pretty printed dresses is the tulle underlay – they won’t crush, they’re great for keeping cool in summer because they stick away from the body, and they have a festiveness about them that screams Christmas Day.

But which one do you buy??

CLICK TO BUY: (L-R) Cue Aztec Print Dress, $339; Cue Black Floral Spot Cotton Dress, $295.

Sports Luxe.

I could go on and on about these magic pants – oh wait, I already did (CLICK TO READ) but all you really need to know is that they ‘re nearly sold out and you need them.

I love the sports luxe look (sport shapes in luxury fabrics) and Cue is full of lots of great tanks and singlets like this one that will dress a track pant or pair of shorts.

The jewel bracelets are from a capsule collection designed by Peter Lang exclusively for Cue. It’s in store only and well worth a look – particularly if like me you don’t have pierced ears. The range is all about a clip-on.

CLICK TO BUY: Cue Drape Shell Top in White, $109Cue Crepe Stripe Slouch Pant, $219; Cue by Peter Lang Crystal Tear Drop Cuff P1696, $125 (in store only); Cue by Peter Lang Square Crystal Cuff P1697, $125 (in store only).

Bows At The Back.

Look I just fell in love with this outfit. The little girl in me loves the pale pink and white together. And the frills.

Details like bows in unexpected places can take a simple look to another level and the linen and the shorts make this outfit pretty without being baby doll.

CLICK TO BUY: Cue Linen Cotton Twill Bustier C3822, $219 (in store only); Cue Cotton Linen Shorts C2308, $195 (in store only).

Find a Cue store near you or shop online at Cue also now offer three hour delivery through Want It Now. 





Photographer: Erin O’Sullivan


  • Corina

    LOVE it all! Especially that black dress! x

  • AR


  • Stefanie

    Love the double peplum!

  • Corina

    P.S. I like the “magic pants” styled more casually like you have done here. Now all you need is a pair of flats. Do you ever wear flats? x

  • SJM

    Ok, post magic pants try on sess -
    they are very tight on the ankle so if your not fairly small boned, may need to go up a size
    They are really big on the hip & made me look quite pear shaped (I’m narrow hipped). Maybe they are only ‘pear magic pants’ :(
    HOWEVER the high-waisted white skirt is bliss – gave a waspishly tiny waist. I came home with me :)

  • Sharon

    Bought the black dress today! Great fit and price, can’t wait to wear it. Loved the white skirt too but sadly I have no hope of keeping that clean! Thanks for a great post Paula x

  • PaulaJoye

    Oh Sharon I’m so happy!
    Fabulous news.
    Look wonderful. Feel wonderful.

  • Sarah

    Paula – where do you buy your fab shoes??

  • PaulaJoye

    Hi Sarah

    All over. Love my shoes.
    In this shoot the grey are from Yves Saint Laurent, the black are from Steve Madden and you can buy them here –


  • Sarah

    Great, thanks Paula! Love your blog. Sarah


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