‘I stole her style notes’: Inside the wardrobe of Nicole da Silva

How would you describe your style?
Classic. I utilise a combination of staples in a neutral palette, then throw in a statement piece or pop of colour.

What’s the oldest thing in your wardrobe?
My grandmother’s necklace with an “L” charm for her name, Leonie. It’s one of my prized possessions.

“My new year’s resolution is to source sustainable fashion where I can.”Credit:Rebecca Hitch

And the most recent addition?
Mustard-yellow linen pants from Museum. I’ve been living in them.

What would you wear …
… on a first date? Skinny jeans, ankle boots, smart casual singlet and jacket.
… on a plane? I like to be comfortable but also hold some sense of style. My linen pants would be perfect with a singlet and pair of slides.
… to the Oscars? Something by Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton. There’s a joy and playfulness to his work, and it fits into my aesthetic of classic lines with some personality.

What are three essential items in your wardrobe?
A good trouser in a classic cut, a pair of high-waisted skinny jeans, and a leather jacket.

What’s your favourite fashion decade?
I’m obsessed with the 1940s, the blend of masculinity and femininity. It was an era when women could feel stylish yet comfortable.

And your favourite fashion designer?
I’ve loved watching Billy Porter turn up to the red carpet of recent years. He’s working with stylist Sam Ratelle and they’re putting tuxedo gowns on the map. I find it so visually pleasing.

Do you remember a favourite outfit as a child?
The early ’90s were a high point for me. I was 10 or 12 and experimenting with fashion – it was ruffle skirts, scrunch socks and high-top LA Gear trainers. There was a real art in the height of a scrunched sock and the amount of scrunch you revealed.

As a child, Nicole embraced the fashion trends of the early 1990s.Credit: Courtesy of Nicole da Silva

What’s your worst fashion mistake?
It was around the same time. I remember travelling to Portugal wearing a loud pair of floral tights with an oversized woollen jumper – and when I say oversized, I mean it was like a tent. I thought I’d nailed it.

What was your first fashion moment?
I remember in my 20s stepping out one evening in a fitted brown T-shirt with a pair of brown corduroy pants and brown boots. I thought, “This is it, I have absolutely got it right here.” And I absolutely did not. What’s interesting is seeing all that tonal stuff, the faux pas of my 20s, come back into fashion!

What would you buy if money were no object?
A personal shopper or stylist. I’d love to hand that responsibility over.

Is there something you’d never wear?
I’m not a huge fan of frills – I like to keep my lines clean. I was probably tarnished by the ’90s ruffle skirt!

Is there a current trend you like?
I thought Brie Larson’s cape dress at the Oscars was incredible.

What shoes do you wear most often?
Midas black ankle boots with a wooden heel. My character in Doctor Doctor, Charlie, wears the tan version, so I stole her style notes on this one.

Favourite fashion icon?
Katharine Hepburn.

Favourite casual Sunday look?
A maxi skirt with a singlet and slides. The skirt is a thrift shop find; my new year’s resolution is to source sustainable fashion where I can.

Doctor Doctor airs on Nine on Wednesdays at 9pm, and on demand at 9Now.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale March 15.

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