Jodhi Meares: ‘The sports luxe movement is here to stay’

How would you describe your style?
Part beatnik, part rock’n’roll, part bohemian.

The oldest thing in your wardrobe?
A vintage dress I bought in Argentina many years ago. It’s a white lace piece from the 1920s, perfect for throwing over a bikini.

Jodhi Meares.Credit:Simon Upton

What’s your latest addition?
A little beaded anklet.

What would you wear…
…on a first date? Something not too sexy. You want to look gorgeous, but you want to be comfortable as well.
…on a plane? I wear The Upside’s Recovery soft suiting – it’s like luxe track suiting – with a nice blazer and a good pair of trainers.
…to the Oscars? Valentino.

Favourite fashion decade?
The ’60s. I love the idea of being on the Left Bank of Paris or in New York … Hanging out with the beatniks, Jack Kerouac, Leonard Cohen – he had incredible style.

Do you have a favourite designer?
I’ve always loved Chloé; the new creative director, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, is incredible. I also love Zimmermann. Those girls have done an amazing job.

Favourite fragrance?
Tom Ford Patchouli Absolu.

What would you buy if money was no object?
Probably vintage jewellery, such as a Cartier piece from the 1920s.

What are three essential items in your wardrobe?
A good pair of trainers – I’ve got a white Valentino pair that I’m in love with at the moment; they work with everything. I can’t live without a pair of yoga leggings from The Upside. And a good pair of sunnies.

What’s your worst fashion mistake?
When I was 14, I ordered a pair of men’s boxing boots that were white with red trim and came up to mid-calf. They took about six weeks to arrive and I thought they were amazing. I wore them every day to high school.

Jodhi and her mother in the 1980s, when she first found her style.Credit:Courtesy of Jodhi Meares

Can you remember a favourite outfit you had as a child?
When I was five, I had a little Hungarian embroidered smock dress that I used to wear with
red leather shoes.

Is there something you would never wear?
Fur.

Is there a current trend you like?
I obviously love the whole sports luxe movement, but that’s been here for a while and I think it’s here to stay. Currently, I’m loving this cowboy thing that’s coming back. I’ve always been partial to a cowboy boot.

What shoes do you wear most often?
Sneakers and sandals. I just bought a cute pair of sandals in Los Angeles; they’re like a little piece of nothing, almost like being barefoot. And with my anklet obsession at the moment, they’re perfect.

Do you have a favourite fashion icon?
Jade Jagger and Kate Moss, of course.

What was your first fashion moment?
In year 7, wearing a pair of cropped denim jeans, pink kitten heels – I was 12 – and a fluffy backless sweater. I thought I was pretty awesome.

Favourite casual Sunday look?
I’m usually going to yoga and hanging out in the park with my dogs, so I like to wear something from The Upside’s Recovery range, and a yoga leg. If I’ve got a lunch planned, I might pop a blazer over something; I’m pretty relaxed these days.

This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale January 26.

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