What we’re wearing, trying and crushing on in 2024

This year, glamour’s got a new vibe, and it’s all about embracing what’s easy, comfortable and effortlessly stylish.

  • 1 Mar 2024
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Style Journal: What We’re Wearing, Trying and Crushing on in 2024

Gone are the days of overcomplicated beauty routines and fashion dilemmas. In 2024, glamour’s got a new vibe – and it’s all about embracing what’s easy, comfortable and effortlessly stylish. This year, we’re forgetting the fuss, leaning into self-care, dressing for comfort and simplifying our skincare routines to focus on what makes us feel good. 

If that sounds like something you can get around, read on. Guided by our fashion and beauty retailers, we’ve curated a list of what’s hot and what’s essential for your wardrobe, beauty bag and wellbeing this year. Covering everything from the must-listen podcasts to the must-have outfits and the beauty tools that make life easier, our picks cover everything you need to thrive in 2024.

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Nailing the seasonal wardrobe aesthetic

As the seasons shift and the leaves change colour, it’s time to give our wardrobes a little update, too. This time around, we’re welcoming warm, earthy tones like blue, rust, cream, plum, mustard and grey into our everyday looks. These hues aren’t just easy on the eyes – they’re a high-five to Mother Nature and a reminder to choose eco-friendly materials where possible. 

This year, Australia’s autumn/winter fashion is all about creating harmony between splashes of colour and gorgeous earthy undertones (we love). It’s a season that encourages experimentation and creativity, daring you to infuse your wardrobe with bold patterns, oversized layers and transitional pieces that bridge the gap between seasons. From statement-making prints to nostalgic nods to retro styles, you can’t get it wrong by wearing what feels right.  

Staying on top of the latest trends and refreshing your wardrobe to match your vibe is simpler than you might think. Headed into the office? Pair your favourite jeans with an earthy-coloured coat and nude loafers. Running errands? Stay comfy in activewear, sneakers and a printed cardi for extra warmth. Wear a bold-coloured knit layered over a light dress with a heeled boot or sneaker for a laid back weekend look. Tuck the knit into a belt at your waist to further style your look.

Step into Cotton On, Seed and Sportsgirl at Lakeside Joondalup to shop for AW 2024 essentials, including pants, tops, shirts, jackets, dresses, jumpers and oh-so-comfy cardis. They’ve got everything you need to mix, match and make your outfits pop while doing good for the planet. 

And shoes? Thankfully, the comfort-first approach dominates this year, with footwear designed to look good while keeping you cosy and supported. Whether you’re navigating city streets or sharing a grazing table with the gals, the shoe scene is all about marrying comfort with classic style. Loafers lead the way, showcasing a comeback of timeless elegance with a modern twist – think chunky soles and unexpected textures. Find your perfect fit at Betts, Billini and Dr. Martens.

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Making beauty simple again

This year, beauty whispers rather than shouts, with a less is more ethos guiding the industry’s hand. A healthy scalp is a beauty must-have,' and we’ll continue to embrace the clean-girl aesthetic because #LessIsMore – plus it’s better for the environment. 

When it comes to skincare, a back-to-basics approach will keep you on trend. Focus on achieving dewy, glowing skin by prioritising hydration and using lightweight, hydrating products. Stock up on hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to plump and brighten your skin naturally. And don’t forget your sunscreen – even when it’s cooler. 

Makeup trends in 2024 say less is more. Opt for a natural makeup look that enhances your features without masking them. Think flushed cheeks with a cream blush, soft and defined brows (no matter how thick or thin) and glossy lips for a youthful, fresh-faced glow. Whether you're chasing a monochrome, strawberry girl, latte lover or pumpkin spice look, multi-use products and tonal palettes can help you nail the brief.

Lean into the minimal makeup movement trend using skin tints, weightless foundations and tinted moisturisers. We love Laura Geller's Better than Bare Tinted Moisturizer With SPF 50+ plus brands layering serum skincare into their makeup, like Clinique, Illia and MAC. Less is more for our eyes, so all you need is some subtle liner, a nude shadow and a swipe of mascara over false lashes. 

For some extra TLC, try adding a quick facial massage to your nightly routine. It’s simple and doesn’t take much time to depuff and sculpt your skin - you can even get it done while bingeing your fave TV show.  

For your hair, think easy breezy looks. Light, bouncy blowouts and braids are making a comeback, and nourishing your scalp is trending because healthy hair starts at the roots. Treat your scalp right, and you're on your way to having stronger, shinier locks. 

Sustainability will remain a key focus, with eco-conscious consumers gravitating towards skincare brands that prioritise ethical practices and harness the power of natural ingredients. Find cult classics and trending products at MECCA, Sephora, The Body Shop and Myer, along with other retailers doing good things. 

Cultivating wellness from within

This year, true beauty shines by taking care of yourself. No matter what your brand of self-care involves, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking extra care of your physical, mental and emotional health. 

Committed to healthier eating and more exercise? Meal planning with seasonal produce  and healthy snacks are mainstays, and functional fitness to improve balance, coordination and strength for daily activities is where it’s at. 

Stock up on pantry staples, protein powders and supplements from [insert-healthfood-store] and shout yourself some new workout gear from Cotton On or Athlete’s Foot to keep you on track. 

Open to a little mind expansion? Whether you’re into health, mindfulness, self-improvement or just looking for some light-hearted entertainment, there’s a podcast or audiobook for you. Tune in on your way to work, at the gym, on a drive or while you’re cleaning the house – it’s all growth. 

We’re listening to Huberman Lab and The Food Medic Podcasts for their science-driven take on all things health and wellness and turn to Shameless for homegrown Aussie humour and entertainment. 

When you need a break from the headphones, stop by the Health and Lifestyle section at QBD Books to keep the momentum going. Our pick of the best-selling reads include The Resilience Project, The Power of Letting Go, and Atomic Habits. Remember, a happy mind equals a glowing you. 

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Being uniquely you

As we journey through 2024, it’s evident that real beauty comes from taking care of ourselves, opting for comfort, shopping with purpose and keeping our beauty routines simple. 

Shop the latest trends and discover your best self at Lakeside Joondalup, where every visit is an opportunity to celebrate the beauty of being you - see more.

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