Style Tips From a Sydney Fashion Stylist

Find out what to wear and pack ahead of your business trip to Sydney with a leading fashion stylist

Rosie Mckay is a cutting-edge fashion stylist and fashion expert who is based in Sydney.

She is known for her ability to interpret fashion trends quickly and deliver style solutions and runway-inspired looks to all her clients with flair and panache.

As well as styling her private clients, Rosie also works in the Australian editorial and advertising sectors.  Here she dedicates her time to delivering exceptional looks for clients such as Rockmans, Table Eight, Hypoxi and Nescafe. Her fashion work can also be seen on the pages of women’s titles such as OK! and Bride To Be.

Rosie has dressed Rachel Hunter, Jesinta Campbell, Esther Anderson and Nicky Hilton, to name but a few.

Rosie Mckay the Sydney fashion stylist on a shoot

‘Looking stylish is a telling sign of your attention to detail and conveys the message that you not only are in control, but have everything under control. ‘ – Rosie Mckay, Fashion Stylist

Here Rosie tells Nativa World about her new styling business and provides expert tips on what fashion items to pack for a business trip to Sydney.

Rosie, how did you become a fashion stylist and style consultant?

I have always had a love for fashion and all things creative, but also have a great way with words. I completed my Diploma Of Journalism and over the space of four years worked my way up from Editorial Coordinator to Fashion Director. In 2011, after almost eight years in magazines I decided to start my own freelance company specializing in personal styling and shopping, styling across magazines, advertising, event and red carpet styling.

You also work with celebrities, have there been any defining fashion moments for you as a stylist?

I have been fortunate enough to work with many local and international celebrities. Some memorable moments include dressing Rachel Hunter and her daughter for a photo shoot as well as working with Ruby Rose, Katrina Bowden and Lara Worthington (nee Bingle).

A couple of recent defining moments include dressing one of my personal styling clients for the Emmys and also working with renowned Australian designer, Alex Perry, to create a custom-made couture gown for a celebrity cover shoot for bridal magazine Bride To Be magazine.

Rosie McKay is a top Sydney style consultant

You also work with businesswomen, how does this process work?

Many of my clients are either time poor and have no time to shop or simply need assistance to create a capsule wardrobe that they can easily mix-and-match for stylish, yet office-appropriate looks. When a client engages me for personal styling I ask them to complete a style profile so I can get a better idea of their needs, style preferences and budget. Once I receive their completed style profile, we lock in a block of time to go out shopping together and I help them put together looks and make the right purchases to meet their style needs. If time is an issue, I am also happy to shop for them and then organize a fitting time to go through the looks I have chosen.

Rosie Mckay the fashion stylist working in Sydney

How are businesswomen dressing in Sydney?

Tailored suiting is a huge trend here. The use of different fabrics and bolder colors like blue and wine give the classic office look a modern update. As do new shapes like a cropped trouser or a more wide-leg trouser. Swapping the jacket for a longline vest is also a new incarnation.

How does looking stylish benefit a woman’s career?

First appearances are everything. Looking stylish is a telling sign of your attention to detail and conveys the message that you are in control and have everything under control. Showing pride in your appearance instantly makes you feel more confident.

Rosie Mckay styling a woman in Sydney

Are there any new trends coming out of Sydney/Australia or any Australian designers to look out for?

Suiting and Coordinates – tops and pants or tops and skirts that can be worn together for great effect or as separates. Ginger & Smart, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, Camilla And Marc, C/MEO.

Do you have a favorite fashion app?

I don’t really use a styling app, Instagram is my favorite form of social media I use it for inspiration as well as a tool to connect with brands and  my audience. Vogue.com is my favorite website to keep abreast of international trends and runway collections.

Sydney-based fashion stylist Rosie Mckay styling a client

Which female influencer or businesswomen has the best fashion sense and why?

I think Michelle Obama nails it every time. Her style is age appropriate, flatters her body shape and still shows some personality.  I love the Alice & Olivia top and skirt that she wore on her tour of Cambodia. The other person who’s style I adore is Natalie Massenet. Her style is timeless, elegant and chic.

Rosie’s tips for a business trip to Sydney:

  • Pack pieces in tonal colors like white, grey, black, cream and nudes that can mix and match and carry you from office to evening
  • Pack classic pieces that are appropriate for the office but also after hours business engagements
  • My top key items to pack include; a tailored suit, crisp white shirt, black dress, pencil skirt, elegant silk shell top and a pair of dark blue or black dressy jeans that can work for a smart but more casual look
  • Work out outfits before packing them to make sure they suit the climate of the place you are traveling to and also all the items on the agenda for your business trip.
  • Try to stick to fabrics that wear comfortably and pack down easily
  • Pack a selection of accessories that can make the look multi-purpose. For example adding a statement earring to a black shift dress and swapping a handbag for a clutch can easily make your look appropriate for a cocktail function
  • Pack anything that might crease easily in a hanging garment bag and take on board as carry-on luggage


Rosie Mckay is a top fashion stylist who is based In Sydney

For private style consultations, Rosie is contactable via email at rosie@rosiemckay.com. She’s also on Instagram and Facebook and her website has a newsletter sign up for style and shopping inspiration.

Photography courtesy of Rosie McKay & Henryk Lobaczewski