Interview: Peter Morrissey & $200 Big W Voucher Giveaway

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It was one of those dresses I looked at suspiciously on the rack: horizontal stripes, stretchy material, sleeveless.  I’ll just try it, I thought.

As soon as the dressed slipped over my head to the rest of my body, I immediately knew I loved it.  I’m talking about this dress by Aussie designer Peter Morrissey for Big W.

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Dressing for My Life

In a usual day, I can go from a business meeting, to house cleaning, to the shops, (sometimes I even sneak to the beach), to the school pick-up so I look for clothes that are easy to wear and adapt.  Below is my priority list:

  1. Minimal ironing/easy care
  2. Classic cuts/style
  3. I enjoying wearing it
  4. Good quality/reasonable price
  5. Versatility

See, right at the top there is easy care because I know clothes will sit in my cupboard if they need special care.  I like to wear everything I have — not worrying too much about keeping things special — because I figure clothes are there to wear and enjoy.   This dress ticks all of the boxes.

Peter Morrissey Interview

peter morrissey clothes for big wTo celebrate Spring and the new range of affordable and stylish clothes from Peter Morrissey for Big W, I’m interviewing the designer. I adore how Peter makes it less about the clothes and more about the people who wear them.  He’s inspirational like that. Plus there’s another $200 giveaway on offer.

Kelly: Peter, love the new range!  If I had to sum it up in a line, I would say this: the range displays an amazing combination of wearability and elegance.  Where do you find inspiration for each new season?

My inspiration is always Fashioning the Life of men and women and offering them needs, wants and desires in the collection.

As I say, “If you wear the look you live the life”. I have stuck to a classic palette in this collection, so it’s easy to mix and match the pieces and create several looks for your wardrobe.

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I have the floral sleevless top.

Kelly: Do you have a favourite piece?

I am not lying when I say every piece is a favourite for a different reason based on why I designed it for the occasion in a woman’s life – from dressing for dinner to dressing to pick your children up from school.

peter morrissey quote -- white shirt

Kelly: Does easy-care factor into your designs? I ask because I look at many of the pieces and go: Peter knows I hate ironing!

Time is our greatest luxury and fashion should enhance our lives not torture it!! So yes I like to say I am VERY USER FRIENDLY!!

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Wearing: Peter Morrissey Sunglasses.  I love the sleeve line of the dress as it comes just a little over the shoulders which is both flattering and comfortable.

Kelly: As mum to four small persons, time for myself in the mornings is premium.  Can you give me three tips on how to co-ordinate clothes so dressing for the day can be done quickly and confidently?

It’s how you feel that is most important because when you feel good in an outfit, you wear the outfit; it doesn’t wear you.

  1. Keep it simple: pants, top or shirt, jacket
  2. Pencil skirt, twinset or sweater
  3. A great dress that looks good with flats or heels

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Kelly: How can fashion and personal style bring enchantment to the everyday?

Dress like you’re embracing life, not hiding from it.

If you wear the look, you live the life – so dress to express you, not worrying about dressing to impress.

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Kelly: Can you recommend a go-to outfit for those “I don’t know what to wear” days?

Black pants, white shirt, good bag and sunglasses as it always looks sharp, chic, whispers elegance and has a proudness about its look.

Kelly: Five essential wardrobe items?

  1. A Little Black Dress
  2. Black Jacket
  3. White Shirt
  4. Jeans
  5. Great Pair of Sunglasses

5 essential wardrobe items

Kelly: If there is one thing you want women to feel when they wear your clothes, what would it be?

That people tell them that they look beautiful before they ask them where there clothing is from or who designed it.

The new season Peter Morrissey collection is available now in store and online at Big W.


It’s become my favourite go-to dress. I just may be wearing it too much!

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1. All glammed up
2. More casual with Mox flats and a beige belt
3. On a still-cool day with my Bared boots & cream Emerson cardi
4. To the beach with a straw hat, Peter Morrissey sunglasses and aqua Emerson cardi

Celebrate Spring!

Just a little video celebrating the first of many beach visits this Spring.


To celebrate Spring, I’m giving away another $200 Big W voucher you can spend on anything in-store. To enter, use the rafflecopter form below.   There are 2 chances to enter (you can do just one, or both): 1. I would love to hear about your top 2 priorities when you look for clothes (leave a comment below); Tweet the giveaway.

Giveaway now ended and winner has been notified. 

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  • Reply
    September 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    They need tone flattering and good value! Sounds like the big W range is spot on!!!

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    September 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I look for colour and cost.
    Got to love Big W ‘s range and price. Adults and kids!

  • Reply
    September 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I look for comfort and fit . After having children my body shape has changed and heaps of clothes don’t quite fit right anymore.

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    S Armstrong
    September 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    When I’m looking for clothes I go for comfort, fit and quality. I also like to buy pieces that I can mix and match

  • Reply
    September 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Easy ironing and flattering shape

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    September 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Love that dress! It’s so very me.

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    Jill Hamilton
    September 4, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Style that is comfortable, suits my shape, size, and age…and price and quality

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    Lisa Wright
    September 4, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Comfortable and Flattering!

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    September 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I love something that has classic lines and doesn’t need ironing…I’m not an ironer! He he he

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    September 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I look for comfort and versatility. I want clothes that fit properly and are comfortable to wear. I also want clothes that will match with my other clothes.

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    Stephanie Veljanovska
    September 4, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I always Look for Items that I know can be Dressed up Differently and that are Flattering to me.

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    Melissa Antolovic
    September 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I always go for colour and fit – I need to stop wearing so much black – and a item that fits well can really make you feel good

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    janine marie
    September 4, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Flattering cut most definitely, as I have a few lumps and bumps, and colour is the other important one for me. Does it suit my skin tone, is it one of MY colours.

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    September 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    I look for:1. clothes that make me look like I care what I wear but aren’t high maintenance to wash/iron & are kid proof . 2. Colours that suit my skin tone (I am a little pale so I can’t wear certain colours as I look sick haha)

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    Karen Edwards
    September 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Practical so I can mix and match and comfortable

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    Mary Preston
    September 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Comfort first with me & then wearability/versatility.

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    September 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I look for what I know flatters my body shape, and for colour. When you get a style/shape and colour that work for you, you can always look (and most importantly!) feel confident & amazing!

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    September 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Hi, I look for two things:
    1. Comfort – can I chase small fry in the park or jump on the swing without showing too much of myself to the world! LOL
    2. A bit of style – you know, something you can add an accessory or two and hey presto, fashionable! But not high maintenance… LOL


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    Shane Lawrence
    September 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I want to look Hot , Sexy and Feminine !!!
    But it must be mummy suitable !!!
    I love fresh colours clean crisp with stylish elegance edge !!!

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    Rachel Kriss-Newell
    September 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I think the colour/pattern is the first thing that catches my eye. Then of course I look at the style – if it’s modern, accentuates the right curves, isn’t dowdy.

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    Mary Wall
    September 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    I look for colour and comfort generally when looking for clothes now. The comfort has to be both in how the clothes feel on me, and how I feel in the clothes. =)

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    September 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    LOVE the dress, the interview and the video! Made me homesick for Australia but also grateful to start my day here in Holland sharing a few moments with you & the kids on the beach!!

    I’ve never seen myself as someone interested in fashion, however totally agree with and am excited by your perspective on it – I need something that I don’t need to iron, is classic and comfortable. Will be doing some shopping when I’m in Australia in December!!

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    September 4, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I’ve made absolutely sure now to buy things that don’t need dry cleaning or some special elaborate method of washing/drying because otherwise it’ll join the ‘How on earth do I wash this?’ dirty pile. Beyond that, I look for something stylish and well fitting to my figure.

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    Kelly Walter
    September 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    When im looking at clothes in the store for myself i always go for something that will make me feel good about myself when im wearing it and it will give me confidence and of course has to feel comfortable :o)

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    Georgia Trikilis
    September 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Quality, on-trend styles, good fit, and low prices!
    Well done BigW & Peter Morrissey; great team.
    & Thanks for the opportunity to enter. Fingers crossed XX

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    kerry santillo
    September 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I look for clothes that hold their shape, and clothing I dont have to iron!!! Love Peter Morrissey 🙂

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    Narelle Rock
    September 4, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I look for items that are a colour I can mix and match with other items I own, they also need to be well made, hate for things to fall apart after a couple of washes.

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    Ross S
    September 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Durability and no ironing

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    September 4, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    They need to be flattering & not need ironing…I really hate ironing!

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    Lisa G
    September 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Has to be comfortable and easy care.

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    jody buhagiar
    September 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Clothes that offer style and colour to brighten my day.

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    Troy Simpson
    September 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Style and price 🙂

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    September 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Comfort is a must! Style and comfort is a definite plus! I often pop into Big W to freshen up my wardrobe in the new season. I’ll have to check out the new range, loving that striped dress! Very versatile and comfy!

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    Karina W
    September 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    2 things I look for are:
    Is it on sale?
    Can I and will I wear it again…and again and again and again!

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    jacinta hamill
    September 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Looks great and so easy to wear!

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    Kasey Evans
    September 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Comfort & stylish 🙂

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    laura butler
    September 5, 2013 at 12:20 am

    First thing I look for is price and then good fit, if something fits perfect then I may forget bout the price a bit,

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    Kelly Arndt
    September 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Comfort…and that Big W label!

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    September 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    My 2 main priorities when looking for new clothes – easy to care for (with 2 kids it has to be easy to clean and possibly look acceptable if I don’t have time to iron) and hide my wobblies!

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    September 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    It has to be made from natural materials like cotton, linen, bamboo etc. It also has to be value for money.

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    Sarah Anderson
    September 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I look for style and comfort! I want to look good and feel comfortable in what I’m wearing.

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    September 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    i look for material that won’t fade or stretch and I look for something that fits well. price is also impt too!

    rafflecopter: daniel

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    Renae Elsie Georg
    September 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    The top 2 things I look for are:
    1. Comfort – it has to be comfortable or realistically I’ll only wear it once or twice. Someone tugging and pulling on their clothes is just not an attractive look either.
    2. Flattering – I have to think it looks nice. As fashionable as a crop top was back in the day, I never wore one because I’m a bigger girl and I want to look good – not like a joke.

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    Michelle van Schouwen
    September 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    They fit me properly in all the right areas – nothing worse than something too tight or too loose!
    Colour – I always make sure I buy something that suits my colouring and doesn’t make me look sick or drab.

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    Veronica Paterson
    September 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    1; The Price…. sometimes the most important thing, especially when the purse strings are pulled so tight and the family budget will only allow so much to spend……Plus I feel guilty when I spend money on myself. So I have to find bargains.

    2; Colour & comfort…….. I’m a sucker for almost anything in black especially in the colder months.There are a few colours like certain blues I’m comfortable in & feels good in wearing.too…..As for comfort in pants, I don’t like when elastics are too tight or the material is itchy (itchy pants). It’s the same in tops, I don’t like clingy tops

    I just buy & wear WHATEVER I feel comfortable in & don’t really care what anyone else thinks lol

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    September 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    comfort and versatility, love the look of this dress and will definitely head to Big w to check it out!

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    September 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Loving the colour scheme, my favourite colour navy. 😀

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    andrea myers
    September 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I am pleased to see peter morrisseys range back I have a few items fron previous seasons and I love his big w range!

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    andreea cameron
    September 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Price and comfort, Big W, takes care of both

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    Rebecca sampson
    September 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Love this dress, might even tempt me to frock it up!!

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