Darlo General book club event! Memoirs from a true fashion insider

Join us at Darlo General in May for a book club Q+A with Author, former editor-in-chief at Vogue Australia and friend of the store Kirstie Clements.


Author, former editor-in-chief at Vogue Australia and friend of the store Kirstie Clements has a new read we’re pretty obsessed with.


Why Did I Buy That? is a unique memoir from a true fashion insider. Kirstie shares her stories and musings on everything from fashion trends, to how to successfully edit your wardrobe, to how to spend your money more wisely.


Better yet, we’re hosting special Darlo General book club event with Kirstie herself on Thursday 5 May from 5.30pm. RSVP to secure your spot by dropping us a line at hello@darlogeneral.com.


We sat down with Kirstie ahead of the event to talk all things fashion and life. Read on!


Your book Why Did I Buy That has such a great title – it’s a phrase everyone can relate to! Can you tell us about your most potent Why Did I Buy That memory?


I can think of quite terrible purchases, an orange leather Chanel biker jacket (on sale) being one of them. It had matching pants. Can you even imagine!!!? I’ve been caught out buying orange a few times. It looks terrible in the Australian light. Much nice in Europe!



What's the one key message you hope someone will take away from reading your book?


I wanted to help women make wiser choices and find their own style, steer them towards beautiful, practical pieces to make them feel good. Not to feel pressured into following trends and wasting money.



What's do you think is the most important fashion piece every woman should invest in?


A fab white shirt. Wear it with leggings, jeans, over a cossie, with tailored trousers, or a tuxedo. It’s so versatile.



Do you think there is a place for trend pieces in our wardrobes?


Yes, because this is the fun part of fashion, and keeps us feeling current! I think it’s more useful to have a capsule wardrobe of basics that you know you will wear all the time, sweaters, jeans, sneakers, a trench coat, a great pantsuit etc, say about 80%.


Then the other 20% is for the fashion pieces: a new season shoe, or bag, a statement necklace, or something in the colour of the season (if you like it! I happen to love hot pink which is everywhere now). You will feel updated, but not broke!



What's your take on the sustainable fashion movement happening now?


It’s crucial to be more mindful when we approach buying fashion. It is one of the worst industries when it comes to pollutants and climate change.


Buy less, much, much less. Recycle, mend, re-wear. Check the provenance of what you are buying, and the ethical and sustainable story behind it. Buy from artisans. Shop locally.



What keeps you busy when you're not writing?


Binge watching tv (love it!), reading, lunches with my sons, reading tarots for my friends over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. And I love weekends away.



What inspires you?


Listening to other people’s thoughts and ideas and hearing their life stories. It always has. It’s why I became a journalist.



Find Kirstie: @kirstie_clements / kirstieclements.com.au