Tall, thin, tanned, and blonde Natasha Oakley lives a life chilling by the beach making most of us envious of her carefree jetset lifestyle under the sun from Sydney to L.A. That is as it seems from her 2012 co-founded blog “A Bikini A Day”, which shows best friend and co-founder Devin Brugman and herself in the cutest and latest bikinis. Running the blog with brains and beauty, the bodacious Ms. Oakley is the hottest swimwear brand’s new darling collaborating with key players in the industry from newcomer Acacia Swimwear to luxe fave Melissa Odabash through to established player Zimmermann. With a whopping 1.1 million followers on Instagram and a sold-out swimwear line, Monday, which she co-founded with Ms. Brugman, the sassy Aussie has made more than just a splash in the industry in her bikini, in shape and in style.
Here, the twenty-three year old talks to Playing Fashion about how she keeps her style sizzling wherever she goes and reveals what’s next for Monday.
MY MOTHER HAS DEFINITELY INFLUENCED MY STYLE
(Editor’s note: her mother is Miss Universe Lynette Laming.) She has always dressed in such an elegant, chic, yet feminine and sexy way. She has influenced me to keep my style simple and subtly sexy.
MY STYLE DEFINITELY CHANGES DEPENDING
on where I am, not only between LA and Sydney, but all of the other places I travel to regularly: Paris, NYC, Hawaii. There are somethings I would wear in Sydney that I would never wear in LA. Usually no matter where I am I will incorporate a beachy chic look into what I wear. If it’s winter I live in my leather jackets and boots and in summer I live in my dresses and sandals.
I AM NOT USUALLY ONE TO BUY INTO TRENDS
I prefer classic looks and pieces that suit my body shape and personality. Although sometimes if I am loving a certain trend I will incorporate it into my wardrobe. Lately, I am loving ripped t-shirts, lace up boots and neoprene bikinis!
I HAVE FAVORITE STORES AND BRANDS
all over the world. My favorite high-end designers are Saint Laurent, Celine and A.L.C. I also love Australian designers Viktoria and Woods, Aje and Maticevski. For sunglasses, I love Oliver Peoples. My favorite stores when I’m home in LA are Barneys, Intermix and Maxfields.
I WEAR WHAT IS FLATTERING AND SUITS MY BODY
In summer, I live in my Camilla Kaftans - always comfortable yet glamorous; denim cut offs - every Sydney girl’s summer basic; boyfriend jeans - I love the ripped denim look, so easy to slip on with a white tee and a few favorite sun dresses for when I am feeling girly and want to twirl around (I love to twirl dance).
THE REACTION TO OUR LINE (MONDAY) WAS TREMENDOUS!
We have our NEW Summer 2015 collection coming out in July, which we think is even better than the last! We shot the campaign in the Bahamas and are so excited to release it to ours fans.
I DEFINITELY FEEL THE NEED TO BE IN SHAPE
but not just because of being known for the “perfect beach body”, I feel best when I am healthy and in shape, mentally and physically. Travelling constantly can take a toll, so it’s important for me to be fit. I have shoots, meetings and travel everyday including weekends and holidays! To stay in shape I work out a minimum of 4 times a week, my routine changes depending on where I am in the world but eating healthy and staying hydrated are also a big part of being fit for me!
IN THE PUBLIC EYE.
I feel our followers have always gravitated to my best friend Devin and I for so much more than our body: our friendship, our entrepreneurial spirit and our positive outlook on life. Something that has been really great lately is showing our personalities via snapchat, our engagement is higher than Instagram because our followers love seeing Devin and I’s, lets say, “silly” side. It’s not all glamour and tropical beaches, we’ve broken down on the side of the road, spent hours on airports floors from missed flights and struggled through full day exhausting fitness shoots, all moments that we wouldn’t usually share with our followers!
Photography by Tim Ashton / Work Agency; styling by Nicki Colbran; hair and makeup by Joel Phillips using M.A.C Cosmetics and O&M Haircare;photo assistants: Jarrod Harrison & Alex Tracey.
Opening Image: Topshop top, Zimmermann pants, Iris & Ink coat - available exclusively available at the OUTNET.com