As a working Mama with little kids, I don’t have time for high maintenance dressing.

And in my work, I teach clients how to arm themselves with a versatile wardrobe full of pieces that give instant effortless no brainer style so they can look killer in a flash and spend time actually enjoying life.

When I was pregnant and post baby I used to chuck on vintage kimonos and statement coats and stagger out in that sleep-deprived blur with big sunnies, and lipstick and people would – “Wow Sal – you always look amazing ”

“Smoke & Mirrors” believe me. 



Those statement outerwear pieces took the everyday and made it instantly stylish and also distracted people from the fact that with a small baby and toddler I might have *slept in the T-shirt and trackie daks underneath.

(* slept – a term used loosely meaning drifting off & drooling on oneself in between feeds & colicky baby crying.)

The same can be said for the sleeveless duster coat.

It takes a simple jean & T-shirt combo into a new level of style as shown above. I saw this streetstyle look from the shows last year and went on a quest to find one – I had to resort to Vintage as there was nothing in the stores and runway was out of my price range but you don’t have to.




Why I Love it: 

Great for transeasonal wear

Perfect for layering

Statement piece


Work or weekend


The key 3 Lengths 

Just past Hip /Mid Thigh – harder to wear unless you are happy to embrace the boxy look as it stops at most womens’ widest point.

Just past Knee length – will help streamline the silhouette – most uniformly flattering.

Maxi ankle length – My favourite – but not for smaller girls unless you are wearing killer heels

NB We are not talking about a waterfall cardigan type gauzy thing … please – this has structure, shape even in its most fluid slouchy tailored versions.


My Top 5 Sleeveless Duster Coats instore now for all budgets. 




 $76 AUD 






Vera Moda at Asos

$67 AUD 





Lavish Alice 

$158 AUD 




Veronika Maine 

$319 AUD 




Country Road

$349 AUD 



How To Style – 7 Ways 


1) Chucked over Jeans & Heels – My personal Favourite 

Karla from Karla’s closet shows the Day Version





VB shows us the Evening Glam version 





2) With Buttoned Shirt & Patent Chelsea Boots (love the Faux Fur Contrast ) 




3) With Striped Long Sleeve Marinière , skinnies & printed heels




 4) Layered with Muted Tones & Funnelneck  

Kendall Jenner wears it casual 




                    or Work Chic 




6) Over a Skirt or Dress 

Mine is long so I often wear over a maxi dress and belt it for that 70s vibe.



7) Over Wide Leg Pants

* This is a tricky look to pull off – But if you are channeling the iconic Leandre Medine and feeling confident – go for it.





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Sally Steele, is the lady behind  STEELEMyStyle and  is a Personal Stylist, Shopper, Wardrobe Consultant, Style Mentor & Branding specialist now based in Brisbane with Clients all over Australia.

She is in her 40s, has two little kids and helps others find their inner style & love the life they are leading.

She lives a real life  and knows how to navigate the challenges we face be it from stress, grief, overwork or just the everyday working Mama juggle in style & with a good dose of humour.



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