It’s not often that I embrace colours other that black and white, but when I saw this navy May the Label vest I made an exception. When one takes the navy plunge, pair the midnight shade with lighter hues of greys and whites. Unless wearing separates such as a cropped top and skirt, I find that navy and black tones get lost amongst each other, so I instead I get my ‘black’ fix through my accessories.
Longline , sleeveless vests on the other hand, are easy to wear and are the perfect layering piece to throw on over your outfit. Soaking in all that Melbourne’s sun could offer me, I wore mine with a sheer shirt and loose fitting trousers, paired with my new pointed ankle boots I picked up for a bargain of only $88 (Asos I love you !). For days when the sun isn’t so friendly, you can layer your sleeveless wander over baggy sweaters and jeans.
– WEARING –
May The Label Vest – Available Soon
Sportsgirl Shirt Similar at Asos
Vintage trousers Similar at Asos
Asos Radical Pointed Western ankle boot
Ace of Something hat – Sold out online but Similar here
Quay Australia Sunglasses
Outfit Details: Zaliah Skirt, Uniqlo Shirt, Seed Bustier, Zara Denim Jacket (similar here), Senso Boots, Naked Vice Clutch, Karen Walker Sunglasses, The Horse Watch, Sportsgirl Rings
Photos by Style Snooper Dan
With winter fashion in overdrive I have managed to stockpile a mass collection of comfy jeans, boyfriend coats and knitted numbers. It’s safe to say if there happened to be an apocalypse tomorrow and you found yourself alone in the wilderness without any clothes (for whatever reason, I won’t judge), come to my house and I’ll have you covered. Amongst the masses of winter warmers, I am always looking for pieces of clothing that stand out so that I don’t feel like I am wearing the same coat/ knit/ pant ensemble day after day.
This reasoning is what drew my attention to the Fringe Skirt which has been making a frequent appearance this season. Fringing on garments for both men and women, was first adorned by Native American Tribes. With the likes of fashion power houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani following suit over the last century, fringing has made a come back time after time.
So put aside your tasselled woes, and embrace the fringe trend in full swing. Adding pieces such as an oversized knit and man style brogues can make your look contemporary, with the fringe skirt adding a little edge. Or make like I did and team this statement item with oversized shirts and throw over a jacket or coat. A look that will have you covered well into Spring.
LOOK TWO: Earnest Nomad Harley Vest, Earnest Nomad Jac Tote, Uniqlo shirt, Seed Cotton Roll Neck Knit, Rolla’s Jeans, Zara boots (Similar Here), The Horse watch
LOOK TWO: Earnest Nomad Peta fringed leather jacket, Boohoo official top, Sir the Label Brooke Wrap Skirt
It’s true! I’m a sucker for anything leather and when it comes to spending money on high quality leather pieces I’ll be your biggest advocate, that little voice in your head telling you to swipe that credit card of yours. To me leather spells INVESTMENT. Something that you’ll keep for years on end, create countless memories in and hopefully someday if you’ve invested in a piece that’s of good quality (like I’m begging you to) pass on to your children, to their children and so the fairytale goes.
Adding a leather piece, be it a leather jacket, clutch or vest can add just the right of hardiness to any outfit, bringing your entire look together. That’s why when I heard of new Australian Label Earnest Nomad I was more than willing to have a play with their stunning leather pieces.
To say I was drooling over the Harley Vest featured in look one, would be putting it lightly, as I was finding any excuse to throw it over almost every outfit I was wearing. Biker style vests are the perfect add-on to mix into your winter wardrobe, layering over knitted turtle necks or oversized shirts and can be even worn when the heat turns up a notch with denim cut offs and basic t-shirts.
Moving on to look two and not one to normally shy away from the classic wardrobe shapes and staples, I was quite surprised by how much I loved the look and feel of the fringed leather jacket. I don’t know whether it was the fact it complimented my need for relaxed hippie-esk holiday vibes or the fact we are seeing fringed items popping up more on more as the season moves on, but this piece definitely got my attention. As the fringing makes quite a statement in itself I kept the rest of my outfit simple, pairing it with a high neck tee and wrap skirt.
WEARING: Steele ‘Evoke’ Top, Rolla’s jeans, Zara biker jacket, Naked Vice clutch, The Lair ‘Hendrix’ belt
As yesterday was all about running errands and finding the time to fit in a Nutella donut for National Donut Day (It’s a necessity of course) I turned to my wardrobe basics to get me through.
If you do not have one already a leather jacket is essential to any girl’s wardrobe and if you invest in a good one it can last you for years on end, from summer nights through to chilly winter days.
Mine was thrown over my latest and favourite piece, the evoke top, from Melbourne based label Steele. To say I love this brand at the moment is an understatement! Their pieces mix bohemian and urban elements together and are so effortless and comfortable to wear.
These two items were paired with my go-to Rolla’s ankle length jeans, which now that I think about it were probably not donut eating appropriate as I ripped them whilst hoisting them up over my post donut belly. But trust me if you have ever tried a Nutella donut you’d know that this saga was worth it. I also wore my oh so comfortable Nike Air Max’s and my leather Hendrix belt to tie the look together.
Let’s just say I smashed donut day in style.
Zara coat, My Bag Shop croc tote, T by Alexander Wang Sports Crop, American Apparel Riding Pants, Nike Air Max Sneakers. Location: Doughboys Melbourne
This past Saturday I had one single thought on my mind: doughnuts, doughnuts, Doughnuts. Yes, that’s right! Saturday was the day I could relax and let my hair down. This was not only true for my nutritional regime but also rang true in the wardrobe department. As a 9-5 working class girl, my weekends are all about being comfortable, yet still looking presentable at the same time.
Enter the sports luxe trend to the rescue: this trend is really nothing new to us in the street style scenes. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, It’s all about rocking high street active wear in a way that looks thrown together yet still polished and on trend. You can basically take this look all the way from your 9am Pilates class (or pretend you did at least) to the streets and be covered for the busy day ahead. Wearing your sneakers in public has never more socially acceptable.
My effortless tip is to pair your sneakers with an oversized winter coat. Not only was my new, white Zara coat perfect for hiding doughboy babies, it also kept me warm and snug during this cold Melbourne morning. Throw it over a sports crop and high waisted pants as I did, and you are good to go.
Oh and incase you didn’t know, you automatically loose a few inches off your buns as soon as you slip into a pair of skins and sneakers… Honestly how good would that be?
SHOP THE LOOK
My Bag Shop Croc Tote, , Mossman top, Boohoo Official Duster Coat, Tony Bianco Heels
Firstly, I should start off by saying a big fat SORRY for the lack of posts this week. As I’ve headed back to work, my days of being part of the ladies who lunch / babes who brunch pack is out numbered and finding the time to breathe let alone whip up a post is sometimes difficult. But thank you for being the oh-so patient readers you are (Yes I am sucking up to you a little… is it working?)!
Any how, last week, during one of my numerous thumb workouts on Instagram I stumbled across an online boutique called My Bag Shop. Immediately giving it a follow, I found myself adding almost every handbag, tote and clutch into my mental “online cart”.
I am all for transeasonal pieces that I can have on rotate season after season, especially when it comes to handbags and these ones tick all the boxes. I managed to get my hands on the leather Crocodile Pattern Tote and it hasn’t left my side since. As women we tend to hoard all kinds of bits and pieces, big and small, in our handbags. Really it’s just because we’re super OCD and like to be prepared for everything life throws at us (Yes, I do need five red lipsticks in my bag today thank you very much) . That’s why tote bags are the perfect accessory.
Tote bags can pretty much work with any outfit and the pattern of this piece adds to its unique personality. Over the weekend, I paired my crocodile print tote with a cream on white ensemble featuring high waisted cloth pants and a split duster coat which created a relaxed silhouette.
SHOP THE LOOK
Topshop Coat, Wittner Boots, Country Road Knit, Witchery Skirt
As we begin to delve into the cooler seasons and rotate our winter coats to the front of our walk-ins, there is one key word that springs to mind: Layering. Layering, Layering, Layering. Oh the term ‘layering’ is nothing new and something we hear from the fash-pack every time the temperature begins to drop. Yet, this skill is a task that is hard to master.
Even our best attempts at layering our winter wardrobe staples can sometimes leave us looking like Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen circa 2006 during their bag lady era . A look I tried endlessly to imitate and failed miserably at, believe me. So in order to avoid looking like you’ve dipped your head in the bargain scarves bin at Savers and hoped for the best, its important to start simple.
On my last day of freedom, that is before I return to the daily grind, I decided to brave the chill that was Melbourne and head out for breakfast. I opted for a minimalist look, pairing my very lived-in Country Road turtle neck, with my oversized boyfriend coat for added warmth. Sticking to base colours such as grey, but in varying shades and textures is what will tie your look together (Yes a little grey on grey is allowed ladies). Bearing some skin while the temperature still allows I wore a cream a-line skirt to add a touch of femininity.
SHOP THE LOOK
One Teaspoon Jeans, Asos Duster Coat, Wittner Boots, Sportsgirl Tee, Country Road Hat
Women of Melbourne would confirm choosing what to wear each day in this beautiful city can often leave us feeling baffled and defeated. You’d think by now we would have mastered the art of choosing a weather appropriate outfit for the day, but due to our city’s indecisive nature and inability to choose a forecast (and stick to it) we often find ourselves sporting the most ungodly outfits at the most inappropriate times.
You can’t tell me that I am the only one who has been caught out wearing ripped denim shorts and a cami in the middle of an uninvited blizzard!… (But my weather app said it was 31 degrees today I swear?). Well the repetitive voice of your mother saying, “I told you to pack a jacket sweetheart” can rest assured.
May I introduce to you the go- to coat of the season: The Duster Coat. Already having invested in two of these in cream and black, they will be my transeasonal savour. These almost ankle length coats are light and loose fitting in nature making it the perfect coat to brace the four seasons us Melbournians experience in one day or even one hour sometimes (You can’t say we aren’t flexible).
Sticking to base colours of white, cream or black will make wearing these coats effortless. Team them with short denim cut offs and sneakers during the day or glam it up with ripped jeans and man styled brogues, whichever you prefer.
SHOP THE LOOK
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Nike Air Max’s from Platypus Sneakers, Rollers Jeans
Sneaker obsessed citizens rejoice! I have finally tracked down a pair of Nike Air Max’s in crocodile skin I have been lusting after for months. Although I am a little too late for Air Max Day (Two weeks in fact, woops!) my tootsies still managed to have their very own foot party, declaring today Air Max Monday: A tradition I’m happy to stick to on a weekly basis.
Since the first release of Nike Air Max’s in 1987 these sneakers have become a cult favourite not only in the gym or on the running track (I’m sorry but run in these?.. Never!) but also for those style conscious individuals on the streets. Oozing effortless sports luxe, mixed with comfortability its no wonder the Air Max’s are so popular.
Come on admit it? The lazy girl in you loves the idea off kicking of your heels and rocking it in a pair of oh-so-comfy sneakers. If you wish to get your hands on a pair of Air Max’s (trust me your feet will thank you for it) the best places to track them down are Platypus Sneakers, Asos or Eastbay.
As I have now jumped on board the Air Max bandwagon and the colder months are fast approaching, I plan on teaming my new feet huggers with jeans, long duster coats and oversized fedoras. Here a few images that will be inspiring my looks, taking me from the gym to the streets
Love your newly converted Air Max friend
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