This summer in Melbourne has been odd to say the least, and definitely has not been warm enough to store away my jeans for three months. For those days that seemed more like autumn, 3/4 length jeans were the obvious choice. I usually align 3/4 length jeans with mums who do the school drop-off, but for occasions like these they are so practical and even (dare I say it) chic. This outfit was inspired by my struggle with those in-between temperatures, where it isn’t necessarily warm but still isn’t categorised as cold. Note the sleeveless turtleneck and picnic rug/vest, giving you maximal space to experience a nice breeze on your exposed skin but enough coverage to keep you from getting the goosebumps. The 3/4 length jeans also served the same purpose, enabling a part of my legs to breathe if there was a bit too much heat building up. Yes my descriptions come across as comical, but I’m sure you are familiar with those in-between temperatures and understand exactly where I’m coming from. You need that crucial balance which is easy to achieve with sleeveless items, cardigans, light maxi skirts, maxi dresses and shortened jeans.
Vest: Cotton On
Top: Forever New
Clutch: House of Secrets
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Clearly I think I nailed 17-19 degrees celsius fashion.
About a month ago, I was in the Gold Coast and visited one of my favourite places on the coast for some afternoon tea: the visually stunning Palazzo Versace. The setting proved irresistible for photo-taking, especially with this white belted gilet I had recently purchased after christmas. I had my eye on this piece for a couple of months before I purchased it, but being the typical economically downcast student I forced myself to wait until it became half price. Poor student note: A good piece of advice is that everything will be on sale in due course, and if you don’t need it urgently then it is ALWAYS more satisfying to purchase it when the price tag is halved.
Being an exuberant fan of white clothing, I knew I needed this gilet despite not exactly knowing where I’d wear it. Its versatility allows you to wear it as a dress with a slip underneath (as seen below) or as a sleeveless summer jacket with the belt hanging loosely across your stomach or by your sides. Hence I justified buying it through all the ways I could wear it, and most importantly, by how refreshingly classy it makes me feel.
I wore it with light tan gladiator sandals, rose gold jewelry, a black Guess bag and I even threw in my Chloe sunglasses to make me feel as designer as the hotel.
Belted Gilet: Witchery
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If you’ve been following my fashion escapades, you would have been informed about my obsession with onesies. Playsuits, jumpsuits, pantsuits…they’re just so comfortable and cute. I purchased this particularly summery looking playsuit featuring pastel tones and complicated shoulder straps at Gearbox boutique in the Gold Coast, which is fundamentally my go-to store when I’m staying in the sunny state. The contemporary design with the thick straps, skort and neoprene material makes it one of the most unique while flattering playsuits I have discovered, which fortunately happens to fit like a glove.
On an outstandingly sunny Australia Day, I coordinated the playsuit with metallic silver shoes to emphasise the futuristic style which the playsuit brings. It was also perfect for playing some backyard cricket in.
Playsuit: Ministry of Style
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Impulse buys are the best. About six months ago when I was in New York, I was shuffling through the racks and H&M and came across this skirt for an unbeatable $10. With bargains like that, you can’t think twice. I especially love the fitted waist and the flare at the hips, presenting a straight-then-curved silhouette which provides hip shape.
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I cannot say no to a playsuit, particularly if it’s white and lacy. So when I made a promise to myself that I would refrain from any sort of shopping on a recent trip to the Gold Coast, I did not imagine that I would crack on day 2. But once you start envisioning yourself in an ethereal white lace playsuit (complimented by a well anticipated tan) and furthermore justify it with the fact that you would not encounter anything like it in my hometown of Melbourne, you almost pity the helplessness in my situation. Surely we have all been in that situation, right?
Not certain how shopping could be managed after the hectic mayhem of Christmas, but somehow us shopaholics can always find a reason.
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Happy Friday! Metallic silver is my favourite tone of the season as it provides a modern touch to any outfit and, as a neutral tone, can be worn with practically anything. I’ve invested in a silver bag and silver slip-on sandals, and have discovered that they can be added to almost everything sitting in my closet which perfectly suits my laziness.
I also bought this Batman tank top on my recent trip to Movie World in the Gold Coast. Typically I am opposed to purchasing items from theme parks due to their excessive prices and lack of need, but I bought it anyway because a) Batman is cute, and b) the top is cute. I matched it with the most comfortable pants from Witchery and threw in some metallic shine.
Top: DC Comics Originals
Bag: Nine West
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Ahh..the jumpsuit. Your comfortable and quirky friend that never fails to snatch a second look. You would assume that after their time in the spotlight in the 70’s that even males with a lack of knowledge in the fashion arena would be accustomed to the pants-and-top-in-one combination, however it still manages to stun and confuse people like my dear, unschooled boyfriend. It made an impressive comeback in 2015 and featured on many a red carpet and catwalk, with the style being preferred over the traditional dress for some.
Why do I love jumpsuits? Simply because they’re comfy and cute. For some people, wearing a jumpsuit may be perceived as risk, but there are so many varying designs out there that it is worth hunting around for a style that suits you. I found this one from Gingham & Heels at an absolute steal and knew that I needed to covet this piece of fabulousness. It resonates a 70’s disco/Florence Welch vibe, and you know that when you find something that magnificently fulfils that description that it must become yours. It does tend to gape around the cleavage area, and although I am typically a liberal person, I did think that it would be vastly more appropriate if I teamed it with a simple boob-tube. A white one would have been preferred in order to highlight the white pattern, but as I was strapped for time I made do with a black one.
Jumpsuit: Gingham & Heels
So go on, jump in and take the plunge(-ing neckline) if you haven’t already!
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