Playing Suits

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.

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Playsuit: Ministry of Style

Shoes: Witchery

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Skirts & Stuff

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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Top: Kookai 

Skirt: H&M

Shoes: Lipstik 

Necklace: Lovisa 

Bag: ?

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Beach Days

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?

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Playsuit: Mia

Shoes: Novo

Sunglasses: Chloe

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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Silver Superheroes

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.

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Top: DC Comics Originals

Pants: Witchery 

Bag: Nine West

Shoes: Witchery

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The Jumpsuit

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.
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Jumpsuit: Gingham & Heels

Shoes: Novo 

Bag: Guess

Jewellery: Lovisa 

So go on, jump in and take the plunge(-ing neckline) if you haven’t already!

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Something Old, Something New

It was a typical Melbourne summer’s day at 35 degrees when I went op shopping and naturally purchased two jackets. One can’t resist the lure of op-shop prices and vintage delights that are abound with much potential, particularly me. I found an ex-Topshop blazer for a mere $10, and a pastel-pink tweed coat at $12, so how do you expect me to say no to that? I regularly graze at op shops because not only is it incredibly affordable for a not-so-cashed-up student like me, but it’s always a welcome challenge to find old gems and combine them with the new trends.

I grasped at the chance to wear the blazer before Melbourne experiences their continual, sweltering temperatures, and matched it with new Witchery black high-waisted shorts, an aquamarine beaded top and new black strappy heels. Combining the old and the new always produces a fresh outfit, and I love my new shorts because they can be worn for dressy occasions and are supremely comfortable.

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Blazer: Topshop 

Top: Forever New

Shorts: Witchery 

Shoes: Nude

Bag: Marikai

Necklace: Forever New 

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Summer Fun

The staple of summer seems to become more diverse and alluring every season, reflecting the major trends of the current ready-to-wear season as exemplified in adorable two-piece and one-piece ensembles. This season accentuates plunging necklines, mesh, lace ups, cut outs and high necks in a range of different colours and prints. Here are some pieces that embody what’s in this season:

Two-Pieces:

ASOS
ASOS @ asos.com
Seafolly
Seafolly @ seafolly.com.au
Blue Life
Blue Life @ urbanoutfitters.com
Camilla & Marc
Camilla & Marc @ myer.com.au

One-pieces:

Somedays Lovin
Somedays Lovin  @ asos.com
Blue Life
Blue Life @ urbanoutfitters.com
Jets
Jets @ davidjones.com.au
ASOS
ASOS @ asos.com

So, what trend takes your fancy this summer? Personally I am inclined to love the high neck one piece due to the flattering cut, but mostly because there is no concern about any bits and bobs jumping out. The peace of mind makes jumping in waves a lot less stressful. 😛

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Last Glimpse of Sunshine

Last week I travelled to the sunny Gold Coast for work-related affairs, and essentially brought half of my summer wardrobe with me. I took this as an opportunity, considering I haven’t had much of a chance to air them out since Melbourne’s summer refused to happen. Happily, it was warm enough to put my clothes into good use, and with my last glimpse of sunshine I decided to throw in some colour into my outfits. 

So I know that this is one of the most mainstream looks out (definitely around where I live) with the crop top and pencil skirt, but I like it. And hey, both items were around 70% off so I couldn’t go wrong. It beats the hey-check-out-my-bum-cheeks denim shorts trend, and the pencil skirt instantly implies that there’s some class happening. I matched the outfit with a non-mainstream necklace, which is basically made out of rubber and gives the impression of a tattoo. I cannot for the life of me remember the brand, but I purchased it from a closing-down store for a ridiculously cheap price. Actually now that I think about it, every item being worn in the photos was at least 50% off.

Friends, you only need to pay full price if it is really necessary.

Unique, statement necklaces are a fantastic investment-I have a few-specifically for when you need to spice up a plain outfit. Never underestimate the power of jewellery, because although the phrase ‘too much is never enough’ does not apply, too little can be boring and say ‘meh’. I have some fairly outrageous ones, but they are a delightful and simple addition to a plain black dress or jeans and shirt combination.

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Top- Bardot

Skirt- Sportsgirl

Shoes- Forever New

Sunglasses- ASOS

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Black & Gold

What colour never seems to go out of style? Black. What do I find myself wearing if I don’t know what to wear? Black. It is difficult to deviate from the prosaic shade which seems to compliment any outfit, particularly for those who prefer black over brown. And with autumn and winter approaching for the southern hemisphere, there is a guarantee that black will replace the vibrant colours of summer in order to blend into the looming grey skies. Therefore, I am challenging those who will don black this season to spice it up with a ‘popping’ colour, and I suggest metallics. Yes, metallics are reminiscent of the 90’s and occasionally possess a certain trashy quality of the 80’s, but Saint Laurent reinvented the incorporation of metallics into an ensemble during their Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer ’15 collection and demonstrate how they can be worn in both a casual and dressy sense.

Saint Laurent Spring/Summer '15. ikifashion.com
Saint Laurent Spring/Summer ’15. ikifashion.com
Autumn/Winter '15. fashionbeautytrends.com
Autumn/Winter ’15. fashionbeautytrends.com

Which leads me on to my next point of discussion…gold shoes! I may have jumped on the bandwagon and bought a pair of Doc Martens- mostly because they were gold and half price (justifying your purchases makes your conscience feel better). Obviously I considered the fact that gold is not always the easiest colour to team up with, however they make a statement, which is reason enough.

Black is the undermined best friend of the metallic colours such as gold, because it compliments without detracting from the flamboyance. Black and metallic instantly glam up an outfit, and don’t have to be reserved for night outings or appear gaudy. As long as there are no other elements of the outfit which are bright or intensely eye-catching, then metallics can always look appropriate.

I took my Docs out for a strut around the city the other day, wearing predominantly black in the awkward summer/winter weather. Let me know what you think about the black & gold combination!

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Jumper- Minkpink

Dress- Cotton On

Shoes- Doc Martens

Necklace- Sportsgirl

Bag- The Leather Satchel Co.

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A True King of Fashion

Melbourne was blessed to have fashion royalty’s Jean Paul Gaultier’s exclusive exhibition for a limited time at our national gallery. The exhibition featured his most fabulous creationa, so of course there were plenty, and they were displayed within their distinct sections. There was a unique vibe and style resonating through every room which presented some of his most critically-acclaimed collections, leaving the exhibition goers with no doubt that this man is a legend.

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The man in the (mannequin) flesh. The faces were projections of real models, and moved, spoke and sung! It was brilliant and occasionally creepy.
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The corset worn by Madonna during the ‘Blond Ambition Tour’

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Native American-chic-princess vibes going on here

The ensembles were absolutely remarkable, and I was astounded by the immense level of creativity which they exhibited. On a less impressive note, I created my own lil’ ensemble for the day with a 90’s skirt and a new season Kookai top.

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Just to be clear I was not a victim of a soaking. The photographs were taken at Coles fountain, Parliament Reserve.

Skirt- Vintage

Top- Kookai

Sandals- ASOS

Bag- JAG