My work colleague and myself were playing around with some of the beautiful new season fashion at Witchery in an effort to learn more about the products and ways to style them- definitely not just for fun. I played dress-up and had the time of my life while my colleague styled me in outfits all revolving around these pale blue tailored pants. They’re lightweight, comfortable and could easily be styled using an array of tops and accessories.
Navy and pale blue: a killer combination. I love the navy slingbacks and I am immensely relieved that kitten heels remain to have a spot on the ‘latest trends’ pages. The matching blazer rounds off this work-chic look.
All clothing and accessories: Witchery
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I used to own a pair of red corduroy overalls when I was approximately 4 years of age and I wore them with a matching red ribbon in my hair. Mum would exclaim how cute I looked, and I was just happy to have matching accessories and my Baby Born to accompany me and all of my outfits.
Now I no longer carry around a Baby Born, but I’m still a fan of this comfortable clothing item they call ‘dungarees’ and matching accessories. I opted for denim because they’re classic and simple, and you can dress them for any season by changing the under layers. A balmy summer’s night in the Gold Coast definitely calls for a light floral crop top and little else, and a walk on the beach in these bad boys tempts a person to launch into some spontaneous cartwheels.
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Summer is generally about COLOUR, symbolising energy and vibrancy. Working in fashion retail, I have been surrounded by a variety of colours this season, alongside plenty of customers doubting whether they are capable of pulling off such loud colours. This is a fair concern, as not every colour suits everyone out there, and some suit people more so than others. But as a customer turns to me and asks whether a fuchsia top suits them, I always respond with ‘if you love it, then don’t hesitate’. Because at the end of the day, no one should be told what colours they can and can’t wear (unless there is a terrible clash, then it would be negligible to advise dishonestly). And considering winter in Melbourne is a sea of black, I try my best to encourage lots of colour in summer at least.
So I attempted to practice my own perspective, and bought a bright yellow dress. I’m still uncertain about whether it flatters my skin tone, but I love it regardless. It’s feminine, light, comfortable and completely unlike anything I already have in my wardrobe. It basically embodies summer, because yellow is summer.
In contrast to a minority opinion that I am always shocked to hear, wearing bold colours is not a form of attention-seeking. Wear what you love, and don’t overanalyse your outfit choices in order to appease others.
Today commemorates the official beginning of the Australian summer! Although, it doesn’t seem to be a great start as we’re predicting floods for the next three days. But having endured through a couple of weeks of sweltering heat already, there has definitely been some time to scope out the kind of colour I want in my wardrobe this season. Thanks to working in retail, there’s always plenty of inspiration, and this season is exhibiting plenty of bold reds, oranges and pinks.
As part of my work uniform for this month, I fully embraced the colours of summer with this floral flip skirt and orange wedges (both from Witchery). A lot of my costumers struggle with choosing colourful pieces over staple black because they are more difficult to coordinate, but it’s always easy to match bold and bright colours with neutral shades in the form of shoes, accessories, or as I have worn below. So essentially there is no reason to shy away from bright colours, and a lack of confidence should never get in the way. And if you’re like me and have a winter wardrobe composed of black with some dark shades close to black thrown in, then a seasonal contrast is most welcome.
Top, Skirt & Shoes: Witchery
I am a very matchy-matchy kind of person, so I couldn’t help but coordinate the skirt with the matching shoes and lippy. The colour stands out against the black top without making me look like a blood orange, although I’m never opposed to embodying fruits or wearing plenty of colour if I feel like it. If you struggle to add colour to your outfit, wearing bright lipstick always provides a nice burst of colour, and colour can also easily be incorporated through jewellery or accessories!
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As I was reorganising my wardrobe for the impending Melbourne summer, I internally despaired about not having anything to wear. A great chunk of my wardrobe is still from my early teen days, and there is a distinct lack of colour and excitement that I am planning to embody this summer. It comes to a point where you need a change – but an inexpensive one for a mere student like myself. Rather than immediately scoping out some online stores or setting a date for a ginormous shopping trip to Chaddy, I headed to the local op shops (otherwise known as thrift shops). I have found some of my favourite clothes from op shops, and the satisfaction I receive from finding a treasure is much greater than getting a really good deal from a normal store. Plus, it’s completely sustainable and ethical!
The other day I discovered a periwinkle blue top originally from Nicolangela, and a floral skirt originally from Topshop. I tend to shy away from these lighter colours because I don’t believe they suit my skin tone, but I actually love how much the top compliments the colours in the skirt. The transparency of the skirt gives it a slightly sexier look and the light-weight material will be perfect for the summer heat, which is often difficult to come by with maxi skirts.
This summer outfit cost me $13, which is incredibly reasonable and guilt-free. So, if you’re looking to spend less or re-energise your wardrobe, consider taking a trip to the op shop.
I always rely on these tips for a successful op shopping trip:
Go for quality: There is plenty of treasure amongst the trash, but there is still trash. Unless you’re willing to put some effort into it, don’t purchase anything that is already pilling, has fuzz balls or is broken because it is unlikely to last much longer. You can also often tell by the brands if the labels are still on the clothes, as I try to avoid purchasing any clothing from brands that are known for their cheaper quality.
Sizing doesn’t always matter: Look at the all the clothes that are your size, and then branch out. I’ve purchased some things that fit absolutely perfectly and I can’t believe they’ve existed. I’ve also purchased clothes that were beautiful but too large, but I’ve been able to make them work through wearing it in a different style from what was intended or resizing them.
Don’t overlook anything: Carefully comb through every item and consider how they could fit in your wardrobe. I find the best items are the ones that challenge my style and add something different to my collection.
Don’t stop at one op shop: Visit all your local ones, and then head out to more areas where there may be a greater variety of clothes. Also, the smaller ones often make for the best finds, so don’t skip those!
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The Melbourne spring racing carnival has come and gone, and I took a total of one day off from exam study in order to make the most of it. The fashion stakes are always high (not just describing the headwear) and the depth of creativity expressed in some of the outfits is astounding. Racing fashion has transformed in recent years, as just about anything goes these days. Maxi dresses, mid-thigh dresses and even ballgowns were displayed on the side of the tracks, alongside plenty of colourful blazer/pants combos. Many women were rocking wide-leg pants and sheer tops, bringing some edgy glamour to the races. Jumpsuits also seemed to burgeon in popularity, and an outfit wasn’t complete without a crown.
The variety of styles worn is a testament to how far women’s fashion has come, and demonstrates how women are more empowered to wear styles that suit their bodies and personalities. I couldn’t bring myself to participate in a conversation occurring beside me between two women who were discussing outfits that were passing in front of them because of some of the unnecessary criticism they were giving. Anyone should be able to wear whatever they want without judgement, and that’s why I decided to go to the races as a bride. I’m totally joking, but when a relative saw me in my outfit earlier in the day, she did exclaim in Macedonian that I look like a bride and wondered why she wasn’t invited to my wedding.
Thanks to the tan I accumulated while reciting my law notes in the sun, I decided to wear a white dress from a boutique in the Gold Coast and this bridal veil from Mimco. I wore my incredibly comfortable Topshop mules that I don’t resent wearing (unlike all my other heels that spend their time politely sitting in boxes), and a matching bag from Napoleon Perdis to coincide with the black, white and pink outfit theme. I felt comfortable, pretty, and not nearly as much as a bride as I thought.
Dress: White Closet
Bag: Napoleon Perdis
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