I have been going on about the beauty and brilliance of boho for some time now, and you will be pleased to know that there is no chance of that stopping. Naturally we must confront a fabric which defined the 70’s and for some reason has not made a commendable comeback until now. You all know what I am referring to- suede. It made a substantial resurrection on the catwalks of spring fashion week earlier this year and now that the temperatures are warming up for us Australians, I officially declare spring as the season of suede.
Here are some lovely ladies showing us how to nail suede:
When donning an earthy-toned suede piece, wearing simple shades such as black and white compliment suede without taking any attention away from it. A suede anything is a statement piece, and Miranda demonstrates how a suede fringe jacket can be made classy by pairing it with a white jumpsuit and black accessories.
I don’t know how fond I am of denim flares, but there is no doubt that denim is suede’s no.1 pal. There is never a chance of a clash when wearing denim with suede and they look superiorly 70’s combined.
Below-the-knee skirts are also a prominent trend this spring, so why not combine two trends with a tan suede below-the-knee skirt as sported by Alexa Chung.
Ah yes, the iconic fringed mini skirt. Pair it with some suede cowboy boots and you’re ready to go riding in an American desert. Except for the fact that it would be extremely uncomfortable to do in a mini skirt. Contrasting the suede with a black or white lace top showcases a more feminine look.
In my opinion, nothing screams retro fashion like a suede fringe jacket. And when I saw one with an affordable price tag attached, I almost screamed. Elvis had his blue suede shoes, I have my retro-suede fringe jacket. So I took my retro-wear to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens one sunny afternoon and had fun immersing my free, suede-wearing spirit in the greenery and flowers.
I took note of the ladies’ styles as featured above and combined a white lace top and denim skirt with my suede piece.
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When it comes to May, you know that the year has made progress. For me, May is the in-between month that is prolonging the wait to the busy mid-year stuff that always seem to occur annually. In Melbourne, it represents a quick window of opportunity when wearing jackets isn’t such a necessity, so I try to maximise this occasion.
This year I am once again pulling out the over-the-knee socks, because to put it bluntly I love them to death. My online shopping carts are full of them in all different colours and patterns, and if only my budget allowed it I would purchase them all. They are kind of useless to wear during the especially cold days, however for May days like these they are perfect with shorts or a skirt.
Shorts- Forever New
Bag- Forever New
Belt- Cotton On
Oh, and I realise that the last time I blogged was too long ago. When my busy schedule allows it, I will try and update it as soon as I can!
Jeans are eternal, but anything else denim has it’s moments. Fortunately for the lovers of the rugged blue material , 2013 is allowing for a denim domination in any form or size. This season’s runways have produced denim jackets, dresses, vests, shirts, pants…oh and despite an army of people’s desperate call for the extinction of this look, double denim is still on the cards. I can already hear the yelps of excitement. Just look up ‘Zac Efron double denim’ and he’ll show you how he (seldom) managed it in the past up until now.
I channeled my denim look through an acid-washed dress that looks like it came straight out of the 80’s. Talking about the 80’s, has anyone been watching the Carrie Diaries? She has fabulous style. Back to the topic, I rarely wore this dress out casually because I originally determined that it wasn’t specifically suited for informal outings, but then I discovered how useful a belt, cardie and hat really was. And that’s a fashion note right there- basic accessories can completely alter a look. You’d be surprised with how much you can downplay or elevate a dress or outfit with only a few extra touches.
Jacket- Alive Girl, a find from a fashion store at the South Melbourne Market, Melbourne
For the past few decades, the Double Denim Debate (DDD) has caused an outbreak of strong opinions. It has been judged, criticised, battered and bruised but still manages to enter the catwalks. Perhaps it has gained such a negative reputation due to the 2001 disaster produced by Britney and Justin, but this maybe-fashion-fad isn’t completely a miss. With the assistance of professionals such as Rihanna and Alexa Chung, the double-denim look can actually look respectable – am not joking. Since being one of the highlights of the S/S ’10 season, it continues to pop up everywhere – even Kanye has had a crack at it.
So can it really be accomplished, or should it just be left to the professionals? In most successful cases of double denim, there are two tones of blue with contrasting material. People usually opt with a light blue, thin shirt than dark/navy blue skinny jeans. Nude-coloured shoes and a simple bag completes the look.
The trick is to be casual and cool, and keep it simple without over-doing it.