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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

Earrings: Mimco

Bag: Unknown

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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Summer Shop

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Good luck with any future op shopping endeavours, and thanks for visiting my blog! x

Trackside Fashion

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

Headpiece: Mimco

Shoes: Topshop

Bag: Napoleon Perdis

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Revitalising Red

   Blazer: Witchery

Red is assertive, passionate and self-assured, and also happens to be the colour of a season.

Red looks magical on everyone regardless of hair colour or skin tone and will never bore. 

Red demands the right kind of attention, and will never allow you to doubt yourself or falter. 

Don’t shy away from colour; be striking in red and you won’t regret it. 

 

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A Day at Dior

In celebration of the prestigious fashion house’s seventieth anniversary, the House of Dior collaborated with the National Gallery of Victoria to present a stunning exhibition of the label’s creations, by some great fortune, in my very own city. I only needed to take a quick train in order to see decades of Dior designs in the flesh, showcasing iconic pieces from each creative director who was assigned the opportunity to create art for the illustrious fashion house. 

It was immediately clear that each designer held an individual era in the house’s history, with the designs exuding the personality of the designer as well as the social and political contexts of the time. Despite the obvious contrasts between each designer’s era, they would often remain loyal to the original constructions by Christian Dior himself, reinventing those designs to suit their fresh visions. It emphasised the timelessness of Dior and why it has survived as an innovator in the world of couture. Of course, it also demonstrated that fashion trends tend to repeat themselves, whether that be for the better or the worse. 

The ‘fit and flare’ style will always remain timelessly elegant, and Christian Dior was a pioneer in this regard. Gowns and suits from seventy years ago can easily resemble current styles and trends which is a testament to his designs.

It’s difficult to ignore the controversy of John Galliano’s expulsion from the fashion house, and even more so to disregard the evidence of his poor character and then to celebrate his designs. Nonetheless, his reign as creative director was an integral time of Dior’s history and his bold designs contrasted heavily against his more demure predecessors. It’s very frustrating when someone with admirable talent turns out to be a knob.

The dress famously worn by Nicole Kidman at the Oscars. The fur on the dress’s edges are an interesting touch, and one I can’t help think was unnecessary.

The exhibition was spread across various rooms, so it was exciting to keep discovering new themes as the exhibition went on. It concludes on a crescendo with the final room showcasing the magnificent couture gowns. There was so much fabric, embellishments, colour and superior craftsmanship that accentuated their diverse couture history. It’s actually really fun to go around and choose which gown you would wear if you could!

Thanks to the appointment of Maria Grazia Chiuri as Dior’s creative director, feminism has been brought to the forefront of the fashion world, and not in the superficial regard where feminism is merely a trend. Fashion has always been a way for women to express themselves even if they don’t always have the freedom to do so in other respects, and having a woman who believes in gender equality as the director of one of the greatest fashion houses in the world is empowering for women everywhere. Her passion is undeniably manifested in her creations and strongly resonates with her female clients, indicating that the Parisian fashion house has an exciting future ahead.

I loved the exhibitions so much that I visited a second time, just so I could once again be surrounded by this abundance of iconic fashion. If you are visiting Melbourne or in fact living in the city, I highly recommend taking a look as it ends on 7 November. Thanks for visiting my blog! x

Trench Transition

Despite being well into September, we are only just beginning to receive indications that Spring is on its way. And although I would love nothing more than to ditch my heavy coats, we still have some coat-wearing time ahead. The good news is that I have the perfect spring coat to help me on my way to warm weather, which comes in the form of a trench coat. Light in both colour and material, there is no way that I could have worn this in winter but happily the seasons do eventually change – and this is the perfect in-between coat.

I love pairing this stone colour with burgundy, because makes the coat stand out and the dark shade allows me to incorporate some black accessories, when typically I would opt for brown or red accessories. Of course I’m wearing another Witchery knitted dress, because I tried wearing my jeans all day and bitterly regretted it. Wardrobe choices can be pretty darn limiting when a simple pair of jeans can’t be an option. It’s actually ridiculous how crucial jeans are, and you don’t realise until they’re nastily snatched out of your life. I can’t wait until I get these screws in my hip removed, because I am about to claw them out myself.

The outfit tied in well with this Mimco necklace that my cute older sister bought me for my birthday. Put it all together with a black corset belt and backpack, and you have a pretty well-coordinated outfit. And talking about corset belts, I am contemplating purchasing a white denim one although I can’t think of what to wear it with, and it’s NEVER a good idea to buy an accessory that doesn’t work with any of your clothes (unless you really love it). It forces you to buy things that will work around it, which is an issue if you already struggle with being financially reduced by fashion.

Dress: Witchery

Belt: White Closet

Trench: Witchery

Shoes: from Italy

Backpack: Cotton On 

Jewellery: Mimco 

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Knitted Comfort

Knit dresses for winter are completely underrated. Loose, warm, and stylish; what else do you need to wear for winter aside from a fantastic coat to pair it with? I began my knit dress collection last year when they were the most comfortable clothing items I could wear, and I wore them everyday for months. And now a second winter has passed with my beloved dresses, and I still stand by the fact that they are more comfortable than jeans or even leggings (gasp!). There are no zips or tight waist bands to be in fear of and they are are so easy to throw on and throw off. It also effortlessly glides over my protruding hip screws (yum!), which is unfortunately a daily inconvenience that no pants can cooperate with.

Of course, Witchery has been my go-to store for my winter dresses as a result of my part-time job, so naturally this dress comes from their previous winter collection. I love the modest length and the short sleeves which will make for an easy transition into the crisp spring temperatures. And I love how fitted, yet light and comfortable, it feels. Everyone raves about the comfort of activewear and expresses their joy as to how it’s become a primary trend. I can appreciate that, but I find activewear to be pricey and not nearly as comfortable or appealing as a casual knit dress. I could probably even go for a little jog in it.

I wore the dress with my space age silver boots from River Island, new earrings from Mimco that were a delightful birthday gift, and my mesh black Witchery watch. Any dress that compliments my unnecessary hoard of silver shoes and accessories is always a winner for me.

Dress: Witchery

Shoes: River Island

Earrings: Mimco

Watch: Witchery

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