The day finally arrived! I travelled to England to attend the wedding of my partner’s sister in a majestic country house in Cheshire just over a week ago. The sun was beaming, the birds were chirping, and I truly felt like I was enjoying a typical Australian summer’s day. But alas, we were in England, and the weather gods blessed the occasion with plenty of glorious sun. We enjoyed the sights of Arley Hall and the surrounding gardens (which is Thomas Shelby’s home in Peaky Blinders, for all the peaky fans out there) with some lovely food, drinks and great company.
To prepare for attending my very first British wedding, I knew I needed a new outfit. I despaired over the fact that most of my dresses would be just too formal for this sort of wedding, and any other appropriate options were either black, white or worn to death. So, in order to continue to abide by my pledge to not buy any clothes in 2019 (which, let’s just say, is not getting easier) I was fortunate enough to be gifted this Alice McCall dress for my birthday. It’s still probably cheating, but what the heck – this was THE dress. It exemplifies ‘summer garden wedding’ to the very last metallic flower AND features puffy sleeves. And we know that puffy sleeves are 2019’s most inflated trend (ha) and should eternally be in the best-trends books alongside sequinned dresses.
Now, onto the accessories. I had watched plenty of Bridget Jones and studied most of the recent royal weddings, and knew for sure that headware is a fundamental thing for British weddings. I found this metal headband adorned with pearls in David Jones to pick up on the dress’s metallic print. I matched the headband with a silver Novo clutch, and wore my black Mimco heels that feature blue jewels in the silver block heels. You could say I looked fairly low-key with bejewelled heels, a leaf crown and Snow White-worthy puffy sleeves.
Dress: Alice McCall
It really was a stunning wedding, with full-use of the venue’s beauty, a few cute surprises here and there, and plenty of romance scattered through-out the day. The bride and groom are definitely off to a wonderful start to their married lives.
Just as I thought that I would have to pack away my summer dresses for good, the Easter break brought along some beautiful weather. For a Good Friday lunch, I brought out this multi-layered dress from Tree of Life that I purchased at the end of 2018 for a bargain and absolutely adore wearing. There’s just so much going on with the paisley print, the inconspicuous sequins that are dotted all over the fabric, and the pretty under layer that peeks out from the paisley. This dress can also be worn as a long skirt, which I have been matching with a white cotton t-shirt or bandeau top and some nude sandals. I think I’ll keep it in my winter wardrobe for some multi-seasonal use, because I have a feeling that it might look alright as a skirt with some boots and a leather jacket.
Dress: Tree of Life
Bag: Markets in Italy
Tree of Life was given a grade C ethical rating in the 2019 Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Guide, which isn’t terrible, but there’s certainly room for improvement. This is particularly important in the face of the climate disaster we are facing, where the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries due to its excessive use of resources. And unless the fast fashion movement is halted, the fashion industry will continue to jeopardise the state of our climate.
This week is Fashion Revolution Week, which aims to highlight the social justice issues that are rife in the industry as well as the environmental consequences that are posed. Fashion Revolution Week is urging people to post on social media a photo of themselves in their clothes with the hashtag #whomademyclothes, directed at the brands they are wearing to encourage transparency in the supply chain. Maybe I’ll ask Tree of Life, or maybe I’ll ask some of the other brands that I love to wear. Either way, it’s important as consumers to recognise the power we hold and to use it to demand the production of clothing that doesn’t cost the earth or the rights of garment workers. And next time I love a dress like the one above, I first and foremost need to consider where it came from and what it’s made from before I hand my cash over.
Ever since pouring over 2018 street style from the various fashion weeks, I noticed a specific trend: white boots. Why? Simply because they look great with anything and everything. They are possibly even more versatile than the black boot, if that’s even possible. Instantly I knew I wanted a pair in my life so I could trapeze around in white boots all day/everyday, just like those fabulous bloggers and fashion editors that would don the same pair with a different outfit all through fashion week. I did some exploring as you do, and found a pointy-toed pair from Midas that was well within my budget. These are going to last me all through the year AND they are fabulous enough to prevent me from desiring any more boots, as I have made a pact with myself to STOP BUYING FASHION because a) the environment, and b) I have so much stuff already (and who really needs that much stuff?).
I knew the boots would look effortless with a summer dress, so this week I wore them with a midnight green dress from Dissh, a white Furla wallet and some drop earrings from Witchery. Clearly they are not going to be my go-to shoe as the temperature creeps up to the blazing 40s, but I love the way they contrast against the green and make the outfit ‘pop’. Such popping good fun.
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The warm weather I was promised is still missing but that hasn’t stopped me from getting out my summer clothes. After a winter of wearing mainly black, grey and burgundy, I am incredibly keen to throw on some bright colours. And what better way to transition from winter to spring with a floral skirt and a chunky knit. I’ve been wearing my summer skirts and dresses with a plain jumper to bring some much needed colour to my daily life while still keeping warm, and I usually pair it with boots or wedges depending on the temperature.
This jumper and skirt are both from Zara, and I love a cropped knit because it’s perfect to wear with my high-waisted bottoms. To further enhance the look, I put on some exciting earrings from Witchery and added more colour with orange wedges. The look is not complete without a touch of red lippy, of course.
I love how colourful this skirt is, making it simple to accessorise with because you can just pick a colour in the skirt and go with it. And not to mention how comfortable any outfit instantly becomes with an oversized jumper. I think I’ll be fine with this look until spring decides to arrive.
When I initially took a look at my prospective summer wardrobe in November, I was disappointed to see a complete lack of colour. Not only was I thoroughly worn out by the barrage of black and grey from my winterwear, but all I had left for summer was WHITE.
My eyes were starved for something exciting. Firstly I rifled through some of the local op shops and found a few items, and then headed over to Tree of Life during their Boxing Day sales because the store is always inundated with beautiful colours. I found this stunning green-patterned top with oversized bell sleeves, and bought it immediately. It’s unique from anything else hiding in my wardrobe, and actually suits plenty of items I already have in there.
I wore it with my suede creme shorts that I haven’t taken out in years, and my burgundy Prada bag to add a warmer and darker tone into the mix. I cannot believe that I haven’t worn these shorts in so long, considering how gorgeous they look with the lace detail. I suppose that’s what happens when you keep accumulating quality clothes over the years, and forget what you own!
Top: Tree of Life
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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.
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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