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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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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Faux

The winter season always brings with it an influx of fur, whether real or fake, and this season is no different. Although I prefer to opt for the ‘faux’ kind, fur coats are my token item this winter. As well as being spectacularly warm, they’re incredibly chic and easy to pop over any outfit. Green and silver faux fur jackets have been favoured, and I’ve also witnessed a number of of baby pink long-haired coats which is a nod to the re-emergence of the ‘pink’ trend (as if we needed fashion authority to wear pink). No longer being donned exclusively by the elite and wealthy, fur coats are back with a multi-coloured vengeance.

I actually purchased (well, snatched out of a woman’s grasp) my green and black fur from the famed Balmain x H&M collection from 2015. I had only worn it a handful of times before this season because I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t have the confidence to pull off something so fabulous (as if that’s ever stopped me before!), however now that it is a staple trend this season, I wear it everywhere I possibly can. And wow, do I feel fabulous wearing it.

I matched it with a red lip in order to take a break from the dark tones. Plus, I am always an advocate for a bright red lipstick, and a pop of colour in winter should always be embraced.

Jacket: Balmain x H&M

Pants: Witchery

Shoes: Siren

Top: Missguided 

Earrings: Mimco 

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A 20s Soiree

A fabulous exhibition called ‘Night Life’ is on display at Rippon Lea Estate in Melbourne, featuring original fashion items from the 20s and 30s that were made and worn in Australia. The ‘roaring 20s’ manifested a time of economic prosperity and joy due to the conclusion of the War. Skirt lengths and hairstyles were shorter, and sequins and fine embellishments were all the rage. Although there was reluctance to adopt these new controversial styles that brought fashion into a less conservative era, they soon became accepted in the western world by the mid 20s. Even in the present day, the 20s are known to have produced some of the most desirable and chic fashion of the 20th century.

Elaborately detailed wraps and capes rose to popularity in the 1920s, as can be seen in the above picture where the sheer cape decorates this plain black maxi dress.

This dress exemplifies the look of the 20s with a dropped waist, skirt measured just below the knees, and fine embroidery with sequins.

Floral prints became popular in the 1930s, and obviously this trend was repeated in the 1970s. These historical fashion exhibitions present how trends will always repeat themselves, and how in our own lifetimes, we are bound to experience the same trends a few times over. Nevertheless, style will always be in fashion, and fashion these days is so broad that it is constantly integrating trends from different eras into single outfits. This is also demonstrated by the contemporary Melbourne-based stylists and photographers who have featured their work in this exhibition.

This collection of stunning clothes and accessories made me wonder about the fabulous and fashionable women who wore them. I would have loved to know the stories behind these outfits, and the exciting shenanigans that were performed in them!

Tassels, tassels, and more tassels. These vintage bags were hand beaded with gold clasps and exclusively worn for formal events.

As hemlines became shorter, shoes became an important feature of an outfit as they were constantly on display. These shoes appeared very small and narrow, almost meant for a modern-day child.

How I wish I could be transported into the 1920s for just one night to enjoy a sophisticated society party. If you are in Melbourne, I would highly recommend visiting this lovely exhibition that is open until 30 July.

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Vintage-esque

The beginning of our glorious winter and the remaining autumn leaves have inspired me to go a little vintage. I believe that the time of the transition between autumn and winter is the most stylish, and is when I feel most creative and compelled to take risks with my wardrobe. I adore the classical elegance that emanated from the decades of fashion preceding the 70s, and I tried to capture some of that grace through this 20’s-esque outfit. I felt like I was a woman in London waiting to take the train to visit my friend in the countryside, despite the fact that not one item of clothing is ‘vintage’, and they probably aren’t exactly historically accurate. 

I wore my Zara blazer that I’ve loved since I was 14, a black sheer skirt which shows more leg than even the 20’s were accustomed to, and this vibrant orange scarf my mum gifted to me from Italy. The gorgeous tones of the autumn leaves inspired that choice of accessory, alongside my Prada bag and little felt hat. Actually, it’s mainly the hat that gives this outfit a vintage appeal, in addition to the leather lace up boots that seem to always be in fashion.

Velvet blazers are timeless and look particularly feminine and smart with long skirts and dresses. I think I’ll have this blazer forever, especially as I don’t have anything else in this colour in my wardrobe. Darker tones of green and red always appear instantly vintage, and work well with gold jewellery or accessories.

I kind of love the clash between the bright orange in the scarf and the burgundy tone of the bag. I attempted to tie it together using my burgundy lipstick (which is Revlon, by the way).

Blazer: Zara

Skirt: White Closet

Shoes: Magnini

Hat: Princess Highway

Bag: Prada

Scarf: ?

You don’t always need to raid your grandma’s wardrobe to get the vintage look, although it most certainly helps.

Whether you’re op-shopping, online shopping or simply shopping, it’s important to buy smart, buy good quality and if you know how to use what you’ve already got then you will always have something decent to wear.

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Silver Winter

Do I need anymore silver shoes? My wardrobe says ‘no’, but my eyes always say ‘yes’.

During the inevitable online shopping spree I seem to enjoy in order to curb my pain after every surgery, I found these awesomely silver boots on sale on ASOS. Knowing full well that I wouldn’t be able to wear them until three months after surgery, I bought them anyway. Because that’s what you do when you’re feeling sorry for yourself and don’t have the option of wearing nice shoes for a while.

So after a couple of months of eyeballing them, I finally sunk my feet into them and paired them with a black ponte Witchery dress that I bought last winter. White boots are also very on-trend this season (but not so much the go-go kind). A good way to wear a winter LBD is to jazz it up with some exciting shoes, rather than falling into the trap of wearing all black. Winter is too dark and gloomy already anyway, which is why we have fashion to light it up a little.

Dress: Witchery

Shoes: River Island

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