Coat of arms

In less than two weeks, I’ll be waving goodbye to this dreamy Australian sun and hello to the chills and thrills of Italy! And since my current wardrobe is hardly Euro-winter ready, I’m collecting all the coatspiration I can.

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Images: fash n chips’ Ring My Bell Atlantic Pacific Fashion Toast Ponyhunter

A Peep at the Streets of Fashion Week

As any self-respecting fashion blogger or reader knows, the action outside global fashion week shows is often as hot, if not hotter than what’s going down on the catwalks inside. As we transition from one season to the next (whether it be shedding layers for spring/summer like me, or beginning to pile them on in the northern hemisphere), street style snaps become the smart girl’s inspiration guide to renovating her existing wardrobe – and sussing out what she simply can’t live without. Below, some of my favourites from Milan, New York and London fashion weeks, as snapped by Streetpeeper for Sportsgirl (their blog is totally worth bookmarking, by the way).

If I wanted to dress for a jaunt on a yacht at Cannes, this would be my go-to ensemble. Instead, I’ll be grabbing my midi skirt, knotting everything I can get my hands on and setting my imagination to overdrive.

Everything about this screams effortless chic. Loving the boxy fit and soaring hemline, but most of all the reflective Ray Bans. Like a boss.

I want a tomboyish slogan sloppy joe and a delicate doily miniskirt to pair it with!

This is everything the wistful punk inside of me dreams about. In fact, every inch of me dreams about those ankle boots (and having gamine legs to stretch above them).

When I first saw this outfit, I thought she was wearing sweat pants and I was overjoyed at finally finding a way to wear trackies to the office without looking like I’d gotten lost on the way to Centrelink (that’s a welfare office for any non-locals). She’s not, but I’m going to try my luck anyway.

This chicky (to borrow an Alex-ism) is quite possibly my favourite of all these lovely ladies, because she knows that the best accessory is a smile (cheesy, I know). Of course, it’s prolly impossible not to smile in such a sunny skirt. Also, the amount of texture variations going on in this outfit? Best.

It’s a mother-fuckin’ pinafore WITH A SKATER SKIRT!! Topped off with a tee adorned with a cartoon of what looks suspiciously like Karl Lagerfeld. If that’s not winning, I really don’t know what is.

It’s always fun to spy outfits that remind you of your besties. This preppy little French number reminds me of my lovely friend Bec, who kicks ass at op-shopping and looking elegantly European no matter how highly strung she feels. Jealous? Yeah, me too.

I’ve been lusting after a Letterman jacket for as long as I can remember lusting after anything fashion-related. If anyone can recommend one, I’ll repay you in copious amounts of online praise.

To be honest, I’m not loving the way these two boxy silhouettes have turned this pretty little lady into a human rectangle, but separately, both pieces are radness cubed.

Can we somehow harness the powers of the Internet to get Susie Bubble’s people to call Bjork’s people and arrange a get together? Because seriously: that would be so much win. SO. MUCH.

The best way to work this season’s monochromatic trend without feeling totally dullsville? Rock a digital print, like this ash cloud tulip mini. Being a gorgeous flame-haired fashion pixie will also work in your favour, but is by no means essential.

[all images: Phil Oh/Streetpeeper for Sportsgirl]

Festival dressing lessons from the Big Day Out

Thanks to the lovely Megan over at An Australian Wintour, yesterday Alex and I eschewed the daily grind and headed instead to the Adelaide leg of the Big Day Out. The day was an absolute dream: brunch at Brown Dog Cafe on Goodwood Road was serene (their Warm Falafel Salad could start a war, it’s that bloody good), the weather was perfect and the tunes were bangin’ (honorable mentions go to the Hilltop Hoods, Battles, Royksopp and Kasabian). But everyone knows that the best part of a music festival, besides the music of course, is the fashion; or more specifically, outfit judging.

I’m not sure what it’s like in the rest of the world, but I’m sure most Australians would agree that summer festival dressing gets pretty skanky, according to whatever is being sold in Globalize and Cotton On that second. Yesterday’s (Big Day) outing saw an endless parade of cropped singlets, bustiers, belly piercings and frilly high-waisted ass shorts. Now, I’m no Anna Wintour but I like to think I’ve learnt a thing or two over the years about how to dress well. So: in the hopes of never having to see another lot of ass-cleavage again, here are a few tips for the repentant festival fashion victim. Read, absorb, then go forth into the sun, ass cheeks safely tucked away…

Belly button piercings should have died out with Britney Spears’ career

Yes, she looked fab, but that definitely does not mean you will. Anyway, she had a snake. Not just any snake, but an albino python. Who even knew they existed?! The point is, your belly button stud is a visual cue for the producers of ’16 & Pregnant’ to keep tabs on your movements. Swap it for the more bohemian nose stud if you must.

NO-ONE looks good in frilly ass-shorts

You may as well don a pair of these; the class factor is about equal.

… but if you insist on wearing a high-cut number, at least take a style tip from these ladies


Hanneli balances the trash-factor of leather ass shorts, matching knee-highs and crop top with wholesome layers of tights and chambray. The eclectic New York setting definitely helps.

Olivia from lust for life champions the grunge revival with a simple black tee, khaki combat boots and JBF hair and make-up.

Even something as simple as a lightweight knit and a pair of cute moccasins is infinitely better to pair with your shorts than a lace-up bustier, as Cali-girl Aimee Song proves here.

Other tips: your sequinned bra is not a substitute for an actual top, so please at least befriend a chiffon blouse; maxi skirts are always a winner; and the band tee + skinny legs combo will never let you down.

Finally, if you need more help, A Change of Worlds is my current go-to for street style inspiration; and Polly over at hard, pretty things never disappoints.

xx

 

Sportsgirl Style Snaps

As much as I love high fashion and that whole ‘fashion as art’ business, I’m a much bigger fan of street style.

No wonder then that I’ve spent a good chunk of today fawning over the Style Snaps section of the delightful Sportsgirl website. I’m not sure where they’re sourced from, but damn these ladies are stylin’! Here are a few of my faves:

Definitely book-marking this look for summer.

I’m a tad obsessed with denim shirts, especially chambrays, right now.

This lady embodies effortless cool – love her hair colour.

And last but not least, my favourite – she reminds me of the radiant Zooey Deschanel.

All images courtesy of sportsgirl.com.au

While away the day at www.sportsgirl.com.au – the Style Me section alone has the potential to chew through hours at a time.

Happy Friday!

xx