you don’t have to be rich

IMG_0448   These Maurie & Eve jeans and Windsor Smith slides have featured before. But we should all be honest with ourselves here: do bloggers that post outfit photos weekly with brand new clothing have some magical endless wardrobe or income? I certainly don’t. I can’t afford a brand new addition to my wardrobe every week, just like most women my age. I blog to share my knowledge and style, learn, write, and to post things I like. Quality and passion matter most to me with style posts, not quantity. Innovation isn’t buying new stuff to shoot all the time, it’s working through adversity, being creative and styling the same pieces in unique ways. Speaking of unique personal style, I got told the other day over dinner that I looked like I was wearing pyjamas. It’s not something I haven’t heard before. I wear a lot of black, and it’s always slouchy and relaxed, no bra, you know what I’m talking about. My wardrobe is almost wholly made up of oversized tees. It’s fucking amazing. Like at the end of dinner and everyone’s complaining about wanting to unbutton their jeans, and you’re sitting there in stretch dropcrotch pants and you are SO FUCKING COMFORTABLE. Couldn’t recommend it more. Use the Olsen twins as inspiration – their ‘look, I love expensive labels but fuck off if I’m not going to be comfy’ vibes have inspired me for years. This outfit is slouchy, comfortable, and perfect for running around on those ‘I have a thousand things to do and no motivation to do any of them’ kind of days. The tee is soft cotton and I’ve had it for too many years to even remember where it’s from. Maurie & Eve’s ‘Word Jean’ is in my top 5 favourite pieces of clothing I own. I really need to photograph the back of them so you can properly see the dropcrotch detail, it’s fantastic. The Windsor Smith slides have barely come off of my feet since spring hit Adelaide. The sunglasses are my favourite newbies – a darling friend runs a incredible label called Supa Sundays. He gave me these wonderful ‘Maximillion’ sunnies, and I adore them. The leather-look caps on either side of the frames are just so sick. You can find them here. IMG_0453 IMG_0505 IMG_0413 IMG_0521 IMG_0430 IMG_0542

STYLING NOTES

T-shirt: unknown
Bra: American Apparel
German shirt (around waist): Aussie Disposals
Jeans: Maurie & Eve
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Sunglasses: Supa Sundays
Clutch: Comme des Garçons

photos by Daniel Freer

Cx

casual bondage

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Styling Notes

Top: Helmut Lang
Pants: American Apparel
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Jacket: Katie’s
Rings: Lovisa
Wallet: Comme des Garçons

Behold, my newest purchase: these Windsor Smith slides. Now we all would’ve noticed the huge Windsor Smith blow-up in the past few years, their chunky sandals are a hit with teenage girls all over the country. The stacked heels aren’t my thing, so I was pretty excited that these very basic, very comfortable leather slides were also available from the Australian retailer. You can wear them with anything, and they add a relaxed feeling to any outfit – extremely handy for someone who always looks a little menacing in all black and leather. When spring comes along, they’ll be on my feet everyday.

As said a few posts earlier, I don’t really get to wear anything too crazy at work. My uniform is a t-shirt, so I usually end up wearing jeans and sneakers every single day. In an effort to change that up a bit, and save me from my daily work clothing-related depression/boredom, I started to wear these American Apparel dropcrotch harem pants. In all fairness, I bought them one night when I was sitting outside a pub in the freezing cold with bare legs. They saved me that night, and every day I’ve worn them since – they are my pant angels.

My leather jacket is shiny in photos for some reason, but it’s quite matte in real life. It’s not real leather, and it cost me $20. I love it, wear it almost everyday, and get shitloads of compliments on it. Y’know, it’s almost as if being snobby about clothes from is a bit stupid… Weird.

My top is one of my favourite purchases of all time. Adelaide gem, the now-closed Filter Store, had a huge sale. I purchased some Comme des Garçons pants, and this Helmut Lang tee was a last minute ‘oh go on, I’ll grab this one too’ kind of situation. Its a 00’s long bondage tee, made in Japan from super soft 100% cotton, and customisable bondage strap along the bottom.

FInally, my favourite purchase of the year so far. I’d been looking for a wallet for years. Literally, years. I went on holiday to Sydney and had promised myself I wouldn’t spend much money. I was in a mens clothing store, and as I was admiring some crazy Visvim shoes, the rack of Comme des Garçons wallets caught my eye. Less than 10 minutes later, I owned one. I carry hardly any cash (read: I don’t have any) so it’s the perfect size if you’re a card-only kinda person.All black leather, as you’d expect – I wanted timeless, no polka dots thanks Rei you champion!

Black leather, all day erryday.

Cx

fall down, get up and conquer the world

Recently in Adelaide the weather’s gotten cool… then hot again. Then cold, then boiling. This Melbourne-ish weather has inspired me so much, and turned me into a bit of a crazy person when it comes to getting dressed in the morning! I’m liking pretty prints and interesting textures all together, or completely simple, muted looks with clean lines and lovely tailoring. A lot of vintage pieces, mixed it with high street and local designers, as always. I’m taking a huge amount of inspiration from the ’90s, you may notice. Colours and prints have never been my thing, so this a massive turn in my fashion life. I’m really enjoying exploring this new world!

For this post, I chose eight different outfits that I thought really summed up my style this autumn: Here they are. There are more shots are in our Facebook Gallery.

Myself and the fantastic local photographer Phebe Rendulic mosied around Adelaide snapping in all different gorgeous locations. Apart from it being ridiculously hot, the shoot was amazing fun, Phebe is incredible to work with. Her other work is here, so take a look and support our incredible local creatives!

Feel free to comment below and let me know what you think! Would love to hear from some other bloggers about shooting style and style interpretation, especially! Cx

Styling and model: Chloe Sargeant
Photography: Phebe Rendulic Photography

1. American Apparel sleeveless turtleneck, vintage woolen skirt, Sportsgirl necklaces, Bauhaus rosary beads, Dangerfield sunglasses, Novo studded boots, backpack from markets in Greece // 2&3. Vintage rose shirt, vintage woolen check skirt, Sportsgirl belt, None the Richer necklace, Maurie & Eve boots // 4. Vintage Versace singlet, vintage skirt, Sportsgirl bag, Zu heels // 5&6. Gary Numan singlet, Lipsy London skirt, Novo flatforms, amazing flamingos from Branch Out! Flowers & Gifts on Grenfell St! // 7&8. None the Richer jumper dress, vintage floral maxiskirt, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Security’ heels, assortment of None the Richer and Sportsgirl rings (featured in all images) // 9. None the Richer crop shirt, Sportsgirl palazzo pants, Novo studded wedge sandals // 10&11. Dion Lee shirt, opshop grey tasselled skirt, Rubi shoes wedge sneakers // 12&13. Cotton On batwing top, Paper & Thread leather shorts, Target shoes, Sportsgirl navajo poncho, Sportsgirl dog chain necklace.