Lately I’ve enjoyed delving further into the world of fashion, exploring different fits, styles and clothing stores that cater to my body shape. I’m slowly moving away from all neutral looks to a closet with colour. The other day I rediscovered Princess Highway. Their collections are quirky, fun, fresh and the patterns so vibrant. Style is powerful because it’s statement making. A way to introduce yourself without needing to say a word. Over time I’ve fostered this interest in fashion to the point that I’d study it if I wasn’t so invested in interior design.
I suppose the difference is that I prefer wearing the clothes as opposed to creating them from scratch, whereas with interior design I enjoy the entire process. Needless to say though, I’m taken back to my early high school days of textile classes. I have fond memories of flipping through scrapbooks, studying bespoke designers that pushed the envelope and woke up a tired fashion scene. I remember learning to sew by hand, operating the machines, fawning over rolls of pretty patterned fabrics. I felt in my element.
My fashion evolution saw me cycle through a few different styles. At the beginning of my teen years, I experimented with trendy clothing, namely graphic tees, dark denim, black dresses and so on. I settled into a slightly grunge, goth look that I can’t imagine reverting back to. Eventually I realised that I liked pieces with more personality. Large florals, bold colours. Clothing that set me apart from the crowd. My style today is subtler with a more mature look. Classic colours, white blouses, lace, broderie, blue denim, feminine dresses, frills, puffed sleeves, ruching. Elements of bohemian style call to me also. I’ve been learning to shop more secondhand on depop or from friends and family.
I’m enjoying it as I’m feeling encouraged to pick out items I wouldn’t normally at the store. My wardrobe is looking eclectic but it really embodies me. I’ve also felt called to try out mini dresses and they are just so effortless and breezy. Auguste the Label has the dreamiest curated range but can be terribly expensive. The green spotted dress and dainty pink floral only cost me fifty dollars each. They usually retail for about two hundred dollars. Such a bargain as the previous owners barely wore the pieces. Maybe once or twice if that. The second pink top was especially a steal. Three dollars from my local thrift store. I could hardly believe my luck. I’ve worn it once with jeans and it makes for a dressy everyday look.
As for pyjamas, I picked up a few summery pairs and then invested in a winter flanelette set. That is the season we are very much moving into here in Sydney. The weather is unpredictable and we’re still experiencing heat but it’s on and off. You may recognise the multi tone jumper from a couple of weeks ago in one of my previous posts. My grandma got it on sale a while back and it just sat in her closet. It’s cosy, non itchy and beautiful quality. I may have just found yet another brand for knitwear during these colder months. As a bonus, I also picked up some books and a few pairs of earrings when I went to the store the other day. Rupi Kaur’s Homebody and the Collective Hub’s Ultimate Social Media Journal.