After nine fabulous weeks of strawberry mojitos, high rotation denim shorts and clinging to dear life while I jumped off a boat three times my height, I’m back to reality. What’s that? You didn’t realise I was gone? Well, I ran away from a bone-chilling Melbourne winter to have the best European summer of my life! It was every bit amazing as you could possibly imagine, but I won’t make you jealous with the minor details…
Instead, I can give you the goss on my fashion-watching and trend-spotting from Paris to Prague so you know what’s happening on the other side of the world. Pick your faves and get started now, layering them up for a cosy winter look, or strip them back for spring summer. I’ve also managed to snap some of my own OOTD’s (Outfit Of The Day, for those of you playing at home). You know, the ones where I wasn’t wearing thongs, my boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of bikini bottoms. Can you tell denim and stripes were a big part of my suitcase?
So live vicariously through me, don’t forget to drop by for my blogs each week and here’s what I saw and wore on my European summer!
Before you run screaming, give double denim a chance. Pair black and indigo or vintage wash with chambray for an effortless rolled-button-up-and-shorts-combo a la Alexa Chung or Ashley Olsen. Stack on your bracelets, mess up and your hair and act like you just don’t care. Shaking in your boots? Wear a pale blue business shirt with denim cut-offs instead, and if you’re feeling a lil crazy try the triple (denim top, bottoms and jacket) in all different shades. If you dare. Start your collection with this chambray shirt, under $30.
Perfect for our weather right now, tailoring is all over Europe right now especially in the chillier climates of France. Whether your male or female, sharpen your look with neat blazers (like this sunny Ginger & Smart one), pressed shirts buttoned all the way to the top and cuffed trousers or shorts. Finish the look with a pair of lace-up brogues for girls or boat shoes for guysand you’re good to go!
A little vintage and a lot cute, 90′s florals are mostly drawn-on daises and sunflowers. I saw this print on everything from midi dresses to skater skirts and usually coupled with other 90′s pieces like oversized leather jackets, John Lennon-inspired sunglasses and chambray denim. If you’re into something a little more mature, bring it into the now with a 90′s floral blouse under a blazer and a slick of lipstick, or keep it simple with a dress like this from Supre.
My hat addiction has turned up a notch after seeing the abundance of headwear overseas. The big player is the wide-brim fedora, worn slightly on the back of the head, that works just as well with tailoring as it does with 90′s florals. Skater beanies are also getting a massive workout this season! Check out this fedora from Billabong.
Speaking of skater beanies, streetwear in general is in full force in Europe – especially London. Take a walk through the Brick Lane Markets, and you’ll see more Nike Free Runs and backpacks than you can poke a stick at! I wholeheartedly encourage you to shop in the boys section and see what you can pick up, in particular their watches, oversized tees and “boyfriend” jeans (I love these ones from Ksubi). Feminise them with pastels, sequins and heels – I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
You might have noticed that white-on-white is taking over our Australian winter, and it’s no different for the European summer! As the name suggests, it’s about wearing as much white as humanly possible and looking effortlessly chic as a result. Try this Sheike skirt, ideal for work or a dressy night out.
Lastly, a huge thank-you to the fabulous Madelin Tomelty for looking after my blog while I was away! Catch up on some of her winter-ready posts here: