We made it! This is my 20th Outfit of the Week post! Hurrah, I am so super duper excited right now, and you should be too because to celebrate this week I did a full on Urban Grunge-style photoshoot with a close photographer friend of mine. Not only that (yes, I really do spoil you guys) but I have done not one but TWO outfits for you this week. What?! This is utter madness.
This week I'm bringing back the boho. Not that it ever left mind you, but I feel like it needs a little more of a spotlight because it's just so darn cool. Floaty florals, headbands, brown leather everything, it just makes you feel so chill and free. Like you can breathe again. Like you're not stuck in the city, surrounded by noise and cars and lights and people. Ugh, people.
After last week's post I decided enough is enough. I needed to smell the slightly musty aroma of bargain clothing and I needed it now. So I headed off to a couple of secondhand hotspots and got to work trolling the racks for hidden gems to bulk up my thinning wardrobe.
However, desperation aside, this week's outfit I feel is just plain adorable. I decided to get a little bit 50s, and try wearing a headscarf. Outcome: great success! I may just consider wearing one all the time. I paired the headscarf with a gorgeous blue blouse, navy shorts and my cutely comfortable brown flats. Not bad for bottom-of-the-barrel stuff.
I believe that one of the greatest aspects of being a human being is the ability to choose and think for ourselves. To have an individual and completely unique world view is a truly special part of each of us that distinguishes people from animals. There has never been anyone that thinks like you, talks like you or looks like you. Incredible! This means that even what you like to wear or find 'cool' is completely tailored individually to you.
Firstly, let me just begin by saying "Sorry". Sorry for not posting outfits for the last couple of weeks and sorry if due to this lack of posting you have been suffering massive thrifty fashion withdrawal. Which we both you know you have. Shhh, it's okay. I'm here now. Everything is going to be alright. Would you believe me if I said I have been busy? No? Well, jokes on you because I have been!
As promised, this week I am going to rant on fashion. Well, not so much rant as give my enlightening opinion on the awesome benefits of lay-by. Lay-what, you say? Yes, I know lay-by is pretty much non-existent in most stores these days, and I really don't blame you if you haven't heard of it. But if you come from an era where lay-by was the norm, then you'll know what I'm getting at.
This week I'm going to save you the rant on fashion and allow fashion's finest to say it all for me before you check out this week's outfit. Before you say anything, yes, I am suffering an epic case of writer's block. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing for y'all. You get to read the musings of the fashion elite and I get to recover from a hectic week. It's a win-win really.
Fashion is a funny thing. I mean think about it, clothes are, at the very least, made to cover up our bits. When and how clothing became a way of expressing a person's uniqueness, and sense of style is a mystery as old as time. But now, by acknowledging the role of clothing in personal expression, fashion has become an industry. The higher powers of fashion are constantly churning out new interpretations of the same items of clothing and putting them under the category of "must have". If you are not wearing what is trendy and expensive, you are not fashionable, stylish, chic or any of the other adjectives used to describe the fashion elite.
Truth be told I've been feeling a little nostalgic recently, remembering the good old days of being a 90s kid. The high ponytails, lace up boots, big navy coats and let's not forget the school satchel, that big brown case you used to lug grudgingly to school everyday. What a decade the 90s were! I'm so glad 90s grunge has come back into fashion. Now we can revive those trends that defined (maybe even scarred) our childhoods so vividly!
Wow, we're into week 10 already! Where has time gone? To celebrate, this week the total price of the outfit is under $40. I do love a good bargain, don't you? This outfit was also a lot of fun to shoot. Basically I spent about an hour flipping my cardigan around like a deranged matador. And yes, before you say anything, I am almost blinking here. Partial eye movement aside, this was the best photo of the lot. I politely request you reserve any comments you may have for your journal, please and thank you very much, thank you to you.
Two for one. Buy one get one free. Killing two birds with one stone. You get it, this week there is not one but TWO outfits to choose from, and why is that? Because it's party season! I thought we could celebrate this astounding revelation with a two for one deal. Not that you're paying for anything in the first place, but it has a nice ring to it don't ya think?
Today was just one of those days where you feel like going somewhere new, or in this case old. Retropolitan is one such place. Just on the corner of Fitzgerald Ave and Hereford St, this adorable little 60s-style opshop is filled with treasures as far as the eye can see! Some of the items they had included genuine Crown Lynn crockery sets, vintage furniture pieces and a gorgeous variety of 60s and 70s clothing. Basically, it was vintage heaven! Luckily, I had a busy day ahead of me so I didn't get the chance to leave with the whole store. But one day...
When it comes to these posts, I try to prepare and sort through my wardrobe, planning future posts and making sure I'm prepared, but in the end I just photograph what I happen to pick out on the day. That is the case with this outfit. A quick glance in the wardrobe and I was dressed and ready for work in five minutes. It also just so happened to be under $100 so voila! Outfit of the Week #7.
I am not a skater. Not even close. My balance and co-ordination are so shocking that I am terrified to even attempt to ride anything other than a bike. Jokes! I ride tricycles occasionally. I always wished I could be one of those people who ride longboards near the beach, with bleached denim cut-offs and Ray Bans on my head. Those people seem so effortlessly cool and awesome, it's not even fair. My one try with a longboard required me leaning on someone and making them push me along, wobbling and screaming down the footpath at 1 km/hr, which was way too fast for me!
Today was the perfect day for an adventure. The sun was out and the air was warm, so in typical Kiwi fashion I busted out the shorts and the pasty whites and went out in search of an experience. I ended up exploring the centre of Christchurch, having a nosy around the Re:Start Mall and New Regent Street.
After an extremely successful opshopping trip last week, it was not hard to put together this week's Outfit of the Week. Because of how cheap it was I was even able to add in a couple of accessories to bring the price up a little (cheeky, I know).
Yesterday was quite a day. Not only did the temperature reach a stinkin' 27 degrees (in October, what?) but it was a great day for some opshopping and quality time with a good friend. For this week's outfit, I was a little hot and bothered and really not keen to be photographed in any light other than black. So I recruited my opshopping pal George to be my model for this week.
This week's outfit of choice was the only real effort I made this week to dress up, because honestly, who can be bothered when you have the chance to wear hobo chic and bum around at home? But even so, it still comes in at under $100 and whilst wearing it I was feline fabulous ('cause it's a cat jacket..)
When people think of fashion, they often think of runways, designers and mega $$$. Not many people know that it doesn't have to be like that! What determines a beautiful piece of clothing or outfit is not the price tag! In fact, you can put together stylish and chic outfits on a meagre budget.