Today is the day of my country, Australia Day. Otherwsie known as 'straya day' or 'day off' and previously associated with 'the big day out' (not this year - cost cuts). As such, I thought we should talk straya style and those brilliant Australians who we turn to to make us look good, because while Europe may hold a reputation for having the worlds most stylish women, here is Aus, I actually think we're pretty on to it and in a word: fresh. Aus designers tend to offer up some pretty schmick silhouttes and shapes but all have simplicity in common as we're pretty un-fussy peeps down here. Labels like Bassike and Jac & Jack are our high rotation pieces, simple easy wear shapes with that nordic undertone. We like clean and easy looks and take a pretty laid back approach to dressing. I mean I'm pretty sure we can't claim denim shorts, but if we could we definitely would, as these are without a doubt a staple item for most Aus women and generally get a major work out during the summer months, kinda the same way our black skinny jeans get used during winter.
Categorically speaking, we tend to split into two major looks: Beachy boho and Classic Black (Sydney v. Melbourne) with a fair bit of crossover and we all own at least one pair of havianas - boys included. For us, staple pieces are worth the dollars but we do all love the cliche mix and match of high end and high street pieces and quite often mix up our looks. Labels like Spell & the Gypsy Collective and Gypsy River provide our much needed free spirited threads, specialising in all that our inner boho girl desires; vintage tees, hippie inspired pieces and accessories from lands far away.
For our serious face designer threads, we like streamlined shapes, classic cuts and beautiful simplistic detail. Basic blacks, whites and greys tend to be always happening but we do love some pretty too, you know a lacey floaty dress or even a flirty little black dress. We hit up Strayan fav designers Zimmermann, Dion Lee and Scanlan Theodore for these pieces and when we really need to take it to the next level we enlist Maticevski, Josh Goot and Ellery for their seriously forward pieces that never ever disappoint - unless they've sold out of your size, then that's disappointing.
We've come a long way from bike pants and ken done sweaters and we're now pretty fashion fiesty, so here's to my most excellent country and our even more excellent style. Cheers!
Pics: popsugar, style by yellowbutton, spell & the gypsy collective, ellery, vogue.com.au, pinterest