Shades of cool... I guess that's a little bit ironic considering that everyone has been baking/melting (delete as appropriate) in the heavy haze of heat that has engulfed the nation. Did you know that apparently it's been hotter here in London than in Barbados? Finally I'm beginning to feel a little bit better about the fact that I'm staying in London all summer.
I have a real issue with summer dressing: most of my clothes are black. There's that part in the process of hot-summer-day-dressing when you always kid yourself that no matter how hot it is. black will always always be effortlessly cool.
Wrong. So very wrong. And there you are, sitting there in a beer garden and it feels like the sunshine beating down on you is actually like a burning hot laser in a James Bond movie.
This dress by The Fifth has answered my prayers a little bit. Its oversized fit hangs perfectly off the body thanks to structural elements like small shoulder pads. Loose and swishy: ideal for burning hot days. Oh and it has a large keyhole cut out at the back, which is almost as good as air con. Almost...
Enjoy the sun while it lasts!
If somebody asks you what Australia does well, you're most likely going to say food (barbecues and lots of meat pies- yum), Neighbours, big scary spiders, beaches, Hugh Jackman, the Hemsworth brothers, and seriously hot men with surfboards.
Fashion, on the other hand, doesn't really spring to mind.
There are few widely known designers from Australia, but when it comes to smaller labels and brands, they have it completely covered. Minkpink, Triangl swimwear and underwear, Finders Keepers are just a teaser of some of the smaller but incredibly talented labels pushing out fun and playful collections with an alternative edge to what you can find on the British high street.
Take The Fifth: their incredibly cool street aesthetic is created from finest cut quality fabrics. It's all about clean lines, original prints, and a fresh colour palette of tonal monochrome and bold zesty oranges and lagoon blues.
Streetwear isn't usually my kind of thing (can't you tell with the cliche addition of graffiti? So street, so edgy, I know...) But the brand seems to find the perfect balance between streetwear with a strong feminine vibe- just wait until my next post and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!
(Clues: blue, oversized, and adorable)