Hey everyone! This is the first contest i’ve entered through Chictopia and I am so excited about entering that I’ve written a total essay!
If you’re a poor University (or high school) student like myself, remixing is an essential part of your wardrobe! I like buying things that are not only stylish but are versatile and can easily be matched with other pieces in my closet. To create three very different looks I decided to choose my favourite black and white striped top which I got at an op shop (that’s a thrift/charity store). A striped top is definitely a must-have for any person’s wardrobe, and the Breton stripe design is very flattering and always a classic style!
Look 1: Rocker/edgy/grunge
This is my favourite outfit of the three! Blue denim goes well with everything, especially stripes, so I wore my top tucked into some high waist denim cut-offs. To add a more rocker vibe I layered a black vest over it, and of course no grunge outfit is complete without ripped tights and some lace up combat boots. Top it all off with some heavy chains and a pork pie hat and there you have it, an outfit that would not look out of place at a music festival or a rock concert- or general lounging around and misbehaving with the boys!!
Look 2: Nautical/trendy/casual
The next look is slightly nautically inspired. It’s also a mish-mash of a whole lot of recent trends- but with my own personal twists. I tried doing the Alexander Wang side braid to match the nautical feel of the striped top and red high waist shorts. I felt that some light colours were needed to create a Spring/ Summery feel so I added a cream blazer, and also for some extra pizzazz wore white lacy socks with clog sandals- another popular trend. This outfit would be perfect for anything from lunch with the family to strolling along a pier on Summer days! (Unfortunately where I live it’s Winter and it was cold, overcast and about to rain while I was taking these photos!)
Look 3: Sweet/feminine/playing with patterns and textures
In my last outfit, I tried out something else that’s currently in vogue- mixing stripes and florals. I wore a yellow floral dress and wore the striped top over it. The striped top was quite long, so I tucked half of it up inside itself to create a sort of crop top, and put a waist belt over it to secure it. Sheer pink tights underneath floral lace tights add some colour and another layer of pattern to the outfit. I wanted to take a step further by experimenting with different materials and textures so I wore a black faux-fur stole over the top to complement the feminine elements of florals, bows and lace in the outfit. Sure, all the elements and colours may clash somewhat but that’s just the fun of dressing up! This outfit is very sweet and girly and would suit occasions like picnics, tea parties, or just hanging out with the girls.
My other remixing tips:
~ Accessories are indispensable! I am a big fan of things like belts, tights, headgear and necklaces. These are relatively cheap and can pull together the look of an outfit. The simplest details can make a huge impact and become the focus of your outfit.
~ Layers are important- you could wear your top underneath vests, over dresses, tuck it in, tie it up to create a new look.
~ Don’t be afraid to experiment- with everything! Don’t be afraid of going over the top. Sometimes unexpected or clashing patterns and colours can make a big statement.
~ If you’re having trouble thinking of what to match your item of clothing with, think of a distinct theme or style (eg rocker, kawaii, vintage) and build your outfit around that idea!
~ Most importantly, have confidence- enjoy what you wear, be comfortable in what you wear and have fun standing out from the crowd!
Whew! Thanks heaps and hope you enjoyed reading and looking at my photos!
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More, detailed photos of these outfits will be appearing on my blog in the next couple of days!
PS: Dear Editors, I hope the quality of these photos is ok! I had to compress the photos in order to upload them, as my internet is going super slow. It took me so long to upload each separate photo and if I had tried to use the full quality ones it would have taken literally hours!!