How to Dress like a Melbournian

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How to Dress like a Melbournian

Street Style in Melbourne – It’s back to black

They say Melbournian style is all about looking as though you ran through a charity shop wearing velcro and came out the other end giving zero fucks. And by they, I mean – me.

You know those days when you’ve gone to bed with your make-up still on and your hair tied up cause you’re a lazy piece of shit? Only to awaken with a dewy, smudged, smoking hot look and meticulous boho hair? No? Me neither. Which is why, although Melbournian style is beautiful in it’s simplicity, it’s pretty tricky to master. Think no make-up make-up. (I don’t even know what means) Think a diet of green juice, a regulated daily dose of Vitamin D and a high disposable income. Still not with me? Think Body art. Delicate Jewellery. Top knots. And always, always, ALWAYS an assortment of Black. It’s like you turned 18 and thought – fuck this shit – but you’re also a massive hipster so you bought a tote bag with a political message and stuck to the right side of the law.

I have to give it to Melbournians. They’re freaking beautiful. And like srsly black in 40 degree heat? It’s like their clothing are solar panels. Storing up the sun’s energy in the hot weather to warm their bones as soon as the temperature drops to 20. Which it does in the space of a few hours. The weather man *rolls eyes* SO premenstrual. Am I riiight?

And Melbournians savour their unique pieces. They opt for independent or Australian brands over large chains. It’s no wonder charity shops in Australia are called opportunity shops – Op Shops. You’re not a charity man, you’re an opportun-ity.

And oh BOY! So many opportunities to buy things you didn’t even know you needed. A cashmere cardigan with embellished buttons? HELLA YES. A sequin jumper? HOW DO I GET YOU ALONE. A see-through lilac blouse? I’LL NEVER LOOK BACK. The opportunities are endless and who CARES that it’s an average of 35 degrees outside. How can you think about such practicalities when faced with an opportunity of a lifetime. I like to think it was around this time that Duran2 and I started to say ‘Oh Honey YES’ to each other – a LOT.

Before Duran2 and I left for our east coast road trip – we bought everything we needed from op-shops. I bought a variety of old lady jumpers including my Sequin Jumper which I had to (haha HAD to) carry in my stuffed backpack across the Phillipines because I couldn’t bear to part with it. I recently let my friend wear it out and it ‘went missing’. Here, we commenced a full blown search party which eventually ended in it’s appearance stashed behind my washing machine. 2 hours later, I still had to chase after her as she left my house wearing it. Er come BACK here young lady.

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THE sequin jumper. You can look but you can’t touch.

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Skatetastic

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I’ve recently moved to a new flat in northeast London with one of my best mates from school and her lovely boyfriend. At first, I wasn’t so sure about it – not like I didn’t think I’d eventually enjoy it, I just hadn’t had the opportunity to give it much of a chance. In the first month I had booked on to a lot of festivals outside of London so all I really knew of it were the 2 prostitutes that worked outside and the 106 bus route. The past 8 weeks however, have opened my eyes to the little gems surrounding me. I’m opposite a park which has a skate bowl, a street lined with independent shops and cafes, 2 reservoirs and some fun pubs. In fact – this place feels a little bit trendy. And I like it.

Now when I moved into the city, I duped myself into believing that I would finally teach myself to skate properly. Like on a ramp. But instead I discovered coffee, street food and men. Now that I am living opposite a skate park however, I am beginning to think I should probably get on it? Every weekend, I walk to Church Street and buy myself a coffee and then without fail sit and watch whoever is on the bowl. One be.a.uuutiful autumn day a few weeks ago there were 2 ladies who were skating and I sat there with my friends in the sunshine watching them. For the first time in a year, I felt really blue about being so far away from the coastal life I had created and Toby, my housemate, reminded me that I was in the perfect location to get up early and skate with no one watching . But I can’t help but be completely bipolar about it. One minute I’m like O.M.G it will be amaaazing, I have the basic skills from longboarding and generally being pretty great at life and then the other minute I’m like O.M.Geee It’s going to really hurt and I’m going to break my beautiful face. So in the meantime – I’ve been skating around the area (FYI the streets are pretty shite) and going to Hyde Park which is in one word: dreamy.

So now living with a bestie who loves talking about food, boys and exercise as much as I do and Toby who seems to know exactly what to say to pick me back up again, I feel like after almost a year moving away from the coast, I’m finally getting into a nice stride.

I have also discovered that if you ask around enough – there are plenty of willing skater guys offering to help a gal out.

So what if they’re only 9 years old.

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Photos by Joe Duran