WORN // Neutrals

It's been too damn hot lately to wear my standard h-to-t black without melting  and experiencing third degree burns as the suns rays concentrate like laser beams on my thighs. Since the Kiwi summer has only just kicked in [late to the party much Mother Nature?] it's time to activate the 3% of the wardrobe that doesn't fall within the 'noir' to 'ink' to 'jet' colour descriptive. 

Extracted from the depths of the wardrobe [okay, okay the far right of the hanger-pole-bar-thingy but 'depths' sounds so dramatic, no?] I found a roomy top with bits missing in all the right places that lets my armpits breathe and allows a breeze to circulate the torso - anything to put a stop to 'summer skin' aka 'sticky moist grossness' and shorts to allow my melanin-free legs get some much needed vitamin D.

Just to keep it weird though, the shorts are a summer inappropriate leather and at a glance, resemble a pants-less version of myself.


Alexander Wang burlap trench + Loeil top + Witchery shorts + Dotti fedora + Le Specs eyewear + Kmart boots

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WORN // Kowtow

There's something about supporting local labels that gives you the warm fuzzies.

It also leaves nothing in your pockets but lint fuzzies. Truth.

But it's worth it.

Kowtow. Locally designed. 100% Certified Fair Trade Organic Cotton. Cool shit.

Read about their philosophy and transparency.

I'm making some big calls about the way I shop in 2015 that may have a positive impact in lessening my contribution to mindless consumerism but could also have a negative impact on this blog for bringing the newness.

We can't all be brand whores but nor can we continue to shell out buckets of ducats on things we don't need, shovelling more debt on the card and more shit in the wardrobe.

Time to cull. Time to curate. Time to get conscious.

More on this later.

Meanwhile - check these shorts. 

Unisex, oversized, organic fair trade cotton, minimalistic culotte meets fresh to death kind of shorts. Get yourself some. Get your boy some. Look good. Feel better.
kowtow 'newton' shorts + the warehouse merino + glassons beanie + kate of arcadia bag + new look boots

WORN | Culottes + Fedora + Lace Up Heels

Trends may come and trends may go - culottes will no doubt be the latter - but black will forever be.

For me, the affinity with wearing black, rain or shine, has little to do with it's proposed 'slimming' properties [it is dependent on shape, fit and texture] and more do to with ease, that chic feeling black encapsulates, a toughness colour can't deliver and the mere fact that cheap black is rarely discernible from expensive black. It will never be discarded from my wardrobe.

Now culottes are a micro trend that may very well end up on the "WTF??!!" pile. If you haven't culotted since school, want to stay stylistically current and are enthralled at the idea of acting unladylike this summer, legs splayed at every opportunity, then I highly suggest picking up a cheap pair - don't be fooled into laying out big ducats on a designer pair knowing next season you'll still be paying off the interest yet trying like shit to sell them on eBay for 1/8th of the price because you are over it. Try chain stores, online, blogger recommends - whatever floats your boat, just know that breaking into the higher 3 digit retail price points is an exercise in stupidity no matter what the magazines and hierarchy say. 

This is not to say that if you discover culottes are your thing and they develop into your signature piece like a skinny jean is to a Parisienne that you should not indulge. By all means, if that is the case, indulge and own it.

I like the look and the idea of culottes - that mix of anti-fit, uber uncoolness and not worrying about flashing my bits whenever, wherever and however I sit this summer while still feelin' breezy pleases me and my sartorial sensibilities. The eternal struggle I have over feeling 'like me' in skirts whether mini, midi or maxi is overcome with culottes as they are like a tomboy take on the feminine silhouette. I still obsess over this Acne pair and the popular image of how this worked in reality but I'm not yet convinced I should invest anything more than pocket change to the trend. I've picked up* a few pairs over the past couple of years for under the $20 mark in staple tailored black, a slouchy white and a boxy denim that should do me just fine until the return of the culotte is over and it returns to the schoolyard.

My advice is to try different shapes, lengths and fabrics to find the type that suits you best and keep thinking 2014 - we don't want to absentmindedly stray into the retirees favourite 3/4 slacks territory now do we. Wear them with anything you would have paired a skinny jean with - trust me, that rule of thumb works. Honest. I wore this exact combo on Sunday. With skinny jeans.
wearing: Cotton On fedora, Portmans biker, Boohoo.com culottes, old tee, Number One Shoes  'Toorak Dress' lace up heels.

*I have a method that seems to work a treat - 
1/ Pick up on a super repulsive micro trend: the uglier or more absurd, the better.
2/ Scour online sites and local chain stores for the "too early" releases. Add items to 'Save For Later' and 'Wishlists' and subscribe to reduction alerts. Keep note of stores and revisit fortnightly.
3/ Wait for the massive reductions when it doesn't sell because no one in their right mind would ever buy it at full retail. 
4/ Hold onto it for a year. 
5/ Whip it out when everyones clammering to get in on that shit. 
6/ Act smug.

WORN | Dress + Jeans + Rubber Chucks

They were launched as perfect festival footwear and the slickest way to make tracks through winter, able to deflect rain, mud and whatever grimey nasties flung themselves your way. Your person and its cloth appendages would've required serious deep cleansing at some stage but your feet would be one swipe away from box fresh. 

Too easy.

And the above is truth.

[Get thee to a NY festival and go nuts. Take these, a tee, undies and shorts. Flirt your way to borrowing the rest. Done.]

But what I've happily discovered is the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Rubber can easily be an everyday, rain or shine, urban jungle grime repelling footwear option that inserts itself rather nicely into the footwear rota.

Slick in looks and as comfortable as the canvas option, the terry lining actually makes these feel more smooth on my foot when short or sans socking it and even though they are structured - hey, it is moulded rubber people - I don't feel clumpy. I'm awkward enough, I don't need another hindrance.

Although I received* these some time ago, I wanted to make sure they were actually put through their paces. What could I say about a shoe in a box? Not bloody much. But after wearing them for some time doing parental, mundane, weird, visit-y and shopping-y type stuff, I'm stoked mostly by how fucking clean they still look followed super closely by how comfy they are. I can also vouch that yes, you're feet do stay dry after jumping in puddles but your clothes will be fucked. Jumping activities should be engaged in after all errands are concluded. 

Excitedly for me [and possibly those with cool kid nieces and nephews] they come in kid options of red, pink and black [why no white tho...dang?]  - so the issue of trying to merge function and style is now solved because FACT: Traditional gumboots for kids are lame and these rubber chucks are not.

Another FACT: You'd be more likely to pass dress code at da club in these than the original version.
wearing: Just Jeans leather biker, Moochi 'Jes' dress [here], Neuw jeans, The Warehouse beanie and Converse All Star Rubber Chucks [here and here

Available in black, white, red or navy for about $120NZ you should cop some summer/winter/whenever.

[*product supplied by Converse]