I have been recently asked to put together an outfit post for Uni. I don't actually go to a fulltime Uni, my college classes at TFI are only 2 hours long. I don't have to wear my clothing that long so I am not overly concerned with comfort. But in saying that I don't go to College in ridiculous outfits. I have put together these outfits considering that most Uni students are studying fulltime and need an outfit that is comfortable, not over the top, whilst still being in style and on trend. Obviously not everyone at Uni is going to care about what they wear and that's their thing, I'm not one to judge. But here are a couple of my takes on fun outfits to wear to uni that aren't to difficult to put together. I have put some of my favourite fragrances and things that you will most likely find in my bag on a day to day basis.
T-shirt, jeans and converse. Summer or Winter this is a staple outfit to any wardrobe. And of course depending on your body type you can mix up accessories and what type of jeans you wear. For instance my body shape is "column" (what an attractive name), so I like to wear clothing that comes in at my waist, like high waisted jeans with a crop T.
High waisted jeans - Nobody
Shoes - Vintage
Crop T - Primark
Chain - Cotton On
Plain skirt with statement shirt. I have a problem with colour, this is the type of outfit I will usually wear, and I will always forget to add some sort of colour. But in saying that this isn't a bad outfit, I would just like it with either a statement coloured bag or necklace. But my wardrobe isn't as diverse as I would hope. But they are on the shopping list.
Crop T - UNIF
Ring - Topshop
Chain - Cotton On
Skirt - Cotton On
Shoes - ICE
Props: Daisy by Marc Jacobs, Moleskine & Artline
The fun one. Something light, that you can move in and sit still in for hours. Summery, light, relaxed with some thin accessories.
Crop T - Agent Ninety Nine
Shoes - Wanted
Shorts - Zara
Bracelet - Topshop
Necklace - Topshop
Backpack - Vintage
Props: iPhone 5 and Oh Lola by Marc Jacobs
The Cold day. Winter prints in light fabric, it may be cold but it's Summer's not over just yet.
Hair tie (gold) - Topshop
Shirt - Cotton On
Skirt - Mink Pink
Necklace - Sportsgirl
Watch - Casio
Ring - Topshop
Shoes - Wanted (My travelling shoes)
The interview one. Smart, comfortable, with a studded splash of colour.
Shirt - Dotti
Collar jewellery - DIY (I made it)
Belt - Vintage
Shoes - Zara
Skirt - Zara
Props: Chance by Chanel, iPhone 5, lighter and cigarette case
Yesterday my college TFI (The Fashion Institute) took us to the Art Gallery of New South Wales for a good old fashioned field trip to see the an exhibition, "The fashion of Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims". If you get the chance I highly recommend you check it out. The photography is amazing, confronting, confusing and just surreal. It plays on the ideas of erotica, androgyny and youth, with all the models being under 25. Notable mention is Kate Moss' photograph was taken when she was 15.
This was one of the two downright creepy exhibitions we saw. I hate that I didn't take note of the artist. The old woman pictured above was actually breathing which made it way too realistic and weird. It truly was confronting how realistic they looked. And the old lady in the first image was very small, about the size of my forearm. I read the description and it was about vulnerability.
The second exhibition was so interactive and intense. There was a dead man on the floor with plastic covering him, it wasn't real but it may as well have been. And next to the man was a industrial fridge door with a sign next to it saying "Only three at any one time". I was in the first group to go through the door. It was basically like you were instantly underground in a horror story basement maze. There are weird smells and strange noises and it is pitch black, we were using our phones for light. To find the way out you needed to go through every door and try every direction. It was really fun (in a scary way) and interesting and really played on your emotions. It felt like that last scene in Silence of the Lambs. The video underneath is the maze. It is called "Basement Killer Haus U R" by Gregor Schneider.
We then all went and checked out the ArtExpress gallery which was amazing but at the same time all I could think was "My year 12 art major sucked I wish I did this". Above is an illustration in felt tip pen which is just ridiculous.
This was photomedia and photography. I really want to know how she did the photography part. They really were spectacular.
Charcoal on wood
"Do it yourself Still Life" Very clever
A polaroid inside a polaroid inside a polaroid, this was pretty awesome.
Sahra and Kelsie
Sarah and Kelsie's leopard print shoes, well on trend.
Bryce and Sarah
I left the museum with Sahra and Kelsie and we got coffees at Pitt Street where we sat for nearly 3 hours just talking. I was supposed to go to Miranda but decided I would rather just hang out and see where the day takes me. We then met a friend of Sahra's who is a photographer that I may be collaborating with soon hopefully. Then 3 more of Sahra's friends joined us, fresh off the train from Newcastle. We wandered around the shops for a while and then decided to buy some cheap wine and go to S' lovely Surrey Hills apartment. I was going to go home at that point and then I realised that it would be a stupid idea because I would just be bored at home alone so I stayed with my lovely new friends.
We went through a couple of bottles of wine, 2 avocados, 3 packets of crackers, and a hommous. Then S' Boyfriend came who was playing a gig later that night.
S and her darling apartment.
The house next door, wish I got a better photo. It was Tiffany green and white and oh so well maintained.
Before we went to the gig we went to this Mexican place "El loco" I think that's what it's called but don't hold me to it. Where we devoured these delicious, $9, worth every cent hot dogs. This place was great minus the cactus table numbers that wouldn't stand up, I caught one moments before it crashed on S' head. And minus the fact that as soon as we all started eating we got told to move inside, even though we would only be there for another 5min.
After the delish hotdogs we headed down to Tipple Bar, across the road from Central station, where S' bf Cal would be playing with Marissa Sarocca. C was drumming. It was a lovely gig, such a great way to end the day. Every Tuesday night is open mic night, so if you are a local artist you should check it out. And even if you aren't musical or have any musical talent (like myself) who cares, pop down and support your local arts. I am going to start making a conscious effort to look into local gigs and cool places in Sydney to go. I knew London so well, it's time I got to know Sydney's cultural side.
This day reminded of London and all the random adventures that would always happen to me there. Full of new friends, unknown locations and most likely ending drunk in bed smiling. I guess I realised yesterday that I didn't need to be in London, or travelling Europe for these crazy things to happen. I just have to be open and say yes to everything. You know that moment where you come to a cross roads and you can either do something you may not be comfortable with because you are unfamiliar with the conditions, or you can go home to where you know your comfortable bed and snuggly blanket and familiar laptop are waiting for you at home, take a leap. Jump into the deep end. Do the unfamiliar. This is how adventures and new friends start. I have been wishing I could go back to London for a while now, not because I'm unhappy, just because I miss those weird adventures. But now I have realised that you can have weird adventures anywhere, you just have to say yes and jump.
I have recently been searching for that perfect cape to take me into Winter this year when I stumbled upon the latest collection by Kahlo. Their SS 12/13 collection contains a mixture of crisp whites, suede blues, mustard yellow, wet black, latex grey and caramel leather in clean geometric shapes and cuts. Here are a few highlights from the collection. To see the whole lookbook go here. And to exercise your online shopping skills go here.
If you have your own cape or know where I can find one please comment.