Back in Black – Sporty

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Let me start this out by saying I am NOT a sporty person. Since quitting gymnastics (which I was actually quite good at) at age 13, I’ve avoided intentional exercise like the plague. Occasionally, however, life calls for something a little stretchier.

I, personally, dress sporty so infrequently that when I do I usually wear my daggiest T-shirt and shorts from my uni days when I was a gymnastics coach, but for those who are more motivated there is a whole world of on-trend, chic activewear available.

In fact, activewear has become extremely trendy in the last few years as the wellness fad has spread across the world (#fitspo) that leggings and crop-tops are no longer restricted to the gym, as illustrated in this hilarious song.

If you’re just starting out your active wardrobe I would suggest beginning with some essential black pieces. Here I’ve gone with a full length legging (these are actually a family friends maternity leggings) an open side tank top and a lace crop top (for a bit of texture).

If you want something a little brighter it’s super easy to start adding colours or patterns to mix it up in any of these 3 core pieces. If you’re a little hesitant start with the crop-top or add some funky coloured runners (I swear I do actually own runners, they are just hidden deep in the depths of my shoe collection).

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Despite more and more boutique activewear lines popping up, you don’t have to spend a fortune on your gear, especially if you’re just testing out your first yoga class. My outfit here cost me a grand total of $13 (both tops from Supre at $5 each, my go to plimsoles from Big W for $3 and some hand-me-down leggings aka. freebie!).

So whether your serious about your sports gear, or just after something comfy to grab a coffee in (and convince that cute barista that you totally lift) there are options out there, black, coloured or patterned, for everyone on every budget.

10 points to anyone who can tell what my cheeky back tattoo says.

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Shoe Change

I clearly love this School Girl-esque collared dress as you’ve seen it here, here and here. It’s truly a stand alone piece that I only ever pair with dark tights and possibly a blazer. The one thing I have noticed that has changed each time I have blogged this outfit are my shoes.

It does get hard not to repeat outfits but I must say it is a lot easier having an extensive shoe collection like mine.

How would you change up the styling with a piece like this?

Outfit: Dress (Dotti) & Heels (Big W)

Clean & Green

After a weekend at a music festival it’s fair to say I was a little dirty. Nothing feels better than having a long hot shower after three days of dancing in the dirt. I think I cleaned up pretty good. Simple and sleek on the bottom and a pop of colour on the top, it’s a fair cry from the cut-offs and crop tops I rocked on the weekend.

Outfit: Blazer (7Angels), Basque Top (Myer), Skirt (OpShop) & Heels (Big W)

Unplanned

I pride myself on being a relatively organised person. If I get inspired I will often plan two or three days of outfits, especially because I will usually stay one or two nights a week at my boyfriends house. Last week, however, I planned to stay one night and ending up staying two. At around 8:30 at night I realised I couldn’t rock up to work in the same outfit as the previous day, so it was a quick trip to Big W to grab a dress and cardigan, which ended up being so incredibly comfortable both items will definitely be making a lot of appearances from now on!

Outfit: Dress ($30) & Cardigan ($25) (Both Big W) & Heels (from mum)

Details, Details, Details

What started out as a “I’ll just wear a simple skirt and plain top” kind of day, ended up with this. At the heart of it it’s exactly what I had originally planned, but a few little details make it something special. A classic pencil skirt with a graphic print paired with a t-shirt with a twist (literally) suddenly turns simple to stunning.

Outfit: Piper Cardigan (Myer), Top (Portmans, $20), Skirt (Review, $50) & Heels (Big W, $20)

School Girl Tough

IMG_3021There’s just something about the oversized houndstooth print on this dress that makes me feel like a super tough school girl. Maybe it’s the commando colouring or the skater girl cut, but I feel that if I had this when I was about 13 years old I would have been the biggest rebel in class. It’s interesting how a simple article of clothing can make you feel like you are a kid again. But with the addition of a blazer, belt and heels, it’s bye bye high school, hello office!

Outfit: Blazer (Portmans, $50), Dress (Factorie, $5), Belt (Review) & Heels (Big W, $25)

Summer Work Clothes

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It’s officially summer, and in classic Melbourne style we had a couple of hot days before the clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped 10 degrees. I did, however, get the chance to have one work outfit sans stockings.
Hopefully we get a few more hot days so I can get a bit of colour on my legs before beach season.

Outfit: Top (Target, $20), Skirt (OpShop) & Heels (Big W, $20)