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G Star Raw report is in – Do you like them #TightorWide?

How to wear skinny jeans and boyfriend jeansPhotography: Jane Lee Photography

G Star Raw has announced its results from their #TightorWide campaign, which asked whether we like our jeans tight or wide. As for me? I love both, and here are my top tips on how to style both tight and wide jean styles for effortless everyday outfits. 

Wearing:
Type C 3D Low Waist Boyfriend Jeans & Lynn Mid Waist Skinny JeansG Star Raw
Silk Shirt – Equipment | V Neck Cashmere Jumpers – Zara (similar or budget friendly)
Celine Trio Bag (Similar or budget friendly) | Celine Cabs Tote Bag (Similar)
Bally Pumps (Similar) | Lace-up Ballerina Flats

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5 Outfit Ideas to Change Up Your Wardrobe

5 outfit ideas to change up your wardrobe

How to change up your wardrobe without spending a cent – check out these outfit ideas

So you’ve opened up your wardrobe and decided you have a rack full of clothes, and nothing to wear. But before you go on a wardrobe re-stocking spree – put that credit card away! You’re saving for a designer bag, remember? – ask yourself, have you tapped into its full potential yet? There are so many outfit ideas you might not have thought of to change up your wardrobe without spending a cent. Here are just a few to have up your sleeve. Click the next page number to read on!

OUT OF THE BOX LAYERING

1Changing up your wardrobe involves thinking about your wardrobe staples in unconventional ways. Often, pieces you would usually think to wear on their own can be put together for instant impact. Take your basic sweater and dress. When you’re tired of wearing them on their own, try pulling the sweater over your dress for a cool layered look.

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BORROW FROM THE BOY

2A universal truth about relationships is that, his wardrobe is just an optional extension of yours. Imagine the outfit ideas that lie in your boyfriend’s repertoire. His button up dress shirts look even better on you: done up low, sleeves rolled up and worn super slouchy with a pair of jeans. For that matter, even his jeans are fair game. Belt for fit, and roll up the legs, and you’ve got yourself some authentic boyfriend jeans. Go for a rummage and see what else of his you can steal borrow.

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GO DOUBLE

3The weird arithmetic of style is that two ‘borings’ can make a ‘spectacular’. Take the humble denim/chambray piece. On its own it’s just a humble basic for your weekend uniform. However, piece two together and you’ve got an instant double denim statement outfit. Try wearing your chambray shirt with a pair of jeans in the same shade, or go for a denim jacket and jeans two piece suit.

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DRESS TONALLY

4It’s a (sort of) scientific fact that most of us tend to accumulate lots of things in the same colour that we like. If you’re lucky enough to have a few similarly toned pieces, change things up by trying a tonal outfit. White-on-white or black-on-black are obvious winners for any occasion. Layering different shades of neutral colours like beige, grey or blue will also take you to the next level of put-togetherness. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try all-over brights, like red, burgundy or pink – I hear it’s a very ‘Parisian’ thing to do.

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THE SHOE SWITCH

5A powerful way to change up your wardrobe is to replace the shoe you would usually wear with the complete opposite. For example, switch your dressy shoes for sneakers instead. It takes a bit of getting used to, but that’s what changing it up is all about. Try sneakers with skirts, dresses, tailored trousers, or even leather pants. The dressier your outfit, the bigger the impact. On the flip side, how about the track pants and heels combination? Do you dare?

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Are leopard print flats and jeans work appropriate?

If you’ve followed me for that long, you might even remember my rant about two years ago about how I wanted a pair of leopard print flats. A testament to my indecisiveness, I finally have a pair! These were amazingly a thrifted Zara find from my road trip to Melbourne last weekend with Heather from Heatstorm Blog. Only $4, and found in a Yass op-shop, of all place. Where is Yass? Never mind.

I’ve been toying with the idea of merging my work and off duty wardrobes. There’s always the inevitable cross over, like this basic knit top by Mix Apparel and French Connection boyfriend blazer, which make it into both my week day and weekend rotations.  As long as it involves a tailored jacket and leather shoes, it’s work appropriate, right? I would normally never condone wearing denim to work, but on a whim, I gave these coated black jeans a try (*gasp*). What do you think? are leopard print flats and jeans work appropriate?

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Boyfriend Blazer – French Connection
White knit top – Mix Apparel
Sportsgirl Coated Cropped Jeans – Thrifted
Zara Leopard Print Flats – Thrifted (Similar here, here, here, and here)
Classic Sheffield Lady Watch in Rose Gold c/o Daniel Wellington (Get 15% off Daniel Wellington watches here)

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Double Denim

When you don’t know what to wear, just go double something – it always looks like you’ve made an effort. White on white is instant minimalim chic; Print on print is an effortless statement outfit. In fact, all over any colour works, black on black, pink on pink…  Double denim is one of those things that used to be ‘against the rules‘, but as it turns out, breaking the rules is irresistibly exciting. To be more accurate, this is more a chambray on denim outfit. I never feel the need to shop chambray shirts retail, because I feel like all the best chambray stuff that will ever be made has already been made, so I always prefer to find mine vintage or thrifted. This one is from Miss Brown Vintage, purchased at Sydney Fashion Weekend.

What accessories to pair with a double denim outfit? Personally I think it should all be kept pretty simple. I’m wearing my vintage sling back mules, an op-shop find from Vinnies. I generally find the shoes of yesteryear to be too unfamiliar to really attract my attention, like those ultra square toes or flared heels. However, these mules just happened to be everything I was looking for, simple, structured, and a classic kitten heel (check out my Mule Shopping Guide for my edit of all the best mules right now). Since I started with one black accessory, I followed through with my Proenza Schouler PS11 – the little black bag.

Just between you and me, this outfit will also be appearing in a little announcement Canberra’s Hustle & Scout Twilight Fashion Markets will be making tomorrow! The Hustle & Scout market is on next Saturday 5 July – will I see you there?

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Photos by Heather Lansdown (Heatstorm Blog)

Vintage Chambray Shirt – Miss Brown Vintage  
Distressed Boyfriend Jeans – eBay
Sling Back Mules – Thrifted (see my Mule Shopping Guide to see similar styles)
Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic (More information)

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Thrift of the Week – White shirt and leather shorts

Today’s thrifted outfit features possibly the cheapest shirt I’ve ever bought. Just $3 for this second hand men’s shirt, purchased from a lovely old lady who happened to be having a sidewalk garage sale in Bondi while I was day-tripping to Sydney last weekend. Men’s shirts are a favourite item for me right now. So comfortable. I don’t really look at sizing when buy them because, regardless of the size (or oversize), I know I’ll just wear it top buttons undone and sleeves rolled up, anyway.

It’s funny that it’s taken me so long to find a pair of leather shorts. Shops here in Canberra just don’t stock them. Most certainly because no one wears them. Personally, I think they are a classic autumn/winter staple. Of course, they don’t suit all figures. Personally I need one that’s a bit on the roomy size on the leg, or they just look like gogo shorts with my thighs. These vintage leather shorts were $80 well spent, from Miss Brown Vintage at Sydney Fashion Weekend.

White shirt and leather shorts is a combination that just makes sense, which I finished off with a minimal shoulder bag and statement footwear. Thanks to Jessica Buurman for these heeled moccasins. They’re so comfy and a perfect between seasons shoe.

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White Mens Shirt – Thrifted
High Waisted Leather Shorts – Thrifted (from Miss Brown Vintage)
Bag – Vintage
Watch – Marc by Marc Jacobs
‘Tia’ Bow Tie Heeled Moccasin Booties c/o Jessica Buurman (here)