Outfit Details

  • Playsuit - DIY (see below)
  • Earrings - from my own brand Wilderness Bazaar (wildernessbazaar.com)
  • Bangles - a mix of items found at opshops and markets in Melbourne and Asia
  • Rings - from India and Turkey
  • Sunglasses - by D&G but I got them free through a promotional offer at Sunglass Hut
  • Scarf around waist - opshop
  • Sandals - bought from Xero online

DIY Oriental Safari Playsuit

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How would you describe your style?

It varies, but generally my outfits incorporate a lot of colour and pattern and ethnic influences. I love folk textiles like batik from Africa and Indonesia and accessories that have some natural element involved such as wood or horn. Perhaps the most that I can generalise about my style is that most of what I wear comes from opshops and markets or I have made it myself, it is very unlikely that I would ever walk into a chain store and buy anything as I don't feel like it has much personality and I prefer to support smaller businesses and charities when I shop.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

In terms of how often I wear things, probably my buffalo horn earrings (that I designed myself for my brand Wilderness Bazaar) score the highest because they go with everything, and I love the unique look of the horn. I don't have an absolute favourite item but I wear batik prints a lot and have T-shirts, skirts and dresses made from batik.

Who are your style icons?

No one in particular but I love looking through images from the 50s-60s-70s to get fashion and styling ideas, and I often see things I want to incorporate into my own style when I look at Instagram or other blogs, such as Sea of Shoes and A Pair and A Spare.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I love Romance was Born and Stella Jean. Lots of colour and patterns!

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?

Opshops and markets! They stock clothes that aren't new, but they're "new-to-me".

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Both. I don't make so much from scratch any more because I already have so many clothes, but sometimes I see things at opshops or markets, or people give me clothes and I alter them to suit me.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?

Don't be afraid to make mistakes! If you're sick of your wardrobe, try spending half a day or even an hour or two just standing in front of your mirror trying various combinations that you might not have previously considered. Even just adding a colourful scarf (around your neck, tied to a handbag strap, tied as a turban etc etc) will make a big difference to a look.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

A Pair and A Spare, Sea of Shoes.

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