Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Khaki Crush

Wearing: Dotti white cape (on sale $20), Mango white cami (purchased in Barcelona), Vintage khaki leather skirt (from U-Turn Vintage on Crown Street Sydney), Wittner 'Buckley' khaki suede heels (on sale $60), Lack of Color 'Midnight Muse' fedora

Lately I am finding myself constantly attracted to khaki. I remember back about twelve years ago, I was standing with my mum while she was talking to one of her friends (who I think worked in the fashion & beauty industry). During the conversation, the friend told me my skin tone and hair colour meant I was best-suited to wearing darker colours, like khaki, burgundy and navy. At the time I hated the advice because I was young and wanted to be wearing bright, fun colours, but as I've grown older I've realised it's really not a bad thing.

I bought this skirt from a vintage store on Crown Street in Sydney for little more than $30. It was in about 2008 when leather skirts were just becoming fashionable, and my cousin and I would spend many weekends in and out of stores on Crown Street searching for the best vintage bargains. At the time I think I bought the skirt just because it was so cheap; the same day I also bought a black one from another store that I wore far more often. But I've always loved the uniqueness of this one, and in the many times I've cleared out my wardrobe since then; even though I'd only worn this once I could never bear to part with it.

This is pretty much a whole bargain outfit. I didn't spend more than $60 on any one piece (which is unusual for me!) and as much as I love splashing [ridiculous] amounts of money on expensive wardrobe staples, bargain hunting is also great fun.
I found this white Dotti cape during a recent DFO trip with my sister. I've been a fan of the cape trend from a distance over the past six months; loving the look on other girls but not feeling confident to try it myself (and not willing to spend $200+ on a cape I may never actually wear). This bargain piece was just the push I needed to adopt the trend myself.
I think one of the main reasons I've always been hesitant to try this look is because it's always felt a bit outrageous to wear a jacket longer than your shorts / skirt. But the lightweight look of this one made it feel like a very relaxed, summery piece, and I love that it is so easily styled with warm weather outfits like this. The right cape adds a level of style 'maturity' to an outfit; still casual but with an air of "I know what I'm doing here" (even if you're just winging it like me!)

Back onto khaki - the reason for this post! Other khaki pieces I'm loving right now, in every shade imaginable:

All items are available to purchase through the links below!
1. 'Inhibitions Dress' by Keepsake the Label
2. 'Portia Ruffle Dress' by Ronny Kobo
3. 'Rover Maxi Dress' by Three of Something
4. 'Washed Fuji Major Button Up' by Equipment
5. 'Sadie Utility Pant' by Citizens of Humanity
6. 'Love Indie June Trench Coat' by Toby Heart Ginger
7. 'Melina Romper' by YFB Clothing
8. 'Freeme Bootie' by Steve Madden
9. 'Funnel Neck Pullover Sweater' by SOH