STATE OF THE UNION: My Week In Brisbane

My apologies for the absence in the last couple of weeks, I’ve been too busy gallivanting about in Australia hanging upside down on rollercoasters and watching koalas contemplate the meaning of life to churn out anything fashion-related for the blog. I landed at 11:15p.m last night so, with no other ideas, I thought I might as well write a post for you talking about the fashion I briefly saw in Brisbane, and the trends I saw there that I’d love to see make it big over here. Disclaimer: I am aware that my personal experience probably doesn’t reflect Brisbane fashion as a whole, but in the words of the late Notorious B.I.G – “it’s all good, baby baby”.



I don’t know exactly how I feel about calling them ‘kimonos’ since they’re quite obviously not, but it’s what they’re marketed as. These ‘kimonos’ are more like massive, draped cardigans that resemble capes rather than anything I’ve seen in Japan. They’re just more flowy versions of sweaters if you feel like jazzing up an outfit. They also mean that you can keep everything else you’re wearing pretty basic and use this ‘kimono’ as a statement piece. I’d love to see everyone in New Zealand wearing big floppy hats, boots and flowing ‘kimonos’ every day. Imagine the endless possibilities a windy day would present for fun. PRO TIP: don’t wear one that has “oriental” patterns or is attempting to look like an actual kimono because it’s fucked up and makes you look like a big dumb racist. Aside from my classic cultural appropriation gripe, you’re good to go in my books.


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A little taster of the world of kimono, from ASOS.



I went to a friend’s birthday while in Australia and witnessed about ten people participating in an impromptu performance of ‘5, 6, 7, 8’ by Steps and I think this may have messed me up slightly. Cowboy boots are probably not an actual trend, I think I just strangely happened to meet a lot of people wearing cowboy boots, but I don’t care. Despite never visiting anywhere resembling cowboy country, when I see cowboy boots and bolo ties my heart skips a beat. My boot scootin’ baby is drivin’ me crazy, my obsession from a western – my dance floor date. My rodeo romeo, a cowboy god from head to toe, wanna make you mine better get in line. 5, 6, 7, 8.



Giving me warm fuzzies, sourced from here.



Obviously piercings are available for everyone in New Zealand (provided you’re over the age of 16 or have parental consent) but I’m going to make the call that it’s kind of rare to see someone with something other than their ears pierced (compared to other countries, that is). I pierced my nose last year when I was bored of how I looked and needed a change, and I don’t know too many other people who also have a nose ring. In Brisbane, I swear every second person had something on their face pierced. This obviously isn’t a trend everyone is into, for obvious aesthetic reasons, but this is my WGB post so I’m going to write about it anyway. I like seeing people with bits of metal in their face to add to their personal aesthetic. I was bored of my face again, so to spice it up a little I got my septum pierced while I was in Brisbane. I think maybe I did it because I subconsciously just really want all of the new Meadowlark septum rings, and I think only a little bitch would wear a clip-on piercing. Whatever the motivation, there’s now another piece of metal in my face and my mother can’t look at my face without shuddering. But I still think it’s cute.



Someone buy me one, please.



Despite the fact that I’m pretty much an advocate for wearing heels, it was kind of nice to go out and see girls mostly in flat shoes rather than stumbling around like little drunk newborn giraffes. Sneakers have made a crazy resurgence in fashion lately, which is probably the reason I’ve seen less heels around. Despite my penchant for huge boots, I’ve started practically living in my Timbs so having other girls wear flats too is good, because it means I’m not talking to a pair of boobs when I go out. We went from platforms to flatforms and have now reached the final frontier of comfort. Take those sneakers to the club, giiiiirl. Get that arch support and full sense of balance.






Following on from #2, the sporty look is a major thing at the moment. I can’t decide what I want to call it. Athletic chic? Gym glam? Whatever. Adidas tennis skirts, any form of Nike sneakers, slides with a sports logo emblazoned on them, yoga pants, track shorts, baseball tees, caps, neoprene, styled-up sweatpants, sweaters. Mash it all together into an outfit that you’re never going to exercise in. Something that would usually make you underdressed and now makes you on trend. There are aspects of this trend I like (I think I harbor secret desires to dress like a cheerleader) and aspects I don’t (I still firmly believe sweatpants are only for if you’re sick or depressed), but it’s undeniably present in fashion today. There’s the lululemon crowd in NZ, but I’d love to see people branching out more into the preppy, tennis skirt side of things. Come on guys. Please do it for me.


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A handily compiled collage showing the sporty look on the runway, sourced from here.


So, that was my 10 days in Brisbane. It produced a strange mix of stuff to rant and rave about in this week’s SOTU, but I hope you managed to take something away from this reading experience. Also, ending on a relatively relevant note with the ‘sporty’ look, I’m still trying to hunt down an old UNIF cheerleader shirt if anyone can hook that up. Aussie Aussie Aussie. Oi oi oi.


Header image sourced from here.


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