I have been struggling with what fashion content to produce on here over the past months, which has left me feeling a little defeated - fashion being the main part of the blog, I should be the most comfortable and excited to write about it. But it all comes down to one thing - summer dressing is not my thing. I live for colder days where I can layer up and create a kind of 'uniform', when I always look polished whilst attempting to remain 'effortless'. However, as soon as summer comes, I instantly revert back to denim shorts, t-shirts and Birkenstocks - because let's face it - it is almost too hot in Perth to bother wearing anything else. However, working at Sportsgirl this season I think I have really found my groove with summer dressing, embracing the easiness of dresses and skirts, and branching out with colour and patterns.
In saying so, I have opted to skip a "Summer Rack" for 2018/2017, as I have been working nonstop, and thus a majority of my wardrobe is Sportsgirl. Not that this is a bad thing of course, however, I feel as though my work clothes, which I do love, have become more of a 'work uniform' for me, and thus I have little time to branch out and wear other brands, styles and vintage. With this, I feel as though an edition of The Rack wouldn't be as absolutely authentic, broad and eclectic as I would have wished, especially with the extra purchasing I've been making on work clothes, and the lack of wear I have been getting out of my non-work wardrobe. I will never promote anything on here that I don't truly love, and that I don't truly wear, especially on The Rack, as the original idea for the series was to share a curated selection of the only clothes you actually need each season that you can wear on repeat in a variety of different ways. I'll be the first to admit I have fallen off the bandwagon a little lately and have been slightly over-purchasing, with the hope to wear so many things that I just don't have time for at the moment. However, when uni goes back I know I will have much more 'me' time to express my true style, and not to worry, The Rack seasonal editions will be back.
But not to worry - instead, I thought it would be even more valuable to share with you my most worn and loved items of 2017. These are the items I simply could not have lived without, the things I wore endlessly in a variety of different ways, and thus, my wardrobe heroes. And trust me, these won't just be 2017 heroes, but will always be some of my favourite items in my collection, for years to come.
Colour: I've identified my favourite colour of the year - red. Red is the perfect colour to inject some life into your wardrobe if you are a diehard denim and black kind of girl or guy. You might being thinking that it's the brightest colour, why would I suggest this for someone who is afraid of colour? Red works on almost every skin tone, due to us humans being made up of a whole lot of the colour red in our blood. It works for all seasons, and you guessed it, matches perfectly with denim and black for a very 80s/90s vibe.
Bottoms: In 2017, my love affair with skinny, tight fitting bottoms ended (thank god). Mom/Straight/Wide leg anything completely ruled my wardrobe. I learnt that I only really needed two pairs of jeans, a black and a blue, throw in a nice pair of tailored trousers and some cut of shorts and I was good to go. Always high waited of course, to taper in at the waist and flow out around the legs to balance out my inverted-triangle-like physique. The Heroes: 1. 'Mom' Short in indigo, Sportsgirl 2. 'Mom' Jean, Topshop 3. Culottes in black, Sportsgirl 4. Straight leg jeans in washed black, ASOS
Accessories: Never mind bags, sunglasses and jewellery (don't worry, a separate post for these is on the horizon), silk scarfs are my hero accessory for 2017 and 2018 and beyond. They are my new found love - the most versatile thing in my wardrobe, I wear them as belts, as head wraps, as tops and even tie them around my handbag. And of course, they have a pop of red. Both vintage.
Comfort: Ah yes, no surprise here - my trusty vintage Tommy Hilfiger jumper is one of my favourite items of the year. The quality, colour and logo trend all combine to make this dress it up or down sweater perhaps one of my go to items - paired with jeans and sneakers for uni or worn to bed, because who doesn't want to look stylish whilst they sleep?
Dresses: You may have realised by now that I haven't included any shirts in this edition, for one main reason. Shirts are my weakness. I own far too many, and never wear any often enough to say that they are 'heroes' - other than a black t-shirt, but I didn't want to bore you with that. However, in 2017, I got girly. Yes me, Magenta Porter, started wearing dresses in a casual manner. And I've got to say, I am really digging it. Especially with sneakers. These three are three of my most worn for the year, and of course, are either black or red. The Heroes: 1. Polkadot off-the-shoulder tea dress, Zara 2. Tiered Cami Dress in red, Sportsgirl 3. Midi button-down dress in black, Sportsgirl
Shoes: 2017 was the year of the sneaker for me. No, I am not a sneaker head, in fact I only own three pairs (minus my gym shoes). And all three are Converse. And all three I have worn to death. Even these new red suede ones, that I have only had for a few weeks. You can't go wrong with my footwear hero, a pair of Converse. No matter your style or colour choice, they make every outfit street style cool and comfortable. My favourite style are the 'One Star' pictured here, my new prized possession.
Jackets: We all know I love a good jacket. I have a weird outerwear collecting obsession. I just love how you can wear the most simple outfit and through on this blanket of warmth that can completely transform the look. Jackets make me feel grown up, in some weird kind of way, like I am deciding to stay warm without my mum having to yell at me for forgetting a jumper. The Heroes: 1. Vintage leather biker jacket, Miss Brown Vintage 2. Houndstooth Checked 80s Blazer, Zara