Let me be clear from the get go. Tomorrow when I’m at the beach and then at my girlfriend’s house for a barbecue and a swim, I will not look like this gorgeous young thing to my left.
For starters, I haven’t been this tiny since I was four. And I blame the Australia Day car flags for putting me off flag-printed merchandise (don’t get me started on those reindeer ears for cars that appeared from nowhere last Christmas …)
I’m as proud to be an Aussie as the next person but I think Australia Day is a chance to show off our real style … and not how skilled we are at unleashing our inner bogue.
Australians have the concept of casual fashion down to a fine art. I don’t know any other nationality that comes close. When you get it right, casual can still pack a style punch.
And Australian designers are right on the money too.
Camilla, Australia’s kaftan queen (remember what Oprah wore to her welcome to Sydney party?) has me excited about her dedicated Australia Day fashion garments. These are hand-painted over-sized Australia Day tees. So roomy and cool … plenty of room for a few snags and a piece of pav when wearing these. (Check out Camilla’s Facebook page for more designs.)
Now, if you can’t get your hands on a Camilla tee by tomorrow, I’ve got a few more suggestions for you below. The key piece is a casual tee-style maxi (worn over a swimsuit if you’re going to the beach or hanging around a pool) – then just add in a few statement accessories. All featured pieces are from Australian designers or brands.
1. Supre T-Shirt Maxi Dress in Midnight ($35)
3. Uberkate Living Circles necklace ($665)
5. Dinosaur Designs Wishbone bangles ($55 each)
Beauty note: Want a beach hair look to go with your Australia Day look? Right now, I’m loving Paul Mitchell’s Awapuhi Wild Ginger Texturising Sea Spray ($12.95). Spray on damp hair – it works a treat on hair straight out of the surf – twist into a loose bun or plait and let dry naturally. Do not brush, just ”tease” through with your fingers. Stockists: Ph 1300 365 350.
Think you can make an Australia Day fashion statement that doesn’t involve car flags?