I’m addicted to Australian TV show Offspring. Can’t get enough of Nina’s internal chatter, hot boyfriends, uber-cool apartment and effortless boho-luxe wardrobe.
And it seems that you can’t either.
Nina’s look has a ’70s-inspired vibe about it. It’s fresh, there are bursts of colour and she incorporates layering and accessories well. She looks and feels like she’s just thrown it all together … and it just works.
Right about now is when we all need to remember that Nina isn’t actually real. Sorry. The actor Asher Keddie is playing Nina in the hit series and she has a wardrobing department (thank-you costume designer Michael Chisholm, you are genius) to make it all “work” and look effortless.
The reality about creating an effortless look is that it actually takes, well, effort. If you or I were to just throw a few similar pieces on before running out the door, there’s a fair chance we’d look more hobo than boho. Not quite the effect I suggest anyone aim for.
To give you a bit of a Nina-style lesson, let’s deconstruct some of the outfits we’ve seen Nina in this season (photos and product details are courtesy of Offspring on Ten).
The skirt is the stand-out piece in this outfit. Then note the layers: the green red bra strap under a green singlet and beige top. Bringing this Nina look home are the belt, bracelet and long necklace.
Most of us would slap on a pair of jeans and a tee or tank. See how you can make a whole lot more impact with bright layers and accessories? Nina’s signature accessory (apart from the iPhone!) is a long skinny scarf. I suggest you adopt this signature as your own as it has the effect of not only bringing an outfit together but also creating a nice long visual line (and you know what those nice, long visual lines do, don’t you? They elongate and give the illusion that you are actually longer and leaner than you are. Tell me you don’t want that!). The belt here also packs a powerful statement.
I blogged about the Nancy Bird bag when this season of Offspring kicked off. At first glance it’s a tan bag, at second glance it’s offset by the kind of Nina-detailing we’ve come to know and love. Take away these details and accessories and it’s just a ho-hum top and jeans look. Are you getting the Nina 101 accessories’ lesson yet?
In this outfit, Nina’s a little more dressed up. She’s out of work and off on a date. The look is one step above jeans but we’re still seeing the hints of Nina’s style through the layered tops and layered, long necklaces. Her jacket, even though it’s casually slung over her hand, brings a retro-patterned garment in to complete the outfit.
We’re now up about six notches. Here Nina is more 1950s’ siren than 1970s’ grown-up flower child. What I love here is that she contrasts the structure and the “done-up” look of the dress with her typically casually styled hair. We still see a long necklace but it’s finer and the bracelet manages to make a statement even though it’s a more classic style.
Now, if you’re going to try and track down some of the pieces included in the images above, then good luck. This series was shot some time ago and most styles would be long gone from retail outlets. Even styles that were available when first seen on air – like this grey top by Palma Australia – don’t last long.
The show’s official Facebook page and the Nina Proudman page (yes, I KNOW!) are filled with questions from viewers wanting Nina’s clothing details. There are also some great tip-offs from fans about where to shop for similar clothes.
Here are some suggestions from me
3. Sportsgirl Heart of Glass kimono $129.95
5. Zimmerman plaited denim belt $150
7. Lydia Jewels Ciara earrings $39
9. Wittner Dare boots $229.95
10. Luisa Clare Persia bow bag $389
So, are you a big Nina fan? Want to move into her apartment and her wardrobe? Or just get cozy with Patrick (oops, did I write that out loud?)?
Want to play Nina catch-up?