Nina Proudman is BAAACCCKK.
Quite frankly it’s been way too long between fresh Offspring fixes, hasn’t it?
I’m still a little cranky that they killed off Patrick last season. I really wanted everything to be finally right in Nina’s world.
But that doesn’t make for compelling drama, does it? And yes, this is where we do have to remind ourselves that this isn’t real life It’s TV, people!
What started here on the blog a few years ago was just a toe-dip into the very passionate world of Nina Proudman style. I use the world passionate as so many of you out there are seemingly looking to emulate her style.
You have been since the show began and that passion has not subsided.
The reason that Nina’s style has this kind of mass appeal is quite simple. It’s timeless, accessible, smart casual and trans-seasonal … with a little bit of free-sprited boho thrown in for good measure.
Most people can easily adopt a slice of Nina style – most probably with pieces already in your wardrobe.
Offspring is filmed in Melbourne during spring and summer. Most of her outfits I couldn’t wear in a Brisbane summer but they do lend themselves to autumn and spring styling. And even some of our winter days where once the sun is out, we’re peeling off the heavy layers.
As each series progresses, Nina rarely strays too far from her everyday personal style – even when she was pregnant in season 4 the outfit formula was still the same. There are two main looks.
The jeans outfit: skinny jeans, knee-high boots, tank top, boho-style jacket or kimono, scarf (optional last season but I’m hoping will be back), shoulder bag and fine jewellery.
The skirt outfit: maxi skirt, knee-high boots, tank top, jacket, shoulder bag and fine, layered jewellery.
In this first episode for season 5 she gave us both looks. Aren’t we lucky?
Now, like in previous years, I will look to what Nina is wearing and offer shopping inspiration to re-create that style. And if by chance that particular garment is still available, I’ll include that.
Mostly the garments you see and covet on the screen won’t be. They would have been sourced almost a year ago and many would have been from the spring 2013 collections for those designers. Ebay might yield some success for you or you might have just been channelling Nina at the time and purchased a garment that you now can congratulate yourself for.
This will very much be the case for the red printed Tigerlily jacket that Nina wore for most of last night’s episode (see below). I know a couple of SY readers have already mentioned that they own it – well done them! Scroll down though as I have found a new-season Tigerlily jacket style that is similar … just in different colours.
And this one featured in the promo shot below is also Tigerlily. Run don’t walk if you’re a size 6 and want to nab this one on sale at David Jones.
Want to re-create the feel of last night’s main look? Here are my suggestions based on garments and accessories available now.
1. Tigerlily jacket $189.95 @ SurfStitch | 2. Samantha Wills necklace $99 | 3. Ezra tank $24.95 @ The Iconic | 4. Mavi jeans $129.95 @ The Iconic | 5. Django & Juliette boots $299.95 @ Styletread | 6. Mimco earrings $79.95 | 7. Bohemian Traders satchel $119
This is the outfit that Nina was wearing at the end of the episode. And guess what? The maxi skirt IS available. Binny from the Australian label of the same name has re-cut the skirt especially for Nina fans. You might recognise the fabric. I have it in a fabulous dress that I wore all summer.
Binny skirt $260
Nina was also wearing a pair of Binny silk pants (as pyjamas) in the very cute bed scene with baby Zoe below. That pattern is no longer available but the same cut of pants in a different fabric is available in a size 14 if you’re quick.
We do need to talk about Nina and Patrick’s very cute baby Zoe, don’t we? Have you ever seen such an adorable bubba? With such a uber-cute wardrobe? Someone please tell me where these bathers are from so I can buy them for my sister-in-law’s little girl due in June!
Many of the other clothes featured on Zoe throughout this episode have come from Victorian-based baby and childrenswear label Oishi-m. The label produces limited edition garments (mostly made in Melbourne) that include splashes of kimono and vintage fabrics. Read all about what was featured in last night’s episode and how to buy it for your kids. This was my fave.
Oishi-m tee $39.95
This is the part that you skim over if you’re yet to watch this episode. You’ve been warned! Probably a good idea to stay clear of what’s written in the comments below too. We like to de-brief the fashion but we also like to de-brief what happens in the episode itself.
Season 5 begins six months after Patrick’s death (he appears often enough in Nina’s imagination thank goodness), Billie’s is living with Nina (Mick’s away touring), Billie’s hoping they’ll reconcile. Billie has her working life act together and has created a property styling business. Baby Zoe has benefitted from two mums and the whole Proudman family. Zara is pregnant again to Jimmy and Jimmy is about to open his third pop-up tacoria, thanks to financial backing from Phillip, who’s announced that he’s married but not to Geraldine. Elouise is working in a women’s clinic in Botswana and Clegg is Clegg, offering up gems such as gifting Nina a welcome-back gift of a breast pump.
Phewww. So much can happen in six months. Thank goodness Nina’s phone ring-tone stays the same.
But, as always, some of my favourite moments came via Billie. From telling Nina she should “bond with the baby mothers” at swimming to inadvertently creating an “orgasm party” for Nina, Billie is back and she’s on form.
As for Lawrence, the psychologist? I just knew they wouldn’t introduce a potential romance for Nina just yet.
Ok, over to you? Thoughts? How many tissues did you go through? Were you smart and snapped up that Tigerlily jacket last summer?
Photo credit: all images from the show are courtesy of Channel Ten