Last Friday a news crew from Channel Ten came to my office to talk to me about the popularity of Nina Proudman – her style and how so many of you show up here each week for the post-Offspring de-brief.
I was on the Brisbane news last night.
How crazy is that?
Nina would have been proud. I borrowed a beautiful teal Johnny Was top from Zambezee boutique for the on-camera occasion. I think it’s something she would wear. You’ll notice, however, in the photo below of my outfit, I’ve not taken on a full Nina look.
I’ve swapped out the long boots for shoe-boot wedges. I never shy away from a statement ring or bangle but my necklace and earrings in this outfit are fine like Nina would wear. My jeans are also dark skinnies – a Nina trademark.
I think this idea is something for you to consider too. It’s so easy for us to get caught up in the excitement of following what’s she’s wearing that we can lose sight of our own style. The prices that some things that Nina has worn are going for on eBay is a strong signal for us all to keep calm 😉
Nina’s look is Nina’s look. She may be fictional but the wardrobe designers behind the show know who she is and how that translates to her style. The actor who plays Nina – Asher Keddie – knows her well too and has the final say in what clothes are chosen for Nina to wear.
It’s totally possible to get the essence of Nina’s boho luxe look by taking certain elements and making them your own. This is how you develop your style – it doesn’t come by copying another’s personal style. It comes by playing with different looks and being inspired by others to include different elements in a way that is expressly YOU.
Nina Proudman style
In last night’s episode (episode 5) Nina wore a white Lee Mathews top that we first saw in Season 4. There were very few around at the time as it was already out of season. It’s a typical Lee Mathews look so keep an eye out when the spring collection lands. This one from Johnny Was offers a similar look. Her “bar” necklace is by Nicole Fendel. I don’t have a lead on the red pendant chain necklace as yet but if you know where it’s from give a shout out in the comments below.
I’ve re-created her look with items available now and everything is priced under $70.
1. Sportsgirl necklace $9.95 | 2. Mix Apparel jegging $20 | 3. Free People top $70 (on sale) @ SurfStitch | 4. Target singlet $9 | 5. Colette Hayman earrings $3.97 | 6. Sandler boots $68.98 (sold out!) @ The Iconic – search for other brown boots here | 7. Adorne necklace $34.95
Billie Proudman style
Billie’s stud jacket was an absolute stand-out for me last night. It’s by designer Barbara Bui so a lot out of my budget but I’m including some Billie outfit inspiration this week as the concept behind Billie’s look is one that we can easily adapt to our own – and one that I employ quite often.
Take away the statement jacket and you have essentially a “column” of black. The neutral pants and top allow the jacket to do the talking but also create a great shape for most women. Notice how Billie’s jewellery is always more on the chunky side, while Nina’s is fine. It kind of reflects their differences in personality I think.
1. Maison Scotch blazer $154 (on sale) @ David Jones | 2. Witchery earrings $19.95 | 3. 10 Bells necklace $15.96 @ The Iconic | 4. Seed top $59.95 | 5. Lee Cooper jeans $25 @ Big W | 6. Django & Juliette boots $299.95 @ Styletread
The de-brief (spoiler alert)
Season 5, episode 5 was another complex one, wasn’t it?
We had the arrival of Jimmy and Zara’s baby but not before their birthing suite wedding.
We had the play-out between Lawrence and Billie and whether they’d actually end up doing the business. Let’s all pause for a moment and remember Lawrence wearing nothing but a sheet. Here’s a visual on the off chance it’s been wiped from your memory.
We had Jimmy risking all to help Billie’s property styling business along (Billie is showing a growing maturity with each episode).
And we had “airport guy” Leo returning to our screens.
Leo was ALWAYS going to turn up again in Nina’s life, don’t you think? They are very similar in character so I’m not sure there will ever be a romance between them. Unless he’s the good guy who gets the girl in the end … after Missoni pool towel guy is finished? Whatever happens, I think Leo would certainly be right at home in the Proudman family.
For me, the over-riding part in this week’s storyline was Nina’s grief.
Geraldine summed it up nicely: “It’s your grief my darling and f&*! anyone who tells you how to do it”. Anyone who has lost someone they love would have cheered at this line.
There is no formula for how to grieve, it just is. I think the writers have done a good job taking us through that and I think the scene with the ghost of Patrick at the end of show where Nina poured out her heart was a turning point for her. She declared her love for him but also asked for his permission to keep on living.
Yes, the tears were streaming down my face. Again.
Over to you … best/worst bits from last night’s episode? Are you more Nina or Billie in your day-to-day styling?
Photo credit: scene photos are courtesy of Channel Ten.