Three women. Three different styles. One challenge: how to put together an outfit with this season’s trends for under $300.
We put our Mamamia writers to the ultimate fashion test when we asked them to put together an entire look using this season’s biggest trends from Westfield: Lace, Fashion Flashbacks, and Stripes and Plaid.
We gave it a shot, and friends, we succeeded.
Natalia Krslovic takes on the Fashion Flashbacks trend.
When I look back to my formative years, I think about hanging out in the art rooms in high school with my friends, working on my HSC major work and listening to New Wave music.
My personal style came into its own in this time of my life, and still borrows heavily from art and music from the late ‘70s to the early ’90s, so I’m all about the fashion flashbacks that we’re seeing this season.
Nostalgic in parts, but still young and fun-loving, here’s how I’m throwing together a casual weekend look.
Left: Natalia's picks for an outfit under $300. Right: Natalia Krslovic. Images supplied.
Marcs ‘Video Games’ Mini - $169.
In order to play up my quirky side but keep it practical, I always start with a statement piece and work the rest of my outfit around it. This Marcs mini is inspired by video games and the bold geometric print is the real MVP of this outfit.
We live in Australia, people, there’s never not a need for shades. These '80s-style aviators will make you feel like a maverick as soon as you put them on.
Esprit Short Sleeved T-shirt, $9.95.
Simple, graphic T-shirts have been the cornerstone of my wardrobe since adolescence. This cheap and cheerful Esprit number boasts a cute illustrated print, and for less than $10, how can this art-lover say no?
Spend-Less 'Serve' Sneakers, $29.99.
I’m either the least girly-girl alive or the reincarnation of a ‘90s rap god, because I live in sneakers. This classic white pair will go with everything.
Ally Fashion Washed Denim Jacket, $45.99.
The ‘80s and ‘90s were all about denim, and I’m so glad the denim jacket has finally made a comeback. It’s the perfect go-to for this ‘not-sure-if-I-need-a-jacket’ weather.
I love the feeling of moisturised lips, so I keep a few ointments and glosses on me at all times. At only $4.95, this Sportsgirl lip balm is a steal.
Lauren Williamson takes on the Lace trend.
When it comes to style, I would describe my aesthetic as Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or perhaps Beyoncé meets Zoolander à la Derelicte.
When I try, I really try. And when I don’t, well… my colleagues have seen me in track pants on more occasions than I care to count.
So if it’s a night on the town I’ll dress to at least the eights, if not the nines. But my choices for day-to-day wear come down to comfort with a smidge of what’s “trendy”.
When I was challenged to make the AW16 ‘lace’ trend my own in one outfit for $300, I struggled to imagine how I could make a style so traditionally feminine and chic… comfortable.