Friday, January 7, 2011

Best In Show

I have come up with a new regular segment and it is called Best In Show, a snapshot of very fashion-sensible people from in and around Melbourne. As it is a new segment I've taken liberties in choosing three best dressed people, all from Rooftop Bar on Swanston St. interestingly enough. As you can see there are some very cool citizens lurking in our midst and they deserve recognition for their aesthetic efforts. Usually it will only consist of one photo and description but this week I've narrowed it down to three.

Okay, here we go.

This lovely lady has mixed blue and black, which is a process that is to be attempted only if you were born with a sense of style. Unfortunately many people do not pull this particular colour combination off at all, but this is a very good example of how it can be achieved. If you are going to give it a go make sure you use a 'buffer' colour like white or tan brown. Here you can see this particular person has gone with a billowy white blouse with clever bow collar. Her blue suede heels are teamed with blue and grey knit socks over black tights. The blouse sits low enough to be a dress and completes the overall outfit. Perfect.

Here this gentleman has used a simple yet effective palate. His denim shirt, which is my favourite new item of this season, sits comfortably over the orange, navy blue and white striped t-shirt below. The v-neck cut works for guys with a bit of a chest but should be avoided if you're a flat chested kind of guy. Here it works well. The well-above-knee shorts are also well matched in a 2002 stonewash, and would also work in a pair of chinos (rolled up cuffs of course). The shoes are also a nice touch and the dark laces help match in the black watch face and socks, although I advise readers to ditch the socks with shorts unless they're very obvious and well above the ankle, even if a little crumpled. This is a great look.

Whoever said black was out was dead wrong. This fabulous outfit shows that Melbourne is the home of black, which is always the next black of the fashion world. This soft collared wrap/jacket works so well with the black skirt and shoes. The Dr. Martin's boot should always have a space in your wardrobe, especially since the 90s are making such a massive comeback this season (if your need a visual, watch Empire Records). But my favourite item has to be the incredibly cool circular safari sunglasses. Tom Ford released a series of eyewear that feature these so grab a pair. Overall a fantastic look we could all learn from.

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