Monday, December 19, 2011

Master & slave

Back in an October post I bought this strange hybrid garment off Gmarket, which I couldn't quite classify as a shirt, dress, or jacket. Sadly this confused piece ended up bearing most resemblance to a scientist's lab coat instead. The item came with a belt (really just a piece of white string) which made the fit a little more flattering but I still didn't like it. Here is the unhappy-looking, drab piece of cloth:

Dismayed at another failed online purchase, I stashed it somewhere in the nether regions of my closet. A few weeks ago however, as I was gathering a bunch of never-worn clothes to sell, I came across this again and tried to think of ways to make use of it.

Behold, the transformation from geeky laboratory apparel to casual chic!

I settled on the conclusion this item was indeed a shirt (albeit a really long one), and I was going to tuck it in some denim cut-off shorts with a singlet top inside. I also unbuttoned the cuffs and rolled up the sleeves for a laidback, summery look. Got rid of the cheap-looking white piece of string (I mean, "belt") since I was already tucking the shirt in. The result? Hopefully something a lot more fashionable than the way the Gmarket store model and I were wearing it previously. Now it's as if I've a new white blouse on my hands, in an oversized fit with a big baggy pocket and long lapel. Hurrah!

Shirt/jacket: Gmarket
Denim shorts: Lee
Stockings: ASOS
Wrap bracelet: Zipia
Necklace: Etsy
Rings: House of Harlow, Diva
Black wedges: Therapy

It's a little disheartening that after so many casual "modelling" experiences with my boyfriend's camera in public, I still stiffen up in the middle of one of Sydney's busiest parks, at the busiest time of the year. I don't know how other fashion bloggers do it, especially those with much more conspicuous and crazy outfits than mine. Anyone have any tips on beating the recurring jabs of self-consciousness when posing with people constantly passing by? It would be so much easier to pose for a few "happy snaps" like the average tourist, but that's not what I blog for. But before I even ask for advice, I guess I already know the answer is purely and simply confidence. Confidence to ignore (and for some, even revel in) the stares of passer-bys and and just focus on producing good results for the camera. It's one of my goals to keep working hard on that in the future :)

When I haven't a lame witty pun up my sleeve for a post title, I resort to the most played song in the car on the way to the shoot location. And everytime I get to plug in my iPhone into the car speakers, I always force my poor boyfriend to listen to this little nugget of pure eargasm and musical genius over and over again. It's got to be one of my most favourite tracks of the year. Enjoy the acid trip.


  1. I love your take on the shirt - definitely much more flattering than how it originally was haha :)

  2. I love how you wore this outfit!
    You have amazing photos... and wow you're from Australia too :)

  3. Cute! I always adore stockings mixed with designs but find that they get destroyed so easily! Oh well, all for the moment and photos.. right? ;)

  4. oh beautiful! I follow you dear. :)

  5. Wow I really love how you styled the top!
    The tights you are wearing are too cute!

  6. Wow you look so amazing.
    I love your style and these shorts.
    Love your blog.
    I will follow now.
    Hope you will visit me and maybe you will follow me too, if you like my blog.


  7. i think its a beautiful purchase! but anything would look good on you, you're so gorgeous! //dariadaria

  8. I love the way you transformed the shirt, it looks great worn like this. I love your stockings!!

    xo erica

  9. I'm always amazed at your pictures! By the way, if you don't mind me asking, how is the quality of the red (wine) blouse you got from gmarket in your second to last haul?

  10. I def think you made the right choice with this shirt ;) It looks tons cuter now the way you've worn it.
    Oh youre so lucky though thats its like your summer over there and you guys aren't freezing your little tooshes off. It's snowing here :(

  11. I love your look it's so chic and effortless!

  12. You sound like me! I always get self conscious taking photos for my blog if there are people around. Love your "new" top. It looks great with the jean shorts and tights!

  13. I felt like that too-always selfconscious. But now I enjoy every minute of posing in front of people. It's empowering.

    found the route

  14. You look amazing with that outfit! Beautiful!:)
    The sheer shirt look great with your shorts.

    Much love from the SABO SKIRT girls!

  15. Super cute look! I love the backgrounds of your pictures!

  16. I'm loving your tights! About self consciousness--I think we all feel it. I noticed one very popular fashion blogger started shooting in deserted areas, like rooftops ; ) Could be a good idea for you, on occasion, to give your nerves a break while you gain confidence!

  17. Me likey ur outfit :D
    U have such an inspiring blog. Follow each other? ;)

  18. Your outfit is so cute! It looks much better on you than in the picture. I have the same issue too, I'm so self conscious when I'm taking photos and sometimes I end up looking at my boyfriend (for help haha) instead of at the camera :( You take beautiful pictures though, and I always love your outfits!!

  19. Love the cut offs with the tights! Gorgeous photos! x

  20. Great outfit! I really love those tights

  21. stunning as usual :) Love the simplicity, but it still looks amazing!

  22. Looking great! (:

  23. love this look and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

  24. You look great! And how awesome that that shirt didn't go to waste? :) And I can totally relate with the stares situation. Though i mostly take outfit pictures around my house since I don't have a bf to take pictures of me wherever i go, when friends get the role of photographer to take my ootd pictures in the city, I get super conscious about the stares of people passing by. Usually, i just awkwardly pose and end the "photography session" after 4 pictures... Have to work on that confidence too! :) I'm sure you'll get it soon though. you look like a tawainese/korean actress! pretty girl :)
    p.s sorry for the novel! merry christmas!


  25. You look really fab!! Happy Christmas!

  26. Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year!!

    this is incred, love the photos
    Great post, thanks for sharing!

    if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin :)
    let me know!

  27. I love those tights! Cool blog :) Following!

    Kisses! xxx

  28. love your look

    and you have a very nice blog girl, pls look also at mine and become a friend too :)

    XO, Carmen

  29. you're simply awesome!!!
    You won a new follower :)
    Follow back? :)
    I love your photos and I wanna have your camera :)

  30. your photographs and outfits are so beautiful - I love your blog :)



  31. I love the second last picture! It's beautiful and you are so gorgeous :)! Be self-confident sweetie!



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