And here we have another “THINGS THAT ARE DIFFERENT IN MY COUNTRY AND MAKE ME GIGGLE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY” mega post of wondrousness.
Are you bored of these yet, kids? So Sydney is a pretty stylin’ town full of an impressive array of original style schools. From your uber trendy high end fashionistas, to your hipster, skinny jeaned indie kids, from your upturned collared, tighty stripy shirted douches to your vintage dressed, high haired, geek chic-ed second hand girls, fashion and style is a big part of Sydney’s culture.
At home, I would have changed out of my “house clothes” to take the garbage out. Saturday morning cafe breakfasts were not the place for track pants and joggers, while dressing up for a shopping outing was a usual affair.
Here in Vancouver, things are a little different. Here in Vancouver, walking outside to get the morning paper can mean 2 minutes of bone chilling terror for my poor, Australian body. Now, I know Vancouver is the mildest and warmest of Canadian cities, but for this sun seeking, Aussie girl, this place might as well be Siberia. I am freezing my toosh off and because of this shock to the system, fashion or dare I say, style, has gone out the window.
Each time I schlep out of the house in my Puma runners, ski jacket and beanie, I have to remind myself that this is necessity.
Each time I find myself holding a pair of furry, UGG style boots in my cold, lifeless fingers, I remind myself that this is necessity.
Each time that I look in the mirror and think to myself, “what have you become?”, I say to myself, this is necessity.
When I first arrived here, I bought myself a short, woollen winter coat from Aritzia, thinking it would be the perfect winter coat. Yes, that is the awesome Leslie Feist wearing my coat. Never in my life have I worn a winter coat, gloves and beanie in Autumn. Yet here I am December 1o, now having ditched the Feist coat and have gone and bought myself the fattest, puffiest, furriest hooded, bloated monster of a coat known to man. I feel like George Constanza in the bottle shop knocking over wine bottles with his Gore-tex beast.
Despite my inner disgrace, I still have these items to knock off my “Dressing For Canada” list. I would really prefer for them to be stylish if possible!
- Shoes that are super warm, stylish and not UGGs. I refuse to pay $200 for Australian UGG boots. Nothing against UGG boots but I never bought them at home, so I won’t buy them here for double the price. Any suggestions? I have 2 pair of knee high leather boots but need something that I don’t have to wear with skirts or tuck into jeans.
- Warm leggings if there is such a thing.
- Gloves that are warmer than woollen gloves but not full on ski gloves.
- Pants that are warmer than jeans.
- Long underwear? Oh, dear!
Got any tips Northern Hemispherians? I feel like I’m losing my style mojo.