Whether it be raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens or bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, everyone’s got their favourite things. We asked the stylish finalists in our 2013 Ultrabook Blogster Awards Fashion Category (paired with Vogue) to invite us into their wardrobe and show us their most treasured possession.
SUBMITTED BY APRIL ROSE PENGILLY
My father gave this one-of-a-kind Jenny Bannister dress to my mother for her 21st birthday and she wore it to her party… As did I, on my 21st! It’s such a beautiful, rich red and the style continues to stand the test of time.
SUBMITTED BY BYCHILL
Practicality isn’t often taken into account when I dress in the morning, but lucky for me some designers have the genius to foresee the need for functionality. So it’s for this reason I nominate this Antipodium skirt as my favourite and most functional item ever. Yes I originally chose it purely for the aesthetic aspect, however the practical side has more than won me over, a built in fanny pack? Yes please!
SUBMITTED BY CATWALK OF WORDS
I always seem to gravitate towards bold prints and bright colours. My wardrobe hero is this gold jacket by Thurley- it elevates even the simplest outfit to high fashion chic. The instant attraction was formed the moment I found out you could completely zip the bodice off, leaving a cropped gold jacket that pairs perfectly with my ever-growing collection of LBDs. Also, just secretly, I tend to disobey dress codes so you will probably find me wearing this at the next house party…
SUBMITTED BY FASHION HAYLEY
These Tsumori Chisato wedges are not only the most expensive shoes in my wardrobe but also the most meaningful. You see, I bought them with my first ever big freelancing cheque after lusting over them for months on the Opening Ceremony website. They were my reward to myself for working hard and busting my arse off for years trying to make freelancing happen. At $650 they weren’t cheap but they sure are a priceless reminder that determination and hard work can and do pay off sometimes. Just a shame I can’t for the life of me walk in them.
SUBMITTED BY I DIG YOUR SOLE MAN
I’m lucky to be gifted a fair bit of stuff, especially sneakers so this is in no way an easy choice to make, and while it’s not the most high-brow thing in my wardrobe, I will go for my Navy Blue New Balance 576s from the 2011 Lake District Pack. These shoes have been with me everywhere and have physically done the hard yards. Secondly, New Balance were one of the first bran’s to back me/I Dig Your Sole Man, which is something I’m grateful for as I’m a genuine fan of the brand.
SUBMITTED BY I MAKE. YOU WEAR IT.
I like to call this dress the “15”…because that’s how many hours it took me to tenderly gem this frock into glorious fancery. This dress hangs proudly in my wardrobe and every time I see it I think, “you are so goddamn RITZY!” and just know that my 8 year old self would be so proud of future me for making such a sparkly monstrosity.
SUBMITTED BY INSIDE IN, INSIDE OUT
Fabliha: My Stolen Girlfriend’s Club hiss dress feels like a piece of my soul. I’ve worn it more times than days in a year; in rain, on the plane, on faraway islands, to uni and just about everywhere else! What about it makes it so irresistible to me? Its blinding-acid-yellow and in-your-face serpentine print. Probably.
Tasfia: My Ksubi jacket was the find of my life. Its uncanny, albeit genius, combination of tartan, khaki and leopard makes it perfection to me. Whenever it’s on me, I carry tissues to keep it clean and borrowing it is out of the question!
SUBMITTED BY THIS IS NOT A BLOG
My wardrobe is in the middle of a seasonal overhaul, so the most exciting thing I can show you right now is the look I styled at Ted Baker’s Sydney store, comprised of what is, by far, the best thing I’ve ever worn – does that still count? No, it’s not the #SASSY board. That navy blazer right there costs an arm and a leg, but it’s silk-lined and perfectly fitted, and I’ve made it my mission to bring it into my wardrobe, even if that means pulling a Winona.
SUBMITTED BY WILDDARTS
The Wilddarts manifesto is to make fashion your own. As the saying goes, trends they come and they go. Wilddarts likes to focus on pieces that transcend time and fit within our personality, rather than trying to change our aesthetic to fit the trend of the moment. We enlisted the help of our WD readers to choose a piece from our archive – as it was way too hard to choose just one piece! This Ryan Storer earcuff was a Christmas gift from my partner. For myself, it means so much to know that he understands my style and knows that a piece like this will never leave my collection. It is simplistic yet dramatic and is a perfect addition to any look.
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