It’s so easy to get lost in the thrill of shopping overseas stores from your computer. At any time and from any place you can select an assortment of things that are often cheaper and different to anything you get back home. But sometimes, one item can bring you back to the stores at your local shopping centre, the ones you shopped before you could get the Kate Moss look delivered from Topshop London to your front door. A week ago today, I saw a friend in a fabulous Sportsgirl dress. Stripes and with faux-leather zippered sleeves, I knew that it was going to be a very workable piece in my wardrobe. And as soon as I slipped it on, it was a match made in fashion heaven. A little bit of street, a little bit of punk and a whole lot of classic. The best part? It was so versatile: thick enough to get me through winter, easy to accessorise depending on the occasion, and the perfect piece to toss into my suitcase no matter where I was going and what the weather would be like. A bright necklace, coloured tights, a thick scarf. Or a denim jacket and some sandals. Slipping into Sportsgirl to try it on brought back a little bit of nostalgia for my early twenties, back before I shopped ASOS and J-Crew, and I didn’t walk away with just the dress. The studded leather boots – an essential for any  wardrobe – are an excellent dose of biker chic (and are currently on sale for $59.95), and the nail polish, hair accessories and liquid eye liner, are the little treats that would take any outfit, whether the high-brow or low-brow, the local or the overseas – up a few little notches.


{Sportsgirl Dress, $99.95 // Sportsgirl Boots $59.95 //
Beanie by Erin Louise // Trench Coat by Burberry}