A Monochrome Outfit on Melbourne’s Most Colourful Street

Monochrome outfit on Melbourne's Hosier Lane
I’m wearing:
Dress – Topshop
Sunglasses – Topshop
Jacket – Mong Kok Ladies Market
Bag – Mini So
Socks – Topshop
Trainers – Nike

Remember a few months ago when I complained about being fed up of my travelling wardrobe? Well shortly after hitting publish on that post, I caved. I shopped and I don’t regret a thing (and most importantly, I didn’t go over my luggage allowance, praise be!). It all started with this dress.

 

Monochrome outfit on Melbourne's Hosier Lane

You see, I treated myself to it before going away when a very generous friend donated me her Topshop discount. I was supposed to be buying practical clothes for my trip, but instead I ended up with this and six pairs of glittery socks. So I packed them anyway. The glittery socks were great for perking me up when I was sick to death of my gross walking boots, but I only wore the dress twice. Oops. Once when shopping in Hong Kong and again whilst exploring Hosier Lane, the famous street art road in Melbourne.

Monochrome outfit on Melbourne's Hosier Lane

That aside it is a good purchase. Stretchy rib without being unflatteringly clingy, and the built in t-shirt means a pleasing absence of peek-a-boo bra straps. It actually has quite a risque slit at the side, so keeping it super casual was important because Jessica Rabbit I am not.

Monochrome outfit on Melbourne's Hosier Lane

I first spotted this mini backpack in Shanghai in a chain of stores called Mini So, which is basically Tiger gone wrong. It’s full of things with hilarious bad translations printed on, but in amongst that tat was this gem. I restrained myself at that point but a few weeks later I spotted it again in Hong Kong and couldn’t think of a good enough reason as to why I shouldn’t buy it.

Monochrome outfit on Melbourne's Hosier Lane

 

Monochrome outfit on Melbourne's Hosier Lane

Later that week I was perusing Mong Kok Ladies Market, also in Hong Kong, and ventured into one of the nearby malls full of independent stalls. I was lured in to one by this jacket and ended up coming out with a bag full of stuff. But this jacket. It’s essentially a baseball style fit but I mainly love the material. I have a vague idea of throwing it over some gym leggings and a loose tee, but seeing as I don’t currently have a gym membership, that’s unlikely to happen.

So I’ll stick with this outfit instead and leave my trusty Nikes to give it a taste of pretend athleticism and sit my arse back down. Or next thing you know I’ll be buying a visor…

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