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World Fashion Expert (Australia)

Madelin's here to bring a fashion wake-up call from Down Under. Say g'day, then check out some bonzer fashion from the southern hemisphere.

Kaleidoscope Colours

  If you hadn't noticed, Hawaiian-type styles, 1/4 length skirts, and thongs (platform or otherwise) are slowly edging their way into the "once again."

Bright colours coupled with other subdued tones (thus Kaleidoscope) make a very current and fashionable outfit. Thongs (double or single strap) made of reeds, or decorated with bright beads/patterns/sequins etc., give a very feminine, classy look. Shirts are a crepey material. Accessories are beads and bright, hair is simple. Sarongs with tassels and strappy bright tops are very cute.


Peasant shirts (the kind you wore when you were 6) have again been welcomed back into the world of fashion along with "faded skirts" (with ruffles of course) or hipster jeans.

A thin headband worn horizontally across the forehead, and garments trimmed with shells, feathers or beads create a gypsy style outfit. A shawl across the shoulders when going out is a definite must, along with the before mentioned thongs and some dangling earrings, to become a real gypsy.


Cowrie shell necklaces, along with beads, twine, and cotton friendship bracelets, complete the outfits of late which are essentially back-to-nature and very simple. Toenails are making an entrance, so they should be painted, and some even go as far as to decorated them with a nail polish pen (about AU $7.00) or with metallic stars or love hearts (bagatelles.)


Also check out this question a viewer submitted for Madelin:

Dear Madelin,

I am going to Australia on January 1 and I will be there until March 18. I need to know what kind of clothes to take and what is in style over there. I would appreciate any advice you could give me.

Kristy Norvell

Madelin's Response:

Dear Kristy,

Right now it's Summer over here, (or nearly so) and it's really hot!!!!

Lots of shorts ( 3/4 length cargos are in right now) are a must, and the popular colours for this season are creams, whites and bieges. Little singlet tops (in bright colours) are really comfy, but if your not used to the sun don't wear them (sunburn isn't a fashion statement and it hurts!)

It will be end of summer when you come over, starting Autumn- a pretty unpredictable season over here. It will still be fairly hot, but don't forget long pants, a rain-proof jacket and some thick jumpers. It really depends on where your going. If your headed up to ayers rock, or anywhere in the Northen Territory, they have HOT days and freezing nights, so remember your warm Pajamas!

As for shoes, other than if your doing anything formal just bring a good pair of runners or boots.

Have fun, enjoy Oz, and write back if you need anything more!


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