One of my favourite bloggers, Maja Huse (I don’t know how to make her name a link to her website, I’m sorry, but if you are looking for a good blog, I definitely recommend Googling her), has done a few posts like this, and I found them really, really interesting. It is so nice to see a genuine representation of what someone wears in a week, complete with bad hair days and lazy comfy-clothes days. I have decided to do two editions of my “What I Wore” series, one for summer and one for winter, and if I enjoy writing them as much as I think I will I might even start doing them every year. I think it would be interesting to see how my style changes from year to year, and to see what stays the same. There are pieces in my wardrobe that I do genuinely believe I will be wearing in 5 years time, because they are well-made classics that I adore, but then I also know that my personal style is still evolving, and what I like to wear in 5 years time might be completely different to what I like to wear now. But anyway, that is all looking a little too far into the future, so instead let’s look just a little bit back into the past at wore I wore last week!
As most of you probably know by now, I am currently studying my fourth year of medicine. We do four rotations in fourth
year: General Practice, Psychiatry, Women’s Health and Medicine of the Mind. I am insanely excited about the topics we get to study this year, but I think I will go further into that in another post. For now I will just tell you that I am currently on my first rotation, General Practice. On this rotation I spend two days a week (Monday and Wednesday) at one of the University campuses attending lectures and tutorials, and then for three days (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) I spend all or part of the day placed with a General Practitioner in the community. Monday was a Uni day, so I didn’t have to worry about dressing in a way that was clinically appropriate. Instead I wore my favourite denim shorts and one of my favourite shirts, both of which are from Just Jeans. I wore these with my newest, and current favourite, shoes, my Melissa Campana Papel’s in Black Multi Glitter. I love these shoes so, so much! I am actually planning a whole post around these shoes (I love them that much), so I won’t say anymore, but just know that they are amazing!
On Tuesday I am with one of my General Practitioners from 8 until 4, so I need to be dressed in a way that was clinically appropriate. On this particular Tuesday I chose to wear a Veronika Maine dress and a pair of little Aldo leather flats. I actually worked at Veronika Maine and Cue over the last two Christmas holidays, and one of the many perks of working there was that we got an amazing staff discount, so I was able to buy some of their incredible clothes at a price that didn’t damage my uni-student budget too much. Cue and Veronika Maine are Australian owned companies, and the clothes they sell are designed and made in Australia. The clothes are of a really high quality, and they last really well. This particular dress is great example of just how well the clothing ages – it is almost a year and a half old, was worn almost once a week for a good eight months, and yet still looks almost new. I love this dress for a number of reasons – it is pink (like a good proportion of my wardrobe); it is cotton, so is comfortable to wear whatever the weather; and most of all – it has pockets! My opinion of any skirt or dress instantly improves when I discover that it has pockets!
After I finished at my placement, I came home, spent some time relaxing and internetting, and then went to the gym. I decided that I would try and capture pictures of my gym outfits as often as I could, because I thought it was important for people to see someone perfectly average, like me, wearing workout gear that isn’t particularly fancy or expensive. As much as I love some of the upmarket workout gear that is available, I just can’t justify spending that much on something that I am only going to wear for one very sweaty hour. My workout gear is a combination of K-mart exercise wear (like the pants I am wearing here) and T-shirts from my rather impressive T-shirt collection. On this particular day I was having a rather bad day, so I decided to wear my very favourite T-shirt emblazoned with the Hogwarts crest. I have owned this shirt for over 5 years now, and while it is starting to get a bit sad looking, I doubt I will ever be able to bring myself to throw it out!
This was another uni day, so again I didn’t have to dress clinically. The Melbourne weather had been its fickle self and gotten rather cold and windy, so I brought out my trusty Jeanswest jeans, a simple black Dotti tank top, a red Cotton On cardigan that someone (I could never figure out who) left at my house some four years ago, and my Melissa’s. I bought these jeans last year after I put on a bit of weight (which I have now discovered was actually due to a side effect of a medication I am currently taking), and I was lucky enough to get a really amazing sales person to help me find the perfect pair. In the end I actually bought the first pair I had tried on, but the sales girl was wonderful, and let me try on about 10 different pairs, so that I could be certain I had found the perfect pair.
I went to the gym again on Wednesday. I was wearing another pair of the K-mart pants I love (they are just. so. comfortable!), this time with my Minions/Doctor Who crossover T-shirt. This T-shirt is one of the only items of clothing I have ever ordered online, and I love it – I also love the reactions I get from people who understand the reference! It has proved to be a great conversation starter with fellow Whovians.
Thursday was another clinical day. I was determined to try and cheer myself up, so I wore my newest, and current favourite, dress. This one was my final purchase from Cue over the recent Christmas holidays, and I absolutely adore it. I love the colours, the vintage-style cut, the fact that it is 100% cotton, and, yet again, the fact that it has pockets! I paired it with my Melissa’s (again), and a simple ponytail, which is how I wear my hair almost every day that I am on clinical placement. I find my hair can be a bit unruly, and likes to fall out at the most inconvenient times, so I just prefer to have it up when I am on placement, and a ponytail is the most complex hairstyle I have the patience for at 7 o’clock in the morning!
My last day of placement for the week is also my favourite, as it is with my favourite General Practitioner. I decided to wear a new outfit from Jacqui E that I had bought while sale shopping with my mum at the end of last year that I hadn’t yet had the chance to wear, and I very quickly fell in love with it. There is something about the fit of the skirt and the lovely round neck of the cardigan that just make me feel rather elegant and stylish, and I love how bright the colours are! I didn’t think my Melissa’s would quite work with this outfit, so instead I work another pair of Aldo leather flats. These ones have patent leather fronts and little patent leather bows on them, which I adore!
Saturday was a study and chores day, so I wanted something that was comfortable but that I was still happy about going out of the house in, because I needed to go grocery shopping. I ended up wearing a Midi skirt I got in Bali with another one of my simple Dotti tank tops. You can’t tell in the photo, but this skirt is made of an amazing irredescent material that looks in purple in some lights and green in others. It is really beautiful, and being a light cotton it is really comfortable to wear. I did actually put on my Melissa’s when I went grocery shopping, but as you can tell from the photo I spent most of the day barefoot!
My Sunday morning started with a gym class. This time I paired (yet-another) pair of my K-mart workout pants with a K-mart shirt I bought about a month ago. I love the colours in this shirt, and it makes me feel like a “real gym person” with its racer back and fancy material. But mainly I just love it because it has pink on it!
After the gym I spent a good proportion of my day sitting at my desk studying. It was disgustingly hot, so I wore my favourite round-the-house dress. When I first bought this dress 2 and a bit years ago it was my favourite going-out-to-dinner-etc dress, with its spinny circle skirt and beautiful floral pattern. Unfortunately, the extra weight I have put on in the past year or so means that this dress is now scandalously short, and the pattern has sadly started to fade as well. It is still amazingly comfortable though, and being 100% cotton it is perfect for those stinking hot days when you want to be wearing as little clothing as is socially acceptable!
Sunday evening was a bit special for me, as I had a friends birthday party to attend in the city. This meant that I had the chance to get a bit dressed up, and I really enjoyed it! I wore my strawberry dress, which my mum made for me from a vintage 1950s pattern, and paired it with red lipstick, a flower crown and those ever-present Melissa’s. I had to walk a reasonable distance from the train station to the party, and as I was walking I passed two elderly individuals walking with a little girl whom I assume was their granddaughter. The little girl had stopped to look at my flower crown, and I heard the grandparents comment that “yes she looks very beautiful, doesn’t she”. I was absolutely touched to hear that, and was floating on a little bubble of happiness for quite a while after that! The bubble was helped by the wonderful party I got to go to – I got to sit in the sunshine, eating delicious food and catching up with friends I hadn’t seen in much longer that I would have liked. It was a really lovely way to end the week, and I still got home and in bed on time. Yay for bed!
Well, that’s it – every single outfit I wore for one entire week. Wait, I lie – there was one extra gym day where I forgot to take a photo before I went to the gym, and then I was too icky and sweaty after the gym to want to take a photo. So I guess I can only say that this is almost every outfit I wore for one entire week. I actually found it really enjoyable to write this post, so I hope you enjoy reading it, and find it interesting. I am really interested to see how much things change in the next six months, to see which outfits I can make winter appropriate and which ones get delegated to the back of the wardrobe.