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Denim Styling With Calexico

posted by Michaela Petrofes May 29, 2015 1 Comment

Throughout the month of May, Calexico Australia have been celebrating all things denim for ‘Denim Month’ to raise awareness for Jeans for Genes. Last week Calexico held an in store Denim Workshop for their loyal shoppers at the James Street boutique and special guest Will Allan, from Citizens of Humanity, was there to speak about all things denim, how to wear different styles and what works best on your body type.

The morning kicked off with happy shoppers trying on piles of Calexico denim while nibbling on gorgeous cupcakes inspired by the wardrobe staple we have come to know and love. It was every denim lovers dream come true!

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Shortly after, Will talked us through how we can really rock every style of denim this winter. For Will, the look that is really making a comeback is the flared jean circa 1970.  Will admitted that he never expected the flare style to grace the sidewalks quite so soon, however he said he is pleasantly thrilled about all things wide leg for winter 2015.

If you’re one of those ladies who steers clear of flares for the fear of excess denim bunching awkwardly at the feet, fear not. Will said the typical flare – tight at the top and flared below the calf – actually lengthens your legs (we love them pair with a heeled ankle boot for a couple of extra centimetres), so if you’re a short gal join me in praise and embrace flares this winter, for Mr Will Allan is a jean-ious!

The boyfriend style is also set to continue its reign as a major trend of the coming season, but this time around the style is cleaner and slimmer than we have seen in the past. Opting for a pair that is slightly fitted and lacking in rips, the folk at Calexico created a feminine look while still giving off borrowed-from-the-boyfriend vibes.

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Will also confirmed something that we firmly believe in despite the controversy…. and that’s double denim. Denim on denim is BACK and is here for the long haul people! The trick to really pulling off the 90’s trend a la Britney and K-Fed is to put your lighter denim shades on top and leave the your darker hues for the bottom half. This adds a bit more character to the look rather than having the same shades throughout the entire outfit. If you’re a first timer with the trend, Will suggests putting a striped top or even a plain white tee poking out from your denim jacket to break up the blue a little bit. It’s all about baby steps!

Before the event, I thought I had a handle on denim – they’re just jeans after all! But upon leaving I felt empowered with what Will had shared with us and have never felt more determined to find my perfect pair. To top off the perfect morning, a donation was made to Jeans for Genes with every purchase made in store. This year Jeans for Genes day is on Friday 7 August 2015 – to get your workplace involved or to donate, simply head to http://www.jeansforgenes.org.au/.

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Brisbane’s Top 16 Independent Fashion Boutiques

posted by Danielle Lewis January 10, 2014 20 Comments

After spending 2013 carefully researching (read: shopping!) I have put together a list of my favourite tried and tested independent fashion boutiques that are guaranteed excellent customer service, selection of labels and all-round fashion inspiration. Including a little map for each to get you there!

1. Jules & Roc – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Jules & Roc have an awesome selection of labels, and I find something every time I go in there. Stocking labels such as; Ellery, Maurie & Eve, Alice McCall, Camilla and Marc, Bec & Bridge, Peep-Toe and loads more!

2. Beau in the Woods – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

The Beau in the Woods concept boutique on James St stocks, of course, their eponymous fashion label, and a hand-picked selection of Australian and International labels. I love the selection of jewellery and candles!

3. Shugah Boutique – Cannon Hill – Google Map

Shugah stocks on-season looks and colours at super affordable prices, so you can buy something new every weekend!

4. Adore Boutique – Tarragindi – Google Map

With labels like Shakuhachi, House of Harlow and Finders Keepers, Adore Boutique is a suburbian dream!

5. Alexis Dawn – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

I can’t go past Alexis Dawn’s own label for fantastic monochrome basics.

6. Sunday Social – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Sunday Social is one of my favourites in Winn Lane, they have a precisely curated selection of vintage and rare clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, as well as other fantastic knick-knacks. There is always something new to hunt for and it’s so easy to spend hours scouring the racks and examining each unique piece.  The quality of the vintage items is second to none.

7. Blonde Venus – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

Seriously a Brisbane institution. Blonde Venus owner and buyer Thea has truly been a part of building Brisbane’s fashion identity and if you need any convincing read her story here. And whilst the boutique has been responsible for introducing us to a huge array of Australian and International labels over the years; they are currently stocking – Antipodium, 1989, Clare Vivier, Christopher Esber and more.

8. Calexico – Fortitude Valley – Google Map

A relative new-comer to the James Street Precinct, Calexico boasts amazing Australian and International labels such as ALC, AG Jeans, ACNE and Isabel Marant. And I am absolutely in LOVE with their blog, currently taking you behind the scenes on their buyers New York fashion buying trip!

9. Kylie Ryan – Coorparoo – Google Map

A south-side gem, Kylie Ryan stocks a fantastic array of women’s clothing, shoes and handbags. All of the pieces are unique and exotic ensuring you won’t turn up to a party looking like anyone but your fabulous self!


10. Denim Co. – South Bank – Google Map

Fashion and food… two of my favourite things! Denim Co is a fashion boutique with a coffee shop out the front, the labels are sensational and the coffee even better. They have the best selection of J Brand jeans in Brisbane and their buyer and Stylist Soph is fabulous and always up for a chat!

11. Miss Henry – Paddington – Google Map

A little hole in the wall in Paddington and a must-visit!

12. Princess Polly – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

Affordable, on trend, colourful, cheerful – I love popping into Polly for some fashion inspiration! Labels include May, MinkPink and their own eponymous label.

13. Ra Ra Superstar – Paddington – Google Map

Vintage Ra Ra heaven! Ra Ra Superstar is a quirky Brisbane label inspired by vintage dreams and your nan’s fudge cake… stop in to see their latest collection and perhaps a glass of lemonade.

14. The Happy Cabin – West End – Google Map

Stocking a wonderful array of mens and women’s wear inspired by meeting the needs of the world’s sexy lumberjacks and dorky girls. 20-something-year old Leah has joined forces with friends Mim and Jordan to create the Tall Trees Espresso bar now neatly alongside The Happy Cabin. A must visit!

15. The Robe – The Barracks – Google Map

A gorgeous women’s lifestyle boutique featuring gorgeous silk loungey pants, colourful beads and gorgeous unique clutches. There’s something for every one and every home.

16. Verge Girl – Brisbane CBD – Google Map

A lover’s dream… bralettes, crop-tops, jumpsuits and playful prints strewn across the store….



BONUS: Brisbane Online Fashion

1. Beginning Boutique

The gorgeous Sara opened Beginning Boutique in 2008 and has since grown into a huge online fashion empire (check out over 380,000 Facebook fans!) and services the needs of every festival-going, fashion lover in Australia… now taking on the world! Great labels including One Teaspoon, Cameo, Karen Walker and Keepsake.

2. Chi the Label

Chiquita Searle is one of the most determined women I know, launching her self-titled label for women in business who wanted to dress well. Visit her website and sign up to be notified of upcoming styling events.

3. Lovefox

Meaghan from Lovefox is truly passionate about great fashion. Hand picking every item that is stocked in her online boutique. This careful curation has led to a fantastic online experience, stocking labels such as Talulah, We Are Handsome, Staple The Label, May and August Street. A must-click!


Have we missed any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below!


Images via Beau in the Woods, Lovefox, Camilla and Marc and Eselah The Label.