After perusing hundreds upon hundreds of Australia Fashion Week Resort/Spring 2019 photos from Down Under (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, to be exact), we’ve come up with the following determinations that Australians obviously know:
That Thinning Ozone Layer Ain’t Gonna Fix Itself
If there’s one thing Aussies know about, it’s sun protection. With the world’s highest rate of skin cancer, when it comes to broad-brimmed hats, it’s not fashionable, it’s essential. On other words: Go Big or Go Home.
Statement Sunwear is the New Statement Necklace
Giant shields not only shield the eyes, but they look pretty darn cool as well. According to designer IAMGIA, statement sunglasses haven’t just replaced the statement necklace, they’ve replaced the statement earring as well.
Structure is Needed to Balance Sheer
Ruffles, tulle and lace were everywhere at Australia Fashion Week, but all that frou frou needs to be balanced. Designers added structured bags for textural contrast as well as weight. Light colors kept it all feminine.
Sometimes You Just Need a Big-Ass Bag!
Forget the minibag for now, oversized bags are trending, BIG time! Aussies are gearing up for Resort 19 with giant carryall bags that literally carry all the minibags you choose to put inside.
The Fisherman’s Net Bag is Self Cleaning
Ever accidentally dump half a bucket of sand out of your beach bag and onto your bed? The Fisherman’s Net bag solves this problem for Aussie beach lovers with wide open netting. Three designers can’t be wrong. Also known as the Market Bag, this solves the “paper or plastic” question as well.
Not Every Collar Needs a Shirt
Who says a collar needs to be attached to a shirt? Why can’t it live on its own as an updated type of neckwear? This retro-styled clip-on collar updates any open neckline, whether in matching or contrasting hues.
Prayer: We’re Gonna Need It
Maybe it’s the “Heavenly Bodies” Met exhibit effect, maybe it’s just the bad news that’s on constant rotation, but we predict people are going to be turning to prayer, even just as a fashion statement. Whether generic prayer beads or more pointed religious references, we’ll take the help where we can get it.
Being Starstruck is a Permanent State of Mind
Stars continue to be one of fashion’s favorite motifs, and even though people Down Under view constellations in a different sky, they love them all the same. We love stars scattered in the hair, applied to cheeks, and woven into jewelry.
Scarves & Necklaces Needn’t Be an Either/Or Proposition
Can’t decide on a demure scarf or a multi-chain necklace? Pair them together for an altogether fresh look.
The Only Dusting Worth Doing is Shoulder Dusting
Super long earrings, particularly super-long fringe earrings, continue to be the best options for off-the-shoulder dressing.
A Belt Bag is a Bathing Suit’s Best Accessory
Running to the snack bar? Taking a long walk along the beach and want to bring your phone? Leave the tote bag on your towel and bring a hip belt bag, particularly one large enough to hold your sunscreen.
All photos from FirstView