Fashion Friday: Focus

Me tucking my hair behind my ear while sitting down with my bag next to me

You know trends? Yeah, I always said I didn’t follow them, but I lie… sometimes I do. But I only follow trends that I believe look good on me. Like off-shoulder tops. I think that they look good on me and I feel confident in them. Apart from the grief associated with strapless bras coming down, nipple covers falling off and not noticing until you get to work and you are wearing a white top (yes that totally happened), or the whole top likely falling off the shoulders, I do like them. I also like my shoulders. 💪

Close up shot of me holding my hair back from the wind
Holding my hair back from the wind

Off-shoulder tops are trendy now and they may no longer be trendy in a matter of months. But I’d hope that 99% of the time in the next few years, if I maintain my shape and figure (and my nice shoulders), off-shoulder tops will continue to look good on me. I bought this black top in Perth, from a boutique store that actually sold items from Melbourne designers (haha). It was a little on the pricey side at $59 but I couldn’t resist. I tried on a couple of other tops and dresses in a similar textured cotton material, but they didn’t look quite right. I like the blend of materials in this top, and that the bottom half is made from chiffon. The top half of the top ends at just the right length. I think it’d look odd if it ended at a longer length – I’m short, so clothes cropped above the hip are better.

That said, I was a little worried about the dipped back, because of my height. Tops and dresses have to be at just the right length so I don’t look short if the vertical line “cuts off” at the wrong part of my leg. I find that most unaltered pieces of clothing require me to wear heels to offset the “short” look they give me. (I also don’t like spending money on alterations.)

‼️ Wait, look closely! If you have a look at the photos in the post, one of them is actually Photoshopped. A girl walked right past as Nick was taking the photo and I was in between poses, so it would have been the perfect shot, had she not walked right into it, and photobombed by grinning excessively. I was practically fuming as we looked through the photos because we didn’t get another shot of me in exactly the same pose, and none were good, so, well, after almost crying, I took to Photoshop to erase the girl from the photo. I will be sharing the original photo at the end, so you can try to guess which one is Photoshopped.

Me standing side-on in the mall to show the length of the back of my top
My top has a dipped chiffon back
A view from behind me, with my top flowing in the wind
You can see my top flowing in the wind

But I liked this top and I was totally willing to work with it. I favoured the asymmetrical hem as I have my cat-print top just like it. And I love that the sleeves have a bit of a structured bell shape to them, without being too much. The body of the top is also rather fitted, compared to other similar off-shoulder tops I have seen that have an A-line or are “baggy”. It’s a bit more flattering.

I got a haircut earlier this week. My hair was just giving me so much grief. I am growing it out for our wedding but I am also looking forward to cutting it at shoulder length (or shorter) afterwards. I would like short, manageable hair for a change! I went to the hairdresser I usually go to for my cuts, a Korean place in Sydney. There are always new employees there, though. A lovely lady cut my hair and she was very good. She was confident and she knew exactly what to do when I explained what I wanted. She layered my hair so well! 😍

Me posing in the middle of Pitt Street Mall, slightly side-on
I really like this outfit as a whole!

I love these custom Vans I got from Campaign Monitor. I love them so much, even small scuffs and specs of dirt got me down. I am trying so hard to keep them fresh, white and clean. 😊 They are so comfortable to walk in and wear. I had a pair of heels under my desk at work that I was planning to change into, but these wouldn’t budge from my feet! 😂

Close up side shot of my shoes with the streets in the background
Side shot of Vans

It’s probably not even worth mentioning my Topshop jeans again – they have made far too many appearances in the past six months. They are still super comfortable and stretch just enough. The only minor gripe I have is with the elastic in the rips – they stretch because naturally your pants stretch at the knees – but it results in slight odd bagginess of the elastic sometimes. Then again, ripped jeans are ripped jeans… so… 😅

We forgot to take a proper photo of my nails, hence the strange indoor picture. 😆 I got these in the limited edition Monthly Mani Kit from Scratch. I might pause my subscription for a couple of months as I want to use polish for a little bit, and I have some wraps to last me for a couple of months down the track.

Close up shot of my ocean-patterned nail wraps
My ocean nails (photo taken in my room haha) 🌊
Me sitting on some interestingly-arranged seating in Pitt Street Mall
Sitting on a small bench in Pitt Street Mall

A hundred thanks to Liz for coming up with the name for this outfit: “because it draws attention – the style of the top; the ripped jeans; the bright shoes”. It’s all too true. Every item would draw attention on their own (even the earrings – you didn’t think about that, did you?), but as a whole, they work pretty well, too.

Close up of my earrings, one purple stud, one silver bar stud, and one silver triangle stud
I made the choice of simple earrings
Me, on-side, smiling with my head slightly turned to my left
Obligatory “testing shot” that Nick takes of my face when smiling

📷 All photography (except shot of my nails) by Nicholas Cooke. ❤️

🖌 Photoshopping thanks to my shitty artistic skills.

Outfit details

Me leaning against a pillar with some streets in the background
Me leaning against a pillar

Here is the non-edited photo with the photobomber, that I posted on Twitter:

You can probably now tell which photo is Photoshopped. It took a good forty minutes to fix it up, and my Photoshop skills are really not that good. In fact, I’d say this was a challenge for me, haha.

Edit: From the one photo, it might look like an innocent photobomb, but we were standing there for five minutes getting the same shot in the same place. It was obvious from the other photos Nick took in the same time window that she was not considerate of a photo being taken of a subject. She was grinning in all the shots in the background even when she was further away, and she walked in the background of the photo without staying to the side or even moving. She had no remorse for walking right through the shot and made it a point of walking very close to me.

Serious question: Did you spot the photo I ’shopped?
Second serious question: Just how good is my Photoshopping out of 10?

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Off-shoulder tops do fit you! You definitely have nice shoulders, so it’s good to show them off . . . though the bra woes don’t sound quite as fun 😆;; That is a unique top. The longness in the back is not something for me, but it flatters your figure.

Your haircut looks nice! I love it when hair stylist cuts it the way you want. The layering job she did is lovely. The ocean nails (so pretty!) and the Vans complement your outfit well.

You photoshopped it well. I would have never guessed which one was photoshopped, which shows just how well you did it 😊 This was a lovely FF post, and I enjoyed seeing the streets there!

oh heeey, i spotted uniqlo in the background! #wrongfocus

anyway, i love how off shoulder tops look on you. i personally like off shoulder tops but i never worn them because i’m just afraid they’ll slide off my shoulders and then i’ll freak out for being naked. okay, kidding. but you know what i mean. plus, i think they’re only fitting for people with good shoulder shape haha i’m so insecure!

also love your vans sneakers! i personally prefer non-slip ons when i wear sneakers but gotta love yours for its pattern and colors 😄

last but not least, good photoshop skill! i barely realized it tbh. i wish i’m as good with photoshop too. i fit better with illustrator (then again, i don’t do photo manips; i use illustrator to create design mock-ups so duuh, different goal 😛)

I saw the original tweet. I’m sorry i laughed as I thought it was a spontaneous error. If it was more intentional then that’s wierd and annoying. The city setting of these photos are really nice though and I like the top, even if I wouldn’t have the courage to wear it. the only time I wore an off shoulder top it kept falling off…

i really love those ocean nails too.

Huhu, you managed to get that girl out then! Amazing photoshop skills~ 1000/10

I really like this outfit, and this is something I would actually wear on the daily, except perhaps not off-shoulder top but a blouse or t-shirt. It’s too cold for off-shoulder, kakaka.

I love love love the top, though!

I had a feeling it was that shot that was photoshopped as it was the most crowded place. I think you did a great job with it! She definitely knew you were taking photos, some people photo bomb accidently but that was clear deliberate.

I like the top and it really suits you, I don’t know what it is about me and off the shoulder tops but they never stay where they’re supposed to so I’m constantly readjusting them or risk looking lop sided!

I love your nails! The way the photo has been taken you can’t tell it was done in your room! Just looks like a close up, and it could have been taken anywhere.

I LOVE this outfit – as I’ve said on Twitter 😂

I have an obsession with off-the-shoulder tops and dresses. In fact, I think all the clothes I packed for my holiday next week is off-the-shoulder style haha! I love your shoulders too, show them off! 😘

Haha, I was laughing so much at your tweet about the photobomb. I know exactly how that feels, omg #relatable. Sometimes it’s the best photo I’ve ever taken but I can never seem to photoshop it well enough so that’s not obvious. I think you did an awesome job! 😉

The testing shot is my favourite 😍 You’re incredibly beautiful, Georgie!

You can’t really tell it was edited! Some people can be so stupid.

But anyway, I love your outfit! The top is so cute! And so are your shoes!

10/10 for photoshopping, Georgie! I wouldn’t have noticed at all if you hadn’t mentioned it. I can’t believe she did that, it’s so annoying! Glad you managed to fix it so well.

I love your outfit! I’ve never actually owned an off the shoulder top, but they look great. And your Topshop jeans are fab. The pair I own are now too big for me, so when I reach my target weight I’ll definitely be going to Topshop!

Stop making me jealous of your nails! They’re always perfect!

I love your outfit, Georgie and I really like how off-shoulder tops looks on you!
This outfit is so casual yet so feminine!

Your photoshopping is 💯!

This is my favorite outfit of yours. 😏 And I got to name it. 😏😎😏😎

I especially love the shoes and the jeans. I’d personally wear a more relaxed top with just one of the shoulders hanging off. 😆

It’s still weird how our styles are similar, but just slightly different (mine is edgier, yours is more serious). 😼 It makes me eeee.