This post introduces you to the typical weather of the maritime continent, explains what is referred to as maritime continent and features six fashionable women over 40 living in this region. It shows that casual doesn’t equal frumpy or unfashionable.
- Ageless Style in a casual way
- The typical weather on the maritime continent
- Rachel Wernicke at Redcliffe Style
- Anna Marcus at Looking Fabulous at Fifty
- Anna at Kremb de la Kremb
- Elsie Davies at The Cooking Wardrobe
- Shelly Bowdin at A FABulous Journey
- More on dressing for climate
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Ageless Style in a casual way
There is this prejudice that casual outfits in Australia and New Zealand are even more casual than the casual style in the US, which is more more casual than in Europe. A while ago, I wrote a post on a handful of stylish over 40 fashion bloggers in Europe. In today’s post, let’s have a look at some fashion and style bloggers living on the maritime continent including Australia.
The typical weather on the maritime continent
The cultural environment and weather affect how we dress. The maritime continent and the northern coastal regions of Australia are governed by tropical rain forest, tropical monsoon or tropical wet or dry Savannah climate. The former has more or less daily rain, while the later have climates have a distinct rain season. In tropical climates, every month of the year has an average temperature of 64.4 F (18oC) or more.
Sounds like summer clothes, right?
Australian winters are relatively mild without great contrast to summer temperatures like they exist on the North American and European continents. Most of the population lives along the coasts where climate is less extreme than in the center of Australia. The center of the Australia is mostly desert and Savannah. Wildfires are a natural part of the landscape evolution.
The mild to hot climate calls for casual cool clothes for thermal comfort. Form a (fashion) history point of view, the maritime continent was influenced by immigration from all continents.
Environment and cultural background influence style.
Rachel Wernicke at Redcliffe Style
Rachel at Redcliffe Style lives in Brisbane. She dresses with the attitude “Style is where you find it.” She pushes the boundaries of office wear by mixing casual with “tough-pretty” style elements. She gets a nice romantic twist on the evergreen casual classic of a white shirt with jeans that was made famous by the iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe in this look. Rachel’s take on this look is an eyelet white shirt with a medium wash pair of jeans. In the cool season, she sticks with denim in all variations like the denim dress in the photo below. She styles an off-duty casual look even more casual without getting into frumpy territory. She just throws on the perfect stylish denim or long, light, printed summer dress. It works as she uses the right number of accessories. Learn more on how to have Romantic Style over 50 in the post at the link.
Anna Marcus at Looking Fabulous at Fifty
Anna at Looking Fabulous at Fifty immigrated from the former USSR, and has been living in Sydney, Australia for the last 20+ years. She pairs unexpected pieces together that on first thought don’t sound right together that they do just that, feeling right. She breaks fashion rules without any fear like only wear a double-breasted jacket with jeans or pants. A pencil skirt with a double-breasted jacket? She gets it right! A leopard print pencil skirt at the office? Yes, please! Booties and a midi skirt? Socks and pumps anyone? Sure, no problem. She pulls these tricky looks off and it feels so right. I never saw a look of her that did not feel right.
Elsie Davies at The Cooking Wardrobe
Elsie Davies at The Cooking Wardrobe is a 40+ blogger originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, who is living in Australia. She blogs about food and style with an African twist. I love the great color combinations of her outfit choices. She combines prints and pattern and color in one outfit like nobody else and it looks awesome. She mixes classic pieces with African accessories for a unique twist. She also masters to wear bright statement colors like they were neutrals. Aren’t these orange looks awesome? When you are a foodie who loves great colorful outfits, her blog is one you may want to bookmark.
Imogen at Inside Out Style
Imogen at Inside Out Style is a certified stylist and color consultant, and also offers style courses. While you can find many very helpful reviews, style and beauty tips on her blog, my favorite posts of hers are those showing her own outfits. She knows how to make her eyes pop and her skin glow. She creates outfits with just one color that one wouldn’t even think of calling them monochromatic. <3 Read more about how to style interesting monochromatic looks in this guide.
Shelly Bowdin at A FABulous Journey
Shellie Bowdoin at The Fabulous Journey was raised in the South of the US. She has lived and worked in the Philippines for more than the last two decades. On her blog, she writes about fashion, fitness, fulfillment, and how to lose weight and keep it off. In my opinion, she is the stateless Queen of the dress-over-pants look. She never misses to nail the look, no matter whether the dress is casual or glam, or posh. She even adds another layer and it looks perfect! I love her style!
Anna at Kremb de la Kremb
Anna at Kremb de la Kremb is a qualified stylist, who was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She has been living over-seas for nearly two decades and now blogs out of Hong Kong. On her blog, she shares her style with her readers. Her secret, be confident in what you wear. The multi-cultural influences from living overseas and her frequent travels have infiltrated in her style making her one of my favorite street style bloggers over 40. Her layering is incredible! She definitively could move to Alaska and survive a winter in style.
More on dressing for climate
Do you want to read more on typical dressing in the various regions of the world? Here is a list of the regions that have already be covered.
- Great fashion bloggers over 40 from the Pacific Northwest
- Stylish European fashion bloggers over 40
- Texan fashionistas dressing for the heat
- Eastern European 40+ style bloggers you should know
- How to dress for humid subtropical climate
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