TESS HEWAT, 23
I AM IN Dandenong Road, Prahran. Near the corner of Chapel Street.
I AM A full-time student at Monash University (pre-service teacher, if you want to get technical).
I AM WEARING The very trusty and ever-so-faithful Reeboks, my mum's vintage Jag jeans and belt, a chunky knit from Urban Outfitters and a headband (I think it was from Zara), which I actually originally got as an alternative for a fascinator a few years ago but pull out on the occasion when dry shampoo isn’t cutting the mustard. My earrings were formerly my roommate's, but she gave them to me just recently. Also, my bag is by the brand Matt and Nat, and is made entirely from recycled plastic bottles; it was expensive, but worth it because of the "good for the environment" label it comes with.
MY STYLE IS
Tess Hewat: In the mood for colour.Credit:Portia Conyers-East
Well, today it’s all about colour! I actually don’t like the colour pink, if you can believe it, but on cold days like today you have to dress loud to compensate, and I read somewhere that dressing in colours can actually improve your mood. Because I’m currently doing placement as part of my teaching degree, I like to try to start my students’ day with a good dose of bright (today pink) positivity. As I move into my career as a teacher, I want to stick to the theme of dressing playfully to make my students feel happy.
I ADMIRE THE STYLE OF There’s probably not one particular icon I admire, as I’m definitely fluid with my fashion sense dependent on my mood, or the occasion! I have a close-knit group of friends and we chop and change clothes between each other; in particular, one friend I’ve always admired for being able to rock whatever the day brings her is @shanprimroseart.
MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP Are probably op-shops! Savers in Brunswick is always a good lazy weekend treat.
MY BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE WAS Probably those fluorescent headbands from Supre – you know, the thin elastic with the bow glued to the top? They were all the rage back in grade two (primary school) and I was no exception, much to the dismay of my future self (there is photo evidence).
WHEN I WAS A KID I WORE My Mum used to make my clothes when I was growing up. We’re talking corduroy overalls, frilly linen pants etc. My sister and I are two years apart, but she would dress us the same and people would mistake us as twins, which would drive my sister nuts!
I WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD IN Well, to be honest, it’s hard to say what I would never be caught dead in because my friends and I love an occasion to dress up! But I’d probably have to say thongs and socks … not even a shameless morning letterbox dash justifies that awkward stranded-on-the-toes look!
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