As I still follow the UK news and occasionally visit the motherland, not to mention scouring Pinterest, I keep track of all the Northern Hemisphere fashions. This can be somewhat frustrating as, of course, when it’s winter here I’m looking at summer trends and vice versa. Last Christmas, UK winter, Australian summer – keep up at the back and stop humming that Wham song – I was in Blighty and as far as the eye could see it was Nordic jumpers. Men, women, children, I expect even well-dressed hounds, were wearing Sarah Lund-inspired knitwear. A-ha! I thought, come July (winter in Melbourne, yes, it takes a while to get used to), everyone will be wearing Nordic knitwear.
If only life were that simple. Unfortunately, the trends undergo a Chinese-whisper type process in their seasonal migration across the planet. This can result in some very unpredictable mutations. So it was that on Monday, on the train home, I observed my first Australian reinterpretation of Nordic chic: ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Nordic legging. There were reindeers on her knees! Truly, one should never underestimate the Antipodean teen girl’s attachment to leggings worn as trousers (or pants, if you must) tucked into knock-off Uggs.
So, it is with a sense of trepidation, I note that in the top half of the world the ladies are currently wearing pastels and neon. In a country that has absolutely no use for the Christmas jumper, what day-glo fashion mash ups will be on display this summer?