Ups and Downs Vol. 2

Ups and Downs Vol. 2

Back-to-school Sneaker Lookbook

One of my first blog posts was a crash course on dressing up your sneakers. That was Dec 2016โ€ฆ I said Vol.2 will be out in the new year and Iโ€™ll โ€˜take you back to the streetโ€™!

And here we are today, 5 months deep into the 2017.๐Ÿ˜‚ (Better late than never, right?)

After 7 months of blogging, what I love the most are the awesome people that believe in me even though we've never met! ๐Ÿ˜ญ I was shocked to find out that some of my followers arenโ€™t from New Zealand or Australia. Theyโ€™re all the way out in Europe, Russia, Americaโ€ฆ It warms my heart to see how you guys actually bother reading and engaging in the content I create. ๐Ÿ’•

One of these amazing people is literally on the other side of the world - Poland! A beautiful, driven and smart high school student, Weronika is one of my first supporters. Every time I feel deflated about not getting the results I was after, or questioning myself whether or not I should keep blogging, it is people like Weronika that keep me going.

A little while ago, Weronika suggested that I should do a back-to-school lookbook. Itโ€™s a brilliant idea, except that I have no idea when students are back at school โ€˜cos my uni days are waaaaaaay behind me lolโ€ฆ But it doesnโ€™t stop me from dressing too young for my age! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

So here we are - Vikkipedia would like to dedicate this back-to-school sneaker lookbook to Weronika ๐Ÿ’•(as if Iโ€™m making a shout-out on the radio)! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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1. Adidas Superstar

No joke - I started wearing Adidas Superstar like 10000 years ago, long before the dinosaurs have gone extinct and everyone jumped on the 'Superstar bandwagon' as these shoes became the coolest โ€˜itโ€™ sneakers for the sport chic trend. 

As you can see, mine arenโ€™t in the freshest state - they are soooooo old! In fact, theyโ€™re from the Adidas Superstar 35th Anniversary limited edition collection, which means you canโ€™t get the exact same pair but you can easily get another colourway.

I styled these with "mom jeans" that cut off just above the ankle - perfect for showing off the shoe and making petite people like me look less stumpy. To fake having longer legs, I tucked in my top to raise my waistline.

I fell in love with the drape detailing at the back of this Rick Owens top! It's such an awesome purchase โ€˜cos you can totally dress it up or down. If you're not ready for a splurge, just swap the top with any fitted skivvies to recreate the look. Pop on some big hoop earrings and take yourself back to the 90โ€™s schoolyard! 

OUTFIT 1 DEETS

Top  |  Rick Owens
(Cheaper but just as cute alternative from Nordstrom)
Jeans  |  Topshop
SneakersAdidas Superstar
(More colourways via Loaded NZ)
Earrings  |  So old theyโ€™re probably from Ladies Market in Hong Kong ๐Ÿ˜‚
(Similar here)

2. Nike Huarache

Nike Huarache is like a flattering version of Reebok Pump. (I can feel Reebok Pump fans chucking eggs at me through their computer screens right now!) Huaraches have a lot of panels like Pumps but they leave the ankle bare, making them extremely versatile even for girl clothes! 

For this look I wore these drop crotch pants from Mercibeaucoup, with a Ruby white skivvy and an oversized denim jacket. (Believe it or not - Mercibeaucoup, is NOT a french label! (I didn't put the comma there by mistake - the brand mark actually includes the comma!) Itโ€™s a Japanese designer brand that does crazy clothes which a lot of us in NZ would be like, wtf - which is why I love their stuff.)

I completed this look with a I Love Ugly x Jansport school bag, stolen from my boyfriendโ€™s closet! 

Note: Thinking of copping some Huaraches? I suggest going half a size bigger. Iโ€™m normally an EU 36 / US 5.5 or 6 (w) / UK 3. I donโ€™t have wide feet but they run small even for me โ€˜cos these shoes are designed to wrap snugly around your feet like socks. You donโ€™t have much room to move if you get them at your usual size. 

OUTFIT 2 DEETS

Top  |  Ruby (Similar here)
Pants  |  Mercibeaucoup, (Similar here)
Sneakers  |  Nike Huarache
Denim Jacket  |  ASOS
School Bag  |  I Love Ugly x Jansport (Similar here)

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3. Nike Air Max Thea

These shoes are bomb! They are sooooooooo flattering. They make the widest feet - like the ones of Cinderellaโ€™s sisters who tried to jam their big fck-off hooves into the glass slipper, look slender. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I wore them with some denim dungarees and a sports bra. For more coverage, I wore a Charlieโ€™s Laundry bomber jacket over the outfit. To give this โ€œ#allblackeverything lookโ€ a pop of colour, I accessorised with an I Love Ugly 5 panel hat in red! 

Note: Theas are great shoes for everyday wear but theyโ€™re totally not made for playing basketball and being a poser like me, I actually bought a basketball as a prop for the shoot hahahahaโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜‚

I hope you found some cute outfit ideas for your next semester, term or whatever students call these โ€˜periods of timeโ€™ on the school calendar. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Now does anyone out there wanna see this lookbook on YouTube? Stay tuned! xx

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OUTFIT 3 DEETS

Bomber Jacket  |  Charlieโ€™s Laundry
Sports Bra  |  Alexander Wang x H&M (Similar here and here)
Overalls  |  Topshop
Hat  |  I Love Ugly
Choker  |  Bread and Butter Letter
Sneakers  |  Nike Air Max Thea