Walk through the main strip of any Sydney suburb and you're bound to notice a difference in what women are wearing. It's inevitable to find that people dress appropriately for the area's vibe and types of activities that suburb holds, which is one of the single greatest things about living in this amazing city. Since this month we're focusing on style tribes and how our cultural upbringing influences our personal style, we put the spotlight on five Sydney fashion girls living in different suburbs to see how driving 20 minutes in any direction can change a woman's winter style.
Not surprisingly, most Sydneysiders are influenced by the seaside lifestyle, incorporating a lot of denim, as well as incorporating effortless hair and makeup looks. And while each suburb's style differs slightly, one thing holds true — Sydney girls are always out and about and on the go. Whether that's hanging out by the beautiful beaches, or having a long brunch with friends. We certainly know how to make the most of our city, all while managing to embrace effortless looks.
Keep scrolling to read how fashion girls across Sydney dress and shop the most popular looks.
"There is a real feel of the magic of old Cronulla that's not lost on the community, who consist of sunrise swimmers, chilled-out surfer kids, and bike riders on their way to yoga. As the weather cools down, denim cut-offs are swapped out for vintage Levis 501s—they get better with every wash and wear, and never go out of style. And overalls are a staple all year round. Worn layered with a warm cosy knit for cooler weather, they are also perfect with just a bikini underneath in summer. Finally, a pair of round, metal-framed sunglasses to shade eyes from all that winter sun!"—Dee Jenner of Details
"Balmain women definitely have beautiful style—a lot of high-end designers, tailored dressing. I have lived in the suburb for two years now. Initially it was a lot of families with young children, which lends to it being a really quite suburb. And it boasts so many, many amazing cafes and I think the best coffee in Sydney! Over the last 14 months, more and more young creatives have moved to the area. Within the street I live in there are six creatives in all different areas—film, TV, web, and fashion."—Ally Hayward
"Without getting too many eye rolls, it's worth clarifying Bondi does have a few different sub-cultures and the fashion is different in each one. Speaking directly to North Bondi, which is more young families, creatives and young professionals, there's a real sense of freedom and relaxation on the weekend. People who are usually buttoned-up or in heels take it down more than a few notches with denim, sneakers, and sandals. I would absolutely say North Bondi locals have a weekend wardrobe that is comfortable, but still styled. Weekend life revolves around time at the north end of the beach—maybe drinks and a barbecue with friends, afternoon cocktails, doing the coastal walk, or having a long brunch."—Alison Rice
"Glebe is known for its Saturday markets—people travel from all around the city to rummage for a good find. The suburb has a real village and community feel, so you start to recognise familiar friendly faces. I always see women in bars, cafes, and restaurants wearing leather jackets (usually look like they're of the vintage variety), with high-waisted jeans, and circle Ray-Bans."—Amanda Stavropoulos
"The lower north shore is very relaxed, quite suburban, and no one takes themselves too seriously. It's kind of like a secret community where we tell all our friends from the other side of the bridge to come over and visit, but really we could happily keep our pristine harbour beaches and chilled local hot spots to ourselves. Activewear is certainly popular, it's a lot of high street insertion, such as Uniqlo worn with Lululemon and The Upside paired with Stan Smith sneakers."—Sara Crampton