Street Seen: My mood can dictate what I put on

Street Seen: My mood can dictate what I put on


I AM AT the Conservatory, Fitzroy Gardens.

Bella Chwasta: Her style crosses fashion genres.

Bella Chwasta: Her style crosses fashion genres.

Photo: Emily Marr

I AM AN arts student and a musician.

I AM WEARING a denim dress by a Melbourne designer called Dress Up. My top is from a brand that I can't remember, it's yellow and has flower embroidery on the sleeves. The boots I'm wearing are from Bared, which I work for. It's a shoe brand where all the shoes are designed by a podiatrist so they are all super comfortable and stylish. My earrings and rings are by Mavro, which is a Melbourne designer. She is my cousin's cousin. I'm very much drawn to Melbourne brands. I find that they're better quality and they don't exploit their workers like a lot of big brands do.

MY STYLE IS always changing. I sometimes have a colour scheme that I use but I don't have a specific style. I see what I wear as (like) my music tastes: I like what I like and I don't really have a set genre that I enjoy. So when it comes to clothes there's no set style, it's just when I see something if I like it, I'll get it and I'll wear it. But it also depends on how I feel when I get up in the morning so my mood does dictate what I put on.


I ADMIRE THE STYLE OF my mum. I dress very similarly to how she did when she was my age. She would always buy really expensive shoes and clothes as well, but she always bought local brands and stuff out of the ordinary. She didn't really follow trends and she didn't have anyone that she admired in terms of fashion either. She was very much herself and I admire that.

MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP are online, in bed. I purchase most of my things from Penny Lane, which is a Facebook group that people post designer stuff on. I get a lot of things from Dress Up, Sister Studios and Verner. I tend to stick to the same brands but I mostly shop on the secondhand Facebook groups and op-shops too. I buy a lot of Rolla's stuff as well. There's also a brand called Oats that I buy from. It's a girl and her mum in Melbourne and they make all their clothes to order, which is really nice. It's in their home, it's mother-daughter bonding and it just seems more real because you know where it's coming from.

MY BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE WAS I don't really think of what I've worn as a fashion mistake. At the time those items are really cool so I guess you kind of just own it. But, I'm in the process of moving out and have been going through my wardrobe. In Year 6 I had these awful Doc Martens, which come up to mid-calf and have a huge snake print coming up the side. I used to wear them with skinny jeans and a leather jacket and I thought I was so cool. I look back at the photos now and think about how awful it looks but my sister says I should bring them back.

WHEN I WAS A KID I WORE overalls and turtlenecks. I wear those now too so I guess fashion doesn't really change. I have a twin so my mum would dress us in matching outfits, not identical ones, but different colours of the same thing.

I WOULD NEVER BE CAUGHT DEAD IN I don't think there is anything because I'll probably say something but then you'll see me wearing it sometime. I also don't want to say anything because fashion is so individual and I don't want to offend anyone.

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