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How to be business and still be yourself

Photo by Grace Vipen

Photo by Grace Vipen

I am not a fashion blogger but I am great at showcasing my personality. As you may know I did Queensland Youth Parliament 2 weeks ago, this post is about how I kept my personality in a somewhat stifling environment. For example the dress code in Parliament house forbids shoulders like we still live in the 1800’s.

I had to buy clothes for Youth Parliament as my everyday dress is a t-shirt and jeans. I knew while looking for outfits that I couldn’t just buy new. New is expensive and also mostly the same as what everyone else will wear. While 90% of my wardrobe is black, I couldn’t just stick to black in this case. Most of my Parliamentary wear was purchased at Alice in Arcadeland, my local vintage store which I recommend highly if you are in or near Toowoomba.

Day 1 sitting in Parliament, I tried my best for Blair Waldorf. Plain white dress shirt (from nowhere I remember?), and a plaid skirt (vintage). Team this with black stockings, red shoes and a bow headband and instant Blair.

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Day 2 at Parliament House had to be fancy because we were meeting the Governor of Queensland after Parliament was done for the day. On this Wednesday I wore a check shirt (from Jay Jays, mens section) a bowtie and my ¾ sleeved blazer (from Crossroads). I also wore what someone described as grandpa pants (vintage), which if you have seen the new Ghostbusters myself and Holtzmann wear grandpa pants perfectly! Worn with an R.M.Williams belt and closed in heels.

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Day 3 was the simplest day in outfits. I wore my vintage Chistian Dior suit with a black dress shirt and flats.

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Day 4 last day in Parliament, also the day the PIE committee bill was up for debate. The PIE committee colour is red so most of the PIE committee had on red for this. On this day I wore simple black dress pants (from Crossroads), a black singlet, flats and a Minnie Mouse jacket (vintage) which was originally part of a costume, I promise it was fancy enough for Parliament. I don’t have a photo of just me on this day, sorry.

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Photo by Abby Ballard

Photo by Abby Ballard

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