My most recent holiday was a 7 day solo trip to Byron Bay and the Gold Coast in Australia. This was my first time visiting both of these places and they each definitely had their own vibe, so I enjoyed them both for different reasons.
Byron Bay is incredibly laid back with a colorful coastal small town energy. The weather is always warm and surfing is the life there so everyone was taking things slow and really friendly. The food I ate in Byron Bay was so good with tons of local and wholesome choices. I definitely ate some of the best dishes I’ve had while I was there. There are a ton of other small towns near Byron that I visited and they all offered the same cute community with a local business atmosphere.
The pace of the Gold Coast was a lot faster but still very laid back. The sun rises at around 5:50 a.m. so people tend to start their day really early. On my last day, I woke up for sun rise and went for a walk with my host and there was so many people already out and about. Surfing is a lifestyle there as well with tons of beaches along the coast offering great waves. There’s also a ton of high rises playing into that coastal beach life with amazing views.
I’ve got Snapshot posts for both Byron Bay and the Gold Coast coming which will detail everything that I got up to while vacationing on the coast. This post is all about the outfits that I wore. What I choose to wear for the day plays a huge role in my mood so when I pack for a trip, I make sure to pack outfits that are already put together.
During my entire trip the weather was ranging from 75 – 85 Fahrenheit (23 – 30 Celsius for my Aussies) so I finally got to wear a few summer pieces from my wardrobe that I bought at the beginning of winter.
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My first outfit is what I wore to the airport so it was super simple, warm, and comfy. The weather in the Gold Coast was much warmer than in Melbourne, so I made sure to wear something that wasn’t going to make me sweat bullets once I got off the plane. This Doodle Hoodie Sweatshirt is by Altru Apparel and I paired it with these Silver Glitter Cycle Shorts by Motel Rocks. Lastly, I wore my trusted Authentic Checkered Vans that go with pretty much every outfit.
My second outfit was an easy one with these A Street Aline Georgia denim jeans from Abrand that I absolutely love the wide leg cut and fit of. Not only do they fit well, but they are soft with a bit of stretch to them. I paired with my trusty checkered Vans and the top is a simple blue Adidas crop top that I got secondhand from one of my friends.
The star of my third look are these beige denim overalls that are secondhand and the perfect length for me. Underneath I’m wearing this white Heat No9 Tee from Wildfox that says “The Heat Is On'” although you can’t see it. I finally got to wear my new white Air Force 1 07’s with a yellow swoosh. Air Force 1’s are probably my favorite type of shoe because they’re comfortable from day one.
I spent some time at the beach and went to a day spa on day four so I wore a cute yellow two piece swim suit from Mink Pink called the Camille Bandeau Top (bottoms linked here, and here). I love bandeau style swim suit tops because you don’t have to worry about your boobs falling out like with triangle tops. I tied this Hawaiian style Super Large Silky Scarf from Urban Outfitters. It’s one of those pieces that can be worn so many different ways so it’s worth it for the price. Again, I wore my white Air Force 1 07’s with yellow swooshes to finish off the look along with these sick flame cut sunglasses from Trash Vintage in Byron Bay.
My fifth outfit included a white jumpsuit that I got secondhand from a friend. It’s super airy and lightweight, but the top half isn’t really my style so I might rework it into a nice pair of culotte style pants. Underneath I wore the Galloon Lace Halter Bralette from Free People along with this blue Regan Zip Hoodie from Wildfox. The one I got is a blue gradient, but there are a ton of other colors. The shoes I wore are these iridescent Converse that are blueish-green on one side and whiteish-pink on the other. They were part of a limited edition “Jewel Pack”, so unfortunately I don’t think you can get them anymore.
My sixth look is all thrifted except for the hat and shoes. My shirt says Los Angeles County Jail that I got at a Value Village in Minnesota and cropped myself. The shirt is layered on top of this awesome orange hawaiian print dress that I got from Retrostar Vintage in Melbourne. The hat I’m wearing is the Wave Bucket Hat in black from Lack of Color and the shoes are my white and yellow Air Force 1 ’07 sneakers.
This Lola One Piece tiger print swimsuit from SeaQueen Swim is the main focal point of this seventh outfit. Although the swimsuit is pretty pricey, I opted for the one piece version so I could wear it as a bodysuit too. (Here’s a link to a cheaper similar version from Urban Outfitters). The black shorts I wore are secondhand from a thrift store with the hem cut off leaving them raw. I finished off the look with my new favorite sunnies from Trash Vintage.
My final fit is another look that is entirely thrifted except for the hat and shoes. These awesome red pants are from a thrift store in Seattle and the Beijing 2008 cropped tank is from a thrift store in Houston. The sun was really beating down on my last day so I wore my favorite black Lack of Color Wave Bucket Hat again along with my easy to wear pair of checkered Vans.
I know a lot of the pieces that I wore are secondhand or sold out so you won’t be able to get the exact ones, but I hope they serve as style inspiration.
Which outfit was your favorite? Let me know in your comments.
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