Sydney's sky had split in half this past fortnight, like a celestial dam, ruthlessly drenching anything under its domain. But come Sunday, it was blissfully clear and living up to its name. Bondi is a culture very much shaped by its beach, there are more healthier options available and its fashion possesses a type of floatiness and unapologetic splashes of colour. I myself, was here for the Bondi Markets which are held every Sunday, finally. After almost half a year of half hearted plans, I finally left my footprint.
Like every market, there's a thrumming energy both from the vendors and the people excitedly checking out their wares. Especially since Christmas is approaching, there's no shortage of unique gifts for loved ones. Personally, I venture into markets specifically for girls who are clearing out their wardrobes for more extravagant purchases, thus making them more willing to part with their belongings at a more sweeter price rather than to scope out the wares of up and coming designers. Bondi's markets aren't as large as Rozelle and Glebe, but it's worth the visit, especially for the beach, the smorgasbord of healthy restaurants and its own beach derived fashion.
I was feeling discouraged until I happened across the back of the markets where two groups of girls were selling off their wardrobe castoffs. Thank god. But like I mentioned earlier, there were more at Rozelle and Glebe.
Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
After excavating the Markets, I carried myself to the boutiques that dotted Bondi. Fashion in Sydney typically revolves around shades of monochrome, and silhouettes that play with structure and with an emphasis on denims. I myself, prefer anything that is delightfully quirky, whether it be its patterns or shape and anything that plays with classic elements with a subtle twist. So you can see why most of the style offered by Sydney designers aren't my cup of proverbial tea.
124 Roscoe & Gould St, Bondi Beach
Eh, please forgive me but I seem to have had a bout of forgetfulness and forgot to take a picture of the shop front and name... But if you ever visit Bondi, all of these stores are within walking distance of each other. Predictably, I'm drawn to the pastel shades and their feminine grace.
This place is the one stop place for everything designer, whether it be for Rag & Bone denim, Jeffrey Campbell shoes, Alexander Wang... you can breathe easily knowing it'll be here. Have to say, I touched a pair of $1000 pants for the first time in my life that day. Helmut Lang. Leather. Was sorely tempted to try them out in order to say now I know what it feels like to be wearing 500 on each leg but didn't want to risk stretching it haha.
11/178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Housing many designers under its umbrella, allow it to cater to a wide myriad of styles that would typically clash with one another. But as it dips its brush into the same colour palette, it would lend itself to tentative attempts of foraying into other styles with a surefire safety net. In additon to this, it also carries furniture, lifestyle, homewares and beauty products.
Shop 4, 95 Gould St, Bondi Beach
I'm not entirely sure if this is the actual name of the store or if the charity store had commandeered it. I would say this sits between a consignment and a thrift store. Home to more designer labels but at a more friendlier price. Nevertheless, it's worth checking out especially since it's located in a more wealthier suburb.
Charity store, open Tuesday and Sunday
5 Hall St, Bondi Beach
This store alone captures the very essence of Bondi which is very bohemian and eclectic.
In Between Tangerine
80 Gould St, Bondi Beach
Now doesn't this seem familiar? A Bondi branch! It seems almost redundant taking photos of vintage stores but then again, how can I deny you from experiencing something so aesthetically pleasing?
u turn recycled fashion
10 Hall St, Bondi Beach
Another place that is the epitome of Bondi.Very colourful with loose kaftans and generally everything loose so that it dances in the breeze.
Bombardment of kaleidoscopic patterns without compromising comfort. As mentioned, the key elements to Bondi.
Shop 4, 87 Gould St, Bondi Beach
|Sportsgirl Jeans ($8, Charity Shop), Sunglasses, Mirror Belt, Floral Playsuit, Zara Gold Stud Collar Shirt, Floral Short Sleeve Chiffon Top, Cat Eye Sunglasses (all $5 each at Bondi Markets), Princess Highway Collar Top ($7, Vinnies)|
My spoils for the day! I have to say, I'm feeling a bit smug. Not only did I purchase my first pair of cat eye sunglasses for only $5 as well as the floral playsuit, it is remarkably similar to the ones I lusted over here from Miss Brown Vintage which were selling for $60! I might change the buttons on it so that they're a bit more subtly striking. I'm beginning to see why the girl was willing to part with the Zara button up (still with tags!) as it is impossible. In insists on unbuttoning itself at the 2nd button and there are stains left behind from the gold buttons. But hey, they're tiny gold skulls so.. we'll see. Another smug purchase were the Sportsgirl denim as I have been looking everywhere for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans which didn't insist on costing $60-200. $8! Plus, they're high waisted and the prettiest periwinkle and they're perfect.
I think there's only three more places to go on my list.. better knock them down quick before I jet off to Japan and Korea for a more accurate comparison! Just under a month to go, jesus, and we know this month is going to fly by!