From the iconic Akubra hat to Kylie’s loveable hot-pants, Australians are known internationally for their fun and expressive sense of style. Yet what many people might not realize is that some of the world’s most well respected fashion labels all took their inspiration from the sense of style and fashion found down under.
Not only are Aussies a pretty fashionable bunch, they also make great dates too. Here’s a look at five of the biggest fashion triumphs, and why a well-dressed Aussie can also mean an excellent lover.
Beaches are as important to Australian fashion as they are to tourism and Home and Away plot lines. Over the decades ‘surfer style’ has continued to dominate the typical Aussie look, from the huge range of board shorts to the endless racks of bikini.
Brands like Mambo, Quiksilver and Billabong helped to bring the unique beach fashions to the rest of the world. While some beach trends have proved less popular than others – the budgie smuggler is one that comes to mind – all in all, the cool and hip vibe of Australian beachwear is one Australia’s quintessential fashion looks.
The great Australian outback – a harsh and inhospitable landscape that has helped bring to life a very unique sense of fashion. Think Akubra hats, Drizabone coats and a seriously big belt buckle. This is the fashion of the hard working Aussie bloke – tough, rugged and more than a little bit manly. It might not make it onto the catwalk at fashion week, but this is a fashion triumph in its own right.
If you’re on the hunt for practical, outdoors loving people, country cool may well be their style of choice. If you live in rural areas and are looking to meet other singles, social media sites like the eHarmony AU Facebook page are a great way to get to know other people in your area who are looking for love.
The corporate look
Australia’s cities are bustling centres for industry and finance, meaning the most common nine to five style is all about corporate attire. Sydney-siders and Melbournites are particularly skilled in pulling off this chic look, with ladies and men both showing off tailored suits.
If you’re looking to meet other professional Sydney singles, but can’t seem to find the time in your hectic schedule, online dating is a great solution. Dating websites like eHarmony help you to meet people in your city or area who are compatible with you and your busy lifestyle.
If you can ignore the trends made popular by soap stars in the 1980s, Australia on the whole can boast some pretty stylish celebrities. Kylie Minogue and her widely admired golden hot pants became a hit in the year 2000, and since then Miranda Kerr, Elle McPherson and Hugh Jackman have all continued to carry on the stylish Australian name abroad.
If there’s one thing Australians take very seriously, then it’s their love of sport. Australians are also intensely proud of their sporting heroes, and as a result sporty clothing has become very popular.
From the baggy green cricket cap to Cathy Freeman’s one piece suit to the patriotic green and gold overseas, sporting style ranks highly on Australia’s fashion radar. If you’re also looking for a sporty date who shares your passion for the match, relationship websites like the eHarmony dating site offer a great way to find other singles who share your interests.
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