It may be winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but in Sydney it’s the height of summer and that means bare legs, bustiers, and oversized sunglasses. Here’s what the ladies down under are wearing now. By Elle Packham. Photographed by Zac Handley
HENRI NGYREN, 20
STYLE ICON: Mary-Kate Olsen
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: I love Crown St. in Surry Hills with all the little vintage shops and cafes.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: Chilled rock-skater look
DREAM VACATION SPOT: Fiji Islands
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Bring a jacket—it gets cold!
VALENTINA SYKES, 16
SYDNEY, INNER WEST
STYLE ICONS: Charlotte Free and Rachel Rutt
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Centennial Park—I like being surrounded by nature.
BEST PLACE TO MEET PEOPLE: Newtown. Lots of my friends live there so I’m always meeting new people through mutual friends. Everyone kind of knows each other there.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: It’s girly, colourful dresses or singlets mixed with my boyfriend’s Nike jackets and shoes. Sometimes I love clothes that are almost ugly. Ninety-nine percent of my clothes are from op [charity] shops, and I like to wear lots of small silver rings. I only wear two pairs of shoes: my boyfriend’s Nikes and my black combat boots—both found in op shops!
FAVOURITE SECONDHAND-STORE FIND: It has to be my combat boots, which cost me $5. I pretty much live in them!
PERRI ROACH, 15
STYLE ICON: I’m a huge fan of teen blogger Tavi Gevinson.
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Pretty much anywhere in Newtown. It’s so funky and I’ve yet to find a shop there I don’t like.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?: I wear a lot of vintage, mostly from the '60s and '70s. My wardrobe is really colourful; I hardly have any practical clothes.
FAVOURITE SONG: I’ve been loving “Bel Air” by Lana Del Rey lately.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Make sure to check out Sculptures By The Sea—it’s rad.
STYLE ICON: Frieda Kahlo
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Freda’s—it has great food.
SHANNON THOMAS, 25
STYLE ICON: I love Diane Kruger.
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Tamarama on a quiet day, or somewhere secret, quiet, and in the sunshine, near the water.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Avoid the city—go to side streets, beaches, and places you hear about from word of mouth.
JENNIFER GILMORE, 19
STYLE ICON: Iggy Pop
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Haberfield for the good honey.
FAVOURITE MOVIE: American History X.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Go and get Afro Fries from Radio Cairo.
STYLE ICON: Clare Boucher, a.k.a. Grimes
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: The alley my house backs onto because I see the most eclectic mix of interesting and friendly characters walking by.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Go to Mishka’s for a feed and a movie.
KEE KEE, 25
STYLE ICONS: I like 1960s mods and '70s California blonde bombshells.
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Surry Hills and Darlinghurst because everything is on your doorstep.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Try and find out what the locals are doing and see some local bands.
JESSIE BUSH, 24
SURRY HILLS, SYDNEY
STYLE ICONS: Elin Kling and Emmanuel Alt
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Cricketers Arms Hotel—they have cheap beer and a casual courtyard.
ANAIS DELEBARRE, 24
STYLE ICON: My grandma
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: The Botanical Gardens because it’s serene and pretty.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Take a ferry and go to Manly.
RACHEL RUTT, 22
STYLE ICON: Jenny Kee
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: My garden in Sydenham. We have bougainvillea, jasmine, rosemary, mint, parsley, geraniums, succulents, and a Hills Hoist, so what’s not to love?
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?: Magical jellyfish conquers the world and also meets the Mongols.
FAVOURITE BOOK: Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: West is best!
PHOEBE WOW, 23
ELIZABETH BAY, SYDNEY
STYLE ICON: Barbara Cartland
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: The shop I work at, Shag. They have the best clothes and accessories ever!
VENICE RISH, 25
STYLE ICON: Anyone who covers themselves in jewels.
FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE CITY: Underwater looking for sea horses.
INSIDER TIP FOR VISITORS: Walk everywhere.