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  1. How to steal Rosanna’s style from Offspring


    It’s the season finale of Offspring tonight, and since last week’s post about Nina’s apartment proved to be a hit, I thought I’d revisit the popular Aussie TV show one more time.

    As I mentioned last week, Nina Proudman’s wardrobe is the focus of an excellent series of posts by Nikki at Styling You, so I thought I’d have a look at Clare Bowditch’s character, Rosanna, for style inspiration. Like Nina, she’s got a particular uniform that is re-interpreted in every episode, which consists of the following key elements:
    1. Floral fifties-style cross-over tea dress.
    2. Cardigan.
    3. Hoop earrings
    4. Vintage-inspired hair do.

    Clare Bowditch has mentioned in interviews that Rosanna’s wardrobe is not dissimilar to her own, with many frocks by Australian labels Lazy Bones and Easton Pearson. It’s a style that suits her retro aesthetic as well as her curves – and it’s also a look that is totally achievable. Here’s how to steal her style:

    1. Cotton voile Alice dress with a cross-over bust, fitted waist and pleated skirt, AU$129, by Lazy Bones.

    2. Cropped cardigans are key to this look, so make sure it finishes at your waistline. Invest in a classic cashmere cardigan by London label N.Peal – keep an eye out for bargains during sale time. [Updated 22/09/12: the cardigan pictured above has sold out but you can get a similar version by N.Peal here.]

    3. Belem beaded hoop earring, US$4.99 from Urban Outfitters.

    4.  Isharya 18-karat gold-plated onyx ring, £83.33 from Net-a-Porter.

    5. Rosanna wore her hair in victory rolls in one episode. Learn how to create vintage hair dos with Style Me Vintage: Hair: Easy Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Classic Hairstyles by Belinda Hay, US$10.85 from Wee Birdy’s Amazon shop.

    6. Rosanna usually carries a soft unstructured brown leather handbag. Daphne leather bag, AU$249.95 from Witchery.

    7. ASOS LOVE leather ballet flats, AU$59.52 from ASOS.

    8. Dinosaur Designs Wishbone Bangle, AU$55 and Dinosaur Designs Irregular Bangle, AU $75 from The Iconic.

    Click here to read last week’s post about how to recreate the look of Nina’s apartment.

    Do you like Rosanna’s style, too? And what did you think of the season finale?

    • http://www.stylingyou.com.au/ Nikki | Styling You

      I love Rosanna’s style … it’s just every time I try to dress that way it just doesn’t work on me. Makes me sad. I want to be a rad hipster vintage chick. Please.

    • Carli

      Love Rosanna’s style too but that look is not one I can pull off. In saying that I would totally pinch those earrings!

    • http://www.theveggiemama.com Veggie Mama

      If only I could do victory rolls! My hair is too long and wild :-/

    • Gemma

      I love these “how to get this style” type blogs you have done – more of them! so clever!

    • http://www.pathworkcactus.typepad.com/ Patchworkcactus

      Love this post! It was so nice to meet you at the Instameet, hope we can have another soon but for the time being keep the eye candy coming.