How to Get Dressed When You Have No Effing Idea What The Weather Is Doing.

I’m a Melbourne gal so I’m more than used to being slightly uncomfortable when it comes to temperature. Most of the time actually. I’ll be freezing cold so I’ll rug up and then the sun will come out so I’ll strip off. Then I get rained on. Then it gets windy. The list goes on. I always struggle towards the end of winter so I’ve come with a little system of coping when the weather goes a bit crazy.


* Thrifted white linen shirt from Savers in Brunswick (also seen here and here and here) * Metalicus cowl neck tank dress (seen here) * Waist tie from a different Metalicus dress * Mesh cardigan from eBay * Striped tights from Big W * Boots from Redpath’s in Canberra * Stirling silver bangles and bracelets from India and gifts from Mama Smaggle * Dinosaur Designs bangle * Ring from Mr Smaggle from a South Yarra gallery * Sunglasses from Myer * Earrings from India * Wallet by Nancy Bird *

Dress In Very Sheer Layers

The sun was shining brightly when I left the house early this morning so I wore thin tights, a light linen top and a very sheer cardigan. Still warm enough to stop the minor morning chill but cool enough so I didn’t melt when the sun came out. It’s all about the thin layers.

Work On The Assumption That You’re Going To Ditch Your Tights

On some Melbourne days you can wake up and it’s 5 degrees and by the afternoon it’s pushing 21 degrees and you end up wishing you were wearing a little summer frock. When the weather starts doing this I always make sure I’m comfortable enough in my dress that I can ditch my tights if it gets a little too warm and not be concerned that passers by can snatch a glance at my tight-less upper thighs and hoo-ha on the street.

Scarves Are Key

I always have a scarf packed in my bag. They’re perfect to throw around your neck, wrap around your shoulders when you get a little chilly or to cover your hair do when it inevitably starts to rain.


This outfit was worn for a slow wander around the streets with  Mr Smaggle, cooking gluten free hotdogs complete with tomato sauce and mustard, watching too many episodes of Orange is the New Black and drinking wine and skyping with my girl in NZ.

How was your weekend? What did you get up to?

Carly is the founding editor of Smaggle which launched in 2007 back when blogging was weird. She has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Cosmopolitan and Cleo magazines. Hoop earrings are totally her thing and she almost got run over by Myf Warhurst while out jogging one day.


  1. Love your outfit, but if it was 21 degrees in Brisbane, I’ll be leaving the tights on and adding a winter coat. We aren’t too brave with the cold.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      HA! 21 degress here is postively balmy! x

    • Harlow 3 years ago

      Haha that is so true! We are such wusses when it comes to cold weather in Brisbane 😛

  2. Akaleistar 3 years ago

    Wearing sheer layers is a great idea!

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      It’s my sneaky end of winter trick!

  3. Love this Smags … I’d be worried about removing my tights and finding the forest that has taken up residence on my legs!

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Don’t even talk to me about that. It’s like I just forgot that hair removal is a thing.

  4. 3 years ago

    I went to Attica.
    I wrote about it on my blog.

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 3 years ago

    Great tips Smaggles!! 😉 Sometimes nude legs just aren’t ready to greet the world 😛

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      I know right? I just got a wax for the first time since June. *shameface*

  6. Harlow 3 years ago

    Yes thin layers! This is something I have only just figured out too! In Brisbane we are at the stage where the mornings are freezing and the days are hot so I have been wearing two thin cardigans and tights. This way when I ditch the layers at lunch time I can just pop them in my handbag instead of lugging around my coat all day.

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      Smaggle 3 years ago

      Thin cardis are a MUST in Brissy!

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