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Hi, I like your style! Sydney model Jaida White’s eclectic wardrobe

“It’s easy to buy an expensive pre-styled outfit and call it a fit, but building a charity shop outfit is where you can really find your fashion niche.”

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These are the stories behind the cabinets, exploring how we develop our own personal style. There’s a brilliance behind the way we choose to express ourselves and at FJ we know that every outfit has a story.

This week we take a look at Sydney model Jaida White’s personal style. Growing up on a regular clothing regime of knee-length shorts and baggy tees, Jaida’s humble tomboy beginnings inspired her effortless street-style aesthetic today. Mixing charity shop finds (“There’s something so cool about bringing a garment to life,” she explained) and high-end pieces, Jaida’s wardrobe is vibrant, playful and upbeat. constant evolution.

Who are you and what do you like to wear?

My name is Jaida, I’m 21 and I’m from Sydney. I work in fashion – specifically in eCommerce – and I’m a model at People Agency. I like to wear colorful, bold and fashion-forward pieces that complement my personality and make me feel powerful.

What does your style evolution look like? Do you feel like you’ve gained confidence in the way you dress?

It’s been a trip! I was such a tomboy as a young girl; you’d catch me in knee-length shorts and a t-shirt all day, every day. Once I started high school, I started to see a change in my style. I wore what was trendy and didn’t really care about originality or expression through fashion.

It wasn’t until I left school and started working in the industry that I truly found my personal style and discovered how empowered clothing can make you feel. I definitely take inspiration from my youth, I always like to shop in the men’s section and wear a super oversized fit! Confidence is something I like to find in myself and actively work on every day – I guess the swag is just an added bonus.

Personal style is a journey. Have you ever felt the need to fit into a particular fashion box?

Absolutely. Before, I cared so much about what people thought; so deeply that I dressed in certain ways for different groups. I always felt so inauthentic! Once I finally stopped caring, I dressed the way I wanted and felt amazing doing it!

Take us back to those teenage years. Do you have any fashion regrets?

Oh my God, yes! Literally everything I wore in high school mortifies me. There is one event that really stands out…I attended an under-18 music festival at the ripe old age of 14 wearing next to nothing. I wore a green strappy crop top with high waisted black shorts; find it with a pair of good old classic Converse Chuck Taylors. It’s probably not the outfit that pisses me off the most (because it was basically what everyone wore back then), it’s the fact that I’ve probably looked in the mirror a few times and that I was like “damn, now it’s an outfit”.

What are the most expensive and least expensive items in your wardrobe?

My most expensive are my $368 Dion Lee tank top, my $300 Apc x Sacai pants and my 1XBlue set. My cheapest would be my basic $5 black blazer. The majority of my clothes are in the $3 to $30 price range.

I love charity shopping, the serotonin boost I get from it is unmatched. I like a challenge. It’s easy to buy an expensive pre-styled outfit and call it a fit, but creating a charity shop outfit from scratch is where you can really find your fashion niche. There’s something so cool about reviving an item of clothing that another person thought had served its purpose and needed a new home…it’s almost like a story that never ends.

What is the most significant fashion piece you own?

My grandmother recently gave me a vintage fur coat. That’s all and more! Fur coats aren’t usually my vibe, but something about it being once a staple for her makes it so special to wear. I hope to give it to my children one day.

What’s in your cart right now?

I love the Tora-Lilly brand, especially the badge bodysuit in green! It’s such a unique piece that I’m obsessed with it.

What fashion piece are you saving up for right now?

I so want a vintage Vivienne Westwood corset! One day, hopefully.

What wardrobe items do you wear on a loop?

Blazers, baggy jeans, loafers and dress pants are definitely my wardrobe staples. I love versatility in clothing and try to be as durable as possible. Fashion is currently facing an extreme overconsumption problem, so when I shop I try to be as aware of it as possible. I’m looking for great basics that I can wear over and over again in 100 different ways.

Who are your favorite local designers?

Ginn, Maroske Peech, Sabatucci, Daisy Ltd, Purgatory.

See more of Jaida’s killer looks here.

Hazel J. Edmonds

The author Hazel J. Edmonds