first look: house of cards

one girl, two braids, thousands of outfit options.

by steff yotka

Give me a girl in braided pigtails wearing socks and sandals and I'll be instantly obsessed. Give me a girl in braided pigtails wearing socks and sandals and mega-awesome outfits courtesy of an up-and-coming Australian brand, and, well, I'll jump out of my chair with excitement, which is exactly what happened when the House of Cards high summer lookbook hit my inbox. 

Founded in 2010, House of Cards has developed a signature style of preppy pieces in out-of-this-world prints, like a crew neck T-shirt in pink tie-dye with a bedazzled yin yang or a circle skirt in metallic baby pink leather. Rounding out the brand's latest lookbook are nautical striped T-shirt dresses, leather-trim rugby tops, and a perspex and leather backpack that is perfect for carrying all your rainbow accessories in. After clicking through the lookbook images in our gallery, you're likely to spend 12 hours on the House of Cards website shopping their fall '13 collection called "Swamp Monster" while counting down to the high summer drop, and trying to recreate those wavy pigtail braids. 

What I'm trying to say is that this is the perfect Wednesday afternoon pick-me-up, so stop reading, start clicking, and get inspired.