I have been a stripes fan for as long as I can remember. My eye is drawn to them on clothing racks and they are an integral part of my wardrobe. This season, stripes are back but turned on their heads with width and textural variances making them interesting additions to our wardrobes.
While I’ll always love a horizontal stripe the styles emerging vertically are designed to be softer and instead of being mixed with clean cuts, work best when paired with natural fabrics such as linen and raw edged denim. We also see a difference in the shapes and fabric this season with palazzo pants and soft rayon shirts. The key word for summer is texture. Whether it’s in fibre laden linen, added embroidery or woven leather bags; adding a textural element gives any outfit another dimension. Flat lay’s will become texture lays and we’ll be mixing prints and angles in a new and more natural way.
Volume is another style that we’ll see combined with vertical stripes. The key to wearing these trends in Spring 2017 is proportion eg, the bigger the shirt, the shorter the hemline, the fuller the trouser the more cropped and fitted the top. A ‘Styling trick’ that also helps is the tuck. It can be the whole top or just the front but what both options do is show some of the hip and waist line. They automatically draw the volume in and take it from swamped to stylish. So your tucking doesn’t look as accidental as a dress caught in your knickers a great belt or sash will finish the look and is another area texture can be played with.
So get in line and try some ‘New’ stripes this summer.
Documenting what we wear has become so popular that it’s easy to garner inspiration from our Instagram/ Snapchat/ Facebook Feeds but this doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy to turn those pictures into reality. This simple guide will help you master some stylish combinations that NEVER fail.
Khaki, black and white
Since the monochrome trend of a few years ago black and white have become staples in our wardrobes. This trend saturated our senses and let’s be honest, we’ve got a little bored with it. The next step in our mono evolution is to add another colour. As the pics above prove (thank you street style on Pinterest) you can mix up any combination of these three colours. Whether khaki is on top or bottom, teamed with B&W it works without fail.
Navy, cream (and red/orange)
Navy and cream are a true classics when worn together. The combination is a softer take on it’s Monchrome sister B&W and has become a go to every season with cream blouse + Navy peacoat combos in winter and Breton striped t shirts and cut off jeans in Summer.
Navy and cream alone would be considered an elegant albeit conservative option but chuck on a red lip or bold red coat and you take your outfit to another level.
3. Denim and pretty much any other colour.
In almost all situations faded Denim can be treated as a neutral, meaning it works back with most combinations; a little like it’s friend grey marl. Our eyes are so used to seeing denim that it’s becomes a non-colour. Easily worked into any outfit and kind to the colours it’s worn alongside; faded denim can be worn noon or night.
This is a sub-category of my favourite Denim combinations
Denim and Cream
Denim, White and Charcoal
Denim and Navy
Denim and Primary’s like Red and Green.
Put simply, a base of Black, Navy, White, Cream, Khaki and Grey Marl and faded Blue Denim will work with any accent colour you’d like to add. It’s worth investing in well cut, classic items in these colours because you’ll find they will stand the test of time and outlive any fads.
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I had planned to post this in January but Melbourne’s weather has been very uninspiring. Even the trees are confused with some changing colour thinking Autumn is here. Last week I had an open fire because I love them and it was cold enough to justify it.
However, I have just checked the weekend’s forecast at it is looking like Summer will visit us again, at least for 2 days. Time to get your shades on….
I have always been a fan of sunglasses. For me they have more appeal than a pair of heels. They don’t cause pain, are slightly cheaper (mostly) and have a huge impact on your overall image. My first pair of memorable sunglasses were bought when I was 15. They were Vogue and had huge frames with rectangular lenses, they were awesome. Everything I looked at was framed by golden tortoise shell. Inevitably I broke them and years later tried to find a replacement to no avail. I think that’s when my love of sunglasses began. They transformed me into someone adventurous and brave; I wore them proudly because I loved them.
The ‘feature’ sunglass is a huge trend this summer. Never before have so many coloured, embellished or mirrored sunglasses been available. Above are a few of my favourites from legendary Lensers Tom Ford, Celine and Prada.
Sunglasses don’t have to be expensive to look the goods. I would suggest having them properly fitted with professional advise because they can alter facial features. A good pair of a sunglasses should compliment your best features and make you want to wear them.
It’s only 5 days until the Jeep Portsea Polo; an iconic Melbourne Event that marks the real start of Summer’s social calendar. The dress code is relaxed but stylish. The Panama and Fedora’s that are popular this Summer are perfect for a day at the polo. Not only do they look good, they protect your skin from the harsh January Sun.
Nerida Winter has some amazing Fedora’s and Boaters available. You pay a little more for the attention to detail that make these investment pieces. For a moderately priced alternative Ace of Something have a beautiful selection including soft pastels and wide brim varieties.
When wearing a brimmed hat it is all about proportion. An easy rule to remember is – the more skin the wider the brim. A wide brim adds elegance to a shoulder bearing dress or plunging neckline. A smaller brim is great if you’re wearing a higher neckline, adding an element of fun while showing more of your face and hair.
Hair and makeup should be natural at the Polo and works perfectly with these hats. If you decide you want a pop of colour add a great pink or red to your lips with bare eyes and bronzed cheeks.
Pair them with a great Romper, some Broderie Anglaise or floral Onsie by Thurley and you are ready for a day by the sea.