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Monday, July 27, 2009

Spring Style and Shopping Tactics!

I love this time of year. Sunny days and cool nights, the perfect opportunity to fine tune our ability to layer. It is also the time to view up and coming collections many of which start coming into stores in August with regular drops until mid December.

It is this time of year where I juggle television, internet and magazines every night, new seasons of Project Runway and Australias Next Top Model, Stylista and the always fabulous fashion TV. Weekly Grazia (read in the car while waiting around in peak hour traffic), Shop and Vogue to guide me into my new season purchases (and I think this year there will be many).

There will be colour, pretty, military, neutral and so it continues with endless options. The love affair with asymmetry continues, be it one shouldered dresses or tops and t-shirts with uneven hems. Shoulders are big and embellished with feathers or sequins or military adornment. Harem pants in silky fabric or jersey in classic black as well as colour options, this is a time for fun.

Spend wisely and build on pieces bought over recent seasons, update with pin on feather epaulettes and fabulous military inspired broaches (Tribune on Arthur Street), sequined bows for hair, bags or dresses in pastel metallics of rose god and silver (Forever New in Myer Centre) or good basics, jersey and silks (Country Road, Miss Mouse at Wollongabba and Sussan).

Happy Fashion for now,
Sara xx

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lovely Layering

For some time now I have been in love with "relaxed layering" particularly as living in Queensland in winter, this provides the perfect solution to what to wear in our wonderful winters! This morning I awoke snuggled under the wool quilt wearing warm pyjamas. After my morning tea and morning email check I am aware that the temperature is rising with an overall goal for today of 30 degrees celcius!

There exist some fantastic labels specialising in jersey basics across all price points. My personal favourites include Staple (new from Mink Pink), Bassike, American Apparel and fabulous New Zealand site

I can start my day in leggings, singlet, tunic, vest and cardigan and slowly remove the pieces as the heat affects me and then as the evening draws near replace them one by one. I love it! Dresses, skirts and pants can be used as well and a fabulous jersey wrap (check out American Vintage) gives you hundreds of options for a fresh take on layering every day.

The key to successful layering (and I tell this to my clients all of the time) is to use fine fabrics in similar tones and colours keeping contrast low to medium. The use of asymmetry in garment hems helps keep the overall look lean and interesting.

The longer the garment the further under it should be and the thicker the garment the closer to the top. Although my personal preference is silks and cotton, silk and viscose jersey don't be afraid to experiment with prints, colour and fabrics but remember, we all want our finished look to be taller and slimmer.

Sara xx