My last article for Magnify goes a little like this…
The summer months turn the daily decision over what to wear to work into a raging suitability-versus-practicality dilemma. It’s a good thing stylist Holli Annika is on hand to guide us through the workplace etiquette minefield.
Q. I work for a large corporate company but want to wear shorts to the office. How can I pull this off without looking too casual?
A. Shorts are trending as strongly as ever right now, both in the northern and southern hemispheres. With such a vast array of cuts, styles and fabrics to choose from, our scope is limitless – until we hit the workplace. The question of ‘how short is too short?’ remains vague and answered and is very often misjudged. If in doubt, it’s probably too short.
However the culotte is now hailing as the hero of the wardrobe when it comes to the shorts department. After several seasons where hemlines rose higher and higher (to the point where they couldn’t rise any further), there is finally something fresh and appealing in a longer and looser shape. Instantly modest enough to be worn as workwear, and oh-so-chic, culottes offer comfort and movement. When it comes to culottes, it’s a case of the more fabric, the better (all the more room for patterns).
Now we are left with only two dilemmas: how much fabric is too much fabric? And will there ever be too much pattern?
Seasonally speaking, printed pants are a hot topic; a hot topic which can look ‘not so hot’ on so many of us. Trying to master the colour, print & pattern, styles, cut, and textile just to suit our unique bodies (which let’s be honest can change from day to day - even if it’s just in our minds) is an arduous task to say the least.
As a general rule, a tailored pant is going to be the most flattering on most body shapes. Structure can help hide problem areas and a number of misgivings we have about our bodies. Looser cuts can be relatively forgiving. A very narrow cut, where the pant is quite tapered at the ankle, normally only looks like perfection on lean and towering goddess-like bodies - which is not the majority of us. Does it make sense to you now, as to why your skinny jeans always look infinitely better when you’re wearing heels? Height has many illusive benefits.
Prints, patterns and colours ought to be determined based on your size and shape too, as they are quite attention seeking. Dressing well is about knowing how to highlight your features, not emphasise troubles. Patterns and cuts really ought to be taken into consideration with each other, as either one can make a big difference to the benefits, or lack thereof, to the other. But if you’re smart about it, you can use the deceptive nature of cut and print to enhance your features and hide things you wish weren’t there. xx
A high flying trend of the season: The Bomber Jacket.
No longer just for U.S. Army Air Corps, the Bomber Jacket has stood the test of time, frequently seen throughout the ages as a must have trend. Now a style icon, we are seeing the Bomber Jacket peaking again. This time around, ladies, we are wearing the Bomber Jacket with sophistication and feminine flair. xx
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of styling this pretty Miss for her twenty-first birthday. It all happened a little last minute, with the whole thing being planned via emails, photos, and moodboards, yet it worked a treat and Jemimah looked an even bigger treat!
Jemimah came to me with this sweet floral party dress and simple leather sandals, asking me how to put the outfit together. We worked on her hair, makeup and accessories and the stunning finished product was this…! Major cute, and a major success! xx
I have created a new little side project, Merlot et Muse. It’s a new blog, which will differentiate itself to this one in such a way that will be more about what inspires me, than my work.
It will be a never-ending supply of images all about fashion, art, music, photography, culture, life, etc… whatever inspires; whatever emboldens my creativity. Essentially, Merlot et Muse is my virtual moodboard.
As the Northern Hemisphere goes through the motions of fall and prepares for freezing winter months, the Southern Hemisphere enjoys the opposite as we lather on the coconut oil hoping to brown in the heat of the rays. But it is in these few months that both hemispheres, and their trends, collide. At this present moment, one of those trends happens to relate very well to our feet.
Loafers. Plain loafers. Velvet Loafers. Jewelled Loafers. Embroided Loafers. Patterned loafers. Leather loafers. All kinds of loafers you could think of under the sun. If you’re wearing a pair - you are on trend and too hot to trot! Net-a-Porter listed Loafers as one of their 25 key Fall Edit trends - to be honest I think I may have looked at this page alone 10 times today already. It’s difficult to be diverted
One of the greatest benefits that come to mind with this footwear is the comfort of a loafer - it’s almost too hard to resist! You don’t need to worry about blisters from your pointed-toe pumps, nor Party Feet gel pads to help you bear your 6 inch heels. Loafers, just like slippers, are bliss; heaven for your feet. And let’s not forget to mention that loafers no longer look like your grandpa’s bedroom slippers from the 1960’s - they are , in fact, seriously stylish!
Versatility is an enormous asset. Team your loafers with just about everything - skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, chinos, shorts, skirts, shift dresses, party dresses - the list is endless. Additionally, loafers lend themselves to multiple styles - preppy, corporate, manstyle, nautical, polished, grungy - and on and on!
And of course, unlike other trends based around coats, boots and gloves, we don’t have to wait another 7 months or so to be able to wear these beauties! The time is now! xx
This is the collection I would almost trade my whole wardrobe for!
Karen Walker is a New Zealand dream! How anyone can so brilliantly combine eclectic prints on soft flowing fabrics and shiny silk with staple structured pieces I don’t know! I love it all! And the shoes - Beau Coops for Karen Walker - just wow!
I am so looking forward to Alice McCall’s entire SS collection being available. This season has been so cleverly constructed with a brilliant mesh of white, pastel, brights and florals, yet somehow nothing clashes. It comprises exceptional tailoring and structure, yet at the same time so perfectly feminine and even almost ethereal. Oh, how glad I am that it is now Spring! x
“Personal style has to do with your own confidence. And the sense of knowing what looks good on you, and a way of expressing your individuality. Putting yourself together in an individual statement is what I most admire. And when you have confidence, I think it shows.”—Ralph Lauren
Summer is never ever a reason to look shabby! Providing timeless and ultimately wearable fashion for both men and women, it is my personal opinion that Herringbone offers some of the best menswear going around at the moment. Classic tailoring in fresh colours and current cuts encourage a youthful exuberance to masculine style. There is little that is more attractive than a man who can dress well and is confident in his style! Behold, your inspiration…