3 tricky trends

Dare I say it, has summer finally arrived in Melbourne?  If you found yourself frantically searching in your wardrobe for your summer clothing today (yep, me too) and wondered what the hell possessed you to buy into tricky trends such as neon clingy dresses/huge sequin platforms/harem pants (don’t even go there), read on for advice on what to wear and avoid this time around…

1.  Platforms/Flatforms

So what are these meant to do anyway?  Well… the idea is to give you some height but allow you to comfortably run for a bus in them.  The key to this trend is contrast, platforms can toughen up a floaty dress and give a 70’s nod to flared jeans.  They are not for just chucking on as an afterthought.  These shoes need some serious consideration so you avoid looking like Minnie Mouse!

Extreme platforms worn by the inimitable Susie Lau of Style Bubble to the British Fashion Awards…

susie b bfa2011

2.  Neon

Like most trends, the trick with neon (as I have written about before here) is moderation and most crucially, mixing with neutrals.

Unless you are a teenager/early twenties (in which case, wear pretty much whatever you like) wearing a small amount of neon with grey is the key to looking stylish without trying too hard.  The easiest way to achieve this is through accessories, as shown here by these subtle espadrilles.


neon espadrilles


3.  Pale Pink

If the thought of wearing this colour makes you feel queasy and pre-pubescent, again the key is to keep it simple.  Use as an accent, be it through a lipstick shade, a printed top, a small cross body bag or just pink nail polish, it’s a nod to this fresh trend that will dominate this summer and next.

pink coat

pink eyeshadow


Melbourne’s most stylish mum?

Today I had the pleasure of meeting this fantastically dressed mum who was on her way back from the school pick up.  Displaying fashion savvy that is rare and unique she rocked a neon yellow CND logo tee layered underneath a feminine, chiffon, wisp of a shirt, rounded off with olive green cargos, a funky pixie crop, muted metallic ballet flats and – my favourite bit of all – a single diamond drop earring. 

As I often note – its all in the details, she has rolled up the pants and kept accessories (sunnies, silver jewellery, earring) neutral and understated, letting the showpiece be the layered tee/chiffon shirt.

Wow… a lesson for us all that its possible to look this fantastic with a little sass and swank and the photo doesn't even do her justice …Love your work!

anna neon