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…
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…
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.
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.
I had a quick look in a Sussan store today on my way home from grocery shopping and in the name of research for this blog (obvs!) Like many people I tend to think of Sussan as good for basics, aimed at an older market and over-priced (and a quick google search confirmed this) so I was pleasantly surprised to find some modern, very wearable pieces…
Things to note:
- Sussan are part of the ‘The Sussan Group’ with Sportscraft and Suzanne Grae (why two Susan name derivatives I wonder?) and appears to fall in the middle of the 3 different price points. That said, most comments I’ve seen find Sussan’s pieces over-priced and not good quality, especially after washing a couple of times. I tend to agree for the most part, but they do run regular sales!
- They strike the balance between overly bold patterns/prints and none at all – read: boring. The key is to pick one item say a printed pant and wear with your other neutrals at home
- For me, the best thing is that they cut their pants to suit women, not girls so I often can find pants that fit me here that I don’t anywhere else
- Unlike Sportscraft, they are much more trend led and I think they do this well, managing to create wearable items for the over 30’s that aren’t too fashionable to the point of eye-wateringly so!
In summary, I think they still have relevance and not just for the mature buyer – the trick (as with most stores these days) is to choose carefully and selectively for one or two good pieces, don’t expect them to last forever and wait for the sales for better prices!
The New Metallics
Ok – breathe easy, have a seat, don't panic! If all these reflective surfaces have you hyperventilating let me take you gently by the hand and guide you through this trend which will see many many young people looking like they are auditioning for a part in a primary school version of 2001 A Space Odyssey…
Like most trends, you must apply a filter to what you see on the catwalk and adapt it to the real world, in very small doses. So when words like 'high shine' and 'metallic' are bandied about, you need to remember "ahaa, that means I could wear some shinier than usual earrings" – you get the idea!
Things to note:
- NEVER do it yourself with foil… EVER
- DO wear sequin/metallic trainers (runners) but keep everything else very low key
- If you're feeling brave, you can rock a metallic jacket but as stated above everything else must be almost boring, and certainly be neutral coloured.
- As always – the easiest way to show you are trend-aware whilst you pick up the kids or do the weekly shop is via accessories, and in this case it has never been more true – high shine was MADE for accessories!
- You CAN rock a shiny mini skirt if you have legs like Cameron Diaz and are under 35 otherwise, shed a tear and move on
Ultra-textured and Ultra-embellished
So although top designers are revving up for February's Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion weeks, in Australia we are well into summer so here's a quick look at the trends and how to make them wearable for you! I'll be posting several trend interpretations over the coming days so watch this space! Leave it to Alexander McQueen to do dramatic to perfection! For this look you will see plenty of high street accessories with texture and embellishment and that's definitely the way to go – keep the outfit fairly simple and add the drama via a statement shoe, bracelet or purse. For daytime, a raffia/embroidered bag or a hat with lots of detail is enough and don't be afraid of mixing colours (another trend but we'll get to that in my next posts!)