Summer Trends 2017 – 2018

 

Many of my clients feel the garments already in their wardrobes may be dated, and ask me about whether they should be wearing them. My answer is, if you love it and it fits you well you can make it work by adding accessories in the current fashion colours or teaming it with on trend extras; like that skirt you love with an off the shoulder top.

 

Florals and ruffles are still with us this season and teamed with your favourite pants or jeans will give you an on-trend look.

 

As for colour, different shade of yellow, and my own “go to” colour red are the colours of the season. You can never go wrong with a crisp white top teamed with your favourite denim jeans – just add a pop of colour with fashion jewellery or a printed scarf.

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The Paper bag waist skirts, shorts and pants have made a comeback. Be careful with these as they may add bulk in the tummy area if the fabric is stiff.  Look for fabric that falls and doesn’t crease easily.

 

Always team the paper bag waist with a body skimming top. Gorgeous Lauren has allowed me to share her photo with you.

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Fit and flare dresses or skirts are a fun classy look that you can dress up or down.

The latest fashion trend is the Robe. I bet you’re thinking, how do I wear it?

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Have fun with this look – be creative and mix your textures and colours to give you an individual look.  I’ve found a few styling ideas for you.

Just remember, if you’re short like me don’t drown yourself with too much fabric.Summer trend 3

 

 

 

 

How to disguise thick thighs

 

Ladies, always try to draw attention to the parts of your body you love and away from the parts you are not happy with.

I often hear women complaining about thick thighs so below find some tricks to disguise them.

  • Avoid tight, clingy garments and pale colours on your bottom half.
  • A-lined or fit and flare dresses highlight the waist and hide the thighs.
  • A-lined skirts teamed with a pretty top draw the attention to your upper body.

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  • If you have a waistline, highlight it (most ladies tend to hide their waist)
  • Choose shorts with a wide leg made from a light weight fabric that just falls as a stiff fabric may add bulk.

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  • Avoid faded jeans or jeans with rips and patches.
  • A well- fitting, dark indigo, straight or skinny legged pair of jeans will work, teamed with a top that’s not too long, and layered with a jacket.
  • Avoid pants with side pocket, zippers or any detail on the thigh area.

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  • Wear wide legged pants teamed with a body skimming top.
  • Vertical Stripes will give the illusion of slenderness and elongate your legs.
  • Avoid tops that finish at your widest point
  • Maxi dresses, finishing just above the ankle, are very flattering and are trendy at the moment
  • If you feel comfortable in a long-lined top, go for an asymmetrical hemline.
  • Utilise your colourful accessories to draw the attention to your upper body.
  • Choose tops with patterns, prints and ruffles.

The right outfit can make your body appear longer and leaner.

 

 

What’s in for Spring 2017?

 

Whilst I strolled through fashion stores in Melbourne I found Spring this year is definitely 90’s inspired. There are so many styles to choose from; I’m loving the full maxi and midi skirts…

red top spotted skirt

If you’re short like me don’t drown your body shape with too much fabric no matter what is ‘in’. Go for skirts with an angular hem or slit in front or sides. The floaty wrap skirts with a frill, look gorgeous and suit most body shapes.

 

If you want try something different, wide legged floral jumpsuits look great and can be dressed up or down.  Loose fitting floral shorts will become a staple for some mums.

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Florals and stripes are huge this season. You may see some designers teaming both together. Stripe on stripe may seem too much but if it’s teamed up with the right accessories it can look quite smart.

striped jacket and white shoes

Anything embroidered is the go; sneakers, jackets, jeans or bags. If you’re going to follow this trend don’t overdo it. I’ve dragged out my 90s jeans and I’m going to team them up with a brightly coloured jacket and nude shoes.pink jacket and jeans

Ladies get out your leather pants and skirts – team them up with a t-shirt and sneakers for a casual look or satin top for a date night.

 

What to wear after five?

Anything that sparkles!

sparkle and peach

  • sequins,
  • bling,
  • appliques and
  • Lurex

Uneven hemlines, layers, cut-outs, fit and flare all help to make that statement.yellow top black skirt

Colours for the season

Crisp white, butter cup yellow and different shades of green are some of the colours that will dominate this season.

 

Ladies shop from your wardrobe first then make a list to fill the gaps. You may only need a pair of shoes or some accessories. Talking about accessories, head scarves, straw bags and cat eye sunglasses are trending. Make the most of these feminine and fun fashions this Spring

How to style the latest trend?

 

We are experiencing ‘Deconstructed’ and ‘Mismatched’ as trends when dining.  But it doesn’t stop there – the fashion industry is creating some funky and quirky outfits in those modes as well.

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Prints and patterns are being spliced and stitched together to create these garments.

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Florals, both small and large, stripes in vertical, horizontal and diagonal directions, ginghams in different sizes are being put together like a patchwork.  Shoulder baring tops, uneven hemlines and ruffles are features of many outfits. mismatched 4

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This trend isn’t for everyone as it is pretty busy. I’ve put a few styling inspirations together for you.
If you’re going to give it a go make sure you keep your shoes and accessories simple.

Finding Your Personal Style

In my last blog ‘What is age appropriate?’ I briefly talked about finding your own style.  This instigated many questions –

 

Can I wear it?

Does it suit me?

Do I look older?

Is this look for me?

I love this look, but I don’t go anywhere to wear it.

 

My answer to these questions is simply – ‘How do you feel when you put it on?’

 

Most of the time the reply is “I’ve never tried that look but I love it on others.”

 

I bet you’re wondering what look I am talking about?

 

It’s not a specific look we’re talking about, it’s about helping you discover your style. The style you want to portray about yourself, the first impression you make when you walk into a room.

 

Most people think a style is the latest fashion trend. But it’s not, as many of us can’t wear the latest cuts or colours. You don’t want to be one of those tragic fashion victims.

 

Style is being able to recognise what in the season’s current trends suits your bodyshape and personality and then being able to integrate it into your wardrobe.

 

Ask yourself “Self, what is my lifestyle?”

 

Whether you’re a stay at home mum, a corporate women, a business woman or a grandma, you will  have your weekend activities and casual days and finding your style will make those days more enjoyable.

 

 

Finding your personal style

 

Romantic

Romantic – Soft florals, flouncy sleeves, frills, ruffles and lace in soft colours with simple accessories.

 

 

 

BohoBoho – hippy Seventies inspired, exotic patterns and texture, peasant blouses and layered chains.

    Printed maxi dresses layered with a leather or fur vests. Flared jeans and paisley printed tops.

 

 

ArtyArty – Individual and creative style of clothing, you love to rummage at the markets, Op shops or the vintage stores for that special had crafted garment.

 

 

 

ClassicClassic – Quality and not quantity, strong colours, structured clothing, trendy and fashionable. Sophisticated and timeless garments.

 

 

 

MinimalistMinimalist – three to five colours in your wardrobe, basic and quality garments that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits.

 

 

 

Chic– is regularly used in the fashion magazines and fashion blogs. For me it means skill and elegance.  The word chic describes a person who is fashionable but not a fashion victim, a person who skilfully dresses in the colours that highlight eyes and skin tone, selects garments that enhance body shape and personality. It not just about the outfit, it’s about the person. It’s not about dressing like a lifeless store mannequin. It’s about you and your personality shining through.

 

Ladies this is just a guide. You don’t have to box yourself into a style, because most of us are a bit of a mix.

 

Some ladies feel safe in black because they don’t want attract attention and just want to blend in.

 

You may have a signature piece;  for Jackie O it was her oversizes Sunglasses, Jennifer Lopez her Body Con dresses, Audrey Hepburn her cropped pants and flats. Marylyn Munroe highlighted her curves.  One of my client’s loves leopard print furs and they have become her signature. Another client loves her arty, high end Shoes, which have become her signature also.

 

For my own style, my look is mostly structured clothing, garments that skin my body shape.  I do also love the fifties fit and flare dresses and they are great on the days when I feel the need to disguise my tummy. I love deep rich colours and florals.

 

For a casual feel I tend to steer towards the Boho look as I love the different textures and layers which gives me a sense of relaxation.

 

Pants and jeans aren’t my go to but some mornings I’ll get up and feel that’s exactly what I want to pop on. This feeling at times continue on for a few days. I tend to dress how I’m feeling and that’s why I ask how you feel when you put a piece of clothin on?

 

Why do you need to know what style of clothing you want to wear?

 

Building a mix and match wardrobe makes it so much easier and more economical to dress, without any ‘loners’ that you just don’t know how to wear in your wardrobe.

 

Most importantly a great style isn’t just making that first impression, it’s about feeling confident within yourself each and every time you walk out that door.

 

“A girl should be two things Classy and Fabulous” Coco Chanel

What is ‘Age Appropriate” ?

This question comes up all the time –

 

  • I’m 50,
  • I’m a mum now,
  • I’m over 60, I don’t want to look like mutton dressed up as lamb.
  • Should I throw away my jeans?
  • Can I still wear knee high boots?
  • Do I need to cut my hair?

Some women still believe in age-related fashion. I believe a number shouldn’t define you.

 

In my opinion, the 50 of today definitely isn’t the 50 of yesterday! I’ve met and styled many women in their 50s who are in amazing shape and can carry or ‘pull off’ many different outfits.

 

  • If a garment fits you well and you’re not bursting out of it;
  • If it skims your body shape and disguises the bits you’re not happy with and highlight the areas you love about yourself;
  • If the colour highlights your skin and makes your eyes sparkle;
  • If you feel amazing in it.

Then you’re on the right track!

 

Some ladies prefer to choose a style that they would like to portray.

Others have asked me “What style am I?”.

 

I encourage you to find your own style with an exercise I love.

 

Go through some of the latest magazines and cut out pictures of garments and accessories you are drawn to and would love to wear.

On a large piece of cardboard form up a collage, piecing the pictures together in a way that is pleasing to you.

 

That’s it, you now have ‘your’ style.

If you keep this collage in mind, or take a snapshot of it on your phone, it will help you when you undertake your own wardrobe edit or go on your next shopping trip.   My own collage was put together 5 years ago and as you can see, the style and colour of garments and accessories are really ‘me’. I love colour and structure in my clothing, though at times I do also like  the relaxed Boho look.

 

Antoinettes Style Collage

 

Ladies the most important thing to remember is that the size on the tag doesn’t matter, it’s the fit that counts.

 

Next time you go shopping, challenge yourself go into a store where you’ve never shopped and flick through the racks – you’ll be surprised at what you can find.  Most women I’ve shopped with are surprised at the variety of stores where I source garments.

 

I believe you shouldn’t limit yourself to certain stores just because you think they cater for a certain age group.

 

Is there a garment in your wardrobe that you absolutely love but it’s not working for you anymore – and you just can’t bear to give it away. (It maybe something you bought on an overseas trip, it may have belonged to someone close to you).  Why not have it revamped.

This is something I do quite often with my garments, it’s simple and usually doesn’t cost much at all. The result is a garment that fits you perfectly and gives you an individual look.

 

Ladies remember, don’t let a number define you – whether it’s your age or the size of the garment.

 

Love your look and always dress with confidence!