The Summer season calls for a total wardrobe shift. Think less layers and more sun-kissed skin, with SPF of course. With longer days and warmer temps we want to be ready for all the outdoor get-togethers and celebrations. So, we’ve curated our ultimate summer style inspiration to take you from afternoon to eve with ease.
As more and more clothing manufacturers worldwide are stepping up to planet responsibility, it’s heartening to see producers of swimwear are contributing significantly to issues around environment.
Deborah Lewthwaite, owner of bra specialist boutique The Fitting Room, says many of the swimwear brands in-store are developing a range of swimsuits of recycled origin.|
“We see swimsuits that have been made from recycled fishing nets, while others, such as all of the Zoggs range, are made from recycled plastic,” she says.
Another big and necessary advancement is swimwear made of fabric with higher resistance to chlorine; no longer need we face the depressing sight of a much loved but also much perished swimsuit.
The Fitting Room specialises in fuller cup bras (sizes C to K), and swimwear, such as Jantzen, Sunseeker, Seafolly and Freya, also come in fuller cups.
For a welcoming, private, one-on-one consultation, Deborah recommends booking an appointment online.
With two locations, Fendalton and Sydenham (the latter has great behind-store parking), make this a stunner summer in something fabulous from The Fitting Room…and while you’re there, why not gift the girlfriends a Christmas voucher? They’ll love you for it!
Cup Week fashion is a chance to dress to impress. Whether that is paying homage to the traditions of the track with a dark hued suit, embracing patterned shirts and blazers, or diverging from those time-honoured two-pieces with light-coloured chinos and linen shirts.
The once fast-paced fashion industry known for constantly cycling through trends seems to be slowing down as many brands and consumers embrace sustainability.
Here in Christchurch, Untouched World has been at the forefront of the movement since 1998.
It was the first lifestyle fashion company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations for sustainability and has since gained praise from big names like the Clintons, Barack Obama and Joanna Lumley.
Proud to be 96 percent New Zealand made and 100 percent passionate about protecting the planet, Untouched World’s new summer collection combines sustainably sourced natural fibres with enduring designs to deliver all the comfort of a work-from-home wardrobe without compromising on style.
Strong believers in a less-is-more aesthetic, the company has carved out a niche for timeless, premium quality pieces that dress up or down with ease.
Their latest arrivals include luxurious linens that move effortlessly from meetings to meet-ups, and Tencel tops and dresses that are splashed with a soft, summery seascape inspired print.
Untouched World’s signature ZQ certified Merino knits deliver a dose of uplifting warmth, while an airy recycled cotton capsule offers cooling coverage as the days heat up.
This season also sees the introduction of the CoolTree™ Collection, an ultrafine knitwear range made from an innovative new blend of Merino and Tencel.
On a mission to make a difference and share the feel-good factor with more than just those wearing their clothes, Untouched World donates a percentage of all sales to helping marginalised communities and to educating young people through their UN recognised Sustainability Leadership Programmes.
Shop sustainably this summer at Untouched World at 155 Roydvale Avenue in Christchurch.
Whimsical meets all-important comfort with shirring, an outfit go-to making quite a name for itself. The romantic ruffles created by shirring, where elastic is sewn in parallel rows so a garment gathers, offer an of the moment silhouette.
Often fun, floaty and iron-free, countless brands are making a strong case for the sartorial technique, which is being reimagined in dress, blouse, skirt and pant form from high end to the high street.
Adjacent to Prairie and cottagecore aesthetics, shirring is nostalgic yet simple – making it a versatile wardrobe addition whether you opt for a monochrome or patterned design.
In New Zealand, designers like Ruby have set the scene with its sell-out Mirella series, shirred dresses, tops and skirts in a range of hues from classic black and white, to bold bright pink and tonal olive green. Marle’s Ines Top from its newest collection offers a pared back option, with a single line of shirring giving shape to an otherwise floaty favourite.
Pair shirred maxi dresses with sandals, sneakers, heels or boots to suit your day’s activities. Mix shirred tops with jeans, wide leg pants, slip skirts or shorts; and shirred skirts and pants with simple shirts, tees and blouses.
In a time where comfort is key due to most of the world being homebound, shirring offers the stretch required for both sedentary and active days.
Walking into Magazine Designer Clothing you’re greeted with an array of colours, beautiful predominantly New Zealand-made clothing, exquisite accessories and most importantly, friendly staff. The store thrives on helping their customers find the perfect style, no matter the size, age or occasion you’re shopping for. Metropol was lucky enough to catch up with owner Linda Savage about what makes her beautiful brand so special.
When they say they have something for every occasion they mean it, covering casual all the way to mother of the bride.
With new styles coming in almost daily, “there’s always something new and always something special,” Linda says.
With those special occasions finally happening again, make this your destination for all of your outfitting needs.
They also offer limited quantities, “so you’re not going to walk onto the street and run into someone wearing the same outfit,” Linda says.
Not to mention Magazine Designer Clothing exclusive designs that will really set you apart from the crowd.
But that’s not to say that everything you buy there has to be for an occasion. Maybe you just wish to treat yourself with a very special investment piece.
The store offers wardrobe builders that serve as a strong foundation for your clothing and lots of “trans-seasonal items that enable you to make the most of your wardrobe,” Linda enthuses.
Garments aren’t the only thing the store specialises in. While looking at the accessories as they catch the light, Linda says “This is a magpie’s heaven!”
We tend to think it would be an accessory lover’s heaven. After all, the perfect outfit must be complemented with some jewellery or even a bag. All can be found at Magazine Designer Clothing.
You can find this gem at the Windmill Centre in Riccarton.
Finding the perfect pair of jeans can leave one feeling a bit like Goldilocks; one’s too short, one’s too long. With their expanding jean range, handpicked to fit lots of different body shapes, Kjole Style can help you find a pair ‘that’s just right’. We caught up with Stephanie Suckling about two new styles in the range and a top that makes the perfect partner.
(NOT) JUST JEANS: These Dranella Pam fit jeans are a must-have! The tight fit gives definition to your legs – giving support in the front and push up in the back. Sizes 8 to 20 are available instore and online.
POPULAR PAIRING: The Denim hunter OT t-shirt is a great basic to complement any jean. It is a good fit, nice neckline and washes well. Who doesn’t love a basic white tee?
ON THE HUNT: Kjole is the exclusive NZ stockist of the brand Denim Hunter. The DHNew Finch Free Jean is a diverse fit for all shapes and the light blue wash is very flattering.
Metropol caught up with Sherie McKinlay from Craze Fashion about some of their latest looks that are must-haves this chilly season. The store’s philosophy is ‘what you wear doesn’t just tell the world a story about who you are – it shapes the way you feel’. And we think this trio of choices will make anyone feel amazing, confident and ready for anything.
Jump around: Look and feel cool in this Dricoper Walker Denim Jumpsuit in vintage indigo. Made out of comfort stretch denim – it will hug your body beautifully.
Berry blast: Who doesn’t love a chunky knit? Especially when it’s the Thing Thing Milo Jumper in the colour berry. Winter-be-gone with this snuggly selection.
Stitch up: Add freshness and a pop of colour to your wardrobe this season with the Stitch Ministry Weave Sweater in blush. Pair it with a dress and belt and you’ve got yourself an awesome outfit!