It’s long been said that trends are cyclical and when it comes to polka dots, they most certainly are – both in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.
If you’re just now connecting the sartorial dots, you might have realised polka dots are everywhere.
A print perennial, this sartorial throw-back has come full circle but this season’s design darlings have waved goodbye to the adolescent polka dots of the nineties and the polka dot is re-emerging with an elegant edge.
Loud and proud, the polka dot is the red-lip of sartorial circles and, after a few years of minimalist trends and solemn ensembles, this fun fashion fixture is becoming the life and soul of the style party, marrying sophisticated style with a light-hearted twist.
While it may have first cemented its cult status in 1926 when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot bikini, the first famous protagonist of the polka dot was, of course, Disney’s Minnie Mouse in 1928.
This year designers are reimagining them in micro iterations painted on floor-length dresses and even oversized versions swathed on elegant evening wear.
Balenciaga has taken the trend to the next level, with a selection of spotty sock boots, statement shirts and mini totes.
We’re beginning to make the transition into long sleeves and cosy jackets and coats and that can only mean one thing… winter is fast approaching. Make Made in the Shade your one-stop shop to stock up on winterwear.
With lots of new stock and a focus on New Zealand made items, you can look fabulous and feel fabulous for supporting local labels. Enter the store and be inspired, with brands such as Anne Mardell, Optimum and Bittermoon on offer
Uma Culottes, Edna Tee & Cato Jacket: It was hard to single out just one item because everything in this outfit is fantastic. From office to outwear – this combination is perfect for your next occasion.
Karla Dress: This beautiful printed dress, made with fabrics from France, is exclusive to Anne Mardell. Not to mention, the extremely flattering shape that accentuates the body in all of the right places.
Grid Pattern Cardigan: This cardigan feels as soft as it looks. This light and comfortable cardigan is a must have this chilly season.
Kiwis are widely renowned for how much we love draping ourselves in black; not surprising then that black is a recurrent feature on the what’s hot lists, more constant in its forceful repetitions than anything else in the style books.
With this humble hue’s ability to make everything look that little bit chicer, it’s time to get ‘black’ to basics. Besides, if Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior extol the virtues of black, then who are we to argue?
It was Lagerfeld himself that once said, “One is never over or underdressed with a little black dress”.
So check out our mood board for inspiration, after all, as they say, black is the new black.
Did you know dressing well or even wearing a certain colour can be an instant mood-lifter? Yes, it turns out confidence may just be a power outfit away! Research shows that fashion is one of the simplest ways we can transform our emotions and overall confidence. So let us help you dress for success!
SLEEPY HEAD: If you wake up in the morning and the coffee just isn’t quite cutting it, your next best bet is to dress in red. The colour is said to evoke strong feelings of energy and excitement. Add a red lip to your outfit to really make that confidence level soar.
NEVER MELLOW IN YELLOW: If you’re feeling blue, we have the solution for you. Much like the bright summer sun, the colour yellow makes most people happy. Probably because memories of sitting on the beach or soaking up the rays are linked to the warm colour. Add accents of yellow to your outfits to bring out all of those positive feelings and lift your mood.
COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED: They say when you’re feeling anxious that blue hues are calming. Bring a sense of serenity to your outfits by showcasing any shade of blue. And if we haven’t already reminded you enough, the Pantone colour of the year is Classic Blue – so what better reason do you need to incorporate the shade?
IB Fashion & Bridal extends a warm welcome to try on the exclusive wedding attire by multi award-winning designer, Ingrid Brook.
Recent additions to her exquisite wedding dress collection, housed in shop 54 of The Tannery’s heritage grounds, are Helen Fontaine International and Pollardi European.
For all beautiful brides to be, and mothers of brides and grooms who cannot find the perfect outfit, book an essential consultation with Ingrid for her exclusive custom-making service for bridal-wear or any special occasion.
Complete the special outfit with an exclusive range of boutique veils, hair accessories and jewellery.
For all enquiries, or to make a booking to try on any of the dresses, phone 021 330 600.
Autumn’s vivid and vibrant hues are beautifully showcased at Made in the Shade, with quality garments arriving instore daily.
Renowned for non-pilling, Optimum flaunts tops in the full colour spectrum, from black and whites, hot pinks and oranges, greens and ambers through to dashing horizontal stripes in the brightest candy colours.
Team an Optimum top and knitted scarf with a pair of Lisette/L pants for autumnal flair. Made in Montreal, Lisette/L pants are designed with different fibres front and back to flatten the tummy and lift the bottom, and with a fabulous selection of styles and colours in various fabrics and lengths, these pants are legs ahead of the rest.
New Zealand designer Anne Mardell welcomes autumn with skirts, dresses, business pants and culottes that are certain to turn heads.
This label prides itself on creating New Zealand made clothes of which many are of French fabric.
Meanwhile, Bittermoon and Blackstone flaunt an autumnal palette to delight the eye, while NYDJ jeans stay true to its label boast ‘Fit to be Sexy’.
Made in the Shade’s purest linen and cotton garments from Italy will have you travel in style and arrive at your destination looking relaxed, refreshed and the essence of elegance.
These natural fibred garments don’t require ironing and make packing a breeze.
With up to 70 percent off end-of-summer stock, there just might be a little bargain to take home with your autumn harvest.
Find Made in the Shade at 151a Colombo Street, phone 03 332 1238.
Edith Head once said “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it”.
And yet despite the importance of dressing well, sometimes you just need a little bit of help to look and feel amazing.
After 30 years working across hair, fashion and beauty, Vicki Ogden-O’Fee isn’t just a little bit of help – she’s a whole lot of help! Vicki is offering free 15-minute consultations where she can help clients develop their personal style.
“When you feel good in yourself and how you look, you radiate confidence,” she says.
Whether you’re a university graduate setting up your new professional wardrobe, a mum returning to the workforce, or a busy professional who simply doesn’t have the time to shop, Vicki can make things simple and easy.
“We don’t just do hair, we do beautiful. Whether it’s a style tweak or a top-to-toe makeover; a one-off outfit or a wardrobe reinvention; together, we can uncover your shine.”
Fruity forms of orange fuelled our fashion sense in spring. Citrus shades are still sizzling on summer’s shelves and now they’re set to warm up autumn wardrobes.
Eastern cultures have always revered this hot spot on the colour wheel.
During Chinese New Year mandarins, tangerines, satsumas are symbols of abundance and fortune.
To wear the vibrant orange shade of tangerine brings happiness and enthusiasm – the mantra for 2020.
Tangerine is Fashion and Lifestyle Coach Angela Stone’s favourite colour – and has been for a while.
“My wardrobe is full of it; skirts, tops, trousers, dresses. Colour adds vibration and it really makes me feel alive, as it’s such a positive colour.”
Tangerine hails from the orange palette, but it’s a richer more saturated shade, just like the skin of its fruity namesake – injected with a juicy squeeze of scarlet.
Angela says it is a perfect colour to wear for those who would normally shy away from standing out in siren red. “It is kinder and softer than red – more subtle.”
Tangerine will show off a golden tan and will also add warmth to those with a more porcelain complexion.
“It is a very flattering universal colour, as everyone suits it. It can be paired with almost any other shade, including other universal colours like forest green or cobalt blue. Blonde, brunettes and red heads – we all look great in it.”
We don’t have to retire an outfit once autumn hits.
Tangerine is a sumptuous pop of colour pared against more retiring shades of autumn – such as darker greens, chocolates and burgundies.
Tangerine evokes a dream escape to a tropical retreat, sipping tequila sunrises by the pool. Wear it every way – from psychedelic crop tops to maxi skirts and boots.
The first thing we think of when reminiscing on decades past, is what people wore.
The ’20s will have a definably different vibe. Seize this exciting time in space to reinvent and trademark the new era.
We have new looks for each season – but for the new decade why not dare yourself? It’s a brave new world out there, and we can still be totally true to ourselves while turning heads with a courageous new look.
A little help from my friends
A good friend is an honest one. They see the 360 degree version of their favourite person the most.Ask all your friends their advice and see if there’s a common thread. Be the influencer and lead the way amongst your peers. Have a blast trying on new styles together.
Perhaps experiment with new looks, shapes and colours at affordable pre-loved fashion outlets such as Nurse Maude Hospice stores.
“That’s so you!” is what we love to hear. But imagine the squeals of glee as their demure, minimalist mate rocks up in a ruffled frock in lime green.
2. Savvy advice from a retail expert
An experienced consultant will often coax the shopper to have a try on of something that’s not their usual pick. Humour them.
It might be a pleasant surprise, a game-changer even. They’ve seen all shapes squeeze into styles – and are in the know when it comes to what fits and flatters.
3. From head to toe
We can cling to hairstyles in habitual comfort – however, the new energy of a complete change in hairstyle is empowering.
If you haven’t got any colourful or shimmery sandals, lay safe blacks to rest, and walk on sunshine for the summer of 2020.
For those firmly grounded in flatties, there’s high heels that still feel like slippers, and conversely, flats with chunky platforms for high-heel confidence.
4.You deserve it
Buy that outfit you adore – the one you can’t really afford or see as too glamorous, but can’t stop thinking about.
That’s not an impulse buy; it’s fate! Instead of drooling over fashion pages with wishful admiration, imagine yourself there, and recreate a completely new look to suit your budget.
5. Embrace the future
Metallics will be synonymous with the sci-fi-sounding 2020s – so have some fun with futuristic fabrics. Leggings have been synonymous with the 2010’s, so leg it out of this last decade and try on hot pants, suits, or high-waisted loose-fitting pants.
We’re going to be time-travelling in fashion to both past decades and futuristic times – fasten your belts!
6. Rule out old rules
Fashion is now delectably ageless. Fabrics are flattering, trends are flexible, and boundaries keep on blurring.
You can still wear a maxi skirt if you’re pint-sized, out-there colours and cut-out styles if you’re over 50, sportswear if you can’t run a mile – and plus-sized models remind us to love our bodies.
Let the world know that leopards can change their spots – however we hear that rich yellows and polka dots are on the catwalks for 2020!