The trends of maximalism and minimalism seem to be fighting for the top spot everywhere. It’s time to wave goodbye to demi-fine jewellery as it steps out of the spotlight and is replaced by a chunkier rival.
This season, leave your dainty jewels on the duchess and make way for bolder, heavier, chunkier pieces with serious pizzazz. Big, bold necklaces are reigning supreme; gold chunky chains, oversized pearls, big beaded beauties, standout link chokers and strings of life-sized shells are all making waves, and headbands, rings and bracelets are also getting the chunky treatment.
We all love the idea of summer until it actually hits; that heat that you were wishing for can sometimes be too hot to handle. There are only so many layers we can take off until it’s no longer acceptable to go out in public. While Lana Del Rey sings about her summertime sadness, we’ve found a way for you to beat it. The answer is simple: white linen. This wardrobe essential will keep you both looking and feeling cool this summer.
It appears that the fashion trend cycle has done its rounds – once extremely popular in the 1990s, white linen attire has been bought back into style nearly 30 years later. This may have something to do with the fact that the fabric is very soft and breathable, making it the perfect outfit choice for the warmer seasons.
White linen shirts were most popular poolside, thrown over some swimwear, providing slightly more protection than sunscreen. It could be styled one of two ways, left loose and hanging or unbuttoned and tied at your midriff.
Nowadays you’ll find ‘linen anything’ – shirts, skirts, shorts, pants, dresses, jumpsuits, jackets and even scrunchies. It’s definitely the go-to fabric choice when you’re trying to keep it cool.
In the words of Fergie ‘a little party never killed nobody’, so why not dress to impress at your next gathering? As we’re quickly heading into party season, we check out some of the hottest looks in party frocks.
Jump around: jumpsuits will never go out of fashion; they’re somehow a perfect mix of elegant and practical and can be styled for any occasion. Whether you’re feeling a classic black or a fun floral pattern, anything works.
Sexy in silk: midi silk skirts are definitely in. They’re popping up in most of our favourite stores. Breathable and soft on your skin, you won’t be complaining about comfort when you’re dancing around at your next event.
Trending tassels: they’re hard to miss when they’re hanging off most earlobes these days. Your colour options are basically that of the colour wheel… endless. They’ll always add a bit of personality to any outfit. A fun way to incorporate them into your outfit is by matching them with the colour of your shoes.
Can’t be tamed: Animal print is a trend that definitely ducks in and out of the fashion trend cycle, but it’s very much in style this season. A leopard print midi skirt is a staple item and if you want to listen to our advice even more, don’t forget those tassel earrings!
We’re seeing sequins everywhere! They’re the hottest embellishment that you literally can’t miss. While a little black dress may be a classic in the fashion world, held up against an outfit showcasing sequins – eyes will more often than not be drawn to the latter.
With the warmer season just around the corner, it’s high time we gave you some tips on how to rock some summer sequins.
All that glitters: While we did say that in a match against a little black number and a sequin dress, sequins would prevail, a hybrid of the two would make for a head-turner. A little black sequin dress is a sassy and sexy wardrobe must-have. It may not be the right attire for a trip to the supermarket, but it would definitely be appropriate for celebrating that new promotion, birthday or even the New Year.
Time to reflect: If upon reflection you feel as if a sequin dress may be too much for you, there are other options. Dress pants are always a good idea to have in the wardrobe, especially if they’re made of matte micro sequins. These are perfect because they can be dressed up or down based on the top or accessories that you pair them with.
A ‘subtle’ shine: If we’re being honest, there’s nothing subtle about sequins. They’re a look that shines… quite literally. But there are other ways to include them into your outfits that aren’t so extensive – one word: accessories. A simple clutch sporting sequins is a great way to add a finishing touch to any outfit. It’s an item that doesn’t scream ‘look at me’ but instead just politely asks for eyes to wander its way.
Shimmy, shimmy: Combining both fringe and sequins may seem like a crazy idea but, like peanut butter and jelly, even though they shouldn’t work… they do. There’s something satisfying about being able to shake your hips and having your outfit move with you. The Rozela Dress by LEXI is a perfect example of style and fun coming together to provide some new-age glamour.
Girl in stilettos: You can usually hear these shoes before you see them but with the addition of glittering silver-toned sequins, you can make sure they’re definitely seen as well. Having sequins line the straps of a black stiletto is a sure way to reinvent a classic design.
After more than a month of fashion shows from the very best, there’s a whole crop of fresh spring/summer nail trends emerging for minimalists and maximalists alike.
Texture is the name of the game this year; add oomph with polka dots, geometric patterns, rhinestone applique and glitter, or channel your inner mermaid with cute embellishments such as pearls or tiny shells. High-shine varnishes with a shimmery, metallic finish are perfect for the festive party season, particularly in silver, gold and chrome hues.
Warmer weather means brighter colours, so why not experiment with a pop of on-trend marigold yellow, breezy blue, cherry red or vibrant peach? And remember – dark shades aren’t just reserved for the colder months. Can’t decide on a hue? Try gradient shades of one original colour, or a rainbow of your favourite pastel hues.
If au natural is more your aesthetic, an opalescent polish graduating in intensity (ombre to those in the know) makes for a magical moment, while a swipe of glossy topcoat keeps out dirt and adds a healthy sheen.
Nothing says nails like a classic French tip, but this traditional manicure has had a modern refresh for SS19/20; the expected white tips have been replaced by a rainbow of shades. How about experimenting with best of both worlds by picking your two favourite complementing colours for a two-tone tip?
Working Style’s new collection celebrates the continued softening and evolution of men’s wardrobes, with emphasis on garments that transition from work to play. We spoke to Creative Director Karl Clausen about inspiration for the collection and key styles and colours for the season.
What are the main inspirations for the new collection?
This season, a tonal, fresh palette of Mediterranean blues, sage greens and earthy shades dominate the collection – it’s really evocative of the season’s essence.
What are some must-have items from this collection?
Our cotton suit separates are a genuine must-have. They are light-weight and breathable, which helps you stay comfortable during formal occasions in summer. Plus, they can be worn independently, adding flexibility to your wardrobe. You could wear the jacket with chinos or jeans or the trousers with a linen shirt or a t-shirt. As professional attire is evolving, there are fewer people buying complete suits. Guys can buy separates and it gives them the opportunity to get creative. You almost get five different outfits from buying just one.
The other must-have items from this collection are the linen chinos and drawstring trousers. Linen is a fantastic natural, breathable fabric for summer. Our linen trousers are cut easy in the leg offering a relaxed fit, but can be styled more formally with a jacket and tie if required. They are an easy piece to transition from being sharp to being laid back – allowing you to be stylish and comfortable at the same time.
What can men wear to a formal summer occasion?
Summer allows you to be more adventurous with colours: grey with green, or highlight a navy suit with a mustard shirt. Our range of half-lined pure linen suits allow easy movement, and bring a textural quality with their natural wrinkling. Wear them with loafers and keep cool from head to toe.
What’s the new work dress code?
Modern work places are more casual – the traditional suit and tie is transitioning to a smart-casual look. It’s still important to look smart at work and an easy way to dress up a casual look is to incorporate a tailored item: a tailored jacket with jeans, or a linen shirt with dress trousers.
Any styling suggestions for creating a smart-casual look incorporating sneakers?
The idea is to strike a balance between quintessentially formal pieces and their polar opposites. It’s about how you pair the two. Sneakers have evolved into a bridge to instantly soften a formal look. They are easy-to-wear and our is range is created with the same attention to detail as our dress shoes. They are a sleek and contemporary design which look very sharp styled with chinos and dress trousers. The best part is they are extremely versatile giving you the freedom to style them as you wish. A pair of white sneakers is the new modern classic.
New Zealand Cup and Show Week is an iconic event that has been loved by the public since its beginnings in the late 90s. Fashion lovers have the opportunity to celebrate in style and showcase all of the latest trends. This year the springtime festival has had a revamp, with the Bloom campaign created to introduce a bold new look.
So, why not take some inspiration from the fashion forward event and introduce your own bold new look. After all, ‘glam’ shouldn’t be relegated to just one week of the year. Check out our top tips for bringing the ‘glam’ to your every day.
Back to school: A blazer is such a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn in almost every season. A colourful cotton blazer can keep you both feeling and looking cool this spring. This item can be paired nicely with jeans and a shirt or a simple dress. Don’t forgot to experiment with colour to really make your outfit pop.
Bless you: Not to be confused with a handkerchief… a silk kerchief is another fun way to be bold with your fashion choices. There are so many creative ways to use this item, whether you wear it around your neck, waist, head or tote bag – you’ll never tire of ways to tie it. You can even pair it with your blazer by tucking it into the chest pocket.
Stand out: There are loads of loafers to choose from when revamping your wardrobe. They’re a fashion staple that moves your everyday outfit into the smart-casual category. Not to mention, they’re extremely breathable and comfortable. These sleek slip-ons come in multiple styles, from tassels to zips, so choose the pair that stand out to you.
Make it click: A pearl barrette hair clip is a simple yet effective addition to your look. This vintage accessory is a statement piece that has made its comeback this year. You can’t go wrong with this classy item as there’s only so many ways to wear a hairclip.
Be bold: Never underestimate the use of a bold lip. While reapplying your lipstick every few hours may not be the most practical beauty tip, taking those extra few minutes to do so can upgrade your look from everyday-ready to bold and beautiful.
In the loop: Fun and quirky earrings are a way to give your outfit personality. The possibilities for styles and colour schemes are endless. Don’t have your ears pierced? Not to worry, clip on earrings are also available so you don’t miss out. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, matching the colour of your shoes and earrings is always a hit.
Jumpsuits and dresses might just be the seasonal style strategy as the temperatures increase and we seek to maximise daylight hours. After all, who has time to plan an outfit every day anyway?
Fast, efficient and trans-seasonal, jumpsuits and dresses can do it all.
A simple black dress or jumpsuit can easily be elevated to corporate-wear with some heels and a blazer, or take you to the beach with sandals and a hat.
Structured yet sweet, a white strapless bandeau jumpsuit is a great investment that can be dressed up or down, making it the perfect companion for the party season ahead.
Meanwhile, if you’re wanting to brighten up your wardrobe, floral prints can do just that and you’ll look right at home at a picnic or at brunch.
Frills and lace or a little satin number is the way to go for a subtly sexy option for a night out, while a halter jumpsuit or dress with a nipped-in waist will show off your curves in all the right ways.
Whatever way you go, dresses and jumpsuits are the silhouettes of spring.
Summer is almost upon us, so it’s time to put away the beanie and bring out the sunhat. Here’s a rundown of the hottest hats of 2019.
Through the veil
The perfect last piece of your race day ensemble – the veiled hat! These beauties were surprisingly plentiful in the trends of spring, proving that bold and brave is always in no matter the season. So, will it be simple netting or embellished mesh?
The bucket is back
Did the bucket hat every really phase out? Although sophisticated bucket hats may seem like an oxymoron, black leather, modish hues, elegant florals, sheer fabrics and raffia straw styles are all coming in hot off the catwalk.
Brimming with beauty
Chic, sophisticated and practical – what more could you wish for?! Wide-brimmed and floppy styles not only provide shade, they’re ultra-stylish too. The beach, a summer fete, Cup and Show Day… the opportunities for this look are endless!
This classic favourite goes with just about everything. A wicker visor is a must-have for the fashion follower, or for the traditional fashionista, a straw hat teamed with a pair of bejewelled earrings and a red lip makes for a seriously sexy statement.
Call them pants or trousers, this fashion staple transcends the seasons in an assortment of styles, making them one of the most-worn items in your wardrobe. We look at the history and the future of the timeless trouser.
Trousers can be credited to inventor and entrepreneur Jacob W. Davis who coined the term when he made clothing more efficient by creating two seams to define what we now call trousers.
With a plethora of pant styles now available for both men and women, Elizabeth Smith Miller is credited as being the first woman to wear pants during the 20th century women’s movement. Before then, trousers were a staple donning the legs of men.
During the Victorian era dress reform was the new way. Pre-Victorian bodices and corsets paired with huge skirts or dresses constricted women and were also known to be a risk to health with their ultra-form fitting designs commonly cutting off oxygen and circulation to many women of the day.
The Suffragette movement advanced women’s rights even further and their right to comfortable clothing, which included incorporating functionality while still maintaining a sense of personal style. It was definitely the season for change as women moved into factory work and also sought fashion freedom in the form of free-moving trousers, which are now equally a staple of womenswear.
So what does the fashion forecast have in store for women’s trousers as we approach the warmer months?
This year you can expect to see plenty of leather, flared styles and cropped designs, with white trousers also making a comeback. High waists are still hot and animal print is on-trend again, if it ever really went away.
Wider legs in the form of culottes or harem pants are hitting the style consciousness. The voluminous silhouette of these bottoms make them ideal for the warmer months in fabrics such as viscose, silk and chiffon.
We can also expect to see breathable fabrics such as eco-luxurious linen, which is both beautiful and durable. The woven texture makes this fabric of choice resistant to stains and easy to care for. Linen’s sustainability properties are also an attractive
style perk, while its flax beginnings lend it well to cool and crisp fashion designs for spring and summer.
Utility has been the name of the fashion game for a while now, so we can expect to see plenty of beige, khaki, patch pockets, cotton drill and cargo pants.
Style tip: Look for easy care options that are machine washable and long lasting. Trousers may be your most worn garments so investing well is always advisable.