A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our health, yet too often it can be easier said than done. One way to invite a glorious night of shut eye into your life is to create a sleep routine, and, yes, that means new sleepwear.
A hybrid of athleisure, lingerie and loungewear, modern pyjamas aren’t mucking around.
Which is good, because when it comes to choosing which sleepwear to take to bed, the criteria is clear: comfort, but not at the expense of style.
And in 2021, when the world has just spent its most recent past in prolonged periods of varying degrees of sleepwear – options abound. We are spoilt for styles, colours and fabrications of jammies in classic long-sleeve and pant combos to luxurious silky sets and cosy separates.
Agent Provocateur Classic PJ Pants and Camisole in Black
But just because items come as sets, doesn’t mean they must be treated as such. Pick a pair of pants and team with a soft cotton tee or camisole, or select an oversized sleep shirt to be worn with boyleg briefs or boxers.
Don’t like wide leg pants? Choose some leggings.
Don’t like button down shirts? Opt for a pullover.
Short legs and sleeveless tops can be made up for long sleeve tops, snuggly socks and a delicious dressing gown.
And of course, nighties come in all lengths – both hem and sleeve-wise.
Whatever items – or combo – you go for, bedtime will always feel luxurious when you’re wearing something stylishly snuggly.
If glasses are your thing, now is your time to shine, because rather than a few distinct styles emerging as standout trends for 2021 – they’re all in! Retro rounds, classic cat eyes, sporty aviators and sleek rectangles have all had a modern update and are ready to accompany you wherever this year may go.
From classic designs to the more statement and novelty, glasses designs are emerging in fun and bold styles.
Frames are large and small, thin and thick and lenses are colour tinted – meaning there is something for every face shape (and personal preference).
Fashion forecasters are noting the re-emergence of larger sportier frames; Think thicker aviator styles with tinted lenses.
Retro rounds are having a reboot, ranging from small to larger lenses and again in all manner of tints.
Rectangles are the fashionista frame du jour, the thick frames are acetate and we’re seeing them in those on-trend tonals, pastels, tortoise shell and sleek, classic black.
And just like tiny glasses have been the trendsetter’s accessory for the last year or two, supersized frames seem to be setting their place at the style table.
Frames are, conveniently, able to be used for both sun and reading lenses, and the popularity of blue light lenses (to block out the rays from screens which can interfere with our sleep cycles) is also continuing to soar.
New Zealand designer Karen Walker’s frames are, as always, a style go-to, and local stores like Matthew’s Eyewear Eyecare, Specsavers and Bailey Nelson have a wide range of styles and choice, along with optometry services to ensure you’re looking out for your eye health, too.
At the heart of Cutler & Co is a sensitivity to the nuances of living and dressing in Canterbury and, cleverly, they distil that understanding into their men’s clothing designs and range.
Store manager Liam Strachan says winter 2021 is all about soft, refined layering.
“Corduroy is impossible to ignore this season. It’s easily our biggest selling fabric. We have cord blazers, trousers, shirts, vests and casual jackets in every hue imaginable.”
And there’s a lot to choose from – soft and chunky or smooth and refined. Liam has his favourites: “The Hastin trousers and Leo jacket in washed cord, definitely. Wear those with a Dstrezzed t-shirt for casual comfort or a Cutler & Co shirt for a slightly dressier approach.”
Bright is back. Liam says think burnt orange, forest green, ruby red and caramel. And continuing with the soft theme, he is particularly excited about the new 100 percent merino knitwear range.
“These feature an innovative dyeing process that achieves a textural look while keeping an incredibly soft and smooth touch.”
Designed here, to be worn here, you can check out the soft and brights at 678 Colombo St, Christchurch or visit the website.
Kathryn Wilson is putting her best foot forward, adorned with a new eco-friendly offering aimed to create a kinder footprint thanks to her eponymous footwear brand. Arriving in store this month, her KIND collection has had a lot of thought put into it, so you can purchase carefree.
Congratulations on the latest collection! Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration and significance behind the design and materials?
Thank you! The initial offering of three casual styles has been consciously crafted using Global Recycling Standard certified recycled leather and fly-knit uppers made from recycled plastic bottles. We are excited to be able to offer fashion footwear with a ‘kinder’ footprint through materials, components and the manufacturing methods used.
After more than two years in design development, how did you know the collection was ready to go public?
We have researched and met with several suppliers of sustainable footwear materials and packaging over the last three to four years at international trade shows and shoe fairs. We wanted to make sure the providers we aligned with were GRS certified, trustworthy and had worked with reputable brands to ensure they were committed to creating a quality product, not ‘green-washing’ and were transparent around their social responsibility and code of ethics. We began development of these styles in November 2019 and have been wear-testing and re-fitting the styles to ensure the materials we have sourced are durable, colourfast, and comfortable before finalising our prototype samples which were sold to NZ retailers in October 2020. Our wholesale accounts throughout the country were so supportive of this new development and have been as excited as we are to have these styles arrive at stores this month.
You’ve started your sustainability journey by announcing a partnership with CarbonClick. What factors led to you joining forces to create a footwear with a kinder footprint?
With the release of our KIND collection we made part of the purchase price a $10 donation towards the Kaikoura Project, a local regeneration of native forest and pest control program that would off-set more than 100kg of carbon emissions from each pair sold. We have had awesome support and guidance from our sustainability expert; Vanessa from Unravelled Consultants who specialises in advice for the NZ fashion industry on becoming more sustainable. She has introduced us to suppliers of packaging, materials and manufacturers who are offering climate friendly options.
With the term ‘fast fashion’ being thrown around the industry, what is your opinion on consumption in the fashion world and how we can all aim to be a bit eco-friendlier?
We have always believed in designing and creating beautiful, quality footwear that will be durable, timeless and last for many years to come. Nothing makes me happier than hearing from a customer that they have kept a pair of our boots for 10 years and had them re-soled etc to give them a new life, still being their favourite pair, I see that as a great compliment. If we can be encouraging our customers to buy quality items and look after their footwear using care products to lengthen their lifespan, we have less items going into landfill. We hope our shoes will be loved and shared between mothers and daughters or from friend to friend for years to come, ideally given an extended life by donating to a circular fashion retailer or charity.
So, what are the next steps (pun intended) for the Kathryn Wilson brand?
We are excited to share our sustainability strategy document online this month and increase our transparency around our product development, our people behind the brand, our charity alignments in local communities and defining our operational carbon emissions. Our goals for 2021 include auditing our NZ operations, committing to all packaging from all suppliers being 100 percent recyclable in NZ, weighing and collecting all leather off-cuts from manufacturers to be re-purposed, and surveying our tier one suppliers on their practices to understand where we can help to reduce emissions in the supply chain.
It’s hard to fathom that we’ve nearly reached the mid-way point of the year. With the changeover to June also comes cooler months, time to rug up, zip up and layer up. Here are Metropol’s fashion favourites for winter 2021.
Fashionistas are invited to a winter styling event on June 17 to raise funds for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other Zonta charities. Hosted by the Zonta Club of Christchurch North and co-ordinated by Stephanie Rumble, the evening will showcase Ballantynes’ winter collections and styling ideas.
The “Winter Styling Event”, to be held at Ballantynes, will provide guests access to tips and tricks for styling their winter wardrobes.
Ten models from Portfolio Model Agency will grace the catwalk, showcasing winter fashions. Stephanie, one of New Zealand’s leading fashion and personal stylists, from BrightRed, will host the show.
This comes naturally to Stephanie, a former Metropol magazine fashion stylist, who has been in the business for the past 16 years, and who enjoys working with everyone to help them be the best versions of themselves. Along with editorial and fashion styling, Stephanie also offers a range of personal styling services.
Bubbles and nibbles will be served from 6pm allowing guests to mix and mingle, before heading up to the atrium for a fun-filled evening of fashion.
Spot prizes will feature throughout the evening, along with raffles and an auction. A limited number of VIP tickets – offering a closer look at the action – can be purchased for $75, with general admission $65.
Enjoy an evening of fashion at Ballantynes, letting Stephanie take some of the guesswork out of your winter wardrobe. Tickets can be purchased online via the website.
About Zonta: The Zonta Club of Christchurch North is part of an international organisation of professionals empowering women globally through service and advocacy. Proceeds from this event will go to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other club charities. The Grandparents Trust provides support services and caregiver education programmes to over 5200 grandparents and families nationwide, involving over 8500 caregivers and over 12,000 children in circumstances where they cannot be raised by their parents.
Thea’s New and Preloved Boutique is a unique treasure trove of gorgeous garments, footwear and numerous accessories, as well as luxurious home and giftware. Tucked in behind Oxford’s local Challenge service station, this hidden gem was, up until now, the town’s best kept secret.
The boutique recently expanded from one to two rooms, so that’s twice the space for blissful browsing. Take that fab leather jogger from Siren, for instance, and team it with a stunning top from Foxwood and Isabella ankle boots – now that’s how to stop traffic!
Alongside renowned Aotearoa brands, there is also a European influence, in Italian knitwear of the softest mohair and brightest colours.
Proprietor Robyn Paget describes her home décor as an eclectic mix of interesting pieces to enhance the home, with everything from ceramics, candles, room fragrances, artificial flowers and foliage, and so much more in between.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, a day away in Oxford’s hidden gem can be your guilty pleasure, but if you must share it with someone, make it all your BFF’s; Robyn can’t wait to meet them!
Thea’s New & Preloved Boutique is located at 102 Main Street, Oxford.
High performing clothing you’ll look good in should be a non-negotiable in your winter wardrobe, with items that can take you from activity to après with ease. Metropol has rounded up some cool-weather inspiration.
Far from basic base layers. Icebreaker Women’s Motion Seamless Tights and Anatomica Sports Bra
Beauty trends take a significant turn this year. What was once an obsession, now makes us cringe. I’m talking about dramatic lashes that could pick you up and fly you away, highlighter that’s brighter than the sun and well, we can’t forget about overdrawn brows. This year however, it’s all about simplicity and we are all for it!
Fluffy brows and natural, dewy looking skin are the go-to this season; a combination that will make you feel 10 years younger.
Fluffy brows provide a subtle face lift as you are forcing your brow hairs to remain upwards, in turn, lifting your face (try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze for this).
Natural and dewy looking skin underemphasises fine lines and wrinkles. Pair this look with a deep lip colour if you feel like showing off your adventurous side.
20s to 30s:
It’s still possible to even out your skin tone, hide blemishes and boost your skins appearance using a little bit of foundation; however, if you have some blemishes you would like to cover even more, use only a touch of concealer to do this. Dampen your brush or sponge using some water before applying liquid or cream products, this will help loosen up the texture and allow for a more airbrushed finish. Try the Too Faced Dew You Foundation – it’s magic in a bottle.
30s to 40s:
If hydrating sprays are not part of your makeup routine – you are missing out! Try the Mario Badescu Facial Sprays before, during and after your makeup application to help hydrate your skin. For an added benefit, spritz your foundation brush with some spray before applying your cream or liquid foundation, this will allow the foundation to sit on your skin so much better. You can use the same technique for cream or liquid bronzer too.
Avoid full coverage foundations as these tend to emphasise fine lines and wrinkles. Instead try a lighter coverage foundation such as the Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid Foundation – this is a favourite of ours! Apply a pea-sized amount or two to a foundation brush and gently blend it into your face (never use your hands to blend in foundation). For an added dewy effect, combine some foundation with your favourite moisturiser before applying it on your skin.
Snuggling into soft, lush and luxe knits is a universally acknowledged joy of the cooler months. Layered over dresses, skirts, jeans and trousers, quality wearable knit jumpers, jerseys and cardigans are always a wardrobe winner. Metropol has you covered with this season’s picks of the knits.
Tonal palettes are trending. Country Road Knit Hooded Poncho and Collared Rib Dress in Barley
Monochrome with a twist. Paloma Wool Yinyang Sweater