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Maid to wear

Co-ordinating bridesmaid outfits can be tricky business. Deciding to match or mix styles and colours – and getting a universal seal of approval – can be tough work. Here is Metropol’s bridesmaid style inspiration.

Juliette Hogan Amaya Pleat Dress


Mix it up – Who said all the bridesmaids had to match? Not us! Women come in all shapes and sizes, so too, do outfits – so why not give your girls a colour palette to work from and see what different styles they come up with. This way, they’ll love what they wear, too!


Ruby Ronnie Silk Dress


Pattern party – Embrace opulent fabrics and fun patterns by adorning your bridal party in patterns. With so many stunning florals and textures around at the moment, options abound. Your photos will look bright and fun, too.


Silk & Steel Matriach Hoop Earrings


Big day details – Whether you opt for mixing or matching, co-ordinating small details like accessories not only pulls the final look together, but can leave your bridesmaids with a cute keepsake, too. Necklaces, earrings and rings are all great ideas.


Linen loves

No summer wardrobe would be complete without some linen. The heroic natural fibre breathes with you on hot summer days, making it the ideal companion for a trip to the beach, farmer’s market – or even a day at the office.

Seed Heritage Tiered Linen Dress.


Pandemic chic. Seed Heritage Face Mask


A crisp, yet floaty, white tee. Sara Lila Linen Top White


The ever flattering high-waisted, wide leg combo. Brigid McLaughlin Belted Mata Culotte


Micro floral patterns *chef’s kiss*. Ruby Bounty Linen Skirt


Tiered, floaty and fabulous. Trelise Cooper Linen and Waffles a Day in the Country Dress


Racewear style picks: The Crossing

The Crossing is the heart of fashion, beauty and retail in the Christchurch CBD, so Metropol asked those in the know what their style picks are for nailing Cup Week looks – and beyond.


Elise Dickson – Ruby Store Manager



“My pick for spring is anything from our Lucy floral print – they are perfect for all events from long lunches to spring weddings. The beautiful colours in the floral is enough to brighten any day.”










Karina Collins – Dry and Tea Salon Manager





“The wedge heel from country road. So effortless and comfy. Can be worn with a little black dress, or casual with a linen short/skirt. The texture of the shoe is definitely what we are seeing this summer with hair…texture and shape, casual and cool.”










Anna Walsh – Coffee Culture Owner




“I’m loving the Trapeze dress from Witchery paired with white sneakers to make a cute day look. It also comes in bright pink for a fancier look! It’s the perfect dress for these warmer days.”








Roisin McCullough – Seed Heritage Store Manager




“I’m really excited to be wearing linen this summer. It’s a beautiful fabric to wear in the warm Christchurch weather and easy to style up or wear casually. There will be beautiful colours coming through in linen this season.”










Shirr thing

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.


Marle Ines Top


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.

Ruby Mirella Short Sleeve Wrap Dress

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.


Giselle Silk Georgette Top

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.


Fabulous Finesse

Shelley Ferguson wears a lot of hats; she’s the editorial director of home and fashion magazines at Bauer Media, including Your Home and Garden; she’s the beloved co-host of The Block New Zealand; she’s also wife of Steve and mum to Flynn and Jett.


On Tuesday 12 November, she added another one, joining the judging panel of the Best Dressed competition at Addington’s Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day alongside Jackie O’Fee from Signature Style, creative director Deanna Didovich of New Zealand-based brand RUBY.

We caught up with Shelley about her impressions of the day.

Christchurch was incredibly lucky to have hosted you recently when you came down to judge our Best Dressed competition. Did you get to spend much time down here and look around?
I was lucky to be invited! It was a quick 24-hour visit, but within that time I had a quick look around the city, got to spend the night in a hotel, had lunch with the organisers, judged the Best Dressed competition and drank some champagne before flying out, so I reckon I made the most of it!

What did you think of the fashions this year?
I was incredibly impressed; it was at an international level. The planning, themes, details, fit, fabric, accessories, hair and makeup many of the contestants showcased was impeccable.

Racewear is about getting every detail perfect and respecting heritage with a modern twist which takes time, money and an inherent sense of style.

There were so many different, unique and creative approaches which made for a visual feast!

What were some of the highlights of the day for you?
The entire vibe on the day was fabulous. This is an iconic event and I could feel the sense of pride and celebration on the day. It was a fantastic business card for the city that’s for sure.

What were some of the key things you were looking for when it came to selecting your top picks for the podium?
The first was a cohesive theme that was evident in every aspect of the look without going OTT which is difficult with racewear.

The other key element I looked for was fit and fabric. At this level every nip, tuck and pleat needs to be tailored to the body.

You are always exceptionally put together yourself. What do you love about fashion?
Oh thank you! I love to dress up; sometimes I don’t think we do it enough. I grew up watching classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and love iconic brands like Chanel.

There is a sense of celebrating womanhood by making an effort and dressing for the occasion, in whatever way that means to you personally.

Where was your beautiful Cup Day outfit from?
A Melbourne brand called Loreta.

How would you describe your own fashion philosophy?
Wear things that make you happy – feeling great leads to having more fun.

What do the next 12 months have in store for you?
Continuing to nurture my interior design business and clients, another season of The Block, and hopefully another trip to Christchurch for Cup Day 2020!