metropol » Spring Fashion

Tag: Spring Fashion

7 Show Stoppers: Rangiora Shoelines

Get your spring shoe selection up to date with the unique and exciting new footwear at Rangiora Shoelines. We’re head over heels for these seven spectacular styles.




Fresh springtime styles in a delightful palette of colours are coming in hot off the runway and straight onto the shelves at Shoelines, 162 High Street – just in time for Cup and Show season and, of course, summer!

Perspex and polished wood heels can be spotted amongst the range of beautiful footwear, as well as stunning colour combinations. Slides and slingbacks are brilliant choices for the seasons ahead, and on-trend woven leather makes for a delightful addition to your shoe collection. Brands to browse include Diesel, Minx, Hispanitas and Kacper (the only stockist of this brand in the South Island!)

Jill, Sandra, Linda and Debby are on-hand to offer their advice and expertise. “We have wonderful customers, and our friendly and enthusiastic team enjoy offering great depth of knowledge on all styles available,” says Sandra.

Shop online at or give the lovely ladies a call on 03 313 8444.





Silhouettes of spring

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.




The timeless trouser

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.




Spring Selections

Spring’s Irresistible Selections: Zebrano

As the sun’s annual spring crossing of the celestial equator draws near, the delicious tropical prints that burst out of Zebrano’s iconic Christchurch store are in our sights. As irresistible as a margarita at a beach-side bar, the crisp whites, the brights and the floral prints have got us yearning to cast off winter layers.

Spring Selections

New in, the collection by Rebel Wilson is infused with Rebel’s joie de vivre and features her amazing jeans. Zebrano is the exclusive Christchurch stockist of this fun and sometimes flirty range, which comes in sizes 14 to 24.

Zebrano continues its strong support of the best of New Zealand designers with such iconic names as Curate by Trelise Cooper, Maaike, Chocolate, Euphoria and Obi filling the store with gorgeous clothes made in beautiful fabrics, plus a selection of Australian and European standouts such as Banana Blue, Moyuru and Rundholz Black. Zebrano aims to tempt the taste of every customer, whether they are dreaming of floral abundance, a tailored piece, or something dialled back and chic with perhaps a soupçon of the gothique!

Spring Selections

Personal service is fundamental at Zebrano – customers say a visit to the art deco treasure house on Victoria Street is a pampering session and they leave feeling wonderful. Sizes start at 14, with styles, cuts and detailing sourced by an expert eye for what works in sizes 14 plus.

Zebrano’s Christchurch store is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm with parking at the door, or shop online, by email or phone.