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Summer staples

The Summer season calls for a total wardrobe shift. Think less layers and more sun-kissed skin, with SPF of course. With longer days and warmer temps we want to be ready for all the outdoor get-togethers and celebrations. So, we’ve curated our ultimate summer style inspiration to take you from afternoon to eve with ease.

Stunning separates which work hard alone, and together Juliette Hogan Farrar Pant and Zen Blouse


A day-to-night party dress Ruby Cruise Linen Bow Dress


Rose tinted glasses Karen Walker Afterglow Sunnies


A romantic summer scent Aesop Rōzu


Essential summer blues ReDone 70s Stove Pipe from Workshop


Non-negotiable block Skinnies Conquer SPF50+


Slightly heeled, majorly elegant St Agni Jiro Sandal


Understated bling Jasmine Sparrow Wave Earrings


A goes-with-everything statement skirt Auguste Maui Thompson Maxi Skirt


Day-to-night bag See by Chloe Tilda Braided Tote from Workshop


A throw-on white shirt Ganni Cotton Poplin Blouse from Workshop


Betting on style

Cup Week fashion is a chance to dress to impress. Whether that is paying homage to the traditions of the track with a dark hued suit, embracing patterned shirts and blazers, or diverging from those time-honoured two-pieces with light-coloured chinos and linen shirts.



Dapper never dates in classic navy. Sportscraft Grant Wool Item Jacket.


All punters need a sleek wallet. Deadly Ponies Card File


Add flare with tasteful accents like a pocket square. Working Style Diamond Paisley Pocket Square


Freshen up any ‘fit with a crisp wide brim. Brixton Marcos Fedora




Mix it up in pale pants. J Crew stretch chinos


Lighten up with a linen shirt. Sportscraft Stripe Linen Shirt in Oat


Slick shades are a must. Moscot Cliptosh in Amber




Dressy trou which are not too dark, not too light. Working Style Olive Twill City Chino


A designer timepiece elevates any look. Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito


Brown leather boots are classy and classic. RM Williams Comfort Craftsman



Fabulous Face-Framers

Prescription glasses have come a long way, from library to catwalk – these fabulous face-framers can be a true reflection of personality.




Being short-sighted has been a big bonus for celebrity cook Jax Hamilton. She has a designated drawer for her 36 pairs of spectacular spectacles and eight pairs of prescription sunglasses. “No one bats an eye-lid that I have 60 pairs of shoes,” she says. “So why not have loads of glasses – and they don’t have to break the bank.”

Jax even has her own name for signature eyewear. “I don’t call them glasses, I call them face furniture. I see them as an integral part of my face, just like a couch is integral to the living room. They are a part of who I am – it’s my dreads, glasses, and Cockney accent!”

Preferring her accessories large and loud, she wears big square or hexagonal shapes when she’s out and about. However, at home in Christchurch, Jax will be relaxing in her PJs with a smaller, comfortable, round Harry Potter-esque pair. The colourful character is attracted to bright, bold colours like reds and blues, and her newest pair is always her fave – her latest being black bat-winged prescription sunnies with wide tortoiseshell arms.

“I feel like a diva,” she laughs. “I love them.”

Jax always has four pairs with her when she goes out, and at least six when travelling. “As for me, it’s always how I feel at the time. I buy my glasses locally from Bailey Nelson, and it literally takes about 40 seconds to choose a pair.”

The trends to try on next year for 2020 vision are bejewelled, oversized, funky cat-eye, brow bar, and big, bold geometric shapes – so Jax will be in her element.

“It’s not if they suit me, it’s more about having the confidence to wear them. Most of mine are out-there – I just put them on and rock it.’




The eyes have it

The eyes have it

Sunglasses are a girl’s best friend, there for you through thick and thin. It really doesn’t matter a hoot if the day is cloudy, rock them anyway.


The eyes have it


Whether you are matching sunnies to your face-shape, budget, outfit or whim, all rules can be broken with the eclectic contrast in theme this season – from understated classics to outrageously glam.

Classic frames from the ’50s and ’60s are creating an elegant entrance, with a theatrical twist. For under wide-brimmed hats to glamming up a vintage-print dress, retro-rimmed cats-eye styles are very cool kitten.

This year they can be oversized or elongated and come in transparent feminine pastels to flattering tortoiseshell or eternally-demure black.

Karen Walker has reinvented looks from Mary Poppins in her Miss Lark and Admiral Boom styles; the latter, a chunky masculine meets feminine square vibe. Brands like Oakley are taking on the coloured-lens craze. See the world though green, blue, yellow or pink. And prescription lenses with your shades will be an invaluable accessory.

Flat-bottomed oval shapes are a new normal, and hexagonal is hot. Geometric shaping is the twist in the trend this year – literally an edgy style! Over the top, over-sized round glasses are oh so beach-worthy and the original black Ray-Ban Wayfarers are hip again.

Frameless contrasts with chunky rectangular lenses, whereas wire frames can come in classic, aviator, or seriously sporty. A futuristic style is the ‘zero-based’ lens which lies completely flat.

A statement pair of shades is an investment with benefits – through summer’s intensity to wintery glare, they make any outfit totally picture-perfect.




Bold & the beautiful: Token’s take on this season’s accessory trends

Autumn brings both sunshine and showers and, to celebrate the season, stunning on-trend jewellery, scarves, gloves and sunnies are all at Token in Avonhead Shopping Centre.


Jewellery is going bold, says owner Eliza Rattray. Stella & Gemma earrings stun with feathers or heavy-chorded tassels in soft blush, blues, pinks and greys. It’s a refined twist on boho.
An exciting new jewellery range in Token is Wanderlust & Co, with its quixotic touch of the interstellar. Fine metals, in intricate detail and bold shapes, also include a charming astrology range.
Eliza has bought in lots of scarves – in autumnal hues of turmeric, olive, burgundy and navy. Snoods, faux-fur collars, chunky cable-knits, and fine patterned florals for warmer days, finish any outfit.
Stella & Gemma’s great-priced gloves are adorned with fur, pom poms and tassels, while its sunglasses range sees slightly smaller frames this season – with a retro edge. And the new Quay Sunglasses are oh so the latest thing.