Introducing the most versatile outerwear of the moment – the Shacket. Sitting in the sweet spot somewhere between a shirt and a jacket, a shacket is the ultimate laid-back, effortlessly chic, everyday layer… and at risk of jumping on a trend, we cannot get enough.
The bread and butter of shackets, plaid is where it all started. A plaid shacket screams effortless and laid-back, a real ‘oh this old thing?’ moment if you will. Opt for blues, yellows or oranges for a pop of fun. These can be used to break up sleek formal outfits or worn as the ultimate thrown on over jeans and a tee look.
In terms of the versatility and longevity of wardrobe pieces, neutral is always your safest bet to get the most wear out of them. The shacket is no exception, with beautiful tones of grey, beige, and camel all good choices. You can guarantee plenty of wear out of these options.
Add a touch more edge to your wardrobe by rocking a leather shacket. Worn over a crisp white top and blue jeans, a leather shacket can be so wearable and add a touch of verve to an otherwise plain ensemble. There are plenty of vegan leather options out there, as well as beige and lighter colourways too.
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.
SPF is an essential (or should be!) part of your skincare routine, but some ingredients can contribute to coral reef bleaching, and cause harm to other sea life like algae, mussels, fish and dolphins. In fact, ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate are actually banned in Hawaii! Look for reef safe sunscreen ingredients and brands.
It’s easy to fall for products in cute packaging, but beware! Packaging, and over packaging is generally destined straight for landfill. Instead, familiarise yourself which materials that can be recycled in your city, use refillable products, or participate in schemes like TerraCycle which recycles hard-to-recycle materials.
Microplastics are a major
Microplastics, like glitter and physical exfoliant beads, are a huge waste stream. Hardly visible to the human eye, the less-than-5mm pieces of plastic end up in waterways and the ocean, creating a non-biodegradable “plastic soup” that is almost impossible to get rid of. So, don’t use products with plastic in them! Instead, try gentle acid exfoliators like AHAs and BHAs.
Just like their wearable counterparts, home accessories can pull together the look of a room. Accessories complete a space, adding personality and creating an environment which is unique to the home’s inhabitants. Here’s three easy ways to accessorise your home.
In bookcases or shelves, piled on coffee tables or stacked beside beds, books add instant charisma to any space; while giving a glimpse into the interests and passion of the person who resides there.
Interior designer Shae McGee believes every room needs at least one vintage piece to add character and a sense of uniqueness. This could be any thrifted item or family heirloom.
Framed photos or art portray a person’s individual style and flair. These accessories can tell stories of family, travel and beliefs, and can make a statement which ties an entire room together.
Nineties throwbacks, laidback suiting and loud, whimsy details are tipped to dominate our wardrobes for the chillier seasons. So, Metropol has pulled together the styles beginning to trend as we start reshuffling our wardrobes for the cooler months ahead.
Sweater vests: A throwback to preppy styles of the ‘90s, sweater vests are big. This time around, the vests are slouchier, and worn atop baggy shirts and tees.
Peter pan collars: A whimsical addition to the beloved blouse, Peter Pan collars have been popping up for a while now. A fun and fresh take on classic shirting, and perfect peeking out over a sweater.
Relaxed tailoring: A standout trend at the recent Shanghai Fashion Week, this laidback look is tipped to keep taking off. Expect to see casual suiting in unfussy, over sized fits paired with chunky boots, sneakers and cross body bags, for guys and girls.
Loud coats: What is autumn and winter without a go-to jacket? This season, try a coat with personality. If you’re not one for bright colours, try a bold pattern or flashy texture to lift the mood.
The fast-moving field of interior design is always awash with new ideas and inspiration to pluck from for your own homely spaces. And for all the irregularities of recent times – this fact remains unchanged, so Metropol has scoured the mood boards of the world’s most style-minded to discover what’s trending in interior design for 2021.
A collective obsession with houseplants looks set to keep skyrocketing as fans of biophilic design continue to embrace bringing the natural environment indoors. Being in nature is scientifically-proven to boost our mental health, and when combined with the visual appeal of greenery and flowers – it’s an interior win-win.
If you’ve noticed architectural and artistic vases around the place, it’s probably because these furnishings are among the most covetable furnishings of modern aesthetics. Not just perfect for holding fresh and dried (also trending) blooms, these receptacles are sculptural artworks on their own.
A hit on the home circuit last year, appeal is not waning for furniture that makes you feel as if you should be in a bungalow overlooking the Hollywood Hills. Argued by some as timeless, there is little doubt these low slung lines, natural woods and retro vibes are everywhere right now. And don’t pair too badly with a houseplant (or seven) either.
Creating homes which are sanctuaries from the uncertainties of current life is top of mind for many, and the driving force behind a movement named, “wellbeing design”. Which is, as the name suggests, curating spaces to promote wellbeing. Metropol looks at ways you can incorporate some well-designed wellbeing in your own spaces.
Home habitats should be a full sensory experience. And while attention has long focused on colour and shape (sight), delicious aromatic candles and diffusers (scent) with atmospheric music playing (sound) – incorporating touch into lived spaces is trending. Textured wall papers, plush upholstery and raw woods are being celebrated for invoking the comfort of touch.
LIGHT IT UP
Make the most of the healing powers of vitamin D by boosting the natural light in your home, especially ahead of winter. If you have a remodel or new build on the cards, consider installing additional windows or a skylight to maximise those health-boosting rays. Or, if such a dramatic change is not on the horizon, use a clever mirror system to reflect the natural light and make the sunlight, quite literally, go further.
WORK VS HOME
The non-negotiable working from home enforced by lockdown resulted in many employers more than happy for staff to continue working away from the office. With less distractions, many are seeing a rise in productivity and wellbeing. However, it’s important to ensure work and home zones are kept separate – if you can’t close a door to keep the home office hidden, use plants and furniture to zone it off.
We touch on biophilic design on page 49 as an interior trend to watch in 2021. This act of incorporating elements of the outdoors, in, is so popular in part because of the positive effect nature has on our wellbeing. Plants help calm and relax us, as well as reduce anxiety and increase focus – so incorporating stunning greenery into interior design is a wellbeing no-brainer.
Our fashion-forward friends in the Northern Hemisphere have long shown us a holiday season dusted in snow and fireside festivities. But downunder, we know a summer Christmas is a time to embrace the outdoors with our loved ones. So here’s our tips for al fresco entertaining this holiday season.
While Christmas light displays around the country have been scaled back or dimmed altogether this pandemic year, there is no reason you can’t create some lit up magic at your place. String up some fairy lights, lanterns (and the odd citronella candle) to create some fairytale Christmas atmosphere. Whether that means decorating your tent poles, pergola, or shade sail – soft lighting creates ambience as you entertain into the night.
Shirk the traditional Christmas day meal altogether by packing up a picnic and hitting your favourite beach, river, lake or park. Set up blankets, cushions and some makeshift low tables (crates, trays and chilly bins should do the trick) and settle in for the day. Or, go all out with tables, chairs and awnings. Opt for portable feasting options like a leg of ham, made-at-home salads and platters. Capitalise on public barbecue facilities, or BYO.
There’s no reason why you can’t recreate your interior holiday aesthetic, outdoors, like this inspired set-up by Freedom, pictured. Increasingly indoor-styled outdoor areas have been centre stage in 2020, as attention turned to renovations and remodels in the places we spent so much of our time. Louvre systems create easy access to the sunshine, and protection from the elements while exterior furnishing emulates those indoors, from dining and lounging suites to outdoor art, rugs and décor. So, if the weather allows, just set up your festive indoors, out.
Protecting your precious skin from those harmful rays is an important, but not exclusive, benefit of a summer hat. There are serious sartorial gains to be had when adding headwear to your summertime style.
While classic straw hats will always have a place in our hearts – and on our heads – this year, the popularity of bucket-inspired styles endures, and we’re enjoying the more mature interpretations like Seafolly’s Relaxo Hat (pictured). Here’s Metropol’s pick of summer hats which deserve a moment in the sun.
Image: Seafolly Australia
Model: Elyse Knowles Photographer: Nicole Bentley
Hair: Sophie Roberts
Makeup: Peter Beard
Stylist: Emma Kalfus