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Boots ‘n’ all

Ankle boots may be winter must-haves, but their versatility makes them a year-round essential.



These little ankle biters provide the complete coverage of a boot, but their chic streamlined shape means they can mix well with just about everything in your closet, from a jeans and tee combo to boxy sweatshirts and coats – and even that little black dress. High-heeled boots can elevate denim, and combat boots can add edge to a little paisley dress.

From flats to heels, there is no shortage of styles and colours this season. A sartorial safari of animal prints have been stalking the runway recently and the Vola Boots by Mollini (pictured), from Victoria Street’s style staple, Robin Pierre, are the ultimate way to dip your toes into this trend. Better yet, the neutral tone of this animal print pairs perfectly with, well… everything!

For traditionalists who want to play it safe with a classic black boot, the Vola Pony Boot offers the same statement heel with the soft feel of pony hair. They’ll turn the most simple outfit into a statement look. Because, even though Nancy Sinatra famously sang that ‘These Boots Are Made for Walking’, they’re also made for everything else – from dancing to daydreaming.

So why not keep your outfit simple and let the footwear do the talking?





Fabulous Footwear

This season designers aren’t completely reinventing the wheel. Instead, they’re building upon the already strong foundations, adding embellishments here and there or introducing new shapes and materials. Stepping out has never been this much fun.




  1. Flat out
    Flat shoes are this winter’s busy life saviours – and they don’t even have to be pretty. Clunky comfort rules, as these edgy pavement pounders are super practical and super comfortable. Sneakers have snuck into our lives in such a big way now. They are often really affordable – so lace up a pair for every look.

  2. Cute Boots
    Slouchy or sleek, knee-high boots look groovy with this season’s minis for that back-in-fashion ’70s vibe. And under the midi and maxi lengths, they guarantee complete cover-up from the bitter chill. Block, cylindrical heels and square toes reign in vegan leather through to swish suede. Sturdy-heeled ankle boots are also pumping the fashion trail, so very sassy teamed with skinny pants and flowy-sleeves.

  3. Beyond the black
    Try zipping up your boots in chic navy, utilitarian khaki and tan tones, or rich racing green. Blush pink is still a staple, streamlining nude-toned winter outfits. Pale pairs well with light and natural heels. On the deeper side, burgundies and all the hues of a vintage-wine cellar look sumptuously warm where you would usually choose a noir neutral.

  4. Toe-tapping texture
    Embellishment with brocades add a crafty cool look, which is great with denim, whereas the high-gloss patent-leather look trawls back all the fun of the glam-rock ‘80s and the swinging ’60s. Hot tip: this shiny canvas is so easy to keep clean and footwear seems to retain its newness. Studs are making a statement, if you prefer to incorporate attitude into a pretty pair.

  5. Designer foot work
    New Zealand-designed Mi Piaci footwear are slinking in the texture of snake-effect leather, along with funky flared and offset heels, and also asymmetric top lines. Minx footwear has futuristic black and white flats with thick-soled bounce. And the Kiwi-made queen of comfort, Ziera, is offering up white-soled sneakers this season, seen in silver, classic styles and even floral. Locally, Mikko Shoes has pulled together one of our favourite ranges of quality, hand-selected footwear.


So be prepared to make room in the wardrobe for a bigger shoe rack – no one will be able to walk past this winter line-up.






Winter Warmers

We’ve collated this season’s hottest accessories to help you confront that icy breeze with ease.




Statement scarves
You don’t need us to tell you that scarves are the staple of any winter wardrobe and this season there’s an emphasis on the statement scarves, with hot prints like tartan, houndstooth and leopard still going strong. Oversized chunky knits are your go-to for when that silky neckscarf just won’t do; these winter warmers are still very much à la mode, particularly in hot hues like mustard, emerald green and dusky pink.

Heavy hitters
Calling all fashionistas – we’ve got the winter shoe for you! Chunky black boots are stomping into style this season and there’s many different sorts of shapes to go around, from utilitarian, lug-soled combat boots perfect for the snow to more contemporary platform silhouettes for the office. As if we needed an excuse for a new pair of shoes…

Glamourous gloves
You can never go wrong with a pair of supple black leather gloves – they’re versatile, functional and sophisticated, what more could you want? This season, black and grey are making way for punchier colours, varying lengths and statement detailing. Metallic or neon? Perfectly plain or boldly bedecked? Short and sweet or long and elegant? Whatever you fancy, these hand-warmers will keep you toasty.

Bright tights
Warm up your winter by trading in your trusty black opaques for a bolder, funkier pair. Dress your legs in block colours like red, white and green, or inject some fun into a plain ensemble with tights imprinted with monograms or the trendy patterns of leopard print or snakeskin. Side note: a colourful fleece-lined, ribbed or cable knit pair is a sure-fire way to keep your legs cosy under dresses and skirts this winter.

Hot hats
Berets have remained every fashionista’s winter must-have for many seasons now and we’ll continue to see them in every material imaginable this year, alongside other old-school styles like newsboy caps, regular caps, cloches, trooper hats – even good old fedoras! We’re pleased to note that beanies aren’t going anywhere either.





Coat Tales

The temperatures have begun their downward descent and ‘rugging up’ has become state of play in your morning ritual. We’ve explored the endless possibilities for your seasonal splurge, from faux furs and power puffers, to the trusty trench and wily windbreakers.



1. The trusty trench
The trusty trench has never really gone out of style, but instead gets reinvented season after season at the talented hands of design darlings. This season elevated trench coats are hitting the sartorial scene in surprising hues like pale pink or optic white. Our very own Trelise Cooper has gone wild with her Pawsome Trench featuring a leopard print belt at the waist and a splash of it across the back.

2. Pretty in patent 
This high-shine material was glossing over handbags and other accessories in 2018, now it’s gone next level with long patent puffer jackets and shiny leather trench coats. The best thing is, you can let those rainy days run straight off your back.

3. A superhero cape
Every good superhero needs a cape it seems, with the heroic cut proving one of the strongest outerwear silhouettes to come out of the fall 2019 collections. Chanel gave the capelet the tweed treatment, while Marc Jacobs harnessed his animal instinct with leopard print. The many variations prove the superhero cut works for every occasion.

4. Fur babies
Designers are bringing a lighter touch to the feathers and fur of fashion in 2019. Rather than the bulky and heavy fibres of the 70s, today’s faux fabrics are adding ‘soft’ to their luxe appeal. Whatever innovations in the global fabric labs led to this miraculous development, it has certainly arrived at the perfect time.

5. Power shoulder
All the major fashion players like Saint Laurent and Balenciaga are advocating for the padded wide-shouldered slim-waist silhouette, with Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller citing “grandmother coats of the ’40s and ’50s” as the inspiration for the strong, sculpted shoulders that defined her ‘Winter of Eden’ collection.

6. Belting up
Designers are adding a feminine twist to even the bulkiest of winter wear this season, with coats of all shapes and sizes getting belted up. Every fashion era has had a belt to match and they’re coming back as a leading accessory after a respite in the wardrobe. This look can also structurally formalise an otherwise shapeless coat.

7. A lengthy stay
Coats of all kinds are in for a lengthy stay this season – figuratively and literally, as hemlines continue to drop. All the fall 2019 collections featured longline coats as a chic alternative to the floor-length puffer coats that were hot property last year. This year you’ll find these floor sweeping styles are super structured and made of heavy wool.

8. Fab in fleece
2018 may have belonged to the puffer, but in 2019, it’s all about another high-tech performance fabric: fleece. Designers like Fendi are ramping up the luxe appeal of this outdoorsy staple and adding leather.


The Winter Wrap Up: Working Style

Four distinct and beautiful seasons (sometimes all in one day) are as synonymous with Christchurch as a view of the rugged snow-capped mountains across the plains. You don’t need a trip down memory lane to geography class to know us Cantabrians experience both a high annual and diurnal temperature range.



A clear crisp winter’s morning can see Ōtautahi shiver in the minus degrees, only to be basking in brilliant sunshine, cobalt blue skies and temperatures in the balmy late teens for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Other mornings dawn calm and mild, only to develop into a ripping easterly, a delight for the estuary’s superhuman kite and windsurfers, but threatening to flay the skin from the bones of mere mortal citizens.

The team at premier men’s fashion atelier Working Style, understand that this spicy variety in Canterbury life can mean one thing: layers! Working Style’s Creative Director Karl Clausen is now Auckland-based, but remembers with great fondness his Christchurch years. “There are some very brisk days when you wake up and it’ll be zero degrees outside and a bit of frost, but blue skies. You know that you want to wrap up, but you won’t be worried like in Wellington where the rain comes in sideways.”



Karl’s local knowledge ensures that Working Style embraces our delicious variation and caters to local men’s layering needs this winter. “Adding layers brings an element of comfort and joy – putting on your favourite coat and scarf; it’s something that I haven’t been able to do living in Auckland,” Karl says.

“There is no doubt that layering up now can be more colourful, diverse and put together. Rather than a heavy overcoat it can be a puffer or down coat, colourful and well-designed giving the wearer the opportunity to be more expressive. Other guys will be more comfortable making a more considered purchase of an outerwear piece that will last them a long time. In recent times we’ve tried to make those items a little more interesting without detracting from their longevity.”



This season at Working Style includes a beautiful heavy basket weave overcoat in navy. While contemporary, it is not so fashion-forward that it will be out of style next year. It will also transition through your wardrobe if you wear it over tailoring, or wear it over something a bit more casual.

The scarf range includes the interesting and playful as well as classic colours, and there are stunning heavy-soled boots this season. It is a gum-soled desert boot, giving comfort and durability against the elements. “We are in tune with what winters mean across New Zealand and where our stores and clients are based. We develop our collections to cater to clients’ lifestyles and what the season throws at them too.”



Visit Working Style Christchurch at 242 Papanui Road.

Celebrating the individual woman: Made in the Shade

With new arrivals from quality New Zealand and European labels now instore, Made in the Shade has curated a winter collection that’s not only beautiful on the eye, but more importantly, celebrates the individual woman.


“There’s something here for everyone, from bold and bright to understated elegance through to the romantic – every look and occasion is covered,” says owner Alison Donn. The Anne Mardell/Mardee ensemble of wool shift-dress and reversible jacket, for instance, makes for an inspired layering combination, while Anne Mardell bomber jackets deliver the ultimate in casual chic.

Optimum knitwear, renowned for its non-pilling, takes you through the cool months in colours, designs and mix’n’match options that are just too clever. For ladies who like to wear the pants, the exquisitely tailored Lisette trousers take you from the boardroom to the theatre, while for laid-back glamour, a pair of figure-hugging NYDJ jeans showcases your best assets!

If you’re looking for something unique for a party or event, here’s where you’ll find that stunner cocktail dress to ramp up the fun, or that chic two-piece suit to make you stand out from the rest. But for that special date, think velvet skirt and fine Italian silk top with an eye-popping puffer jacket to snuggle in as you depart the restaurant.

Don’t forget to check out the travel range of the finest cottons, non-crease linens and other perfect-for-packing garments – you might be needing them sooner than you think! Find Made in the Shade at 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, phone 03 332 1238, email and visit


The coat that says it all: Zebrano

There’s much to be said for the winter coat. This is the one garment none of us can do without. Not only does it provide that much needed top layer to ward off the chill, but it is the first thing people see when you walk down a street or enter a room. In many ways, your winter coat is the statement piece in your wardrobe and because of that, it should also be the key piece in your wardrobe.




Zebrano has a fabulous selection of coats to snuggle into this winter; coats that define who you are; coats that make you stand out from the crowd. There is an emphasis on texture and print, in fabrics ranging from wool through to the very versatile and body-moulding ponti through to the timeless glamour of faux fur.

It’s all about dressing to your personality, whether that be a sophisticated trench, a military type with double breast buttons, an anorak style coat, a cape, or the latest two-in-one – the coatigan – this is definitely the season of self-expression.

With labels like Chocolat, Curate, Isle Jacobsen, Lounge the Label, Maaike, Mela Purdie, Moyuru, Obi, Obi Black, and Rundholz Black, to name a few, these are quality, investment garments guaranteed to turn heads and guaranteed to make your winter positively sizzle!

Find Zebrano at 169 Victoria Street, phone 03 962 2035 or visit


Neutral Territory

We may hate to admit it, but summer has officially ended and although the weather is taking a chilly turn, there’s one thing that can placate us – winter trends, as they start to dominate high-street stores with the promise of bringing our favourite knits, boots and jeans back into our wardrobes.




This season, there’s a trend that’s poised to lift our spirits and the good news is it’s not only easy, it’s oh-so stylish. We’re talking neutrals. Previously, neutral tones have made a great, fail-safe option to pair pieces together, as they’re easy to style. However, this season the key to embracing this trend is to wear neutrals from head-to-toe for a totally un-boring and luxurious look.

In the dreary embrace of winter, adding colour may seem like a better option to act as an instant pick-me-up, but shades of cream, ivory and beige are among an array of wintery hues that will add a sense of luxe to your look. So forgo the urge to add a pop of colour and embrace neutral territory from head-to-toe. Think creams, beiges, oatmeals and caramel hues, then layer them together for the ultimate blend. This layering effect of adding different variations of neutral tones can add volume and sophistication to this effortless look.


These boots were made for walking

With winter fast approaching, one wardrobe essential worth investing in is a pair of boots and we’re in luck, as the cooler seasons see an abundance of winter boot trends that strike that right balance of form and function. If you need a little inspiration, these five fashion-forward boot trends will have you stepping out in style this season.



1. Walk on the wild side – If you’ve scoured through fashion pages in the last couple of months, you may be aware that the leopard print trend has returned and it’s the ideal motif to mix with neutral tones such as beige, grey and black. For first-time leopard print wearers, small doses like a pair of boots are the perfect way to try out this trend.

2. Buckle up – Adding edge to more traditional feminine footwear, buckles are everywhere. From one chunky buckle to four buckle straps, there’s an abundance of styles out there to suit you. Details like a buckle on a suede boot give them a western look which is another huge trend in boots this season.

3. High and mighty – The sky is the limit when it comes to thigh-grazing boots and they’re not just being worn on the limbs of New York models. This boot trend might seem unapproachable at first glance, but embrace it and pair with a midi dress, a skirt and tights, or your favourite pair of skinny jeans.

4. Architectural heel – It’s time to hail the unusual with the sculptural heel as we see a variety of geometric shapes and sizes that will incorporate a sense of wonder and drama into your look. Keep your outfit simple and let the footwear turn heads.

5. Ankle biters – Don’t discount this classic bootie. The ankle boot can be styled all year-round, proving to be a worthwhile investment. From flats to heels, this timeless boot comes in array of styles and colours this season.



Caped crusader: layer it up with one of the coolest ways to stay warm and get yourself a cape

If fashion is searching for its seasonal superhero, this may just be it. Capes are one of the coolest cover ups on the catwalk and now their cool cred has filtered down to street level.


Milan and London offered numerous takes on this sleek silhouette in their autumn/winter 2018 showing, taking the form of jacquard, leather and leopard print, while in Paris, the caped creations continued to make their sartorial mark as designers from Saint Laurent to Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Alberta Ferretti re-imagined the cape’s 2018 incarnation.
The perfect piece for winter layering, they’ll work next season too. Hung over cropped jeans, or a cropped cape itself can lend its cool cred to the most traditional of outfits.
If it’s a snug wintry look you’re after, tartan designs and chunky knits are the hottest look for winter while minimalist muted tones of grey and white make a classic sartorial statement. In the office, a chic black number can contemporise a classic crisp white shirt and tailored pant combo like no other.