Guide to Festive Season Shopping
Without a doubt, this is my favourite time of year! Summer has officially arrived, the weather is warming up, and this season’s must-have fashions, shoes and accessories are lining boutique shelves ready for all our silly season parties. The best part? As a Queenslander, I can guarantee these warm-weather purchases will serve me for the next nine months.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve events are the perfect time to play around with new season trends whether you dive straight in and rock a Zimmerman pastel pink suit or play it cool with a pop coloured Wittner slide, just make sure your shopping list involves colour this season!
The one trend to pay close attention to! This year’s palette has upped the ante, forgoing pastel shades for solid primary colour hues. I suggest testing the waters with cost-effective accessories at Novo, Dissh and H&M and then slide into a slinky Sass & Bide dress. COS has lightweight dresses in bright shades of yellow and orange and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the new Aje collection – a kaleidoscope of colour for every occasion.
Style Tip: I suggest co-ordinating your accessories for an authentic 2021 feel. Matching your shades, shoes and belt will win you major style brownie points this season.
A personal favourite and a trend that will work for a myriad of body shapes, age brackets, and budgets. The humble shirt has been re-worked (in pop colours of course) and is at the forefront of our fashion radar. The idea is to layer a lightweight shirt over everything – activewear, fitted dresses, singlet and skirt or palazzo pant combinations. Which is so perfect for an easy, breezy Christmas lunch look.
Sussan, Cotton On, Viktoria and Woods, Country Road and Saba are my go-to’s when it comes to shirting. Please note this is one trend worth investing in – the classic white shirt is (and always will be) a wardrobe essential.
Style Tip: Balance the volume of your shirt and tuck in singlets and tees.
Image: Viktoria & Woods, Country Road and Country Road
Don’t you love it when fashion and function coordinate? Swap simple, low-cut and white for street, chunky and colourful and you’ve nailed this particular trend. Pair with everything from activewear (with a shirt thrown over for stylish measure!) through to a silk slip skirt plus tee and you’re done. The key is to keep all eyes on your new kicks so I suggest styling with denim, white on white and neutrals for maximum impact.
Style Tip: avoid looking like a skater-boy and style back with more feminine silhouettes such as dresses, strappy singlets, bold colours and layered jewellery.
Left to right: Mimco and Hype DC
You just can’t beat textured neutrals! Woven details are huge again this year, particularly within the accessory department. For a high-end fix, pop over to Fendi and treat yourself to one of the beautiful woven Peekaboo totes or visit Tiffany & Co. and invest in an elegant piece from their “Knot” range (ahem, dear Santa…). More affordable options can be found at Mimco, Sheike and Oroton.
Style Tip: Such intricate detailing requires a neutral backdrop so stick to varying shades of beige, white and black when investing into this trend.
It’s not going anywhere folks! If you haven’t already, now is the time to embrace activewear as “everyday wear” after all – it’s holiday time. The key is to style your tights up with jewellery, hats, and a bold pair of sneakers. Socks even play an important role and can transform your outfit from gym to café in an instant. Aje offer a fashion-spin on gym wear but, if you’re after pure function, I’d look to The Upside, PE Nation and Lorna Jane. Take a leaf out of Pip Ewards style book, the queen of Athleisure wear.
Style Tip: Let’s be real, we’re dealing with lycra here, so I suggest opting for black on black for a more flattering silhouette.
Image: Pip Edwards - PE Nation available from David Jones
Cut Out Details
Signalling summer, cut-outs are a fun way to flash some flesh (tastefully) and embrace the warmer climate. Scanlan Theodore and Zimmerman nail this trend, having championed the “cut out maxi dress” which is perfect for any upcoming events. While it may seem daunting, the cut outs are done in a flattering way to enhance waistlines and highlight curves.
Style Tip: Pick one area to “cut out” and keep everything else simple. It is very easy to go overboard with this one…
Image: Scanlan & Theodore