With this crazy Melbourne weather you need to be prepared for four seasons in one day! Luckily there are many sheer pieces coming through for the new season that are perfect for layering.
The ‘sheer’ trend has swept runways overseas for the past couple of seasons now, and is still very prominent within Australian fashion. From sheer panelling on a dress or jacket, to a completely sheer blouse, the degree that you embrace the trend is up to you.
Sheer pieces are a great wardrobe staple as due to the nature of the fabric they can easily be dressed up or down, and as mentioned are perfect for layering. A dressy silk sheer blouse can be sexed up a with leather pencil skirt and heels for evening, or some worn out jeans and slides for day.
For a romantic, bohemian take on the trend there are some beautiful floral sheer dresses around from the likes of Rodeo Show, Alannah Hill, and Sportsgirl, or for an edgier take, retailers such as Bardot and Dotti have black sheer tops and dresses that are perfectly paired back with leather.
Heading into the latter half of my thirties I always thought a jumpsuit or playsuit or onesie or whatever you may call them was no longer for me- even the name takes me back to childhood days!
I have always loved the look of an all-in-one, but just never found the right style and shape for my body and age. That is until I discovered Frame denim from David Jones- they do a fabulous denim overall/all-in-one that has completely changed my opinion. Flattering in all the right places and so easy to wear, I am truly converted! I then discovered a wide-leg fabric style from Zara- simplistic in shape but fabulous worn with a heel and statement jewels for evening, or trainers and a tee for day.
The key to making a jumpsuit work for you is ensuring it is the right length through the body (to avoid any horrendous camel toe situations), and making sure the leg shape and length is suited to you. Apart from that they are really quite an easy way to work a stylish and fashion-forward look without all the fuss.
If you are younger and more adventurous there are some great coloured and patterned styles around at the moment, but for an older consumer I would stick to a more conservative approach with a black, grey or denim palette.
As an edgy alternative to a formal evening dress there are also a great range of structured, modern jumpsuits from retailers such as Cue and Sheike.
Sporstgirl wrap front jumpsuit, $119.95, Marcs wrap front jumpsuit, $229, Rodeo Show ‘Asha’ jumpsuit, $139, Sheike ‘Hallucinite’ jumpsuit, $149.95, Marcs ‘Miranda’ jumpsuit, $259, Sheike ‘Phantom’ jumpsuit, $169.95
As they say the ‘devil is in the detail’ and a garment with detailed construction elements such as pleats is always a thing of beauty, no matter how simple. Dressed down with denim or glammed up with heels, a pleated piece is always an eye-catcher.
Witchery pleated bandeau, $149.95, Country Road tuck shirt, $149.95, Gregory Ladner pleated scarf, $27.95, David Jones, Saba ‘Lily’ pleated dress, $299, Trenery pleat front top, $79.95, Witchery gather dress, $149.95, Alannah Hill ‘Ultimate Secret’ pleat skirt, $199, Trenery relaxed pleated pant, $129, Seed pleat hem tank, $39.95, Sheike pleated Eden dress, $189.95
Creative director of Gucci Alessandro Michelle has been one of the most exciting designers to watch of late. His eccentric, colourful and imaginative new vision for the House has encouraged women of all ages to be more experimental with fashion- mixing pattern and colour combinations that are usually frowned upon, and giving fashion a new and exciting style hero.
His muses are somewhat under-dogs- your average girl or guy with their eccentricities and quirks, that he plays up with beautiful effect. They are not classically beautiful, giving appeal to a broader audience, whilst making you think more about them as a person and who they are than just what they’re wearing.
A key element of this styling approach that has trickled down to the high street is the idea of ‘geek chic’ dressing. Classic pieces with a 70’s retro feel, mixed back with quirky accessories like statement optical frames and floral button holes for the men.
He encourages his wearer to be bold and brave with their dressing choices, whilst staying true to who they are.
For us mere mortals that unfortunately cannot afford the head-to-toe Gucci take on this trend, a lot of the key fashion-forward retailers such as Topshop and Zara have created their own offerings. Don’t be afraid to experiment with unexpected colour combinations and fabulous accessories to complete the look.
Gorman ‘Elke’ earrings, $89, Typo ‘nerd glasses,’ $9.95, Alannah Hill ‘Boy is Mine’ bag, $249, Alannah Hill flower pin, $59, Wittner 'Dane' heels, $179.95, Country Road paisley shirt, $129, Dotti mary-jane, $59.95, Gorman ‘Accordian’ skirt, $149