Now for the next set of fabulous trends to pick up for this style season – weather season irrelevant, the looks are universal with a few tweaks in weight and layering.
THE RETURN OF THE SKIRT
The last ten years has been the Decade of the Dress. After being in the doldrums for years, to the point where it had become practically impossible to buy a nice frock – one of the issues which drove the vintage boom, in my opinion – they have come to dominate womenswear.
After years of careful shopping I now have a closet really well stocked with lovely dresses – mostly silk, print, with pockets, I can just pull on and go. So guess what? I suddenly want to wear skirts again.
And so it seems does everyone else. I went to a party on Saturday night and two of my homies were wearing versions of my own current favourite dress up look: sequin skirts with sweater/sweatshirt tops, feature necklaces and pointy high heels.
It just feels right and I’m taking advantage of the fashion trend to stock up on the tube and pencil skirts I’ve always felt suit my body shape, currently available at great prices and in a fabulous array of wild prints and finishes in the chain stores. I got navy sequins and the aforementioned (in the last post) pleather in Zara, the flesh pink with sequin patterns in River Island.
If even a sweatshirt is too heavy, they also look good with a lightweight jersey T or silk T-type top.
This trend’s been around for a couple of seasons already, but it’s still relevant – and such a dream to wear. It really is exactly what it says on the packet: silk pyjamas. Or silk-like, pyjama-like shirts and pyjama-like pants. You can improvise a bit.
I have silk-like patterned PJ pants from Zara which I team with a black real silk satin shirt I’ve had for a million years. I also have real silk navy PJ-ish pants, which I wear with a vintage print silk shirt.
The key is to button the shirt just enough to be legal, so it’s flowy and dégagé (French for chicly casual…) and roll the sleeves right up. I also whack on a nice heavy pendant or a string of beads which sit half in and half out of the half unbuttoned shirt.
With a barely-there sandal that outfit got me through some very hot days in Brisbane on my last book tour. I also love to get into this rig out, with my velvet tassel slipper shoes when I entertain at home.
As the terrible clompy stiletto platforms I came so to hate (after a brief flirtation when they first came on the scene…) have officially segued into the fashion blooper zone and the pointy stiletto has firmly taken over, there’s a new brilliant entry to the shoe scene: the party flat.
This is a fabulous, embellished flat shoe to wear for posh dress ups. I’ve seen some wonderful celeb pics of long gowns with a flat shoe, so glamorous (just couldn’t find one to put on here dammit, sorry about that).
I particularly love the pointy toe ones by new shoe designer name Tabitha Simmons. And you don’t just have to wear them for evening smarts, they also look great with jeans, or chinos for a day look – as do every style of flat in this flatastic shoe season.
I love silver brogues, leopardprint ponyskin slippers (I got mine from Ecco, of all brands), animal print brothel creepers, the new updated Doc Martens (so fun in Chanel-style quilting), buckled monk shoes, loafers, deck shoes… the list goes on.
My advice is to stock up on walkable style dazzlers while you can…
THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS
I’ve written about this for my Rules column this Sunday, December 22nd, so please buy the Age if you’re in Melbourne, the Sun-Herald if you’re in Sydney – or look on line here http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/the-brain-behind-the-beauties-20131213-2zari.html.
THE LACE DRESS
This is related to the trend above and I think the best possible way to go for party frocks this Christmas. I love lace dresses in every colour, as sported by the pantheon of celebripeople seen here. Miranda Kerr and Taylor Swift seem to have them I every colour.
I haven’t bought one yet, but if I can lay my hands on a bottle green lace dress this weekend – not too tight and definitely not stretch nylon – that will be my Christmas day look (we always dress up in my family).
Or I might just whip out my first ever purchase from Collette Dinnigan, a black lace dress which is as gorgeous now as it was when I bought it twenty years ago… (And more on my adored friend Collette to come shortly.)
Now tell me – what will you be wearing this Christmas day?