36 STYLE | fashion Love & loathe So far, 2018 has seen some interesting fashion emerge, to say the least. Words Ella James LOVE. The trends that have us ticking up the credit card… THE COLOUR YELLOW Add a bit of zest to your wardrobe. Regardless of the weather outside, yellow clothing will brighten everyone’s mood. Barrister and celebrity style icon Amal Clooney has been showing us how it’s done, so take note. This particular colour looks best in the form of a mid- to long-length dress, no matter what time of the year. A wooden clutch and jewellery to match will complement your new favourite dress perfectly. Sales of yellow dresses and blouses have risen significantly worldwide, so now’s the perfect time to get your claws on one. ZODIAC-INSPIRED STYLE It’s written in the stars. From nail art to statement handbags, the zodiac trend has rocketed back into the limelight and we’re over the moon about it. Zodiac-inspired jewellery has really taken our fancy and there’s plenty on the market. Whilst trends come and go, your zodiac sign is pretty personal, so we’re definitely in favour of investing in a piece of jewellery that represents yours. Astrology may or may not be something you’re interested in, but either way, it looks damn good. We think the world of Givenchy’s offering. TRENCH COATS Fully practical, fully timeless. The trench coat trend is one that comes back time after time, and every time it does, we wonder how we ever lived without it. Naturally, trench coats and Burberry go hand in hand, but a plethora of other brands have upped their game considerably, so there are plenty of options from which to choose. Wide ranges of colours are available, but we’re not sure you should stray from that classic camel shade. Pair yours with denim or a maxi skirt and make sure the one you pick is waterproof; a damp trench coat isn’t a good look. BELT BAGS For hands-free style And we’re not talking about the bulky Velcro kind tourists wear on holiday. The new era of belt bags are sleek, subtle and stylish. From high-waisted jeans and a simple T-shirt during the day to your favourite dress in the evening, they’re perfectly capable of upgrading any outfit. We’d choose one in a rich shade of olive or navy, but if you’re looking to make more of a statement, there are piles of brightly coloured and embellished options available, although picking just one will likely be an issue. Bank card, phone and lipstick all in one safe, on-trend place.
STYLE | fashion 37 LOATHE. The trends we won’t splash our hard-earned cash on… TINY SUNGLASSES Leave ’em for Keanu. Wondering how to wear these ridiculously small sunglasses? Don’t. The Matrix might be a classic, but those tiny glasses that have made an unusual comeback really, really aren’t. Even the world’s best models get caught off guard while wearing them. They don’t block out the sun and they certainly don’t look good and are, therefore, rendered useless, in our opinion. When it comes to sunglasses, bigger is better, so reach for your oversized tortoiseshell pair that has never done you wrong. DESIGNER PLASTIC BAGS We’re seeing right through this trend. As a nation, we’re doing our best to abolish the use of plastic bags and while charging for plastic bags is certainly a step in the right direction, we’re not sure that we should be paying upwards of $250 for one just because of its designer branding. Brands including Celine and Raf Simons have rolled out their own crazily priced versions, but frankly, we’d rather save up a little longer for one of their incredible handbags, instead. Where we often look to fashion influencers for inspiration, the ones we’ve seen donning these plastic bags have looked just as confused as we are. BOHO Coachella is over and so is the boho trend. Boho style has had its time, too much time in fact. It’s about time to ditch the hair braids, crochet and fringed jackets. The trend initially stemmed from summer festivals where flower crowns, cowboy boots and any garment of clothing fashioned from cheesecloth was commonplace, but that’s where it belongs. If you’re hung-up on a few particular boho items, put them in storage until your next festival, but in the interim, let’s keep things a little more sophisticated, shall we? PUFF SLEEVES Too full of hot air. The puff sleeve trend seems to be blowing up on models everywhere and, while we’re by no means opposed to a little puff, sleeves are getting larger and more comical than ever before. Although we couldn’t entirely blame you for wanting to take this trend for a test run, we must urge you to keep your puff at a responsible size. We recommend keeping it only slightly puffed and always short sleeved, perhaps incorporating a slight off-the-shoulder cut to balance things out. None of these puffs are to be paired with long, arm-hugging sleeves please. THE JEwEllEry ValuaTion SpEcialiSTS Caring for your jewellery since 1990 • Personal service with your professional valuer • Qualified, experienced gemologist & diamond graders • All valuations completed on premises • Validate + Research + Knowledge = Value 2/301 Lincoln Road | (03) 332 4233 www.jvcvaluers.co.nz | email@example.com Late night Wednesday & Thursday!!! Make an appointment today (03) 384 1743 4/2 Soleares Ave, Mt Pleasant Open: Monday to Saturday Late Night: Wednesday & Thursday