Spring is a great season for dressing in style with fun dresses and pretty feminine skirts. This season, the fashion is all about bright colours, mixing patterns and having fun with flair.
She Street owner, Hayley Bowen, said that this Spring fashion was all about bright colours, mixing patterns and having a bit of fun with it. “We love that so many pieces can easily be dressed up or down simply by changing from heels to kicks,” she said.
“The best way to get bang for your buck in Spring is to invest in both a good faux leather and denim jacket. This way you can start to wear your summer dresses and tops, even if it’s not warm enough.”
Hayley said that spring was a great time to enjoy dressing in clothes that make you feel happy. “After all the muted tones and heavier fabrics in Winter it’s finally time to break out the colour,” she said. “Think prints, stripes and injecting some fun into your warmer weather wardrobe.”
Sutherland Shire based fashion designer, Audrey Attridge said fun was the theme this spring.
“Pretty floral skirts teamed with lovely tops are easy to dress up or down for any occasion. A top with a lace trim adds elegance to comfort,”
When dressing for the Spring Racing Carnival events, or dressy events, such as weddings this season, you’ll want to match elegance with fun style.
“Below the knee length dresses in bright, bold colours, with florals and prints will be on display this season, matched with co-ordinating fascinators if you are going to the races,” Audrey said.
“Save your classic black and white for Derby Day, where glamour and sophistication are the key elements,” she said.
Image and colour consultant, Roslyn Holden, agrees and has the following tips for Derby Day.
“Black is a heavy option. Off-white with a splash of black is a way more flattering option, especially for mature women,” Roslyn said.
“Racing has enjoyed a long history of elegance and sophistication and decorum is the order of the day. Avoid too tight, revealing or skin baring numbers. Remember, these are day-time events and although you may wish to make a splash, metallic, sequins and shine are off-limits for fashionistas. Keep those for night-time events,” she said.
“Always in style are femme frocks with frilly fascinators or magnificent hats. If hats are not your thing, a fresh flower in a headband or fascinator is always perfect,” Roslyn said.
For other Spring Carnival days, colour is expected and this season the colours are bright and bold.
“Melbourne Cup Day is the day most Australians celebrate and fashion on that day is all about expressing yourself and having fun,” Audrey said.
“Be mindful that the wrong colour for your skin tone can dampen your look completely,” Roslyn said.
“To be very safe, go for pretty, soft florals matched with a strong colour splash. For example, you could wear soft floral pinks with a fuchsia hat, or team a gorgeous lemon lace dress with emerald green hat and shoes. A mint green dress with a row of burgundy flowers on a headband and burgundy sandals would be a beautiful look,” she said.
“For top to toe elegance, make one element of your outfit the feature and star of the show. It may be your hat, your hairstyle, the dress, or some amazing accessories. Design your colour palette to make sure the colours go together. Combining too many bold colours can fall flat, so go for pastels and use the bold to make the statement.”
Talking of top to toe elegance, take care when selecting your shoes for a race day, or a garden party. Audrey suggests leaving the stilettos at home.
“Reach for your thick heels and wedges, so you don’t sink into the grass,” she said.
You can always choose a pretty and strappy sandal style on the top of your shoe, which matches your dress, but consider that you will be walking on grass and standing on your feet for most of the day, so consider how practical the shoe is before purchasing.
“It’s a good idea to pop a light-weight silk scarf or wrap in your bag, because Spring days can come with a chill wind towards the end of the day,” Audrey suggested.
“When you look fabulous, you’ll feel fabulous and you’ll have fun,” she said.
Whether you are going to Spring Racing Carnival, or simply enjoying the lovely spring weather in the Shire, fashion this spring is about having fun. Spring into spring with beautiful florals, mixed patterns, and a splash of bold colour for the best fashion this season.