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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to revamp your wardrobe? If so, you’ll want to add items that not only look amazing but make you feel it too. The great news is that if you need a lift or want to start completely afresh, 2019’s fashions are vibrant, fun and colour popping. Here’s our pick of women’s knitwear, possum merino fashions and styles for 2019 that will revamp your wardrobe and get your new year off to a great start.
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1. What’s new for knitwear, NZ in 2019?
Great news for cardigan lovers, the cardi is ‘de rigueur’ for 2019. Marc Jacobs sent short, fitted cardigans down the runway, choosing to button them up to the neck and team them with flirty pink silk pants. Tory Birch, meanwhile, showed slouchy knitwear cardigans worn over a knitted t-shirt. The designer chose a sunshine hue to brighten the mood. We create our selection of cardigans from possum and merino mixes both natural fibres that keep you warm during winter and light enough to be used for an extra layer on a summer’s evening.
What better way to revamp your wardrobe than an injection of colour? Fortunately, 2019 is looking like a year for eye-popping shades that are reminiscent of the 1980s. Think bubble gum pink (Rodarte), marigold (Tory Birch) and why stop at one colour? Wearing two or more blocks of primary colour was a look many designers favoured and one that is easy to replicate. Of course, it’s one thing to see these colours on the catwalk but adapting them to regular life takes some ‘toning’ down (of style, not hue). We suggest pairing bright primary-coloured wide pants with our sleeveless merino possum tank in black for a nod to the catwalks.
3. Lingerie dressing
Wearing underwear on the outside is a key look for 2019, and despite what you might think, it’s a trend that can be worn by any person of any age. Catwalks such as Louis Vuitton showed models wearing camisoles, silky nightgowns and shorts with lace detailing as stand-alone outerwear pieces. However, it’s easy to adjust this look by wearing a silk camisole style top and teaming it with wide pants, or go subtle and let a tiny amount of lace peek from the top of a cardigan or dress. A lace, black camisole worn under our Possum Merino Cropped Cardigan allows you to unbutton as far as you dare, revealing a little of a camisole’s lingerie detailing while remaining elegant.
Sliders were big news for a few years, but now the footwear trend is seeing a return of the jandal or ‘flip-flop’. Of course, it’s not just a matter of wearing flip-flops with beachwear; it’s wearing them to work, school pick-ups and shopping. However, if you prefer to wear something that looks a little smarter, you can opt for gladiator style sandals or calfskin scuff. Our calfskin scuff will keep feet both warm or cool, depending on the temperature. The calfskin’s natural pattern also fits with 2019’s animal print obsession.
5. Add pattern
The safari look is back this year, leading hungry fashion followers to lap up animal print. It started with leopard print, in particular, a print dress by Marks & Spencer in the UK that sent the internet into meltdown. This frenzy was picked up by all the major stores, and they ran with it. In 2019, leopard print is still ‘on trend’, but zebra and snakeskin join it. Interestingly, this season’s zebra print diverts from the traditional black and white to brown and black, all the better for teaming with brown leather or sheepskin boots.
The good news is that you can include little touches of ‘animal’ to your accessories without having to dress head-to-foot a la Python. Accessorise with printed clutch bags, shoes, necklaces and earrings.