It’s the Fashion issue! You’ve been begging, crying, pleading and now all your fashion troubles are over. It’s here! FiFi’s Must have Buys for winter…
What: A chiffon blouse
Why: They replace the knit, perfect for transseasonal weather and part of the romantic trend.
Where: Scanlan & Theodore, Zimmerman, Witchery. Bettina Liano, Gucci, Wayne Cooper
Wear: Go for ruffle or Victoriana, plain or with a pussy bow front. It needs to have big bell sleeves. In purple, black , red or nude.
With: jeans, tucked into a skirt with a belt; with skinny pants and under a coat or shrunken jacket
What: Skinny dark denim jeans
Why: skinny is new, they replace the boot cut flares, and dark denim looks more expensive.
Where: Just jeans, sass and Bide, General pants, Tsubi
Wear: Wear with round toe flats, wedges, everything in your wardrobe. Tip: Get your favourite flares taken in: that way they will fit around your bum.
What: A peacoat
Why: Always a classic they never go out of fashion. Part of the mod trend they are perfect for Sydney weather when you don’t need a big winter coat and you want to look more casual
Where: Target, Just Jeans, Country Road, Max & Co and Belinda.
Wear: Look for black or navy, in velvet, with military buttons, and choose one that stops at the belt or just covers your bum – the one from Country Road is perfect. With jeans, narrow trousers. Over a stripe T. For work with a pencil skirt.
What: Long round toe boot
Why: Boots will transform any dress into a winter look. Round toe looks new (unless it’s a Chanel pointy boot). Indispensable for a groovy edge.
Where: Mollini for a cuffed boot, Midas for a wedge, Witchery, Evelyn Miles and Belinda
Wear: With everything. A pretty chiffon dress a la Burberry, with jeans tucked in, with a pencil skirt , with shorts. Love them in a wedge or with a chunky heel. Buy black and brown and wear them now all the way through to November.
What: A big, oversized, statement bag
Why: because you can put your life in there, because a statement bag will razz up anything from last year in your wardrobe, because you will use it every day, because life revolves around the it bag.
Where: Belinda, Bally, Gucci, Fendi Prada, or try Witchery, Scanlan Theodore, Cue and longchamps
Wear: Don’t go over board in the hardware department. Sleek and simple is good. If you spend alot make sure you choose black or brown and it will go with everything in your wardrobe. If you can spend more buy one in a colour or patent. Look for lady like structure rather than boho slouch.
What: A pencil skirt or a tulip skirt
Why: a nice change after all those 50’s skirt, they are sexy, flattering and a wardrobe staple
Where: from Scanlan and Theodore, Cue, Wayne Cooper, Max Mara, Veronika Maine
Wear: In black it’s table top dressing at it’s best ( draw attention from your waist up sitting at a table)
Wear: with a blouse tucked in, with a shrunken velvet blazer, boots, a peacoat.
What: city shorts
Why: They replace trousers and are cooler in every sense of word, will go from summer to winter in a minute. They are groovy ( the best reason of all).
Where: Witchery, Zimmerman, Scanlan & Theodore, Sportsgirl.
Wear: Go for black or brown, with a wedge shoe, a platform shoe, boots, a cropped jackets, a blouse. It’s another tabletop staple.
What: A dress
Why:because it ‘s pretty and feminine, because you don’t have to think when you get dressed, because it’s day to night dressing, and a perfect trans seasonal solution. Because it’s the item du jour for next summer (buy up big now) Because you feel like a woman.
Where: Cue, Veronika Maine, Sportscraft ( for the Burberry esque version), Zimmerman and Belinda. Chloe and Ferretti if you can.
Wear; Go for a pretty print chiffon with bell sleeves, a little black dress, a 50’s version, a sexy mama Versace look . You can’t go wrong. Wear with boots, the clunky shoe, under a trench, with a tweed princess coat, with a fur chubby at night.
What: wedges or platforms
Why: it’s the accessory that will instantly change your look from last season to this season. Because they make your legs look long, they add a funky edge to pretty lady like dressing so you won’t look like a Sloane ranger. Because they are hot.
Where: Nine West, Zu, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Evelyn Miles, Prada,
Wear: Go for patent, round toe, peep toe, black or brown, or a dark navy. Look for subtlety in colour they are already over the top in shape. Wear with everything jeans to dresses.
What : A trench
Why: Because it never goes out of fashion, it replaces a winter coat and is so, so perfect for Sydney weather summer and winter, even in a drought. Because it adds a dash of lightness over black or brown. Because Audrey Hepburn always wore one.
Where: Burberry at David Jones of course, Gucci, Country Road, Sportscraft and MNG.
Wear: Go for a short belted version ( hip length) or long in classic stone or black. Wear over a pretty chiffon dress and boots, over a LBD and heels for dinner, over jeans and a T-shirt when you check in to be upgraded to first class.
What: A big fat wide belt
Why: because we haven’t seen the waist in years. Because it’s all about finishing off a look. In a colour it can break up black.
Where: YSL , Prada, Balenciaga or Try Cue, Country Road and Jag.
Wear: Ditch anything woven, or boho chic. Think patent, and simple. Go for colour or basic black and brown
Hot: Volume is the word du jour. It’s big! Be warned, the look is coming and all over the next fall/winter runways. Think 80’s loose silhouettes. Layering. Big tops, big skirts.
Black is back but only fashion editors can do top to toe black. Go for black that is embellished, with shine or texture. Break it up with tan, brown, navy and flashes of jewel colours in accessories.
Remember to tuck in your shirt and cinch in the waist with a belt and go for anything in patent. Look out for oversized sunglasses, a stripe T-shirt, and a long skinny stripe scarf.
Most important : Black opaque hosiery is back! Lose that gap between skirt and boots. Wear black tights with summer dresses a la Prada, with boots, wedges and even with open toe shoes. No, really.
NOT: Ditch boho, studded belts, hipsters, flares, bling and anything looking like Paris Hilton.