This season I am getting excited about a few new shapes.
1. Midi skirt - this is another example of fashion just messing with my mind. I have always thought that midi skirts were an unflattering length, but I keep looking at images of pleated midi skirts. The Named Lumme Pleated Skirt looks perfect. They have made it up in a beautiful lightweight fabric, which looks perfect for warmer weather. The pleats are sewn to create an interesting waistline, and bonus, it appears to be a pretty quick sew!
2. Next up, a top to wear with the pleated midi skirt. It took a bit of searching to find a top that would work with the pleated waistline. I didn't want to tuck something in, and I didn't want something that would wither show too much skin or literally overshadow the skirt waist. I finally chose Sylearc Skye Top, with its faced hem and side splits.
3. Cold shoulder tops. Cold shoulder tops are ubiquitous as the moment. Am I allowed to say that I think a lot of them are really ugly? Those billowing masses of fabric, elasticated around the neck seem to be a 70's throwback we could do without, besides being a hassle to keep in place and not very bra friendly. On the other hand, this Marfy 3096 cold shoulder top from their 2013/4 catalogue looks both stylish and bra-friendly. The fact that Marfy printed this pattern in 2014 shows that they are on top fashion trends long before I notice them!!
4. This cold shoulder top would look great with a pencil skirt and Burdastyle do a great job of skirts with interesting seam lines. I like Pencil Skirt 08/2016 #128.
5. Spring is racing season in Australia. Even if you don't go the the actual races, there is a good chance that you'll need a fancy schmancy dress for some vaguely related racing event. My pick this year is Vogue 1498 Nicola Finetti. The criss-crossed bodice / neckline could be elegant, or fun, or summery, depending on fabric choice.
So those are my picks for Spring 2016. What are your plans?