Got your Saturday morning sweater? SWEATERS BY SABATINI So what is your look going to be for this winter? Yes winter. It will happen, despite the unseasonably prolonged, balmy weather patterns we’ve been experiencing of late. In one delicious southerly blast those lightweight capri pants you’ve raved about all summer and those ‘oh so comfortable’ sandals, just won’t cut the mustard. You’ll ¬find yourself ailing franticly in the back of your wardrobe for warmer options or, charging o to your local dry cleaners for the coat you’d forgotten to collect from last year. Winter 2014 is an exciting concoction of refreshing new and revamped looks! For several years the trusty tunic and footless tight has dominated the pavements. While it has allowed us to relax our stomach muscles and effectively conceal our cellulite, the tunic/tight combination has seriously inhibited creativity in the retail world. So its ‘oh so yesterday’, stealthy demise has opened the door for new fashion trends. What a relief! So what is there after the tunic? This year’s New Zealand Fashion Week identify the bomber jacket as a standout 2014 fashion trend —especially with the rediscovery of the waistline. Short and long sleeved blown-up bombers in luxe fabrics, leather, faux fur or stud embellished are layered over knits and worn with tapered or wasted trousers and tight skirts. Coats are also huge —really big, oversized coats are becoming a ‘ go large or go home’ statement according to EDITD trend analyst Katie Smith, along with large scaled capes, voluminous metallic parkas and gigantic furs. And if you still have room in your wardrobe – add a little leopard print in red, grey and au natural and layer it back with the ‘very now’ turtle neck —its finally back!! Apparel Magazine sees the athletic-inspired sweater as being one of the major looks for winter. Polwarth Design labels it the “Saturday morning sweater’. The throw on, oversized, sloppy jumper in batwing, super long or pouched, patterned or plain merino, cashmere, cotton, rayon, or blended. This essential teams back with skinny or boyfriend jeans or jeggings, and can carry you to the sports ¬field or the local cafe´. So with all that in mind it’s a good time to think about what your look might be for this winter. Do your homework, trawl through the latest fashion magazines, especially our ‘do-able’ New Zealand publications. All the high end fashion labels like: Sabatini, Moss and Spy, Macjays, Joseph Ribkoff, Seduce, Zaffna, Blackstone advertise with them using great images which you can innovate on. Otherwise seek advice. Talk to the experts who know the latest trends, we’ve bought them for goodness sake with you in mind. We understand what compliments your body shape and colouring. We love challenging your comfort zone and pushing boundaries. Why always dress predictably? So, want to challenge your look this winter? Need advice? Want a second opinion? Come and see your fashion experts. We love solving your fashion problems. —Karen & Cheryl from Polwarth Design