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Yes, I know it’s still summer in Australia BUT stores start bringing in their autumn and winter designs and colours in February.
I use a number of ways to research what’s happening in fashion so that I can keep you up-to-date. Also you need to know how to translate it to make it wearable and stylish, especially for my Baby Boomer readers.
One of my sources, Eddie Franz, wrote in the January 2014 issue of ‘Stitches’ magazine that the colour Navy will be big this winter.
Navy is a very versatile colour. It isn’t one single shade and varies from mid blue to ‘french navy’ which is almost black. In fact the dark shades of navy can be worn with black, as I recently showed one of my clients.
To get the most out of navy
think the basic fashion rule of ‘light and dark’. Navy will look fabulous and elegant with soft colours, dramatic with bright colours or animal prints and modern stylish with turquoise (as with my client, Tina on the left). Although this illustration from Polyvore is in black with mid-brown accessories, it would look very modern classic by substituting a navy dress for this black one.
The same article by Eddie Franz shows the navy stripe Vogue 8904 pattern (in the top graphic) which is a variation of a best-selling international design in a style that flatters all women.
Keep an eye out for navy clothes over the next few months. For sewers, www.kerrynsfabricworld.com always has navy material in stock.
One more versatile basic colour in your wardrobe can double your dressing options. That’s good value for your $$$.
Navy Update – 5 February 2014
Last week I wrote about Navy as a new Trend for winter. This week I received emails from Diana Ferrari – dianaferrari.com.au – following up that trend with navy items ( See the picture on the left). Even a top in navy, as in the far left, will be very versatile. Note that all the outfits are styled with modern classic, creamy beige shoes & handbags. Black accessories would look safe classic and red or orange shoes or accessories are for the Extroverts.
Here’s a Navy and Coffee (ie beige) combination I found on Fashion Diva website.
Don’t overdo the coffee-coloured accessories. Stick to 3 (including the belt) so that you look stylish rather than over-the-top.
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