Let the summer sun freshen up your wardrobe this season with a flash of our favourite citrus hue: yellow.
Many zesty shades are trending, from pastel and lemon through to marigold and amber.
While these punchy hues aren’t always the easiest to wear, they pair well with existing capsule pieces you’re bound to already have – a white blouse, perhaps, or a pair of washed denim jeans.
You can’t go wrong by injecting a bright bolt of yellow into an otherwise plain ensemble by way of accessories, shoes or even a striking blazer.
Yellow pieces with floral prints or embroideries bring a laid-back, bohemian flavour, while a slinky silk dress in a saturated hue like mustard or marigold is both fun and elegant – and the ultimate stand-out silhouette for all of summer’s quintessential events.
If strong yellow shades are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a more mellow pastel tone.
Shades like buttermilk or lemon give off a graceful chic vibe perfect for that garden party or lunch date.
Top tip: It’s smart to invest in easy, versatile pieces like jumpsuits, maxi/midi dresses and tailored pants that will take you from the high street to the party in effortless sophistication.
Green is the colour most closely associated with envy and when it comes to the field of fashion, the green-eyed monster in us is running rampant. After all, with so many things to covet and collect in this space, there’s always something bigger and better to fix our aspirational eyes on.
This season we’re going green with envy in a much more literal sense as designers use the colours of nature to bring fashion to life and new crops of clothing take to the sartorial street. Green is fast becoming the seasonal go-to, with Kelly Green making its mark. A colour concept which is believed to have originated in Ireland, this happy hue is highly saturated, leaning more towards yellow than emerald green.
Brighter than emerald, deeper than lime and more intense than forest green, this shade chameleon manages to be both cool and warm at the same time, enabling its rich, bold beauty to work for all seasons. The colour of nature, it represents growth, nature and fertility and, when it comes to colour psychology, it adds visual credence to the ‘green movement, with its reported ability to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.
As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and we’re looking forward to adding the lush palette to our wardrobes.
As the sun’s annual spring crossing of the celestial equator draws near, the delicious tropical prints that burst out of Zebrano’s iconic Christchurch store are in our sights. As irresistible as a margarita at a beach-side bar, the crisp whites, the brights and the floral prints have got us yearning to cast off winter layers.
New in, the collection by Rebel Wilson is infused with Rebel’s joie de vivre and features her amazing jeans. Zebrano is the exclusive Christchurch stockist of this fun and sometimes flirty range, which comes in sizes 14 to 24.
Zebrano continues its strong support of the best of New Zealand designers with such iconic names as Curate by Trelise Cooper, Maaike, Chocolate, Euphoria and Obi filling the store with gorgeous clothes made in beautiful fabrics, plus a selection of Australian and European standouts such as Banana Blue, Moyuru and Rundholz Black. Zebrano aims to tempt the taste of every customer, whether they are dreaming of floral abundance, a tailored piece, or something dialled back and chic with perhaps a soupçon of the gothique!
Personal service is fundamental at Zebrano – customers say a visit to the art deco treasure house on Victoria Street is a pampering session and they leave feeling wonderful. Sizes start at 14, with styles, cuts and detailing sourced by an expert eye for what works in sizes 14 plus.
Zebrano’s Christchurch store is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm with parking at the door, or shop online, by email or phone.