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A brave new you for 2020

The first thing we think of when reminiscing on decades past, is what people wore.


Photo from Meraki

The ’20s will have a definably different vibe. Seize this exciting time in space to reinvent and trademark the new era.

We have new looks for each season – but for the new decade why not dare yourself? It’s a brave new world out there, and we can still be totally true to ourselves while turning heads with a courageous new look.

  1. A little help from my friends
    A good friend is an honest one. They see the 360 degree version of their favourite person the most.Ask all your friends their advice and see if there’s a common thread. Be the influencer and lead the way amongst your peers. Have a blast trying on new styles together.

    Perhaps experiment with new looks, shapes and colours at affordable pre-loved fashion outlets such as Nurse Maude Hospice stores.

    “That’s so you!” is what we love to hear. But imagine the squeals of glee as their demure, minimalist mate rocks up in a ruffled frock in lime green.

2. Savvy advice from a retail expert
An experienced consultant will often coax the shopper to have a try on of something that’s not their usual pick. Humour them.

It might be a pleasant surprise, a game-changer even. They’ve seen all shapes squeeze into styles – and are in the know when it comes to what fits and flatters.

3. From head to toe
We can cling to hairstyles in habitual comfort – however, the new energy of a complete change in hairstyle is empowering.

If you haven’t got any colourful or shimmery sandals, lay safe blacks to rest, and walk on sunshine for the summer of 2020.

For those firmly grounded in flatties, there’s high heels that still feel like slippers, and conversely, flats with chunky platforms for high-heel confidence.

4.You deserve it
Buy that outfit you adore – the one you can’t really afford or see as too glamorous, but can’t stop thinking about.

That’s not an impulse buy; it’s fate! Instead of drooling over fashion pages with wishful admiration, imagine yourself there, and recreate a completely new look to suit your budget.

5. Embrace the future
Metallics will be synonymous with the sci-fi-sounding 2020s – so have some fun with futuristic fabrics. Leggings have been synonymous with the 2010’s, so leg it out of this last decade and try on hot pants, suits, or high-waisted loose-fitting pants.

We’re going to be time-travelling in fashion to both past decades and futuristic times – fasten your belts!

6. Rule out old rules
Fashion is now delectably ageless. Fabrics are flattering, trends are flexible, and boundaries keep on blurring.

You can still wear a maxi skirt if you’re pint-sized, out-there colours and cut-out styles if you’re over 50, sportswear if you can’t run a mile – and plus-sized models remind us to love our bodies.

Let the world know that leopards can change their spots – however we hear that rich yellows and polka dots are on the catwalks for 2020!


So very beautiful

Fortunately for Canterbury women, clothing boutique Molto Bella – is no longer Rangiora’s best kept secret. Here is where they will find that beautiful something that’s unique, made of natural fibres and is Italian made.


Proprietor Anette Drewery travels to the most prestigious of international fashion shows every year to scout out the latest looks and trends to bring back home.

Sifting through the racks of her clothing collections is one of the most pleasurable pursuits imaginable, as the eyes feast on labels like Haben, showcasing garments nothing short of delightful, such as a quirky plaid tunic and skirt in cream, charcoal and French Navy; while Purolino (from Positano) features duster-coats in crisp blue and white, in homage, perhaps, to their place of creation, “where Mount Vesuvius meets the sea of the Gulf of Naples”.

For avant-garde at its most superb, nobody does it better than Corrina Caon, while Sunshine and Made in Italy flaunt all the verve, vividness and romance of Mediterranean climes in frills, lace and gossamer silk.

Italian leather handbags, exquisite scarves and jewellery, not to mention stunning homewares such as cute and clever cushions, dreamy drapes for a pretty partition, heavenly candles to scent your favourite room, and must-have décor magazine Jeanne d’Arc, best encapsulate the ethos of Molto Bella.

Visit Molto Bella at 199 High Street, Rangiora or go online for convenient inspiration to make this summer unforgettably beautiful! Phone 03 313 1366 or 027 531 4151, email or visit


Love the skin you’re in

We’re all human: we all have our own insecurities and imperfections – and our own story. Jess Quinn’s is one of triumph and bravery. Now she’s on a mission to encourage others to feel proud of the skin they’re in.




With an aim to inspire young people to draw hope, belonging and resilience – and ultimately thrive – from her experience with cancer, the body positivity campaigner, amputee model and former Dancing with the Stars finalist has launched All Bodies Welcome Here, a clothing brand dedicated to making every feel welcome and comfortable in society.

Jess lost her right leg from the knee down at age nine due to cancer and was so insecure about her lost limb that as a teenager, she went years without wearing shorts. She now walks with the aid of a prosthetic leg or blade and doesn’t let anything hold her back from living an active lifestyle.


At 25, Jess is a brand ambassador for Nike and AIA NZ, among others, and a fashion model who recently walked the catwalk at 2019’s Melbourne Fashion Week. She has more than 180,000 Instagram followers. Earlier this year, she launched a petition to legally require brands to declare if photos used in their advertising have been airbrushed or photoshopped, after discovering that photos of her taken for a magazine article had been retouched.

Jess established All Bodies Welcome Here in mid-2019 as a body positive clothing business – and the story has only just begun. For now, Jess has launched a range of men’s and women’s hoodies to spread the brand’s message. The brand’s mission is simple: to make everyone feel included and comfortable in society no matter their appearance, background or life story. After all, your story makes you, well, you.




Rent a wardrobe!

Designer Wardrobe has opened its second rental store right here in Christchurch, giving ladies access to more than 1600 designer pieces from Trelise Cooper and Ruby to Zimmermann and many more.




There are outfits for every occasion, from race day and weddings to school formals or corporate balls. Designer Wardrobe buys clothing for all ages in sizes 6-18, so there’s something for everyone. New items arrive every week, and you’ll find sold-out iconic pieces plus outfits unique to Designer Wardrobe, created in collaboration with New Zealand designers.

Designer Wardrobe is a community of more than 160,000 New Zealand women who buy, sell and rent designer clothing. After the success of their first designer rental store in Auckland, they couldn’t wait to get to down to Christchurch, and couldn’t do it without local Mary Outram joining the team!



“The team is there to help you choose the perfect outfit, and minor alterations are done on site,” Mary says.

“Pieces are generally rented for four days, but you can extend for as long as you need, for holidays or overseas weddings. Clothes aren’t just something that you put on and wear; they have the ability to change your entire mood. It is so rewarding to see a woman leave feeling amazing and with something fab to wear.”

Prices start at $39. The store is open 10am-5:30pm weekdays (7pm on Thursdays), Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 11am-3pm, with parking right at the door. No appointments needed!




Charity store’s new home

After outgrowing its former premises, the brand new purpose-built St Vincent de Paul store in Papanui provides not only ample space and storage, but the style and functionality to beautifully showcase its ever-changing range of clothing and household items.



Officially opened by Mayor Lianne Dalziel in August, the previous building on the site was an old house that was converted into a thrift shop more than 30 years ago. Designed by Three Sixty Architects and constructed by A D Building by Design, the spacious new store features a stunning cathedral-style entrance with a natural pine veneer ceiling, as well as high-quality cabinetry and shop fittings to enhance the entire shopping experience.

Shop Manager Polly Fisher says the new outlet is a pleasure to work from. “It’s not just a store – there’s a lovely feel to it and everyone who visits comments on how nice it is.”

Located at the back of Northlands Mall on 19 Langdons Road, the store was temporarily run from Bishopdale Mall during the eight-month construction. “Support from our customers has been wonderful during both the construction phase and since we reopened – the crowds were 100 metres deep on opening day!”

With 50 volunteers helping every week, the store provides clothing and goods at reasonable prices, with income from sales goes into supporting the community. All stock is donated, and there is always a need for more. “We aim to provide good quality items that everyone can afford – you can often pick up a piece of designer clothing here for just $10.”

Open 9am-4pm weekdays and 10am-3pm on Saturdays. Phone 03 389 7484.




Spring begins here: Made in the Shade

Spring has never looked lovelier than at Made in the Shade, with new stock arriving daily. From the vivaciously vivid to the dreamy pastel palette; from jaunty French-style “oh là là” tops to star-spangly sweaters; and from snazzy stripes to classy but classic check trousers, there’s something here for every gal looking to look a cut above the rest.

With clothes meticulously blocked from sizes 8 to 18, browsing here is a breeze.

This season’s trends feature tops with beautiful motif decoration; cute ’n’ crisp cropped cotton jackets; elegant wide-legged pants, and the colour green makes a welcome return in a wonderful variety of shades.

New Zealand-made brands, like Anne Mardell and Mardee, provide clever coordinate combos that deliver a different look every day, while Optimum showcases a stunning range of fine gauge knitwear for our warmer months; Optimum also offers a bespoke service of knitting special garments to order for individual customers.

For an unforgettable wedding ensemble or after-five outfit, New Zealand’s Bitter Moon have skirts and dresses to add sparkle to your special occasion.

NYDJ’s jeans make every bottom bootylicious, but if it’s bottom lift and tummy tuck that you’re after, then Canadian label Lisette is for you.

Globetrotters will love the exquisite European fine linens range – ideal for hassle-free packing and travelling in style.

Yes ladies, spring begins at Made in the Shade; pop in and be inspired – your wardrobe will love you for it!

Find the store at 151A Colombo Street, Beckenham. Phone 03 332 1238 or visit




If it suits

Suits are head-turning, confidence-creating and fabulously flattering – and have now relaxed into an exciting wardrobe staple. We check out the hottest suit styles for the coming season, to take us into 2020.




While women once minced in demure pencil-skirt and jackets of the 1930s and 40s, this season’s trouser suits are taking bigger, bolder strides leading into the next decade.

Anything goes in the material stakes. Ice-cream coloured pastels are a delicious summery wardrobe treat, while on the other end of the fabric spectrum, tweeds are teaming up as dapper trouser suits for dames. Everything goes, from slippery velvets, breathable summer-weight silk, perhaps black and white in a stylish wool-blend, hot fuchsia in cool linen, or metallic in modal. Suits make a unique statement.

Individual personality this season takes the suit far, far away from any corporate connotations – it’s all about suiting up and owning your own style. Celebrities from Michelle Obama to our royal influencers are flaunting floral-bombed patterning to gorgeous blocks of colours and timeless neutrals. In cute or courageous original outfits – the cue is to make your own mark.

Wide pants are swishy, slouchy comfort to the max – quite the opposite to what you’d expect to feel in the usual tailored two-piece. Go high-waisted and wide-legged from the hip, or do a glam Charlie’s Angel-style ’70s flare from the knee. Larger jackets have lots of wiggle room with full-on sleeves still a big fave. Teamed with high-rise heels or chunky flats – this look is quick to transform from daytime to drinks-time at the flick of a heel.

Cinched in via a wide tied belt or beautiful tailoring to show off the waist, a suit jacket adds flattering femininity. But equally so, the baggier, edgy boyfriend blazer will be strutting most of our streets, paired with perfectly matching pants. Structured shoulders are invited to team up with slouchy-crotched trousers. Tiny fitted tops are tasteful under long languid jackets; juxtaposition is, after all, hip.

Flattering for every figure, suits suit most bods. The silhouette-slinking sameness will elongate the shorter stature, and jackets and pants can be made to skim over or figure-hug any feature. No matter how casual the suit is stitched up, the wearer will always look somewhat polished and purposely dressed. Don’t forget, a tailor can alter any part of an otherwise perfect suit. Think about buying a suit that will look good with most of your summer shirts.

Emulate a dramatic three-piece with a matching coloured top. Plunging necklines also render a sassy suit, creating a sizzling contender to the little black dress.

And worth every penny is the suit’s sassy versatility in all weathers. Throw the jacket over the back of a chair and you instantly have a cooler, different look. There’s no need to find that co-ordinating summer jacket either – phew. It’s really a great two-in-one investment!



Carefully curated collection

The clothing, gifts and homewares at Dalethorpe House are contemporary yet enduring, with a focus on integrity and craftsmanship. “We wish to enrich the lives of our customers, choosing quality over quantity,” says new owner Rachel Ferguson, who took over Darfield Gift Gallery last month.



Located in rural Canterbury, the store is situated in one of the oldest historic buildings in Darfield. The beautiful white weatherboard exterior with original interiors of kauri tongue and groove floors, walls and ceilings invokes a sense of history and timeless style.

Originally the town’s General Store built in 1914, it now encompasses a wholefood café on the ground floor and Dalethorpe House on level one, filled with a beautiful selection of carefully curated items.

At the heart of Dalethorpe House is the Ferguson family and their long history at ‘Dalethorpe’ – one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations. “At our core is an understanding of a life lived well and a pride in our product.”



Check it out!

Checks are still hot property in our wardrobes! They are a geometrically gorgeous fashion feature that’s having a long run on the catwalks. Whether it’s retro, timeless, wild ‘n’ crazy – it’s hip to be square.




Black and white checks are a 90s comeback that’s either cute or classic depending on how you wear them – whether it’s a long floaty off-the-shoulder dress as seen by Oscar de la Renta, or a cute crop top. Chic and classy or kooky and creative, checks draw in the eye either way – and make an outfit look finished and purposeful. Celebrities are all doing their own renditions to get attention. And with the flexibility to wear it in infinitive ways – everyone is a follower of their own fashion style.

Checked blazers and trousers in winter-weight fabrics will look sassy and swish this season. Over-sized coats and double-breasted blazers are a classic design of a checked past, but mixing them with florals and asymmetric-cut tops will make this time round unique. Tartans can go bold and bright. Mix them. Clash them. Green tops with red bottoms perhaps – it definitely doesn’t have to be a check mate. Deep purple and bright yellow, as seen by Versace, is really opulent and out-there. Checks graduating in size are fun visual feasts. Smaller, soft-hue checks, cinched in with a belt is pure demure couture – perfect for the boardroom – whereas larger prints can disguise flaws and take centre stage. Plaid well-cut pants could even be more flattering than your favourite plain pair this season.


Louis Who

Clothes to sigh for: Louis Who

It was champagne corks popping at the March 23 launch of the Old School Collective, with Waikuku Primary School former pupil and The Hits Christchurch DJ, Brodie Kane, emceeing the event.


Louis Who


The Old School Collective comprises a hair salon, florist, yoga studio, antique shop, outdoor furniture shop, café and edgy, high fashion clothing boutique Louis Who. The owner of Louis Who, Lisa Willetts, visits Melbourne four times yearly to source her merchandise. “Everything I buy is one season ahead, so that my customers are right up to date with current overseas trends,” Lisa says.

Labels such as Custommade, Rude Riders, Blaumax, Crossley, and Haikure, give an idea of the quality European ‘one-off’ clothing that is found here. With an emphasis on gorgeous, natural fabrics, these should be considered as affordable investment pieces for your wardrobe.

For girls who adore fashion but are on a budget, Lisa has a good range of preloved clothing, featuring names like Trelise Cooper, Elk, Karen Walker and Camilla, to name a few. “I’m very fussy about what comes into my preloved range; there’s nothing over two seasons old,” Lisa says.

If it’s a complete outfit you’re after, browse Lisa’s scarves, belts, bags and footwear for inspiration. Not forgetting your home, the Eight and Bob scented candles and infusers are fragrantly divine.
So, ladies, what are you waiting for? Round up the girlfriends and point your car north. Located at 1/1429 Main North Road and on Facebook @louiswhoclothing.