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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.





With sustainability fast becoming an integral part of almost every industry – cars, architecture and even technology – it’s no wonder eco-conscious fashion is gaining traction both here and abroad.




Sustainable fashion doesn’t have to mean drab-coloured t-shirts or scratchy plimsoles seemingly made from a potato sack – Meghan Markle herself has thrown the spotlight on brands with minimal environmental impact during her first royal tour of Australasia.

Paving the way for a 2019 trend, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed wearing multiple sustainable labels – among them, Outland Denim, known for their organic cotton jeans crafted by seamstresses paid the living wage, Rothy black flats, made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, and Stella McCartney, who has long been committed to sustainable practices and the use of vegan materials. Lesser known, local brands like Maggie Marilyn also made an appearance and the effect on these smaller fashion labels has been significant to say the least.

It’s not news that a growing number of celebrities are turning away from fast fashion and towards ethical attire – boosting eco-friendly fashion has been on the agenda for celebs from Emma Watson through to Miley Cyrus for years now.

A range of vibrant styles will undoubtedly be seen on the runways this year – but who says you can’t be stylish and sustainable at the same time? Sustainable fashion is a niche that has been growing exponentially around the world and, while it can be pricey, the extra dollar more often than not means extraordinary quality – and you can strut your stuff proudly knowing your fabulous outfit didn’t cost the planet.



Well groomed

Well groomed

We look at the latest looks for grooms and their groomsmen for 2019. It is never really a casual affair when it comes to weddings – and the gentlemen are stealing the show even more so this season in the latest formal, but fun, refinery.


Well groomed


Three piece – triple the style
First up, our blokes will be increasingly suiting up in their best three-piece, with looks that are sharper than ever. This offers versality as the night heats up. Guys can ditch the jacket when it’s dance time and still sport the dashing waistcoat to flaunt a sense of occasion.


Touchable Texture
Texture, texture everywhere, as in plush velvets and velour, or more streamlined tweeds – all are very welcome to the top table this year. Warm and inviting, the bride won’t be able to resist cuddling up.


Patterned partners
A flowery tie can look blooming lovely beside the buttonhole, whereas hounds-tooth indulges a strong depth of character. Along with the emphasis on fine detail and formality, it is a licence to express a playful side. It is not mandatory to be a plain James anymore. Even floral suits would match certain colourful characters, or lively wedding themes.


Colour up the couture
Black or grey is the usual top-of-mind groomsman image – but enter more sultry burgundies, gorgeous greens and bright blue hues. However, a token accent is just as cool in these colours.
Mix it for marriage

Mix and matching the outfits adds a whole lot of individual character, while still keeping to the wedding’s theme. Personalities are set to shine here, as they join the brides in expressing individuality. A colourful velvet suit for the groom, for example, can offset the ties or waistcoats for the rest of the gentlemen.


Colour-code pairing
Black and blue is a fine partnership in the latest looks. A blue suit with black lapels, sports a dapper modern-day twist, while a racing-green suit with burgundy detailing is a rather royal touch.


A handsome silhouette
Taking into account the eclectic license to experiment this wedding season, a suit that is slim fitting, with impeccable presentation and detail, is ideally what is required to woo.


Classic detailing
Coat-tails are very English gentleman – and are swishing up the wedding set especially among the taller lads. Slim-fitting, double-breasted suit jackets look great on most builds.


Play to a theme
Consider military style with metal buttons, medals and tight cotton pants – a swoon-worthy solider-style groom will be the real gentleman to carry his bride over the threshold. Or try vintage style. Pick an era and play the part, 1920s perhaps? Think big cuffs, silk linings and all the dapper detailing of yesteryear.