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Shirr thing


Whimsical meets all-important comfort with shirring, an outfit go-to making quite a name for itself. The romantic ruffles created by shirring, where elastic is sewn in parallel rows so a garment gathers, offer an of the moment silhouette.

 

Marle Ines Top

 

Often fun, floaty and iron-free, countless brands are making a strong case for the sartorial technique, which is being reimagined in dress, blouse, skirt and pant form from high end to the high street.

Adjacent to Prairie and cottagecore aesthetics, shirring is nostalgic yet simple – making it a versatile wardrobe addition whether you opt for a monochrome or patterned design.

Ruby Mirella Short Sleeve Wrap Dress

In New Zealand, designers like Ruby have set the scene with its sell-out Mirella series, shirred dresses, tops and skirts in a range of hues from classic black and white, to bold bright pink and tonal olive green. Marle’s Ines Top from its newest collection offers a pared back option, with a single line of shirring giving shape to an otherwise floaty favourite.

Pair shirred maxi dresses with sandals, sneakers, heels or boots to suit your day’s activities. Mix shirred tops with jeans, wide leg pants, slip skirts or shorts; and shirred skirts and pants with simple shirts, tees and blouses.

 

Giselle Silk Georgette Top

In a time where comfort is key due to most of the world being homebound, shirring offers the stretch required for both sedentary and active days.


 

Tricks up its sleeve


We’re embracing the statement sleeve this sartorial season because, if you want to stand out from the crowd, this is a silhouette with a few tricks up its sleeve.

 

MORRISON TILLIE SHIRT

 

Whether you want big and billowy in shape, extra-long in length or intricate detailing, there’s a statement sleeve for everyone, from bell sleeve blouses to ruffled sleeve tees and everything in between.

MORRISON BROCK SHIRT

The puff-sleeve trend dominated the red carpet at the 2020 Golden Globes, with celebrities from Dakota Fanning to Rachel Bilson adding serious drama to their looks with statement sleeves from romantic pink to canary yellow.

ORDER OF STYLE RUFFLE TOP

So it might just be time to wear your art on your sleeve! After all, to wear your heart on your sleeve is to let it all proverbially hang out and, when it comes to this fashion-forward flirtation, the sentiment is the same.

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