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Fashion stylist Jana Keane (Refine Your Style) shares her top tips for Autumn/Winter fashion trends in 2021 for Tropical North Queensland.

Originally published on the stockland Townsville Website:https://www.stockland.com.au/shopping-centres/centres/stockland-townsville/inspiration/everyday-ideas/gallery/autumn-winter-21-trends

Perfect Pleats

Ok, so pleats are nothing new, from the Vikings to Scottish kilts and 1920 evening wear, pleats have played a vital role in fashion history. But TV series “The Crown” has reinvigorated our obsession with Princess Diana, and the pleated skirt was a favourite of the Princess. It is a classic and timeless piece, and in the right pleat size and length is universally flattering. You will find it everywhere and in many colour options including the ombre versions that gives it a modern up-to-date twist.

Stylist Tip: Make sure that the size of the pleat is in proportionate with your bone structure – fine bone structure fine pleat, broader bone structure broader pleat.

From left: Mimco Bloom Clutch $229; Myer Vero Moda Kendalyn High Waisted Calf Skirt $63.96; Betts Zu Gem Block Mules $149.99; Portmans Lola Ombre Skirt $89.96; Country Road Basic Australian Cotton T-shirt $39.95; Forever New Odessa Ombre Pleated Skirt $119.99.

Ultra Feminine

The Bridgerton effect is in full swing this year, and is perhaps helped by the fact that after a year in loungewear we want to look “like a lady”. Feminine is in. Break out the florals, ruffles, and buttons lines, all Lady Bridgerton approved of course. If you are on the hunt for your ‘Duke Of Hastings’ or if you have already found him, why not throw on a feminine frock for date night.

Stylist Tip: If floral isn’t your thing, brands like Country Road are doing feminine without the floral.

From left: Silver Shop Midsummer Star Gold Orbit Sleepers $59.95; Mimco Fantasy Cross Body Bag $199; Forever New Kai Balloon Sleeve Dress $169.99; Novo Shoes Irving Court $69.95; Country Road Bib Ruffle Tiered Dress $249; Portmans Hatti High Neck Mini Dress $97.46

Suffragette White

From Ultra Feminine to the ultimate feminist statement. Currently on-trend, possibly due to the changing of the guard in the USA, Suffragette White
inspired suiting is all the rage again. The women of the Suffragette political movement of the early 1920s dressed in head-to-toe white, as a sign of purity, virtue and femininity. Getting their message across was their main concern so they dressed in the style of the times, but they made their statement in colour.

Suffragette White is an elegant trend and can take you from day-to-night.

Stylist Tip: If bright white isn’t your colour, go for antique white.

From left: Country Road Valerie Sandal $99.95; Myer Seed Heritage Mini Weave Sling Bag $69.95; Myer Cue Fluted Hem Jacket $380; Novo Shoes Zamba Mule $79.95; Myer David Lawrence Filippa Crepe Pant $189; Country RoadOne Shoulder Rib Top $49.95.

As Neutral as Switzerland

Head-to-Neutral is a common trend and it is timeless and classy. It is back on-trend for Autumn/Winter, but bare in mind there are a lot of neutral options so make sure the neutral you choose is complementary to your skin tone.

Stylist Tip: If you have high contrast colouring (light skin/dark hair) this trend is best avoided as it doesn’t have enough contrast and will make you a “wallflower”.

From left: Forever New Enza Rib Roll-Neck Knit Top $69.99; Myer Veronika Maine Double Weave Sleeveless Blazer $319; Strandbags DKNY Sutton Cross Body Bag $246.75; Portmans Mon Ami Blazer $89.96; Novo Shoes Mumbai Mules $79.95; Country Road Relaxed V-Neck Fluffy Knit $159.

Lux Leather

Leather is lux, durable, highly versatile and sustainable. This season is all about lux leather from an elevated biker jacket to midi length leather skirts or the ever sexy leather pants. Wardrobe statement pieces that are also staples, tick and tick. If leather doesn’t fit your ethos, there are many vegan leather options to choose from.

Stylist Tip: If you have a warm undertone, look for burgundy, tan or brown options rather than the classic black.

From left: Country Road Panel Split Skirt $159; Myer Veronika Maine Leather Zip Jacket $589; Country Road Leather Detail Jacket $799; Forever New Emilia Vegan Leather Split Midi Skirt $79.99; Platypus Puma Women’s Cali $140.

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