There are not many labels that manage to morph vintage, gypsy, boho, quirky and east-meets-west into one collection. Season and season. And have it work.
But Sunshine Coast-based (Queensland) label Boom Shankar has done that for years – 17 in fact. Long before any of the above were a fashion “thing”.
Many first discovered Sally “Dui” Cameron’s label when visiting the iconic Eumundi markets and have since gone on to become loyal fans.
Since those early market days, the Boom Shankar label has well and truly gone national, stocked in about 200 boutiques around Australia. I even spied it on a little shopping sojourn last weekend in a boutique on NSW’s Central Coast.
What I love about this label is that the prices are accessible and the styles offer something that little bit different. Boom Shankar also supports local and international charity projects.
The AW14 collection brings with it a winter filled with colour and I’ve chosen to feature a maxi skirt as I love how they are a great alternative to pants when the temperature dips a little.
Boom Shankar maxi skirt* $79 (I’m wearing a size 16) | Boom Shankar top* $49 (I’m wearing a size 16) | Seed scarf (from a couple of years ago) | Samantha Wills ring | Noosa Amsterdam cuff | Uberkate necklace | Zoe Kratzmann wedges (from two years ago)
My love affair with, back story about and tips on how to wear a maxi skirt can be found here.
In a nutshell, I love that you can be dressed casually – and comfortably – but still feel a little dressed up in a maxi skirt or dress. Like the Verily one I featured here, the key to making the design work for you is all in its streamlining ability.
To that end, I opted for the size 16 in this design. The 14 did fit but didn’t skim as easily over my hips and tummy. I wear clothes on fit not on number so opted for fewer lumps and bumps around the waist/hip area.
This was also essential given I was wearing the skirt back with a fitted top. Not so essential if you were teaming it with a shirt.
I’ve been asked about proportions when it comes to styling a maxi skirt and top and I’ll give you a couple of hot tips.
#1 it really does help to balance out the overall look if you can see your feet and ankles. Otherwise the fabric can consume you if you get my drift?
#2 the top shouldn’t be too long. You want to work on a happy medium that skims the bits you want skimmed but doesn’t come down so far that it looks like you’re wearing a dress over a skirt. Stand in front of a mirror and play with top lengths. Try at waist height and then down to top of your thighs. Where’s YOUR best fit? For me, it’s generally just below the hips.
Boom Shankar is all about colour and fabulous prints. I’ve let the skirt do the talking in this outfit and haven’t tried to compete too much with it. This could be a good starting point with you if you’re not sure about wearing vibrant colours and prints.
So tell me, are you all for a colourful winter? A Boom Shankar fan from back in the day?
* These pieces were gifted to me for editorial consideration