Fab Friday style tip: get set for spring-summer 2011

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 32 Comments

The weather is teasing us right now.  Giving us that hint of the warmer months to come.  And it’s a timely hint because stores are starting to fill with lots of new-season loveliness.

And I really do mean loveliness.  This time last year the new season really didn’t offer much to perk us up.  To lift us out of winter’s black-grey hibernation.

But this year.  Oh, this year.  Hold on to your hats, Stylers.  Everywhere you look there is an explosion of colour.

Red, orange, emerald green, navy, steel blue, watermelon, yellow.  It’s all there and just begging to go home with you.

And you know what?  People are excited.  And they’re buying up big already as most of these pieces can be worn now – just add a jacket (See this post where I style up a new Country Road stripe maxi).

Key looks for spring-summer 2011:  Country Road

Form-following shapes in fluid, softly draped fabrics

Bold colour palettes of tangelo, ginger and cobalt blue worked back with neutrals of sandstone, white and black

Iconic ’70s influence found in maxi dresses, palazzo pants, jumpsuits and a-line skirts

If not opting for bright colours then embrace an all-white suit or leopard print.

Shoe of the season:  espadrille platform wedges

country road spring summer 2011

Country Road Spring-Summer 2011 (click on the image to enlarge)

Key looks for spring-summer 2011:  Witchery

A fresh take on relaxed minimalism

Styling is classic with a twist

Pieces are unadorned allowing you to own the look with your choice of accessories.

Red and citrus are the key “pop” colours with a pair of red ankle skinny jeans the signature statement

Patterned neutrals add interest

Shoe of the season:  a red cork wedge to make the neutral pieces pop

Witchery spring-summer 2011

Witchery Spring-Summer 2011 (click on the image to enlarge)

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David Jones season launch

And here’s a look at Miranda Kerr in all her red-lipped gorgeousness (wonder if it’s the same Napoleon Perdis colour as my new fave?) at the launch of David Jones’ spring-summer 2011 collection.

Miranda Kerr's Napoleon Perdis red lip for David Jones

Perfect pout: Miranda Kerr’s Napoleon Perdis red lip for David Jones

Love it all the collections but don’t think I’ll be rushing out to get that Jets cut-away swimsuit.  Let’s just say it’s best left to the genetically blessed Mrs Bloom.

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Have you bought anything from the new-season collections yet?  What’s on your wishlist?

Comments 32

  1. The doom and gloom is there because retailers are doing it tough – and have done so for more than three years now. I left them there though, I live a ballet flat-kinda life these days…. Currently my member card is loaded with $30 to spend on purchases over $100.

  2. Hey Nikki,
    I can’t find the Witchery olive green patterned kaftan anywhere on their website. Do you know when it’s being released. I love love it and your blog!
    Alexia x

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  3. I accidently found myself in Sambag this week and they too have some great spring stock coming in – I put my name down for two dresses that are coming in from their lookbook. That was enough to send me racing back to the gym this week after some winter hibernation!

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  4. I have been looking at a pair of red skinny leg jeans for the last month… My 15 yo daughter told me the other day that I could not wear them! how rude!… but I’m going to go and get them on the weekend. And no, she can’t borrow them!!

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      1. I got them! Not the ones from witchery as my budget wouldn’t allow it… but the ones that I had been looking at – and they were on sale, so cost me $10 less then the original price. I do love it when I score a bargin!!

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  5. I usually stick to neutrals (ok..black white & grey) because I have red hair and I fear the clash! Apart from the occasional blues & greens. But I feel like the deep coral in the top right hand corner of the Country Road pic might be workable…more clashtastic than straight up clashing! Bring on the tax return so I can spree!!

  6. Hi Nikki

    Great post – especially with all the doom and gloom in the Media about Australia Retail. I could shop til I drop (and do frequently)- however we all have different budgets. Buying some of the new seasons looks are a perfect way we can all do our bit to keep our Retailers afloat, and look fabulous as well. Thanks for giving me a reason to pop out to the shops today, love your suggestions.

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      The doom and gloom is there because retailers are doing it tough – and have done so for more than three years now. What will work for them though are collections like the above that make us want to update our wardrobe … because the clothes give us a lift. Happy shopping!

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  7. Love your post, Nikki!! I’ve always bought my staple items from CR and Witchery, so how exciting that they’re embracing the new colour trend. Oh, how to choose!! I’m thinking the red jeans…

  8. Witchery & Country Road – my two favourite stores. Am so off to get those red jeans (I know I said that last week but time got the better of me) – also loving the yellow top and the Jacket in the bottom LHS of your pic! Why is it almost every time I read your blog – I want to go out and buy something!! x

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      Sorry about that Jodie! Can you imagine what it’s like for me doing all this “research”?!! But seriously, I’m impressed by the new-season arrivals. Last year it didn’t excite me as much. I may have bought a bright, striped maxi at Country Road yesterday! Model and Me post coming up.

  9. So WD got a discount postcard from Country Road in the mail the other day! He, of ‘wearing the same t-shirt since 1998’. So seeing it wasted on him, I have snaffled it. I know get another $50 to spend when I spend $150 online. Although, now I may head to Witchery too. That little mini is gorgeous – and just enough ruching to cover up a mummy tummy.

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      Good work, Penny. And just a heads up, become a member of Witchery. They’ve got a receive a $25 reward when you spend $250 at the moment. And members receive regular incentives like this. Currently my member card is loaded with $30 to spend on purchases over $100.

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