Newsletter: Issue #123 April 2021
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Jane's Jottings

When I was doing the research for the Autumn Winter fashion trends the weather was still more summer than autumn. However, now, with cooler evenings and mornings and beautiful warm days it's easier to think about knits and warm weather clothing again.

If you're going into Spring I hope you're beginning to feel hints of the new season too.

The trick for dressing successfully for changeable, trans-seasonal weather is layers. Especially if, like me, you can easily feel too warm and too cool, it's good to be able to add and remove layers as needed (sometimes every 5 minutes ;D!).

Camisoles, or long-sleeve tees, worn underneath tops and dresses are good for adding warmth to your core. Cardigans, jackets and coats are all good as removable layers and can also be used altogether, if needed.

Another tip for feeling suitably dressed for the new season is to adjust the colour value (the lightness or darkness) of the clothes you wear. In cooler weather medium and darker colours are appropriate. In warmer weather medium and lighter colours are good. Of course I still recommend you stay within your best contrast levels and colours (for more help on contrast levels see this article, and let me know if you need help working out your best colours).

I seem to remember not so long ago advising not to wear lounge wear and track suits as every day wear. However, I feel I've changed my position on this for now ;D ! I've recently been seeing women over 60 wearing good quality knit pants paired with a quality tee and fashion sneakers and thinking how with it, comfortable and stylish they looked! (Ah well, I also say "never say never" ;D!)

Below is the type of look I'm talking about and intending to create for myself. I'm looking for knit pants that don't bag at the knees too quickly and that look a little luxe, rather than super casual.

casual everyday outfit

Use my new season's fashions articles (see below) to help you plan what you'll be wearing over the next weeks and months. Adding just 1 or 2 contemporary colours or styles into your wardrobe, or changing how you combine your existing clothes into outfits can make your clothes feel new again.

And do contact me if you'd like my help. Simply reply to this email. If you're in Sydney I can help you in-person. If you're elsewhere I can help you online.

Enjoy this month's Style Snippets. Yours in style

New Style Articles

Autumn Winter Fashion Trends 2021 Australia & New Zealand

autumn winter fashion trends
Comfort is key this fall/winter season! Think cozy knits, easy dresses, chunky footwear and warm coats!
>> See the main trends for autumn and winter here

Spring Summer Fashion Trends 2021 (US, UK & Northern Hemisphere)

I do confess I haven't written a trend article for the northern hemisphere. In spite of having done the research, it's finding suitable images that takes a lot of time. So instead I'll give you a summary of the main trends I'm seeing and links to 2 articles that best represent my thoughts.

The main fashion trends are:
  • Wide leg pants -- both crops and full length styles
  • Jeans and denim -- inline with the dominant 70s trend. The wide leg style applies to jeans as well
  • Midi and maxi dresses -- especially full floaty styles, but you'll also find shirt dresses, tee-shirt dresses and slip dresses
  • Monochrome outfits -- especially black and white, all black, or all white. However, any single colour (and tones of that colour) fit in this trend
  • Full sleeves
  • Over-sized shirts
These 2 articles show examples of these styles, and a few more, with some good commentary for how to wear them: I hope they help you work out your looks for the new season

How to Create Confident Style

If you'd like to look more stylish and easily select stylish outfits to wear everyday, but don't know where to start check out the 6 steps to savvy style. (Hint: includes how to dress for your shape, your coloring, and your personality.)

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