Ah, summer…it’s finally arrived and it’s a time to refresh your wardrobe. I haven’t quite parted with my bulky knits just yet because Wellington weather can be touch-and-go at the best of times. And let me say, there are still days when I’m donning my winter coat!
But what excites me about a new season is the chance to play around with new silhouettes. And this season is proving anything but boring.
Sleeves have been a major focus in the fashion sphere over recent seasons from bell sleeves to extended cuffs. Voluminous balloon sleeves nod to Victorian-era dressing and there’s been a fair share of playful ruching going on. Added to that are 80s batwings, puff sleeves…and yes, power shoulders have made a comeback.
There are no limits to how to wear a statement sleeve as long as you pay careful attention to proportions. If you’re going full volume then it’s best to keep the bottom half of your outfit more streamlined. Let your style speak through your sleeves because they’ll add an interesting twist to otherwise conventional workwear, and up the ante on casual Friday.
Which brings me to this gorgeous Obira blouse from Ovna Ovich’s SS 17/ 18 collection, ‘Once Was.’ Crafted in New Zealand, the blouse is made from a linen/ silk blend and wearing it in warm weather is sublime! I wore mine tucked into high waist jeans, which extend my legs (for what it’s worth, when you’re barely 5ft you’ll do anything to create the illusion of extra height!). *These split seam jeans create a semi-flare. A few designers who showed at NZFW this year also featured split seam denim and trousers – keep your eyes peeled in the months to come including from Zambesi. Or try wide leg legs…
This season, flowing silks and lightweight linens from Ovna Ovich come together in a well-honed, beautiful collection that allow the wearer to create their own looks. The key to Ovna Ovich pieces is versatility – dressed up or down you’ll feel timeless with adaptable pieces that will work endlessly in your existing wardrobe, and what’s more, designer Marina Davis has a sustainable and ethical approach to her label.