All-over colour, premium fabrics and pared-back neutral accessories are ruling the spring wardrobe, according to Perth-based fashion stylist Marcia Ball.
With a background in personal styling and high-end editorial photoshoots, Ball knows what to look for when putting together the perfect ensemble. She’s one of three personal stylists at Karrinyup Shopping Centre’s Style Lounge, which you can book online.
We asked Ball which trends she’s adopting this spring/summer and how to wear them.
Bold, tropical hues
“It started with Bottega Veneta and this bold green you now see everywhere – it’s the colour of the season,” Ball says. She likens the “so bad it’s good” highlighter green to a field of fresh grass, which Scanlan Theodore nails with their Kelly Green silk tie front shirt.
The trend includes any vibrant colour and beckons to be worn head-to-toe. “So many of the brands at Karrinyup are doing the look,” including Sass & Bide with their Stronger Than You Believe blue suit.
Mix and match to push the boundaries too, but as much as pink and orange work together, there’s plenty of combos that don’t. “If you worry too much about [fashion] faux pas, you will never experiment,” Ball says. “Go with your gut, and if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with neutrals and one pop of colour.” This yellow heel from Aje should do the trick.
“This one has been around for a few seasons now, but it’s not going anywhere,” Ball says of the head-to-toe pattern or single colour looks. “It’s separates, all matching.”
“The most predominant way to do it is power suiting,” she says. “We’re talking trousers, a shirt and blazer all in the exact same hue or pattern.” This season, Saba is taking the trend to the office with an array of mustard, orchid and raspberry toned options, as is Aje with crops and matching skirts.
The only thing to avoid: matching accessories. Add accents that are complementary (namely neutral) and pair them back with some gold jewellery.
Made in Australia
Ball says, more than ever, it’s about what you wear – but not just in the sense of style. “There is a genuine shift to buying from your own country,” she says. “The beauty of some of the retailers coming to Karrinyup is they are amazing Australian brands, but many are also sustainable and ethical.”
One leading player is Melbourne-based label Viktoria & Woods as all of their suppliers and makers are Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) accredited. Country Road is also making T-shirts and ’90s-style sweats in Melbourne using 100 per cent Australian cotton.
“For those that have been in lockdown on-and-off for two years – like in Victoria – [they] are just so sick of sweats,” Ball says. “This trend takes [leisurewear] to the next level, wearing more beautiful fabrics but keeping the comfort that we’ve become used to.”
So, it’s out with the fleece and in with silks and fine knits. Aje Athletica (which opened its first brick and mortar store in Australia at Karrinyup) has a white Knitted Tennis Mini Dress that lends itself to lounging at home as much as hitting a tennis ball or going out for brunch. “If you are wearing it out, having quite polished accessories is important,” Ball stresses. “It’s a deliberate look.” Meaning, forget the sneakers and messy top knot – it calls for sleek slides or heels, a structured handbag and jewellery.
Stylerunner is also a good spot to find international sportswear labels.
“Things have been quite crazy in recent times, so pastels are a nice reprieve,” says Ball.
“Opposite to the bright and bold trend, you can definitely mix and match the pastels,” Ball says. “Just don’t wear anything dark – you’ve got to keep it all light. Fresh makeup, light-coloured accessories … and black shoes are a no.”
You can find these shades in-store at Bec + Bridge in particular.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Karrinyup.