In February I had the chance to visit my new granddaughter in Sydney. “Whilst” it was snowing here, Australians were enjoying warmth and sunshine–since their seasons are directly opposite of ours. My first impression: How very chic and stylish
Knowing the Aussies are a fashion season ahead, I took notes, so I could share some ideas on how they achieve their sophisticated warm-weather flair. Because our summer days are just around the corner.
It seemed everywhere you looked Down Under, ladies were wearing the fabric of the moment: linen. From blazers, to dresses, to tops, to shorts, to flowing pants, to chic cover-ups.
Neutral or full blown color. The natural fibers of linen kept women looking cool. Both literally and figuratively.
This lovely vendor on the Gold Coast was selling understated, elegant jewelry that perfectly matched her casual style. Nothing fussy. (Often geometric.) Just simple and chic.
And, of course, a hat. Australian sun is extremely strong. School-aged children are even required to wear a hat whenever they are outside. The rule in Australia is: “No hat–No Play.”
The “French Tuck”
The French-tuck (aka, the half-tuck) was everywhere in AU, whether on the beach or in the city. Whether gals were wearing shorts, jeans, slacks, or skirts.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog on the advantages of wearing a half-tuck. This simple line and design trick gives the illusion of a longer leg-line. Take a look:
Here is another version of the half-tuck:
Australian women have a certain style that cannot be easily described. I think the phrase is “Je ne sais quoi.” So, eat your heart out, French mademoiselles.
I cannot wait to see how my little Gracie’s “Quintessential Style” evolves.
How do you feel about Australian Style? Let us know. We love hearing from you.
How coincidental your mentioning the “half tuck” right now. I am taking care of Matt’s kids and I noticed 14 year old Charlotte sporting a really cute outfit with her top half tucked into her shorts. I thought it must be the new teenage look. Now, thanks to your blog, I realize it is a far more prevalent trend. Hope it looks even a tiny bit as good on me as it does on her. Surely our age disparity won’t make any difference. Ha! Ha!