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Fashion trends: Autumn/Winter 2014


As part of Riccarton Style Week I popped along to Westfield to hear fashion stylist Stephanie Rumble talk about the latest fashion trends and how we can incorporate them into our wardrobes.

Trends are a new way to wear fashion, and this season’s main trends are floral grunge, heritage, urban punk and sports luxe.  Some of these I can definitely relate to, and others not so much.

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Stephanie Rumble
Paint colours and fashion colours
Paint colours and fashion colours

A revelation for me was that fashion colour trends follows paint colour trends, and that designers work closely with colour experts at Resene.  It was fascinating for me to see how trends for interior colours and fashion colours follow so incredibly closely.  I had no idea!

With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Stephanie expertly showed us how to put together outfits from a rack of clothes she’d chosen (impressively quickly) from nearby shops in Westfield.  She passed on her tips and tricks for colours, patterns, our shapes and sizes and embracing new trends and new shops.  I for one saw garments from shops I always walk past, but now I’ll be in to browse. It’s inspiring to have someone show you how to wear trends that you see but aren’t quite sure how to wear.

Putting an outfit together
Putting an outfit together

Floral Grunge

This I can do, I have a bold large patterned floral top which I bought when floral grunge first came out a couple of seasons ago.  This isn’t  pretty floral, instead think bold and assertive prints.  Combine floral and leather or denim, both of which are very on trend.


This is very much me.  Think English country estate and chunky knits and away you go.  Tweed, herringbone, muted colours and lots of texture.

Urban Punk

I remember tartan the first time it was fashionable and have a vivid memory of choosing my first pair of tartan trousers and wearing them with great pride.  It’s back, but I don’t have the trousers… Stephanie had on a fab tartan jacket, and as she pointed out tartan has son many colours in it, it’s pretty versatile.  Team it with ankle boots or whose with a bit of patent, or metal trim.  Leather jackets fit in this trend well, with the biker jacket style being very popular.


Think trendy trainers and comfy weekend wear or dashing to the school run.  Baggy t-shirts, anoraks, boxy crop tops and add a touch of metallic.  A bomber jacket is a key piece for this look.

We all loved this one!
We all loved this one!

Check out Riccarton Style Week for yourself at Westfield Riccarton.  Free seminars and advice, workshops and colour consultation.

Riccarton Style Week, 7-13 April:

Tuesday: 12.30pm, 2pm & 4pm How to buy the Wardrobe Essentials

Wednesday: Colours Day – I’m booked in with Stephanie for a colour consultation, but it’s booked out now sorry 😦

Thursday – Sunday: Style Lounge – free one-on-one style sessions

Saturday: In-Store Styling Day – stylists will be in different stores to help you shop

Stephanie Rumble has her own image consultancy Flair Image



Recent Purchases: Colour on Colour

I’ve been following the fashion stylist Stephanie Rumble’s Facebook page for her business Flair Image for a few months since I heard about her 2013 one year challenge of not purchasing any clothing/shoes/accessories.  She completed the challenge with few outfit repeats (I’d love to know how she keeps track of all the items in her wardrobe), and I’ve been hooked on her daily posts ever since.

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Every day Stephanie has really helpful and practical styling and fashion tips and I’ve taken a couple on board recently; to wear colour on colour and that a dress is the pear shape’s best friend.  Stephanie pointed out that most of us wear colour or pattern with a neutral, and challenged us to wear colour on colour, and for those of us who are pear shaped, Stephanie recommended that a dress was to be seen as our bestie.

Well, as you can see – I took her advice to heart with my two purchases yesterday and it turns out Stephanie’s advice was spot on.  Today I have worn colour on coloured pattern and I’ve had SO many comments about this outfit.  From a woman in the Ballantynes (Department Store) bathroom, the mums and teachers at school, to my son’s Psychiatrist.  Mission accomplished with flair.

I also purchased this lovely kaftan style top which is lovely and floaty to wear and is versatile – wear on top of a swimsuit, with white skinny shorts or trousers, or black skinny shorts or trousers and it can move happily from the beach to the restaurant.

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Both my dress and kaftan were bought from Kimberleys for 70% reduction from the original price.  Makes me even happier…