PIP MILLER

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While I nor­mally grav­i­tate to bright colour or in­di­vid­ual, unique styling – this time I have bro­ken con­ven­tion and opted for a sharp, clas­sic look with a bit of drama thrown in. I love the cut of this dress, well tai­lored to fit the fe­male form and the fem­i­nine ruf­fle adds in­ter­est. This dark print with light flo­rals of­fers plenty of scope for ac­ces­soris­ing and millinery, so for her head­piece I chose to pull out the gor­geous rust tone in the print in a loose ruf­fle that mar­ries with the dress. I have seen a lot of wine tones and race­go­ers in­cor­po­rat­ing lace and soft ruf­fles into their over­all look. There has been a re­turn to more de­mure out­fits, where the skirt reaches down to the knee or be­low, and dresses with a ’50s-in­spired sil­louhette, which is very flat­ter­ing to the fe­male form.

Go for a look that ex­presses your in­di­vid­u­al­ity and is the right fit and cut for you. You don’t need to spend a for­tune – some peo­ple avoid go­ing to the races and dress­ing up be­cause they don’t feel they have the money avail­able. You can be quite savvy and up­cy­cle pieces from pre­vi­ous years and give them a to­tally new look with, for ex­am­ple, state­ment ac­ces­sories or by tak­ing a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion with tones. Fi­nally, don’t take it too se­ri­ously – be cool, be com­fort­able and be classy!

Cooper St dress, $169.95; Wayne Cooper rose gold mir­ror san­dals, $199.95, Myer; hand­made, hard­wired ‘Sin­na­may’ silk abaca head­piece, $199.99, Son­lia; ac­ce­sories from Lo­visa and model’s and stylists’ own.

Son­lia Fash­ion, www.son­lia.com.au, pop-up shop Cairns Cen­tral, ph: 0427 055 826; Myer, Cairns Cen­tral, ph: 3088 3351; Lo­visa Cairns Cen­tral, ph: 0481 600 400.

For­mer Face of Cairns Cen­tral, model Mary An­der­son; Pip Miller, ph: 0419 681 543, pip­millerpr.com.au, pip@pip­millerpr.com.au; Jess from Mac, Myer.

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