GO WITH THE FLOW

BREEZE THROUGH SUM­MER IN LIGHT, LOOSE LAY­ERS MADE FROM THE MOST FEM­I­NINE OF FAB­RICS

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FASHION - WORDS: AM­BER MAC P HER SON

As the hu­mid­ity rises, tight tops, dresses and pants be­come a bit of a li­a­bil­ity. Sweat patches are any­one’s worst night­mare when you’re dressed to im­press, so what’s a girl to do when you want to keep it breath­able yet still fash­ion­able?

Kque CEO and founder Ta­nia Smith is used to the harsh hot sum­mers of Queens­land, so she de­signed her fash­ion col­lec­tions to be light, bright and breezy.

“I’m from the Gold Coast. The cli­mate here has a lot to do with my de­signs — sunny days, the palm trees, ocean and beaches,” Ta­nia says.

“I tend to de­sign around that feel.”

Ta­nia mostly uses silk and silk chif­fon in her items, favour­ing the nat­u­ral, cool fab­ric for loose-fit­ting blouses, skirts, wide-leg pants, dresses and ki­monos.

She says she loves com­bin­ing light­weight ma­te­ri­als with flow­ing de­signs, al­low­ing the cloth­ing to fall gen­tly around the body — not stick­ing to per­spir­ing skin.

“I like the feel of silk be­cause it works for all body shapes,” she says.

“Silk, be­cause it’s so flowy and fem­i­nine, tends to make dif­fer­ent body shapes still look fem­i­nine.”

Start feel­ing cooler in your skin by adding one loose item to your out­fit. Opt for a loose chif­fon blouse with dress shorts, or try a pair of so­phis­ti­cated wide-leg pants with a fit­ted sin­glet.

To stay chic in a roomy dress, go for a mini length or sleeve­less maxi. Keep­ing your arms or legs bare will add an­gles to your over­all look, com­ple­ment­ing the cloth­ing’s fluid shapes.

And Ta­nia says you can’t go wrong match­ing your re­laxed garmet with some grunge.

“I love to mix things up with ripped jeans,” Ta­nia says.

“Wear a flow­ing top and dress it up or down with denim shorts, jeans, skirts, with a pair of flat shoes, heels or boots.”

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