Five ways with a pink polo neck

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH - Worn through­out:

I’ve said it be­fore and I’ll say it again next au­tumn. With a fresh skivvy you can wake up your win­ter wardrobe. There are plenty of clothes you prob­a­bly al­ready own that can be win­terised by the ad­di­tion of a skivvy – dresses, jump­suits and knitwear are all good can­di­dates. Sum­mer dresses or tops you’d never con­sid­ered com­bin­ing with a skivvy might sur­prise you.

You can pick up a merino polo neck at a good price. A black or grey one will do the job, but some­thing in a colour that re­ally suits and com­ple­ments your com­plex­ion goes one bet­ter. Lively colours such as pink, red, cer­tain blues and greens can also re­ally bring other plain or sim­ple clothes alive.

This candy pink ver­sion by Adrian Hail­wood is one of my favourites of the sea­son. The con­certina-like knit body fits, but doesn’t cling. Its lamb­swool and cash­mere fi­bre con­tent makes it light­weight and soft.

El­e­gant skivvies are handy for cov­er­age with a skimpy dress or top. This dress from H&M’s Con­scious Ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion (drop­ping at Auck­land’s Sylvia Park store on April 19) has quite low cut arm­holes. A skivvy makes it more widely wear­able and warm. Sure, it takes the for­mal­ity down a notch. But if you’re like me and don’t be­lieve in sav­ing things for best, this is how you wear a frock sec­ond time around. Hail­wood Ms Smith skivvy, $279, in store next week. 1. Blak Wan­derer romper, $229 Mer­chant 1948 Katy bag, $190 Mer­chant 1948 Olena boots, $310 2. H&M Con­cious Ex­clu­sive col­lec­tion dress, $299 Mi Piaci Sigi mules, $240, in store next week. 3. Kow­tow Com­po­sure cardi­gan, $239 Kow­tow Prac­tise pants, $249 Karen Walker sun­glasses, $369 Adi­das Stan Smith sneak­ers, $150 4. Har­man Gru­bisa Eva coat, $989 Sta­ple + Cloth Jas­mine skirt, $239 H&M slides, $30 5. Sylvester Para­chute trousers, $289, at Kate Sylvester Witch­ery Kate drop ear­rings, $65 Miss Wil­son Leoni brogues, $320 Model: Mercy at Unique Mod­els Hair and makeup: Ali­son Brewer Pho­tog­ra­pher: Belinda Mer­rie As­sis­tant: Tay­lor Prichard Fash­ion ed­i­tor: Karlya Smith

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