Con­struct your look

If you want to adopt the trend for “dress­ing like an ar­chi­tect”, you’ll need some ma­te­ri­als.

Waikato Times - - Your Weekend - Karlya Smith

I’m of­ten bang­ing on about bal­ance and pro­por­tions be­ing the key to a re­solved look. By this, I re­ally mean team­ing fit­ted gar­ments with roomy ones. Coco Chanel said it most suc­cinctly: “Fash­ion is ar­chi­tec­ture – it is a mat­ter of pro­por­tions.”

“Dress­ing like an ar­chi­tect” is how com­men­ta­tors are de­scrib­ing fash­ion’s cur­rent fix­a­tion on over­sized, struc­tural and tai­lored gar­ments. I thought I’d try se­lect­ing items that I can see my fe­male ar­chi­tect friends go­ing for.

I’ve looked for gar­ments with sim­ple shapes and in­ter­est­ing tex­tures and de­tails, and a neu­tral colour pal­ette. Know­ing my friends’ pro­cliv­i­ties, I’ve also favoured lo­cal de­sign­ers.

The thing about my ar­chi­tect friends is that they have an eye for good qual­ity make and ma­te­ri­als, but they also want their clothes to be easy to throw on. They want gar­ments that are time­less, hard-wear­ing and suit­able for site vis­its, meet­ings, and desk time, of­ten all in the same day. They’d be wear­ing these out­fits with prac­ti­cal shoes and low­main­te­nance hair­cuts.

Will.i.am op­ti­cal frames, 2 pairs from $299 at Spec­savers2. Juli­ette Ho­gan Strike shirt, $3993. Moochi dawn ear­rings, $504. Witch­ery dou­ble breasted linen blazer, $3005. Alexan­dra Dodds ex­tra large hoops, $406 from Miss Crabb6. Kow­tow Tech­nique dress, $2897. Wynn Ham­lyn pants, $3508. Bao Bao Issey Miyake prism tote, ap­prox $1000 from Matches Fash­ion Work­shop Denim Lia high waisted pants, $298 Sills navy check dress, $379La Tribe Chain san­dals, $230Ges­tuz Kaya shirt, $3209.10.11.12.

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