GO­ING WITH THE FLOW

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

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

“I LIKE THE FEEL OF SILK BE­CAUSE IT WORKS FOR ALL BODY SHAPES. SILK, BE­CAUSE IT’S SO FLOWY AND FEM­I­NINE, TENDS TO MAKE DIF­FER­ENT BODY SHAPES STILL LOOK FEM­I­NINE.”

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 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 gar­ment 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 even boots.”

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