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IT’S party sea­son and when it comes to Christ­mas fash­ion, any out­fit you can take from af­ter­noon drinks through to evening fun is a win­ner, ac­cord­ing to Bas Le Mode owner Ali­son Theuril­lat.

“Dresses that you can wear with flats then change the look by putting it back with a pair of heels ... (or) lit­tle cot­ton party rty dresses, maxi dresses and wrap ap dresses are al­ways re­ally good d for af­ter-five out­fits, es­pe­cially ly be­cause liv­ing in FNQ at this s time of the year is a chal­lenge when it comes to the heat,” Ms s Theuril­lat said.

“So rayon and cot­ton are al­ways on ev­ery­one’s wish list at this s time of the year.

“I find guys will go for a three­hree­quar­ter chino and a boat shoe e with a short sleeve for par­ties as the he full length jean is too hot this time me of year.

“Christ­mas day is al­ways an­other big fash­ion day ... most ost cus­tomers are af­ter any­thing they can have a big Christ­mas lunch ch and a few bevies in and not feel eel too re­stricted, so any­thing bright ight with a print is al­ways a must.

“With the ladies, flowy is good so maxi skirts and maxi dresses ses are al­ways a win­ner.”

Annie’s Ladies Bou­tique and Annie’s at the Beach owner Annie Gil­low said you can’t beat Christ­mas green or red, no mat­ter what age you are or what type of func­tion you are at­tend­ing, “but there are a lot of re­ally ‘wow’ op­tions out there this year”. “It is hot and sticky and the clever TNQ fash­ion­istas will look at a breath­able fab­ric first,” Ms Gil­low said.

“Linens, cot­tons and bam­boos are the best for our cli­mate. Linen is very on-trend this year; I have not seen as many linen choices for a very long time and with some clever ac­ces­sories, in­clud­ing your fin­ger­nails and toe­nail colour, you will pop at your Christ­mas func­tion with linen – any­thing from a crisp white linen, or a colour or print you love, is very trop­i­cally on-trend. “Linen ab­sorbs mois­ture so well, and as the world ac­cepts this “ac­cept­able crush” fab­ric, you don’t even need to bother get­ting the iron out any­more. A linen is the classy look that will work fo for su­per dressy to very ca­sual C Christ­mas oc­ca­sions.” Ms Gil­low said broderie ang anglaise, a cot­ton/ em em­broi­dered lace com com­bi­na­tion, is a pretty fab fab­ric and also on-trend . “U “Usu­ally in a block colour – white a and navy be­ing the pop­u­lar colours this year – but you can, w with a lit­tle hunt­ing, find other colo colours too in this and other cot­ton lac lace styles,” she said. “Off-t “Off-the-shoul­der and cold­shoul­der cuts con­tinue to rock into the C Christ­mas style and help with the h hot weather.” For m men, Ms Gil­low sug­gested bam­boo and cool cot­ton voiles and said a white linen shirt can be team teamed with al­most any­thin any­thing pant-wise. “Ot Oth­er­wise a nice qual­ity tee or l light cot­ton shirt works with yo your linen shorts, chi­nos, or denim den­ims. A polo shirt, cot­ton or bam­boo bam­boo, that h has been trimmed with a sec­ond colour al­ways looks dressed up, yet ca­sual.” Sa­jeela Jamie from Wild Sugar by Sa­jeela, said a colour­ful long, loose fit­ting, sleeve­less dress with splits for the legs is per­fect for Cairns life­style and cli­mate. “Al­ter­nately, a wide flared sleeve is fes­tive and will pro­vide just the right amount of cover while keep­ing you cool, well ven­ti­lated and classy. But re­mem­ber, colour, colour, colour – this is Christ­mas in the trop­ics!” For men, Sa­jeela said to be colour­ful and wear some­thing that com­ple­ments your part­ner’s out­fit.

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