Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - NEWS - Worn through­out: Ear­rings: model’s own.

As Jaquie Brown’s some­time-stylist for many years, I’ve learned what suits her best. You’d be for­given for think­ing any­thing suits Jaquie, but that is rarely true of any­one. The abil­ity to con­vey the idea that you’d suit any­thing comes from con­sid­ered dress­ing over a long pe­riod of time. Now that Jaquie is wear­ing her hair grey, the pas­tels and beige tones that used to suit her dark hair tend to wash her out. The warm un­der­tone of her skin, com­bined with white-grey hair and mis­chievous, deep brown eyes, are best com­ple­mented by warm, strong colours like red, pinks, greens and rich blues.

Stand­ing at 5’5” (165cm), Jaquie is sta­tis­ti­cally av­er­age fe­male height. Even so, this Glas­sons trench in size Small is too long in the sleeves – the sleeves are tucked, cinched and rolled here.

It’s never wrong to tweak a gar­ment to work for your fig­ure, but ul­ti­mately, you want your sleeves to be able to func­tion with­out rolling and cuff­ing. So I’d tell Jaquie to keep look­ing for a coat with the right length sleeves, or have them al­tered.

Length-wise, the coat is at least an inch longer than I’d sug­gest for her height, though heels and the side splits coun­ter­act that. Glas­sons check trench, $100. 1. Hail­wood Down­town Mrs Brown jumper, $299 Glas­sons jeans, $60 Dr Martens shoes, $299 from Platy­pus Shoes 2. In­grid Starnes pantsuit, $399 Miss Wil­son Anna heels, $320 Karen Walker Eyewear Sadie sun­glasses, $369 3. Char­maine Reve­ley Vit­to­ria dress, $299 Zambesi belt, $145 4. Penny Sage Dance slip, $295 Miss Crabb Dune scarf, $120 H&M court shoes, $30 5. Miss Crabb Paris Texas dress, $450 Ges­tuz Elvi evening san­dals, $569 Model: Jaquie Brown Fash­ion edi­tor: Karlya Smith Pho­tog­ra­pher: Belinda Mer­rie Pho­tog­ra­pher’s assistant: Tay­lor Prichard Makeup: Seren­ity An­der­son Hair: Leigh Keepa at Stephen Marr

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