WE ARE right in the thick of the sweltering summer season, which means - apart from darker tans, lighter hair and meeting in air-conditioning becoming a hobby of choice for many people - women of all ages and sizes are looking for stylish and flattering options that will keep them from sizzling (in the wrong way).
This is where T-Leaf Clothing comes in, because when people buy clothes (as modelled by her daughter Shikira) from her store, owner Karen van Lawick wants the wearer to feel beautiful.
"I am catering for women of all ages not just the young ones, some of my clothes are very bohemian style and 100 per cent cotton and others are great for the races and pubs," she said.
The Gladstone store opened last year after Ms van Lawick kept hearing the frustrations of people (herself included) of not being able to find clothes that suit everyday women and she decided to offer an alternative for those looking for unique and feminine outfits.
"I had been selling real estate for 14 years and just needed a change. I had heard so many complaints over the years in regard to lack of clothing shops in Gladstone so I thought I would try and fill that gap," she said.
T-Leaf Clothing's current merchandise is on-trend and evocative of the Aussie summer.
Bright colours, light cotton fabrics, cut-out and abstract detailing as well as boho chic-inspired apparel are just some of the features of clothes that have been stocked since the store opened.
Resurfacing from the hippie-era of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock - in some respects due to more music festivals popping up and their increased popularity - are boho-inspired prints and textures, albeit more wearable and elegant than its psychedelic predecessor.
One brand that T-Leaf Clothing is getting orders from all around Australia for, that is fitting of not only the boho-chic label but suits the smart-casual tendencies of the region's summer events, is Mist.
The label caters to a certain personal attitude where the style is relaxed, feminine and easy to wear.
T-Leaf Clothing also stocks accessories and Ruby Yaya home-wares; the fashionable pieces provide the perfect addition to an outfit or as a gift for a loved one.
Visit T-Leaf Clothing in-store at the Sun Valley Market Place or their Facebook page for more information.
Playsuits have been described as one of the most prevalent trends of 2013 and their popularity, due largely to their versatility and ease of wear, is likely to continue into 2014 collections. Grab, accessorise and go!
How do I wear the trend? This season's playsuits for women come in a wide range of styles, colours and prints.
Team a floral playsuit with a pair of flats for a feminine, daytime style. Choose bold, block colours and pair with stilettos and glamorous makeup for a sultry, night-time ensemble.
If you're on the petite side, choose a playsuit with a higher waistband to create the illusion of longer legs
Don't let the heat make style become function over fashion. Take these cues to smarten up your summer style for the year ahead:
- Mix it up. Learn how to pair pieces of your wardrobe together. An important aspect of bohemian style is individuality; this means embracing your own personality and expressing it through your fashion choices.
- Expect to see the continuing influence of macro trends like luxe-sports, boho-chic, geometric patterns and twin sets. Own these trends in 2014 by donning signature embellishments and luxe fabrics.
- Accessorise! It pays off to pay attention to details. For a casual and effortless look include elements such as scarves, gorgeous hats, chunky ethnic-inspired jewellery and braided hair.
- Natural fibres help in the heat. Opt for cotton, linen and silk over man-made fabrics, like nylon and polyester. Also, try looser, more flowing items, such as printed tunics, dresses and maxi skirts.