The Peace Flag House 2019 Style Guide

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Utterly unfounded Style predictions for 2019

…based mostly on my biased view and stylish wish list.

Welcome to my entirely biased, uttering unofficial and completely off the cuff style predictions for 2019. This little compilation is likely better described as a wish list rather than an official statement on style. I do not have Anna Wintour on speed dial. I did not attend Paris Fashion Week. But I do have a number of opinions and I’m entirely willing to share them with anyone who wanders past this blog post.


#1 Saturated Colours

Image of Mrs. Maisel, who seems to own my dream closet, from  www.theatlantic.com

Image of Mrs. Maisel, who seems to own my dream closet, from www.theatlantic.com

Jewel tones, darlings. Give us those deep sapphires and garnet tones. I see this as reminiscent of the art nouveau era but it’s likely closer to the late 1950’s Mrs Maisel look. All those swing coats and matching hats. Oh hell yeah! It feels good to start integrating fuchsia and emerald and gold (!) into my closet after years of white, grey and black.


#2 Maximalism

Images of this gorgeous livingroom from freshhome.com. My favourite lipstick bohemian and maximalist stylist Karolynn Ellacott @itismekar showing us all how to layer jewellery (and featuring @zendagi.shop gemstone necklace).

In fashion and décor colour, pattern, layers are back. After nearly a decade of minimalism, maximalism is charging back on stage like the glamour puss she is. Is this a reaction to years of austerity measures? A love of material culture in reaction to our increasingly digital lives? I could philosophize endlessly on the shift towards maximalism but I’ll sum up by saying I’m excited. Of course, the key to doing maximalism well is a dash of restraint and a thread of continuity. My personal joy is repeating a colour in different textures or layering up the jewellery (seen here on my favourite lipstick bohemian and maximalist Karolynn Ellacott @itsmekar) with fun accessories like…

 

#3 Gloves!

Image of the Imogen Glove from the incredible UK glove maker  Cornelia James .

Image of the Imogen Glove from the incredible UK glove maker Cornelia James.

Please, for the love of accessories, let gloves come back. These are one of the only things I like about winter. Do you remember Carrie Washington’s gloves on Scandal? Or maybe you’re drooling over Midge’s endless supply of gloves like I am. Why, darlings, are we not wearing more fantastic gloves during the winter months? There is nothing more elegant than taking off your gloves one finger at a time as you enter a gorgeous restaurant (or work, or school, or café). It’s winter wear made decadent and I need more of it.

 

#4 Wide leg pants

Image of Princess Kate looking so elegant and found on  W  hoWhatWear.com.au

Image of Princess Kate looking so elegant and found on WhoWhatWear.com.au

Skinnies are taking a back seat and wide(r) leg trousers are back. Thank the fashion gods for a nicely cut trouser that skims the hip and doesn’t reveal every bloody blip and bubble. Just me? I’m so ready for some nipped waists and patent belts that wide leg cuts allow. Don’t toss the skinnies, they’ll likely never die. But find the multitude of variations on wide leg jeans and trousers and let your curves shine in a new way.  

 

#5 La La Lace

Image of the Nayana Bodysuit lovingly borrowed from the IG account of lingerie creators behind  Mayana Geneviere  @mayangeneviere, who I have a major lace-based crush on.

Image of the Nayana Bodysuit lovingly borrowed from the IG account of lingerie creators behind Mayana Geneviere @mayangeneviere, who I have a major lace-based crush on.

Just not the frumpy kind. I love a good dose of romantic lace but only if it’s done with a little edge. Like seeing the lacey edge of a slip beneath a skirt (can we please bring silk slips back next?) or a lace bodice under a tuxedo jacket. Lace is like wearing a little treat just for yourself. Urban and in unexpected places, lace is coming back and I am thrilled.