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September 6, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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At ease

Good news, you can relax. With the latest clothing trends focusing on the casual and comfortable, those of you at home in jersey and slacks can loosen up. What you normally lounge around in can now get extra wear, so it pays to have cool leisure gear, from shorts to boyfriend shirts.

It’s not too cold. Shorts are everywhere in this hemisphere and for good reason. They are an instant mood lifter. They are relaxed, but can also take your wardrobe from beach to street. From Hermes to Farmers, leather to lace, there is no shortage. If your legs aren’t prepared for the still-cold wind, you girls can make the most of your tights and guys, this is just a time to show you’re tuff.

Sport luxe is still hanging around this season. Brands like Kris van Assche and Alexander Wang may have started the sporty trend this time round with comfy sweaters, baggy pants and tops. You may not want to get sweaty in these, but sports clothes are now meant to be worn out and about. Jersey shorts such as Hopetown’s are sweet in grey marle and Victoria’s Secret offers many comfy pants. Country Road is also big on this trend. Bike shorts, like those in Glassons, are a quick way to update a summer dress and a remedy for shrinking hemlines.

Another tomboy trend for the girls—stealing from you boyfriend—may not always go down well, but is effortless chic. Blazers are less structured, such as in Balmain’s collection, and rolled up sleeves make this look even more chill. Loose t-shirts and shirts are never hard to find and Friend of Mine’s are a soft rendition of these. Guys aren’t at an entire loss as shirts and long slouchy blazers are in for them too, started in Largerfield menswear.

Wide jeans continue the boyfriend look for women, an example is those by True Religion. Jeans have been accepted into all sorts of wardrobes and occasions and now Levis have released a new fitting system with variations of cuts catering for differences in figures. Finding new jeans is now a lot less of a quest.

The underwear as outerwear trend for girls is not the nightmare it sounds. Bustiers are not too revealing if worn with class. Betino Liano and Stitch Ministry’s are a sweet take and One Teaspoon and Ksubi’s are a little edgier. See-through dresses such as Lover’s are an innocent reveal with lace cover up and Annah Stretton’s can be worn with petticoats. Soft palettes or black make the use of petticoats and bra straps more tame than titillating.

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