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Tropical splendour

Published:Monday | August 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMNatalia Oh
Polka stripe: The now mainstream mixing of prints is no longer strange to the eye. This print mixing can be achieved in the never-fail polka-stripe combo. Navy is a good, softer alternative to black.
This black slimming jumpsuit features cut-outs and delicate embroidered details.
Short shorts, featuring a botanical print, are paired with fuchsia camisole.
Sunshine-yellow floral palazzo pants are paired with a matching yellow blouse and gives the illusion of a relaxed-fit jumpsuit, perfect for a garden or beachside wedding.
Cropped, green capris are paired with a floral blouse and can be dressed up or down. Accessorised with the must-have circle bag which is anything but basic, featuring leather fringe and gold metal details.
This summer we saw, and will continue to see, kimonos transcend the shorelines to becoming mainstream. A lighter, softer sister to the belted trench, the kimono is done in soft sheers, delicate lace and layered over jeans, short shorts or classic LBDs. This trend will continue for the rest of the year. Adding a cropped, slim-fit capri gives this combo a clean finish.

We often hear of the power of a good lipstick, and how it can instantly brighten a woman's face and her spirits.

Shouldn't the same be said about wearing vibrant and happy colours? Before Pantone tells us what the colour of 2018 will be in December, before fashion forecasters tell us what we should be wearing for the holiday season, isn't it just exciting to have fun with fashion, right now?

While I will always appreciate a crisp, white cotton dress, and the balancing effect of subtle nudes which tone down brights, let us embrace happy prints before we start reading about dazzling jewel tones, 100 shades of green, sombre browns and oranges of autumn.

Studies have shown that wearing bright colours can lift our moods, and with Usain Bolt retiring from track and field, and painstakingly watching the World news, I'd say we all need a little boost in our spirits.

In some metropolitan cities, we notice a gravitation to the security of black and grey during the fall and winter seasons - no doubt due to the grey skies and frigid temperatures, but also for the hustle and bustle they represent.

As islanders, we are blessed with clear blue skies, warm temperatures, the expansive Caribbean Sea, our lush greenery and beautiful tropical flowers. Inspiration is everywhere, and subsequently isn't that the truest essence of the Caribbean? To be relaxed, comfortable and cheerful?

Make these outfits fit your spirit as we explore tropical splendour.




Creative director and stylist: Natalia Oh

Photographer: Gladstone Taylor

Model: Renee Cooper

Student and competitive swimmer for UWI


Maxie Department Stores

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Shoot Location: Nicole's On the Waterfront

Phone: 616-4267

19 Debbie Avenue, Edgewater, Portmore

A restaurant and bar offering an authentic local fare for lunch and dinner.

Nicole's also provides catering and hosting special events.