Go Bright & Whimsical This Spring With These Wardrobe Picks

Saturated colours and whimsical prints take centre stage in spring's optimistic take on what to wear


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COLOUR ME BOLD

After-five dressing needn’t be a cumbersome ordeal — add some edge to date-night classics with punkish textures.

Vinnie wears Prada sweater, $1450. Stolen Girlfriends Club leather trousers, $449. Ngahuia wears Prada dress, $4440, with handbag, $3450. Swarovski choker, $269, from Smith & Caughey’s.

KEY LIME

What’s more rock ‘n’ roll than a crisp button-up shirt worn with leather trousers? Opt for a fresh perspective in an unexpected colour, such as pale green.

Vinnie wears Comme des Garcons Shirt label shirt, $525, from Fabric. Stolen Girlfriend’s Club leather trousers, $449.

DOWN TO EARTH

How to nail easy high-low dressing? Add jeans to a combination of a silk organza blouse layered underneath a tartan jumper. It’s the non-precious way to wear special pieces all day, every day.

Penny Sage top (POA). Comme des Garcons Shirt Boys label jumper, $689, from Fabric; Stolen Girlfriend’s Club jeans, $229.

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

The radiant addition of a colour symbolising creativity and happiness will put a spring in your step.

Ngahuia wears Nom*D tangerine polo shirt, $395; with Company of Strangers sterling silver cross earrings, $125.

TIKI TOUR

Venture into print-clashing territory and mix tradition with whimsy. The unexpected pairing of a holiday print dress over plaid trousers is surprisingly chic.

Ngahuia wears Karen Walker dress, $460; Mi Piaci heels, $280; and Anine Bing trousers, $359, from Fabric.

THE NEW FRONTIER

An easy prairie dress in a fresh floral print is all that’s required to dress with a sense of carefree abandon — the perfect approach to take as temperatures climb.

Isabel Marant Etoile dress, $849, from Workshop; Louis Vuitton earrings, $1190.

LOOKING FORWARD

Ngahuia wears Georgia Alice jumper, $529; Nom*D skirt, $335; Creeps & Violets necklace, $179. Sneakers Ngahuia’s own.

Vinnie wears EA7 by Emporio Armani T-shirt, $135, from Smith & Caughey’s; Barney Cools shorts, $85. Dr. Martens boots Vinnie’s own.

OPEN SEASON

Re-imagine the crispness of mid century-inspired resort wear, softly tailored and with a subtle dose of kitsch. Unexpected colour combinations update nostalgic silhouettes.

Sylvester trenchcoat, $399, and Kate Sylvester lace bra, $99; Dries Van Noten skirt, $1150, from Scotties; Merchant 1948 handbag, $189, and sandals, $190.

BUFFALO STANCE

Designers have been exploring graphic photographic prints in their collections. In his swansong menswear outing at Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones used his own aerial landscape photographs shot above Kenya. The resulting print of the terrain provides the perfect wardrobe base of earthy complementary colours.

Louis Vuitton rash shirt, $1760, and jacket, $4250; Commes des Garcons Shirt label trousers, $1225, from Fabric; Dr. Martens boots, model’s own.

MODERN ELEGANCE

An exquisite top layered over an irreverent print dress finished with sneakers — this look shows how disparate wardrobe items can come together.

Ngahuia adds her own favourite trainers to the mix, worn previously on a trip climbing the majestic heights of Machu Picchu.

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