Sense of Fashion: Custard, Zia boutiques show hottest looks for summer
By Erin Ebert
In the heat of the tropics, women have a reputation for exotic dress and bold attitudes. Exotic doesnâ€™t have to mean bold cheetah prints or hula skirts â€” it can be feminine and surprisingly fresh. Find a new way to express yourself inspired from our latest trip to the deep wardrobe jungles of Custard and Zia boutiques.
Our first tropical solution is a violet blue romper by Amanda Uprichard with python patterned folds from Custard. In 100 percent silk, this one-piece is light and soft on your skin. The cut is just right for an evening out, but you arenâ€™t exotic yet. Zia, our local source for everything exotic, recommends adding bright bold pieces when you have chosen a soft but strong pattern all over. In this look we see long looping gold plated brass circles at the neck. The loops of the necklace are perfect with the tall shoulder folds of the dress. Abigail of Zia also recommends adding gold hinge bangles to match, keeping the color and strength consistent.
The romper needs an anchor so we watched our stylists expertly wrap this ADA coral belt, of Argentinean leather, at the higher waistline. They ended in a masterful rosette, set off center creating perfect balance to the bold weight of the jewelry and the sensual print of the python. Each belt is soft and can be worn different ways. To take this look from night back to day, toss on a solid white tee underneath to raise the neckline, and try one of Custardâ€™s adorably eclectic shoe selections. We liked the bold Miista in deep blue leather with wood platform heel to stack up this strong romper of fun.
Next we kept to our exotic theme, going with a zebra print tank dress also in 100 percent silk for breathability in our steamy weather. This piece by Wendy Katlen is a soft sultry brown that works well for so many womenâ€™s natural color schemes. This piece bears a neckline that is straight across with delicate spaghetti straps. With this much open space at the neck, Zia recommends adding a more complex piece like this Tibetan turquoise and brass necklace. Adding something solid can create a softening effect on the central pattern, so next we selected another wrap belt this time in turquoise to work with the jewels.
The pairing was perfect, but we wanted a hot central focal point Re-wrapping the belt with a diamond shaped cinnabar carved ring of sterling silver was just the thing. With this one, Ziaâ€™s stylist recommends long looping Fulani earrings to accent the colors to select a statement ring that is unique and distracting.
Either look pulls off a sensual exotic touch that says you are bold and full of intrigue, even if you have not just stepped off a yacht from the tropics. Adding interplay with texture is quick and fun with the woven handbag achieving the ultimate fashion forward look that is easy for anyone to try.
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