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School’s Out

11 July 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli

School is out

Image source: Radical tween-age Olsen twins from lintothegloss.com.

According to my high school teacher roommate and to the scores of small people roaming the streets supping on blended juices, rolling around loudly on skateboards and discussing the musical importance of someone called Timomatic, it is school holidays. And as your children have been freed from their educational prisons for the next few weeks (dammit) and perhaps they have outgrown all of their stuff from last winter and are starting to shiver from the cold, I thought we might focus on clothing the hardest possible demographic there is to clothe: your tween-aged daughter. Yes, because when you’re about 10 to 13, not only are you filled with self awareness and forced to start considering who you ARE but have no independence or experience to explore it, not only are you wedged between feeling pretty old but being treated like you have been for the past 10 years, plus the beginnings of a crippling self doubt that will follow them well into teenager-dom - not only all of this, but you have to wear clothes, maybe even wear clothes who express who you are, without looking like a toddler or someone who has just discovered the nightclub scene and it’s just. Not. Easy.

And it isn’t, I’m sorry. Retailers are getting much better at accommodating the tween market but your kid’s head still might explode trying to find something she likes while maybe admitting that she likes herself in it. My top tips for shopping for your tween? If they have siblings that enjoy teasing (and let’s face it, what siblings don’t), try and shop without them (or keep them heavily distracted with an addictive hand-held gaming console). You don’t need a voice of dissent to complicate things. Pinpoint the shops you’re going to look in before you leave the house. Your tween probably does not have the shopping stamina you do. Try not to get distracted looking at shiny things for yourself until after you’ve found something for her – it’s demoralising when it seems so easy for you to find things that you like. Also, it drags out proceedings. And lastly, try primarily for separates: as her legs shoot out from underneath her or she suddenly acquires shoulders, you’re more likely to get the wear from the half that hasn’t grown as much. It’s also easier to get a good fit – you can accommodate long torsos and short legs or vice versa.

To help you along the way, I’ve pulled a couple of looks for your tween:

Cutesy


School is out

Image sources: Assymetric top with print, $9.99, from Pumpkin Patch; Knit bomber jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Tilii chambray denim skirt, $29.95, from Myer.

Cool


School is out

Image sources: Baseball jacket, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Lost Girls gold mine top, $34.95, from Myer; New York jeans, $20, from Pumpkin Patch.

Girly


School is out

Image sources: Knit blazer, $20, from Pumpkin Patch; Bardot junior striped jewelled tee, $44.95, from Myer; Floral print skirt, $19.99, from Pumpkin Patch.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Pumpkin patch

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How to be sales savvy

17 June 2011, by Rachael Ciccarelli

It's that time of year again: when everything you've had your eye on - and some magic new things you never noticed until their price halved - has gone on sale. New shiny things are slowly making their way in, so space must be made, and you should swoop in now while your prey is weak. That's right, fashion is now a bunch of wriggling worms and you're the eagle. Nice talons, guys!

Anyway, it's easy to make poor choices when you're dazzled by heaps of stock at low prices. Luckily, I am a sales master and am only too happy to impart some of my knowledge onto you, like an ethnic Mr. Miyagi with a credit card.


How to be sales savvy

Image Source Bandit

1. Rule one:karate for defence only. Rule two: learn rule one.
Haha, sorry. I couldn't help myself. Rule one is to know thyself, and I don't think Miyagi ever said that. But basically, know your shape and colouring; have an idea of what you're going to look good and feel comfortable in. It'll make choices clearer.

2. Wax on, Wax off.
But without actual wax. Don't just pick anything up and bring it to the counter, actually try it on and make sure it fits and looks good on you. It's not a bargain if you can't zip it up. Similarly, don't be afraid to try something on that you're not sure about on the rack - it's the only way you'll know if it looks any good or not.

3. Never put passion before principle.
That is, don't be seduced by the idea or the brand name - make sure it has some sort of place in your wardrobe. What would you wear it with? Where are you going to wear it? I'm all for using sales an excuse to expand or add a bit of drama, just be sure you've got the know-how to actually rock it once you're out of the store.

4. What heart know, head forget.
Don't get spun out by the shiny fun bits and leave with 3 ball gowns and a top hat. Remember the basics: your wardrobe needs just as many well cut pairs of trousers, quality tees and pairs of knickers as it does fuzzy leopard overcoats. Sales are an excellent time to stock up on your everyday items, and if you can find it in great quality, so much the better.


ED - The Forrest Chase sale starts on June 20

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Tags: Fashion, Food, Homewares, Kitchen, Live Clothing, Myer, Portmans, Pumpkin patch, Sportsgirl, Witchery

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Underage fashion

12 May 2011, by Rachael Ciccarelli

You don't need to be a parent to understand the epic cuteness delivered by kids clothing... although it does help if you've got someone tiny about. From the days of smocks for everyone (boys in dresses, ha!) to the present, where childrenswear is essentially your clothes, shrunk right down to adorable; the offerings for little ones are many and varied. To help ease the aching adorability, we've picked a couple of looks for your boy or girl to get you started.


BOY

Underage fashion

Image source: Pumpkin Patch stripe knit cardigan with short sleeved tee, $49.99; WitcheryKids Striped long sleeve pocket tee, $29.95; Pumpkin Patch multi stripe vest, $36.99

For a look that says "I'm in Paris, strolling along the Seine (if I only knew what that was)", look into horizontal stripes. As they are for you, stripes are a nice statement pattern that will mix back with jeans or cords, that can be dressed down with a jumper or up with a little blazer for special occasions.


GIRL

Underage fashion

Image source: Bardot Junior Dressy cargo, $59.95, available at Myer; Pumpkin Patch Military polar fleece jacket, $42.99; WitcheryKids Aviator Suit, $59.95 Pumpkin Patch stripe knit cardigan with short sleeved tee, $49.99; WitcheryKids Striped long sleeve pocket tee, $29.95; Pumpkin Patch multi stripe vest, $36.99

"What, military school? Already?" That's right, baby Jane. It's military school for ALL the little girls this winter, with cool khaki and brass buttons on just about any item of clothing you could imagine. Take it to whatever level you desire, from an understated pant like the Bardot cargos, available at Myer, all the way through to the Maxtreme with the awesome WitcheryKids Aviator suit that will have your kids on the (fashion) highway to the danger zone.

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Tags: Fashion, Myer, Pumpkin patch, Trends, Witchery

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