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      Tluxe Blog — spring/summer

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      On trend... the pencil skirt

      The pencil skirt is just so hot right now and will be one of your go-to items well into next winter. Why? Well, it’s not just because it looks sexy, it also helps pull together any of the key trends of the season, from block colours to fetish, mixing up your textures, and the more obvious 1940s themes seen all over the winter catwalks. We also love a pencil skirt because you can wear it right now with your summer sandals or when the weather cools down, with knee-length winter boots.

      Our top tip is to look for a skirt that sits just below the knee, like our very own Tluxe version, which is the most flattering style, unless of course you have the knees of a supermodel and can sport something shorter. Then throw on something simple and graphic, like a boxy tunic-style top, a simple crew-neck number or a jacket with a peplum, et voila, you’ve mastered one of the season’s smartest looks, which has the added bonus of taking you from boardroom to cocktail bar without having to do little more than freshen up your makeup.

      On trend... maxi skirts

      We’ve been watching the street style blogs as much as the catwalks this last few weeks and are loving the fresh look of a long maxi skirt. From this season’s essential flowing numbers to the elongated column dress - which is being touted as the new basic shape for summer - we've selected a few of our favourite looks so you can see for yourself how easily this style can be dressed up or down. Try heels, a loose fit shirt and chunky accessories for a few evening drinks or leave it clean and casual with a simple T-shirt, slimline belt and flat sandals for weekend brunch. And don't forget you can buy the summer's all essential Tluxe maxi online here.

      Images: With thanks to Altamira Gastro chic International Street Style.

      The insider... why Tluxe is good for you

      At Tluxe we try our hardest to really think about the impact our clothes have on the planet, and ultimately on you. Where we can, we use sustainable fabrics such as bamboo, Tencel, organic cotton, and natural fibres such as silk, linen, cashmere and Merino wool. We also make sure the fabrics are of the best quality, so yes, that may mean they’re slightly pricier but it also means they’ll last you beyond one season, and definitely beyond a few washes.

      We have all our products made locally here in Australia including our labels and swing tags. Less air miles in the production process means less pollution, we use less energy and as a result leave less of a carbon footprint. Keeping it local also means the people who make our clothes get fair pay and working conditions.

      If you’re keen on ethical fashion but aren’t sure where to find it take a look at our friend Matthew Paroz’s How Big is Your Eco fashion directory. A guide to all things fashionable and earth-friendly, Matt suggests a few ways to eco-fy your wardrobe, starting with the life of a garment. “Look for pieces that are well made and will still look great in years to come,” Matt tells us. “Know that organic cotton is better than standard cotton, but that cotton is a very water-intensive fabric. Educate and inform yourself.” Listen and learn.  

      Image: With thanks to James Brown.

      Your perfect basics have arrived

      We’re excited to announce the online debut of Basic Elements, our new capsule collection featuring the perfect T-shirt, the perfect chino, the perfect maxi dress, the perfect singlet top – all in the softest organic cotton. These are the staples you can build your wardrobe on.

      Why are they perfect? Here at Tluxe we pride ourselves on quality and especially fit, with each piece featuring engineered seams thoughtfully cut to streamline your silhouette. Basic Elements are your ‘can’t live without them’ essentials, designed to last you all summer long, and for many summers to come. And you can now buy them by clicking here. Enjoy.

      We love... Marc de Jong


      If you’re in Melbourne don’t miss artist Marc de Jong’s new exhibition Flock Work, which opened last week at Gould Galleries in South Yarra (until October 8). The science-meets-nature aesthetic of Marc’s show reminds us just a little of our own Basic Elements theme for the new Tluxe spring/summer 2012 collection.

      Marc’s lo-fi, pixelated depiction of volcanoes and climate change (pictured is his piece Lightening 3) reference recent current events, such as the Tokyo earth quakes, and aim to question our place in the universe. Serious, yes, but De Jong is not without a sense of humour. While his work hangs in major collections across the country, including The National Gallery of Australia, we love that his roots are based in illegal street art, where he spent many years tagging Melbourne’s laneways with anti-corporate takes on logos, turning Sportsgirl to Spoiltgirl, VISA into VICE, and bankcard to bankrupt. Smart, fun, and relevant. Sounds like our kind of man.