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Fashionable Little (All) Black Dress Holidays

Op Shops, Christchurch Fashion Passion Tour, Dunedin Makeover Style Session, Auckland

Daahhlink you look fabulous! Well of course you do. It’s easy being pretty when you’re on a New Zealand holiday filled with fashion adventures for all budgets. Update your style and get ready to paint the town red – or fuschia, magenta or scarlet…

Dunedin may not be as high up on the possible celebrity baby name list as Apple, Satchel and Suri, but when it comes to fashion trends, it’s the place to be in NZ, with many emerging designers bringing style to the city. Take a Passion for Fashion tour, where you’ll be introduced to designers and retailers to get an insight into their style inspirations. From high fashion to woollens and jewellery, there’s a range of styles that goes for miles. The afternoon tour concludes at the Bacchus Wine Bar where you can toast to the day in a polished wood-floor room, with double-hung sash windows. Segue your evening into the award-winning restaurant at the Quality Hotel Cargills, in stylish surrounds.

Sad as it may be, most of us have to get out of bed and face the winter snap for a lot less than $10,000 a day.  But the great news is, you can still shop like a supermodel. At the Wellington Dress Smart Outlet, designers and retailers send their out-of-season and current season stock, so you can save up to 70% off retail prices. Spend the afternoon looking though the 35 stores of clothing, giftwares and homewares, such as Sunglass Hut, Rodd & Gunn and Adidas. Suited up in your newest bling, it’s time to sashay your way through the funky Cuba Quarter and into the hotel lobby of the Mercure Hotel Willis Street.

They say style is timeless, but if not, fluoro hotpants will surely come back into vogue before too long. If you’ve got a pining for some Lacroix leggings or a Chanel chemise, you can stock your wardrobe without breaking the bank at Christchurch’s excellent range of op-shops. At Sumner Mall, there’s an op-shop crammed with jewellery, ballgowns, shoes and hats – and a half-price rack outside. After grabbing same garb, catwalk back to your loft room at ‘HIP’ Hotel Off the Square. This boutique 38-room residence is considered a Highly Individual Place because of its sense of style and chicness. Irresistably Bruno.

Ever wonder what to wear in the mornings? Worse yet, could you be committing a fashion faux pas? Relax, help is at hand with a range of makeovers to choose from, such as a colour consultation, personal shopping and accessories magic run by Susan Axford in Auckland. Men and women have gone from frump to foxy with Susan’s advice, which transforms your world, not just your wardrobe. Strut your stuff as the ‘new you’ at the luxurious Stamford Plaza, with its trendy Japanese Teppanyaki Kabuki Restaurant – just keep an eye on the chef’s aim when ordering the flying chicken.

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