Calling all North + South Canterbury Magpies!
Are we coming to a Country Fete near you?

Girls - It's time to get your diaries out! The team at Magpie Style are about to load up the trucks (with fabulous frocks) and come to a country Fete near you. This year we are featuring not one, but two full-scale pop-up shops at Canterbury's biggest country fetes!

October 12, 2018 by Bridget Hope
VIEWPOINT: The Surprising Rise of Ugly Fashion

VIEWPOINT: The Surprising Rise of Ugly Fashion

Social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to what drives the fashion set, and we watch it come and go. With fashion comes diversity, and without it we’d all look the same, so let’s watch, pause and engage.
THE GUESTS: At the Trelise Cooper Garden Party

THE GUESTS: At the Trelise Cooper Garden Party

Eighty Magpie Style guests were in attendance to enjoy the Trelise Cooper Garden Party. See here for all the pics of our wonderful women, their fabulous outfits and incredible sense of style.

Sometimes an occasion calls for a little dressing-up to add a dose of magic. And our elegant guests certainly didn't disappoint!

September 22, 2018 by Bridget Hope
EVENT SPECIAL: The Trelise Cooper Garden Party

EVENT SPECIAL: The Trelise Cooper Garden Party

It was the perfect Spring day for fashion show, held in the garden setting of Magpie Style

Warm sun filtered through the trees, birds tweeted the optimism of longer days ahead and freshly-cut grass crunched under foot. The boxed hedged gardens of Magpie Style were transformed into an almost Alice in Wonderland setting to create a whimsical backdrop to showcase the Trelise Cooper Spring/Summer collections. 

SHOP THE RUNWAY: Trelise Cooper Garden Party

SHOP THE RUNWAY: Trelise Cooper Garden Party

Set amongst the dreamy landscape of Magpie Style HQ, it was the perfect spring day to host the Trelise Cooper Garden Party. 

Straight from New Zealand Fashion Week runway, these are our lifestyle picks from the new Spring Summer Trelise Cooper, Cooper and Curate collections. 

Pumped Up Kicks

Pumped Up Kicks

How to rock the street style trainer

With the exciting arrival of Lacoste at Magpie Style - just in time for Spring, it got us thinking about how to style the basic trainer - outside of the gym.

From the very basic to the brightest of leathers; from clean and minimal to intricately embellished, the fashion trainer comes in many forms and styles. That said, there are a few rules when it comes to trainer style and how to wear it well.

Normally reserved for the casual, "I’m just running to the supermarket look”, take a leaf out of these street-style looks and try elevating your basic sneaker into sophisticated style with the little help from these suggested pairings.


White out

For effortless casual chic, go for a clean-line sneaker in all-white. This will pair back with everything from denim, to summer dresses to workwear suiting.

Pictured above: Lacoste Unlined, unisex sneaker $269 - designed with both style and comfort in mind.


A different hue for your shoe

A quirky way to inject a little spunk into your outfit is with a coloured sneaker. With Spring here and ample opportunity to throw a little pigment around, try a soft pastel hue. Your shoes will inject a warm subtle highlight to your outfit.

Colours like soft smudgy pink work well when styled back with whites, denim and grey marl.


 Above: Lacoste Unlined Sneakers in pink $269


From night to day

Transform an otherwise evening skirt or dress into a sassy day-time style by adding a simple narrow-line sneaker. The result? A quirky modern elegance.


Pictured above: Lacoste Ziane  low cut sneaker $149.



Knowing your size in a sneaker, or otherwise, footwear brand is a paramount part of the purchase. When you find a reliable brand that fits you well, suits your style stick with it and you’ll never have to return the defunct purchase. Also take note of the sizing notes as often the sizing can differ from one style to another - within the same brand. Be sure to have an army of foot liners or low-line socketed. They work wonders to keep your street-style trainers fresh even after miles spent on the pavement.

If you have a question about sizing or fit, please ask us here. 



Pictured above: Lacoste Lancelle Sneakers in Grey $195.





Pictured above: Lacoste Lancelle Sneaker in Navy suede $195.


Keeping them clean

White can take you anywhere! They’re fresh, understated and can make any outfit look on-trend and modern. That said, keeping them clean can be the ultimate challenge..

It doesn’t matter how fabulous your outfit is, dirty sneakers can make you look instantly shabby, so keeping your kicks spic and span is key. A good shoe protector to repel dirt and marks will keep them at bay and sneaker maintenance includes washing the laces. Often these will come out looking whiter than the sneakers.

Once the trainers have come towards the end of their life span, buy a newly fresh white pair and set these aside for good. The older pair can be worn on low-level or for when duty calls for function over fashion.


Above: Lacoste Straightset Sneakers in white $205.


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September 14, 2018 by Louise Heller
The Kimono Effect

The Kimono Effect

Seen on every street style blog, the kimono style is one that seems to stand the test of time and for good reason - it has become the ultimate transitional wardrobe item from day to night.
August 31, 2018 by Louise Heller
Meet Shjark Designer Amber Gardner

Meet Shjark Designer Amber Gardner

Once designing for a well known New Zealand designers Workshop, Murray Crane and Ricochet label, Amber sure knows a thing or two on integrity and quality when it comes to her own brand. Shjark focuses on expert tailoring in high-quality fabrics and while still having a paired back outlook. The Shjark philosophy and style will fit into your everyday life, while still giving a cool street vibe.
August 07, 2018 by Louise Heller
Magpie Style - Blooming Explosive

Magpie Style - Blooming Explosive

Pack your bags, we’re taking you on a guided tour into the art of wearing botanical and tropic prints. Kentia leaf, bamboo, flowers and birds are reminiscent of long nights and warm days ahead.


With Spring on the door step, jewel tones inspired from nature and ornithology are big on the fashion agenda for the coming season. 

Here's how to adjust to Spring's rich colour palette.
July 19, 2018 by Louise Heller