It’s one month into the new year, the merchandise in stores is looking good, and I have high hopes for a fabulous season. Here are some items that caught my eye, and worked well on my clients. 

1. Spanx Thinstincts Shorts

After initially rebelling against shapewear, more and more of my clients are jumping on the bandwagon. I never suggest wearing shapewear, because it’s by no means essential. Instead, I suggest wearing an excellent bra, flattering knickers, and choosing clothing that creates a smoother silhouette. That said, shapewear is becoming more effective and comfortable, thanks to improved fits and fabric technology. Spanx Thinstincts Mid Thigh Shorts is a fairly new item that has been a winner with my clients. The compression is gentle, yet creates a visual difference. The item is soft and lightweight too.

2. Spring & Summer Raincoats

I’m a fan of Boden raincoats because they’re warm, playful, and very well made. The Anya Waterproof Mac and Whitby Waterproof Jacket are no exceptions. Some styles come in petite, and items are available up to a US18. Fits allow for layering.

The Heritage Raincoat from London Fog is a winner because of the classic, dressy silhouette and detachable liner. It’s fab on those who want to create a defined waist. Also available in petites and goes up to a US18. The Joules Rain Jacket creates a more subtle defined waist, comes in fun colours and has extra length. Kirsten Blake’s Soft Shell Jacket has been the most popular with clients, especially in teal and purple. It creates a streamlined effect on most body types, and is wind-resistant and weatherproof. Read the rave reviews.

3. Exuberant Skirts

At last we’re seeing some skirt variety beyond the pencil skirt in length and silhouette. Midi lengths, asymmetrical silhouettes, flounces, basques, flattering pleat placement, and magical diagonal lines are having their fashion moment. I haven’t seen all these skirts in person yet, but I’m excited by the shift in look. We can pair these types of skirts with all sorts of untucked tops to create modern proportions, making them more appealing and comfortable. You might need to size down in some of the skirts to create a tailored fit. Looks like we’re heading into a skirt (and dress) season. NICE.