WOMENS TREND: BRALETTE + TOPS

7b55f5257ad017b3228d06ffb520b5d7Once upon a time a visible bra would have been looked at as taboo, tacky and completely unnecessary. However these days the more lace shown the better. Feminine, sexy and versatile lace bralettes are made to be shown under a loose singlet or sheer shirt. Pretty lingerie is the perfect option when the weather is so hot outside you want to wear as little as possible or when you are feeling a little bit confident and want to show a touch of sexiness. Seen in numerous street style blogs this is a trend that will continue into the cooler months peeking through a loose knitted jumper or shirt.464872b825d9f812ba742f1f8dc77ea3 img7017aBright-Bralette-Cosabella-N d2e13f0612d65001bab2e531f06b422f Love a lace bra:Lace

Cheap Monday Shape Lace Bra: Pink | Purple | Black White-On-White-Oracle-Fox144c5a2526d51b228d4114fd6d163ba8

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What to wear:Tops

Cheap Monday Morgan XL Tank | Billabong Sea Through Me Top | First Base Sheer Teejak

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Add a sexy sheer: Sheer

 

First Base Sports Bra | Cheap Monday Mesh Mini Triangle Bra | First Base Peek A Boo

Images: thetrendwhisper, oraclefox, harperandharley, fashiontoast, pinterest

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MONDAY MUSINGS: Leather Luxe

Whether it’s real or imitation PU, leather has us lusting right now with almost every piece of apparel sporting the material trend. Add some rock chic to your wardrobe with leather or PU – trust me, you’ll want to after you take a peek at our Monday Musings inspiration.

From pants to jackets to skirts and more, leather luxe is everywhere this season so get inspired this Monday!

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Shop tops & jackets

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Volcom Candidate Jacket – Black | Camilla and Marc You Know It Vest – Black | Billabong All My Friends Top – Black

Shop skirts & dresses

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Stylestalker Quilted Shift Dress – Black | Tigerlily Correze Leather Biker Skirt – Black | Billabong In Your Arms Skirt – Black

Shop pants & leggings

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A.Brand Low Skinny Jean – Black Pleather | Minkpink Wet Look Legging – Black | Riders By Lee High Rise Vegas Jean – Shimmer

Shop accessories

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Rusty Shaker Cap – Black | Status Anxiety Distant Lover Bag – Black | Urge Sonia Boot – Black

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Winter Must-Have Accessories

As the colder seasons grace us with their presence, we start to think about wardrobe and accessory essentials to get us through the rougher weather in style.

Take a look at some inspo featuring our four key accessories to have on hand this Autumn and Winter, and shop some of our favourites on SurfStitch!

The beanie

Woollen, patterned or plain, the beanie is the perfect accessory to top off a warm Winter outfit, keeping your head warm while adding a cute & undone element to your look.

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Our SurfStitch favourites

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Hurley One & Only Beanie – Heather Dry Rose | Fallenbrokenstreet The Transend Beanie – Navy White | Volcom Holi Beanie – Pink | Billabong Gypsy Wanderer Beanie – Black

The fedora hat

Feminine, sleek and understated, the fedora is the hat of the moment and it’s an ideal piece to wear with Winter denim, oversized knits and your favourite boots.

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Our SurfStitch favourites

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Brixton Messer Fedora Hat – Beige | Rusty Spic and Span Hat – Black | Fallenbrokenstreet The Moment Hat – Dark Deep Purple | Rhythm Pocket Hat – Burgundy

The chunky knit scarf

The bigger the better – the knitted scarf is back year after year, only it’s evolving (and expanding in size!). Wrap it up tight to keep warm, snug and right on trend.

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Our SurfStitch favourites

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Indy C Alpine Scarf – Charcoal | Element Infinity Scarf – Haze | Rusty Ski Field Scarf – Basalt | Billabong Gypsy Wanderer Scarf – Black

The gloves

For those of us having to brave the weather when it’s really biting, a cute pair of gloves can be the perfect accessory. Match with your coat and knit for the perfect Winter look!

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Our SurfStitch favourites

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Billabong Gypsy Wanderer Glove – Black | Volcom Polka Dot Gloves – Black | Coal The Woodsmen Glove – Heather Grey | Billabong Must Have Glove – Fawn

Imagery from fashionandstylev.blogspot.com.au, cyndispivey.com, Brixton & seeannajane.com

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COLOUR STORY: WHITE

White is classic, fresh and clean and continues to be at the forefront of the fashion trends season after season. This season update your whites with denim shorts, overalls and the LWD (little white dress). White is perfect for day or night just translate from your simple basic pieces by adding delicate accessories and a high heel. You’ll be so fresh and so clean all season long!6a0120a8bb16f2970b016766b4aae5970bwhite-fashion-trendsaf7ff6433f3bcd911bc4a89ccea5d008Light Daywear

Stylestalker Stylestalker 8 Tee | Friend of Mine Susie Blue Overalls | Tigerlily Samode Panthead-to-toe-white-look3c3d57d10d2559f3a334265138567db1Bright Basics

Zulu & Zephyr Drifter Mesh Balconette | Minkpink Groupie White Shorts | Billabong Essential Tankerwhite trend 2012571f61cece35e0dfbb872b68230a6b5f3412White for night

Keepsake Another World Dress | Finders Keepers The Someday Jumpsuit | Tigerlily Charlotte Dress

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Images: emme-magazine, foureyesfashion, thefashiontag, feelslikeannaorlova, pinterest

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2014 Locked and Loaded

So 2013 is done and dusted, Mick Fanning has an extra trophy to dust, Kelly Slater has a self-proclaimed renewed competitive flame and another Pipe Trophy and the ASP has a locked down 2014 schedule and full roster of ready and armed athletes.

The final event of the year, The Billabong Pipeline Masters presented by Billabong, plays a vital role in the requalification and qualification dreams of many surfers, and this year was no different. The last two days of the event saw dreams rise and fade for some surfers, who came incredibly close to requalifying, but have sadly been relegated to compete on the 2014 qualification tour. Still, travelling the world surfing has to be better than sitting behind a desk right?

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The top 22 from the WCT placing’s have joined the next top 10 (Barring double qualifiers) from the 2013 ASP Qualification Series’ and 2 ASP injury wildcards to make up the 2014 top 34.

2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) Top 22:
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Mick Fanning (AUS)
2. Kelly Slater (USA)
3. Joel Parkinson (AUS)
4. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
5. Taj Burrow (AUS)
6. Julian Wilson (AUS)
7. Kai Otton (AUS)
8. Nat Young (USA)
9. Josh Kerr (AUS)
10. John John Florence (HAW)
11. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
12. Michel Bourez (PYF)
13. Adriano de Souza (BRA)
14. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
15. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
16. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
17. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
18. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
19. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
20. Fred Patacchia (HAW)
21. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
22. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)

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2013 ASP Qualification Series (QS) Top 10 (barring double qualifiers):
- Adam Melling (AUS)
- Kolohe Andino (USA)
- Alejo Muniz (BRA)
- Jadson Andre (BRA)
- Mitch Crews (AUS)
- Aritz Aranburu (EUK)
- Raoni Monteiro (BRA)
- Travis Logie (ZAF)
- Dion Atkinson (AUS)
- Brett Simpson (USA)

December was a tough month for some, sitting back and watching the final events unfold, unsure as to whether they would secure an ASP injury wildcard or not. In the end, the ASP allocated these two ASP Wildcards to Owen Wright (AUS) and Tiago Pires (PRT). There was such a high number of surfers requesting consideration for these slots that the ASP has in fact allocated the first ASP replacement slot to a unsuccessful injury wildcard candidate, Glen Hall (IRL). The Irish natural, with an Australian heart the size of a lion injured himself surfing in the Volcom Pro at Fiji this year, and has been out of action since. SurfStitch wishes him all the best in 2014 and looks forward to catching up with him soon for some insight into his rehabilitation and 2014 preparation plans.

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This final moves confirmed the ASP replacement surfers to be:
- Glenn Hall (IRL)
- Mitch Coleborn (AUS) – next in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings
- Patrick Gudauskas (USA) – next in line on 2013 ASP WCT rankings
- Willian Cardoso (BRA) – second in line on 2013 ASP QS rankings

This decision by the ASP did however make a birth at 2014 CT events a little harder for Mitch Coleborn, who would have otherwise been the first replacement. Mitch came agonisingly close to qualification, missing the qualification cut-off by a single spot, pipped at the post by Brett Simpson who had to requalify through his QS ranking. Being an enormous fan of Mitch’s surfing personally, it’s a real disappointment he isn’t a confirmed starter for 2014, but with such an arsenal of moves it’s just a matter of time before this Sunshine Coast local is lighting up the tour!

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The first ASP event kicks off on the Gold Coast in just under 2 months, with the window running from March 1st through to March 12th.

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GET READY, GET SET, GO!

The most rampant time of year for setting resolutions and vowing to become fit, active and healthy has arrived, with inspiration, ideas and motivation flying around social media! We here at SurfStitch don’t believe that this leap of motivation should only come around once a year – fit and healthy should be a mindset rather than a fad. Check out some fitness inspiration, shop some activewear and take a look at these tips for a healthier you!

Exercising:

  1. If it’s not your thing, start small. Find a friend who’s looking for motivation and go walking together at a time that suits you. The chit chat will make time fly, and before you know it it’ll be the easiest and most natural thing for your Monday morning. Like a walk in the park!
  2. Exercising doesn’t need to mean running, lifting weights or doing circuit training at your local gym straight away. Start small, or with sports or outdoor activities that you enjoy. Surfing, hiking, bike riding (even just swapping short car rides for your bike) and yoga are all activities that anyone can get involved in, with levels from beginning to advanced. Start at a pace that suits you and then gradually increase the intensity.
  3. Try new things! I had never gone stand-up-paddle boarding before, and was sure I’d be terrible at it due to my one-time lesson in surfing that didn’t go too well. I gave it a go and it was actually easier than I thought. On top of that, the next day i had tight muscles in my torso and arms, meaning I got a bonus workout too!
  4. Fuel your body with the correct foods to keep your energy levels where you need them. Skipping meals or cutting out carbs will not do you any favours. Fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins, and don’t feel too bad if you need to treat yourself every so often.
  5. Be positive about your progress, and more than anything: HAVE FUN!

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Laura Enever for Billabong Womens’ new activewear range

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Billabong Here We Go Action Quilted Zip Through – Black | Billabong In The Moment Action Crop – Coral | Billabong Change of Pace Action Jogger Short – Paradise

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Swimsuits

Speedo Tropical Reflection Racerback One Piece – Tropical Reflection Black | Speedo Kaleidoscope Facet Muscleback One Piece | Roxy Morroccan Moon One Piece – Tropical Pink

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Running Bare Gelato 448 Push Up Crop – Hot Orchid Nights | Bonds Active Singlet – White Party PinkRunning Bare Mid Rise Apocalypse 3/4 Tight with Back Zip Pocket – Black Marshmallow Mint

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Billabong Pumped Up Action Hooded Crop – Grey Marle | Billabong Perimeter Trucker Hat – Black | Skechers Flex Appeal Sweet Spot Sneaker – Black White

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Mens Trends of 2013

Check out the key trends in mens fashion stocked on SurfStitch throughout the year, and shop out favourite pieces from the trend on site now!

Five Panel Caps

Printed or plain, leather or cotton, the 5-panel cap has become an increasingly popular form of headwear this year. With brands such as The Quiet Life, Stussy, Billabong and many more producing the trend, it’s the one to watch this Summer.

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HATS

Stussy Denim 5 Panel Cap – Blue | The Quiet Life Ikat Multi 5 Panel Cap – Red Green Brown | Billabong Barnaby Cap – Indigo

Mirrored Sunglasses

Reflective sunnies in an array of colours have been the style of choice throughout the year, with aviator and wayfarer styles from plenty of our brands sporting the trend.

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VonZipper Cletus Sunglasses – Mindglo Black Tangerine | Le Specs Thunderbird Sunglasses – Black | Rip Curl Raglan Sunglasses – Black Blue Tort

Printed button-down shirts

More commonly seen in the slim-fit style, the traditional button-down has been given a twist this year: crazy prints from paisley to floral and even to tropical.

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SHIRTS

Stussy Giants Rayon SS Shirt – Blue | Vans 2013 VTCS Aloha SS Shirt – Dark Teal | Zanerobe Non-Love SS Shirt – Black

Pockets and paneling

Clean with a twist, panelled tees with cut-and-sew pockets are trending in the mens new arrivals section, with brands such as Zanerobe, RVCA, Billabong and others taking advantage of the trend throughout 2013.

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TEES

Deacon Triangle Tee – White Grey Marle Stripe | Quiksilver Patriots Tee – White | Long Lost Speckle Tee – Dr Char Spice

Chinos, chinos and more chinos

With light fabric that’s more comfortable than denim, chinos are the ideal trans-seasonal pants. Worn with a sweater in the colder months and in a short form with a tee in the Summer, the chino is a wardrobe essential.

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Assembly Permanent Pant – Stone | Zanerobe Sureshot FW Elastic Pant – Navy Bandana | Superdry Commodity Flat Front Chino Walkshort – Airforce

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Summer’s Number 1: The LWD

It’s the hottest new must-have of the season. It’s suited to Summer, can work in the day or night, and it flaunts that sun kissed skin you’ve achieved in the hotter days. If you don’t have yours already, make sure you find your perfect LWD (Little White Dress).

Traditionally the colour that attracts the least heat, white is the perfect shade for the newest addition to your wardrobe. Check out some of our LWD inspiration and shop some of our favourite white dress styles on SurfStitch.

What to wear them with? For a casual day look, try some Birkenstocks or even a pair of Vans, and for a night time look try strappy sandals and a pale handbag or clutch.

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Wistfully white

Choose your white Summer staple day dress and make sure it’s comfortable, flattering and feminine!

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Hurley Mystery Dress – White | RPM Frill Dress – White | Isla by Talulah Divine Temptress Dress – White

Hot under the collar

Choose a dress with a higher collar that you can dress up or down with shoes and accessories! Tres Chic!

Neck

Rusty On The Rocks Dress – White | Rusty Fleur De Lis Dress – White | Rhythm Blunt Tank Dress – White

Like it in lace

Add some lace or crochet detail for a bohemian feel to your Little White Dress.

Crochet

Billabong Indrah Dress – White | Rip Curl Mimi Day Dress – White | Rip Curl Surf Siren Dress – White

All in the details

Add a bit of detail for your night out, with everything from a pop of colour to some feathering and even blocks of black for a bit of a twist.

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Ladakh Embroidered Anglaise Dress – White | Kuku Soulful Dress – Ivory | Bless’ed Are The Meek Panoramic Dress

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A PLACE IN THE SUN

So begins Stab Magazine’s annual contest to find the best trunks.

Meet this year’s contenders:

AfendsAssembly LabelBillabongThe Critical Slide SocietyGlobe, M.Nii, O’Neill, RhythmRusty and Volcom.

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The Rules of the Game:

Each brand creates a unique pair of boardies and an accompanying clip.

Votes are made from three divisions: Public Vote, Designer Vote and Director Vote.

The winning pair of boardshorts must win of the divisions. If in the case that the three divisions are won by three different companies, the public vote holds the most weight and that entry will be deemed winner.

Voting is now open and will close this Friday 6 December. Winner to be announced Tuesday 10 December.

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GET THE LOOK

My favourite look for my current long weekend when I spent the days on the sandy beaches and the afternoons in my white sundress with cocktail in hand.  White is the colour of the season as it brightens up any outfit and looks great with a healthy tan! Carry a large bag for all your essentials and a cute straw hat and you’re set.

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Motel Siouxie Dress | Billabong Leon Sunset Bag | Hurley Ace Straw Hat | Classics77 Lennox Bracelet

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