Peasant Chic: Poor country cousin chic!

May 21, 2002

Peasant Chic!

It seems that peasant chic is back and bigger than ever. Here?s our guide to looking faultless in peasant style from top to toe. The staple piece of the season is still the peasant blouse. The best shades are black and white. Witchery has a fabulous black stretch lace blouse ($89.95). Portman?s beige Grecian top, ($59.95) looks great if you keep it simple ? wear it with faded denim jeans. Keep your denim faded and distressed rather than last year?s dark denim look. The other great option is the tiered lace or calico skirt ? they are available in a wide range of fabrics and colours from Witchery and Portman?s. Witchery?s black lace tiered skirt ($199.95) can be worn with a white long sleeve T from Bond?s with a denim jacket thrown over the top. For true folky fashion, find a skirt in white that floats gently round your ankles, leaving enough gap to show off pointy calf length boots.Now belts are so chic this winter, especially the extra wide styles made from cream leather and suede. Look for fringing. It

most fashionable thing on the catwalk this season, on both bags and belts. Check out where you?ll find their cream fringed belt, ($79.95). Wood and plastic beads are the only thing to drape around your neck. Turquoise is the option, but keep it busy ? layer, layer, layer. The more you have around your neck the better. Portman?s have a great range of silver and turquoise jewellery that are all reasonably priced. Head straight to

Hair should really be kept simple in loose waves around the face, but if you must accessories then the only thing to do is a plait. Think Gywenth at the Oscars.Handbag of the week

We can?t get enough of Country Road?s sleek polished caramel Jacquard handbag. ($129.00) It?s modern and timeless. Big enough to fit all your essentials. Go to for further details.

Top Coats

A vibrant nail colour can look fantastic, but it?s no good if it chips an hour after you painting it. We decided to trial a few so here?s our pick of the best:

Maybelline Water Shine

We love Maybelline?s nail polishes and this one really works. According to Maybelline the varnish is shock resistant and flexible ? this means it will bend with the nails. We can assure you it really does work. No touch up was needed for four days. Not bad huh? Available at all leading pharmacies and department stores nationally.

Stila Nail Shimmer

Cameron Diaz is obsessed with this beauty line and you can see why. Stila?s nail shimmers are to die for. One coat is too translucent though, so you really need to re-apply, as it will give you a better opaque coverage. The colour to check out is Maia. Available from Mecca Cosmetica. Go to

Chanel Le Vernis

The current look for Chanel is gold, coral and turquoise. The polish goes on nicely and the bottle is non-spill and super elegant. The varnish leaves your nails looking glossy and beautiful. Available from selected Chanel boutiques and department stores nationally.

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