Claire Dowling models a blue topped paired with a floral skirt from Polly Lane Boutique. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin
Claire Dowling models a blue topped paired with a floral skirt from Polly Lane Boutique. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin Lisa Benoit

FASHION FILE: Polly Lane offers style set for day and night

VERSATILITY is the key to affordable dressing.

And it is versatility that owner of Polly Lane Boutique, Emily Dowling promises to bring to her customers, after opening her store three months ago.

Emily said many of the outfits she stocked could be worn for daytime then dressed up by adding a few key accessories and the right pair of shoes, and you had something to take you through to night and special occasions like the races.

"It is one outfit for different occasions," Emily said.

While winter fashions had brought out the darker colours, the new season tran-seasonal and spring fashions were much brighter, with both florals and pastels coming in.

Playsuits were also returning for another season, with Emily finding her customers love that they have the look of a mini dress without feeling conscious about how short they were.

When it comes to detail, Emily said lace was a really popular fabric choice, while styles varied, with both curved and v necklines, not to mention high necklines, coming through.

Accessory accents are what brings in a bit of personality, and Emily suggested chunky bold styles were all the go, featuring tassels and pom-poms, such as her locally handmade Pom-tastic range.

With the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups the next big things on the social calendar, Emily expects her bright coloured fascinators, priced between $30 and $50, which match the bright coloured outfits, to sell well.

The best part of affordable dressing is those special occasional outfits no longer sitting in the wardrobe once the event is over.

They can be worn every day.



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