Mix 'n' match wardrobe answer to flexible attire

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 December, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 December, 1994, 12:00am

CHRISTMAS - always a good excuse to dress up, have fun and party on - is best served by a mix 'n' match wardrobe.

It offers maximum flexibility over the holidays and is cost-effective because you can keep wearing the same things and look different every time.

Most people know exactly what their best friend likes to wear so, if you are in a last-minute shopping frenzy, it is just a case of knowing where to find the right gift.

Toppy makes it easy to shop. It has labels catering to the lifestyles of different types of women.

The distinctive Episode, Jessica and Excursion labels can be found under one roof - fashionable clothes aimed at varying age groups and needs, from business to leisure.

The Episode Holiday collection carries the moods of the 1960s and 1970s - something that has been in vogue this season. Taking it easy and keeping warm is the central idea behind these garments that have been designed to meet the versatile fashion requirements of the career woman.

There is a line of fashionable winter woollies with classic chic and beautifully detailed blouses, reinstating the flair and elegance that were once the hallmark of Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and Audrey Hepburn.

Elegant tones of black, shades of white and cream and added infusions of bright French pink, crushed berry, aqua blue, blush, gold and pearl create understated glamour for the festive season.

Sophistication is the key; touches of flair and fluidity are highlighted by plush velvet, slinky matt jersey, silk crepes, brocade, lace and ribbon tweed in the collection that features knee-length, A-line skirts, fitted jackets and shirts, and simple sleeveless tank dresses.

For the younger, trendier woman, Jessica carries the shortest of skirts, teamed with bolero and tailored jackets. All the clothes are fun, with a zest for life and Christmas sparkle reflected in French-cuffed organza blouses, mock-neck flair dresses and embroidered and spaghetti-strap short dresses in refreshing pastels.

Contrasting reds and black add extra spice to the collection.

To stave off the winter chills and equip you for a country walk, fitted ski-pants worn with plain-coloured, textured sweaters and ponchos or hooded coats, are included in the Holiday collection by Excursion.

Eye-popping red and brilliant yellow team with black, heather charcoal, winter whites and neutrals to make an irresistible selection of seasonal outfits.

Ring the changes with shades of maize and sea-foam green as you button up for the holidays in double-breasted parkas and long, straight skirts.

All three holiday collections feature jackets priced between $1,200 and $1,600, pants from $900 to $1,100 and skirts from $700 to $900. Belts, shoes, scarves and bags have been specially created to complement the collections.