One of my favourite things to shop for when it comes to my summer wardrobe are beach cover ups. Once I’ve found the right swimsuit, I often look for just the right thing to pop on over the top that will take me straight from the sand to drinks without having to change. This is especially important when I’m on holiday as I don’t want to waste time doing multiple outfit changes when there’s fun to be had. Am I right?
The great thing about cover ups now is that they can range from ultra casual to super glam and everything in between, meaning there’s one to suit every style or occasion, and even swimsuit. From dresses, to kaftans, jumpsuits and sarongs, the options are virtually endless. And to help get you started, I’ve rounded up a few stylish options to help you leave your mark at the beach this summer.
Summer is officially here! The onset of warmer days means it’s time to embrace all the things I love about dressing for summer: linen, floaty dresses, comfy sandals and simple accessories. I always end up collecting bits and pieces for my summer wardrobe throughout the year, but I do always have a hit list in mind of key things I’ll need to update existing looks. Here’s what I think should be on most women’s shopping lists this season.
Gone are the days of linen being quite plain and simple. There are some really gorgeous statement pieces around from the likes of Aje, Joslin Studio and Posse with elevated detailing and intricate styles. I’m a fan of floaty linen dress with a feature element or details such as shirring. Plus, it’s ultra breathable meaning it’s perfect for warm summer days.
Crisp white dress
If you’re going to invest in one thing to take you through everything from a summer BBQ to a long lunch with the girls then definitely make it a white dress. A crisp white dress is easily dressed up or down and can be paired with virtually any kind of shoe or accessory, so it’s ultra versatile.
If you want something that’s on-trend, comfy and wearable then it has to be a great denim skirt. This simple A-line style is taken up a notch with the statement buttons. I’ve worn this skirt with a button-down shirt to a singlet and plain white tee, so I can assure you you’ll get plenty of mileage out of one.
Invest in a few different colours as a ribbed tank is the polished staple that will dress up your favourite skirt or pair of shorts. There’s plenty of affordable options around now so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Voluminous neutral maxi
Plenty of Aussie brands are doing their own version of a flowy maxi, with Matteau being at the top of the list. Choose a plain, neutral hue and you will be able to roll it out for so many occasions the cost per wear will be virtually zero.
I love the look of barely there sandals with the most delicate of straps. Whether you go for the heels or flats iteration, there’s no doubt that it adds a touch of elegance to any outfit.
The great thing about footwear trends this summer is that comfy is in. From the two-strap sandals that Chanel made famous, to Teva-esque hiking sandals, this season there’s nothing fussy or complicated when it comes to shoes. It’s all about being comfortable.
A great one-piece
A black one-piece is a standard in my wardrobe because I can wear it to the beach and straight to lunch afterwards simply by throwing on a pair of linen pants or a great skirt. Choose a simple, plain silhouette if you want to ensure versatility, but if you’re less concerned about function and just want to make a splash, there are loads of statement one-pieces around right now.
I always have a pair of sunnies on hand wherever I go, and this summer, I am loving the simplicity of a pair of RayBans. This style goes with everything and it’s a fresh take on the chunkier acetate styles we’re so used to seeing.
Basket bags are still very much a thing this summer. Whether you opt for something small and delicate, or roomy enough to carry all your beach essentials, there’s definitely something to be said about embracing a natural approach to accessories during the warmer months.
If there’s one thing that should be front and centre in your summer wardrobe it’s anything and everything linen. The lightweight, breathable fabric is about as perfect as you can get for dealing with balmy, summer days. And the added bonus is, it looks effortless and chic which is a major plus when dealing with soaring temperatures which can leave you feeling hot and bothered.
Given the prevalence of linen in most brands’ collections this season, the only difficult part is trying to decide how you’re going to embrace it. Will it be via a flowy slip dress? Crisp and classic linen pants? Perhaps a tailored white top that will accompany any summer look effortlessly? To help get you started I’ve rounded up a few pieces that will kickstart your love affair with linen. Be prepared though, once you wear it, you’ll definitely be a repeat customer.
Wide leg pants in that so-perfect-for-summer oatmeal shade should be high on your wish list. These pants can be worn dressed up with a cami or thrown on over your swimmers to take you straight to after beach drinks.
With its classic shape, you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of this top. Wear it back with denim for that perfect balance of smart casual or team it with a skirt for an outfit with a soft, feminine vibe.
A loose, flowy top like this is made for warm days. Pop it on over pants or shorts and it instantly gives it a slightly dressier feel.
The colour is striking but the simply, understated slip dress will be something that blends seamlessly into your summer wardrobe. Worn back with sneakers for a day of running around, or slides for a long lunch, you’ll get plenty of wear out of this piece.
These tailored shorts are just the perfect crisp white shade to take you through summer. The best bit is you’ll be able to pair it with so many different pieces, and easily dress it up or down.
If there’s a puff sleeve involved I’m there. It’s one of my favourite trends this spring/summer, and this crop with its sweet floral print and shirring is the ideal way to lift any outfit.
A simple staple that you’ll wear non-stop this summer is a midi skirt. In white, it’s just made for enjoying afternoon drinks, barefoot whilst soaking up the sun.
Blazers should be a constant in any wardrobe simply because it’s such an easy way to dress up an outfit with minimal effort. While some jackets might feel a little heavy in summer, a linen version is the perfect way to wear one when it’s warm out.
Apart from the fact this dusty rose shade is perfection, the classic shape of these shorts is the ideal way to this summer staple in a more polished way. Team it with a white tee and sneakers or slides and you’re set.
Linen doesn’t always mean neutrals, you can also go for truly beautiful pastels or vibrant shades. This baby pink skirt is just the kind of thing to wear when you’re wanting something a little more playful and fun.
If you’re a forever fan of sleek black pieces then these wide leg linen pants are about to become your new best friend in summer. Worn with bold colours, prints or simple neutrals, bookmark this piece to be on high rotation.
How cute is this linen jumpsuit? The shirring and the puff sleeves combo is always a winner and such a chic way to do linen this summer.
It’s summer so why not wholeheartedly embrace vivid colours? The turmeric shade of this dress is just the right amount of drama to truly lift any ensemble while the finer details such as the puff sleeves, crossover bodice and sweetheart neckline are the perfect full stop to this dress.
One of my favourite things about going on a tropical getaway is putting together my holiday wardrobe. Resort wear is without a doubt one of my favourite styles to work with because I love the relaxed nature of it. And living in Australia, I think we do these styles beautifully.
I think one of the biggest musts of resort chic is a gorgeous summer dress. I tend to gravitate towards midi styles and am really embracing prints. Florals are always a winner as they evoke an understated elegance, but I think warm, balmy days are also a dream pairing with crisp white frocks. If you only pack two styles with you on holiday, make it those two.
Whilst dresses are easily dressed up or down with the right shoes and accessories, I’m also a fan of packing great separates. If done in a considered way, you could pack a handful of separate pieces and create several looks. I always love to pack a pair of high waisted shorts (white is always a beautiful option for a beachy vacation) because I know that I can wear them to the pool and out to lunch and all the way to dinner if I so desired. I’m also really into crop tops worn with a higher waist and paired with natural textures such as a straw hat or a wicker bag. Simple, understated and elegant — you can’t really go wrong with that approach.
Whilst I do like to top up my summer wardrobe with a few great trend buys I always like to start with a solid foundation. This means having the key pieces that I know I’ll be using throughout the season on hand so I make pulling outfits together a whole lot easier. Whilst this list might differ slightly according to your own tastes and style, I do think the majority of what I’ve included will be the same for the majority of women. So if you’ve found it hard to find a decent outfit the last few weeks, it might be time to stock up and ensure that you’ve got all the right pieces for the perfect look.
1. A versatile lightweight dress
I’ve all for having at least one summer dress that you’re absolutely in love with as a go-to throughout the season. Whether it’s a wrap style, shirt or slip dress there are a plethora of silhouettes available to suit everyone. The great thing about dresses is that they require minimal styling—just add shoes and you’re pretty much done.
2. A neutral sandal or slide
Speaking of shoes it’s a good idea to have one trusty pair of sandals or slides in your wardrobe. If you get one in a neutral colour such as tan or black then you’ll be able to mix and match it with several different outfits. Keep it simple and you’ll be able to maximise how much use you get out of it.
3. A straw bag
If you’re going for one bag in summer make it of the straw variety. I like a small straw bag that I can use for going out but you can invest in one that’s slightly roomier to carry your essentials for a day of shopping or hanging at the beach. If you work in a relaxed office environment you could even take it to work.
I am a sunglasses person through and through so I’ve got a collection of frames I rotate. However if you prefer just having one trusty pair you can wear to death then choose one in black or tortoiseshell to ensure you get plenty of use out of them.
6. A quality swimsuit
A great swimsuit is a must living in Australia. I am particularly drawn to a classic one piece style at the moment in shades such as black, navy or khaki to ensure that I can wear it on multiple occasions. Be sure to try on a few different style to make sure you find the one that’s flattering to your shape.
7. A white tee
I couldn’t live without a white tee, especially in summer. I’ll often pair it with everything from a skirt to denim shorts and pants. It’s ultra wearable so stock up!
8. Anything in linen
Who else is in love with all things linen? Nothing screams resortwear more than a gorgeous lightweight linen number. Whether it’s a dress, a skirt or a pair of cute shorts, it’s definitely the fabric of choice this season.
9. A statement skirt
I generally love a statement skirt most days of the year but they’re especially great in summer. Whether it’s a wrap skirt, mini or a sleek midi, find a style with a standout print or colour and you’re guaranteed to wear it to death this season.
10. Statement earrings
There’s no better time to have fun with your accessories than summer. If you’re going to invest in one particular piece I’d highly recommend a pair of statement earrings. You could wear them to drinks with the girls, date night or a work function so you’re definitely going to maximise the cost per wear.
If the party invitations have started rolling in and you’re facing a schedule full of gatherings in the lead up to Christmas then it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what to wear to every single event. Here’s how to avoid any wardrobe dilemmas this festive season.
Find something that can transition easily
If you’ve got a day time and night time event it can get pretty pricey having to buy an outfit for both. So you need to ensure that you find something that can easily take you from lunch during the day to party in the evening. Think a kaftan or a beautiful dress that you can wear with sandals then make slightly dressier by changing into high heels later on.
Bold colours are always a winner during summer so look for anything in a bright hue that you can really have fun with. Don’t be afraid to make a statement, especially when it comes to party attire.
…or summer whites
White is so fresh during this time of year especially when you have a bit of golden glow courtesy of a spray or fake tan. A beautiful floaty white summer dress or a great skirt in a neutral hue are a great way to really embody the carefree, relaxed vibe of the season.
A great bag or jewellery can really lift a party outfit
You can always use existing items in your wardrobe whilst navigating the party circuit but simply dress them up or down with the right accessories. Try a bold pair of shoulder grazing earrings to dial up the drama or add a statement necklace to turn your look into something more striking. It’s an easy – and less expensive – way to wear things you already own but still make the outfit feel new.
Treat yourself to a mani/pedi
One of my shortcuts to looking polished is a manicure and pedicure. I swear by it. Having a pop of colour on my toes and fingernails can elevate an ordinary look into something special. A fresh mani/pedi just adds a touch of polish (no pun intended!) to a look and helps to finish it off.
Have a great pair of party shoes
If you’ve got plenty of dresses that you’ve worn before it can be easy to become bored of them. The key to injecting some new life into them is the addition of a standout item like a pair of statement shoes. Invest in a single pair at the start of party season and you’ll be able to wear them to multiple occasions and make old outfits feel new again.
We’re halfway through summer already and it’s at this point when your current season wardrobe can sometimes start to feel tired. The novelty of pulling out your warm weather clothes and rediscovering them again has worn off and you may feel the urge to buy something new to refresh you current looks. If you’re planning on indulging in a little retail therapy it’s a great idea to opt for pieces that you can get plenty of wear out of and can be transformed into several different ensembles. If you want to ensure you get maximum cost per wear, these five things definitely offer longevity and versatility.
The cold shoulder dress
The cold shoulder silhouette has cemented its place as one of the key trends of the season so it’s a great style to opt for when it comes to dresses. Grab one in a crisp white and you’ll definitely get plenty of wear out of it.
My pick: This Paxos number incorporates a few dramatic touches such as ruffles and bell sleeves, making it a standout piece.
High waisted denim skirt
A denim skirt should have a permanent place in your summer wardrobe simply because of its sheer versatility. Tees, singlets, button downs… the list of its possible pairings is lengthy.
When it comes to swimwear I always go for neutrals and no prints as I find I always get more wear out them that way. A plain black swimsuit or bikini is a must but look for interesting finishing touches to inject a little personality.
My pick: Marysia do gorgeous styles in plain bold colours that more than stand out in a crowd. This top and bottom can be mixed with other pieces in the range if you want to change things up but they work so beautifully together that you’re guaranteed to have them on high rotation.
The colourful slides
Slides are the footwear of choice this season so why not have some fun with them? Look for bright colours, textured finishes and embellishments.
At the start of a new year I like to take stock of my closet and strategise what new additions I might make. Usually I’ll look at what’s currently on trend along with any gaps I have in my wardrobe and pinpoint a few things to purchase from there. Shopping for summer is always fun as the relaxed vibe of the season means it’s a good opportunity to invest in some bold and playful pieces along with standout accessories. Here’s what I have my eye on this month…
Valentino’s Rockstud heels and flats are a signature style of the brand and now they’re taking it into summer footwear territory with these slides. The navy and white colour combination feels perfect for this time of year and the studs are an edgy touch.
Linen dresses are a welcome trend this season due to their relaxed vibe and the added bonus that they require minimal effort on the ironing front. The sunny yellow of this Zimmermann frock caught my eye as it’s so perfect right now. Bold stripes and sweet ruffled details meet to great effect, making for a great go-to dress.
If you’re feeling less than inspired with your current summer wardrobe it’s time to employ a few styling tricks to inject a bit of life into your new season looks. You don’t have to rush out and buy entirely new looks either—you can rework existing pieces you currently own and make them feel current with the addition of a few on trend items. Here are a few ways to hit refresh…
If there’s one look that’s currently ramping up in popularity it’s anything in lightweight linen. Matching separates, a slip dress or wrap skirts all look great in this perfect for summer fabrication as it’s guaranteed to stay cool on sweltering hot days.
Bags in natural textures scream resort wear and are the ideal accessory for the next few months. And there are so many fun incarnations. From a straw bag with fun pom pom details or a structured raffia clutch, going au naturel is just the thing to bring your summer look into the now.
The vintage print scarf is the versatile piece your summer wardrobe definitely needs. Tie it around your hair or wear it as a headband, pop it around your neck old-school movie star style or even just tie it to your bag to add some pep to it. Either way you’re set with one super easy addition to your wardrobe.
The graphic tee is one of the enduring trends of 2017 and it looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Whether it’s a cute phrase, a designer logo or quirky print, there’s no better time to go loud and proud on a t-shirt. This piece works perfectly with denim and definitely tucked in for the most on-trend way to style it.
Summer is always one of my favourite seasons to shop for and after checking out what trends have been popping up in the Northern Hemisphere over the last few months I’ve been getting more excited to start pulling together my shopping list. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on…
Loren Stewart necklace: A lot of the necklines popular during summer require showing off the décolletage so I’ve been looking for a great minimalist necklace to complement the new pieces I’ll be adding to my wardrobe.
Lisa Marie Fernandez wrap bikini: A new bikini is one of the things I look forward to purchasing during summer and this navy bikini with its wrap detail is a chic option for wearing whilst sitting poolside.
Alexander Wang espadrilles: White sneakers and espadrilles are both big trends for summer and this is a really cute marriage of the two. I can imagine wearing this with flowy summer dresses.
Bassike striped dress: I like having dresses that I can easily throw on without too much fuss and this striped dress is a no-brainer. It’s perfect for when I need to get out the door fast (which I need to do a lot these days!)
Castillo beach towel: I frequent the beach often with my family so I can never have enough beach towels. I love the colourful mix of prints on this and it also has such a distinctive look that I’ll be able to spot it easily.
Ace of Something woven fedora: I’m a stickler for sun protection so I’ve been on the hunt for a great wide-brimmed floppy straw hat to wear to the beach. I love the leather cord around this particular style – it gives it a modern touch.
Ancient Greek sandals: Black and tan sandals are of course staples during summer but I wanted something a little more feminine and really liked these pastel pink, calf-hair sandals by Ancient Greek. Pink is also a surprisingly easy colour to wear and can almost be considered a neutral in this particular shade.
Le Specs round sunglasses: I wrote about my love of sunglasses earlier in the week so of course I’ve been on the look out for a cool new pair of sunnies to add to my collection. In a matte silver these are quite modern and with mirrored lenses they’re a great statement-making piece.
Anna October cold shoulder top: There’s nothing quite like a crisp white top to pair with a skirt or shorts during summer and I think the cold shoulder silhouette is a nice take on the off the shoulder trend. This is an easy option for days when I need to look dressed up with minimal fuss.
Melissa Odabashi beach dress: I’ve been looking for an easy cover-up for the beach and this is perfect. I like the navy shade and the subtle stripes and lace trim. I can see myself throwing this on over a bikini and heading off to lunch.
Maison Michel hemp straw hat: Whilst the floppy straw hat is perfect for the beach I wanted something I could wear whilst running around doing errands or heading out for the day and I think this has the right amount of polish.
Dolce & Gabbana crystal iPhone case: Summer’s for having fun, right? I love how colourful and vibrant this phone case is and it reminds me of being on holiday. Plus who doesn’t love a touch of D&G?
Dolce & Gabbana one-piece: I’ve been on the hunt for a great one-piece for awhile and when I saw the Sicilian print on this it sealed the deal for me as it reminds me holidaying in Italy. I think every girl needs a one-piece in her swimsuit wardrobe this summer.
Sarah’s bag Pacifico wooden clutch: Yes, it’s completely over the top and definitely not the type of clutch that you’d classify as a ‘classic’ but it’s so bright and fun how could I resist?
Lila Eugenie kaftan: I can see myself getting plenty of use out of this kaftan over many summers. I just love wearing white during summer as it’s so fresh. All it needs is a great bikini and a pretty pair of sandals and I’m set.