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Beat The Heat!

And just like that... It's Summer again already!

Somehow, the summer heat always comes as a shock to us! There seems to be no real, gentle easing from Spring into Summer here in Brisbane. Boom! You wake up one day and it's scorching hot and humid. So, if you're like us and need to quickly rotate your wardrobe from Winter to Summer, here are some helpful styling tips for what to wear in Summer 2021! 

The simple day dress: For your go-to dress this Summer, you want to opt for something cool and casual, but with the option to jazz it up if that casual lunch date turns into afternoon Mojitos. Opt for natural fibres (cotton is ideal!) and a flattering, easy to wear cut silhouette. You want to get maximum wear out of this dress, so go for a timeless print with a simple palette, or stick to block colours. Our sleeveless maxi dress from Marc Cain is perfect - you can wear it casually during the day with sneakers, or style it into the evening with espadrilles! Try switching up the look with a statement belt - it will instantly transform the feel of the dress. Click here for the Marc Cain giraffe print maxi dress. 

The statement kaftan: Summer dressing is all about having some fun! Celebrate the sunshine in a gorgeous kaftan. No longer relegated to the beach (although yes, it's always in our bags when we head to the coast!), the kaftan is now a chic, fashionable option for everyday wear. The trick to pulling off this look is making sure everything feels co-ordinated - don't wear any heavy shoes or stilettos with your kaftan, it will look out of place. Instead, accessorise with stylish sandals, fashion sneakers or a wedge. Our gorgeous print kaftan dress is given a stylish update thanks to the small lace trim and luxurious silk and cotton fabrication. Click here for the Marc Cain print kaftan.

The cotton short: Somedays, only shorts will do! Finding a pair of shorts that are as stylish as they are practical is easier said than done. If you're looking for a pair that you can wear all the time, from picnics to coffee dates and anything in between, this is the pair you need!  The length is perfect - it shows just the right amount of leg without being too much and you can wear them with sneakers, ballet flats or a wedge! The paperbag waist adds a feminine twist and really defines your waist. Even better - that same waist-tie actually hides an elastic no-one could even guess how comfortable they are! Click here for the Saint James shorts.

The party dress: Summertime means party time - it's the festive season and you need to dress accordingly. Be bold and stand out for the crowd in a dress that is as much fun as you are! Our new label, Essentiel Antwerp has just dropped this statement, loose-fit dress that does all the hard work for you. Simply slip it on with some drop earrings and killer heels, and you're good to go! This is a universally flattering fit - it's almost a balloon silhouette with drop shoulders - skimming the body to fall at the knee. So there's plenty of room to help yourself to that second serve of pavlova and dance all night long! Click here for Essentiel Antwerp party dress. 

The linen shirt: An absolute wardrobe hero, the linen shirt is a must-have piece in everyone's wardrobe! This will be your go-to top to wear thanks to it's effortlessly chic aesthetic. Your first investment in a linen shirt should be a classic fit in white linen (we have some in store, so give us a call is you're interested). Once you've fallen in love with the ease and versatility of the linen shirt, broaden your horizons and invest in a few from Frank & Eileen. The cuts are flawless and a cult favourite among locals and celebrities alike for a reason. 

The classy espadrille: Last but not least, think of your feet! To complete your Summer look from head to toe, you need the right summer shoes. We love a fun, edgy sneaker for Summer (and all year round, really), but sometimes the occasion really just calls for an elegant espadrille. Whether you're off for drinks by the beach, a long lunch or Christmas party, your outfit will be given a fresh, light, Summery feel by wearing an espadrille. We have a few new styles in from Estilo Emporio that all fit the bill, but this black rope espadrille is definitely a favourite. It's effortlessly elegant, provides enough height whilst still being comfortable and supportive and the black and natural colourway means you can pair it back with so many outfits. Click here for the Estilo Emporio black and natural espadrille.  

To see our our new arrivals for Spring Summer 2021, click here! 

For any more styling advice, why not get in touch? Click here to call us. 


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