We know it’s only spring but the temperature is already soaring here in Queensland and we are looking forward to summer! To celebrate the warming weather, we’ve put together the key items that you can nab from DFO Brisbane that every QLD girl’s wardrobe needs to beat the heat and still look stylish. Pack away that winter wardrobe ladies and get ready to shop up a storm without breaking the bank!
A staple in just about every woman’s wardrobe, you can’t go past your trusty denim. Denim cut-offs and shorts are a mainstay in the QLD summer, but denim skirts, chambray shirts and dresses all make for easy and cool summer outfits that be styled for just about every occasion. Hit up Levi’s, Just Jeans, Jeans West and G-Star Raw for your denim fix.
Wicked White T-Shirt
Be it round neck, crew neck, V neck or any other variation, a simple white t-shirt never goes out of style. Paired back with denim, linen, under a slip dress or with a statement print, it can be as casual or as classy as you make it. Don’t be afraid to try on different cuts to find the most flattering neckline for you and once you’ve found your favourite, buy in bulk! Giordano, Cotton On and Decjuba carry pretty much every variation of white t-shirt you could ever want, so stock up for summer.
Button Down Blouse
Button-down blouses are perfect for summer as they can be tossed over swimwear, tucked into shorts or skirts, or layered over a camisole or singlet. Either pair a neutral blouse with simple linens for a casual look, or make a statement with a bold colour or print. Pro tip: silk and linen fabrics will keep you looking and feeling cool. Cue, Country Road, Tommy Hilfiger and Witchery are the go-to stores to snap up a beautiful button down.
Not just a style staple but also a sun-safety essential, investing in a few great pairs of sunglasses can add the finishing touch to your outfit. There are a multitude of shapes, styles and colours ranging from classic to crazy, so try different styles on to find the most flattering style for your face shape. Snap up some shades from Sunglass Hut, Oroton or Oakley to protect your peepers all season long.
Perfect for strutting around the city on a steamy summer’s day, lace-up sandals add casual cool to your outfit. Black, tan, leather, suede, heels or flats, you will get so much wear out of these beauties you’ll wonder how you got by without them in your wardrobe. Windsor Smith, RMK Shoes, Wittner, Famous Footwear and Novo Shoes have all your lace-up sandal needs sorted.
Perfect for adding a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral outfit, a killer clutch should be big enough to hold all the essentials and be able to take you from brunch to bar. Basket-style wood and straw clutches are also having a bit of a moment and add an element of interest to your outfit without being too bold. You’ll be spoilt for choice at Strandbags, Oroton, Fossil, Mimco and Colette by Colette Hayman with everything from basic black to bejewelled clutches on offer.
Silky slip dresses and wrap dresses are great for keeping you cool during the hot summer months and can be dressed down for day by adding a white t-shirt or lightweight jacket and sandals or sneakers. Dress up for the evening by adding heels, simple gold or silver jewellery, and a clutch. Dissh, Dotti, Strutt Fashion, and minnie + MAXXIE have a wide selection of day-to-night easy-to-style options available in a range of colours and prints.
Wonderful One Piece
‘80s style one-piece swimsuits with a plunging back and high cut bottoms are everywhere right now and perfect for beach to bar dressing. Layer under shorts, skirts, jeans or wide-leg pants for an instant Insta-worthy outfit. Find your favourite one-piece at Sunburn, Baku, Ripcurl or Cotton On Body and get ready to hit the surf, sand or shops.
Perfect for when it’s too hot to think about putting together an outfit, playsuits, jumpsuits and overalls are everywhere and are an easy throw on and go option. Choose lace or embellished styles for night or dress up a simple jumpsuit with a statement belt, heels and jewellery. Slip on some sneakers or sandals with a playsuit or overalls for Sunday brunch and kick back in cool comfort. Seed, Jay Jays and Bardot have a range of jumpsuits and playsuits perfect for every occasion.
More is more and less is a bore, according to the legendary Iris Apfel who is never without an armful or two of bangles and bracelets. Dress up a simple outfit with statement jewellery in silver, gold or a burst of colour. It can lift and liven-up even the simplest of jeans and a t-shirt combos and add interest to your outfit without you overheating. Emma & Roe, Fuse Silver and Michael Hill have jewellery for everyone’s taste, from stunning diamonds to crazy costume jewels sure to brighten up every outfit.
Light and airy, linen is your best friend as the weather turns sticky and humid. Skimming the body but not clinging to it and letting the skin breathe means you’ll stay cool as a cucumber. Metalicus, Country Road and Esprit stock a range of linen and linen blend pieces to keep you comfortable and looking classy.
Another sun-safe essential, a wide-brimmed hat will keep you looking stylish whilst protecting your skin from the scorching sun. Finding a great hat can be a bit of trial and error so don’t be shy of trying all sorts of styles from fedoras to boaters in order to find the style and shape that suits you. Sunseeker, City Beach and Billabong have all the hats you’ll ever need.
Ideal with denim cut-offs and a t-shirt or a slinky slip, add some sporty street style to your summer wardrobe with a great pair of sneakers. Double win – you look stylish and you won’t have sore feet by the end of the day! Vans, Skechers, Converse and Platypus Shoes all have killer kicks, and the only trouble will be choosing your new favourite footwear.
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