Build your summer looks with our warm-weather approved picks
Words: Kira Gimpel | Images: Luke Kuisis
Time to kick-start your summer dressing. All you have to do is focus on finding a couple of good basics, shedding a few layers per outfit (it’s safe to put winter dressing on pause now) and slightly adjusting your thinking. The trick lies in building a foolproof wardrobe with essentials that are easy to wear and style. Think of this guide as your warm-weather dressing handbook – an all-in-one plan to survive and thrive through sweltering summery days in seven ways.
Jumpsuits are a no-brainer during “less is more” season, because they’re a simple one-stop solution. With the variety of options available, they’re equally good for occasions or lazing around. For more formal days, opt for a longer length jumpsuit with asymmetrical details and for casual days, go for a tie-sleeve option with a looser fit and shorter cut.
Say hello to a longer length tailored version of shorts and far more flattering fits. Choose a pair that feels best on you, whether they sit on your waist or hips. A slightly sturdy (but still summer-ready) fabric such as linen or viscose creates a polished look, even when worn with a tee.
Shift dresses work wonders for a carefree summer look. They’re breezy, but not too baggy, and usually end just above the knee. Get a couple in a fine print or neutral colour for ease of wear, with or without sleeves.
The sheer delight of wearing an oversized shirt on a blissfully warm day knows no bounds. With sleeves pushed up over the elbow and an open neckline, the shirt can be tucked into trousers or worn over bikinis and guarantees many outfit successes.
All hail the cropped trouser, paired with tees, lace-trimmed camisoles, button-down shirts or your favourite one-piece swimsuit worn as a bodysuit. Look for trousers that end at (or around) the ankle and if you’re feeling festive, print is always a treat.
That sun-kissed scapula deserves the spotlight, so what better way to show it off than in a halterneck top? A bit of shoulder action screams summer, be it by wearing a tie-dye camisole or cotton bodysuit with skirts, shorts or jeans.
Lace and crochet details cement certain clothing as summer staples. Sleeveless blouses with broderie anglaise hems or shirts with voluminous lace sleeves are ideal for delicate summer ensembles.