Summer is my favorite season of all times; I have never really liked winter (ironically I now live in a city that’s cold majority of the months). During my childhood, I used to wait desperately for my summer vacations so I could go to my grandparents’ house. My grandma also used to wait for me with equal desperation.
My grandma loved pampering me and the most visible way of her pampering was to dress me up. She loved getting custom tailored frocks, tunics, skirts and blouses for me. She would spend hours in the fabric store looking for pastel hues, floral prints, and soothing touch of cotton and other materials. Next, she would run her creative horses and specifically instruct even the minutest details to the tailor. I loved trying on her unique creations and feel so Cinderella-like. You can tell by now, I like summer for so many reasons but the fashion and style is one of the most crucial reasons.
Recently, Melbourne hosted its Fashion Week (MWF) that saw so many trends, most of them returning from past few decades and featuring all-time classics. As summer is just about to knock our doors it is the right time to lift up your summer style. Today, I am sharing some of the summer style essentials keeping in mind the current seasonal trends of Australian fashion. I have curated some of my favorite summer dresses for you that I absolutely love and would want in my wardrobe to live in my warmer days; I want you to get a hold of these before these sell out for good.
Floral is one of the most romantic and feminine trends that have ever existed. MFW saw a very exciting collection of styles featuring the floral trend. It is my personal favorite; anything floral and I will love it. I am usually not very lady-like but on occasions when I’m channeling my inner lady I love to go with a floral number. Floral is a great choice for any daytime occasion, picnics, strolling the city, also great for tea parties if you go with a slightly formal silhouette.
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Stripes are one of the most classic trends that shout casual and fun times. I have loved stripes for many reasons but one of the most prominent is the advantage of enhancing your body. Now, I am not with a model-like figure or height so I have to pick my outfit in a way that it boosts my height or not-so-perfect waist. Stripes are so versatile and can make you look taller or slimmer, respectively. I kid you not, I saved a couple of my favorite striped dress while working on this post and by the time I was done drafting some of them were actually sold out (sad face). So, if you don't want to be in the same situation, I’ll suggest you pick your favorites soon.
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I’m all about comfort styling. In fact, the majority of my wardrobe is filled with a myriad of shirts - long shirts, solid color shirts, flannel shirts, and what not. Shirts are super comfortable and when you can have your shirts in the form of dresses, what more you need? In addition to comfort, I like the kind of rugged and raw finish a shirtdress can give you being prim and proper at the same time. These are great to customize and style in countless ways – wear it as a light cover-up over your tank top and shorts, add a belt at your wait to make it look more polished, tuck it in a pencil skirt, use it as a regular shirt – the options are limitless.
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Bright colored outfits are always on trend for the warmer months. MFW specifically saw a myriad of bright colors on the ramp with all exquisite styles and combinations. I love a good bright colored dress to wear out on a sunny day—at the beach or for a lunch date. When it comes to picking a bright colored outfit, it is very important to pick a tone that enhances your skin tone. Usually, I’d say all colors look beautiful but there are some colors that look prettier on one person as compared to other colors. If you are not comfortable wearing a bright colored dress go for a pop of color in your outfit – bright clutch, accessories, shoes, etc.
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This year, MWF witnessed a good share of textured goodness on display. Textured fabric and a mix and match of texture and plain were very much notable. I love this trend as it gives you the liberty to experiment by adding a fun element. Textures give you an end result that is astounding. My personal favorite texture of all times is lace, but recently, I have started liking jacquard and dotted Swiss too.
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What are your favorite styles when it comes to sprucing up your wardrobe with summer dresses? Do you like any of the styles that I shared with you in this post? Share your favorites and how you like to style them with me in the comment section below. I’d love reading your little notes and knowing more about your personal style.
Looking for a way to transform your work look to evening look for catching up with your girls? Check out this post where I went straight from work to a dinner date without an outfit change.
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