Summer wares

I certainly don’t profess to be a fashion expert, nor do I have the design skills to know what clashes, what matches and what compliments. But, I do love fashion and find a great deal of pleasure in getting dressed everyday. With the summer months approaching it is always hard to drag out your dresses and sandals from another age and block out the “50% off summer sales” that frequent storefront windows. However; if you are in need of some new gear, here are some of my best buys that will make the most out of your wardrobe and help you look fresh, new and summery each day.

clothes, glorious clothes

clothes, glorious clothes

Clogs

the Gorman clog

the Gorman clog

The Danish clog has made a well-deserved comeback this year and can be worn with almost everything. They come in all shapes, colours and sizes from the practical to the not-so-practical, but, they are fun and surprisingly easy to walk in.

My top pick is the humble Gorman clog.

These fine specimens are from the Gorman Surprise (leftovers) store on Bridge Road in Richmond. Full retail price in store you are looking at around $250 to $300 but if you’re happy to wear “last seasons”, you should be able to pick up a pair at Gorman Surprise for about $100 to $150.

Bangles

Dinosaur Designs Bone bangles

Dinosaur Designs Bone bangles

The bling of the jewellery world, bangles are noisy, clunky and colourful. You can wear one or ten and they are enough to dress up or dress down any outfit. As I fail to move away from the safety net black-and-white basics even on the hottest of days, bangles brighten up any outfit.

I love the Dinosaur Designs Bones bangle set in three.

With bold, basic, mat-style colours, the trio of bangles lift any outfit. They can be worn together, in two or by themselves and come in a range of individual oval shapes and sizes. The trio is $215 from Dinosaur Designs online and in store.

Maxi dress

Witchery maxi dress

Witchery maxi dress

Keeping cool on a hot day in the city is quite a challenge, especially if like me; you don’t want to show too much flesh.  A maxi dress is a great way to be comfortable and modest on a summer day no matter your size or shape.

In case you haven’t guessed, the black and white Witchery cross back dress is my number one choice.

On sale for $99, this summer saver is a great dress-up, dress-down outfit to wear over bathers with sandals or dressed-up with a black tank and heals for Sunday afternoon at the pub. The easy to wear fabric allows for maximum breathing space and the striped pattern is flattering for all shapes.

Blazer

the Zara basic files

the Zara basic files

Despite the hot summer days, the summer nights in Melbourne are quite chilly. And thanks to Melbourne’s four seasons in one day, you never know when you will need a jacket (or a rain coat).

Zara have a great affordable range of blazers and jackets in all styles and colours.

I love my black, patterned Zara blazer. It transitions between the seasons well as it is light with a shirt but warm over layers throughout the year. This summer, Zara have a range of cotton and linen jackets with plain and pattern prints, different lapel sizes and a range of colours.

Patterned pants

pajama pants for public

pajama pants for public

I’m not even sure if I can pull these off, as loose fitting patterned pants aka pyjama pants are hard to wear unless you sport no hips whatsoever. But they are great matched with black or white shirt and work well with sandals or heals on mild days. Lots of stores such as Country Road and David Lawrence are selling them but I find the best are those in market places which, is a great way to support small and local businesses for around $60.