Your Ultimate Guide to Nailing Summer Style

The best part about coming into a new season is having the perfect excuse to re-invent your wardrobe and splurge on some new pieces. With summer rolling in, there are a handful of stand-out trends we can’t wait to try. Right now, we can’t get enough of everything '70s, head-to-toe white and strappy sandals.

To ensure you have your most fashionable summer yet, we sat down with three fashion insiders at the top of the Australian retail game to find out which pieces are on their radar. Keep scrolling to find out and shop them right now.

As the owner of luxury Melbourne (and online) boutique Green With Envy, Irene has an eye for finding new designers that become go-tos (looking at you Marques’ Almeida), and selecting the best pieces from our favourite internationals that work for the Australian market.

"Not just for the barefoot flower child—this is a new approach to sexy where a woman’s curves are alluded to, not vacuumed-packed."

"To take you to Christmas parties in style, Aquazzura does it best."

"This sky-blue top is crisp, airy and carefree. You need an off-the-shouder top this season to show off a sun-kissed décolletage."  

"A bucket bag is my pick for bag of the season. This bright mini version with a tasseled drawstring adds the perfect punch of colour."

"A dramatic pair of chandelier earrings are the only accessory to wear with an off-the-shoulder top."

"You should add an LBD each season to save you for unexpected events or when you don't know what to wear. This update with a high slit is my pick."

"Protect your eyes in style—obviously you can't go past Céline."

"Dramatic ruffles are perfect for ringing in the new year."

"For balmy days at the beach, this giant straw hat is all you need."

"Move over denim! Sun-soaked days call for a pair of relaxed white shorts."

Head of women’s apparel at The Iconic is no easy task. As one of Australia’s largest e-tailers, Baston is responsible for sourcing new local and international labels and determining what her client will want to shop next.

"A great pair of shorts is always a must. Think of khaki as your new neutral and you won't go wrong."

"Summer is all about having fun, right? This playsuit is exactly that. Take it for a spin to your next music festival."

"A summer staple no matter what. Reflector sunnies are the easiest way to jump start your summer wardrobe. This season, reach for blue."

"SO in love with this staple right now. Wear it with everything from jeans to skirts, flats and heels. It's super playful and girly without compromising sophistication."

"For easy wear, it’s hard to go past a lace-up block heel. All the glamour of a stiletto with the added comfort factor."

"Mid-lengths and nautical blues are our pick for this season’s laid-back dress. Dress it down with slides or slip on some heels for an evening outing."

"Soft, subtle and delicate, the perfect piece to incorporate the '70s trend."

"A classic shoulder bag with a little twist. If in doubt, go black. Always."

"A classic that goes from the beach to bar to boardroom. Pair it with an amazing blazer or wear to run errands on the weekend. It doesn't get more versatile. This year, go for a khaki update."

"Proving that comfort can have a place in high fashion, a pair of tailored pants adds a touch of drama when paired with heels and crisp white."

Pip Edwards has had a fashion career that’s spanned over some of Australia’s most well-known brands. From Ksubi to sass & bide, Edwards has played a part in shaping these iconic local brands. Now as design director at General Pants Co., she works with the buyers to ensure a streamlined collection hits stores each season.

"Every summer needs a new pair of statement shades. These are my new favourites and on high rotation."

"Swimwear should be fun and make a statement. This one not only works for the beach, but looks awesome styled back with denim."  

"Still not over these. A fresh new colour for summer gives these an update."

"A baggy muscle tee is a summer must so I reach for the men's department. This one from Ksubi’s new premium basics range is made with a luxe linen and cotton blend. Basics have never felt so good!"

"A red-hot bikini is a must for summer. It'll emphasise your glow." 

"These are the ONLY denim shorts to wear this summer. High-waisted, slightly baggy and the perfect vintage-wash blue."

"I’m much more focused on being sun smart these days (aren’t we all?!) and I rarely head down to the beach without a hat."

"This two-tone watch is the only wrist candy you need for summer. It doubles as functional and looks like jewellery."

"You’ll often find me rocking a men’s muscle tee in summer, this one from Rolla’s is all time."

"This season is all about downsizing—take only the essentials in a monogrammed clutch."

Main image from The Iconic.

What are your favourite trends for summer? Sound out in the comments below!

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