Summer is by far my favourite time of year.
It always has been.
Being born in July, and living in England for the first 48 years of my life, meant I was always classed as a summer baby.
I felt this matched my star sign (I’m cancer the crab, water sign, beach, summer – you get my drift) and my personality to perfection.
The epitome of true summer bliss for me, was being away on holiday somewhere hot and exotic with Jonny and Beckie by my side.
This usually happened on or around my birthday.
I loved it.
Endless carefree days spent with sand between our toes, sun on our skin and the happiest grins on our faces.
Nothing better for me, I tell ya…well ok, maybe the addition of an ice cold glass of wine in my hand – only if you insist of course 😉
These days living in SE QLD means warm sunshine fills the sky for a big chunk of the year.
Yep. The beach is now only a stones throw away – you guessed it, we don’t go often enough!
But the biggest change with living in Australia is that I can no longer call myself a summer baby.
Such a small insignificant fact, that drives me crazy.
I don’t want to be a winter baby, I hate the cold. I prefer being a summer baby.
Rah Rah *insert screwed up childish tantrum face*
Righto, whine over, let’s get down to business…
You will have heard me say before that you should never just buy items of clothing on a whim.
By a whim, I mean thinking that you are bound to find something to go with said item when you get home – even though you have no idea what that is.
Make sure you can picture how (and what) you would wear those pieces with before you even leave the shop…or before you click checkout when buying on-line.
Of course there will always be exceptions.
Basic/staple wardrobe pieces are the work horses of our wardrobes, so essential in fact, that we hardly even notice their existence.
No, I’m talking show-ponies/fashion pieces. New arrivals that are frantically trying to catch your eye and entice you to buy.
So unless you’re specifically looking for a certain style/colour/shape that will nail and complete a piece you are itching to wear.
Walk away and think about it.
Trust me on this one beauties, divine intervention will not be waiting patiently for you at home.
Yes. This is the advice of someone who works in fashion.
Because, not everyone is blessed with the ability to mix and match their wardrobe pieces well.
Instead, the gorgeous new item that you ‘just had to have’ never gets a look in.
And you end up wasting your hard-earned cash.
My method to make sure I wear everything I buy, always starts with a basic.
Today’s basic is white denim jeans.
Jeans that you have heard me gush about before.
Jeans I wear often.
Jeans that have already earned their keep in my wardrobe.
Here’s 4 of my favourite Summer Looks to pair back with your favourite white (or light) denim:
Look One: The Peasant Blouse:
This lightweight cotton blouse from Read and Bell is such a summer statement. White on white with nude has always been a firm favourite of mine.
It’s classic, fresh and simple.
You could wear this outfit almost anywhere and still feel (and look) a million dollars.
Look two: The Cold Shoulder:
Cold shoulder tops and dresses are everywhere this summer. I’m a huge fan.
I recently featured a different black cold shoulder top from Katies in this post here. The sleeve detail on this one is slightly different, as is the length. This one reminds me more of a tunic, which of course works so well when worn with white jeans…just that extra touch a length can make all the difference in the confidence stakes!
Long Cold Shoulder Top $29.95 (Wearing L – M would have been better) Katies Fashion | Jeans see look one | Necklace: Iris from White Tiger Design | Shoes: Iris (try DFO) Country Road
Look three: Off the Shoulder:
Now, can I just say, there is no way on earth I thought I would ever be able to wear this top with my sizeable bust. Thankfully the lovely Maudie (@istyl on Instagram) convinced me I should buy it. Not one to ever refuse. I hot-tailed my ass to my local Katies store and bagged the prize asap.
I’m so pleased I did. It sits in just the perfect place to hide the dreaded top of arm, it’s also feminine and packs a mighty punch in disguising a large bust.
Confession: I’m not even wearing a bra!
This top is no longer showing as available online. Try your local store though as they’re new season.
Look four: Tassel Shirt:
I’m pleased to say, that with the 70’s firmly trend sticking around for SS15/16 tassels are still very much a ‘thing’.
This beautiful Read and Bell top is made from the finest hand printed Indian cotton. Cool, wearable and simply divine and pink. Another love of mine.
Tassel Shirt in Watermelon* $70.00 Read and Bell | Jeans and shoes see look one.
All of the four tops above will work hard in your summer wardrobe.
Yes they are fashion pieces, but they are easy enough to pair with existing items in your wardrobe.
Have you jumped on board any other the above summer trends? Do you have a firm favourite?
Items marked * were gifted in accordance with my disclosure policy
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