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Having done a huge clean out of my wardrobe once our new closets were installed, I've realised my Spring Summer wardrobe is now basically non-existent.
With that in mind, I've gone to Queensgate and once again employed the help of stylist, Lenaire Launder. Personally, I'm really trying to 'adult' my wardrobe; no more spontaneous purchases, no more bodycon and a lot longer shorts. That's not to say my Spring/Summer wardrobe will be conservative, but it will fit me correctly and I might use the word 'modest' - well, in comparison to some 2020 festy-fashion. To keep it short and sweet, I've put together my (with Lenaire's help) top picks for essential items come SS21.
A well-fitted white tee
I have been trying to find one of these for years. "The trick with making a white tee work is deciding what you're using it for, if it's being worn with a high-waisted bottom piece, go for a short length and thin fabric to avoid bunching under your bottom half." If however, you're wearing jeans or a thicker material on the bottom you can afford to choose an item that may be a thicker weight/fabric. Jeans typically compress any fabric enough to minimise bunching/pouching and generally don't sit as high on your waist, covering less of the tee.
High waisted, wide leg shorts
Where have these been my entire life?! As someone who's tall, (5"9) I have always had a hard time finding shorts that didn't leave my derriere hanging quite literally out of them. Shops like Seed at Queensgate cater to New Zealand and Australian typical sizing, with the standard size being a 14. As someone who's usually a 12, I found myself wearing shorts in a 10, and tops from as small as 6-8 at Seed.
Mixing linen and denim
Combining these two key textures for SS is such an easy win! Low maintenance, casual, yet easily dressy for an evening out with some bling accessories!
Handbags and hats, hot off the press!
Turn a basic white tee and wide leg shorts combo into an effortlessly cool outfit with a well accessorised bag and breezy hat. Our Kiwi Summers can get quite hot, so opt for a lightweight straw hat, like a short brimmed fedora or wide brimmed sunhat.
Shoes, shoes, shoes!
Salt and pepper, Beyonce and Jay-z, salsa and guac - your outfit and your shoes. Clear as mud? When choosing shoes for an outfit, you really set the tone of the event or vibe of your day. Jeans and whites sneaks? Think brunches, walks along the waterfront, maybe lunch with the in-laws. Wide leg shorts and ankle boots? Summer festival, afternoon sangrias, maybe a cheeky date night (take a jacket!).
My go-to has to be white sneakers, or a low maintenance mule/heel. I love white sneakers because if you're dressy on top, you can be comfy on the bottom! Take a look at my top pic below for sneakers this SS21, jazzed up with gold stars! HOW blimmen cute!
Matchy matchy! Last but not least, one of my favourite looks is a co-ord, a jumpsuit or tone-on-tone outfit. These three all have something very similar in common; they are a complete outfit! How easy? I grabbed my new favourite white tee from Seed and paired it with a pink co-ord from Glassons, "If you're wanting to be a bit more conservative or if it's a cooler summer evening, try a bright tone-on-tone look like this suit outfit. It's sophisticated, easy to wear and can be really fun if you jazz it up with some big hoops and a pop of lippy!" "For something more beachy, opt for a fun headband to spruce up any outfit."