Summer. Blissful days of warmth, eating al fresco, long lazy afternoons stretching into evenings. Relaxed lifestyle, relaxed dressing. Summer is definitely my favourite season and when I chat to my clients most will tell me they find summer easier to dress for than winter. Summer requires less thought; pop on a dress, add your shoes for gals and shorts and shirt for guys and you’re done.
What summer does offer that winter doesn’t is more opportunities to socialise. With weddings, parties and impromptu events featuring high on most of our calendars, we need clothing suitable for celebrations and occasions along with more casual pieces that say “I made an effort, but not too much effort”.I have had clients who have confessed to me that they had started saying no to social invitations as they felt genuinely stuck: they feel they know what to wear at the office and what to wear when relaxing at home, but the whole “smart casual” thing has them tearing their hair out! This isn’t simply confined to my female clients either, many of my male clients want to get their more relaxed wardrobes under control also.
So, with the more casual events of summer in mind here’s my top buys for summer:
Dresses – perfect for a relaxed summer occasion. Choose a fabric that moves: floaty silk or soft cotton.
White jeans – dress them up with heels or down with trainers.
Wedge or block heeled sandals. Yes, you can pair trainers with everything, but a heel will instantly look dressier.
Soft, relaxed pants or jumpsuit – the last thing you feel like wearing on a sticky day is something tight.
A linen tee – wear with denim cut-offs for a relaxed vibe, or white jeans or soft baggies and heels to dress it up a little.
Short sleeved shirts – so much cooler than a tee-shirt and a whole lot dressier (but avoid something your dad might wear).
Linen shirt – always looks relaxed, but smart.
Slim cut shorts – look for a subtle print or keep it monotone. If you are wearing shorts below your knees you are committing a heinous fashion crime. Cargo shorts are dangerous territory also.
Chinos. Slim fit and cuffed. Still.
A loafer or soft leather shoe. Trainers at a pinch, but they are quite casual. Don’t wear your work shoes with shorts ever.
Jackie O’Fee is owner of Auckland’s leading Personal Style consultancy, Signature Style. If you’d like a hand buying your summer wardrobe Jackie would love to help! Signature Style vouchers make great gifts, too! Further information can be found at signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115.