The sun is shining, the nights are lighter and longer and you can’t (or shouldn’t) go anywhere without slathering yourself in sunscreen. Yes, summer is officially here.
Even though I’ve known it’s coming, the warmer weather always seems to take my wardrobe by surprise. After months of relying on layering and bulkier items, coming up with a beach-appropriate outfit that’s stylish AND practical from what I have already suddenly throws me into an existential crisis that ends with me on the floor along with most of my wardrobe. Not pretty.
You see, there’s a particular vibe I’m trying to channel this summer. Glamorous but effortless. Put together but comfortable. The kind of woman who floats effortlessly down the beach, rather than sweating in the heat and tripping over her thongs in the sand.
Fortunately Country Road has come to the rescue to ensure I at least look the part, with the Aussie favourite once again nailing beachwear fashion. A flick through their summer gifting catalogue has me mentally (and probably very shortly physically, to be honest) restocking my wardrobe. It’s not just gifts to treat yourself with though – there are pieces anyone in the family would appreciate unwrapping under their tree this Christmas. Plus, if you buy them online with PayPal, there’s a massive perk I’ll tell you about a little further down.
Here are my top summer picks:
1. Gathered Sundress, $179.95.
Whether on the red carpet or the streets, orange really is proving to be the new black this summer and quite rightly. It’s fresh, bright and suits all skin tones. The dress itself is linen so it will be beautifully crisp and cool to wear on those hot summer days and nights, the elasticated waist means it’s super comfy and the tie back detailing gives it a little something extra.
2. Woven Detail Panama, $59.95.
If this doesn't scream chic-but-cool woman on the beach, I don't know what does. The wide brim protects your face and eyes from the sun while the black band and detailing around the rim make the classic style look modern and stylish. Wear to the beach or to brunch and keep it on for the bar when you head for drinks later.