How To Wear As Little As Possible And Still Look Chic This Summer

by: Rosie Dalton | 3 years ago | The Edit

Marina Larroude on the streets during New York Fashion Week. Image source.

The past few weeks have brought with them a veritable roller coast, weather wise. But if the glimpses of sweltering hot days that we’ve had already are anything to go by, I think it’s safe to say that this summer is going to be a scorcher. With that in mind then, we’re all trying to get a headstart on our summer wardrobes here in the Well Made Clothes office — yes we know it’s only October, but hello 30-degree-weekend. I rest my case.

Luckily, New York Fashion Week has only recently wrapped in the Northern Hemisphere and, from what we can tell, temperatures were a little all over the place there as well this season. But a few truly epic summer style moments still emerged throughout the week — our favourite being Marina Larroude’s demonstration that yes, you can wear very little and still look incredibly chic in summer.

What is ‘epic’ about her summer styling here is not the fact that it’s covered in sequins or overly bright in terms of tones, but the fact that it is so straightforward. Combining a few simple pieces, she has managed to totally a nail effortless warm weather dressing, which can adapt to a number of different situations, but also prevent you from melting into the ground.

Inspired by Marina then, we have curated your dreamiest summer wardrobe combination — a breathable mix of five pieces that will see you through almost any occasion throughout the hot summer months to come.

1) The one piece swimsuit

The Wanda One Piece in Black.

A one piece swimsuit is a crucial piece to own for the hot summer months ahead, because not only will it come in handy when you’re actually at the beach; but it can also double as a top. Sleek and streamlined, it will look effortless when layered underneath long line skirts for running around during the daytime. Or elegant when paired with somestatement hoops for evening. Not to mention that Baaby’s Wanda style is crafted from 100% regenerated and sustainable fibres.

2) The sustainable skirt

The Project Skirt in Gridlines.

Choosing a summer skirt that’s crafted from sustainable fibres such as organic cotton is really important, because not only will does this mean it breathe well (thank you nature), but you’ll also avoid bringing any nasty chemicals into contact with your skin. Which is precisely why we’re so fond of Kowtow’s Project Skirt in Gridlines; a style that is made from premium 100% certified fair trade organic cotton voile. Why not toss yours on over the top of your one piece swimsuit?

3) The multi-talented sandals

The Lisi Sandal in Vermillion Red.

We call these sandals ‘multi-talented’ because technically they could work just as well for the beach (simply kick them off once you reach the sand) as they could for drinks out with your girlfriends. The bold colour and slight heel give them an evening sort of vibe too, which you could totally echo through your lip colour as well.

4) The cross body handbag, for cross purposes

The Minka in Black.

Matt and Nat’s Minka Black handbag is an excellent choice for summertime, because it will see you through almost any different scenario. It’s roomy enough to fit all of your essentials, but can also be held as a top handle bag for evening or a cross-body bag for daytime. Oh and did we mention that it’s 100% vegan?

5) A light jacket, just in case

The Night Jacket in Denim.

If the past few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that Australian weather can be incredibly temperamental. With this in mind then, it’s not a bad idea to have a light jacket on hand during the summer months, for just in case the mercury drops in the evening. Hunter’s Night Jacket in Denim couldn’t be more perfect for this task either — in 100% cotton, it is light enough to carry around with you through the day, but the kimono silhouette is also perfectly chic for evening.

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