Kick Start Your Summer Wardrobe Via Our Sale Now, Inspired By Joan Didion’s 'Packing List'

by: Rosie Dalton | 3 years ago | The Edit

Image: Because if we're going to take wardrobe advice from anyone, we're happy to take it from Joan Didion.

Australia is having a major cold snap moment right now. Sydney has just dropped below the ten-degree mark and, apparently, there’s been snow in both Melbourne and Adelaide. So could there be any better reason for us to escape the chill and seek solace on foreign shores, then? Or at least dream of escaping the chill on foreign shores, while we wait for the weather here to heat up again. With that in mind, then, we’ve been conjuring up romantic, sun-drenched images of us as Liv Tyler in a Tuscan villa à la Stealing Beauty, or us as Brigitte Bardot by a beach in St Tropez.

Quite possibly that’s a very near reality for you, in which case you are doubly lucky because A. sunshine, and B. there’s a whole lot of great summer stuff on sale right now. But even if you’re not about to embark on a summer sojourn anytime soon, this is still a great opportunity to live vicariously through Liv or Brigitte and start prepping your summer wardrobe on a shoestring. Sale time is the perfect time to score a bargain and, because summer clothing is so delightfully lightweight, it also means you’ll be able to throw together a spontaneous suitcase at the drop of a hat. Island weekender anyone?

Inspired by Joan Didion’s iconic Packing List, then — immortalised in her truly fabulous collection of essays, The White Album — we have got your summer getaway wardrobe sorted. Oh, and you can go ahead and pack the book itself too if you’d like. Because we find that dreamy Californian landscapes, too, make for some great holiday reading. You are welcome!
1) “2 pairs of shoes”

We can personally see Joan Didion rocking out in a fabulous pair of slides like these almond toe beauties (pictured). With a leather sole, insole, and lining, they are comfortable as well as durable. But since she does specify “two pairs” in her packing list, we find it highly convenient that this style also comes in indigo. Alternatively, you could always go with a pair of loafers or chic mules instead.
2) “Bra”

Travelling with a great bra is not only essential for support, but also for comfort (especially when plane rides are long and summer nights even more so). Of course, Nico can be relied upon to deliver dreamy triangle styles in wistful colours like The Mallory. Asymmetrical colour blocking is exactly the kind of fun we’re looking for on a summer vacation, while a modal blend produced exclusively from sustainable beechwood makes this style both soft and beautiful to wear.  
3) “Robe”

When Joan Didion says ‘robe’, she probably means it literally, but when we hear ‘robe’, we think of a fabulously relaxed garment that can also be tossed on over the top of our swimwear. Ergo, the Elov Robe in Slate (pictured) is the perfect piece to roll up in your trunk, just in case of cooler weather, or a general lack of motivation when it comes to actually constructing full looks each day.
4) “2 jerseys or leotards”

We figure that a more modern incarnation of the “jersey” or “leotard” idea would be the perfect basic black tee — a garment that Joan Didion herself was arguably master of. We love the relaxed fit of this scoop tee (pictured). Not to mention the 100% certified organic cotton fabrication, or the twisted side seams and undulated hemline. Plus, if you’re feeling wild, then it comes in white as well.
5) “2 skirts”

Joan Didion of all people knows that one skirt is never enough — especially not when we’re talking summer holidays here. But she was a master of both the wistful long skirt and the shorter wrap style. Filippa K has got our back. This tencel wrap skirt is another very effortlessly ‘Didion’ design. Complete with a beautiful a-line structure and a sexy side split, it will be just perfect paired back with your crisp white tee. Plus slides and all of the fun summer things.

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