The countdown to summer is officially on and in many parts of Australia it already feels very much like it’s here.
Days are longer. Temperatures are (mostly) higher. The calendar is filling with parties and “catch-ups” that just *have* to happen before Christmas.
For the lucky ones among us, we’re also planning a summer holiday escape – a weekend, a week or longer time away.
Aussie tradition will see many of those getaways taking place at the beach.
All of the above events present wardrobe/outfit jigsaw puzzles to be solved and the Summer 2015 Styling You Shop aims to help you get clear on how to do that.
Like previous Styling You Shops, what we’ve done is carefully and considerately choose pieces to form a capsule wardrobe of building block and show-pony pieces that will serve you through Christmas parties, to holidays and beyond.
I’ve worked with some of my favourite independent fashion designers and online stores to bring you a selection of clothes that can work for a multitude of occasions.
I’m all about the versatile garment that can be dressed up or dressed down and in this summer edit you’ll find 21 garments and accessories to do just that.
The store is only open for one month – and stock is limited so if you see something you like, snap it up quick smart.
Garments range in size from size 6-16 or 18. One garment – a kimono – is free-size. We’ve also included a bag, two necklaces, a bangle set and two pairs of shoes for this edit. You’ll also find a swimsuit to suit so many shapes and sizes. The price range is from $35-$229.
The intention is to offer quality pieces that represent value for money – and pieces that will be in your wardrobe for many seasons to come.
Let’s take a look at what’s in store, shall we?
1. Sacha Drake Column Drape dress $229
2. Surafina Sportif dress $169
4. iAllure Painters Palette kaftan $119
5. Surafina kimono $129
7. Surafina Sportif tee $69
11. Ruby Olive bangle set $35
13. Surafina Moreno cross-body bag $169
14. Bohemian Traders Sweetheart top $119
15. Maiocchi Small Wonder cardi (red) $125
16. Maiocchi Small Wonder cardi (black) $125
17. Bohemian Traders Drop-crotch pants $129
18. ZK Station sandals $130
19. ZK Jump platform sandals $159
20. Surafina Sportif shorts $69
Please take note of our sizing suggestions with each product description. If we indicate that this is a garment to size up or down then please take that into consideration when ordering.
Peta (aka Trainee Mama) is once again on board to also offer style inspiration. Peta is a part-time data analyst and mum to a gorgeous two-year-old boy. She’s a size 8-10 and 160cm, so offers an alternative to my size 14-16, 166cm.
Until midnight Friday, November 6, enter the code SYSUMMER15 and get FREE shipping. Discount code must be entered at checkout for the offer to apply.
Gift with purchase
Throughout the month of the shop, spend $250 in one transaction and you’ll receive a pair of Ruby Olive resin stud earrings valued at $22. One set of earrings per customer. Earrings will posted at the end of the shop period, from December 3 onwards.
Share your Summer 2015 Styling You Shop purchase on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #stylingyoushop (please tag @stylingyou as well) and you will be in the running to win a $250 voucher to spend in the Autumn-Winter 2016 Styling You Shop. Entries close when the shop closes, December 3. The winner will be judged on creativity and originality. She’ll be notified via Instagram or Facebook and her name will appear here.
Thanks so much for all your support. Tell me which items you most like and happy shopping!
Credits: Thanks to photographer Sarah Keayes for her fantastic work on capturing the outfits. Thanks to stylist Simone Merlo for keeping the shoot running smoothly and positioning us in our best angles. Thanks to makeup artist Megan Braunberger and hair stylist Bruce Rhebein for making us look a more polished version of our everyday selves.