It’s a wrap: summer style inspiration

Nikki ParkinsonEveryday Style, Fashion 45 Comments

Putting together an outfit in summer is a whole lot more challenging than in winter.

Winter is all about layering to keep warm. The very fact that you incorporate layers into your outfit means that you are adding interest through textures and shapes.

In summer, layering conjures up feelings of icky and stickiness.

Well, that’s very much the case where I live in Brisbane, Queensland.

Lately it’s felt that you could almost cut the humid air with a knife, so the idea of creating an outfit with lots of layers is not something that is met with welcome thoughts.

I have found, however, that with a little thought it is possible to add interest to a summer outfit – and even a single lightweight layer or interesting print or pattern can take your outfit from regular to wow.

To demonstrate, I’m showcasing some of the real women of #everydaystyle (if you’re knew here, each day I and many, many others post their daily outfit photo on Instagram and/or Facebook using this hashtag – each day is an inspiration so check it out! Also check out the #summerstyle feed for more women who are joining in with my friends @kimbalikes and @redcliffestyle).

@tasminhowse - white

White is not only all right. It’s white hot this summer. I love how @tamsinhowse has contrasted a feminine shift with boots.

@sophisticatedmumma - stripes

@smaggle - stripes

You know how I feel about stripes?! Put simply, you just can’t go wrong wearing them – summer or winter. Love how @sophisticatedmumma and @smaggle have kept the rest of their outfits simple and let the stripes do the talking.

@queenofthrift - summer frock


@istyle - coloured frock


@irismaystyle - coloured frock

A colourful summer frock will take you many places during the summer months. I love that the dress is the statement. It’s one thing to pull on and that’s a win in my hot-weather book. @irismaystyle is definitely winning above.

@kimbalikes - patterned maxi


@mamastylista - patterned maxi


@chasingcait - patterned maxi

Go out on a fashion limb and embrace a patterned maxi this summer. They’re are so many prints out there, it’s just a matter of playing and working out which ones make you feel great and, as Mr SY would say, don’t resemble a tablecloth. Let the frock do the talking and keep accessories to a minimum just as @chasingcait has done above.

icadoo - shorts

You can’t go wrong with a denim short, white tee and kimono combo. Well played with the ankle boots @icadoo and loving @prettychuffed‘s pattern clashing.

@prettychuffed - shorts

@beachstylemum - shorts

A pop of metallics is almost mandatory. So cheerful and lifts a casual outfit as @beachstylemum has done above.

@middleagedmama - metallics

And a little more metallic? I think yes. Thanks for indulging us @middleagemumma.


Printed pants have become a summer staple. They are of lightweight fabric so cool to wear but they also add interest via their printed pattern.  I want to be where @forty_up is right now.


Avoid the trends and embrace a vintage style frock.  I want to frame @bespoke_heirlooms (above) and @escapewithkids (below).



If the ’70s was more your thing, embrace the Bohemian Traders‘ high summer collection as worn here by Rachel from @redcliffestyle.

@howcaniwearthat - denim

Boyfriend-style jeans and a loose cotton shirt – you just can’t go wrong. Love this style from @howcaniwearthat.

@danimeazza - denim

Just like my obsession with stripes, it appears I have a hankering for a little denim or chambray in my wardrobe :). Danimezza shows how summer denim is done.

Link love

My book – Unlock Your Style – in its iBook form – this week made iBook’s Best Books of 2014 list. It’s a huge honour to be listed with these titles. Thanks so much for your support.

Thanks to Claire at Mum’s Closet for featuring me on her blog this week.

Jo from iCurvy shows how to make some really simple but effective storage for your jewellery.

Norlin from Baubles, Bubbles and Bag inspires with some ideas for styling short hair for the party season.

Sonia Styling joins in with other bloggers (myself included) and gets her swimsuit on. Yes, ladies it’s summer and it’s time to get over ourselves and get out there and enjoy it.

Speaking of swimwear and the beach, Vanessa at Style and Shenanigans has you sorted for what to wear to the beach this summer.

And Wendy from Beach Style Mum has a round-up of summer beauty tips that will get through your holiday and beyond.

If you’re a blogger, get armed and set your goals with the Secret Bloggers’ Business Blog Planner.


Even though it’s looking like a wet weekend around here, I can almost feel the summer break … you?

What’s happening this weekend in your world? What’s your go-to summer style?

Comments 45

  1. Well don’t I feel all slack! I just took the option to catch up on my blog reading during lunch today & what do I find …. but a picture of me all dressed up vintage! Thank You Nikki for the compliment 🙂

  2. Love the style of these gorgeous ladies and very pleased I also snapped up the Boden frock that @disqus_GUT063z2D6:disqus is wearing! Thank you for the link love too Nikki! x

  3. Wow, thank you for including me Nikki. I love taking part in #everydaystyle because it is real women and such fabulously kind, supportive ones too! Everyone looks wonderful, despite some of the most disgusting humid days we have had 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for the mention and the link love. I looooove this beautiful community and all the fantastic idea sharing that goes on everyday! Well done on bringing us all together and huge congrats on the book success xo

  5. Wow – these are all gorgeous ladies! They’re poses are all very model-like! I like the 70’s style dress, and the denim dress too. Thanks for sharing these Nikki with us 🙂

  6. Loving the ladies you’ve featured for some amazing summer style! It’s really easy when you’ve got the basics covered like what they all do. And their love for style of course 😉 Thanks for including my post too. And my go-to summer style is all about nice cotton shorts and long maxi dresses.

  7. What a gorgeous roundup of fashion inspiration! I’ve long loved your #everydaystyle hashtag for that very reason – everyday style by everyday women who are just a little bit fabulous.
    (PS: thanks for the link love x)
    (PPS: congrats on the iBooks feature! xx)

  8. thanks for featuring me Nikki – what a gorgeous group of girls to be mentioned with (now I just need some more summer weather over here in NZ to wear all my summer clothes haha!!) xx

  9. I follow nearly all these ladies on Instagram and you are right they have great style! A great round up.. I hope the warm weather hits us here in Victoria soon! xx

  10. Thank you for the feature Nikki and IG is a wonderful place for style inspiration,I follow all these gorgeous girls and just bought @mamstylista’s dress this week from Katies as it is cool and summery,Katies have really upped their fashions this year.
    We have my husbands Christmas party tomorrow night and the rest of the weekend I will be wrapping presents,have a lovely weekend Nikki xx

  11. a good round up of styles for summer thankyou nikki!
    congratulations in order for your I book! … well done!
    I have to change some paintings at red poles gallery where my work is showing today and after that hopefully finish my shopping and at least the weather looks good! … a couple of things low key afternoon drinks on the weekend! enjoy your weekend! love m:)X

  12. The IG community is amazing! I love checking out all of my favourite girls feeds for inspiration on a daily basis…it’s such a great place to hang-out.
    Thanks for the shout-out lovely, as you already know I love my frocks – this one is my new favourite…wouldn’t mind sneaking that maxi of Caitlin either! Have a great weekend! xx

  13. Love all those fabulous and stylish ladies. They all roach in their own stylish way. My go to summer style aren’t dresses and shorts and loose flowy tops. Congratulations with your books. Well deserved Nikki. Have an awesome weekend. V x

  14. The ladies all look lovely, I love Bev’s green frock especially. So happy it’s Friday, one more week of work before two weeks off. Talking about being hot, it was a stinker on the coast yesterday – we had a storm and some rain thank goodness. I was Santa at work yesterday, had to wear sunnies so the kids didn’t recognise me and they kept steaming up! It was sooooo hot in the suit, I have new respect for all the Santas doing the rounds in shopping centres! Have a great weekend, Kathryn 🙂

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