Sort of like light at the end of the long, winter tunnel, August is the time of year when Australian brands start dropping their first SS ranges into store – So although it’s not quite Spring yet, you know warmer weather is on the way..
Melbourne doesn’t start to get warm until around late September/early October, but there’s no harm in being prepared with a versatile and up to date wardrobe to transition into Spring. To get you started, Here are the 4 must-have wardrobe additions worth a look at
The Oversized Midi Length Skirt or Dress
An update on last years maxi skirt or dress, the midi length is it’s easier to wear, fresh looking cousin. The key difference about the length of the midi compared to the maxi is the options of footwear that can be worn with it. If you’ve ever tried sneakers with a floor length maxi, you’ll know what I’m talking about. If it’s still cold, just go for an oversized knit over the top.
The safest bet when picking a midi dress or skirt is to go for a black, white or striped style, as these colours will easily carry through from August to February. Head over to Surfstitch to have a look at Silent Theory’s range of dresses which are perfect for Spring/Summer – and all under $50
The Boyfriend Shirt
So you’ve probably already been wearing them all winter long underneath your knits, sweaters and coats – but coming into spring/summer, the oversized boyfriend shirt becomes a versatile outerwear piece that be styled back with jeans and pants while its still chilly, then in September/October can still be worn with Denim shorts and flat front skirts.
One shape we’re particularly fond of is the Shoonan Shirt from Melbourne brand, Bul. The shirt has an oversized and relaxed silhouette, and lovely long lines for a bit of added comfort. The Shoonan shirt is available in cream or black, and made from 100% cotton.
A Pair of Culottes
For a relaxed Winter to Spring pant, you really can’t go past these babies. Depending on what fabric and what weight, this style of pant can easily been worn all throughout spring / summer. Although culottes are available in over-the-knee shapes, we’re definitely favouring the midi length. Wear back with sneakers, birks, pool slides, or heels for a more sophisticated look.
This tab has been open on my safari browser for a few weeks now, they’re by Mother of Pearl and available via Opening Ceremony’s online store – however, if you’re after a pair of culottes with more pleats or detail, just head over to www.polyvore.com and type in ‘culottes’ to see all the internet has to offer.
The Minimal Bag
Right now it’s all about bags with minimal styling, constructed out of natural textures – leather, canvas, cotton. It’s easy, goes with anything, moderately sized bags that will fit all your belongings, without being a typically oversized accessory. A key difference in this accessory movement is the lack of hardware, and the increased use of soft closures such as drawstrings and hidden magnets.
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