As it heats up, so too should your wardrobe. It’s time to pack up the parkas and puffer for another year and replace all those woolly winter warmers with easy, breezy, breathable options that both protect from the sun whilst keeping you positively cool (as a cucumber and literally).

Obviously the key to shifting seasonality lies in fabric switch-ups, as lightweight textures like cotton, seersucker and of course linen (the unofficial hero of summer) ride on in. And whilst some are seasonal mandatories (swimmers and such), there are few new pieces for 2019 which ride the trendy tailcoats of some of the year’s biggest trends.

Here, the non-negotiable summer essentials to acclimatise both yourself and your wardrobe. Now let that sun shine in.

the kini
Of course, the truly definitive piece that distinguishes summer from winter is the the swimsuit. While the options are seemingly endless, we’re currently coveting this zingy orange bikini by Australian-based, ethical swim start-up, Marla Swim. Because there’s no better way to get your buns (and guns) out than by supporting a local girl gang.

Cocacabana top and bottom, marla swim, $140 and $130. shop now

the sarong 
Here us out. While a sarong may hold connotations of ’90s Bali holidays and bad cruise ships, the sarong, or pareo, is this summer’s chic beach cover-up. It also answers the eternally perplexing beach-to-bar conundrum. Solved, finally!
Atlanis Sarong in surf / Black, Hansen & Gretel, $89. shop now

the tank top 
Consider a beefier tank the update on your spindly singlet of seasons past. Look for thick V-straps and flirt with classic ribbed textures.

Espera Organic Rib Tank in White, Totême via My Chameleon, $130. shop now

the wrap-around sandal
Taken a Roman – or in this case Cretan – holiday with wrap-around gladiator sandals. For those who like a little lift, choose a stacked pair, or for those who prefer their feet firmly on the ground opt for a flat sandal from Sydney-based, Greek-made label Maria Farro.


Aelia sandal – tan leather, Maria farro, $189. shop now

the smock dress
Never has a summer trend appealed to our indulgent sensibilities more. Smocked, tiered and sizeable, iterations of the capacious trapeze dress include puffy-sleeved, strapless and strappy variations. All we can say is bring on the excessive eating, it’s a time to be merry, after all.


Esme tie-back tiered faille midi dress, Cecilie bahnsen via matches fashion, $1,232. shop now

the shades
Now a trans-seasonal piece, sunglasses of course derive from their seasonal patron, the sun. We love Salvatore Ferragamo’s take on the cat-eye, now this is truly looking at the world through rose-tinted lenses.


SF206S Sunglasses, Salvatore Ferragamo, $490. shop now

the elevated bucket
We admit it. We thought the bucket hat had well and truly run its course. But alas! Thanks to Prada, Max Mara and various others at fashion week, the bucket lives on, albeit an elevated, chic take. We like this off-kilter version by Reinhard Plank Hats, an artful take on the neo-nostaglic style.

strega straw bucket hat, Reinhard plank hats, $296. shop now

the not-so short short
Thankfully short shorts have taken a backseat and the breezy Bermuda continues to be all the fashionable rage. Even when it comes to ye ol’ faithful denim, look to long-line denim shorts instead of their cropped counterparts. Equal parts chic as they are practical.

super eight striped couloutte, Zimmermann, $495. shop now

the straw bag
Yes, the straw bag lives on as the summer tote to, well, tote. With iterations now far and wide, short and tall, mini and macro, there’s a straw, wicker or raffia bag to suit all tastes, but Loewe’s Basket still lives on as one of the greats.

basket bag small natural / tan, Loewe, $590. shop now

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thoughts?