Summer Fashion Guide 2021

After what seemed like a lifetime, Summer is finally here. We may think that Summer is an easy season to dress for considering the lack of layers and warmth we need. However, dressing for Summer has its own unique challenges. Summer calls for new fashion pieces that will keep us cool yet stylish during the hotter season. A new season means a new wardrobe. As the weather gets hotter, we need to update our wardrobe with fresh pieces that complement the hotter temperature and the activities that follow. Are you stuck on what to do and wear this season? Here is our Summer fashion guide to help you put together stylish yet functional outfits. Make the most of the beautiful weather by soaking up the sun with some easy yet interesting activities. We've rounded up some fun acitivities to do during the Summer with some killer outfits to match the activities.

1. Summer barbeque

Summer is the perfect season to enjoy a barbeque outside. Delicious food and quality time with your loved ones- what more can we ask for, right? Gather up your friends and family and fire up the barbeque with your favourite food and drinks. During outdoor barbeques, you are likely to be moving around to grab food and to talk to different people. Opt for an elegant yet comfortable maxi skirt which will allow for easy movement while keeping you cool out in the sun. Jump on the trend and spice up the basic maxi skirts with one with unique ruffles. The Honey tiered skirt is a lightweight skirt with cute ruffles and unique pom pom detailing. The elastic waistband is a plus as it will allow you to eat as much as you can. Pair it with a simple t-shirt that features a quirky graphic print, like the Bunny Top. Add some sneakers and chic earrings and you're good to go.

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2. Beach theme wedding

Summer is one of the best times to have a beach themed wedding. The amazing weather allows for breathtaking views, an ethreal ambience and not to mention, stunning photos. Radiate sophistication and grace with a maxi dress. An easy yet fail-proof option is a classic black slip dress. You can never go wrong with an elegant black dress, especially one with stunning ruffles. Another great option is a simple linen dress. Linen is the ultimate Summer material as it is light, practical and versatile. The lightweight and loose weave properties of the material escapes heat while absorbing moisture, keeping you dry and cool. The Endless Puff Sleeve Smoke Dress is a lavish maxi linen dress featuring puff sleeves and an elasticated fitted bodice. If you're looking for something more cute and casual, the Flo Dress is the perfect option. This baby doll style maxi linen dress features a dropped waistline which falls effortlessly on the body, creating a relaxed casual look. Finish off the look with some bold gold jewellery and heeled sandals.

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3. Road trip

No road is too long with good company. We're blessed to be living in a beautiful country with one of the best scenery in the world. Experience the breathtaking views yourself by gathering your friends and embarking on a road trip. Comfort is key when it comes to roadtrips as it consists of long hours of driving. One of the easiest ways to look cute and comfy with minimal effort is matching loungewear sets. Our favourite is the Buttercup Frill set which features subtle frill detailing on the shoulder seams and around the pockets. Another cute and comfy sweatshirt is the Candy Eyelet Collar Sweatshirt which features large collars with eyelet detailing and balloon style sleeves in an oversized fit. Throw on some sneakers and small jewellery to tie the look together.

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4. Outdoor movie date

Looking for a romantic date idea in the Summer? Take advantage of the phenomenal weather by enjoying an outdoor movie with your partner. During the Summer, the City Council hosts several movies in the park where you can enjoy a picnic along with a great movie in a local park. Drive-in movies are another great opportunity to enjoy a movie outdoors in the comfort of your own car. If you want to suprise your partner with something more personal and throughtful, host a movie in your backyard. Decorate your backyard with some fairylights and prepare some blankets and snacks for a romantic suprise. All you need is your laptop or even a small projector and a great movie. Keep it cute and effortless by going for the "jeans and a nice top" look. The Bebe split hem jean is the perfect option as it has a light wash with a straight cut leg which makes it easy to wear with any style of top. Pair it with a casual shirt with unique detailing. Add some sandals and modern earrings for a romantic look.

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5. Strawberry picking

Summer is the season of strawberries. If you're looking for a more active activity, try strawberry picking with your friends. There are several strawberry farms all across the nation where you can pick your own strawberries and enjoy a fresh strawberry icecream. Keeping cool and comfortable is important as you will be moving around in the sun most of the time. A maxi skirt will allow ease of movement while keeping you cool and breezy. It will also allow you to bend over or crouch down without exposing anything. The Sunshine maxi skirt features tiered detailing and an elasticated waistband for extra comfort. It also features a shimmery material with a subtle iridescent glow which shines beautifully in the sun. Pair it with a simple t-shirt and some sandals and you're ready to go.

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6. Wine Tasting

Are you a lover of wine? Head out to Waiheke island to enjoy a wide range of indulgent wines produced by the top vineyards in the island. There are several wine tours in the island which includes a tour around the vineyard and the wine cellars along with a wine tasting session. Match the luxurious experience with a sophisticated dress. A light and flowy dress like the Muslin Puff Sleeve Dress or the Paige Floral Frill Dress will hide your food and wine belly while creating an elegant silhouette. If you're not a fan of dresses or skirts, opt for pants instead. The Organic Linen Slit Pants features a trendy flared cut which instantly elevates any simple look. It is the perfect match with the Timeless Button Blouse which features cuffed sleeves and button detailing in an ultra soft satin material. Finish off the modern-chic look with some edgy gold jewellery and a pair of comfortable heels or sandals.

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