Set for Summer

When it comes to relaxed festive style it’s all about layering and versatile staples.

Photography by BEC PARSONS • Styling by MEG GRAY

In summer, smart dressing is reliant on well-coordinated staples that layer well and allow for a graceful transition between hot days, cooler nights and air-conditioned indoors.

Look 1 

Block brights always make a statement, while the combo of neutral tones and tropical, summery prints adds personality. For an effortlessly stylish Christmas day, team the relaxed Palm Spring short and Boardwalk cami (both from Sheike). Dress the look up with the softly tailored Favourite Boyfriend Jacket (Marcs) and Natalie heel (Country Road), or go casual with the strappy Tabitha sandal (Sportscraft). Accessorise with the versatile Coastal tote in tan (Oroton), Pieni Pioni/ Maikki pouch (Marimekko), hoop earrings (Sportsgirl) and a support act of simple jewellery (bangle, necklace and ring all from Pandora)

Look 2

Dresses with a soft floral print will fit any summer occasion and have the ability to effortlessly transition from sunny garden parties to balmy evening events. This season, keep an eye out for frocks with classic 70s details, such as a fluted sleeves and V-necks: both of which are very “of the moment.” To elevate the look for evening, add metallic accessories like this silver Mimco necklace, Pandora ring, or these versatile silver Sportsgirl heels.

Look 3

White lace and embroidered cotton are perfect for a chic summer outfit. Match with neutrals for a feminine, polished look. The Lace Dress (Sportsgirl), bangle (Pandora).

Lads, it’s hot – we get it – but wearing shorts doesn’t have to look like you’ve jumped off the last bus back from Black Rock. A classic, tailored blazer like the MJ Bale Julian blue jacket should be in every bloke’s closet.

Look 1

For a smart weekend look, team the blazer with slim-cut neutral chinos (Marcs), timeless white linen shirt (Sportscraft) and classic white sneakers (Sportscraft).

Look 2

In summer the blazer will elevate a pair of well-cut shorts (like these, from Country Road) from ‘low key’ to ‘oh yeah’. Add sailor stripe tee (Country Road) and a good belt (MJ Bale) to nail the smart-casual brief.

Look 3

Date night? The classic blue blazer lends itself to a range of shirt options. Go old school with blue checks (MJ Bale), add matching pants (MJ Bale), and finish the look off with a good belt (Marcs), stylish suede lace-ups (Country Road) and a simple white pocket square (MJ Bale).