I will preface this post by saying I am not the biggest fan of summer. Kind of ironic, considering I live in Australia, but the heat gets me down and I always find it kind of a drag to dress myself in any sort of coherent way when I know I am going to be a sweaty, hot mess within 5 minutes of going outside. Bring. On. Autumn. — I miss my leather jacket. With that said, I thought I would put together a post of my summer closet staples from the past 3 or so months, the things I have been reaching for the most on work days, weekends and many an Aussie heatwave (and lemme tell ya, there have been many). From top to bottom, this is what what I wore this summer…
(FYI FOR LINKS: I will link to the pieces that are still available, but sadly it seems most of them arent.)
1. Singlet with strappy back detail, Country Road
I used to wear red ALL the time and then went off it. I quickly fell back in love when I saw this top. It’s such a pretty cherry red and the subtle print is super cute. I have been wearing it multiple times a week since I picked it up last year.
2. Lace cami, Zara
This is probably my most worn top this summer, whether I wear it casually with shorts or dress it up for a night out, it’s proven to be quite the versatile little number.
3. Body, Topshop
I have a love/hate relationship with bodysuits, the form fitting ones definitely aren’t my scene, but this looser fitting one I have been wearing a TON. You get the whole “casually tucked in” aesthetic without any, well… tucking in – hah. Oh and there are snap buttons *down below* which makes life a whole lot easier in the bathroom ;)
4. Linen tank, Country Road
Linen is a godsend in summer since it’s a natural, breathable fabric. This black tank is a favourite with the stitching detail along the neckline which brings a bit more interest to an otherwise more basic top.
5. Terracotta swing tank, Country Road
Loved the relaxed fit of this top as well as the colour and subtle thin stripes. Sad to report it has since sustained a red wine stain on it which I am SO GUTTED about.
6. Silk tie-back blouse, Madewell
Picked up this blouse in a Madewell sale and paid something silly like 70% off for it, it’s such a beautiful light, flowy silk.
7. Whisper cotton crewneck muscle tank, Madewell
Madewell do pretty awesome basics I must say. Love the fit of this top and in hindsight, wish I picked it up in more colours.
8. Black linen muscle tank, Sportsgirl
Another basic linen staple I have been wearing to death.
9. Crossover tank, The Fifth Label
Love the fit of this top with the wrap front that gathers at the shoulders. Bit of a play on a more basic tank.
1. Denim A-line skirt, Topshop
I’ve had this skirt for a couple of summers now and wear it with pretty much all the tops listed above. I’m a massive fan of the A-line silhouette.
2. Denim cut-offs, ASOS
A new pair of denim cut-offs were definitely on my summer wishlist, but I couldn’t for the life of me find a pair I liked (why is it so hard?!), so I stuck with this old ASOS pair. Better luck next summer I guess.
3. Suede A-line skirt, Free People
This is such a great transitional piece and is what I guess one would call more of an “investment piece” (I recall it was around AUD$250), but worth every cent in my opinion as it’s beautiful quality and I wear it all year round.
4. Drawstring shorts, Witchery
I have had these for a few years now and still get a ton of wear out of them every summer. I love the print and the pop of brightness the colour brings to an outfit.
5. Denim midi skirt, Topshop
Basically a longer version of the denim skirt above. When the short version is in the wash, out comes the midi version, haha. I would be so lost without these two skirts.
6. Black pleated midi skirt, Anthropologie
Another piece I have had for a couple of years and a total closet staple in my opinion. I like that this skirt is more of a straight cut as I think it works better with my body type.
1 & 2. T-shirt dress, Cotton On
Super affordable basic dresses that I picked up on a whim in Cotton On and have been living in all summer, can’t go wrong with a good t-shirt dress.
3. Black tea dress, Atmos&Here
Ok here’s the thing, I bought this dress online and after wearing it a couple of times, I realised it is faulty as fuck. Check out that skew stitching on the bottom hem! Ridiculous right? Well apparently not, as I keep on wearing it loads and still love it, I swear it’s not as noticeable in real life.
4. Silk midi dress, Gorman
Oh man, this has to be one of my favourite pieces in my entire closet, I even spoke about it in my Closet Confidential post. I have had it for a few seasons now and it’s still going strong. The silk is so soft and luxurious, it’s just the perfect summer dress.
5. Navy midi dress, St Frock
Another effortless summer piece, I wrote a whole post on my love of midi dresses and this one is definitely a favourite. It has two slits in the front which make it extra “easy breezy”.
6. Denim button-up dress, Vintage (Cream on King)
This dress was a bit of a thrifting victory which I came across in Cream on King (one of my favourite Sydney vintage stores). When I tried it on, it fit like a glove and cost a grand total of $30. Funnily enough the brand is Gloria Vanderbilt who I know as the heiress and mother of CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper (random), but I had no idea she had her own denim line in the 70s — the more you know?!
1. Black leather sandals, Vanishing Elephant
All about comfort here and these sandals are the comfiest I have ever owned, I pretty much wear them everyday!
2. Tan platforms, Topshop
I always have been and always will be a huge fan of a good retro platform heel. These are insanely comfortable and get worn to death. Love love love the wooden heel.
3. Black leather slides, Sol Sana
Easy, effortless and super comfortable — can’t go wrong with a basic slide.
4. Mint block heeled sandals, Jeffery Campbell
I spoke about these in this post and I’m happy to report that they have indeed been getting a ton of wear.
5. Blush suede sandals, J Crew
I (along with the rest of the world) am such a sucker for this nude pink colour and fell hard for these when I saw them online. They are just as gorgeous in real life and will be worn through many more summers to come.
6. Black pony hair clogs, Gorman
Last, but not least — we have these old faithfuls. They are a few seasons old and have kind of seen better days (the light wood heel is scuffed and dirty) but I still love them and wear them a ton. Gorman do the best quality clogs/platforms in my opinion.