By: Diana Di Poce of DARE Magazine
With summer on its way (finally!), it’s time to start prepping your wardrobe for the sun, the sand and everything in between.
This month, I had a head start to the heat with a much-needed trip to the South. Cool, stylish and easy-to-wear pieces were on my shopping list and Penningtons was the ultimate one-stop-shop for my warm-weather must-haves. Flowy maxi dresses, comfy footwear, sexy swimwear and smoothing undergarments—my list went on!
The moment I spotted this strapless striped maxi, I knew it would quickly become my summertime bestie! Perfect for the days you want to keep cool (or let’s be honest, hide that leg stubble), this versatile style can easily be dressed up with a pair of wedges and an updo, or down with your go-to sandals and favourite tote.
To accentuate my curvy silhouette, I threw on a lightweight eyelet blouse, which I tied at the waist and completed the look with strappy wide-width sandals.
Whether you’re headed to the beach or a backyard BBQ, this look exudes effortless elegance. Plus, who doesn’t love any opportunity to wear a floppy sunhat?
Maxi Dress; Eyelet Blouse; Metallic Faux-Leather Sandal.
Need a look for your weekend shopping trips, afternoons at the park and errand running around the city? Then this outfit has your name written all over it!
Sporty and chic with a cool-girl vibe, this look kept me cool, comfy and cute in high temperatures. The on-trend tropical print top paired perfectly with the curve-hugging denim skirt and slip-on striped espadrilles.
This summer, don’t shy away from mixing prints and patterns! Here’s a tip: when mixing prints, always look for similar colour schemes to tie the pieces together. Putting a solid between your prints—like I did with the tencel skirt—also makes for easy mixing.
Printed Chiffon Jersey Top; Tencel Skirt; Chunky Link Chain Necklace; Striped Espadrilles.
Perfect for the office, this stylin’ look offered me total comfort in the heat of the day. The exotic print soft pants (a.k.a. the comfiest bottoms of all time) are a dream and should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe—that means you!
The breezy mesh insert top acts as a canvas for your favourite statement necklace: I even doubled up on necklaces here to keep things interesting. And a gladiator wedge sandal that I can wear all day long (no blisters included)? Sign me up!
I can see myself sporting this head-to-toe ensemble for my 9-to-5. Bonus: take it from desk to dinner with a bright lippy and a fab clutch. Keep a blazer on hand for those last-minute meetings!
Top with Mesh; Printed Pant; Oversized Sunglasses; Statement Necklace; Chunky Link Chain Necklace; Gladiator Wedge Sandal.
As we inch towards warmer days, let this be your summer style guide. Dare to wear styles and prints outside of your comfort zone: I promise you’ll look and feel fabulous in the rising temps.