Even if you’re not heading abroad this year we all have those places we’d love to visit — from far-flung destinations to those that are closer to home. Why not take some style inspiration from your travel wish list and introduce fresh colours and prints to your wardrobe?
Leading us around the world is QUIZ, retailers of going out dresses and summer fashion essentials.
Take your holiday style inspiration from the home of golden sands and sun-kissed residents. With temperatures reaching 28 degrees in the summer, Miami residents choose vibrant swimwear as they soak up the sun on South Beach before slipping into relaxed cuts as they party the night away.
Go loud and bright! Think tropical print culottes, palm print co-ords and bright dresses. Each piece can be dressed up or down, so whether you’re taking a summer stroll or hitting up a club, you can channel effortless Miami vibes.
And, what about footwear? Slip on flip flops by day before switching to barely-there heels when the sun goes down for a look that’s both glam yet effortless.
For some authentic inspiration, take South African fashion designer Jacques van der Watt’s Black Coffee design house. The designer’s Orbit Summer 2018|2019 collection encapsulates the modernity and positivity of the 1960s, featuring bold colours and embellishments across simple shapes and styles.
It’s all about injecting colour into your wardrobe. Clash bold primary shades such as vivid reds with bright yellows, keeping shapes and styles simplistic—think loose-fitting tees and flared shorts.
For added detail, choose geometric patterns in classic monotone hues or incorporate bright colours. Crochet detailing is a staple aspect of Black Coffee’s collection, and crochet dresses or cover-ups would make the perfect boho-inspired addition to any summer wardrobe.
The country of Morocco is famed for its diversity and attention to detail — as exemplified by the country’s outstanding architecture and detailed mosaics. When creating a Moroccan-inspired look, it’s important to retain this attention-to-detail — think detailed embroidery and intricate prints.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to bring a hint of Morocco to your wardrobe as tile print is key to this look. This on-trend, intricate detailing is all over the highstreets at the moment, so introduce it to your wardrobe through palazzo pants or even a co-ord. In terms of colours, choose patterns in rich purples and vibrant blues and oranges.
Because of the climate in the North African country, loose-fitting, kaftan styles are essential. Choose shift day dresses in a darker tone — such as burnt orange — complete with gold embroidered detailing. Finish your look with gold or leather strappy sandals, and layer on gold accessories.
The fashion in Sweden is defined by simplicity, taking basic items and styling them to create timeless looks. Part of this is the near effortless blend of smart styles with casual wear, pairing sports-inspired trousers with a tailored blazer, for example.
Looking to recreate a Scandinavian look this summer? You’ll need a combination of everyday essentials and fine tailoring. Make sure you have a great collection of plain t-shirts in white, grey and black. Wear yours with sports-inspired trousers and a blazer, or swap out your trousers for tailored shorts. Loosely tuck the hem of your t-shirt into your trousers, slip on a statement necklace and keep your hair loose and natural.
Another technique that’s important is layering. For an effortless look, throw over a lightweight scarf or keep your knitwear loose and wear over a crisp shirt. Don’t be afraid to go oversized either!
In India, it’s all about colour, vibrancy and pattern. If you like creating bold looks with rich colours, this is the country you need to steal your summer style from!
How is it done? Much like Morocco, India enjoys intricate embroidery and jewellery. However, generally speaking, the colour palette is much richer in India — think deep reds and emerald greens. For formal events, choose a sophisticated maxi in a deep tone with extensive embroidery. For day time dressing, a simple tunic is a great choice, providing it features some sort of embroidery.
The paisley pattern has become synonymous with the country, so look for ways to incorporate this into your look. How about a bold midi or maxi skirt complemented by a plain-colour vest or blouse? Alternatively, look for a paisley print bag to finish your look, and don’t forget to add plenty of jewellery.
Take your wardrobe around the world this summer!
*This is a collaborative post.*