The sun’s out in all its glory announcing that summer has well and truly arrived. Bringing with it lazy days lounging with friends at backyards and beaches, endless hours spent at barbeques and boozy brunches, looking for just about any reason to ditch work and bake in the sun but most importantly saying ‘so long’ to those stuffy winter clothes. As you pack away those dreary old thick layers and your mind races through the endless possibilities of dressing to impress this summer it’s inevitable that you might find yourself in need of a luscious new summer wardrobe.
You will find yourself gravitating to citrusy summer colours that reflect your buoyant summer spirit. Light easy fabrics that let you feel the cool respite of a gentle summer breeze. And fitted silhouettes to show off all the hours of hard work and sweat spent in preparation for the gloriousness of summer.
But who has the time for research or even the will to spend even a second indoors amidst all the summer socialising and finally catching some rays for a much-needed tan. So we, the incredibly summer lovin’ folks at Strand Of Silk have done all that boring grunt work and put together some sizzling summer looks fit for all your needs.
Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that chores like grocery shopping, odd errands and even real shopping take care of themselves. Sure, you could always get it all online (just like these looks) without even leaving the comfort of your home, PJs and a cool drink but let’s face it, there is nothing better than a walk down to the shops while taking the long route through the park in summer. Shorts and tees are great but you wouldn’t want to have a chance encounter with your potential summer squeeze looking tardy and run down. Plus all of these looks work brilliantly to take you from routine jobs to casual dinners to movies and anything else requiring minimal dressing effort.
Look 1: Multipleated Dress and Matching Accessories
Kanelle’s Multipleated Dress with Sheer Bodice with its simple box pleats and light-as-air fabric is a summer dream of casual with just a hint of dressed up. Finish off the look with matching nude hued accessories like the Pearl Shell Drop Earrings by Rhea and Peach Bow Tote Bag by Tresclassy.
Kanelle’s Multipleated Dress with Sheer Bodice and matching nude hued accessories
Look 2: Vibrant Separates
If you’re more of an invest in separates kinda gal then pair the Vivacious Print Mint Shirt by Bhanuni by Jyoti Sharma with the Monochrome Embroidered Skirt by Neha Gursahani. Both pieces can also be worn with simpler pairings for a toned down version of this look. Basic black accessories like the Black Punk Studded Anchor Lock Sling by Tresclassy, Edria Earrings by Artsie Ville and Black Double Leaf Ring by Shillpa Purii complete the look.
Vivacious Print Shirt, Monochrome Embroidered Skirt paired with simple accessories
Look 3: Matching colour coordinates
Matching coordinates spell summer chic with the added advantage of separates for times when you’re in the mood for something else. Flesh Wrap Belt Top Set by Kanelle teamed with simplistic gold jewellery like Rhea’s Lyra Necklace and Radius Marble Ring make for a subtle summer look.
Flesh Wrap Belt Top Set teamed with simplistic gold jewellery
Who doesn’t wish they were back to school when it’s summer just for the sheer joy of enjoying summer break again? Unfortunately adulting also means showing up to work even though you would like nothing better than to forget all about it. Just because you can’t skip work for summer doesn’t mean you can’t dress to feel cheery whilst being stuck indoors plotting ways to get away from all the responsibilities. If your workplace isn’t restricted by a strict dress code then ditch those drab blacks, greys and blues and bring a little bit of sunshine to the office with you. And incase you do manage to make one of your devious plans work these looks will ensure you fit right in with everyone else enjoying their sunny summer days.
Look 1: Summer Printed Shift Dress and Elegant Accessories
Forget about the little black dress and embrace the summer perfect print of Michelle Salins’ Geometrical Printed Shift Dress for work. Dainty accessories like Rawtonica’s Fina Eleganta Earrings and Eleganta Ring finish this summery work look. If you’re feeling experimental and want something especially blingy to look at while you type away those boring work documents then swap the ring for Rhea’s Moon Priestess Ring.
Geometrical printed shift dress and dainty accessories including earrings and rings
Look 2: Printed skirt and matching coloured accessories
If an all over print is likely to raise a few too many eyebrows with the uber conservative office crowd then play it safe with only one printed garment. The Blue Watch Print Knee Length Skirt by Kaaryah works brilliantly either with a matching blue shirt or the Tantalising Blue Top by Swatee Singh that beautifully offsets the turquoise accents in the skirt’s print. Delicate and colorful jewellery like Rhea’s Surf Shell Drops and The Juilete Bracelet complete the look keeping you both work and summer ready.
Printed knee length skirt with a matching blue shirt. Paired with delicate and colorful jewellery.
Look 3: Bright and Bold Colours
If bright colours and bold prints are an absolute no-no for your work environment then keep it totally straight laced with the Elegant Blue Dress by Prisha by Shivesh and add a pop of print with the White and Blue Jacket by Vijay Balhara. The jacket can come on and off depending on the formality of the situation without forgoing the joys of summer dressing. The classic style of the Aruba Pearls Multistrand 10 Line Necklace by Paisley Pop is the perfect accompaniment while the Pentagon Ring by Rhea balances the entire look wonderfully
Bright and Bold Colours
It isn’t summer without some smashing parties and every occasion requires an on point ensemble. Weekend getaways, backyard BBQs, picnics in parks or even just chilling with friends in your own garden are just few of the ways to truly enjoy long warm summer days and you had better be dressed for all the social media posts to follow. Summer party dressing is all about keeping it subtly dressy and weather appropriate without going overboard. A definite conundrum for those who go all out and those who don’t dress up enough so it’s important to find some inspiration and get it right.
Look 1: Hot Date Night
A hot date with a hot man on a hot summer day? Keep it utterly elegant and totally summery with the Humming Bird Maxi Dress by Siddartha Tytler. Emerald coloured accessories like Rhea’s Woven Pine Bracelet, Green Tiger Eye Ring and Heritage Chain Control Earrings by Rejuvenate Jewels will match the print of the dress perfectly.
Summery Humming Bird Maxi Dress and emerald coloured accessories
Look 2: Crop Top Set
Channel your sense of adventure and blend it with an urban sensibility with the Striped Crop Top Set by Kashmiraa. Ocean blue jewellery like the Vertex Marble Ring by Rhea and the Alize Turquoise Druzy Studs by Paisley Pop finished off with a sling bag like the Blue Miami Aristo Bag by Syuuta complete this glam and girly ensemble.
Striped Crop Top Set and Ocean blue jewellery
Look 3: Bohemian Chic
If you’re looking for a bohemian yet city proof summer outfit then begin with the Chic Bustier Top Set by Kanelle and pair it with Spunky Drop Spike Earrings by Roopa Vohra and Sapphire Coal Bracelet by Rhea. For summer nights that tend to get a little nippy add the matching Oversized Blazer with Texture by Kanelle and lastly a Tan Classic Saddle by Syuuta to carry all your essentials.
Chic Bustier Top Set with Spunky Drop Spike Earrings and Sapphire Coal Bracelet