Welcome to the first post in the Our Town Brisbane summer fashion series!
This week marked the official start of summer, and even though its been hot for weeks here in Brisbane you cant help but feel a certain something in the air once the calendar clicks over into December. There are presents to buy, parties to go and holidays on the horizon… what’s not to be excited about!
Its also that time of the year when we resurrect last years summer wardrobe and try to work out what to keep, what to ditch and most importantly what we need to BUY. And while I can usually work out what to ditch (anything that screams five second fad or doesn’t fit well) knowing what to buy is often a bit of a minefield.
And that’s where experts like Nikki come in.
Nikki almost needs no introduction – she is one of the most influential fashion bloggers in Australia and internationally, and creator or the massively successful Every Day Style challenge on Facebook and Instagram. Her focus on real girl style and her belief that ALL women deserve to look and feel fabulous has endeared her to a legion of fans – me included!
This year has been a big one for Nikki. She’s moved from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane AND she’s and released her first book “Unlock Your Style”.
But enough from me! Read on to find out Nikki’s tips on summer fashion trends 2014, including how to create a versatile wardrobe that will take you through the season in style…
In your book Unlock Your Style you provide some fabulous tips on creating a capsule wardrobe. Can you let us in on a few of the items that we should have in our summer capsule wardrobe?
I’m all about the basics first, show ponies later. A summer capsule wardrobe for Brisbane would include: white tees – at least two, chambray shorts, tan flat sandals, white ripped jeans, lightweight kimono jacket, striped smart casual dress, white lightweight blazer, nude wedges or heels, a cocktail dress or kaftan.
What colours / patterns / textures do you love this summer?
I love the freshness of white and chambray. It’s a great combination for our climate. I’ve also never met a striped garment I haven’t loved! For a riot of luxurious colour, I can’t go past an embellished kaftan.
What will be your “go to” outfit or piece this summer? Something you think you’ll wear to death by the end of the season!
For casual: a striped dress from Bohemian Traders
For smartening up any outfit: a white 3/4 jacket from Blue Illusion
For glamour: a Camilla kaftan
Any summer beauty products you can’t live without?
Sunscreen – NIVEA Moisturising Body Lotion and Dermalogica Protect 50 Sport
Garnier BB Cream
Nars Illuminator in Orgasm
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Bobbi Brown powder foundation