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Stylish Summer Outfit Ideas

The unpredictable nature of Australian summers means you have to be savvy about your style choices to stay comfy and cool. In this style guide, we're diving into the vibrant world of summer outfitting and giving our top fashion tips for hot weather, carefully curated over many years of fashion blunders (we’re looking at you, synthetic fabrics). Elevate your wardrobe with our summer outfit ideas and get ready for the sun-soaked days ahead.  

What to Wear in Summer in Australia

Embrace Breathable Fabrics and Light Colours

When it comes to surviving a scorching Australian summer, breathable fabrics are your best friends.

Summer fashion is all about natural fibres like linen, bamboo, micromodal and cotton that are not only stylish but also allow your skin to breathe. These fabrics are quick drying, won’t retain odour and are wonderfully lightweight so you can be comfortable on even the hottest of days. For more information on the benefits of natural fibres and how to care for them, check out our fabric care guides here. Also, incorporating lighter colours into your summer outfits will keep you cooler by reflecting the sunlight rather than absorbing it.  

Explore our natural fibres collection to ensure your summer outfits don’t compromise style for comfort.  

Effortlessly Elegant Silhouettes and Sets

When choosing what to wear in summer, stay clear of skin-tight styles and champion breezy silhouettes like a draping kaftan, an above-knee A-line dress or an oversized shirt. If you’re worried about getting lost in looser fitting styles, elevate your summer outfits with a chic matching set – the ultimate hack to appear polished with minimal effort. Coordinated ensembles not only radiate sophistication but can also be mixed and matched for endless styling possibilities! 

Cute Summer Outfit Ideas

Playful Prints and Patterns

If there’s one thing Blue Bungalow ladies are known for it's never being afraid to step out in a bright colour or bold print. Because who said practical can't be playful? Especially when you’re dressing for survival in breezy styles, a fun print can elevate your look from drab to fab. Explore our collection of printed dresses and add some vibrance to your summer wardrobe! 

The Must-Have Summer Dresses

Dresses are the epitome of functional and flowy fashion – a cute summer outfit in just one item! From beachside strolls to dinner under the stars, these dresses are versatile, comfortable, and undeniably stylish. If you’re on the hunt for stylish summer dresses, shop our collection here.  

Chic Summer Accessories

Stylish Sun Protection

In the harsh Australian sun, sun-smart clothing and accessories are a summer wardrobe essential. Explore our range of UPF50 hats, which are designed with optimum sun protection in mind - from the shape to the fabric. Paired with stylish sunglasses, you'll be ready to embrace the sun in style. 

Don't forget the shoes!

Footwear can really make or break a summer outfit – so choose wisely! Open-toe styles such as slides and sandals are breathable and sure keep your feet cool. From a beachside stroll to a girl’s long lunch, find the perfect pair that complements your summer outfits flawlessly. 

This season's footwear trend:

Chunky Sandals

For a chic and on-trend summer outfit you can’t go past a pair of chunky sandals. Pair these with a wide leg pant and a flowy drape top or, be bold and wear with a matching set for an effortlessly elevated look.

Australian Summer Holiday Essentials

Planning a fabulous summer getaway? Whether you’re exploring the Great Barrier Reef or relaxing in Noosa, follow these packing tips and you won’t let the humidity ruin your holiday fun! 

Chic Cover-Ups for Poolside Glam

Transition effortlessly from beach to poolside glam with a stylish cover-up. Make sure to pack an elegant kaftan that you can also wear to an impromptu lunch or beachside shopping expedition. The difference is all in the details: sewn-in side seams to give shape, embroidered detailing or a stunning drawstring waistline. Dive into the collection and create a statement look for your summer escape.   

Be Prepared for Wild Weather

Summer is the most exciting time of year to get away but can prove a bit of a packing challenge because the weather is so unpredictable. A sunny beach day can quickly turn into a windy summer storm and all of a sudden you wished you’d brought some full-length pants! Our top tip is to opt for lightweight, versatile clothing that can be effortlessly layered. Staying comfortable in summer is all about being prepared - so be savvy with pieces that can be worn in more than one way. A classic button-up shirt can act as sun protection on the beach, styled open as an extra layer when the breeze starts to blow or tucked into tailored pants for a chic lunch look. Get creative and be inspired by the capsule wardrobe trend! 

Creating a stylish wardrobe that will keep you cool in the Australian summer heat is no easy feat, but we hope these tips gave you hope that it can absolutely be done. Be smart about your fabric choice, opt for breezy styles and then elevate with fun prints and accessories – you can’t go wrong!  

BB xx

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