Summer Style Guide – 8 Trends You Need To Follow



It’s time to get your wardrobe ready for the summer season! The sunshine is here and it’s up to you to make the most of it. This year there are a number of key summer season trends which have made their way from the catwalks right into the high street stores of Australia. To help you stay style savvy this summer, we’ve compiled a quick guide to eight top women’s fashion trends you need to explore. Some of the items you may have in your wardrobe already!

  1. Shirt dresses

    Shirt dresses are back and are set to be one of the biggest summer season fashion trends this year. Long shirt dresses have remained a popular item over the past few years but now designers are actively re-imagining the possibilities of shirt dresses. If you weren’t a fan of shirt dresses in the past, you will be this summer. Drop waists, double high slits, button-downs, asymmetric hemlines, mandarin-collars – expect to see a host of different types of shirt dresses on sale. There’s something for every shape, size and taste.

  2. Kimono trench coats

    On paper a Kimono style trench coat sounds very confusing – a blend of a traditional Kimono, long trench coat and a slinky robe. How does that work? The visual reality is really impressive and Kimono trench coats will undoubtedly be the top choice of summer jacket. Slouchy, roomy and lightweight, yet sharp and stylish, they are the perfect option for teaming with a summer dress, skirt or shorts when the evening breeze sets in.

  3. Culottes

    Culottes have been slowly gaining popularity for quite some time and this summer will definitely be their time to shine, although they are not to everyone’s taste. What are culottes? Falling somewhere between a boot cut and a full-on flare, the length of your typical pair of culottes is hemmed just between the upper ankle and lower calf. However, as well as the ankle-grazing length, a higher, shorter leg style of culottes is also going to be incredibly popular, especially when teamed with tall leather or suede boots.

  4. Extra-long vests

    It’s time to take those extra-long vests out of the closet this summer as their versatility just continues to grow. Long vests have their place in several different summer outfits. Team with waterfall jackets and blazers as well as unbuttoned linen shirts and sleeveless cardigans. You can also try combining them with shorts and sneakers, leggings and heels or as a jumper dress and over the knee boots. The real added benefit of extra-long vests is that they are incredibly slimming, especially unbuttoned long vest dresses.

  5. Capes

    When it comes to summer coats and jackets, the ideal is a stylish coat that can cover your shoulders from the evening breeze without being overbearingly warm. This year, that ideal comes in the form of “capes”. Capes can be teamed with day and evening summer looks and look just as a great worn for a beachside stroll as for evening drinks with friends. The great thing about capes is that you’ll also be able to find a place for them in your winter wardrobe.

  6. A blast of bright colours

    This summer, expect to see outrageous combinations of bright colours everywhere. Think corals, hot pinks, turquoise and azure blue especially. From the catwalks to store shelves, vivid hues are wherever you look. Experiment with bright coloured shorts, tops, belts, bags, shoes and skirts. Don’t be afraid to mix coral with bright blues and golden hues and bright green with hot pink and purples. When it comes to choosing dresses for a summer wedding or event, don’t be afraid to go for a combination of bright colours too – a turquoise dress with purple shoes, a hot pink dress and orange shoes or a yellow dress with coral accessories.

  7. Layers of lace

    Sheer lacy blouses and lacy shorts in natural hues are so “in” this summer. Teaming laced shirts with shorts creates an incredibly feminine look, perfect for day or evening wear. High waist shorts can provide an even more stylish option. For a more low key look, forget about the lace top and just don some shorts with hints of lace – on trend without being too far out of your comfort zone. Add some accessories like pearls and sunglasses to the mix and you’re all ready to pull off this top trend.

  8. Bright white

    Bright white, all white outfits never fail to disappear from spring-summer catwalks. This year, expect to see plain white shirt dresses, bright white link shirts over long vests, and white shorts and skinny jeans teamed with bold prints or bright, outrageous coloured tops.

Stay on trend this summer by reinvigorating your wardrobe with thanks to our quick summer season style guide. Looking to get your hands on some of the aforementioned looks? You canpurchase these looks online with Oxford Shop.