SMELLS LIKE SUMMER SPIRIT

Stylist and fashion editor Ashlee Barrett-Bourmier demonstrates the art of summer styling with these four looks.

Summer starts now. You've made plans, you’ve booked a trip, you’re seeing friends… but have you got the wardrobe? The pressure to consistently create on point summer ensembles can be daunting, but we say leave it to the professionals. So we asked Ashlee Barrett-Bourmier, stylist and fashion editor of The Violet Book, to give us four key looks fit for the sunnier months. Take note. 

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Two of our favourite things: loungewear and the beach. We know what you’re thinking; ‘hang on, isn’t loungewear best kept for cosy self-care Sundays in January?’ Enter Joostricot. Whose fuzzy-soft short and jacket combo (which by the way, also has a matching bralette), is a software update you won’t procrastinate doing.

STYLIST’S TOP TIP: It may be giving you a coral complex, but for extra effect, pair this peachy hue with Romulada’s larger-than-life bucket hat. Because you're worth it. 

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VENESSA ARIZAGA
Fresh Water Pearl Necklace

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JOOSTRICOT
Fuzz Crop Top

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ROMUALDA
Large Handmade Linen Hat

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JOOSTRICOT
Fuzz Shorts

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LARROUDE
The Cali Mules

THE CARRIE EFFECT

Anyone else see this and think of Carrie Bradshaw? The bare midriff, the bandana print and short-shorts – it’s all very SJP, summer in the city. She’s the reason your Mum won’t stop ordering Cosmopolitans and why we over analyse our relationships, so we couldn’t help but wonder, why can’t she inspire our outfit too?

STYLIST’S TOP TIP: For the true KOIBIRD treatment, add some OTT accessories. Be it pretzel earrings or an XXL bag, you know it’s what Carrie would do.

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LESLIE AMON
Maryline Bandana Bikini Top

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ELIURPI
Maxi Round Straw Bag

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DADYBONES
Pretzel Earrings

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POPPY LISSIMAN
Marteeni Sunglasses

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LORETTA CAPONI
Nilla Scalloped Edged Shorts

ANIMAL INSTINCT

Believe it or not, there are occasions where we don’t go all out on colour. Tonal ensembles can have just as high an impact, so long as you select a piece that still pops. SAME Los Angeles’ bikini, with its exposed V wiring and zebra print, it’s fierce without trying. It says “that’s my sun lounger, bitch” with just a glance.

STYLIST TIP: Wear your sarong to suit your mood. On the waist, across the chest when on the beach, or as a shawl in the evening.

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SAME LOS ANGELES
V Underwire Bikini Top

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SAME LOS ANGELES
V Cut Bikini Bottoms

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CARAVANA
Imix Pareo Skirt

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HEREU
Cala Bag

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ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS
Ammos Leather Sandals

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POPPY LISSIMAN
Cygnus Sunglasses

THE TRUSTY PLUS ONE

Having a picnic? Throwing a garden party? Have a hot summer date night? This dress is for all the above. With its puff sleeve, cut out details, romantic floral print, if you’re only having one love affair this summer, make it this.

STYLIST TIP: Sometimes you just can’t fight those blues. Double up with Flapper’s teal Xenia hat, which using the drawstring tie, looks just as good casually placed just off your head as it does on.

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AGUA BY AGUA BENDITA
Carmina Laurel Maxi Dress

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ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS
Embroidery Clio Leather Sandals

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FLAPPER
Xenia Hat

ULTRACOR Popsicle Ko Lynx Hoodie

VENESSA ARIZAGA
Heart Of The Sea Earrings

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