Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean summer’s come to a close, and just because the weather’s been topping 40 here in Australia doesn’t mean wearing spaghetti singlets and denim cut-offs for days on end is justified. Use the heatwave as an excuse to treat yourself to one of these stylish options and keep both your comfort and dignity in tact.
Camilla Endless Summer Reversible Coat
Kaftan Queen Camilla has effectively revamped something previously reserved for wardrobes also containing one-piece swimsuits with frilly skirts. Her Endless Summer Reversible Coat is a beach-luxe coverup that’s just as perfect outside of beach hours, offering warm-weather respite in the form of two trippy prints. It can also be styled as a dress, skirt, cape or kaftan, which is an excellent way to justify the $549 price tag.
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Suboo Madagascar Printed Maxi Dress
With the aid of non-offensive underwear, this epically printed maxi becomes entirely street appropriate. The lightweight fabric offers extra ventilation in the form of sheer silk panels.
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Sportsgirl Tropicana Kaftan
Get on board with the tropical trend in Sportsgirl’s Tropicana Kaftan. You don’t get 100% silk for a $39.95 price tag, but you do get a breezy shape and summery print perfect for balancing out the breathability factor of your denim shorts.
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Diaz Taiyo Culottes
Originally found on the pasty legs of upper-class European, culottes are also now one of the best choices for swanning around balmy cities circa 2013. Diaz's come in brilliant Crayola brights and a fancy 100% silk crepe de chine fabric, and the lazy person-friendly drawstring waist isn’t at all reminiscent of bad maternity pants.
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We Are Handsome Silk Cover Up
Covering up the print on a We Are Handsome bikini borders on the sacrilegious, unless your choice of shroud is one of their equally offbeat silk cover ups. The Messenger depicts a flight path of birds illuminated by lush greenery, the image originally dug from the designers’ holiday snaps. Wear one as an oversized T-shirt at the risk of making all future T-shirts feel unbearably suffocating.
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