Australia Day has more than a few things in common with Halloween. On both holidays there is an increasing need to reconcile dressing in costume with dressing sexy, and while actual clothing is usually kept to a minimum, the rest is all about excess. However, you can still get into the spirit of Straya Day even if you do reject the traditional costume of cut-off denim shorts, a flag-printed beer holder cap and poorly applied face paint. Hit the beach or bar in local labels and breezy summer staples for a day that’s both fun and classy.
Beach to Bar
Go from beach to bar without any awkward outfit changes in the back of a hot car.
Suboo Ipanema Printed Maxi $169, suboo.com.au
Shield your eyes from the sun with Italian resin coated lenses and Tortoiseshell Italian acetate.
Sunday Somewhere Soelae $265, sundaysomewhere.com
Take Appropriate Precautions
Swapping your bikini for a stunning one-piece makes gorging on beer and lamingtons that much more inviting.
Zimmermann Zoe Mesh Panelled 1pc $350, zimmermannwear.com
OD on Orange
Green and yellow both go great with orange, so you can stand out while fitting in.
Bondi Beach Bag Company Classic Paper Braid Floppy Hat $34.96, davidjones.com.au
Cap It Off
Swap the bargain store flat hat for this animal print cap. Totally worth the extra $17.
Sportsgirl Baseball Cap $19.95, sportsgirl.com.au
So the print might be more American than Australian, but this 100% silk cover up is perfect for keeping cool on scorching afternoons.
We Are Handsome The Guardian Silk Cover Up $375, wearehandsome.com
It’s got green, it’s got gold and it’s by one of Australia’s favourite homegrown labels. This is patriotism at its finest.
Sass & Bide The Scenario dress $390, sassandbide.com