Travelling in style—a phrase often heard but rarely seen. This month, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia flew into Sydney to celebrate 20 years on the runways. The industry event, held at Sydney’s Carriageworks, showcased the works of home-grown talents and iconic international names.
Perfect timing for those feeling to spice up their wardrobe for the new season. With winter arriving in Australia, and the infamous British summer on the horizon for those expats in London, high chances are you’re thinking of doing some travelling. Europe, effortlessly chic, is a major destination for Australians. And depending where you are, its sunny shores are a bus, train, or plane ride away. We’ve scoured the runways for this season’s must haves that are as at home in your wardrobe as they are in your suitcase.
So if you don’t want to blend into the droves of holidaying backpackers in thongs this summer, before you dust off your suitcase, make sure you’re stocked up on this year’s essentials. Here’s our rundown of this season’s top 5 styles that are sure to be your favourite travel companion.
1. The Kimono
Not literally. This modern take on the iconic Japanese garment has been flowing off the catwalks lately and onto the high-street. Kimonos are the perfect summer travel companion; roomy yet flattering, cool yet comfortable. They’re also available in a variety of silky fabrics, which are perfect for staying cool while keeping the sun off of your skin.
It’s a happy day in the world of fashion when practical, comfortable shoes are in. Today is that day. Seize the moment. Leave your heels behind this summer and save some valuable space in your bag. Running shoes, flats, and sandals of all kinds are welcome, just as long as they’re cute and comfy.
3. The Shirtdress
Another popular cut this season and, like the kimono, it often comes in a wraparound style, so it’s perfect for the beach, or a candlelit dinner in that little Italian eatery. Stumped for ideas? You can find a great selection at peterhahn.co.uk .
The verdict is in. Lace is one of this season’s key fabrics. No longer the domain of grandmothers, lace has been rejuvenated. Delicate, feminine, and youthful, lace is a lightweight fabric that will keep looking and feeling cool this summer.
5. All White
It’s no coincidence that lace and head-to-toe white have hit the catwalks at the same time. Whereas in the past all white could easily look formless and loud, thanks to new technologies there are now hundreds of fabrics and textures to choose from, meaning it’s all about how you style it. Not to mention, white fabric has been proven keep you cooler when it’s hot out.