Instead of taking style inspiration from those around you, why not set your sights further afield? Take some style inspiration from your travel wish list and introduce fresh colours and prints to your wardrobe.
Taking us on a fashion tour around the world is QUIZ, retailers of maxi dresses and other summer essentials.
Inspiration from South Africa
If you want to stand out this summer, take inspiration from South Africa. Take South African fashion designer Jacques van der Watt’s Black Coffee design house for example. The designer’s Orbit Summer 2018|2019 collection encapsulates the modernity and positivity of the 1960s, featuring bold colours and embellishments across simple shapes and styles.
Colour is not to be underestimated. Clash bold primary shades such as vivid reds with bright yellows, keeping shapes and styles simplistic—think loose-fitting tees and flared shorts.
Think about your prints too. Choose geometric patterns in classic monotone hues or incorporate bright colours. Crochet detailing is a staple aspect of Black Coffee’s collection, and crochet dresses or cover-ups would make the perfect boho-inspired addition to any summer wardrobe.
Style from Miami
Why not take some style tips from the home of golden sands and sun-kissed residents? With temperatures reaching 28 degrees in the summer, Miami residents choose vibrant swimwear as they soak up the sun on South Beach before slipping into relaxed cuts as they party the night away.
Opt for bright colours that make your outfit pop! Think tropical print culottes, palm print co-ords and bright dresses. Each piece can be dressed up or down, so whether you’re taking a summer stroll or hitting up a club, you can channel effortless Miami vibes.
Have you thought about footwear? Slip on flip flops by day before switching to barely-there heels when the sun goes down for a look that’s both glam yet effortless.
A Moroccan fashion guide
Morocco is well-known for its diversity and attention to detail — as exemplified by the country’s outstanding architecture and detailed mosaics. When creating a Moroccan-inspired look, it’s important to retain this attention-to-detail — think detailed embroidery and intricate prints.
Tile print is one element of a Moroccan look. This on-trend, intricate detailing is all over the high streets at the moment, so introduce it to your wardrobe through palazzo pants or even a co-ord. In terms of colours, choose patterns in rich purples and vibrant blues and oranges.
Since the temperatures are high in this city, loose-fitting, kaftan styles are essential. Choose shift day dresses in a darker tone — such as burnt orange — complete with gold embroidered detailing. Finish your look with gold or leather strappy sandals, and layer on gold accessories.
In Sweden, it’s all about simplicity, taking basic items and styling them to create timeless looks. Part of this is the near effortless blend of smart styles with casual wear, pairing sports-inspired trousers with a tailored blazer, for example.
Do you want to take style inspiration from Sweden this summer? You’ll need a combination of everyday essentials and fine tailoring. Make sure you have a great collection of plain t-shirts in white, grey and black. Wear yours with sports-inspired trousers and a blazer, or swap out your trousers for tailored shorts. Loosely tuck the hem of your t-shirt into your trousers, slip on a statement necklace and keep your hair loose and natural.
Another tip to steal is layering. For an effortless look, throw over a lightweight scarf or keep your knitwear loose and wear over a crisp shirt. Don’t be afraid to go oversized either!
Colour is rich and patterns are vibrant in India. If you like creating bold looks with rich colours, this is the country you need to steal your summer style from!
How can you copy the style? Much like Morocco, India enjoys intricate embroidery and jewellery. However, generally speaking, the colour palette is much richer in India — think deep reds and emerald greens. For formal events, choose a sophisticated maxi in a deep tone with extensive embroidery. For day time dressing, a simple tunic is a great choice, providing it features some sort of embroidery.
One pattern that is synonymous with the country is paisley. Look for ways to incorporate this into your look. How about a bold midi or maxi skirt complemented by a plain-colour vest or blouse? Alternatively, look for a paisley print bag to finish your look, and don’t forget to add plenty of jewellery.
Where will your wardrobe take you this summer? Feeling inspired? Head on over to check out Quiz party dresses now.
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