couturing 6 Summer is here, which means hot days and balmy nights. It’s the perfect excuse to don flowy dresses with relaxed silhouettes, which will have you feeling comfortable and stylish in the heat. This season, resort fashion is all about tropical prints, long maxi dresses and statement accessories. We’ve teamed up with David Jones to help you pack a perfect capsule wardrobe which will help you go straight from beach to bar, in style. Whether you are going to your local pool or beach, or jetting off to a fabulous seaside destination, it’s all about packing smart to get the most out of your wardrobe.

A simple maxi or a glamorous kaftan forms the perfect base for your holiday wardrobe. MINKPINK offer some great pieces that are budget friendly, meaning you can spend more on cocktails by the pool! For something more luxe, Zimmemann offer classic cuts they re-release in the season’s hottest colours. Made from beautiful silk and cut to flatter, these are a great investment piece that can be worn for many years to come. Look no further than Camilla Franks for all your kaftan needs. Bright, bold and embellished, Camilla has it all.


For day, opt for accessories that are more practical. A wide brim hat will offer much needed protection from the harsh rays of the sun, while adding a touch of glamour to your look. If you are adventurous when it comes to sunnies, pick a bright coloured pair or a quirky design from Ksubi or Karen Walker. Choose a big tote from Oroton or Mimco you can fit all your beach gear in while still looking stylish. 


Once you’ve picked your perfect base, simply add accessories to transition stylishly from day to night. Jewelled sandals are a must and will allow you to easily glam up your outfit. When it comes to jewellery, the bigger the better. Go for large, chunky gold bracelets and don’t be afraid to layer gold necklaces, no matter what the neckline of your dress. House of Harlow offer a great range of designs at a price that is more accessible, otherwise check out Alexander McQueen for something special you can wear for seasons to come. Big earrings make a big statement and look fantastic with your hair tied up in a larger top knot. Samantha Wills does great matching sets you can mix with depending on your mood.


SHOP FOOTWEAR NOW> couturing 5 For those of you daring enough why not channel your inner tropical goddess and wrap a scarf or light cover up around your head to create a beautiful turban. This will be sure to turn a few heads, and not to mention, means you don’t have to rush home and style your hair after a dip in the water!

Visit the David Jones blog for more exclusive Couturing x David Jones content, and for styling content to get you inspired this season.

Images by Woodrow Wilson

Lisa’s hair by Conrad Mace Salon

About The Author

Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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