Your summer wardrobe requires greater attention than your other seasonal selects, as the warmer climate will have a greater influence on your fashion choices. Your summertime outfits will require curating, as you cannot easily layer or embellish as in winter. The Carla Zampatti guide to dressing in summer will explore the most timeless and chic ways to optimise your summertime wardrobe to ensure that it will never go out of style.
How to dress elegantly in warm weather
Looking sophisticated and elegant in warmer climates depends on preparation. Looking ahead at the weeks weather report is essential in planning your outfits and dressing optimally for each day. On the warmest days of the week, you can prepare with your most breathable silhouettes that you know have been tried and tested. V cut necklines and bias skirts are great warm weather outfit options as the fit is relaxed and comfortable without being too revealing. Carla Zampatti has an extensive selection of crepe camisole tops, satin skirts and looks A-line skirts in breathable fabrics.
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1. Opt for loose silhouettes
Throughout summer, you will want to feel comfortable and most importantly cool. Choosing looser silhouettes can still be feminine and chic without clinging to the body and creating excess body heat. Think tiered dresses, skirts and airy puff sleeves – easily the most on-trend summer options. A staple that you should invest in your summer wardrobe is a loose kaftan that can be worn loose in the day and cinched in with a belt at night.
2. Select light colours
The best colour palette for your summertime wardrobe will always feature light colours over dark. Spring and Summer are the months where ultra-feminine light blues, pinks and pastels can be utilised to achieve a contrast from your Autumn/Winter capsule. Timeless summer staples, including a white linen button down, and linen trousers will be reached for again and again as they can be easily transitioned from day to night with a quick change of accessories. In addition to purely aesthetic reasons, lighter colours will reflect the suns rays rather than absorbing them, which will prove to be extraordinarily practicable on a hot summer’s day.
3. Balance your outfit
As short sleeved tops and mini skirts emerge when the temperature rises, a tip that transcends age-groups is to balance your outfit – choose whether you go sleeveless with a longer skirt or wear a mini skirt with a more covered top. Following this rule will ensure that your outfit remains chic and focuses on showing off your best quality’s but not everything in one go. A timeless summer trend is pairing a maxi skirt with a crop top – this will satisfy the balancing rule while keeping the outfit airy and effortless.
4. Accessorise with a hat
A wide brim hat will be one of your best investments in your summertime wardrobe; a wide brim will rarely go out of style. Paired with classic stripes or a tiered summer dress, a straw hat in white or beige with a contrast band, will instantly finish and elevate your look. As Carla Zampatti has a strong Italian influence, you will instantly be transported to Venice, Amalfi and Cinque Terre in an effortless summer dress and inspired hat.
5. Choose breathable fabrics
In addition to choosing loose silhouettes, selecting breathable natural materials should become a non-negotiable when shopping for your summer wardrobe. Carla Zampatti proudly manufactures garments in more sustainable and eco-friendly practices, with a focus on wearability, longevity and timelessness. The High Summer ’20 Collection features garments produced in 100% cottons, linens and bamboo. Known for the superior moisture wicking capabilities, natural materials will become a go-to year after year.
6. Colour pop with print
An elegant way to soften your outfit in summer is colour pop with prints. Colour popping has emerged as one of the stand out trends in recent years, and for good reason – a splash of colour will make your outfit look more thought after and defined. Summer is the perfect season to don floral prints in bright colours or pastel tones. A bonus with wearing prints is that you will have a larger variety of options to match the print with – for example a floral print in blue and neutral tones can be easily paired with jeans for a weekend look or a tonal pencil skirt or pants to wear in the office.
7. Invest in classics
The best seasonal fashion tip is to create a capsule wardrobe – this can be repeated throughout the year in each season. Creating a summer wardrobe capsule should be a thoughtful curation of your body’s most suited cuts and silhouettes. This will mean that you will consciously want to wear your outfits again and again – making them great investments. The top summer-time essentials to invest in include an assortment of timeless, effortless silhouettes that you can put on repeat year after year. A simple summer dress should be on the top of your list, followed by a well made pair of jeans and vibrant evening dress. Discover the Carla Zampatti Collections below:
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