Summer is filled with backyard BBQ’s, prawns at the beach and picnics in the park with the friends and family. Quintessentially Australian, our love of the outdoors brings us together and as the temperatures soar we need a dress code that’s as easy as the long, laid back, lazy days that we look forward to.
As we peel off the layers from previous seasons, the keys to Toowoomba Summer dressing will be found in adopting the simplicity behind the approach of less is more and by selecting pieces that will allow style & comfort to take centre stage.
Of course, we’ve got a few summer style hacks up our sleeve to keep you cool and looking fresh in and out of the shade with inspiration found right here in Grand Central from our very own fashion retailers.
For our Toowoomba women, a style theme that we keep coming back to is 'keep it classic', and this Summer is no different. While you keep it simple, you will be creating a wardrobe of classic staples that will last you the test of time. The first classic style to invest in this season is the maxi dress, with a colourful twist as this season's colour palette comes straight from a tropical fruit bowl.
One of our favourites is this tiered maxi from Country Road in a delicious shade of mango. Pair with with a simple sandal and an oversized hat and you are ready to stroll out the door, to Queens Park. If you're going from day to night, pack a strappy summer stiletto and swap the hat out for some statement jewellery. It’s that easy!
Dress and Hat - Country Road
Kidswear - Love Henry
Our other Summer love is the all in one jumpsuit or playsuit, otherwise known as the onesie! It's an easy option which we love in fabrics that keep you cool, so opt for natural fibres that breathe.
Linen remains a favourite along with soft 100% cotton for the hottest of days. A jumpsuit is a simple choice that requires very little thought and it’s an item in your wardrobe that you can coordinate with some fun accessories for a personalised touch.
Our featured jumpsuit from Forever New comes with it’s own belt which gives you great styling options. For a casual, laid back look simply add a cute little cap, a canvas bucket or classic panama and pair back with your favourite sneakers or slides and you are 100% ready for play.
Jumpsuit - Forever New
Accessories - Seed
Homewares - Wheel & Barrow
Gentlemen! Choosing shorts and light weight trousers over jeans will be the key to your comfort and set you up for great summer style.
Traditional and classic colours will carry you through, but don’t be afraid to play with a pop of colour. Linen is in full array of colours right now and a great choice for a lightweight shirt or short. Your most important accessories are your sunglasses and hat - choose a relaxed cap, trilby or panama hat to protect you from those rays and Sunglass Hut and Bailey Nelson have a great selection of summer shades across a range of designer and Australian made brands.
Ensure you have a good selection of shoes to choose from; a classic boat shoe, sneaker and slide will allow you to dress your outfit up or down with ease and our suggestion is to invest in leather wherever you can.
Menswear & hat - Rodd & Gunn
Sunglasses - Sunglass Hut
One of the things we love most about Summer for families is that there are no excuses for the kids not to play outside into the open air. The sun is shining and there are so many things to explore that don’t include or require a screen.
Hat, shirt, shorts, shoes - Cotton On Kids
Overalls - Love Henry
Shoes - Country Road
Hat - Cotton on Kids
Let them run free with unrestrictive pieces and light weight fabrics so that they can be on the go all day, needing only to stop for ‘fuel’. What we want for our mini’s is playful and practical pieces and our kids retailers will definitely deliver.
Our go to favourites include Cotton on Kids & Seed with a wonderful selection of shorts, tees and sundresses and of course, what is Summer without Love Henry - an absolute must for the vintage inspired country vibe that we adore.
Stripe dress - Seed
Bracelet - Mimco
For your teenage crew, Ghanda is a great option for something a little more unique and don’t look past retailers like Surf Dive N' Ski who offer so much more than swimwear.
Jumpsuit & hat - Surf Dive N' Ski
Jumpsuit and tee - Ghanda
Bracelet - Mimco
This Summer will be season like no other. Catch you in the sun and in Centre shopping your favourite latest season looks.