Yasmyn Paul of Whitehaven Emporium with dresses from her summer collection. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Yasmyn Paul of Whitehaven Emporium with dresses from her summer collection. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

FASHION: Stick with a '70s vibe for the summer

THE 70s-influenced trends of winter have been shoved back in the cupboard as the sun starts to shine, but their influence is set to stick around in the new fashion season.

Passion Q fashion designer Yasmyn Paul is part of the group of designers behind the trends we'll be wearing this summer.

Her store White Haven Emporium in Ipswich's Top of Town is getting ready for the big summer season and Yasmyn gave her big tips on what to look for.

She said tight, body-con styles of previous summers had made way for looser fits that took their inspiration from the flowing styles of the 70s.

"Things are a little bit more comfortable and breezy for summer," she said.

"I think the 70s are going to stick around for a little bit longer."

Keep an eye out for flared sleeves and off-the-shoulder peasant-style tops to give a nod to the style.

With summer comes colour, and Yasmyn said the deep-red of rust was a personal favourite that will be hitting hangers near the end of the season.

Other colours set to be big this year are bright orange with a tinge of red and other timeless favourites such as blue, white and turquoise or aqua.

One of the new styles tipped to be big for summer.
One of the new styles tipped to be big for summer. David Nielsen

Yasmyn said she also loved the look of all-white dresses in the summer months despite the risk of spills and stains.

"It's the most dangerous fashion choice but it always looks beautiful," she said.

She encouraged people to add a little bit of sparkle to summer's casual outfits.

Jewellery this season is also giving its own nod to decades past, with plenty of bohemian-style, chunky pieces on offer.

"We're doing a lot of turquoise stones," Yasmyn said.

Styling for the Queensland summer without living in shorts or dresses means checking the label before you buy.

Yasmyn said fabric choice was a big influence on how weather would wear and tear your outfit.

"Linens and cottons are always going to be your best bet for keeping cool," she said.

"We use a lot of rayon."

Yasmyn said rayon, while a man-made fabric, responded well to the hot weather and didn't need ironing.

One of the styles tipped to be big this summer.
One of the styles tipped to be big this summer. David Nielsen


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