Australian Utopia: Summer Lookbook ft. Valleygirl


girl on beach summer style flare off shoulder coral top with assymetric stripe skirt
As the Australian Spring/Summer season arrives, it's time to embrace an abundance of florals, cute frills and enough off-shoulder pieces to make you think that straps never really existed.

Today I team up with Valleygirl for a Summer Lookbook to show you some of my favorite Australian Summer trends.



The Trend: Flared Sleeves
Australian summer lookbook with valleygirl flare sleeve off shoulder trend blogger style
cute summer outfit off shoulder flare sleeve top with assymetric stripe skirt nautical trend


Sportsgirl striped skirt (Similar here)


Mink Pink sunglasses (Similar here)

Flared sleeves have to be one my current sartorial obsessions: the bigger the better! Wear them skimming across your wrists or past your fingertips. Mix and match them with other wacky shapes for a look that wouldn't look out of place at London Fashion Week.

This dreamy coral top is flared out in all the right places. Plus: it's off-shoulder, making it a double whammy trend piece.

The Trend: Florals & Frills

summer outfit on beach off shoulder floral top with ruffles and red velvet choker summer lookbook

Summer blogger Australia outfit floral off shoulder top with button up denim skirt and red velvet choker
 girl on Cairns beach wearing off shoulder floral ruffle top with red velvet choker and cat eye sunglasses 


I used to think frills were better off left to our Nan's tea cosies, but bit by bit, the lashings of ruffles and frills on the catwalks started to turn me! Now here I am, posting this Summer lookbook, totally digging this floral and ruffled, off-shoulder beauty!

Why am I so obsessed? It's off shoulder, it's floral and it's like taking dainty babysteps before diving headfirst into the full-blown frilly trend.

The Trend: The Floral Midi Dress

beach summer style floral midi dress with split worn with wedge heels and oversized sunglasses
 holiday style australia beach floral maxi shirt dress with oversized gold boho earrings bohemian fashion style
white floral shirt dress and tassel tan clutch bag on beach

Valleygirl floral midi dress*
Paint It Red clutch (Similar)

My Mum used to scream at me for how short my dresses were **cough** cheek flashers **cough**, but now, I'm all for the long and lovely!

A floral midi or maxi is an absolute must and the cute shirt dress vibes of this one make it one huge yes! Pssst... there is also a cheeky slit, so hopefully my 16 year old self wouldn't be too disappointed in me!

 

The Trend: Pastel Playsuit

boho beach style pastel floral playsuit styled with oversized rose gold coin necklace and aztec arm cuff

pink pastel floral playsuit on tropical beach styled with bohemian rose gold jewellery
tropical Australian summer lookbook floral pastel playsuit styled with rose gold boho jewellery

You can't beat pastels when it comes to showing off a tan and this pastel floral beauty was made for endless beachy days! If there's piece in this Summer lookbook that's made for the beach, it's this one.

 

The Trend: Lace Up Crop

pastel summer beach outfit lace up knit crop top with choker and floral culottes
 summer lookbook Valleygirl beige knit lace up crop top styled with choker and floral culottes
summer lookbook Valleygirl beige knit lace up crop top styled with choker and floral culottes

Topshop culottes (Similar here) Colette Hayman choker

 
I've been loving lace-ups for a few seasons now, so I couldn't resist this cute nude crop! The colour makes it really versatile and the light, knit fabric makes it just that little bit different.

I don't normally bare my abs, but I adore how this piece looks with these high waist culottes. Keeping it classy all the way!!

Although it is arguably Summer in Cairns all year round, this week has seen it the temperature soaring into the scorching 30s! 

My Northern Hemisphere readers: I'm sending you a little warmth for this Autumn. Fellow Aussies: it's gonna be a long, hot and stylish Summer: bring it on!




72 comments:

  1. What a great outfits :)

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  2. Wow! Loving all these styles. Totally #beachready!
    Have a great day <3 Radi

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  3. Love all these outfits! You look amazing. Your pictures are always on point. Stunning!
    Xx, Raysa

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  4. Giiirl how incredible do you look?! I honestly love every single look! Such a beauty <3

    Elle
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    xx

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  5. I love all these styles! Beautiful photos!

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  6. I LOVe all of those styles, your style is always so perfect and the perfect summer style, too :) you're so gorgeous rachel :)
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  7. All styles are SOOO gorgeous Rachel!
    xx Frederique
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  8. Wow you look so lovely!!!

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    Happy Wednesday!

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  9. I love the beautiful outfit, but I am jealous because summer has come and gone. Enjoy!
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  10. Reading this post makes me almost wish that it's Summer again, the key word is almost because I actually love the colder weather. Haha! I need to hop onto the off shoulder trend...maybe next year? Bet by the time Summer rolls by, the trend is dead and as always I am a year behind. LOL!

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  11. This is a great look, I really love the summer floral dress. :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/10/falls-hottest-label.html

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  12. All of these looks are so stunning, Rach! You're my fave beach bunny -- always so chic! The florals are my fave!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  13. Love all these outfits dear! Great style!

    Xx,

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  14. so much in love with the floral prints in this season. You have an amazing style!

    xo Anita
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  15. Loving all the looks babe!I love florals too! <3 You look so gorgeous in all the outfits! <3 <3

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  16. Your floral midi dress is so pretty!

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  17. So you are getting ready for summer and here in Greece we are getting ready for winter. That's not fair! hahaha! I love all these trends and styles you have created here! I am such a sucker for bell selves, I got recently a blouse and can't wait to wear it! This read one suits you so great, both style and color! And with that striped asymmetric skirt it's a stylish dream! Definitely you're going to have a super stylish summer my friend! Have a wonderful day!
    xx
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  18. Ohh!
    I love all of these outfits! You have such good taste, girl!
    Beautiful!!

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  19. Me encanta como combinas. Eres increíble. Un besito y te invito a conocer mi blog.
    Las siete maravillas de Amanda.

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  20. I love the midi dress, it looks amazing on you! <3

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  21. Those are beautifully styled outfits and I love all the trends featured.

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  22. So nice! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Oooh I wish I could wear things like this during autumn but unfortunately we have seen a noticable change in the weather here in the UK and it has become much colder! I love the playsuit you have picked out and also the lace up crop top. I'll just have to keep dreaming of my next summer holiday for the time being and keep these things in mind for the warmer months :) x

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  24. Oh, you make me even more want summer back. these are so gorgeous looks for summer.
    xoxo
    Ramona

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  25. Me encantan los looks, estás guapísma!! https://bohoclosetblog.com/2016/10/05/como-cuidar-pelo-afrorizadovideo/

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  26. I'm loving all these looks, girlie, these pieces are so pretty and stylish! I particularly love the last two looks, that crop top looks amazing on you! Thanks so much for sharing, gorgeous, and I hope you're having the best week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  27. Love the pastel playsuit trend! I've been loving fall but it's making me miss summer just a little. I also like the flared sleeves too!

    -M

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  28. Wow! so many great look pretty, I love them.

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  29. This is such a lovely outfit, Boho type of clothes are heaven! Totally love it babe. :*

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  30. I love all the florals so much and am so envious you're heading into the summer! That lace up top is absolute perfection, I want to wear it to Coachella next year!

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  31. Very cute look! You look lovely! :)

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  32. U looking so beautiful and ravishing in all these outfits hun...xoxo, Neha

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  33. Love these trends x

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  34. They are all beautiful, second outfit is my favorite.

    xx
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  35. So beautiful looks for the beach ! Amazing!
    Kisses
    Marie

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  36. Ohh I love the red and striped combo! Such a pretty outfit! Would love to have that in my wardrobe :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  37. Stunning Looks! Love the one with the crop top.

    Kisses from Berlin
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  38. Racheeeel I'm so looking forward to seeing all of your summery looks over these next months while it's freezing here in the UK! My favourite from all the gorgeous pieces featured in this post is definitely the lace-up crop top - ugh, LOVE it!!

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  39. Great post babe!! Loving all these outfits ...you look gorgeous <3

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  40. Dear Rachel, I see you are definitely ready for the Australian summer and I love what you show here including your abs! I see you are definitely a fashion pro as everything you took in your lookbook is absolutely on trend. I can imagine how happy your mother is about the midi dress :) Honsestly I like it, too, and the other pieces also! Enjoy the summer, dear Rachel!
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  41. Love all the outfits! Gorgeous!

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  42. I love floral midi skirts and dresses. I hope you are enjoying summer. Here in Spain it's autumn again.

    Jasmine xx

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  43. My favorite the first one :)

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  44. The first one is my favourite, I love black and white with red, looks so good!
    All the outfits you put together are so beautiful! You have an amazing taste.

    Yiota
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  45. Wow I LOVE all the outfits, you look gorgeous, its spring here too BUT half warm and half freezing right now lol :) xx

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  46. all these looks are absolutely gorgeous! :)

    xo
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  47. Such great looks, I think that the playsuit and the flared sleeve top are my faves

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  48. Girl!! I am loving all your looks. You look awesome and your photos are always so amazing. I'm sure you are so ready for summer. I can't wait for summer lol if only it could go fall summer fall summer. haha
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  49. you make me wanna go to Australia seriously! And you look amazing as always. I love the hairbun style hehe

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  50. Awesome pictures!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  51. All of these beach outfits are so cute! Australia looks incredible!

    Tina
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  52. Love all these looks! Can summer never end please?

    Xx,

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  53. So many gorgeous outfits, I love the bell sleeved trend and the midi trend.

    xo
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  54. Your looks are so pretty! I love the flower dress *^*
    Ah I want to be in vacation now >o<

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  55. Your outfits are so pretty! :) xx

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  56. Everything looks good on you babe, even rags would look good on you because your bodies is pure perfection. In my opinion my favorite outfits are the play suits, the midi dress and the floral and frills. I hope you will enjoy the summer season to the maximum and I love the joke you made about off shoulder outfits,lol!
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  57. Great outfits! Beautiful photos and you are beautiful!
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  58. Love all these outfits beauty! You look gorgeous! I want summer right now :)
    I hope you're having the best start to your new week, beauty!
    Much love, Pisa
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  59. All of these are such great trends! My favorite has to be the playsuits.

    xo, Christina
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  60. Oh my! Every single one of these outfits is perfection! The pieces, your perfect styling, the chosen locations. Bravo! The second look is my fave, but I seriously loved everything! Here in Argentina we're also in Spring and I'm glad to see another blogger in florals and crop tops this time of the year. ;)
    xx

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  61. Love all of these looks, babe! :) Here in the netherlands we're getting closer into fall every day.. It looks gorgeous over there, babe!
    xx Frederique
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  62. i love this ;D you really do have a nice blog!

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  63. I love all of these summer looks
    xo
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  64. great trend report! I love the floral midi!

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  65. Hi Rachel... I love coming to your blog and seeing all your pretty spring clothes. Since we're headed into fall here and reading your article and seeing your outfits helps ease that transition. Keep doing your thing beautiful lady.

    Hugs
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  66. I used to be obsessed with flared sleeves years ago and now I haven't given this trend a try! Such great looks, Rachel! You really made me miss Spring&Summer as we are dealing with freezing weather :) x

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