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QSM Spring/ Summer Trends

By Annabel Falco

Without a doubt, this is my favourite time of year to shop. Spring has officially arrived, the jacarandas are blooming, the Shop BNE event is looming, and this season’s must-have fashions, shoes and accessories are lining boutique shelves. The best part? As a Queenslander, I can guarantee these warm-weather purchases will serve me for the next nine months.

Welcome to a new fashion era where it’s out with the winter old and in with the spring new. The Shop BNE event is the perfect time to play around with new season trends and bag a bargain so, whether you dive straight in and rock a Zimmerman pastel pink suit or play it cool with a pop coloured Wittner slide, just make sure your shopping list involves colour. 

Bold Colours

The one trend to pay close attention to! While colour was a big part of our S/S20 wardrobes, this year’s palette has upped the ante, forgoing pastel shades for solid primary colour hues. I suggest testing the waters with cost-effective accessories at Novo, Dissh and H&M before sliding into a slinky blue Sass & Bide dress. COS has lightweight dresses in bright shades of yellow and orange and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the Aje Resort collection – a kaleidoscope of colour for every occasion.

Style Tip: I suggest co-ordinating your accessories for an authentic 2021 feel. Matching your shades, shoes and belt will win you major style brownie points this season. 

(Left to right: Zimmermann, Aje, Country Road, Scanlan Theodore and Aje)


A personal favourite and a trend that will work for a myriad of body shapes, age brackets, and budgets. The humble shirt has been re-worked (in pop colours of course) and is at the forefront of our fashion radar. Replacing winter’s oversized blazer, the idea is to layer a lightweight shirt over everything – activewear, fitted dresses, singlet and skirt or palazzo pant combinations. Avoid looking corporate by sizing up and ruffling the collar for a “lived in” feel. Sussan, Cotton On, Viktoria and Woods and Saba are my go-to’s when it comes to shirting. Please note this is one trend worth investing in – the classic white shirt is (and always will be) a wardrobe essential.

Style Tip: Balance the volume of your shirt and tuck in singlets and tees. 

(Left to right: Scanlan Theodere, Aje and COS)


Don’t you love it when fashion and function coordinate? Sneakers are rolling over from winter into summer and adopting a colourful outlook. Swap simple, low-cut and white for street, chunky and colourful and you’ve nailed this particular trend. Pair with everything from activewear (with a shirt thrown over for stylish measure!) through to a silk slip skirt plus tee and you’re done. The key is to keep all eyes on your new kicks so I suggest styling with denim, white on white and neutrals for maximum impact. 

Style Tip: avoid looking like a skater-boy and style back with more feminine silhouettes such as dresses, strappy singlets, bold colours and layered jewellery. 

(Left to right: Mimco and Hype DC) 

Woven Details

You just can’t beat textured neutrals! Woven details are huge again this year, particularly within the accessory department. For a high-end fix, pop over to Fendi and treat yourself to one of the beautiful woven Peekaboo totes or visit Tiffany & Co. and invest in an elegant piece from their “Knot” range (ahem, dear Santa…). More affordable options can be found at Mimco, Sheike and Designer Archives

Style Tip: Such intricate detailing requires a neutral backdrop so stick to varying shades of beige, white and black when investing into this trend. 

(Left to right: Mimco, Country Road and Mimco)

Athleisure Wear

It’s not going anywhere folks! If you haven’t already, now is the time to embrace activewear as “everyday wear”. The key is to style your tights up with jewellery, hats, and a bold pair of sneakers. Socks even play an important role and can transform your outfit from gym to café in an instant. Incorporate the “shirting” trend here and throw over a crop and bike shorts for a chic spin on post-Pilates catch up. Aje offer a fashion-spin on gym wear but, if you’re after pure function, I’d look to The Upside, PE Nation and Lorna Jane

Style Tip: Let’s be real, we’re dealing with lycra here, so I suggest opting for black on black for a more flattering silhouette. 

(Left to right: Country Road, The Upside, David Jones and Country Road)

Cut Out Details

Signalling summer, cut-outs are a fun way to flash some flesh (tastefully) and embrace the warmer climate. Scanlan Theodore nail this trend, having championed the “cut out maxi dress” for a few seasons now. While it may seem daunting, the cut outs are done in a flattering way to enhance waistlines and highlight curves. This trend filters down to accessories where everything from shoes and belts are extra strappy this season. A safer option for those who can’t quite succumb to 90’s spaghetti straps or cut-out jeans.

Style Tip: Pick one area to “cut out” and keep everything else simple. It is very easy to go overboard with this one… 

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(Left to right: Scanlan Theodore)