The black cami is a favourite in my summer and transeasonal wardrobe. It can be worn with almost anything to instantly dress it up due to its fine lines and silk like fabric. Perfect as a layering piece or left on its own. Truly a must have.
Summer means shorter hemlines, which also means the panic of having to expose those legs after endless months of being hidden away. Its time to spring clean your legs and get your pins ready for summer! This is not an exercise regime (not my area of expertise) but rather making the most of what you have!
STEP 1: EXFOLIATE
Exfoliating is key to removing any dead skin and also brighten up the skin ready for summer. This needs to be done before shaving or any other steps as this is the base for everything to follow. Its like why you would paint your nails then file them? It doesn’t make sense!
I’ve been using a coffee scrub in the shower, but there are lots of methods you can dry. I hear dry brushing is also a favourite.
STEP 2: SHAVE
You’ve most likely slacked off over the winter on this one, but there is no hiding when you have your legs on display. Find a razor like Schick Hydro Silk, that has a moisturising serum that hydrates your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth. Winning!
STEP 3: FAUX GLOW
I find I need a little extra help in the ‘glow’ department after my legs have been stuck in jeans all winter. Now that your all exfoliated, hair free and hydrated now is the time to apply your fake tan. Whether I’m using a foam, cream or spray, I always use a tanning glove. The glove is essential! I use to just use my hands and then wash them asap, but the glove makes it so much less stressful to get the job done quickly, rather than getting the job done right! The glove will make sure you have a streak free finish, as well as orange free palms.
STEP 4: PEDICURE
You need to consider your legs as a whole, and that includes making sure you have a well executed paint job on your toes. I either go for a nude/white or a red and don’t really vary too far. Unlike nail polish on your hands that required regular maintenance, the nail polish on your toes lasts a lot longer, or you simply forget about them. So making sure you have a colour that’s going to work with multiple looks is key.
Look, I totally get it. The word culottes is the least chic of items floating around fashion land right now. Lets call them cropped wide leg pants if that makes you more comfortable.
However, naming aside, culottes can be very chic, especially if styled accordingly. Just think of them like the pants version of the midi skirt. The beauty of these pants is that they assists with giving you shape around the waist, makes your ankles and calves look particularly slender and all whilst also hiding problematic areas around the hips and thighs. You kind of have to love them just for helping a girl out!
How to style them? A heel is going to instantly elevate this look. As for tops, I would go with something thats going to show your figure. Tuck it in or go for a style that’s already cropped.
If its a little cooler where you are throw on coat or trench that’s the same length as your pants, in a matching or complementary colour. Or snuggle up in cropped knit.
Photos by Zanita
Zimmermann black one piece (similar here, here, here), Miguline white coverup (similar here, here, here), Harper and Harley for Tony Bianco Sandals, Givenchy tote bag (similar here, here, here), Ray-ban icon sunglasses
I’m heading up to Queensland’s sunshine coast next week for a little R&R and getting myself into the holiday vibe with this beachy outfit. Its without saying that I am now in love with this one piece!