From Rihanna to Candice Swanepoel, Reese Witherspoon to Karlie Kloss, every Tinseltown fashionista has been spotted in a colourful, loose-fitting and flattering sundress. Colours, patterns, style and fit vary, but florals, bright fabrics and soft pastel accents are the choice of the stars and their stylists. Pair this easy frock with flat sandals, nude heels, strappy wedges or even sneakers. You can pop in at Callaghan’s Collezioni to browse their designer selection straight from your favourite glossy magazine pages.
Where: Hyde Park Corner, Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Dr.
More info: +27 (0)11 325 4053; Facebook
Showing skin is no longer limited to the ever-popular crop top. Exposing and framing the shoulders with an off-the-shoulder neck line has been a hit this season. Dresses, tops and even light cardigans have adopted the style, and frills and colours are regularly used for an even more dramatic effect. Jo Borkett has a knockout black-and-white botanical dress in store, and trusty Woolworths has a wide range of tops that can be paired with jeans or nude skirts.
Where: Shop L10, Lower Level, Sandton City & Shop 102, Mall of Rosebank
More info: joborkett.co.za; Facebook
Where: Various locations
More info: woolworths.co.za; Facebook
Crop and Wrap Tops
The Joburg heat wave has everyone searching for minimalist apparel. Luckily, the belly-exposing top craze shows no signs of slowing down — in fact, it's even being glammed up. The Lot in Rosebank amplifies the trend by using ripped or see-through mesh fabrics. In our humble fashion opinion, crop tops should be statement pieces and not simply ordinary throw-ons. No one can ever accuse the creative buyers behind The Lot's funky merchandise of being bland or unsurprising.
Where: The Zone @ Rosebank, 177 Oxford Rd
When: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: +27 (0)11 880 1603; Facebook
The crop top has to be paired with something, right? Tight-on-tight works especially well when it comes to high-waisted jeans or even light leather pants. But for a dramatic look, we love the puffy skirt combined with a fitted top. And if the skirt is in a vivid colour or flamboyant pattern we’re even more excited. Loin Cloth & Ashes' online store lends this trend a distinctly African vibe for a straight-off-the-runway aesthetic. If you’re bold when it comes to your appearance, you’ve got to add this to your collection.
More info: loinclothandashes.myshopify.com; Facebook
You can’t flip through a tabloid magazine or scan over sensational websites without seeing one of the Kardashian-Jenner clan plugging Kanye’s new line and his Saint Pablo tour. They’re not the only ones to wear their hearts and favouritism on their sleeves (literally). If you have a message, you can broadcast it too. Dope Store in Johannesburg city centre believes that what you wear should stand for something, and they boast a devoted collection of statement jumpers and T-shirts. Having a voice counts, after all.
Where: 95 Commissioner St, Marshall Town
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: Facebook
Those committed to style know that lazing around the pool or frolicking about on the beach is just another opportunity to show off great taste. The Bikini Club is your one-stop online shop for looks ranging from vibrant neoprene to mermaid Brazilian bikinis, crochet tops and bottoms, reversible swimsuits and even ponchos and lace cover-ups.
More info: thebikiniclub.co.za