The beauty about style, is we all have one. Developing your own style is part of a personal journey and one that continues to grow and evolve. This journey generally encompasses multiple factors including environment, friends, work and overall lifestyle however your body proportions will be a factor in what inevitably resonates with you.
Whatever your style, there is no absolute right or wrong. Embrace what makes you feel confident and continue to evolve your own style with your own life choices. Style is you doing you.
Today we caught up with Summer to speak about her own style journey. At 157cm, she may be a pocket rocket in stature however her style and personality is one of a giant!
Tell us a little about yourself - this may include your family, your back story or anything that you are passionate about…
I was born in 1977 when disco was at it’s’ peak and the King (Elvis Presley) left the building for the very last time. Both of these universal truths imprinted on my very fresh baby fashion brain.I still love disco and the King, both the music and the fashion. Let's just say that before L&F lots of my clothes were very shiny and highly flammable! When I left school I got accepted into the University of Sydney to study Archaeology but quickly released I really just liked the outfit that went with the job, the Safari suit, so left and got a job in a florist so I could play with pretty looking and smelling things all day.
What would you call/name your fashion style and why
I would call my fashion style everyday fancy dress. I love getting dressed and having a little theme going on, even if I am the only one who knows what it is. I have no doubt this comes from my passion for musicals, especially the costumes, that always speak volumes.
Who inspires you in fashion, celebrities, individuals, influentials
My Mum and Dad have both influenced my fashion sense. My Mum wore a red wedding dress and had one single yellow rose as her bouquet. Growing up she was always a vision of colour and individuality. My Dad wore sarongs around the house and elaborate scarves when he left the house. Flamboyance is in my DNA. I am inspired by eras and cultures more than individuals. Mostly the 50s and 60’s and the vibrant colours in Africa, South American and Central American dress.
Your outlook on developing your style
I can’t wait to see what I will be wearing and how I will be wearing it, even a year from now. However, I do know that one of the best accessories will be my new to me, gorgeous grey.
I am letting it develop. Whenever someone asks me about style, which in my role at L&F is everyday, I can’t help but think of the 89 year old fashion icon Iris Apfel, who once said. “You can buy, but style you possess. The key to style is learning who you are, which takes years. There's no how-to road map to style. It's about self-expression and, above all, attitude.”
Petite highs and lows
I'm not short, everyone else is just tall. Like my Dad says, “Things Stop growing when they are perfect.” When it comes to height festivals and cupboards are my only bugbears. I have never seen my height as a challenge or curse when it comes to fashion. I've never met an L&F frock I could not rock. If a dress or pants are too long I just take them up and BAM I got my self a matching head scarf. And that’s fashion baby!
Daryl in Venus is my first separates purchase, and it’s a winner. The soft draping fabric feels so luxurious to wear, and the colours are just divine. This is a great top to jazz up jeans or pair with a skirt/pants for a unique workwear look.
Stunning dress with a gorgeous fit. Looking forward to trying another print
Perfect fit around length and waistband fabulous comfortable fabric well made and looks great on lots of compliments when I wear with my tan heels great spring outfit mid season wear
Such a versatile piece to add to my capsule wardrobe. Navy colour is a welcome change from black fit is perfectly comfortable. Fabulous length for a shorter person.
Beautiful top that sits and feels great. Crease proof and beautiful quality! The v-neck can be a little low on me, so I wear it with a cami underneath.
Great spring colour light looks
Smart with navy culottes and tan slides ..lots of
compliments on this outfit
The Ryan top in caramel is very stylish yet soft and comfortable against the skin. I’m a size 12 and the fit is neater/more streamlined than the beautiful Emily top. Another winner💕
The Venus fabric is so beautiful , gorgeous colours for spring and summer. The Daryl top is a new style for me and a slightly different fit , my favourite is Emily, however I am liking the differences with the Daryl , drapes across the front which I love and the neckline can be changed up depending on how you style the fabric , wider or more V shaped . Very happy with the Daryl top .
WOW! This print really has zing! I was concerned that the brightness of this might overwhelm my colouring, but I need not have worried. It's a really beautiful print and so soft and swishy. I just love her 🥰
The top and fabric are a perfect fit and feels wonderful. My favourite top by far. Would love to see Emily in red, blue and white as a stable in your collection
This dress has my favourite sleeves (from Alexis and Maree). They are longer than the Emily sleeve and not as fitted. The skirt is about 6cm longer than Maree, so it is not too long for petite people like me!
Colour bright and beautiful. Pattern that doesn't feel dominant but works subtly with the colours. Lovely neckline and drape.
I love this top - the bright colours , the fabric and the style make it just wonderful to wear. It looks elegant on and easy to dress up or wear more casually.
I loved the print of this dress but somehow it just didnt work for me as a dress!! I think it was too busy for me as a dress. So decided to return. I had also ordered the top and it was a keeper.
An easy wear top with a flattering neckline and a fabulous print. Great styled down with denim.