BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
For as long as I can remember, I have counted down the days until Summer.
For Aussie kids like myself, summer break could never come any faster. Absolutely sweltering in plastic chairs wearing stiff and unforgiving school uniforms, trying our hardest to pay attention to teachers’ vain attempts to educate us about dramatic irony and iambic pentameter in Shakespeare’s masterpieces or binomial probability, with the familiar whirr of ceiling fans doing nothing but blowing hot air around, all our minds were far away, dreaming of the endless things we would be doing in our months of freedom.
Whilst the final ringing of the school bell was never met with the same fanfare as that of the students at East High, (we were all too fixated on catching the earliest train/bus home possible), singing “What time is it? Summertime!”, we were ecstatic nonetheless about finally being able to tick the things off our never-ending summer bucket lists.
For me, Summer is freedom. It is long days at the beach, messy and salty hair, the smell of Le Tan’s coconut scented sunscreen, a killer tan, the inevitable pain of sunburn and copious amounts of sand in all your belongings that you just can’t seem to get rid of. It is brilliantly cloudless blue skies, soaring temperatures, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, bowls upon bowls of icecream, Calvin Harris, endless laughter, and quality time with family and friends. It is the irritating scratching of Christmas beetles, found in every corner of the house, a not so welcome indication of the upcoming season.
When Summer comes, life is perfect. Bliss. Nirvana.
So what better way to celebrate the start of this glorious season than at an iconic Australian location, and also one of my all-time favourite places?
Ever since culottes became a la mode, I have been obsessed. Their incredible versatility leads to endless styling possibilities, and work perfectly for Summer. They are the easy breezy way to dress stylishly despite the hot weather, as they exude an air of chic sophistication, although in reality they feel like PJ pants. The light, chiffon fabrication of this pair provides some ventilation with the breeze, and the longer length means your poor skin isn’t exposed to the harsh UV rays. For this look I’ve gone for a beachy/nautical kinda vibe with my striped cropped tee to suit my surrounds, and bare feet to feel the sand between my toes.
If you want to find me this season, you know where I’ll be…
Photography by James Joel