One thing is for sure, when it comes to life in Queensland, it’s extremely important to protect yourself and your family from the sun. And while we all know to slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide, we’ve put together a few (on-trend) fashion, beauty, and lifestyle ideas to repel those rays in the warmer seasons.
So, before you venture out for a beautiful day in the sunshine state, be sure to drop into your local Stockland Hervey Bay and pick up these practical sun-safe pieces.
New-season fashion, beauty, and lifestyle sun-safety must-haves
Women’s sun-safe essentials
Slip on a midi-dress: it may seem like a no-brainer but the more you cover up, the fewer UV rays you’ll be exposed to. Having said that, we live in Queensland and we understand that covering up in long sleeves and pants from head-to-toe isn’t always compatible with humidity. For this reason, we suggest jumping on board the puff-sleeve midi-dress trend, like this beautiful sage version from Best&Less.
Slap on a bucket hat: this is one trend we can absolutely get around. Not only are they protective, but bucket hats are also chic throwback pieces that are really having their time in the sun (pun intended). Pick up one in a textured fabric like corduroy or even Sherpa.
Oversized straw tote bag: speaking of practical, on-trend accessories – the one new-season essential you’ll be seeing donning the arms of women across the sunshine state is the straw tote bag. Picnic in the park? Pack the blanket and reusable water bottle. Day at the beach? Don’t forget a hydrating lip balm and shades.
White sneakers: they may be more of a staple than a new-season trending item, but a white sneaker is essential in every woman’s SS21 wardrobe. They can also provide additional sun protection to your tootsies – an often-neglected area of the body we rarely cover up with sunscreen.
Slop on the SPF: this goes without saying, but SPF is essential year-round, and we can’t get enough of the O Cosmedics Mineral SPF30+ – perfect for those with oily/combo or problematic skin types.
Product captions: Best&Less Women's Sweetheart Midi Dress $28, Cotton On Ophelia Oval Sunglasses $19.99, Kmart Flatform Tennis Sneaker $10, Kmart Seagrass Basket $18, Millers Conditioning Lip Balm $5.99, Serenity Skin Spa O Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+, Surf Dive N' Ski Campaign Image, Surf Dive N' Ski Roxy Women's Little Confetti Bucket Hat $35.99
Men’s sun-safe essentials
Slip on lightweight fabrics: there’s a reason we love linen and cotton pieces here in Queensland, and that’s breathability. So, when you’re refreshing your new-season wardrobe gentlemen, be sure to check out the ranges at Connor and Best&Less. And when it comes to sun safety, a long-sleeve linen button-up – like the Clancy Casual Slim shirt – is a brilliant option to keep you cool and covered up.
Slap on a cap and slide on some shades: there are two items that you simply cannot run out the door without during the warmer season, and that is a sleek pair of sunglasses and a cap or fedora in a neutral tone. Investing in these two versatile items will not only keep you looking fresh and on-trend, but they’re going to be your sun saviour items day-in, day-out.
Seek shade with a beach umbrella: there’s nothing worse than enjoying a day by the water and feeling sizzled. Which is why a handy beach umbrella, like this one from Kmart, will be your go-to when you can’t find shade elsewhere.
Slop on the SPF: yes, we’re going to mention sunscreen again, because well, it’s our number #1 form of protection. The difference here is, if you’re out all day and need a top-up, Avéne has brought out a great spray-on SPF to add another layer of protection throughout the day. You’ll find it at Priceline.
Product captions: Best&Less Men's Chino Short $25, Best&Less Mens Pool Slide $10, Connor Campaign Image, Connor Ice Clancy Casual Slim Shirt $49.99, Kmart Beach Umbrella $15, Lowes Cougars 6 Panel Cap With Adjustable Strap $9.95, Priceline Avéne Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+ 200ml $34.99, Specsavers John Dory Sun RX Sunglasses $249
Kid’s sun-safe essentials
Slip on a long-sleeve swimsuit: when you cast your mind back to your childhood, you might remember resisting the rashie or long-sleeve swimsuit. Nowadays, with the array of funky prints and fabrics, they’re basically a (sun-safe) fashion statement for littlies. We’re loving the range from Cotton On with their cool range of colours.
Slap on a boater hat: there is nothing sweeter than a straw boater hat atop your little one’s head during the warmer months. And with the seasons swiftly turning, we’re seeing plenty of mini boater hats lining the windows of the stores at Stockland Hervey Bay.
‘Dad’ sandals and sneakers: the ‘dad’ sandal has certainly made its mark on the women’s and men’s fashion scene, so why should the kids miss out on all the fun! Not only are these sandals easy to slip on and off, but they’ll also protect little feet from the hot sand or concrete during summer. And you can’t go past a pair of white Velcro sneakers from Cotton On to round out their SS21 wardrobe.
Product captions: Best&Less Toddler Girls Straw Boater $12, Cotton On Campaign Image, Cotton On Classic Double Strap Trainer $24.99, Cotton On Fun Goggles $14.99, Cotton On Lydia Rib One Piece $34.99, Cotton On Scout Drop Shoulder Short Sleeve Tee $19.99, Cotton On Theo Sandal $24.99, Kmart Basic Boardshort $4.50, Specsavers Kids Sun RX 56 Sunglasses $149
So, before you head out to explore all that the sunshine state has to offer, be sure to feel inspired by all of the sun-safe, new-season fashion, beauty, and lifestyle trends at Stockland Hervey Bay.
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