Over the years, Australia’s fashion scene grown rapidly, thanks to on-the-rise brands such as Dion Lee, Zulu & Zephyr, and Matteau. The chic silhouettes and modern swimwear are frequently worn by fashionable women everywhere. But it is the native Aussie fashion girls who have particularly caught our eye—they manage to always look effortlessly stylish and summer-ready. Whether they’re running around Sydney harbor or soaking up the sun at Byron Bay, their warm-weather outfits are always on point.
Curious about their vacation style, we decided to ask the masters of beach chic exactly which items they routinely pack in their summer bags and which pieces they leave behind. Turns out, Australian girls are all about comfort and practicality. While they still wear the latest trends, these girls prioritize flattering, simplistic fashion. They constantly rotate well-fitted dresses, monochrome bikinis, and high-quality fabrics through their everyday wardrobes. One thing’s for sure—Australian girls have mastered effortless chic.
Keep reading to find out what four Australian women pack in their summer bags and the pieces they always leave behind.
"Well if you’re you’re lucky enough to live in Australia or have visited us before, it’s no secret that our climate is mostly sunny and warm. So it goes without saying there is definitely no need to pack a winter coat in your summer bag. Personally I get super excited when I have the chance to travel to a cold climate. The thought of layering coats and oversize jackets always allows my imagination to run wild with ways of wearing boxier and interesting silhouettes that differ from my usual skirt-and–T-shirt combo.” — Amanda Shadforth, creative director of Oracle Fox
Australian girls all wear this native brand.
Packing a light-weight lace dress strategically leaves more room in your summer bag.
A pair of statement sunglasses is necessary for the Aussie sun.
Style this white balloon sleeve blouse with high-waisted denim.
Every fashion girl has invested in a chic loafer recently.
"I would never pack a swimsuit made from an impractical fabric for swimming, like anything crochet. They can look so cute but take so long to dry and as soon as you throw your clothes back on over them, there are wet patches for days. It's just not comfortable! Also, so glad the neoprene trend is over in swimsuits because they chafe the skin when wet—makes no sense.” — Zanita Whittington, creative director of Zanita Studio and Azalle
Pair this striped suit with a wide-brim woven hat.
Show off your vintage denim with a well-fitted crop top.
Complement white denim with statement gold jewelry.
Australian girls are adding vintage-inspired sunglasses into their outfit routines.
Slides are both practical and chic for the beach.
Zulu & Zephyr is known for their modern swimwear and versatile coverups—a local Australian brand.
Add graphic detail to your beach repertoire.
"I would never pack sunglasses in my summer bag. My beach bag tends to collect lots of sand no matter how hard I try for it not to. This then gets into the grooves of the sunglasses and between the lenses, which is almost impossible to clean! For this reason, sunglasses are better worn than thrown in the bag.” — Sara Donaldson, founder of Harper and Harley, co-founder and buyer for The Undone
Australian fashion girls update their black bathing suit every season.
This minimal slip dress can take you straight from the beach to the bar.
These metallic lenses can be your main accessory all year long.
The Australian beach uniform is basically bikinis or a one-piece and denim shorts.
This bucket beach bag will complete your beach-chic look.
Make the transition from sidewalk to sand seamless with a slip-on sandal.
"I have so many hats and have misshapen a lot of them by throwing them into my bag. My Akubra hat was a gift and one of my favorite things—this one remains pristine. ” — Mercy Rose Watson, model
The sturdy brim is sure to protect you from the sun.
Australian girls always have a versatile swimsuit on hand.
Style this reversible bomber jacket with a denim skirt.
These Gucci slides are a staple for the athleisure trend.
For the evening, wear this '70s-inspired dress with metallic shoes.
Pair these vintage earrings with a simple slip dress.
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